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MLB Draft Preview: New Hampshire

Draft : : State Preview
Frankie Piliere        
Published: Friday, May 24, 2013

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.  Please visit this page for all of the links to Perfect Game's 2013 Draft Preview content.



New Hampshire State-by-State List

Simply given the lack of square miles the state of New Hampshire takes up, it’s difficult for them to have what you’d refer to as a banner year. But, 2013 is as close as they’re going to get to that. And, in order to have a deep crop, New Hampshire needs Franklin Pierce and and Southern New Hampshire to be at the top of their games. Both teams can boast top 10 round draft talent this year, particularly Franklin Pierce, who could have as many as three players taken in the top 10 rounds this June.

As the Yankees proved in 2011, New Hampshire is not always completely without high school talent. And, as it turns out, there could be another prep right-hander taken in the early rounds out of the state this year. Righty David Drouin has caught the eyes of area scouts this spring, adding a couple ticks to his fastball and showing a fast arm. His presence is essentially a bonus in what is an outstanding crop, dominated by players from the state’s top colleges.


STRENGTH:
Franklin Pierce talent
WEAKNESS: High school prospects
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 4

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Franklin Pierce University
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Londonberry

Best Out-of-State Prospect, New Hampshire Connection:
Mike Fransoso, ss, University of Maine (attended Portsmouth HS)
Top 2014 Prospect: John Razzino, of, Franklin Pierce University

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Chris Carpenter, rhp, Trinity HS, Manchester (1993, Blue Jays/1st round, 15th pick)
2008 Draft: Damon Wright, of, Dartmouth College (Giants/25th round)
2009 Draft: Nick Santomauro, of, Dartmouth College (Mets/10th round)
2010 Draft: Jose Macias, rhp, Franklin Pierce College (Athletics/18th round)
2011 Draft: Jordan Cote, rhp, Winnisquam Regional HS, Tilton (Yankees, 3rd round)
2012 Draft: Joe Sclafani, ss, Dartmouth College (Astros/14th round)

2012 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
3/3
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0

TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO

GROUP 2 (rounds 4-10)

1. STEVE HATHAWAY, lhp, Franklin Pierce (RS So.)
It’s been a circuitous route for Hathaway to reach this point in his prospect status, and that might be an understatement. Hathaway attended Dean College where he did not pitch, before transferring to Franklin Pierce for the 2011 season. He posted a solid freshman campaign, putting up a 3.64 ERA in nine appearances, including seven starts. His progress was derailed however, as an elbow injury put him out of action for the entire 2012 season. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound lefty came back stronger than ever this spring though, sitting 93-96 mph with his fastball in some short outings. He’s mostly worked at 90-94 throughout the spring, touching 95 consistently. More arm soreness caused him to miss some time in the middle of the spring, but he seems to have returned fairly well. Hathaway also boasts a sharp 75-77 mph curveball that flashes outstanding depth. He mixes in a changeup well, but his breaking ball is his go-to secondary. In certain stretches, he’s proven to not only be the best prospect in the state, but also have elite level raw stuff. If he were being drafted on raw ability alone, he would likely to go in the top three or four rounds. But, given the fact that both his elbow and shoulder have given him problems, and the fact that he turns 23 in September, most teams will probably wait until rounds 5-8 to grab him.


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