The talent in Tennessee this was solid from a college standpoint and down significantly in the high school ranks.
Lefthander Justus Sheffield is the headlining high school prospect and is likely to go in the first two rounds but the state only has one other prep pitcher in the top 500. Last year’s banner crop of prep arms had four in the top 200.
Two of the more talented high school players in the state didn't progress as expected. Righthander Kevin Steen, a Tennessee commit, started slow after a long basketball season but offers athleticism, a projectable body and a quick arm that was up to 92 on the showcase circuit. Hunter Tackett is an athletic outfielder who looks the part in a uniform and offers an intriguing collection of tools.
While the University of Tennessee is light from a talent standpoint for this year, it should provide a much stronger presence with a core of position players.
Tennessee Tech righthanded reliever Seth Lucio could slide into the back half of the top 10 rounds. He is undersized at 5-foot-10, but has touched 96. His breaking stuff is inconsistent but shows enough to project average.
|BA 500 PROSPECTS|
|Name||Pos.||National Rk||State Rk||School||Source|
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|Justus Sheffield||LHP||49||2||Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS||HS|
|Lane Thomas||OF/SS||172||4||Bearden HS, Knoxville, Tenn.||HS|
|Brent Honeywell||RHP||195||5||Walters State (Tenn.) CC||JC|
|Sam McWilliams||RHP||227||6||Beech HS, Hendersonville, Tenn.||HS|
|David Hess||RHP||267||8||Tennessee Tech||4YR|
|Zac Curtis||RHP||373||9||Middle Tennessee State||4YR|
|Clinton Freeman||1B||408||10||East Tennessee State||4YR|
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
|Name||POS||National Rank||State Rank||School||Source|
|Dale Burdick||SS||12||Summit HS, Spring Hill, Tenn.||HS|
|Seth Lucio||RHP||13||Tennessee Tech||COL|
|Brett Martin||LHP||14||Walters State||JC|
|Hunter Tackett||OF||16||Anderson County, Heiskell, Tenn.||HS|
|Kevin Steen||RHP||17||Oak Ridge (Tenn.) HS||HS|
|Jonathan Frebis||LHP||20||Middle Tennessee State||COL|
|Matt Pope||RHP||21||Walters State||JC|
|Trent Miller||1B||28||Middle Tennessee State||COL|
|Brandon Thomasson||1B||29||Tennessee Tech||COL|
|Ryan Quick||RHP||30||Austin Peay State||COL|
|Colton Hathcock||RHP||32||Brighton HS, Atoka, Tenn.||HS|
|K.J. Hockaday||3B||34||Tennessee Wesleyan||COL|
|Michael Adkins||C||36||Middle Tennessee State||COL|
|Brady Puckett||RHP||37||Riverdale HS, Murfreesboro, Tenn.||HS|
|Keaton Baker||RHP||39||Middle Tennessee State||COL|
|Wesley Roberson||MIF||40||Houston HS, Germantown, Tenn.||HS|