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Shortstops, particularly high school shortstops, are a popular choice when it comes to selecting in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft. So much so that a high school shortstop, Royce Lewis, was the first overall pick in last year's draft.
MaxPreps is previewing the 2018 MLB draft, which is scheduled to be held June 4-6, with a look at the top 10 middle infield prospects.
While a high school shortstop likely won't go at the top spot in this year's draft, there are as many as four shortstops that could go in the first round.
MLB Draft Prospects: Top 10 Middle Infielders
Nolan Gorman, O'Connor (Phoenix)
A high school shortstop, Gorman could likely move to third base at the next level. He is seen as having the defensive ability to stay at shortstop, however he might be even better defensively at the corner. He definitely has the hitting ability to play at the next level and that's what has teams interested. He batted .421 this year with 32 RBIs, six doubles and 10 home runs. He has 32 home runs in his career.
Draft forecast: Middle of first round.Brice Turang, Santiago (Corona, Calif.)
Some early mock drafts had Turang going as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. That type of enthusiasm has cooled, but Turang is still the likely first true high school shortstop to come off the board. Very athletic, Turang is smooth in the field and also solid at the plate. Provided some pop this year with five home runs and seven doubles while batting .352.
Draft forecast: Middle of first round.
Xavier Edwards, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.)
His stock has surged of late as he has risen to the level of a first round prospect. Great quickness and quick hands make him, perhaps, the top defensive prospect among the high school shortstops. Edwards hit for some power this year with five doubles, four triples and two home runs while hitting .367.
Draft forecast: End of first round.
Nander De Sedas, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
A potential high first round pick at the start of the season, De Sedas slid somewhat despite playing on an undefeated team. One of the taller shortstops, De Sedas still shows good speed and athletic ability at the position. He batted .370 with six doubles, two triples and two home runs for a 26-0 team this year.
Draft forecast: Compensatory round.Jeremiah Jackson, St. Luke's Episcopal (Mobile, Ala.)
Like the players above him on this list, Jackson is an athletic fielder with a strong enough arm to stick at the position. Jackson has shown much more pop in his bat, albeit at the small school level. A clear candidate for Small Schools National Player of the Year, Jackson batted .644 with 54 runs, 49 RBIs, nine doubles and 15 home runs.
Draft forecast: Second round.Jordan Groshans, Magnolia (Texas)
A tall infielder who could also end up at third base, Groshans is a solid fielder with good quickness. He was a monster at the plate this year, batting .444 with 36 RBIs, 11 doubles and 11 home runs.
Draft forecast: Second to third round.Kendall Logan Simmons, Tattnall Square Academy (Macon, Ga.)
At 6-foot-3 and nearly 200 pounds, Simmons is one of the larger high school shortstop prospects. He could end up at third base since he has the arm necessary to throw across the diamond. He hit .320 this year with eight doubles and a home run.
Draft forecast: Third round.Osiris Johnson, Encinal (Alameda, Calif.)
Johnson, a young player who won't turn 18 until October, has the ability to play multiple positions in the infield and outfield, and has also shown the ability to hit for power and average. He batted .535 with 30 runs, 24 RBIs, 15 doubles and six home runs.
Draft forecast: Possibly top five rounds.Seth Halvorsen, Heritage Christian Academy (Maple Grove, Minn.)
A possible pitching prospect with a 94 mph fastball, Halvorsen obviously has a strong enough arm to play shortstop. Also has the quickness and defensive ability to play the position. He has seen limited time this spring playing in Minnesota, but he is batting .418 with seven doubles and a home run.
Draft forecast: Top five rounds.Blaze Alexander, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Pushing De Sedas and Edwards as the top shortstop in Florida. Perhaps doesn't have the overall fielding skills of those two, but he is the better hitter. He is batting .403 with 27 RBIs and eight home runs this year.
Top five rounds.