Scouting Baseball's 2014 MLB Draft Content
Evaluations & Rankings: Pre-PG Showcase Notes, PG Junior National Hitter Rankings, PG Junior National Pitcher Rankings, Top Five High School PItchers With Full Video & Reports, Top Five High School Hitters With Full Video & Reports, SEC Commit Scouting Reports, Pac-12 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 10 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 12 Commit Scouting Reports & ACC Commit Scouting Reports
Marginal Prospects Podcasts: Post Showcase Class Breakdown with BA's Clint Longenecker & PG's Frankie Piliere, Early Cape Cod League & Pop Up Prep Names, ECU righty Jeff Hoffman interview & Cardinal Director of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz
1. Jakson Reetz, C/RHP, Norris HS (NE) - #17 player in the HS class
- Reetz is a great athlete with solid average speed and has a chance to stick behind the plate with an above average arm and very quick release. At the plate, he's more a contact hitter that is very productive in games though he flashes more power in BP that could find it's way into his game swing down the line. He's also not bad on the mound, sitting 88-91 with an above average 77-80 mph slider, so he'd be a factor on the mound in college but is superior behind the plate for the pros.
2. Monte Harrison, CF, Lee's Summit West HS (MO)
- Harrison is a big time athlete as a muscular 6'3/200 plus runner with an above average arm that can stick professionally in center field. His swing is sound mechanically and he has solid power to the gaps but is still a little stiff/awkward at times. If he can loosen up a bit and develop a little more feel at the plate with more reps, he could be in the same area as Reetz, but for now fits in the 2nd-4th round area and I'm guessing turns pro as MLB teams usually don't let athletes like this go to school.
3. Zack Engelken, RHP, Blue Valley West HS (KS)
- 6'5/200 righty that sat 87-89 and hit 90 mph last month with some life on his heater and a solid average changeup at 78-80 mph. His breaking ball was a very soft curveball that he'll have to improve a good bit (or try a slider) and I'm not nuts about his delivery, so he profiles as a reliever that could contribute as a freshman as he likely gets to campus unless his velocity/arm speed improves this spring.
4. Byron Hood, RHP, Norris HS (NE)
- 6'2/175 righty has some ability at the plate and may be able to play infield in college but is better prospect on the mound. When I saw him last month, he sat 86-88 (has hit 91 mph in the past) with average changeup at 79-81 mph and 77-79 mph slider that needs some work. Seems likely to get to campus and isn't really a pro type at this juncture but has some athleticism and projection to improve.
Reece Eddins, RHP, Blue Springs South HS (MO)
Garett King, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
Elijah Dilday, 3B, O'Fallon Christian HS (MO)
Jake McSteen, LHP, Langley HS (VA)
1. Zach Shannon, RF, Anderson HS (OH) - #18 player in the HS class
- Shannon has a plus arm in right field and works 91-94 mph with a plus 78-81 mph slider on the mound but has an ugly arm action so scouts prefer him as a hitter. Shannon is young for the class, has a live bat with above average bat speed, feel to hit in games and at least average raw power but a slightly mechanical swing.
2. Jake Niggemeyer, RHP, Oletangy Liberty HS (OH)
- I really like Jake's projectable athletic frame (6'5/215), arm action and delivery. They're all pro-quality and he's definitely a guy that if his stuff ticks up will be a top 3-5 round type guy. That said, right now he's sitting 86-89 mph with a curve and changeup that are solid but still below average right now. He also has a swing from the right side that's good enough that he could also play both ways in college but is a much better prospect on the mound, particularly if he can add some weight and arm speed.
Jordan McDonough, C, St. Xavier HS (OH)
Tre Gantt, OF, Hamilton Southeastern HS (IN)
Nate Romans, SS, Walsh Jesuit HS (OH)