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Keith Law's preseason top 50

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A teaser:

Anthony Rendon, 3B

6-0, 190

Analysis: The presumptive No. 1 overall pick, but by no means a lock. Rendon has an outstanding approach at the plate with great bat speed, and he's a plus defender at third. He's recovering from his second major ankle injury and will have to show he hasn't lost any agility.

George Springer, OF

6-3, 220

Analysis: An athletic outfielder with an above-average arm who projects to hit and hit for power and just needs to refine his approach, especially with two strikes.

Gerrit Cole, RHP

6-4, 220

Analysis: Huge arm strength combined with results and some small signs of increasing maturity since high school.

Bubba Starling, CF/P

6-5, 195

Analysis: The Golden Child with the name to match, Starling is committed to play baseball and football at Nebraska, but an entire industry is hoping he chooses baseball. He's got five tools at the plate and is very projectable on the mound, with a higher ceiling as a hitter.

Sonny Gray, RHP

5-11, 180

Analysis: Some teams will shy away from right-handers under 6 feet, but Gray is a fierce competitor who will reach 96 with good run and a hard breaking ball that would miss bats in pro ball right away.

Matt Barnes, LHP

6-4, 203

Analysis: Regularly 92-96 with a hard curveball and an average changeup and a delivery that's gotten a little cleaner since he entered UConn as an unheralded and undrafted freshman in 2008.

Matt Purke, LHP

6-4, 180

Analysis: Big stuff from the left side with outstanding performance as a freshman last year, but the low arm slot and concerns about his workload have him below a few other college arms.

Francisco Lindor, SS

5-11, 170

Analysis: A true shortstop with feel to hit and surprising pop for his size as well as a ton of energy on the field that will help elevate him in June.

Archie Bradley, RHP

6-3, 215

Analysis: Committed to Oklahoma to play quarterback, Bradley is a monster on the mound, up to 96 with a plus breaking ball and an ideal combination of size and athleticism for a workhorse starter.

Blake Swihart, C

6-1, 175

Analysis: Switch-hitting catchers are rare beasts, and Swihart has made a lot of progress in just a year and a half at the position; he has arm strength but has to improve his footwork and receiving to justify my aggressive ranking here.

Taylor Jungmann, RHP

6-6, 220

Analysis: Scouts dislike the way he finishes the delivery but are consistent in praise of his stuff and history of performance.

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