In spite of being the nation’s ninth most populous state, Michigan is not a big producer of baseball talent, and this year is no exception.
|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|
In the 2005-12 drafts, the Great Lakes State had just one player selected in the first three rounds: Michigan outfielder Ryan LaMarre, a Reds second-rounder three years ago. Another Wolverines outfielder, Michael O’Neill, should go that high this June, though there isn’t much depth behind him.
None of the state’s best high school players is expected to get selected high enough to get signed away from college.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports for Michigan|
1. Michael O’Neill, OF, Michigan (National Rank: 79)
2. Patrick Biondi, OF, Michigan (National Rank: 247)
3. David Garner, RHP, Michigan State (National Rank: 248)
4. Jackson Lamb, RHP, Bedford HS, Temperance, Mich. (National Rank: 306)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
5. Blake Higgins, RHP, Jackson (Mich.) CC
6. Nick Deeg, LHP, Lake Orion (Mich.) HS
7. Johnny Slater, OF, Southfield-Lathrup HS, Southfield, Mich.
8. Hector Gutierrez, RHP/SS, Western International HS, Detroit
9. Jimmy Pickens, OF, Michigan State
10. Andrew Waszak, RHP, Michigan State
11. Giancarlo Brugnani, 1B, Grand Valley State (Mich.)
12. Jake Lowery, RHP, Hartland (Mich.) HS