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14 Former Mohawks Named Top Prospects

The Mohawks have 14 former players ranked as one of the top prospects in their respective organization's Top Prospect List as featured by Baseball America.
*Matt Shaw – SS – Chicago Cubs #3 Prospect (2021 Mohawk – Maryland)
*Justin Foscue – IF – Texas Rangers #4 Prospect (2018 Mohawk – Mississippi State)
*Matt Gorski – OF – Pittsburgh Pirates #15 Prospect – (2017 Mohawk – Indiana)
*Teddy McGraw – RHP – Seattle Mariners #15 Prospect ('20/21 Mohawk–Wake Forest)
*Dylan Smith – RHP – Detroit Tigers #21 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – Alabama)
*Cam Minacci – RHP – LA Angels #22 Prospect (2021 Mohawk – Wake Forest)
*Tyler Stuart – RHP – New York Mets #22 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – Southern Miss)
*Andrew Saalfrank – LHP – Arizona D'backs #31 Prospect (2017 Mohawk – Indiana)
*Eric Cerantola – RHP – KC Royals #31 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – Mississippi St)
*Tim Herrin – LHP – Cleveland Guardians #31 Prospect (2016 Mohawk – Indiana)
*Danny Watson – RHP New York Yankees #37 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – VCU)
*Jason Savacool – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals #37 Prospect (2020 Mohawk – Maryland)
*Mike Antico – OF – St. Louis Cardinals #39 Prospect (2018 Mohawk – Texas)
*Dale Stanavich – LHP – Miami Marlins #40 Prospect (2018/19/20 Mohawk – Rutgers)
See detailed scouting reports below:
**Matt Shaw – SS – Chicago Cubs #3 Prospect
Track Record: Shaw had a storied three-year career at Maryland. He set the program’s all-time home run record with 53, won the 2023 Big Ten Conference player of the year award and won the 2022 Cape Cod League MVP award after leading the league with a .360 batting average for Bourne. He became the highest-drafted player in Maryland history when the Cubs drafted him 13th overall in 2023 and signed for $4,848,500. Shaw continued to mash after signing, batting .357/.400/.618 with eight homers, 28 RBIs and 15 steals in 38 games while vaulting to Double-A in his pro debut.
Scouting Report: Shaw isn’t particularly big at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, but he’s strong in his frame and packs a punch at the plate. His quick hands, strong forearms and exceptional barrel accuracy allow him to consistently drive balls hard to all fields. He regularly squares balls up and is particularly adept at driving the ball the other way to right-center field. Shaw is an aggressive hitter and doesn’t walk much, but his natural feel for the barrel helps keep his strikeouts down. He projects to be an above-average hitter despite his aggressive approach and makes enough hard contact to envision above-average power with lots of doubles. He further enhances his offensive game as an above-average runner with elite basestealing instincts. Shaw primarily played shortstop at Maryland and is serviceable there, but his fringy arm strength plays better at second base. The Cubs experimented with him at third base and were encouraged by the early results. He plays extremely hard and is a polished, mature player for his age.
The Future: The Cubs internally see similarities between Shaw and Dustin Pedroia in both ability and playing style. Shaw is on the fast track and has a chance to make his major league debut in 2024.
**Justin Foscue – IF – Texas Rangers #4 Prospect (2018 Mohawk – Mississippi State)
Scouting Report: Wherever he lands on the diamond, Foscue’s value will come from what he does at the plate. When he swings, he usually makes contact. His rate of miss (17.8%) and in-zone miss (8.9%) were both excellent, but his impact was just average. To improve, Foscue will need to add some more loft to his bat path, which was an area of focus at Texas’ postseason instructional camp. If he can make that change successfully, some of the 62 doubles he’s amassed over the past two seasons might leave the park. Defensively, Foscue does not have the range, mobility or arm strength to stick up the middle or at third base. He’s also blocked by Josh Jung, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. That leaves first base, where he might serve as an effective platoon partner for Nathaniel Lowe. Foscue is a well below-average runner as well.
The Future: After two seasons at the upper levels, Foscue will get a chance in spring training to win a spot on Texas’ crowded roster. If he hits enough in spring training, he could earn a job spelling Lowe against lefthanders while also serving as the DH on other days.
**Matt Gorski – OF – Pittsburgh Pirates #15 Prospect – (2017 Mohawk – Indiana)
Scouting Report: As ever, Gorski’s biggest questions revolve around his hit tool. He struck out at a 25% clip in 2023. His rates of chase and miss--both in zone and out--were subpar, and he was particularly vexed upon a promotion to Triple-A. When he did connect, he produced a 90th percentile exit velocity of 105.9 mph, well above-average when compared to his peers. Even if he doesn’t hit, Gorski’s defense and speed could get him to the big leagues. He’s a plus runner who can deftly man center field and both corners. If he moves to a corner, his double-plus arm would fit easily in right field or make him even more of an asset if he sticks in center field.
The Future: For the second straight season, Gorski was unprotected and unpicked in the Rule 5 draft. To reach his ceiling, he’ll need to control the strike zone better. If he does, his strength and power will play up. If not, he fits as a fourth outfielder who provides speed and outstanding defense.
**Teddy McGraw – RHP – Seattle Mariners #15 Prospect (2020/21 Mohawk – Wake Forest) Track Record: McGraw had Tommy John surgery in high school but recovered to become a top draft prospect after two seasons at Wake Forest. He became a favorite of Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and entered his junior year considered a potential first-round pick, but he blew out his elbow in January and had a second Tommy John surgery. The Mariners saw an opportunity to get a premium talent at a discount and drafted him in the third round, No. 92 overall. He signed him for a below-slot $600,000.
