State athletes likely to be drafted today
C, Kentwood HS, Kent
Reigning USA Baseball player of the year is consensus top catching prospect in draft. Defensive skills are extraordinary, and most pundits have him going No. 9 to Pittsburgh.
LHP, Gonzaga University, Spokane
One of the safest starting pitchers on the board because of his great command, the way he attacks hitters – and having arguably the best change-up pitch in the draft. Late first round.
RHP, Wenatchee HS
Combine his great frame (6-2, 220) and the way he showed himself last summer, UCLA signee really shot up the board. Throws a heavy fastball in 92-94 mph range. Top three rounds.
SS, Archbishop Murphy HS, Mill Creek
Very smooth, athletic infielder who is regarded higher for his defense – but does possess offensive upside. Signed with Oregon State and wants to go to college. Third or fourth round.
RHP, Pierce College, Lakewood
Federal Way High product had reconstructive elbow surgery two years ago, but emerged as NWAACC’s top ace this season. Deadly fastball-curve ball combination. Third or fourth round.
Other possible draftees: Jason Monda, OF, Washington State University; Austin Voth, RHP, University of Washington; Layne Bruner, RHP, Montesano HS; Adam Nebulowich, OF, WSU; Jayce Ray, OF, UW.