State Reports: Dakotas

North Dakota, South Dakota

***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here
Scouts had more reason to pay attention to the Dakotas this year. First baseman/outfielder Zac Elgie is the best prospect North Dakota has produced since Darin Erstad came out of high school in 1992. Coach Reggie Christiansen is pumping life into the South Dakota State program, and his Jackrabbits should have a pair of senior signs in third baseman/catcher Craig Parry and shortstop Korby Mintken.




 1. Zac Elgie, 1b/of, Minot (N.D.) HS
 2. Craig Parry, 3b/c, South Dakota State
 3. Korby Mintken, ss, South Dakota State
 4. Jake Laber, lhp, North Dakota State
 5. Sam Lind, ss, Sioux Falls (S.D.) HS


North Dakota Has Rare Talent In Elgie

The only thing stopping first baseman/outfielder Zac Elgie from topping Darin Erstad (Mets, 13th round in 1992) as North Dakota's highest-drafted high schooler ever is signability. Elgie is a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder with impressive bat speed. It has been hard for scouts to see him against good competition, but he did help his cause by slugging 34 homers during American Legion play last summer. Though he has played mostly first base, he has enough athleticism and arm strength to move to an outfield corner or possibly behind the plate. Also a pitcher as well as an all-state performer in football and basketball, Elgie has committed to Kansas. He's believed to be unsignable past the second or third round, and he won't go that high in the draft.

South Dakota State should also have two players taken in the same draft, which hasn't happened since 1985. Craig Parry generates lefthanded power with an uppercut swing, and he has enough arm strength and athleticism that a team could consider making him a full-time catcher in pro ball. Shortstop Korby Mintken also could be on the move, possibly finding a home in center field. Speed is his best tool, and he has solid arm strength and some pop in his bat.