Utah’s talent is nothing special this year, but the state’s top prospect, Brigham Young outfielder Jacob Hannemann, is one of this draft’s more interesting stories as a two-sport standout who has made significant progress this year after taking two years off to serve a Mormon mission. He’s also the rare draft-eligible freshman, as he is already 22.
|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 toolsy outfielder—who is also a defensive back on the football team—went out and hit .344/.415/.553 to win Mountain West Conference freshman of the year honors. While he’s behind developmentally as a 22-year-old who hasn’t played a lot of baseball and has been away from the game for two years, Hannemann is a special athlete with all-star upside.
The state also has two high school players ranked in the Top 500, which is rare. The last time the Beehive State produced two high school draft picks among the first 500 picks was 2007, when the Rangers took Garrett Nash in the fourth round and the Angels took Tanner Robles in the 14th.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Jacob Hannemann, OF, Brigham Young (National Rank: 214)
2. Taylor Snyder, SS, Salem (Utah) Hills HS (National Rank: 280)
3. Brennon Lund, OF, Bingham HS, South Jordan, Utah (National Rank: 310)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
4. Adam Miller, RHP, Brigham Young
5. Jaycob Brugman, OF, Brigham Young
6. Tanner Draper, RHP, Riverton (Utah) HS
7. Adam Law, 2B, Brigham Young
8. Chase Rezac, RHP, Utah