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2017 State Draft Report: Missouri

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Rating compares this year's group to what a state typically produces, not to other states
Jon Harris is the only Missouri first-round pick this decade, but Jake Burger and Tanner Houck may double that count this year, making it a very solid year at the top of the draft for Missouri.

Bryce Montes de Oca, Jackson Rutledge and Division III standout Josh Fleming gives a little depth to the Missouri draft class as well.

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1. Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State (20) 2. Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri (22) 3. Bryce Montes de Oca, RHP, Missouri (146) 4. Jackson Rutledge, RHP, Rockwood Summitt HS, Fenton, Mo. (183) 5. Josh Fleming, LHP, Webster (Mo.) (210)
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6. Brian Young, RHP, Missouri State 7. Brett Bond, C, Missouri 8. Robbie Glendinning, INF, Missouri 9. Matt Russell, RHP, Staley HS, Kansas City, Mo. 10. Justin Mitchell, C, Platte County HS, Platte City, Mo. 11. Mark Vierling, SS, Christian Brothers HS, St. Louis, Mo. 12. Elvis Peralta, 2B, Crowder (Mo.) JC 13. Kyle Wilson, RHP, Crowder (Mo.) JC 14. Aaron Ashby, LHP, Crowder (Mo.) JC 15. Danny Holst, OF, Southeast Missouri State 16. Kyle Uhrich, RHP/1B, Webster (Mo.)

Brian Young, RHP, Missouri State The Bears' senior closer just wrapped up a dominant season that saw him go 1-1, 1.53 with a .118 average against and 47 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

Brett Bond, C, Missouri Bond is a solid defender behind the plate, but he offers real power in the batter's box as a switch hitter. He had somewhat of a breakout 2017 season, hitting a career-best .307/.385/.507 but scouts are skeptical of his true hitting ability after hitting .219 as a sophomore and two mediocre summers. He's better from the right-handed side at the plate, with a more compact swing and was ranked the No. 7 prospect in the MINK League in 2015—the same year he homered off of A.J. Puk.

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Elvis Peralta, 2B, Crowder (Mo.) JC Peralta is an athletic, fast-twitch middle infielder with good actions defensively and is coming off of a breakout year at the plate. After homering just once and stealing four bases in 2016 in 20 games, Peralta homered 11 times and swiped 30 bags while leading all Division I NJCAA players with 260 at-bats. He was second on Crowder with a .381 average, but led the team in slugging (.658) and was fifth in Division I with 171 total bases.

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