Ryan Vilade
19-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Rockies have a knack for snatching up position players in the 40-to-120 range of the draft who end up being top-10 hitters from their class. Vilade has a chance to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Ryan McMahon and Colton Welker in that respect. He has a pretty swing from the right side that could lead to 25-plus homer power and a .260 or .270 average, which could skew significantly higher if he gets to call Coors Field home. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound shortstop displayed an extremely promising approach (31:27 K:BB) as the second youngest hitter in the Pioneer League, which bodes well for continued success as he moves to full-season ball. He won’t be much of a threat on the bases, and his lack of quickness has many scouts projecting him to eventually move to third base or second base. A lower-back injury cut his season short and kept him out of instructional league games, but he is expected to be fully recovered in time for minor-league camp. Read Past Outlooks
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Goes to Rockies with 48th overall pick
3BColorado Rockies  A
June 12, 2017
The Rockies have selected Vilade with the 48th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
ANALYSIS
Vilade has a very pretty right-handed swing that should be able to produce 25-homer power down the road. He will likely profile at third base or second base once he gets into pro ball, and while he has enough power to play at either position, maintaining a manageable strikeout rate will be critical if he's to make it as an everyday player. He could end up being a .260 hitter who hits sixth in a quality big-league lineup and is a perennial 25-homer, 80-RBI threat.
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