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MLB Draft Preview: Alaska

Draft : : State Preview
Allan Simpson        
Published: Tuesday, May 28, 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.



Alaska State-by-State List
 
The Alaska high-school ranks have produced just 18 draft picks through the years—only two higher than the 15th
 round—though right-hander Dylan Baker, a Juneau high school product, brought rare recognition to the state in 2012, when he was selected in the fifth round out of the College of Western Nevada.

Against those meager standards, Anchorage prep right-hander Johnny Meszaros qualifies as one of the best talents ever produced in Alaska. He made a favorable showing in Arizona this spring in front of upwards of 80 scouts to warrant being drafted any time after the 10th-12th rounds.


BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Alabama Connection:
David Reynolds, rhp, Edmonds (Wash.) CC (Attended high school in Sitka)
Top 2014 Prospect: Roderick Bynum, of, Monroe Catholic HS, Fairbanks
Top 2015 Prospect: No established player

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Brian Montalbo, rhp, Dimond HS, Anchorage (2000, Braves/4th round)
2008 Draft: Chris Aure, lhp, North Pole HS (Pirates/15th round)
2009 Draft: None selected
2010 Draft: None selected
2011 Draft: None selected
2012 Draft: None selected

2013 DRAFT OVERVIEW

High School Players Drafted/Signed:
0/0


PROSPECT TO WATCH

JOHNNY MESZAROS, rhp, Service HS, Anchorage
Scouts rarely travel to Alaska with the express purpose of evaluating a high-school prospect, so Meszaros has brought his game to scouts in the Lower 48 on multiple occasions—specifically the Area Code Games in California last summer and Perfect Game’s WWBA World Championship in Florida last October. With a fastball that ranged from 82-88 mph, along with a slurvy breaking ball at 73-77 mph, Meszaros didn’t show enough raw stuff at the two events to warrant being a serious candidate for the early rounds of this year’s draft. But scouts took note of his strong, projectable 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, and long, easy, clean arm action, and were there in droves in Arizona in March when Meszaros joined up with the Langley (B.C.) Blaze, one of the top travel teams in Canada, and impressed in three different outings with a fastball that was a steady 87-92 mph—a significant spike in velocity from just 5-6 months. His secondary stuff was still erratic, but he showed the makings of a plus curve and change, and further impressed scouts with his aggressive approach working in short relief. Meszaros will continue his blossoming baseball career at Central Arizona College in the fall, though could factor into this year’s draft as early as the mid-teens.
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