Draft : : State Preview
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

State Snapshots: Southeast

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Perfect Game 2016 MLB Draft Preview Index

South Atlantic
– FL, GA, NC, SC

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



Alabama


BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Alabama
BEST JUNIOR COLLEGE TEAM: Chattahoochee Valley
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Sparkman

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Anfernee Grier, of, Auburn
WILD CARD: Heath Quinn, of, Samford

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Alabama Connection:
Austin Sexton, rhp, Mississippi State
Top 2017 Prospect: Tanner Burns, rhp/ss, Decatur HS
Top 2018 Prospect: Cole Henry, rhp, Florence HS

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Gregg Olson, rhp, Auburn University (1988, Orioles/1st round, 4th pick)

2011 Draft: Adam Morgan, lhp, University of Alabama (Phillies/3rd round)
2012 Draft: David Dahl, of, Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham (Rockies/1st round, 10th pick)
2013 Draft: Phillip Ervin, of, Samford University (Rockies/1st round, 27th pick)
2014 Draft: Cody Reed, lhp, Ardmore HS (Diamondbacks/2nd round)
2015 Draft: Mikey White, ss, Alabama (Athletics/2nd round)

2015 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 23/20
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 3/2
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

Braxton Garrett, lhp, Florence HS (10)
• Anfernee Grier, of, Auburn (42)
• Heath Quinn, of, Samford (74)
• Davis Daniel, rhp, St. James HS (136)
• Joshua Palacios, of, Auburn (215)
• Graham Ashcraft, rhp, Huntsville HS (218)
• Thomas Burrows, lhp, Alabama (224)
• Kevin Hill, rhp, South Alabama (268)
• Geoffrey Bramblett, rhp, Alabama (299)
• Cole Billingsley, of, South Alabama (374)
• Keegan Thompson, rhp, Auburn (392)
• Brock Anderson, of, Sparkman HS (459)
• Jed Carter, rhp, Auburn-Montgomery (475)
• Reed Smith, ss/2b, Russellville HS (492)



Kentucky


BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Louisville
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Greenup County

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Zack Burdi, rhp, Louisville
WILD CARD: Kyle Funkhouser, rhp, Louisville

Top 2017 Prospect: Jordon Adell, of/rhp, Ballard HS
Top 2018 Prospect: Trae Harmon, rhp, Somerset HS

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Drew Hall, lhp, Morehead State University (1984, Cubs/1st round, 3rd pick)

2011 Draft: Alex Meyer, rhp, University of Kentucky (Nationals/1st round, 23rd pick)
2012 Draft: Matt Koch, rhp, University of Louisville (Mets/3rd round)
2013 Draft: Clinton Hollon, rhp, Woodford County HS, Lexington (Blue Jays/2nd round)
2014 Draft: A.J. Reed, 1b, Kentucky (Astros/2nd round)
2015 Draft: Kyle Funkhouser, rhp, Louisville (Dodgers/1st round, 35th pick)

2015 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
17/10
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

• Corey Ray, of, Louisville (3)
• Zack Burdi, rhp, Louisville (28)
• Easton McGee, rhp, Hopkinsville HS (121)
• Nick Solak, 2b, Louisville (134)
• Kyle Funkhouser, rhp, Louisville (147)
• Zack Brown, rhp, Kentucky (162)
• Kyle Cody, rhp, Kentucky (167)
• Drew Harrington, lhp, Louisville (203)
• JaVon Shelby, 3b, Kentucky (208)
• Jaren Shelby, of, Tates Creek HS (216)
• Blake Tiberi, 3b, Louisville (235)
• Kyle Nowlin, of, Eastern Kentucky (302)
• Armando Alvarez, 3b, Eastern Kentucky (333)
• Dustin Beggs, rhp, Kentucky (343)
• Cameron Planck, rhp, Rowan County HS (405)




Mississippi


BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Mississippi State
BEST JUNIOR COLLEGE TEAM: Jones County
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Oxford

