Talent in the Desert State this year stands out most for its bloodlines. The top high school players in the state all have relatives with baseball ties. Desert Ridge High shortstop Riley Unroe is the son of Tim, a longtime minor leaguer who spent parts of five years in the big leagues. Gilbert High third baseman Dustin Peterson is expected to be the second player in his family drafted in 2013, following older brother D.J., a slugging third baseman now at New Mexico who should be a first-round pick. Hamilton High first baseman Cody Bellinger is the son of Clay, who won two World Series rings with the Yankees.
|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|
The state does not have a surefire first-rounder this year, and the talent in the high school class is notably better than the college class. Arizona failed to make regionals this season after winning the College World Series in 2012. Arizona State is in the postseason, and the Sun Devils will likely have more players drafted than the Wildcats, too. As usual, the state has a solid number of junior college prospects.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Riley Unroe, SS, Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Ariz. (National Rank: 53)
2. Dustin Peterson, 3B, Gilbert (Ariz.) HS (National Rank: 62)
3. Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State (National Rank: 74)
4. Cody Bellinger, 1B, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz. (National Rank: 91)
5. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC (National Rank: 123)
6. Brandon Dixon, 3B, Arizona (National Rank: 154)
7. Jamie Westbrook, 2B, Basha HS, Chandler, Ariz. (National Rank: 163)
8. Chris Freudenberg, LHP, South Mountain (Ariz.) CC (National Rank: 244)
9. Konner Wade, RHP, Arizona (National Rank: 403)
10. Johnny Field, 2B, Arizona (National Rank: 422)
11. Tyler Viza, RHP, Desert Vista HS, Phoenix (National Rank: 427)
12. David Masters, SS, Central Arizona JC (National Rank: 461)
13. Max Rossiter, C, Arizona State (National Rank: 475)
14. Calvin Drummond, RHP, Arizona Christian (National Rank: 477)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
15. James Farris, RHP, Arizona
16. Austin Schnabel, RHP, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, Ariz.
17. Michael Benjamin, 3B, Arizona State
18. Patrick Murphy, RHP, Hamilton HS, Chandler, Ariz.
19. Kasey Coffman, OF, Arizona State
20. Joey Wise, RHP, Cactus Shadows HS, Cave Creek, Ariz.
21. Sean Hurley, OF, Central Arizona JC
22. Jordan Kipper, RHP, Central Arizona JC
23. Trever Allen, OF, Arizona State
24. Nick Cunningham, RHP, Arizona
25. Hyrum Formo, RHP, Pima (Ariz.) CC
26. Ricky Jacquez, RHP, Central Arizona JC
27. Sebastian Kessay, LHP, Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC
28. Alex Blackford, RHP, Arizona State
29. Eric Urry, 1B, Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC
30. Zach Winn, RHP, Show Low (Ariz.) HS
31. Seth Martinez, RHP, Sunrise Mountain HS, Peoria, Ariz.
32. James McDonald, 2B, Arizona State
33. Colton Thompson, LHP, Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC
34. Orrin Sears, OF, Arizona Christian
35. Zack Zoellner, 1B, Gilbert (Ariz.) HS
36. Bryce Greager, 3B, Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC
37. Max Schuman, C, Arcadia HS, Phoenix
38. David Greer, 3B, Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
39. Cody Farrell, C, Central Arizona JC
40. Joel Thys, C, Arizona Christian
41. Brantley Bell, ss, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix
42. Michael Howard, of/lhp, Yavapai (Ariz.) JC
43. Spencer O¹Neil, of, Central Arizona JC
44. Tony Blanford, rhp, Central Arizona JC
45. Niccioli Blank, rhp, Central Arizona JC