2025 MLB Draft: Top 200 College Prospects

March 6, 2024

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following rankings and evaluations by FSS PLUS are based on subjective analysis and industry sources, and do not influence, are not influenced by, or are affiliated with the opinions and reports of Future Stars Series scouting and development staff.

With the 2024 college season underway it’s time to update the Future Stars Series PLUS Top 200 college prospects for the 2025 MLB Draft. This board is built on three pillars. Live looks, data evaluation, and intel/conversations provided from within the industry. These players have a ton of time and projection ahead of them, so expect this list to change considerably as we approach the 2025 Draft. 


1. Jace LaViolette, OF — Texas A&M
HOMETOWN: Katy, Texas
HEIGHT: 6-6
WEIGHT: 230
BAT/THROW: L-L

One of the more physical players in this class, Laviolette shows over the fence power to all fields and a powerful left-handed swing. The 6-foot-6-inch Aggie hit 21 homers as a true freshman and stole 18 bases along the way.

Laviolette personifies the lefty-loop zone. The bat path is a joy to watch, and conducive to utilizing his double-plus raw power. LaViolette has fluid motions at the plate and violent hips that clear, making way to significant thump. Already very strong, LaViolette figures to be one of the slugging mainstays in the class. In terms of his approach, LaViolette posted well-above average chase rates as a teenager, and although his contact rates leave a bit to be desired, he has a ton of time to polish up those skills.

Defensively, he’s destined for a corner where his solid average speed projection and average throwing arm should stick long-term.


2. Cam Cannarella, SS/OF — Clemson
HOMETOWN: Hartsville, South Carolina
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 180
BAT/THROW: L-R

Cannarella instantly became one of Clemson’s best hitters after stepping on campus in the fall of 2022. He possesses elite bat-to-ball skills and a selective, keen eye at the plate. He takes his walks and is a menace on the base paths. Throw in just enough raw power to force pitchers to be careful with him and you have a dangerous profile.

One of his greatest tools might be his fiery persona and bulldog mentality on the dirt. Everyone knows when Cannarella is in the lineup.

Cannarella has fantastic arm strength and figures to stick on the left side long-term. He’s also played a good bit of centerfield for the Tigers. He projects a above average bat and an above average glove. His left-handed swing is revered by scouts.


3. Devin Taylor, OF — Indiana
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, Ohio
HEIGHT: 6-0
WEIGHT: 205
BAT/THROW: L-R

Taylor is a prototype spark plug with a beautifully violent left-handed swing and premium bat speed. He’s shown a grand willingness to take his walks and let his athleticism play on the base paths. Taylor has got significant raw power, especially to the pull-side, though he’s shown the ability to get into the baseball and sizzle one over the fence to the backside too. Given his size, home runs probably won’t be his carrying tool, but it’s certainly in his bag of tricks.

Taylor is a solid average runner and could stick in left field going forward. He’s not the most efficient route runner and likely won’t win any gold gloves out there, but he gets the job done. There’s still some projection in the body too with long limbs and sloping shoulders, though he is a barrel-chested, powder-keg built frame. Taylor can do a little bit of everything and really kick-starts the Hoosiers in a lot of ways.


4. Ike Irish, C — Auburn
HOMETOWN: Hudsonville, Michigan
HEIGHT: 6-2
WEIGHT: 203
BAT/THROW: L-R
 
A highly-recruited prepster out of Michigan in 2022, Irish was one of the premier high school catching prospects available in that draft. Since arriving to Auburn, he’s shown off double-plus raw power and a willingness to pull the ball with authority, hitting high-level SEC pitching consistently and catching a staff of good arms. His bat-to-ball skills are absolutely fantastic, though he can get a little over-anxious and chase at the plate. Irish ranks among the best in college baseball in making contact with pitches that are in the strike zone.
 
Irish has an above average arm and is a physical specimen behind the plate, giving up the body to block balls in the dirt and keep runners at bay. If he hits enough to let all his tools scream, and to this point the hit tool as proven awfully advanced, he’s got a shot to go early in 2025.


5. Ethan Petry, OF — South Carolina
HOMETOWN: Land O Lakes, Florida
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 235
BAT/THROW: R-R

Petry was a hot prospect in high school, and teams did throw money his way to go to pro ball, but ultimately he felt he could increase his value by going to school. That has certainly been the case as he was without question one of the most impressive freshman in the country in 2023.

