Scouting Reports: Dakotas

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From a physical standpoint, 6-foot-8 high school righthander Tanner
Lorenz is the most intriguing Dakotas prospect in recent memory.
Shortstop Jake Rogers is the best current professional prospect,
hailing from a resurgent South Dakota State program that won 34 games,
the third-most in school history, as it makes the transition to NCAA
Division I.

1. Tanner Lorenz, rhp, Harvey (N.D.) HS
2. Jake Rogers, ss, South Dakota State
3. Mike Loberg, of, Augustana (S.D.)
4. Erik DeJong, 3b/1b, Roosevelt HS, Sioux Falls, S.D.
5. Nick Adams, of, South Dakota State
6. Tyson Fisher, 1b, South Dakota State
7. Matt Massey, ss/rhp, North Dakota State
8. Greg Biagi, ss, Dakota State (S.D.)
9. Cal Lewis, 3b, South Dakota State
10. Jake Laber, lhp, North Dakota State


Lorenz Offers Attractive Projection

Righthander Tanner Lorenz
came down with shoulder soreness early in the spring, so he hasn’t
gotten much exposure. Still, it’s easy to dream on a 6-foot-8,
205-pound righthander with some arm strength. His command and secondary
pitches still need work, and he’d be an ideal draft-and-follow
candidate if MLB hadn’t ended that process. Lorenz is expected to
attend Iowa Western Community College.

Like he was a year ago, when he went undrafted as a junior, shortstop Jake Rogers
is the best college position player prospect in the Dakotas. He has
some bat speed and arm strength, though he’ll probably have to move to
second base in pro ball. Idaho’s high school player of the year in
2003, Rogers spent two years at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College
before joining the Jackrabbits.

Outfielder Mike Loberg
hit .325 with wood bats to finish second in the Northwoods League
batting race last summer, up from a .213 average in his first taste of
the league in 2005. He bats lefthanded, offers gap power and has a
strong 6-foot-4, 225-pound build. He also has the arm strength for
right field and doubled as a starting pitcher for Augustana.

Erik DeJong
stands out most for his bat speed and power potential. Committed to
South Dakota State, he could move from third to first base in college.

Outfielder Nick Adams
began is college career with a redshirt season at Wichita State before
transferring to South Dakota State. He may not be more than a senior
sign for 2008 because he needs to add strength to his 6-foot-1,
175-pound frame, but he started to drive more pitches toward the end of
the spring. He has good speed and will get challenged in the Jayhawk
League this summer.