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Draft : : State Preview
State Snapshots: Mountain
Patrick Ebert        
Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014

2014 Perfect Game draft preview content

New England
– CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Mid-Atlantic – DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV
South Atlantic – FL, GA, NC, SC
Southeast – AL, KY, MS, TN
South Central – AR, LA, OK, TX
Great Lakes – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Great Plains – IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD
Mountain – AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY
Pacific – AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
Canada and Puerto Rico


Arizona

Arizona State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
Early round high school talent
WEAKNESS: College talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 2

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Arizona State
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Mesa
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Hamilton HS, Chandler

PROSPECT ON THE RISE:
Spencer Moran, rhp, Moutain View HS, Mesa
WILD CARD: Brandon Bonilla, lhp, Grand Canyon University

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Arizona Connection:
Austin Byler, 1b/3b, University of Nevada (attended high school in Peoria)
Top 2015 Prospect: Brett Lilek, lhp, Arizona State
Top 2016 Prospect: Bobby Dalbec, 1b/rhp, University of Arizona

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Rick Monday, of, Arizona State University (1965, Athletics/1st round, 1st pick); Floyd Bannister, lhp, Arizona State University (1976, Astros/1st round, 1st pick); Bob Horner, 3b, Arizona State University (1978, Braves/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Mike Leake, rhp, Arizona State University (Reds/1st round, 8th pick)
2010 Draft: Taylor Lindsey, ss, Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale (Angels/1st round, 37th pick)
2011 Draft: Keenan Walker, of, Central Arizona JC (White Sox/1st round, 47th pick)
2012 Draft: Deven Marrero, ss, Arizona State University (Red Sox/1st round, 24th pick)
2013 Draft: Trevor Williams, rhp, Arizona State University (Marlins/2nd round)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
16/14
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 12/9
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 15/8

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Alex Verdugo, lhp/of, Sahuaro HS, Tucson (59)
Cole Tucker, ss, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix (79)
Ryan Castellani, rhp, Brophy Prep, Phoenix (169)
Spencer Moran, rhp, Mountain View HS, Mesa (194)
Jorge Perez, rhp, Grand Canyon University (204)
Andrew Shaps, lhp/of, Chaparral HS, Paradise Valley (312)
Brandon Bonilla, lhp, Grand Canyon University (313)
Brock Dykxhoorn, rhp, Central Arizona JC (326)
Trent Gilbert, 2b, University of Arizona (449)



Colorado

Colorado State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
High school pitching
WEAKNESS: College talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Colorado Mesa
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Lamar
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Regis Jesuit HS, Denver

PROSPECT ON THE RISE:
Jordan Holloway, rhp, Ralston Valley Senior HS, Arvada
WILD CARD: David Peterson, lhp, Regis Jesuit HS, Denver

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Colorado Connection:
Kyle Freeland, lhp, University of Evansville (attended high school in Denver)
Top 2015 Prospect: Nick Shumpert, ss, Highlands Ranch HS, Lone Tree
Top 2016 Prospect: Maverick Handley, c, Mullen HS, Lakewood

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Luke Hochevar, rhp, Wray (2006, Royals/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Geoff Baldwin, 1b, Grand Junction HS (Royals/10th round)
2010 Draft: Kevin Gausman, rhp, Grandview Prep, Aurora (Dodgers/6th round)
2011 Draft: Greg Bird, c, Grandview Prep, Aurora (Yankees/5th round)
2012 Draft: Ryan Warner, rhp, Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs (Rockies/3rd round)
2013 Draft: Sam Wilson, lhp, Lamar CC (Cubs/8th round)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
2/2
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 9/1

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Jordan Holloway, rhp, Ralston Valley HS, Arvada (214)
David Peterson, lhp, Regis Jesuit HS, Denver (223)
Brock Burke, lhp, Evergreen HS (451)



Idaho

Idaho State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
Lewis-Clark State depth
WEAKNESS: Impact talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Lewis-Clark State
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Southern Idaho
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Bishop Kelly HS, Boise

PROSPECT ON THE RISE:
Isaac Anderson, rhp/of, Southern Idaho CC
WILD CARD: Joe Martarano, 3b, Boise State University (football)

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Idaho Connection:
Porter Clayton, lhp, University of Oregon (attended high school in Idaho Falls)
Top 2015 Prospect: Sage Diehm, lhp, Skyview HS, Nampa
Top 2016 Prospect: Michael Sexton, ss, Lewis-Clark State University

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Mike Garman, rhp, Caldwell HS (1967, Red Sox/1st round, 3rd pick)
2009 Draft: Tyler Curtis, rhp, JC of Southern Idaho (Marlins/13th round)
2010 Draft: Kawika Emsley-Pai, c, Lewis-Clark State University (Diamondbacks/10th round)
2011 Draft: Zach Arneson, rhp, Lewis-Clark State University (Yankees/9th round)
2012 Draft: Zeb Sneed, rhp, Northwest Nazarene College (Royals/11th round)
2013 Draft: Mason Smith, of, Rocky Mountain HS, Meridian (Padres/4th round)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
1/0
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Isaac Anderson, rhp/of, Southern Idaho JC (407)



Montana

Montana State-by-State List

OVERALL RATING
(1-to-5 scale): 4

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Montana State-Billings
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Miles

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Montana Connection:
Ben Roberts, of, Washington State (attended high school in Missoula)
Top 2015 Prospect: No established candidate
Top 2016 Prospect: Casey Merritt, of, Montana State-Billings

