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MLB Draft Preview: Massachusetts

Draft : : State Preview
Frankie Piliere        
Published: Thursday, May 23, 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.



Massachusetts State-by-State List

It’s been a trying season, to say the least, for Boston College, as they ended the year with a record of 12-40, including 4-25 record in conference play. It’s also a down year for them in terms of draftable talent, which significantly hurts the overall crop in the state. Holy Cross picks up some of that slack, boasting talent like infielder Mike Ahmed, who shows some power from the right side of the plate.

The highest level talent, however, is concentrated in the high school ranks. Left-hander, Ben Bowden, out of Lynn English High School, is the state’s best hope for a top ten round talent, and has shown steady improvement this spring. Catcher, Ryan Summers, checks in as the state’s second best high school talent, and is committed to Louisville.


STRENGTH:
Prep talent
WEAKNESS: Division I crop
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 2

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Holy Cross
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: St. John’s Prep

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Massachusetts Connection:
(2014) Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt (attended Lawrence Academy)
Top 2014 Prospect: Justin Bellinger

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Joe Coleman, rhp, Natick HS (1965, Senators/1st round, 3rd pick)
2008 Draft: Dan Houston, rhp, Boston College (Rockies/7th round)
2009 Draft: Tony Sanchez, c, Boston College (Pirates/1st round)
2010 Draft: Patrick Dean, lhp, Boston College (Twins/3rd round)
2011 Draft: Tyler Beede, rhp, Lawrence Academy, Groton (Blue Jays/1st round, 18th pick)
2012 Draft: Anthony Melchionda, ss, Boston College (Cardinals/14th round)

2012 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
11/11
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 3/0


TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS 1 and 2

GROUP 2 (rounds 4-10)

BEN BOWDEN, lhp, Lynn English
Scouts were immediately pleased this spring when they saw Bowden and noted that he had trimmed down and gotten his big frame in significantly better shape. At 6-foot-4, Bowden now looks leaner and far more athletic. And, his velocity also projects well. He currently sits at 86-89 mph and will bump 90 every now and then. He uses his height well and has done a good job of throwing more strikes this spring. He uses a slow 69-72 mph curveball that he’s going to need to tighten at the next level. Bowden is a Vanderbilt commit that could be a selection anywhere in rounds 8-12.
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