Pittsburgh Pirates: Five College Outfield Prospects to Watch

Mississippi State OF Colton Ledbetter (10) takes a swing during the Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State
Mississippi State OF Colton Ledbetter (10) takes a swing during the Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State / Hannah Mattix/Clarion Ledger / USA TODAY
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Ryan Lasko

Ryan Lasko has spent all three years of his college career with Rutgers in the Big Ten conference. Lasko has consistently shown strong defense and above-average speed throughout his college career and now looks to enter the pro scene in this year's draft.

Lasko batted .330/.428/.582 with a quality 13.3% walk rate and strike out rate of just 12.2%. Power hasn't been Lasko's calling card, but he's still swatted 11 home runs with an isolated slugging percentage of .252. However, most of that is fueled by doubles, as he's hustled out 18 two-baggers. Lasko has also used his ability to reach base at a high rate to its fullest advantage, swiping 18 bases in 20 attempts.

Lasko definitely projects as a center fielder. While not blazing fast, he's an above-average runner who routinely runs efficient routes. He doesn't have a weakness in any direction or angle when a ball is hit in his direction. He also can uncork strong throws with his plus arm. Overall, you're looking at a well above-average center field defender here.

Now Lasko isn't entirely risk-free. There's the possibility he becomes a fourth outfield type. His time spent at the Cape Cod League and with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team left more questions than answers, particularly about his pitch recognition. According to MLB Pipeline, it wasn't velocity that overpowered Lasko but rather spin.

Still, Lasko has walked more often than he's struck out. He's shown off a good feel for the strike zone and consistently put together promising plate appearances. However, he might end up needing a change in swing for him to reach his full potential with the bat.