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State Snapshots: South Atlantic

Patrick Ebert         Perfect Game Staff        
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Perfect Game 2019 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


Florida

Best College Team:
 Miami
Best Junior College Team: Chipola
Best High School Team: IMG Academy

Prospect on the Rise: Matthew Allan, rhp, Seminoles HS
Wild Card: Carter Stewart, rhp, Eastern Florida State

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Florida Connection:
 JJ Bleday, of, Vanderbilt
Top 2020 Prospect: Tommy Mace, rhp, Florida
Top 2021 Prospect: Nander De Sedas, ss, Florida State

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
Chipper Jones, ss, The Bolles School (1990, Braves/1st round, 1st pick); Alex Rodriguez, ss, Westminster Christian HS (1993, Mariners/1st round, 1st pick); Paul Wilson, rhp, Florida State (1994, Mets/1st round, 1st pick); Pat Burrell, 1b, Miami (Phillies, 1998/1st round, 1st pick)

2014 Draft: Nick Gordon, ss, Olympia HS (Twins/1st round, 5th pick)
2015 Draft: Brendan Rodgers, ss, Lake Mary HS (Rockies/1st round, 3rd pick)
2016 Draft: A.J. Puk, lhp, Florida (Athletics/1st round, 6th pick)
2017 Draft: Alex Faedo, rhp, Florida (Tigers/1st round, 18th pick)
2018 Draft: Jonathan India, 3b, Florida (Reds/1st round, 5th pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 70/59
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 23/17
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 39/14

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS
• Matthew Allan, RHP, Seminole HS
• Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy
• Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy
• Carter Stewart, RHP, Eastern Florida State
• Hunter Barco, LHP, The Bolles School
• Brady McConnell, SS, Florida
• Tyler Callihan, SS/3B, Providence HS
• Rece Hinds, 3B, IMG Academy
• Drew Mendoza, 1B/3B, Florida State
• Connor Walsh, SS, Niceville Senior HS
• Joseph Charles, RHP, The First Academy HS
• Brandon Sproat, RHP, Pace HS
• Evan McKendry, RHP, Miami
• Yordis Valdes, SS, McArthur HS
• Joshua Rivera, 3B, IMG Academy
• Christian Cairo, SS, Calvary Christian HS
• Ivan Johnson, SS, Chipola
• Nelson Alvarez, RHP, South Florida
• Vaughn Grissom, INF, Hagerty HS
• Dylan Eskew, RHP, Sickles HS
• Maxwell Romero, Jr., C, Pembroke Pines Charter
• Grant McCray, OF, Lakewood Ranch HS
• Brock Bell, RHP, State College of Florida
• Tyler Dyson, RHP, Florida
• Austin Shenton, 3B, Florida International
• Tyler Nesbitt, RHP, Labelle HS
• Jake Randa, OF, Northwest Florida State
• Drew Parrish, LHP, Florida State
• Alex Brait, C, Florida Gulf Coast
• Nathan Hickey, C, Providence HS
• J.C. Flowers, RHP/OF, Florida State
• Austin Langworthy, OF, Florida
• Brandon Walker, RHP, North Florida Christian HS
• Anthony Tomczak, RHP, North Broward Prep
• James Nix, OF, College of Central Florida
• Ryan Pettys, LHP, A. Crawford Mosley
• Mitchell Senger, LHP, Stetson
• Dustin Harris, 3B, St. Petersburg JC
• Tyler McKenzie, SS, The Benjamin School
• Isaac Nunez, SS, Lake Brantley HS
• Anthony Maldonado, RHP, Bethune Cookman
• Wil Dalton, OF, Florida
• William Bartlett, C/1B, IMG Academy
• Michael Dominguez, RHP, Jefferson HS
• Hylan Hall, OF, TNXL Academy
• Haden Erbe, RHP, Seminole State
• Brett Wisely, RHP, Gulf Coast State
• Tyler Owens, RHP, Trinity Catholic HS
• Hunter Perdue, RHP, State College of Florida
• Greg Veliz, RHP, Miami
• Joe Genord, 1B, South Florida
• Nelson Maldonado, OF, Florida
• Jake Holland, C, Montverde Academy
• Benjamin Rozenblum, C, Calvary Christian Academy
• Bryce Hubbart, LHP, Windermere HS
• Raymond "Trey" LaFleur, OF, J.M. Tate Senior HS
• Thomas Farr, RHP, Northwest Florida State
• Robbie Peto, RHP, Stetson
• Orlando Ribalta, RHP, Miami Dade JC
• Donovan Benoit, RHP, Santa Fe
• Matthew Corlew, SS, North Broward Prep
• Chad Bryant, RHP, Pensacola State
• Pedro Pages, C, Florida Atlantic
• Cooper Bradford, RHP, Florida Southern
• Paul Labriola, LHP, Cardinal Mooney HS
• Kyle Westfall, OF, IMG Academy
• Alejandro Torres, RHP, Belen Jesuit Prep
• Taylor Clapp, SS, Park Vista Community HS
• Blake Baker, RHP, Miami Dade JC
• Garrett Hiott, OF, Eckerd College
• Hunter Mink, RHP, Palm Harbor University HS
• Justin Tejeda, OF, Central Pointe Christian HS


