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2016 State Draft Report: Connecticut

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CROP RATING
updated_state_rating_three_starSolid, not spectacular
Rating compares this year's group to what a state typically produces, not to other states
In recent years, the state of Connecticut has churned out star players Matt Harvey and George Springer, and one top prospect in Sean Newcomb. Only ten players have been selected in the first round directly out of Connecticut. This year, UConn lefthander Anthony Kay could become the eleventh. After Kay, there's decent depth in the state this year, with a potential starting pitching prospect in Quinnipiac's Thomas Jankins, and there are several prep talents with upside. Holden White, Matt Cleveland and Matt Gill have also shown flashes on the mound, and Chris Winkel was one of the most impressive offensive performers at last summer's Area Code Games. It's not the best group Connecticut has ever seen, but there's depth and some impact potential.
NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports
1. Anthony Kay, lhp, Connecticut (National Rank: 35) 2. Thomas Jankins, rhp, Quinnipiac (National Rank: 172) 3. Matt Cleveland, rhp, Windsor (Conn.) HS (National Rank: 256) 4. Chris Winkel, 1b, Amity Regional HS, Woodbridge, Conn. (National Rank: 342) 5. Holden White, lhp, Kingswood Oxford HS, West Hartford, Conn. (National Rank: 390) 6. Matt Gill, rhp, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms HS (National Rank: 398)  
OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE
2016 Draft Map
7. Chasen Ford, rhp, Yale 8. Nicholas Mondak, lhp, Watertown (Conn.) HS 9. Pat Ruotolo, rhp, Connecticut 10. Jimmy Titus, ss/rhp, East Catholic HS, Manchester, Conn. 11. Sal Gozzo, ss, Mark T. Sheehan HS, Wallingford, Conn. 12. Paul Gozzo, c, Mark T. Sheehan HS, Wallingford, Conn. 13. David MacKinnon, 1b, Hartford 14. Bobby Melley, 1b, Connecticut 15. Zack Short, ss, Sacred Heart 16. Anthony Alicki, rhp, Bridgeport (Conn.) 17. Connor Fitzsimons, c, Central Connecticut State 18. Jake Salpietro, of, Fairfield 19. Dakota Edwards, rhp, Bridgeport (Conn.) 20. Jason Foley, rhp, Sacred Heart 21. Joe DeRoche-Duffin, 1b/dh, Connecticut 22. Cameron Kovachik, rhp, Masuk HS, Monroe, Conn. 23. Devin Over, rhp, Connecticut  
ADDITIONAL SCOUTING REPORTS
Chasen Ford, rhp, Yale
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Worth The Wait: Zac Veen's Star Turn Was Years In The Making

Six years after riding his bike to the field everyday for the chance to tag along at the team's practice, Zac Veen is a surefire first-round pick in this year's draft.

- The Colorado high school catcher may be one of the most talented prep players in the Four Corners area, but is also the least likely to sign due to his strong Stanford commitment. Handley has a strong, stocky frame with quick-twitch athleticism and great makeup and intelligence. He moves well behind the plate, receives the ball well and has good game-calling skills, flashing at least average arm strength with regular sub-2.0 pop times. At the plate, Handley has good bat speed and gets extension through the zone, resulting in loud contact. Handley has enough bat to handle a corner infield position in addition to his normal catcher role.

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