2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Kaelen Culpepper, SS, Kansas State.   

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected sixteenth player selection (pick owned by the Miami Marlins) in the 2024 MLB Draft Kaelen Culpepper, SS, Kansas State.

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Culpepper is a 6-foot, 190-pound physical freak who had a standout sophomore season for Kansas State. After slashing .283/.356/.428 as a freshman in 2022, Culpepper hit .325/.423/.576 in 2023 with 10 home runs and earned an invitation to Team USA’s college national team.

Where he was one of the better hitters in the club. He has electric bat speed with present strength that leads to solid power to the pull side. Though with a wood bat, he’s more likely to be a line drives and doubles hitter than an impact home run threat.

Culpepper is an above-average defender at third base, but he is expected to slide over to shortstop in 2024 and should have athleticism, quickness, and hands to stick there.

His arm is more than enough for either position on the left side of the infield, and it’s at least plus with plenty of velocity and carry across the diamond. Culpepper is an above-average runner and instinctual base stealer. In a draft class that’s lacking in first-round shortstops, Culpepper could fill the void at a coveted demographic.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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