Two players from our Top 200 prospect list, finally were taken off the board in the 42nd and 43rd rounds. Taylor Hightower was selected by the Rockies with the 1277 pick and Maronde went to the A’s with the 1294 selection. Hightower performed last summer on the showcase circuit and was named an Aflac All-American. He is solid defensively behind the plate but lacks projection and a plus bat. Maronde is a lefthander who pitches between 88-92 mph with command. He is a Boras Corp. client as well. Both are high school players that are considered unsignable. Hightower was the number 165 prospect on our list and is committed to Ole Miss. Maronde is committed to Florida. Miles tall and athletic frame contains significant projection. His raw stuff is impressive. Miles tosses a fastball that ranges from 90 to 93, which he can throw with sharp cutting movement to the glove side. Reagan also delivers a 76 change and a hard 79 to 81 slurve type breaking pitch, both of which are promising. Miles profiles as a starting pitcher with 3 above average offerings. Reagan exhibits a series of minor mechanical flaws, which should be easily cleaned up when he reaches college or pro ball.
• More bloodlines at pick 1245 as the Padres select Zachary Dascenzo with their 41st round selection. Dascenzo is the son of former major leaguer and current minor league manager Doug Dascenzo. At 6-feet, 190 pounds, Dascenzo is a catcher out of Laurel Highlands HS in Pennslyvania.
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