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2016 State Draft Report: New Mexico

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Over the past decade, New Mexico has pumped out quality Major League players like Ken Giles, Blake Swihart and Matt Moore, as well as solid prospects like Alex Bregman. This year, the state lacks a top of the draft talent, but there is plenty to like in New Mexico State toolshed Daniel Johnson, and there are a couple of projectable high school talents in Drew Gillespie and Nathaniel Garley.  
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1. Daniel Johnson, of, New Mexico State (National Rank: 222) 2. Joe Galindo, rhp, New Mexico State (National Rank: 317)  
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3. Chris DeVito, 1b/c, New Mexico 4. Carson Schneider, lhp, New Mexico 5. Luis Pintor, ss/2b, New Mexico JC 6. Dalton Bowers, ss, New Mexico 7. Drew Gillespie, rhp, Sandia HS, Albuquerque 8. Nathaniel Garley, rhp, El Dorado HS, Albuquerque 9. Victor Sanchez, rhp, New Mexico  
Chris DeVito, 1b/c, New Mexico

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- The lefthanded slugger has been one of the Lobos’ top bats during his team’s surprising run to the Mountain West Conference championship. DeVito led New Mexico in hitting (.379) and finished second in home runs (16) while playing home games in the school’s extreme hitting environment. DeVito has plus raw power and gets leverage in his swing but has below-average bat speed. He’s not an exceptional athlete and has bottom of the scale speed, but some team may bet on the power to take him in the first 10-12 rounds. The other problem is that DeVito, who caught and played first base for the Lobos, is at his best only in the batter's box.

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