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
 Les Rohr, lhp, West HS, Billings (1965, Mets/1st round, 2nd pick)
2009 Draft: None selected
2010 Draft: None selected
2011 Draft: Ben Roberts, of, Sentinel HS, Missoula (Diamondbacks/7th round)
2012 Draft: Justin Black, of, Billings West HS (Braves/4th round)
2013 Draft: Riley King, of, Carroll University (Royals/24th round)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
None
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: None

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Gage Hinsz, rhp, Billings West HS (202)
Slade Heggen, c, Loyola Sacred Heart HS, Missoula (342)



Nevada

Nevada State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
Erick Fedde, depth in college, JC ranks
WEAKNESS: Impact high school players
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
UNLV
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Western Nevada
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Bishop Gorman HS, Henderson

PROSPECT ON THE RISE:
Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV
WILD CARD: Erick Fedde

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Nevada Connection:
Brandon Show, rhp, San Diego (attended high school in Las Vegas)
Top 2015 Prospect: Cadyn Grenier, ss, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas
Top 2016 Prospect: Nick Quintana, ss, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Bryce Harper, c, JC of Southern Nevada (2010, Nationals/1st round, 1st pick)
2009 Draft: Jeff Malm, 1b, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas (Rays/5th round)
2010 Draft: Bryce Harper, c, JC of Southern Nevada (Nationals/1st round, 1st pick)
2011 Draft: Jake Hager, ss, Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas (Rays/1st round, 29th pick)
2012 Draft: Joey Gallo, 3b, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas (Rangers/1st round, 39th pick)
2013 Draft: Braden Shipley, rhp, University of Nevada (Diamondbacks/1st round, 15th pick)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
6/6
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 4/3
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 5/2

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV (27)
Austin Byler, 1b/3b, University of Nevada (212)
Jon Richy, rhp, UNLV (225)
Gabriel Gonzalez, rhp, Arbor View HS, Las Vegas (272)
Conor Harber, of/rhp, JC of Western Nevada JC (402)
Tyler Wells, lhp, University of Nevada (488)



New Mexico

New Mexico State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
College hitters
WEAKNESS: Impact talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 2

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
New Mexico
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: New Mexico
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: La Cueva HS, Albuquerque 

PROSPECT ON THE RISE:
Kholton Sanchez, c, New Mexico CC
WILD CARD: Chase Harris, of, University of New Mexico

Best Out-of-State Prospect, New Mexico Connection:
Brent Jones, rhp, Cornell University (attended high school in Albuquerque)
Top 2015 Prospect: Drew Bridges, rhp/ss, University of New Mexico
Top 2016 Prospect: Lane Milligan, c, University of New Mexico

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Duane Ward, rhp, Farmington HS (1982, Braves/1st round, 9th pick)
2009 Draft: Max Walla, of, Albuquerque Academy (Brewers/2nd round)
2010 Draft: Rafael Neda, c, University of New Mexico (Brewers/10th round)
2011 Draft: Blake Swihart, c, Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho (Red Sox/1st round, 26th pick)
2012 Draft: Shilo McCall, of, Piedra Vista HS, Farmington (Giants/9th round)
2013 Draft: D.J. Peterson, 3b, University of New Mexico (Mariners/1st round, 12th pick)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
8/7
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/2
High School Players Drafted/Signed: None

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Alex Real, c/1b, University of New Mexico (475)
Chase Harris, of, University of New Mexico (481)



Utah

Utah State-by-State List

STRENGTH:
College pitching
WEAKNESS: College position players
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Dixie State
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Salt Lake
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Jordan HS, Sandy

PROSPECT ON THE RISE:
Kolton Mahoney, rhp, Brigham Young
WILD CARD: Maverick Buffo, rhp, Spanish Fork HS, Salem

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Utah Connection:
Kavin Keyes, 3b/2b, Oregon State University (attended high school in Sandy)
Top 2015 Prospect: Trey Kamachi, rhp/ss, Dixie State University
Top 2016 Prospect: Dakota Donovan, rhp, Pineview HS, Washington

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Cory Snyder, 3b, Brigham Young University (1984, Indians/1st round, 4th pick)
2009 Draft: Steve Parker, 3b, Brigham Young University (Athletics/5th round)
2010 Draft: Marcus Littlewood, ss, Pine View HS, St. George (Mariners/2nd round)
2011 Draft: C.J. Cron, 1b, University of Utah (Angels/1st round, 14th pick)
2012 Draft: Tyler Wagner, rhp, University of Utah (Brewers/4th round)
2013 Draft: Jacob Hannemann, of, Brigham Young University (Cubs/3rd round)

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
5/5
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Mitch Watrous, rhp, University of Utah (213)
Kolton Mahoney, rhp, Brigham Young University (468)



Wyoming


OVERALL RATING
(1-to-5 scale): 1

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Wyoming Connection:
Cody Farrell, c/of, Central Arizona JC (attended high school in Cheyenne)

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
 Brandon Nimmo, of, East HS, Cheyenne (2011, Mets/1st round, 13th pick)
2009 Draft: No selection
2010 Draft: No selection
2011 Draft: Brandon Nimmo, of, East HS, Cheyenne (2011, Mets/1st round, 13th pick)
2012 Draft: No selection
2013 Draft: No selection

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

High School Players Drafted/Signed:
0/0

 



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