Georgia has had greater depth in past seasons, but the state is still strong at the top with a pair of top 10 talents in prep outfielders Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows. Josh Hart had joined the Loganville duo as a likely first-round pick.
|THIS YEAR’S CROP|
|*****||One for the books|
|***||Solid, not spectacular|
|**||Not up to par|
|*||Nothing to see here|
|Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states|
Georgia Tech also had a top-heavy roster, with five players likely to go in the first 10 rounds. The order of those players, however, was up in the air as catcher Zane Evans likely had moved ahead of righty Buck Farmer. That list would be even deeper had righthander Matthew Grimes not missed the season after Tommy John surgery.
The state’s junior college talent was up for the draft, with as many as five players possibly being picked in the first 10 rounds. However, the state’s flagship school, Georgia, had a brutal season that led to the firing of coach Dave Perno. No Bulldog is considered a top 10 round talent, but that is expected to change in the future with the hiring of Scott Stricklin, most recently coach at Kent State and previously an assistant coach at Georgia Tech under Danny Hall.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Clint Frazier, of, Loganville (Ga.) HS (National Rank: 4)
2. Austin Meadows, Grayson HS, Loganville, Ga. (National Rank: 6)
3. Travis Demeritte, 3b, Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, Ga. (National Rank: 56)
4. Josh Hart, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. (National Rank: 57)
5. Buck Farmer, rhp, Georgia Tech (National Rank: 98)
6. Stephen Wrenn, of, Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. (National Rank: 109)
7. Zane Evans, c/rhp, Georgia Tech (National Rank: 111)
8. Daniel Palka, of, Georgia Tech (National Rank: 112)
9. Brandon Thomas, of, Georgia Tech (National Rank: 134)
10. Terry McClure, of, Riverwood International HS, Sandy Springs, Ga. (National Rank: 164)
11. Robert Tyler, rhp, Crisp County HS, Cordele, Ga. (National Rank: 194)
12. Kyle McGowin, rhp, Savannah State (National Rank: 211)
13. Kyle Wren, of, Georgia Tech (National Rank: 215)
14. Blake Shouse, rhp, Middle Georgia JC (National Rank: 225)
15. Javier Reynoso, lhp, Middle Georgia JC (National Rank: 272)
16. Ty Bashlor, rhp, South Georgia JC (National Rank: 323)
17. Stephen Janas, rhp, Kennesaw State (National Rank: 355)
18. Wesley Jones, ss, Redan HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. (National Rank: 432)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
19. Travis Dean, rhp, Kennesaw State
20. Kyle Farmer, ss, Georgia
21. Ryan Lawler, lhp, Middle Georgia
22. Dustin Fowler, of, West Laurens HS, Cadwell, Ga.
23. Dusty Isaacs, rhp, Georgia Tech
24. Jacob Heyward, of/1b, Eagles Christian Academy, McDonough, Ga.
25. Brock Maxwell, of, Lambert HS, Suwanee, Ga.
26. Connor Jones, lhp, Johns Creek HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
27. Sam Dove, 3b, Georgia Tech
28. Aubrey McCarty, 1b/rhp, Colquitt County HS, Doerun, Ga.
29. Ed Voyles, rhp, Holy Innocents Episcopal HS, Atlanta
30. Jim Voyles, rhp, Holy Innocents Episcopal HS, Atlanta
31. Sam Bragg, rhp, Georgia Perimeter JC
32. Jonathan Roberts, rhp, Georgia Tech
33. Curt Powell, 3b, Georgia
34. Brandon Gold, rhp/3b, Johns Creek HS, Alpharetta, Ga.
35. Matthew Grimes, rhp, Georgia Tech
36. Ryan Peurifoy, of, Starr’s Mill HS, Peachtree City, Ga.
37. Tanner Shelton, lhp, Etowah HS, Woodstock, Ga.
38. Matt Phillips, rhp, Milton (Ga.) HS
39. Jarrett Freeland, c/rhp, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.
40. Nick Blount, rhp, Southern Poly (Ga.)
41. Khirus Ware, of, Southern Poly (Ga.)
42. Nick Backlund, 1b, Mercer
43. Derrick Workman, of, Mercer
44. Chase Raffield, of, Georgia State
45. Mott Hyde, ss/2b, Georgia Tech