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2013 Draft State Report: Ohio

The state’s presumed top prospect heading into the spring, Ohio State righthander/first baseman Josh Desze, missed the entire season with a bulging disc in his back that eventually required surgery. Even without him, Ohio has more talent that usual.

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

Three of the Buckeye State’s four best prospects have ties to Kent State: Golden Flashers righthanders Tyler Skulina and Taylor Williams, and Midview High (Grafton) lefthander Eric Lauer, their top recruit. Pitchers dominate the state’s prospect landscape at both the high school and college levels, with Youngstown State third baseman Drew Dosch the only potential early-round position player.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports from Ohio

1. Tyler Skulina, RHP, Kent State (National Rank: 73)
2. Eric Lauer, LHP, Midview HS, Grafton, Ohio (National Rank: 125)
3. Drew Dosch, 3B, Youngstown State (National Rank: 131)
4. Taylor Williams, RHP, Kent State (National Rank: 146)
5. Robert Ziegler, RHP, Defiance (Ohio) HS (National Rank: 207)
6. David Ledbetter, RHP, Cedarville (Ohio) (National Rank: 210)
7. Josh Pierce, RHP, Kent State (National Rank: 366)
8. Brad Goldberg, RHP, Ohio State (National Rank: 444)
9. T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Mason (Ohio) HS (National Rank: 453)
10. Andrew Benintendi, OF, Madeira HS, Cincinnati (National Rank: 486)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

11. Travis Hissong, RHP, Wright State
12. Cory Wilder, RHP, Shawnee HS, Lima, Ohio
13. Eric Dorsch, RHP, Kent State
14. Andrew McDonald, RHP, Mason (Ohio) HS
15. Derek Toadvine, 2B, Kent State
16. Matt Honchel, OF, Miami (Ohio)
17. Justin Glass, OF, Cincinnati
18. Griffin Weir, RHP, Steele HS, Amherst, Ohio
19. Brooks Fiala, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
20. Casey Henn, RHP, Wright State
21. Zach Farmer, RHP, Piketon (Ohio) HS
22. Nick Manuppelli, RHP, Youngstown State
23. George Roberts, 1B/3B, Kent State
24. Christian McElroy, RHP, Cincinnati
25. Ryan Ledbetter, RHP, Cedarville (Ohio)