Photo: Tagg Lain

State Preview: Wyoming

Draft : : State Preview
Patrick Ebert        
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best tools, as well as providing scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists.


Contributing: Allan Simpson

Wyoming State-by-State List
2011 Wyoming Overview

Wyoming Overview:
Nimmo Proves 2011 Crop was Once in a Lifetime

The 2011 draft was historic by Wyoming’s modest standards as outfielder Brandon Nimmo was selected in the first round (13th
 overall) by the New York Mets. Never before had a player with Wyoming connections been taken earlier than the fourth round, and there wasn’t a Wyoming player of any kind drafted in the previous three years.

With no active intercollegiate or formal interscholastic baseball programs in the state, any player hailing from Wyoming faces significant obstacles in the pursuit of a meaningful baseball career, and Nimmo gained experience and exposure in the spring and summer while playing American Legion ball for state Legion power Cheyenne Post 6. Nimmo alone made the 2011 Wyoming draft class special, and his former Post 6 teammate Zach Lain, son of long-time Legion coach Tagg Lain, could be drafted this year, though in a much later round than Nimmo.

Wyoming in a nutshell:

OVERALL RATING
(1-to-5 scale): 1.

BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Wyoming Connection:
Alex Hill, lhp, Central Arizona JC (Attended high school in Casper).
Top 2013 Prospect: No established candidate.
Top 2014 Prospect: No established candidate.

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Brandon Nimmo, of, East HS, Cheyenne (2011, Mets/1st round, 13th pick).
2006 Draft: Dusty Harvard, of, Natrona County HS, Casper (Giants/28th round).
2007 Draft: Billy McHenry, 2b, Cheyenne HS (Rockies/50th round).
2008 Draft: No selection.
2009 Draft: No selection.
2010 Draft: No selection.
2011 Draft: Brandon Nimmo, of, East HS, Cheyenne (2011, Mets/1st round, 13th pick).

2011 DRAFT OVERVIEW

High School Players Drafted/Signed:
1/1.

TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO

None

PROSPECT TO WATCH

ZACHARY LAIN, ss, Cheyenne Central HS
Lain certainly benefitted a year ago from the tremendous amount of attention heaped on his former American Legion Post 6 teammate, Brandon Nimmo, who became a first-round pick of the Mets. Lain, the son of long-time Post 6 coach, Tagg Lain, has become the top talent on this year’s Post 6 squad. Over his three-year career, he has hit .394 with 69 extra-base hits. Lain has a good short swing, ideal for making steady, live-drive contact, and is light on his feet as a middle infielder. His future success may depend on his ability to add strength to his lean, athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. Ultimately, he may end up in a utility role as he has the speed and quickness to serve him well in most positions on the field. A late Division I signee, he recently committed to playing in college at Temple.

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