Since baseball moved to a single June draft in 1987, the state of New Mexico has produced two first-round picks—Shane Andrews to the Expos in 1990 and Blake Swihart to the Red Sox in 2011—and both have been high school players. The Land of Enchantment should add a new first-rounder to that elite group this year, and this time it will be a college player.
|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|
New Mexico third baseman D.J. Peterson is considered a surefire first-rounder and could be the school’s highest-drafted player ever. (Lefthander Kevin Andersh was the 15th overall pick in the June 1984 draft by the Pirates.) Peterson’s 18 home runs helped the Lobos to a 37-20 record in the regular season and a regional bid. Peterson got protection in the lineup from senior catcher Mitch Garver, and the two shared Mountain West Conference player of the year honors.
Righthander Nic Pivetta should also become the highest-drafted player from his school (New Mexico JC), as he could go as high as the second round. If the state produces two players in the first 100 picks, it will be the first time that has happened in the regular phase of the draft since 1972.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico (National Rank: 12)
2. Nic Pivetta, RHP, New Mexico JC (National Rank: 105)
3. Mitch Garver, C, New Mexico (National Rank: 234)
4. Sam Wolff, RHP, New Mexico (National Rank: 273)
5. Marcus Greene, C, New Mexico JC (National Rank: 330)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
6. Tanner Rust, C, New Mexico State
7. Ryan Beck, LHP, New Mexico State
8. Tyler Gibson, RHP/SS, New Mexico Military JC