Crosscheckers were secretly cheering last summer when they realized that the 2013 draft class would have a handful of players in Hawaii that they would need to scout. Three high school players made the BA 500, which is significant.
|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 last time Hawaii has had three high school players drafted in the top 500 picks was in 2010, but this year’s crop looks better.
The college crop is down, as there aren’t any impact players, but that could change in a few years if any of the top three high school players from the islands don’t sign—they are all committed to Hawaii.
This could also be the first time since 2008 that a player will be drafted from Alaska. Righthander Johnny Meszaros has a projectable build at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, along with a fastball that was clocked as high as 92 mph this spring. If he doesn’t sign, he is committed to Central Arizona JC.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Kean Wong, 2B, Waiakea HS, Hilo, Hawaii (National Rank: 219)
2. Iolana Akau, C, St. Louis HS, Honolulu (National Rank: 359)
3. Marcus Doi, OF, Mid Pacific Institute, Honolulu (National Rank: 388)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
4. Johnny Meszaros, RHP, Service HS, Anchorage
5. Connor Little, RHP, Hawaii
6. Piikea Kitamura, 3B, Hawaii
7. Mark Karaviotis, SS, Maui HS, Kahului, Hawaii