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State Snapshots: Southeast

Patrick Ebert         Perfect Game Staff        
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Perfect Game 2018 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:
Auburn
Best Junior College Team: Chattahoochee Valley
Best High School Team: McGill-Toolen

Prospect on the Rise: Gunnar Henderson, ss, John T. Morgan Academy
Wild Card: Graham Ashcraft, rhp, UAB

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Alabama Connection:
 James Nix, rhp, College of Central Florida
Top 2020 Prospect: Tanner Burns, rhp, Auburn
Top 2021 Prospect: Garrett Wade, lhp, Auburn

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: Casey Mize, rhp, Auburn (2018, Tigers/1st round, 1st pick)

2014 Draft: Cody Reed, lhp, Ardmore HS (Diamondbacks/2nd round)
2015 Draft: Mikey White, ss, Alabama (Athletics/2nd round)
2016 Draft: Braxton Garrett, lhp, Florence HS (Marlins/1st round, 7th pick)
2017 Draft: Bubba Thompson, of, McGill-Toolen HS (Rangers/1st round, 26th pick)
2018 Draft: Casey Mize, rhp, Auburn (Tigers/1st round, 1st pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 30/27
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/2
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 8/2

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Gunnar Henderson, SS, John T. Morgan Academy
• Ethan Hearn, C, Mobile Christian HS
• Will Holland, SS, Auburn
• Nathaniel LaRue, C/RHP, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS
• Edouard Julien, 1B/3B, Auburn
• Graham Ashcraft, RHP, UAB
• Oraj Anu, OF, Wallace-Dothan
• Jack Owen, LHP, Auburn
• Levi Thomas, RHP, Troy
• David DuCote, IF/OF, John T Morgan HS
• Jordan Beck, OF, Hazel Green HS
• Cole Waites, RHP, West Alabama
• Branden Fryman, SS, Samford
• Elliot Anderson, LHP, Auburn
• Zach Greene, RHP, South Alabama
• Trace Bright, RHP, Trinity Presbyterian HS
• Brandon Kaminer, LHP, Wallace-Dothan
• Justin Farmer, OF, Wallace-Dothan
• Jackson Tate, OF, Lawson State
• Garrett Farmer, RHP, Jacksonville State
• Jordan Fucci, 1B/DH, Samford


Kentucky


Best College Team:
 Louisville
Best High School Team: St. Xavier

Prospect on the Rise: Logan Wyatt, 1b, Louisville
Wild Card: Nick Bennett, lhp, Louisville

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Kentucky Connection: 
Jon Beymer, rhp, Wabash Valley
Top 2020 Prospect: Reid Detmers, lhp, Louisville
Top 2021 Prospect: Alex Binelas, 3b, Louisville

Highest Draft Picks

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

2014 Draft: A.J. Reed, 1b, Kentucky (Astros/2nd round)
2015 Draft: Kyle Funkhouser, rhp, Louisville (Dodgers/1st round, 35th pick)
2016 Draft: Corey Ray, of, Louisville (Brewers/1st round, 5th pick)
2017 Draft: Brendan McKay, 1b/lhp, Louisville (Rays/1st round, 4th pick)
2018 Draft: Sean Hjelle, rhp, Kentucky (Giants/2nd round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 26/24
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 3/1

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky
• Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville
• Tyler Fitzgerald, SS, Louisville
• Nick Bennett, LHP, Louisville
• Michael McAvene, RHP, Louisville
• Jake Sanford, OF, Western Kentucky
• Bryan Hoeing, RHP, Louisville
• Aaron Ochsenbein, RHP, Eastern Kentucky
• Ryan Hawks, RHP, Warren East HS
• AJ Hacker, RHP, Rowan County Senior HS


Mississippi


Best College Team:
Mississippi State
Best Junior College Team: Pearl River
Best High School Team: DeSoto Central

Prospect on the Rise: Ethan Small, lhp, Mississippi State
Wild Card: Jerrion Ealy, of, Jackson Prep

