Pratt leads Future Stars Series alums on Day 2 of MLB Draft

July 10, 2023

After a banner, record-setting first day of the MLB Draft, there was plenty more in store for alumni of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 Sports on Monday.

Day two saw at least 12 more players with experience at FSS events come off the board, but none drew more headlines than Cooper Pratt, who was nearly a consensus top 30-50 talent who ended up going to the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round. Considered to be a very strong commit to Ole Miss, it now seems like the Main Event standout will sign after going at No. 182 in something of an eye-opening pick.

FSS Plus Senior Analyst Joe Doyle on Pratt, an alum of the National Combine, Main Event and Caribbean Classic:

Pratt is a strong, long-bodied infielder with big tools and a track record of performing against premium pitching. Pratt has a proven resume against velocity and has a willingness to use the whole field, spraying line drives to all-fields, showcasing over-the-fence juice to his pullside. Pratt is a fringe-average runner and likely a fringe-average athlete, though with his frame, there’s a chance he could hold his speed or even get a touch quicker with added muscle and training. He’s got a huge arm, comfortable plus across the diamond. Most evaluators believe he’s destined for third base or maybe even right field. The bat is what you’re buying here, and Pratt should develop into significant impact at the plate.

The day started off with three FSS alums going within a four selection span; Nolan McLean at No. 91 to the Mets, C.J. Kayfus at No. 93 to the Guardians and Sabin Ceballos at No. 94 to the Braves. Both McLean and Ceballos had been drafted previously — McLean went to Baltimore, also in the third round, last year but didn’t sign, while Ceballos was a late-round choice of the Angels in 2022 — but it was the latter who really rose his stock with a huge year the University of Oregon. Ceballos, an alum of both the Pre-Draft Combine and International Week, now joins an Atlanta organization that has previously drafted Cole Phillips, Franco Aleman (did not sign, was later taken by Cleveland) and Kevin Kilpatrick.

One-time National Tournaments standout Levi Wells came off the board at No. 118 thanks to the Orioles, and then another pick that earned a lot of attention was made by the Yankees, who found exceptional value towards the end of the fourth round in Roc Riggio. Riggio, who earned rave reviews at both the 2020 National Combine and International Week later that year, had become a standout collegiate player at Oklahoma State, where he was teammates with McLean.

Other signature event participants off the board on Monday were Jake DeLeo at No. 173 to the Miami Marlins, Boston Baro at No. 246 to the New York Mets and Thomas Schultz as the first pick of the ninth round at No. 255 to the Washington Nationals.

Below, find a full list of FSS alums who were taken by MLB teams on day two of the Draft:

91Nolan McLeanRHP/DHMets
93C.J. KayfusLHPGuardians
94Sabin Ceballos3BBraves
118Levi WellsRHPOrioles
129Roc Riggio2BYankees
139Nathan DettmerRHPAthletics
150Dylan QuestadRHPTwins
173Jake DeLeoOFMarlins
182Cooper PrattSSBrewers
246Boston BaroSSMets
255Thomas SchultzRHPNationals
266Jonathon Long1BCubs
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