2023 MLB DRAFT: Michael Brooks, SS — Kansas

Michael Brooks has taken something of a circuitous route to find success at Kansas, first committing to Arkansas before eventually transferring to UCF, where he established himself for two years before ultimately moving on to the Jayhawks for his junior season. Kansas’ regular third baseman, he turned it on late in the season, raising his average 79 points over the last 23 games of the season to finish at .298, all while remaining a premium defender on the dirt.

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FSS Event History: Brooks’ exploits with the Future Stars Series are legendary, starting with his time with the Scorpions at the 2019 National Tournaments when he still managed to stand out on a loaded team that had Zac Veen, Drew Romo, Dylan Crews and others and extending to his appearances in both the 2018 and 2019 International Week events. Brooks walked it off at Fenway at the latter, and remains one of the slickest middle infielders to participate in the event.

Current Ranking in Joe Doyle’s FSS Plus Top 600: 357

Joe Doyle on Brooks:

Brooks is an accomplished defender with a track record at shortstop and third base. He’s got an above average arm and strong actions rounding through the baseball and making off-balance throws with a strong internal clock. Offensively, he’s a contact-oriented hitter who stays inside his zone and makes a ton of contact when he pulls the trigger on balls in the strike zone. It’s fringy power, and that won’t ever be a pillar of his game, but there’s upside here for a guy that makes things happen offensively and produces some juice to his pull-side.

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