This is one of the best years in recent memory for Virginia. This year provided the perfect confluence of factors: a strong high school crop that was buoyed by the reclassification of a potential first-rounder (Jacob Bukauskas) and the college programs winning and producing prospects at a high level.
Four Virginia college teams made regions, led by No. 3 national seed Virginia, which has three players (Derek Fisher, Nick Howard and Mike Papi) who could be selected in the top two rounds.
It was a four-star state last year when it had 11 players ranked in the top 500 and six in the top 200 with its highest-ranked prospect at No. 34. This year’s crop in Virginia is vastly superior, with 21 players in the top 500, 11 in the top 200 and three of the top 33 prospects.
The high school crop is deep in arms with five arms that have the talent to be considered in the top five rounds.
Three high schoolers outside the top 500 are committed to Virginia. Lefthander/ first baseman Hunter Williams has a big body, strength and a fastball that touches 93. Shortstop Jack Gerstenmaier is a heady middle infielder with a contact-oriented bat who will likely move to second base in the pros.
Third baseman Charlie Cody was a heralded underclassman who didn't hit as much as expected on the showcase circuit but has some strength to his swing, power potential and an average arm. Jason Morgan, a North Carolina commit, has a long, projectable build at 6-foot-5, 212 pounds and touched 91 at East Coast Pro.
|BA 500 PROSPECTS|
|Name||Pos.||National Rk||State Rk||School||Source|
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|Jacob Bukauskas||RHP||33||3||Stone Bridge HS, Ashburn, Va.||HS|
|Mark Zagunis||C||111||5||Virginia Tech||4YR|
|Nick Wells||LHP||119||6||Battlefield HS, Haymarket, Va.||HS|
|Blake Bivens||RHP||124||7||Washington HS, Danville, Va.||HS|
|Michael Katz||1B||177||9||William & Mary||4YR|
|Derek Casey||RHP||193||10||Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va.||HS|
|Devon Fisher||C||194||11||Western Branch HS, Chesapeake, Va.||HS|
|Tommy Doyle||RHP||215||14||Flint Hill||HS|
|Hunter Taylor||C/3B/OF||248||16||Nandua HS, Onley, Va.||HS|
|Chris Huffman||RHP||295||17||James Madison||4YR|
|Connor Overton||RHP||387||20||Old Dominion||4YR|
|Ryan Yarbrough||LHP||407||21||Old Dominion||4YR|
|OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE|
|Name||POS||National Rank||State Rank||School||Source|
|Hunter Williams||LHP/1B||22||Cosby HS, Chesterfield, Va.||HS|
|Jack Gerstenmaier||SS||23||Freeman HS, Richmond, Va.||HS|
|Ty McFarland||3B||24||James Madison||COL|
|Matt Blanchard||RHP||25||Virginia Commonwealth||COL|
|Jason Morgan||RHP||28||Chancellor HS, Fredericksburg, Va.||HS|
|Charlie Cody||3B||29||Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va.||HS|
|Brad Markey||RHP||30||Virginia Tech||COL|
|Chase Pinder||OF||32||Poquoson (Va.) HS||HS|
|Sean Keselica||LHP||33||Virginia Tech||COL|
|Connor Bach||LHP||34||Virginia Military Institute||COL|
|Brett Langhorne||SS||35||Davis HS, Mechanicsville, Va.||HS|