State Report: Illinois

The state of Illinois hasn’t produced a first-rounder since Kris Honel in 2001, and that streak likely won’t end this year because top prospect Mike Foltynewicz fits more in the sandwich round. Foltynewicz headlines a deep crop of high school arms, many of whom could be early picks three years from now after time in college. The state does not have much in the way of position players. The colleges are barren, there’s divided opinion on Wabash Valley CC outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. and the best high school bat, St. Rita outfielder Mark Payton, stands just 5-foot-8.

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