Virginia used to lean on its high school players for the bulk of its production of draft talent, and that has been supplemented in recent years by the rise of the University of Virginia baseball program. Both of those sources continue to be strong, and now the state has the added bonus of prospects at Virginia Tech, a program on the rise that is hosting an NCAA regional for the first time ever.
|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|
Chad Pinder and Tyler Horan are the Hokies’ top prospects, but at least a couple of others players should get drafted. Virginia Tech didn’t rely on lefty Eddie Campbell as much as expected as he had a down season, but he can pitch with an average fastball and flash a solid curveball.
Most of the talent on Virginia’s surprising squad, which is also hosting a regional and entered the tournament as the national No. 6 seed, is concentrated among its underclassmen. Two lefthanders highlight this year’s draftable talent: Kyle Crockett, who ranks in the BA 500, and Scott Silverstein, a fifth-year senior with a long medical history who has been a fixture in the weekend rotation.
Righthander Connor Jones is the state’s top prep, but he sent out a letter to all 30 teams expressing his desire to go to school (at Virginia), so he could fall in the draft. He is part of a strong UVa recruiting class that features homegrown talent including righthander Jack Roberts and lefthander Austin Nicely.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Connor Jones, RHP, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va. (National Rank: 34)
2. Chad Pinder, 3B, Virginia Tech (National Rank: 54)
3. Kyle Crockett, LHP, Virginia (National Rank: 103)
4. Alec Grosser, RHP, Williams HS, Alexandria, Va. (National Rank: 159)
5. Ryan Cordell, OF, Liberty (National Rank: 196)
6. Andy McGuire, 3B, Madison HS, Vienna, Va. (National Rank: 198)
7. Tyler Horan, OF, Virginia Tech (National Rank: 293)
8. Austin Nicely, LHP, Spotswood HS, Penn Laird, Va. (National Rank: 342)
9. Jack Roberts, RHP, James River HS, Midlothian, Va. (National Rank: 360)
10. Bryce Harman, LHP, Bird HS, Dale, Va.
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
11. Josh Richardson, SS, Liberty
12. Andrew Brockett, RHP, Richmond
13. Eddie Campbell, LHP, Virginia Tech
14. John Farrell, RHP, William & Mary
15. Joe Manitply, LHP, Virginia Tech
16. Scott Silverstein, LHP, Virginia
17. Jake Joyce, RHP, Virginia Tech
18. Trey Wimmer, C, Liberty
19. Jeff Kemp, SS, Radford
20. Artie Lewicki, RHP, Virginia
21. Luke Bolka, RHP, Atlee HS, Mechanicsville, Va.
22. Ty McFarland, 3B, James Madison
23. Bill Cullen, OF, Virginia Commonwealth
24. Aaron Myers, RHP, Longwood
25. Anthony Montefusco, RHP, George Mason