Georgia

Best College Team:
 Georgia
Best Junior College Team: Gordon State
Best High School Team: Parkview

Prospect on the Rise: CJ Abrams, ss, Blessed Trinity HS
Wild Card: Daniel Espino, rhp, Georgia Premier Academy

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Georgia Connection:
 Graeme Stinson, lhp, Duke
Top 2020 Prospect: Emerson Hancock, rhp, Georgia
Top 2021 Prospect: Brady House, ss, Winder Barrow HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
Ron Blomberg, 1b, Druid Hills HS, Atlanta (1967, Yankees/1st round, 1st pick); Mike Ivie, c, Walker HS, Decatur (1970, Padres/1st round, 1st pick); Tim Beckham, ss, Griffin HS (2008, Rays/1st round, 1st pick)

2014 Draft: Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State (Blue Jays/1st round, 11th pick)
2015 Draft: Cornelius Randolph, ss, Griffin HS (Phillies/1st round, 10th pick)
2016 Draft: Kyle Lewis, of, Mercer (Mariners/1st round, 11th pick)
2017 Draft: D.L. Hall, lhp, Valdosta HS (Orioles/1st round, 21st pick)
2018 Draft: Joey Bart, c, Georgia Tech (Giants/1st round, 2nd pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 20/18
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/2
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 28/11

Prospects in the Top 610:

• CJ Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS
• Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy
• Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS
• Aaron Schunk, 3B/RHP, Georgia
• Tony Locey, RHP, Georgia
• Brett Thomas, RHP, Riverwood HS
• Brennan Milone, INF, Woodstock HS
• Will Childers, RHP, Lakeside HS
• Hunter Gaddis, RHP, Georgia State
• Kyle McCann, C, Georgia Tech
• Gavin Collyer, RHP, Mountain View HS
• Myles Austin, SS/3B, Westlake HS
• Cam Shepherd, SS, Georgia
• Alex McFarlane, RHP, Habersham Central HS
• Seth Shuman, RHP, Georgia Southern
• Zachary Maxwell, RHP, North Paulding HS
• Connor Thomas, LHP, Georgia Tech
• Jonathan French, C, Parkview HS
• Sawyer Gipson-Long, RHP, Mercer
• Tim Elliott, RHP, Georgia
• Michael Harris II, LHP/OF, Stockbridge HS
• Xzavion Curry, RHP, Georgia Tech
• Tucker Maxwell, OF, Georgia
• Landon Sims, RHP, South Forsyth HS
• Andre Tarver, OF, Ringgold HS
• Riley King, 3B, Georgia
• Ramsey David, RHP, Buford HS
• Tres Gonzalez, OF, Mount Vernon Presbyterian HS
• LJ Talley, 2B, Georgia
• Mason Barnett, RHP, Cartersville HS
• Ryan Dyal, C, East Coweta HS
• Terence Norman, OF, Kennesaw State
• Tristin English, RHP/1B, Georgia Tech
• Marc Church, RHP, North Atlanta HS
• Will Proctor, RHP, Georgia
• Amos Willingham, RHP, Georgia Tech
• Jonathan Cannon, RHP, Centennial HS
• Ethan Anderson, OF/RHP, River Ridge HS


North Carolina


Best College Team:
 North Carolina
Best Junior College Team: Brunswick
Best High School Team: New Hanover

