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State Preview: Washington D.C.

Draft : : State Preview
Allan Simpson        
Published: Monday, May 28, 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.


Washington, D.C. State-by-State List
2011 Washington D.C. Overview

Washington, D.C. Overview:
Georgetown Monopolizes Talent in Lean D.C. Area

Most of the local draft interest in Washington, D.C., stems from the two Division I teams in town, Georgetown and George Washington, but it’s been pretty hit-and-miss through the years as George Washington hasn’t had a winning record since 2005, and Georgetown hasn’t had a winning mark in more than 20 years.

Between the schools, they produced three draft picks a year ago, but the top selection overall from D.C., 6-foot-9 lefthander Stephen Lumpkins, didn’t even play baseball in college as American University doesn’t field a baseball program.

George Washington posted a slightly better overall record this season at 22-33 (vs. 17-34 for Georgetown), but the Hoyas should impact the draft in a greater way as they have three position players that are expected to be taken in the middle rounds—junior shortstop Mike Garza, junior center field Justin Leeson and senior right fielder Reed Ravnass.

The three players have been the dominant offensive players for Georgetown for the better part of three seasons, with Garza leading the team in batting (.393), homers (8) and RBIs (44) this season, and Ravnass topping the team in batting as both a sophomore (.347) and junior (.352). Together, Garza, Ravnass and Leeson ranked 1-2-3 in batting and stolen bases for the Hoyas this season, and were 1-2-3 in homers, RBIs and stolen bases a year ago.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Garza, who began his college career at Stanford, is considered the best hitter and best defender of the trio, while the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Ravnass has the best combination of speed and power, and the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Leeson is regarded as the best athlete and has the best overall tools. Ravnass and Leeson have both been clocked around 6.5 seconds in the 60, while Garza stands out for his superior strike-zone discipline. Leeson has the best arm.

Of the three, only Ravnass has previously been drafted. He was selected a year ago, in the 39th
 round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a senior, he is ready to go out; as a fourth-year junior, Garza is essentially ready to go, too; as a junior, Leeson may be drafted, but is more likely to return to Georgetown as a senior.

Washington, D.C. in a nutshell:

STRENGTH:
Georgetown University talent.
WEAKNESS: High-school talent.
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 2.

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Georgetown.
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: St. John’s College Prep.

BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Washington, D.C. Connection:
Francis Brooke, rhp, Northwestern University (Attended high school in Washington, D.C.).
TOP 2013 PROSPECT: Alex Baker, rhp, Georgetown University.
Top 2014 Prospect: Will Brown, rhp, Georgetown University.

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
L.J. Hoes, of, St. John’s College Prep (2008, Orioles/3rd round).
2006 Draft: Derrik Lutz, rhp, George Washington University (Reds/19th round).
2007 Draft: Matt Bouchard, ss, Georgetown University (Mets/11th round).
2008 Draft: L.J. Hoes, of, St. John’s College Prep (Orioles/3rd round).
2009 Draft: Pat Lehman, rhp, George Washington University (Nationals/13th round).
2010 Draft: Eric Cantrell, rhp, George Washington University (Royals/7th round).
2011 Draft: Stephen Lumpkins, lhp, American University (Royals/13th round).

2011 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
4/3.
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0.

TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO

None

PROSPECT TO WATCH

MIKE GARZA, 3b, Georgetown University (RS-Jr.)
Garza, a fourth-year junior, has essentially made up for lost time the last two years at Georgetown after he played sparingly as a freshman at Stanford in 2009, and was forced to sit out the 2010 season while transferring to another Division I program. He hit .306-4-39 as a red-shirt sophomore for the Hoyas and greatly expanded on his production at the plate this season by coming on strong towards the end to lead his team in all three triple-crown categories. A shortstop the last two seasons in college, Garza probably fits best at second best in the grand scheme of things, and could have value as a versatile utility player.

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