1. *B.J. Garbe, of, Moses Lake HS
No area of the country is as rich in talent as Washington, which occasionally produces a first-round pick but should have at least five first-rounders this year. The area has been flooded with scouts all spring . . . On its own, little Moses Lake in central Washington will contribute three prime-time picks and stake a claim to a fourth, since University of Washington RHP Jeff Heaverlo has roots in Moses Lake . . . OF/RHP B.J. Garbe is the state's biggest attraction and its most decorated high school athlete. He made a name for himself last summer at the Babe Ruth 16-18 World Series when he led his team to the title and was selected the tournament MVP. He later was Washington's 3-A football player of the year--an endorsement of his all-around athletic ability. He's an outstanding two-way player at the high school level and was more dominant this season as a pitcher, his secondary position, compiling an 8-0, 0.55 record with 105 strikeouts out in 51 innings. His fastball was clocked from 92-94 mph. It's his skills as an everyday player, though, that get scouts excited and should lead to his being one of the first five or six players drafted. He has outstanding bat speed with a compact, level swing and great extension. He can run and throw with above-average ability and does everything with grace. Garbe also has a sense of theatrics. In one game this spring, he threw a shutout, struck out 19 and slugged a pair of homers . . . Garbe's teammate, OF Jason Cooper, also was a strong candidate for the first round, but his stock slipped a bit with an uneven performance. If he should happen to join Garbe in the first round, it would mark just the third time two players from the same high school team were first-round picks in the same draft. Cooper, a lefthanded hitter, provides a perfect complement to the righthanded-hitting Garbe in the Moses Lake batting order. He swings the bat hard, plays hard and is intelligent enough to make adjustments as needed. He and Garbe have both committed to Stanford . . . Switch-hitting C Ryan Doumit, son of Chiefs coach Pete Doumit, is the third member of Moses Lake High's nationally ranked team to generate strong interest. Having Garbe and Cooper as teammates has no doubt helped his cause, but he can throw and has a chance with the bat. He'll probably be drafted after the fifth round because of a lack of speed . . . Heaverlo, whose father Dave grew up in Moses Lake and went on to pitch in the big leagues, is an almost certain first-rounder. Shaky performances in the weeks leading up to the draft probably caused his stock to slip. He has command of four pitches, including a 91-92-mph fastball and a slider--his best pitch, though he tends to use it too much. Scouts like to compare Heaverlo to former Stanford pitcher Jeff Austin, the first righthander drafted last year. His repertoire is similar in almost every respect, except Heaverlo has a better breaking ball . . . The Western half of the state has its share of top prospects, none of whom has risen faster than 6-foot-3, 215-pound RHP Jason Stumm He threw only in the high 80s last summer but was consistently at 94-95 mph this spring with an 84-85-mph slider. He has good command of all his pitches and competes hard. At least 40 scouts saw all of Stumm's starts down the stretch, and many walked away calling him the second coming of Roger Clemens . . . Six-foot-4 LHP Ty Howington was the best-known player among the current group of Washington high school phenoms when all were sophomores. His mechanics fell out of sync a year ago only to return this year. He has nasty stuff with a big, loose projectable body. But he's the only one of the state's premium high school players not signed to a major college, which may hurt his negotiating leverage . . . At 6-foot-1, RHP Gerik Baxter doesn't have the physical presence of Howington or Stumm but throws every bit as hard. However, his velocity tends to fall off after three or four innings and his breaking ball was not as sharp this year as last, when he was the highest rated of the three . . . Six-foot-7 RHP Travis Anderson is a power guy all the way. He has the body and arm to be a first-round pick, but a disappointing performance this spring killed his chances. At 93-95 mph, his fastball is harder than Heaverlo's but straighter, and he doesn't keep it down in the strike zone as well. His breaking stuff also is inconsistent but he's the kind of pitcher who should benefit greatly when pitching against wood bats . . . C Dominic Woody has suspect catching and throwing skills, but it should only marginally drop him in the draft because he is viewed as more of an offensive player. He has good bat speed and runs well, so should move to one of the four corner positions with ease, if the need arises . . SS/OF Jason Repko's speed should take him places. He is one of the fastest players in the draft and demonstrated much more than just speed this spring. He was clocked at 88-89 mph off the mound and put on an unexpected display of power by hitting .581 with 18 homers. He reminds scouts of former Washington high school shortstop Ryne Sandberg, right down to the short, compact swing.
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