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Dakota Hudson, rhp, Mississippi State
WILD CARD: Walker Robbins, 1b/lhp, George County HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Mississippi Connection:
Daniel Sweet, of, Dallas Baptist
Top 2017 Prospect: Jesse McCord, rhp, Mississippi State
Top 2018 Prospect: Jake Mangum, of, Mississippi State

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Highest Pick, Draft History:
Will Clark, 1b, Mississippi State (1985, Giants/1st round, 2nd pick)

2011 Draft: Conner Barron, ss, Sumrall HS (Marlins/3rd round)
2012 Draft: D.J. Davis, of, Stone County HS, Wiggins (Blue Jays/1st round, 17th pick)
2013 Draft: Hunter Renfroe, of, Mississippi State (Padres/1st round, 13th pick)
2014 Draft: Blake Anderson, c, West Lauderdale HS, Collinsville (Marlins/supplemental 1st round, 36th pick)
2015 Draft: Austin Riley, 3b, DeSoto Central HS (Braves/1st round, 41st pick)

2015 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
12/11
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/2
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 5/2

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

• Dakota Hudson, rhp, Mississippi State (15)
• J.B. Woodman, of, Mississippi (110)
• Walker Robbins, lhp/1b, George County HS (138)
• Thomas Dillard, c, Oxford HS (181)
• Grae Kessinger, ss, Center Hill HS (185)
• Errol Robinson, ss, Mississippi (198)
• Jacob Robson, of, Mississippi State (211)
• Tate Blackman, 2b/ss, Mississippi (234)
• Reid Humphreys, of, Mississippi State (304)
• Tim Lynch, 1b, Southern Mississippi (329)
• Austin Sexton, rhp, Mississippi State (348)
• Dylan Burdeaux, of, Southern Mississippi (364)
• Zachary Houston, rhp, Mississippi State (379)
• Brady Bramlett, rhp, Mississippi (397)
• Brent Rooker, of, Mississippi State (408)
• Nathaniel Lowe, 1b, Mississippi State (412)
• Colby Bortles, 3b, Mississippi (480)
• Wyatt Short, lhp, Mississippi (484)




Tennessee


BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Vanderbilt
BEST JUNIOR-COLLEGE TEAM: Dyersburg
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Farragut

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Ryan Rolison, lhp, University School of Jackson
WILD CARD: John Kilichowski, lhp, Vanderbilt

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Tennessee Connection:
 Dakota Hudson, rhp, Mississippi State
Top 2017 Prospect: Jeren Kendall, of, Vanderbilt
Top 2018 Prospect: Donny Everett, rhp, Vanderbilt

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Highest Pick, Draft History:
David Price, lhp, Vanderbilt (2007, Rays/1st round, 1st pick); Dansby Swanson, ss, Vanderbilt (2015, Diamondbacks/1st round, 1st pick)

2011 Draft: Sonny Gray, rhp, Vanderbilt (Athletics/1st round, 18th pick)
2012 Draft: Sam Selman, lhp, Vanderbilt (Royals/2nd round)
2013 Draft: Kevin Ziomek, lhp, Vanderbilt (Pirates/2nd round)
2014 Draft: Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt (Giants/1st round, 14th pick)
2015 Draft: Dansby Swanson, ss, Vanderbilt (Diamondbacks/1st round, 1st pick)

2015 DRAFT OVERVIEW

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 28/25
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 5/3
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 6/3

PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 500:

• Nick Senzel, 3b, Tennessee (7)
• Jordan Sheffield, rhp, Vanderbilt (23)
• Bryan Reynolds, of, Vanderbilt (31)
• Ben Bowden, lhp, Vanderbilt (60)
• Ryan Rolison, lhp, University School of Jackson (66)
• Zach Linginfelter, rhp, Sevier County HS (113)
• Logan Gray, 3b, Austin Peay State (140)
• Tre Carter, of/ss, Soddy Daisy HS (166)
• Hayden Stone, rhp, Vanderbilt (247)
• Vincent Jackson, of, Tennessee (306)
• Kyle Serrano, rhp, Tennessee (353)
• James (Alex) Haynes, rhp, Central HS (393)
• Joe Fulcher, rhp, Munford HS (487)


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