Baseball America

2013 Draft State Report: Missouri

Missouri’s first-round drought probably will extend to four years, though Hazelwood West High righthander Devin Williams could tempt the Cardinals.

THIS YEAR’S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** 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

Williams and lefties Rob Zastryzny (Missouri) and Jake Brentz (who attends but doesn’t pitch for Parkway South High in Manchester) could give the Show-Me State three pitchers in the top three rounds, something it never has had.

There’s not much depth in the state, however, and the position-player crop is especially thin.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports for Missouri

1. Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood (Mo.) West HS (National Rank: 43)
2. Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Missouri (National Rank: 76)
3. Jake Brentz, LHP, Parkway South HS, Manchester, Mo. (National Rank: 80)
4. Nick Petree, RHP, Missouri State (National Rank: 259)
5. Brandon Dulin, 1B, Metropolitan CC-Longview (Mo.) (National Rank: 266)
6. Brian Howard, RHP, St. Louis University HS (National Rank: 279)
7. Grant Gordon, RHP, Missouri State (National Rank: 337)
8. Dalton Moats, LHP, Park Hill HS, Kansas City, Mo. (National Rank: 416)
9. Drew Bridges, 3B/1B, Carthage (Mo.) HS (National Rank: 449)
10. Tanner Murphy, C/RHP, Malden (Mo.) HS (National Rank: 488)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

11. Dan Herrmann, RHP, Christian Brothers HS, St. Louis
12. Patrick Johnson, SS, Missouri Baptist
13. Grant Nelson, C, Saint Louis
14. Adam Brush, RHP, William Woods (Mo.)
15. Luke Shearrow, RHP, Southeast Missouri State
16. Jordan Knutson, LHP, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) HS
17. Keaton Steele, RHP, Missouri
18. Luke Voit, C, Missouri State
19. Lex Kaplan, OF, Ladue Horton Watkins HS, St. Louis
20. Matt Tellor, 1B, Southeast Missouri State
21. Silas Bohannon, RHP, North Central Missouri CC
22. Dane Opel, OF, Missouri
23. Alex Alemann, RHP, Saint Louis
24. Matt Brown, 3B, St. John Vianney HS, Kirkwood, Mo.
25. Alex Kelly, OF, Saint Louis