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2013 Draft State Report: Oklahoma

Oklahoma righthander Jonathan Gray could become the second No. 1 overall selection in the state’s history, joining Oral Roberts righty Mike Moore (1981). Righthander Alex Gonzalez is the Golden Eagles’ best prospect since Moore, and he and Yukon High catcher Jonathan Denney could team with Gray to give the Sooner State three first-rounders—something else that has happened just once before, in 1971.

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

College pitchers Jason Hursh (Oklahoma State), Dillon Overton (Oklahoma) and Teddy Stankewicz (Seminole State JC) all should factor into the top two rounds, while high school third basemen Trey Michalczewski (Jenks) and Drew Ward (Leedey) could come off the board in the third.

One complication cropped up with Gray in the days before the draft as word came out that he and another pitcher had tested positive for the banned stimulant Adderall. The test was not expected to affect Gray’s draft status.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports for Oklahoma

1. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma (National Rank: 1)
2. Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts (National Rank: 19)
3. Jonathan Denney, C, Yukon (Okla.) HS (National Rank: 25)
4. Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State (National Rank: 46)
5. Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma (National Rank: 60)
6. Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State (Okla.) JC (National Rank: 77)
7. Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Jenks (Okla.) HS (National Rank: 81)
8. Drew Ward, 3B/1B, Leedey (Okla.) HS (National Rank: 87)
9. Matt Oberste, 1B, Oklahoma (National Rank: 120)
10. Thomas Hatch, RHP, Jenks (Okla.) HS (National Rank: 128)
11. Chase Jensen, SS, Oklahoma City (National Rank: 261)
12. Sherman LaCrus, OF, Western Oklahoma State JC (National Rank: 328)
13. Sicnarf Loopstok, C/INF, Western Oklahoma State JC (National Rank: 338)
14. Willie Allen, OF, Western Oklahoma State JC (National Rank: 339)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

15. Billy Waltrip, LHP, Oklahoma (National Rank: 356)
16. Shane Henderson, RHP, Oklahoma City (National Rank: 428)
17. Cale Coshow, RHP, Oklahoma Christian (National Rank: 431)
18. Max White, OF, Oklahoma
19. Tanner Krietemeier, 1B, Oklahoma State
20. Nolan McCutcheon, LHP, Glenpool (Okla.) HS
21. Blake Battenfield, RHP, Verdigris HS, Claremore, Okla.
22. Jorge Perez, RHP, Seminole State (Okla.) JC
23. Blake McMullen, RHP, Science and Arts of Oklahoma
24. Caleb Simpson, RHP/C, Seminole State (Okla.) JC
25. Daniel Salters, C, Eastern Oklahoma State JC
26. Zack Jackson, RHP, Berryhill HS, Tulsa
27. Trey Cobb, RHP, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
28. Victor Romero, C, Oklahoma State
29. Billy Love, RHP, Seminole State (Okla.) JC
30. Chris Munoz, 3B, Oklahoma City