Scouting Report: McGraw is a physical righthander with power stuff. His fastball sits 93-95 mph and touches 98 with sinking action at the bottom of the strike zone. His best pitch is a high-spin, vertical slider in the mid-80s that misses bats and projects to be a plus pitch. McGraw primarily throws those two pitches, but he also has an average, mid-80s changeup with sinking action that keeps balls on the ground. He’s a heavy groundball pitcher who avoids serving up home runs. McGraw relies on overpowering hitters rather than hitting his spots and has below-average command and control. He has the look and physicality of a starter but has to prove he can stay healthy.
The Future: McGraw is slated to make his pro debut in 2024. He has mid-rotation upside if his stuff returns intact and he proves he can hold up.
**Dylan Smith – RHP – Detriot Tigers #21 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – Alabama)
Scouting Report: As was true in his college career, Smith remains
to scouts, even if he’s not been healthy long enough to get on a roll in pro ball. When he’s feeling good and is stretched out, he can attack hitters with an average 93-95 mph fastball, a plus slider with solid tilt and a fringe-average changeup. He doesn’t throw his below-average curve very often anymore. Smith has a high-energy, athletic delivery and he’s shown the ability to dot the corners of the zone when he’s not knocking off rust from another injured list stint.
The Future: If Smith can string together a full season when his arm is healthy, he could rocket up these rankings. He spots his fastball, can spin a breaking ball and gets swings and misses.
**Cam Minacci – RHP – Los Angeles Angels #22 Prospect (2021 Mohawk – Wake Forest)
Scouting Report: A strong righty, Minacci is a relief-only pitching prospect with two plus pitches. He sets up and attacks hitters with his fastball that sits 93-96 mph and touches 99 with notable ride. His mid-to-upper-80s slider is a swing-and-miss offering that flashes plus when he stays on top of it, with more vertical depth than sweep that he will work away from righthanders and around the hands of lefthanders. Though his highly active delivery results in fringe-average control, he has steadily improved his fastball command. He keeps his heater around the zone and allows his slider to tunnel well off of it. Minacci has a fearless approach and shows a high intensity on the mound.
The Future: Minacci has the aptitude and arsenal suited for a role in middle relief. He could move quickly and has a shot to reach the majors at some point in 2024.
**Tyler Stuart – RHP – New York Mets #22 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – Southern Miss)
Scouting Report: Stuart moves well for his 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame and throws strikes with a 93-95 mph tailing fastball and sweepy low-80s slider. The pitches are solid-average but leave him somewhat vulnerable to lefthanded hitters. Stuart has worked to add a changeup and a cutter to become more platoon neutral, and developing a third trusted pitch will be key to him staying in the rotation. Some scouts see him settling in as a multi-inning reliever based on repertoire and command. Stuart’s control is solid for a long-levered pitcher, but his command is more scattered. He worked to tighten his delivery in 2023 to limit the running game after allowing 23 stolen base attempts.
The Future: Stuart threw more sliders than any pitch type in 2023. Emphasizing new pitch types, such as cutter, four-seam fastball and changeup, will be developmental keys in the upper minors in 2024. He has back-end rotation or bullpen upside.
**Andrew Saalfrank – LHP – Arizona Diamondbacks #31 Prospect (2017 Mohawk – Indiana)
A reliever turned starter at Indiana, Saalfrank bounced back from Tommy John surgery and earned a vital role in the D-backs bullpen in September and the postseason. His average sinker sets up his plus curveball which makes him an effective reliever.
**Eric Cerantola – RHP – Kansas City Royals #31 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – Mississippi State)
Kansas City’s 2021 fifth-rounder has a nasty mix of pitches but needs to improve his command and control to help them play to their fullest. His fastball sits between 94-97 and can touch 100 mph, while his downer curveball flashes 70-grade potential. He has a firm changeup as his third pitch. If he can throw more strikes, he can at least be a weapon out of the bullpen.
**Tim Herrin – LHP – Cleveland Guardians #31 Prospect (2016 Mohawk – Indiana)
Herrin bounced between Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland in 2023 and he could fit in the Guardians’ bullpen in 2024 as a lower-leverage lefty reliever. He’s better against lefties than righties, but needs to be a little better against righthanded hitters to carve out a more significant role.
**Danny Watson – RHP New York Yankees #37 Prospect (2019 Mohawk – VCU)
Watson stands as one of the Yankees’ better relief-only prospects. He carved the competition in Double-A with an excellent fastball-slider combination and came upon more success by finding the strike zone more often. His breaking ball is a particularly nasty weapon.
**Jason Savacool – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals #37 Prospect (2020 Mohawk – Maryland)
Savacool ranked just outside the Top 100 draft prospects for 2020 and went undrafted in the five round draft. After a strong sophomore season that earned Savacool all-Big Ten first team, he struggled during his junior season. Savacool mixes two variations of his fastball, a slurvy slider, an upper-70s curveball and a changeup. Savacool has the starter traits typical of Cardinals college draft picks.
**Mike Antico – OF – St. Louis Cardinals #39 Prospect (2018 Mohawk – Texas)
Antico spent four seasons at St. John’s before transferring to Texas for his fifth season where he hit .273/.437/.489. The Cardinals selected him in the 8th round in 2021 and he’s spent the majority of the last two seasons at Double-A. Antico is a centerfielder with plus-plus speed, on-base skills and average power. He profiles as a bench outfielder long term.
**Dale Stanavich – LHP – Miami Marlins #40 Prospect
A fiery southpaw from New York, Stanavich pitches with a major chip on his shoulder and is always in attack mode on the mound. At Low-A Jupiter in 2023, he worked a 3.56 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Stanavich’s fastball has been up to 95, and he also flashes an effective mid-80s slider. While he’s a reliever all the way, Stanavich has the chance to be an effective late-inning arm.