Petry possesses massive raw power and he’s already tapping into most of it in games. He couples that with a reasonably polished hit tool, though he is a pull-happy hitter who works to lift the ball, and he can fall victim to chasing fastballs above the letters. The bat is the calling card here, and the exit velocities and bat-to-ball metrics suggest a mature slugger going forward.

Petry will need to prove his value on defense as scouts are split whether he’ll stick at third base or be forced over to first base. He’s played a bit in the outfield too, and has looked reliable in left field. If he can keep his athleticism and project even an average defender moving forward, he’s got a shot to go very high.


6. Caden Bodine, C — Coastal Carolina
HOMETOWN: Haddon Heights, New Jersey
HEIGHT: 5-10
WEIGHT: 197
BAT/THROW: B-R

Bodine, a switch-hitter who can play behind the plate as well as on the infield, is a premium contact hitter who handles just about everything in the strike zone at an elite level. Bodine has as strong an all-fields approach as you’ll find of anyone in the country, and sits back on spin very, very well. It’s average raw power, maybe a tick more in the tank, but there are signs showing in his exit velocities that he’s growing into more thump in 2024. 

Bodine is a good athlete who played some centerfield in high school and moves well behind the plate. While it’s only an average arm, added strength and reps could see his profile stay behind the plate long-term.


7. Cade Fisher, LHP — Florida
HOMETOWN: Dalton, Georgia
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 212
BAT/THROW: L-L

Fisher has some of the best command in the 2025 class and it’s coming out of a low, deceptive three-quarter arm slot. While the fastball is just brushing the mid 90s right now, Fisher’s believers see a guy that could eventually sit 93-95 at the next level from a low launch with carry.

Fisher features a slider and a changeup, both of which are still a work in progress, though he does command both pitches reasonably well. The slider particularly tunnels well off the heat and has been an effective put-away pitch. Fisher has a lot of starter traits and a great projectable body.


8. Isaiah Jackson, OF — Arizona State
HOMETOWN: Vail, Arizona
HEIGHT: 6-3
WEIGHT: 205
BAT/THROW: L-R

Jackson has the prototype body of a middle-of-the-order lefty stick with bountiful projection remaining in his future. He’s shown feel to hit and has the bat speed necessary to project at least above average game power in his professional future. It’s a lofty swing, so power is certainly an emphasis in his offensive game.

In the field, Jackson is an above average runner with an average arm, though he takes fantastic routes to the baseball. He probably profiles into a corner as he gets stronger and matures, though his instincts could stick in centerfield early in his professional career. Scouts want to see more emphasis to hit to take a little pressure off his game power as he runs into more advanced competition.


9. Nolan Schubart, OF — Oklahoma State
HOMETOWN: Durand, Michigan
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 233
BAT/THROW: L-R

Schubart is one of the most powerful bats in this loaded class full of home run potential. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he’s got a long frame with plenty of projection remaining and an abundance of strength. Schubart generates excellent bat speed and has a nice and easy left-handed stroke with good loft to it. He ranked among college baseball’s elite in both max exit velocity and 90th-percentile exit velocities in 2023.

The overall hit tool does have some bat-to-ball concerns, though Schubart has done a nice job of staying inside the strike zone and waiting for his pitch. If the hit tool ticks up like some envision it will, he’s got first round upside and will be one of the more physical impact bats available.

Defensively, Schubart could end up in a corner or at first base. He’s a fringy runner with an average arm.


10. Cam Leiter, RHP — Florida State
HOMETOWN: Island Heights, New Jersey
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 218
BAT/THROW: R-R

Leiter is a tall, imposing righty with a mid-90s fastball that’s been up to 98, though it presently possesses reasonably generic shape. Leiter’s mid-80s slider projects at least above average at the next level with significant depth and some two-plane tilt. That said, it is his low-80s curveball that is commanded better than his slider featuring tremendous depth with hammer shape. Leiter’s size, pitchability and pitch-mix point to a future starter if he can get a little more value out of his fastball which. Cam is the next Leiter coming down the pipe. He’s the cousin of Jack Leiter and Mark Leiter Jr. Al Leiter is his uncle.


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