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.
Maryland State-by-State List
Maryland has some talent to brag about this year. Matt McPhearson could top L.J. Hoes’ third round selection from 2008, and the University of Maryland has a solid amount of the talent for this year and beyond. Perhaps more impressive is some of the high school talent the state has on the way in the next couple years.
Jeff Harding, Jr. is already one of the more intriguing power arms to know about for the 2014 draft class, and Danny Blair has already put himself high on the list for the 2015 class. But, the 2013 class, given the size of the state, is about as solid a group as you could ask for.
STRENGTH:University of Maryland talent
WEAKNESS:High school depth
OVERALL RATING(1-to-5 scale): 3
BEST COLLEGE TEAM:Maryland
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Harford
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: James M. Bennett HS, Salisbury
Best Out-of-State Prospect, Maryland Connection: Patrick Blair, ss, Wake Forest (attended HS in Baltimore)
2014 Prospect: Jeff Harding, Jr., rhp, Cambridge-South Dorchester HS
Top 2015 Prospect:Danny Blair, of, Bel Air HS
HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS
Draft History:Harold Baines, 1B, St. Michael’s HS (1977, White Sox/ 1st round, 1st overall pick)
2008 Draft: L.J. Hoes, of, St. John’s College Prep (Orioles/3rd round).
2009 Draft: Branden Kline, rhp, Johnson HS, Frederick (Red Sox/6th round).
2010 Draft: Adam Kolarek, lhp, University of Maryland (Mets/11th round).
2011 Draft: K.J. Hockaday, ss, Carroll HS, Bel Air (Orioles/14th round).
2012 Draft:Alex Azor, cf, United States Naval Academy (Blue Jays/10th round)
2012 DRAFT OVERVIEW
College Players Drafted/Signed:6/5
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed:0/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed:3/1
TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS 1 and 2
GROUP1 (rounds 1-3)
1. MATT McPHEARSON, of, Riverdale Baptist, Columbia
McPhearson has come on strong after battling the injury bug early this spring, and has clearly put himself in contention for the top three rounds in June. His blazing speed and plus defensive ability have drawn comparisons to Phillies’ center fielder, Ben Revere. He already has a good idea of how to utilize his speed, putting the ball in play, keeping the ball on the ground and hitting hard line drives to all parts of the field. For more on McPhearson, check out our recent detailed Draft Focus feature by David Rawnsley.
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