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Mississippi Connection: Kendall Williams, rhp, IMG Academy
Top 2020 Prospect: JT Ginn, rhp, Mississippi State
Top 2021 Prospect: Blaze Jordan, 1b/3b, DeSoto Central HS

Highest Draft Picks

Highest Pick, Draft History:
Will Clark, 1b, Mississippi State (1985, Giants/1st round, 2nd 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)
2016 Draft: Dakota Hudson, rhp, Mississippi State (Cardinals/1st round, 34th pick)
2017 Draft: Brent Rooker, of, Mississippi State (Twins/1st round, 35th pick)
2018 Draft: Ryan Rolison, lhp, Mississippi (Rockies/1st round, 22nd pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 19/15
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 6/3
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 5/3

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State
• Matt Wallner, OF/RHP, Southern Miss
• Jerrion Ealy, OF, Jackson Prep
• Hayden Dunhurst, C, Pearl River Central HS
• Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss
• Dalton Fowler, LHP, Northwest Mississippi
• James Beard, OF, Lloyd Star HS
• Thomas Dillard, OF, Ole Miss
• Will Ethridge, RHP, Ole Miss
• Trevor McDonald, RHP, George County HS
• Christian Johnson, OF, Clinton HS
• Jake Mangum, CF, Mississippi State
• Cooper Johnson, C, Ole Miss
• Jared Johnson, RHP, Smithville HS
• Logan Tanner, C/RHP, George County HS
• Cole Zabowski, 1B, Ole Miss
• Ryan Olenek, OF, Ole Miss
• Leo Harris, SS, St. Martin HS
• Parker Caracci, RHP, Ole Miss
• Colby White, RHP, Mississippi State
• Brandon Parker, OF, Mississippi Gulf Coast
• John Rhys Plumlee, OF, Oak Grove HS
• Kamren James, SS, DeSoto Central HS
• Farmer Abendroth, RHP, Warren Central HS


Tennessee


Best College Team:
 Vanderbilt
Best Junior College Team: Walters State
Best High School Team: Farragut

Prospect on the Rise: JJ Bleday, of, Vanderbilt
Wild Card: Hayden Mullins, lhp, Hendersonville HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Tennessee Connection:
 Ethan Small, lhp, Mississippi State
Top 2020 Prospect: Austin Martin, if, Vanderbilt
Top 2021 Prospect: Kumar Rocker, 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)

2014 Draft: Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt (Giants/1st round, 14th pick)
2015 Draft: Dansby Swanson, ss, Vanderbilt (Diamondbacks/1st round, 1st pick)
2016 Draft: Nick Senzel, 3b, Tennessee (Reds/1st round, 2nd pick)
2017 Draft: Kyle Wright, rhp, Vanderbilt (Braves/1st round, 5th pick)
2018 Draft: Ryan Weathers, lhp, Loretto HS (Padres/1st round, 7th pick) 

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 30/25
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 3/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 3/2

Prospects in the Top 610:

• JJ Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt
• Maurice Hampton, OF, Memphis
• Andrew Schultz, RHP, Tennessee
• Drake Fellows, RHP, Vanderbilt
• Hayden Mullins, LHP, Hendersonville HS
• Garrett Stallings, RHP, Tennessee
• Zach Linginfelter, RHP, Tennessee
• Philip Clarke, C, Vanderbilt
• Andre Lipcius, SS/3B, Tennessee
• Justin Ammons, OF, Tennessee
• Jackson Gillis, LHP, Vanderbilt
• Pat DeMarco, OF, Vanderbilt
• Ethan Paul, 2B, Vanderbilt
• Kevin Strohschein, OF, Tennessee Tech
• Myles Christian, IF/OF, Middle Tennessee State
• Dalton Rushing, C, Brighton HS
• Zach King, LHP, Vanderbilt
• Zane Denton, 3B, Ravenwood HS
• Stephen Scott, OF/C, Vanderbilt



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