As the 2018 MLB Draft quickly approaches, it’s time to take an in depth look at some of the top prospects in this year’s class.

First up is the potential No. 1 overall selection, Casey Mize, a right-handed pitcher from Auburn University.

Mize is a 6-3, 220-pound junior from Springville, Ala. who has excelled on the mound since arriving at Auburn in the fall of 2015, after going undrafted as a high school senior.

Scouts also love that Mize is the best strike-thrower in this year’s draft, having walked only eight batters all spring while posting nearly a 16:1 K/BB ratio. As more front offices have turned toward analytics, with a higher emphasis being placed on a hitter’s o- base percentage rather than batting average, a pitcher like Mize, who rarely issues a free pass, is a rare commodity.

By all accounts, he’s also a fiery competitor on and off the field, something that clubs look for in prospects they are considering with their top overall selection.

The Sun Chronicle reports that 26-year-old Shane Denn, wearing a Patriots T-shirt, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. If he makes bail, he must stay away from Gronkowski and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Chase Utley (twice in 2008), Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969) also homered in five straight games for the Phillies. Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987) and Dale Long (1956) share the major league record with homers in eight consecutive games.

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (right lat strain) threw his curveball off flat ground and will throw the pitch again during a bullpen session on Saturday. . RHP Pat Neshek (right shoulder strain) will begin a rehab assignment at Class A Clearwater on Saturday. … RHP Luis Garcia (right wrist strain) played catch on flat ground Friday.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (right shoulder inflammation) played catch on flat ground for the second time this week Friday. … RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right hamstring strain) will make a rehab start for Class A Potomac on Sunday.