(#15) Brenan Hanifee, RHP
Hanifee is an excellent athlete for his size, able to repeat a simple delivery and pound the zone. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and starred on the basketball court as well as the mound. The 20-year-old made 23 starts in the South Atlantic League last year, walking less than five-percent of batters and getting contact outs. His fastball works in the low-90s and could add a tick as he finishes filling out his 6-foot-5 frame. He throws a slider in the 84-to-87 mph range with short action, more of a complementary pitch than a weapon. Hanifee’s strikethrowing ability with those two pitches lead to him having a strong year in the South Atlantic League, but he will need to mix his mid-80s changeup more to add depth to his arsenal. There are a lot of things to like here, and Hanifee is a breakout candidate that could jump up the top 15 if he comes out throwing harder and missing more bats next season.