Northwest scouts, who usually concentrate most of their scouting attention on Washington and Oregon, logged plenty of miles this spring, as the vast Upper Rockies produced two premium high school position players in Idaho. The Upper Rockies also includes Montana and Wyoming, and talent is usually sparse not only because of the weather but also because Montana and Wyoming do not have spring high school baseball seasons. So a couple of players in the top 150 players in BA’s predraft rankings qualifies as a flood of talent.
|THIS YEAR’S CROP|
|*****||One for the books|
|***||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|
As a Boise State football recruit, Joey Martarano could be a tough sign, but he and Mason Smith are both top-five-round picks on talent. The last time Idaho had even one high school player go in the first five rounds was 1999, when righthander Mat Thompson went to the Red Sox in the second round.
As usual, the area doesn't offer much in the way of college talent, but scouts like a couple of bats at perennial Idaho NAIA power Lewis-Clark State, and Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) outfielder Logan Parker is an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale.
|NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS|
|BA 500 Scouting Reports|
1. Mason Smith, OF, Rocky Mountain HS, Meridian, Idaho (National Rank: 101)
2. Joey Martarano, 3B, Fruitland (Idaho) HS (National Rank: 149)
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
3. Brady Steiger, 1B, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
4. Ryan Sells, 3B, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
5. Logan Parker, OF, Northwest Nazarene
6. Toby Anderson, RHP, Skyview HS, Nampa, Idaho
7. Mitchell Bevacqua, SS, Lake City HS, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
8. Isaac Anderson, RHP, JC of Southern Idaho
9. Dan Reese, C, Natrona County HS, Casper, Wyo.
10. Sam Paterson, LHP, Montana State