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Draft Focus: Jakson Reetz

Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
David Rawnsley        
Published: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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Jakson Reetz Perfect Game profile

Position:  C
Height:  6-1
Weight:  195
Bats/Throws:  R-R
Birthdate:  Jan. 3, 1996
High School:  Norris
City, State:  Hickman, Neb.
Travel Team:  Marucci Elite
Commitment:  Nebraska
Projected Draft Round:  2

Unraveling all the different aspects of Jakson Reetz as a prospect is like peeling back layers of an onion. A red onion, of course, in acknowledgement of Reetz’ Nebraska Cornhusker roots.

Nebraska high school baseball has rarely featured top prospects and is not heavily scouted. The last Nebraska high school prospect to sign in the top ten rounds was righthanded pitcher Buddy Carlyle in the second round in 1996. Lefthander Logan Ehlers famously turned down an $800,000 deadline offer by the Blue Jays after being an eighth rounder in 2010.

Kansas City Royals Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon, the state’s top player of the last generation, was not drafted out of high school in 2002, although he was a well-known prospect with a firm commitment to his hometown Huskers.

Only the top two levels of Nebraska interscholastic sports, Class A and B, play high school baseball and Reetz plays at the smaller Class B level. Ehlers did as well. Norris High School, where Reetz plays, is located 22 miles due south of downtown Lincoln in an area that was formally a rolling farm country but is increasingly seeing urban sprawl on the edges of the state capital.

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