The Beaver State continues to establish itself as a college baseball hotbed. The state’s two major Division I programs both finished the regular season in Baseball America’s Top 10 and as national seeds for NCAA regionals. So it’s not surprising that they also dominate the state’s draft talent.
|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|
Oregon State will be making its 14th postseason appearance and fifth straight and finished the regular season as BA’s No. 4 team after winning the Pacific-12 Conference. The Beavers put together a 45-10 regular-season record on the strength of their pitching, and their team ERA was a minuscule 2.15, better than the previous school record of 2.32, set in 1964 when the NCAA still used wood bats. Still, the state’s two best draft prospects come from Oregon, which finished the regular season ranked ninth in the country and at 45-14 has a chance to set a new school record for wins.
It is worth pointing out that most of the state’s draft talent is imported. Oregon typically isn’t a great state for high school talent, and most of the college draft picks come from other Western states. This year, for example, of the 17 players from four-year schools on our list, just three originally hail from Oregon.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Ryon Healy, 1B, Oregon (National Rank: 86)
2. Jimmie Sherfy, RHP, Oregon (National Rank: 94)
3. Matt Boyd, LHP, Oregon State (National Rank: 178)
4. Ben Wetzler, LHP, Oregon State (National Rank: 243)
5. Dan Child, RHP, Oregon State (National Rank: 275)
6. Brett Thomas, OF, Oregon (National Rank: 318)
7. Keynan Middleton, RHP, Lane (Ore.) CC (National Rank: 319)
8. Jake Rodriguez, C, Oregon State (National Rank: 394)
9. J.J. Altobelli, SS, Oregon (National Rank: 459)
10. Tyler Smith, SS, Oregon State (National Rank: 460)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
11. Cole Wiper, RHP, Oregon
12. Scott Schultz, RHP, Oregon State
13. Christian Jones, LHP, Oregon
14. Jake Thompson, RHP, Central HS, Independence, Ore.
15. Reza Aleaziz, RHP, Southridge HS, Beaverton, Ore.
16. Tony Bryant, RHP, Oregon State
17. Blake Miller, SS, Western Oregon
18. Josh Rapacz, C, George Fox (Ore.)
19. A.J. Burke, RHP, Western Oregon
20. Tim Wilson, 2B, Linfield (Ore.)