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2017 State Draft Report: Washington

updated_state_rating_five_starSolid, not spectacular
Rating compares this year's group to what a state typically produces, not to other states
It may have seemingly rained all March in Washington state, but it still shapes up to be a relatively solid college class for the draft this year, although the high school talent is a little down from what it has been in some recent years.
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1. Joey Morgan, C, Washington (107) 2. Tarik Skubal, LHP, Seattle (156) 3. Jesse Franklin, OF, Seattle Prep (230) 4. Eli Morgan, RHP, Gonzaga (257) 5. Mason Martin, 1B, Southridge HS, Kennewick, Wash. (312) 6. Noah Bremer, RHP, Washington (354) 7. Janson Junk, RHP, Seattle (395) 8. Stephen Emanuels, RHP, Interlake HS, Bellevue, Wash. (412) 9. Isaiah Smith, OF, Battleground (Wash.) HS (462)
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10. Leif Strom, RHP, Pierce (Wash.) JC 11. Kyler McMahan, SS, Lynnwood (Wash.) HS 12. Nick Meservey, LHP, Seattle 13. Connor Moore, LHP, Seattle 14. Aaron Stroosma, OF, Seattle 15. Arthur Pate, SS, Shorewood HS, Shoreline, Wash. 16. Nick Jennings, RHP, Skyview HS, Vancouver, Wash. 17. Michael Spellacy, 3B, Puyallup (Wash.) HS 18. Jacob Terao, C, Seattle Prep 19. Jeremy Yelland, LHP, Central Valley HS, Spokane Valley, Wash. 20. Brody Barnum, OF, Skyview HS, Vancouver, Wash. 21. Patrick Fredrickson, RHP, Gig Harbor (Wash.) HS 22. Shane McGuire, C, Kentwood HS, Covington, Wash. 23. Michael Newstrom, LHP, Puyallup (Wash.) HS 24. Wyatt Mills, RHP, Gonzaga

Leif Strom, RHP, Pierce (Wash.) JC Strom had reached 95 mph before injuring his elbow and requiring Tommy John surgery. He's expected to rehab at Washington and perhaps return to the mound in mid-2018.

Nick Meservey, LHP, Seattle Meservey showcased improved stuff in the Cape Cod League over the summer, but experienced soreness and shut it down after just 10.2 innings. After rehabbing, the 6-5 southpaw threw just 14 innings during the spring before going down with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John surgery. Meservey has a long, loose arm with an easy delivery and three pitches, but he could improve his draft stock significantly if he gets healthy, returns to Seattle for his fourth year and performs like he briefly did in the Cape.

Connor Moore, LHP, Seattle Moore has had an up-and-down draft cycle. He had a solid 18.1 innings on the Cape last summer, then a rocky start out of the bullpen with Seattle before settling down and pushing himself into the starting rotation. Halfway through the season, Moore tore an oblique muscle that kept him out for a month, but when he returned re-entered the rotation. While it wasn't the most consistent year, he did enough when he was healthy and in the Cape to become an intriguing senior sign, pitching off of his 88-91 mph fastball and an above-average curve. For analytics departments, a 5.79 ERA during his senior season isn't too exciting, but his Cape Cod League numbers are much better, with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP, albeit in a much smaller sample.

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