Nevada has produced premium picks in each of the last three drafts. This year is a little different, though. While the state is still expected to have a first-round pick, the player will be from Reno, rather than the Las Vegas area.
|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|
Nevada righthander Braden Shipley had as much helium as any player in this year’s draft class late in the spring. His emergence as a surefire first-round pick helped shine a brighter spotlight on some high school players in the area, and they benefited from the extra scouting attention.
The Las Vegas area is down this year, but it’s still an above-average year for the state, and Shipley will likely be the highest pitcher drafted from the Silver State since prep righthander Dan Opperman went eighth overall in 1987.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports for Nevada|
1. Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada (National Rank: 8)
2. Garrett Hampson, SS, Reno (Nev.) HS (National Rank: 84)
3. Andrew Church, RHP, Basic HS, Henderson, Nev. (National Rank: 89)
4. Devonte German, OF/RHP, Bishop Manogue HS, Reno, Nev. (National Rank: 286)
5. Thomas Pannone, LHP, JC of Southern Nevada (National Rank: 357)
6. Buddy Borden, RHP, Nevada-Las Vegas (National Rank: 376)
7. Mark Nowaczewski, RHP, Reed HS, Sparks, Nev. (National Rank: 440)
8. Brent McMinn, RHP, Nevada (National Rank: 443)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
9. Brandon Bayardi, OF, Nevada-Las Vegas
10. Evan Van Hoosier, 2B, Southern Nevada JC
11. Conor Harber, OF/RHP, Western Nevada JC
12. Dylan Myers, RHP, Coronado HS, Henderson, Nev.
13. Chris Bradford, RHP, Liberty HS, Henderson, Nev.
14. Chandler Blanchard, RHP, Coronado HS, Henderson, Nev.
15. Dylan Drachler, LHP, Spring Valley HS, Las Vegas
16. Nate Nolan, C, Damonte Ranch HS, Reno
17. Kenny Meimerstorf, OF, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas
18. Morgan Stotts, 1B, JC of Southern Nevada