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Draft : : State Preview
State Preview: Alaska
Allan Simpson        
Published: Sunday, June 03, 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.


2011 Alaska Overview

Alaska Overview:
Juneau School Wins State Title, Claims Top Draft Pick

Alaska’s high-school ranks are not expected to produce a single draft pick again this year, but it will nonetheless be a noteworthy draft for the state.

That’s because College of Western Nevada sophomore righthander Dylan Baker, projected to be the nation’s first junior-college player drafted, is a product of Alaska’s Juneau-Douglas High School. Baker led that school to a state championship and an undefeated in-state record as a senior in 2010, though it wasn’t until this season, when he added as much as 10 mph to his fastball and was clocked up to 100 mph, that Baker’s untapped talent came to the forefront. He threw in the mid-80s as a prep senior and was largely unrecruited by schools in the Lower 48 at the time.

It is anticipated that Baker will be drafted as early the supplemental first round, which would be a record for a player who attended high school in Alaska. In the state’s baseball-draft history, just two high-school players have ever been selected in the first 14 rounds—one being former Duke basketball star and NBA player Trajan Langdon. He accepted a $200,000 bonus from the San Diego Padres as a sixth-round pick in 1994 out of an Anchorage high school, and went on to play just a handful of minor-league games in that organization.

Juneau-Douglas, Baker’s alma mater, won another state title this year, its third in five years and fifth overall since Alaska began crowning state-championship teams in baseball in 2000. Just like Baker almost singlehandedly powered his school to a state crown as a senior, both as a pitcher and hitter, one of his former teammates, Lance Ibesate, performed much the same task as he pitched the first six innings of a 12-6 win over Ketchikan High in the state championship game, while drilling four hits and driving in six runs, four on a grand slam, and also stole two bases. Ibesate is not viewed as a prospect of any consequence, though the same was said of Baker two years ago.

Alaska in a nutshell:

BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Alabama Connection:
Dylan Baker, rhp, College of Western Nevada (Attended high school in Juneau).
Top 2013 Prospect: Zach Ferntheil, rhp/1b, Service HS, Anchorage.
Top 2014 Prospect: No established player.

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Brian Montalbo, rhp, Dimond HS, Anchorage (2000, Braves/4th round).
2006 Draft: E.B. Crow, rhp, Sitka HS (Giants/23rd round).
2007 Draft: None selected.
2008 Draft: Chris Aure, lhp, North Pole HS (Pirates/15th round).
2009 Draft: None selected.
2010 Draft: None selected.
2011 Draft: None selected.

2011 DRAFT OVERVIEW

High School Players Drafted/Signed:
0/0.

TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS ONE and TWO

None

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