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2016 State Draft Report: Virginia

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The state of Virginia didn't produce a first-rounder last year, with the highest pick being Virginia lefthander Nathan Kirby, who went 40th overall to the Brewers. This year, the state has a chance for two first-rounders in powerful Virginia catcher Matt Thaiss and righthander Connor Jones—although Jones' stock has slipped some of late. Behind them, Joe Rizzo stands out as one of the better pure high school hitters in the draft class, Khalil Lee provides intrigue as a two-way player whose been up to 94 mph from the left side, and then there's a bevy of promising high school arms from Virginia commit Noah Murdock to hard-throwing righthander Zack Hess.
NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
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1. Connor Jones, rhp, Virginia (National Rank: 24) 2. Matt Thaiss, c, Virginia (National Rank: 28) 3. Joe Rizzo, 3b, Oakton HS, Vienna, Va. (National Rank: 40) 4. Khalil Lee, of, Flint Hill School, Oakton, Va. (National Rank: 121) 5. Noah Murdock, rhp, Colonial Heights (Va.) HS (National Rank: 143) 6. Zack Hess, rhp, Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, Va. (National Rank: 167) 7. Brenan Hanifee, rhp, Turner Ashby HS, Bridgewater, Va. (National Rank: 181) 8. Daniel Pinero, ss, Virginia (National Rank: 369) 9. Jonah McReynolds, ss, Patrick Henry (Va.) CC (National Rank: 417) 10. Garrett Stallings, rhp, Grassfield HS, Chesapeake, Va. (National Rank: 437)  
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11. Phil Morse, rhp, Shenandoah (Va.) 12. Saige Jenco, of, Virginia Tech 13. Jake Agnos, lhp, Battlefield High, Haymarket, Va. 14. Michael Bienlien, rhp, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va. 15. Bobby Nicholson, rhp, St. Anne's-Belfield HS, Charlottesville, Va. 16. Cayman Richardson, ss, Hanover HS, Mechanicsville, Va. 17. Parker Bean, rhp, Liberty 18. Jackson Rivera, rhp, Prince George (Va.) HS 19. Alec Bettinger, rhp, Virginia 20. Yashuan Santiago, rhp, Patrick Henry CC (Va.) 21. Andrew Yacyk, 1b, Liberty 22. Aaron McGarity, rhp, Virginia Tech 23. Logan Farrar, of, Virginia Commonwealth 24. Vinnie Pasquantino, 1b, James River HS, Midlothian, Va. 25. Will Shepherd, 2b, Liberty 26. Rashad Stewart, 2b, Patrick Henry CC (Va.) 27. Dalton Britt, ss, Liberty  
ADDITIONAL SCOUTING REPORTS
Saige Jenco, of, Virginia Tech - Jenco has plus speed as his carrying tool. He’s been banged up over the course of his Virginia Tech career, but the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is a true burner who needs to refine his stolen-base technique. He fits the leadoff-hitter profile as a lefthanded hitter with speed and plate discipline (103 BB, 93 SO career). He’s got center-field range with a well below-average throwing arm. Jake Agnos, lhp, Battlefield High, Haymarket, Va. - An undersized lefthander below 6 feet, Agnos has touched as high as 92 mph but doesn't reach that velocity consistently, working more in the 86-88 range and pairing it with an above-average breaking ball. Committed to East Carolina, Agnos will likely get to campus. Michael Bienlien, rhp, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va. - From the same high school as Virginia righthander Connor Jones, Bienlien also throws with above-average sink on his fastball but doesn't quite have the velocity of Jones, working 88-90 mph and touching as high as 92. His secondary stuff needs work, but scouts like his body. Orginally committed South Carolina, he switched to North Carolina State. Parker Bean, rhp, Liberty - Bean has an attractive prospect profile as a 6-foot-5, 250-pound righthander who works in the low 90s. But after performing for two seasons, Bean struggled this spring, walking 45 in 35 innings and going 1-1, 6.11. Andrew Yacyk, 1b, Liberty
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