2013 State Draft Report: Washington

With high school catcher Reese McGuire and polished Gonzaga lefthander Marco Gonzales, Washington should have two first-round picks for the first time since 2006 and only the third time since the draft became a once a year event in 1987.

THIS YEAR’S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** 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 heavy scouting attention in the state helped a handful of junior college pitchers and other less heralded players pop up late in the spring, and they were easy to crosscheck so that added to the depth of the state’s talent.

While the high school talent in the state seems to be on the upswing, however, the college talent in the state—particularly at Washington and Washington State—has fallen off in recent years as programs from other states raid the prep talent. The top high school players in Washington continue to commit to colleges in Oregon, California and Arizona, and of the six best high school players on the list, just one (lefthander Layne Bruner) is committed to a college in Washington.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports

1. Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS, Covington, Wash (National Rank: 10)
2. Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga (National Rank: 28)
3. Dustin Driver, RHP, Wenatchee (Wash.) HS (National Rank: 106)
4. Trever Morrison, SS, Archbishop Murphy HS, Everett, Wash. (National Rank: 139)
5. Elliot Morris, RHP, Pierce (Wash.) JC (National Rank: 227)
6. Austin Voth, RHP, Washington (National Rank: 260)
7. Jason Monda, OF, Washington State (National Rank: 395)
8. Layne Bruner, LHP, Montesano (Wash.) HS (National Rank: 418)
9. Adam Nelubowich, 3B, Washington State (National Rank: 434)
10. Trace Tam Sing, SS, Washington State (National Rank: 458)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

11. Josh Kimborowic, RHP, Everett (Wash.) CC
12. Nick Lemoncelli, LHP, Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC
13. Tyler Olson, LHP, Gonzaga
14. Nick Palewicz, RHP, Washington
15. Kainoa Ahsing-Kaahanui, 1B, Shoreline (Wash.) CC
16. Dylan LaVelle, 3B, Everett (Wash.) CC
17. Max Beatty, RHP, Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)
18. Chandler Tracy, C, St. Martin’s (Wash.)
19. John Pomeroy, RHP, Mossyrock (Wash.) HS
20. Logan Ice, C, Puyallup (Wash.) HS