Prospect on the Rise: Seth Johnson, rhp, Campbell
Wild Card: Blake Walston, lhp, New Hanover HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, North Carolina Connection:
 Brennan Malone, rhp, IMG Academy
Top 2020 Prospect: Patrick Bailey, c, North Carolina State
Top 2021 Prospect: Ryan Cusick, rhp, Wake Forest

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: B.J. Surhoff, c, University of North Carolina (1985, Brewers/1st round, 1st pick); Brien Taylor, lhp, East Carteret HS, Beaufort (1991, Yankees/1st round, 1st pick); Josh Hamilton, of, Athens Drive HS, Raleigh (1999, Devil Rays/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Carlos Rodon, lhp, N.C. State (White Sox/1st round, 3rd pick)
2015 Draft: Eric Jenkins, of, West Columbus HS (Rangers/2nd round)
2016 Draft: Will Craig, if, Wake Forest (Pirates/1st round, 22nd pick)
2017 Draft: MacKenzie Gore, lhp, Whiteville HS (Padres/1st round, 3rd pick)
2018 Draft: Jordyn Adams, of, Green Hope HS (Angels/1st round, 17th pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 54/51
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 11/8

Prospects in the Top 610:

• George Kirby, RHP, Elon
• Michael Busch, 1B/OF, North Carolina
• Will Wilson, SS, North Carolina State
• Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell
• Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover HS
• Greg Jones, SS/OF, UNC Wilmington
• Graeme Stinson, LHP, Duke
• Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina
• Austin Bergner, RHP, North Carolina
• Jake Agnos, LHP, East Carolina
• Kyle Brnovich, RHP, Elon
• Bryant Packard, OF/1B, East Carolina
• Spencer Brickhouse, 1B/DH, East Carolina
• Joe Lancellotti, RHP, North Carolina
• Ty Adcock, RHP, Elon
• Colin Peluse, RHP, Wake Forest
• Davidjohn Herz, LHP, Terry Sanford HS
• Chris Villaman, LHP, Ledford HS
• Adam Laskey, LHP, Duke
• Matthew Barefoot, OF, Campbell
• Jason Parker, RHP, North Carolina State
• Michael Bienlien, RHP, North Carolina State
• Morgan McSweeney, RHP, Wake Forest
• Trey Benton, RHP, East Carolina
• Brandon Martorano, C, North Carolina
• Ike Freeman, 2B, North Carolina
• Corey Joyce, SS, North Carolina Central
• Bryce Jarvis, RHP, Duke
• Dalton Feeney, RHP, North Carolina State
• Luca Dalatri, RHP, North Carolina
• Evan Edwards, 1B, North Carolina State
• AJ Wilson, LHP, East Surry HS
• Chris Lanzilli, OF, Wake Forest
• Luke Gesell, RHP, UNC Wilmington
• CJ Neese Jr., SS/RHP, Grimsley HS
• Raymond Torres, C, Providence HS


South Carolina


Best College Team:
 Clemson
Best Junior College Team: Spartanburg Methodist
Best High School Team: Bishop England

Prospect on the Rise: Logan Davidson, ss, Clemson
 
Top 2020 Prospect: Parker Chavers, of, Coastal Carolina
Top 2021 Prospect: Davis Sharpe, rhp, Clemson

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
Kris Benson, rhp, Clemson University (1996, Pirates/1st round, 1st pick)

2014 Draft: Grant Holmes, rhp, Conway HS (Dodgers/1st round, 22nd pick)
2015 Draft: Taylor Clarke, rhp, College of Charleston (Diamondbacks/3rd round)
2016 Draft: Chris Okey, c, Clemson (Reds/2nd round)
2017 Draft: Clarke Schmidt, rhp, South Carolina (Yankees/1st round, 16th pick)
2018 Draft: Seth Beer, of, Clemson (Astros/1st round, 28th pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 29/23
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 3/1

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson
• Zach Peek, RHP, Winthrop
• Dylan Brewer, LHP, Latta HS
• Kyle Wilkie, C, Clemson
• T.J. Hopkins, OF, South Carolina
• Anthony Veneziano, LHP, Coastal Carolina
• Luke Berryhill, C, South Carolina
• Dylan Rogers, OF, Dorman HS
• Cory Wood, 2B, Coastal Carolina
• Adam Sasser, 1B, North Greenville
• Kipp Rollings, RHP, North Greenville


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