With their fifth round selection (#157 overall) in the 2018 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees have taken College Outfielder Brandon Lockridge. He is a junior at Troy University. This prospect was never previously drafted.
Lockridge’s top tool is his speed, with some scouts saying this tool could approach an 80-grade. This prospect was able to use this ability this season, stealing 25 bases in 60 games.
The development of this prospect will be tied to how his hit tool translates to the pro game. According to Baseball America:
“THE RIGHTHANDED HITTER HAS GOOD HITTABILITY AND THIS SPRING HAS DOUBLED HIS WALK RATE, GIVING HIM THE ON-BASE SKILLS TO PROFILE AS A TOP-OF-THE-ORDER HITTER. HIS POWER HAS MOSTLY PLAYED AS DOUBLES POP SO FAR, BUT HE’S LISTED AT 6-FOOT-1, 185 POUNDS AND MANY SCOUTS BELIEVE HE WILL START TO TURN HIS RAW POWER INTO MORE HOME RUNS IN TIME.”
In the 2018 season, Lockridge had 15 doubles and 2 home runs. As he gets stronger and learns how to use a wood bat, the thought is that the extra-base hits will increase, especially the home run total.