2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Slade Caldwell, OF, Valley View HS.   

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 twenty-second player selection (pick owned by the Baltimore Orioles) in the 2024 MLB Slade Caldwell, OF, Valley View HS.

One of the younger players in the class, Caldwell, has a small frame but is strong for his size with some of the more polished game skills in the country. The 5-foot-9, 182-pound lefthanded hitter has a smaller strike zone that he’s able to use to his advantage with some of the best plate discipline in the 2024 high school class.

 He’s a patient hitter, but when he does swing, he has short levers to the ball and accelerates his hands quickly with an accurate barrel that leads to a high contact rate and strong on-base skills. He was one of the most consistent in-game performers during the 2023 showcase season and is a plus-plus runner whose high-level instincts for the game show up in center field and on the bases. Caldwell is committed to Ole Miss but there are some scouts who think he fits as a first-rounder despite his smaller size.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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