4. Will Taylor
School: Dutch Fork (SC)
A phenomenal multi-sport athlete committed to Clemson for both football and baseball, it’s clear why Taylor is considered one of the best pure athletes in this draft. Coming off a phenomenal 2021 season in which Taylor posted a 1.455 OPS and was named the 2021 South Carolina Gatorade High School Player of the Year, the 18-year old has only continued to rise up draft boards since.
While Taylor is a strong hitter from the right-side of the plate, his one tool that is truly considered elite is his speed, grading as a 70 on MLB’s 20/80 scale. Still with plenty of room to develop, Taylor’s pure-athleticism and upside alone make him one of the more sought-after outfielders available in the first round.
School: Red Land (PA)
If Taylor isn’t the top high school outfielder in this draft, the other option for the No. 1 ranking is Montgomery. The 2021 Pennsylvania Gatorade High School Player of the Year displays elite speed similar to Taylor, also grading as a 70, but sets himself apart with above-average raw power from the right-side of the plate.
At 6’4 200 lbs., Montgomery is not necessarily as consistent a contact hitter as Taylor, but still has the ability to tap into that power, while also a plus-defender in the outfield with an above-average arm. The Virginia commit displays multiple above-average tools in his game, making Montgomery a prime candidate to be selected in the Top 20 overall picks in the first round.