Sam Carlson Climbing Up Draft Boards

Since 2000, only 12 players have been drafted and signed out of Minnesota high schools. So far, only two of those players have reached the majors—Brad Hand and Joe Mauer.

Burnsville (Minn.) High senior righthander Sam Carlson is the best prospect to come out of the Gopher State since Mauer, and he's often linked to current Athletics righthander Logan Shore, a 2013 graduate of Coon Rapids (Minn.) High. Shore was picked in the 29th round that year, but he chose instead to enroll at Florida, where his fastball-changeup combo helped him dominate the Southeastern Conference for three years. Shore was a second-round pick of the A’s last June. Carlson is also committed to Florida.

On the summer showcase circuit as a rising senior, Carlson earned attention for his fastball-changeup combo as well. He pitched mostly at 90-91 mph with his fastball, and his changeup was an out pitch for him, especially against lefthanded hitters. Carlson showed flashes with his breaking ball—a loopy, upper 70s curveball—but he wasn't satisfied with where the pitch was at.

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