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Draft | State Preview | 5/23/2019

State Snapshots: Mountain

Patrick Ebert         Perfect Game Staff        
Photo: Hunter Bishop (Arizona State Athletics)

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


Arizona

Best College Team:
 Arizona State
Best Junior College Team: Central Arizona
Best High School Team: Hamilton

Prospect on the Rise: Hunter Bishop, of, Arizona State
 
Best Out-of-State Prospect, Arizona Connection:
 Casey Legumina, rhp, Gonzaga
Top 2020 Prospect: Spencer Torkelson, 1b/of, Arizona State
Top 2021 Prospect: Austin Wells, c/1b, Arizona

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Rick Monday, of, Arizona State (1965, Athletics/1st round, 1st pick); Floyd Bannister, lhp, Arizona State (1976, Astros/1st round, 1st pick); Bob Horner, 3b, Arizona State (1978, Braves/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Cole Tucker, ss, Mountain Pointe HS (Pirates/1st round, 24th pick)
2015 Draft: Kevin Newman, ss, Arizona (Pirates/1st round, 19th pick)
2016 Draft: Jojo Romero, lhp, Yavapai College (Phillies/4th round)
2017 Draft: Jacob Gonzalez, 3b, Chaparral HS (Giants/2nd round)
2018 Draft: Matthew Liberatore, lhp, Mountain Ridge HS (Rays/1st round, 16th pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 18/16
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 4/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 8/6

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State
• Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona
• Cameron Cannon, SS/2B, Arizona
• Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State
• Jose Dicochea, RHP, Sahuarita HS
• Quin Cotton, OF, Grand Canyon
• Matt Fraizer, OF, Arizona
• Lucas Knowles, LHP, Central Arizona
• Manny Collier, OF, Westwood HS
• Kiko Romero, C/MIF, Canyon Del Oro HS
• Zach Huffins, OF, Arizona Western
• Carter Aldrete, IF/OF, Arizona State
• Matthew Dyer, C, Arizona
• Ryan Vanderhei, RHP, Estrella Foothills HS
• Davis Heller, RHP, Mesquite HS
• Chandler Murphy, RHP, Liberty HS
• Drew Hill, RHP, South Mountain
• Chase Webster, RHP, Chandler-Gilbert
• Andrew Nardi, LHP, Arizona
• Joe McLaughlin, OF, Hamilton HS
• Lyle Lin, 1B/C, Arizona State


Colorado


Best College Team:
 Colorado Mesa
Best Junior College Team: Lamar
Best High School Team: Mountain Vista

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Colorado Connection:
 Quin Cotton, of, Grand Canyon
 Top 2020 Prospect: Jack Moss, rhp, Cherry Creek HS
Top 2021 Prospect: Cale Lansville, rhp, Thunder Ridge HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Luke Hochevar, rhp, Fort Worth (Independent) (2006, Royals/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Brock Burke, lhp, Evergreen HS (Rays/3rd round)
2015 Draft: Nick Shumpert, ss, Highlands Ranch HS (Tigers/7th round)
2016 Draft: Griffin Jax, rhp, Air Force (Twins/3rd round)
2017 Draft: Bligh Madris, of, Colorado Mesa (Pirates/9th round)
2018 Draft: Troy Watson, rhp, Northern Colorado (Blue Jays/15th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 6/5
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 4/2

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Riley Cornelio, RHP, Pine Creek HS
• Derek Shaver, 3B/RHP, Grand Junction HS


Idaho


Best College Team:
 Lewis-Clark State
Best Junior College Team: Southern Idaho
Best High School Team: Mountain View

Top 2020 Prospect: Mason Leavitt, 2b, Eagle HS
Top 2021 Prospect: Ayric Robinson, of Centennial HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Mike Garman, rhp, Caldwell HS (1967, Red Sox/1st round, 3rd pick)
2014 Draft: Isaac Anderson, rhp, College of Southern Idaho (Reds/19th round)
2015 Draft: Max Whitt, ss, Lewis-Clark State (Marlins/17th round)
2016 Draft: Jacob Zanon, of, Lewis-Clark State (Mets/15th round)
2017 Draft: Connor Brogdon, rhp, Lewis-Clark State (Phillies/10th round)
2018 Draft: Alex Guerrero, c, Eagle HS (Yankees/18th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 1/1
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Randon Hostert, RHP, Bonneville HS


Montana


Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Les Rohr, lhp, West HS, Billings (1965, Mets/1st round, 2nd pick)
2014 Draft: Gage Hinsz, rhp, Billings West HS (Pirates/11th round)
2015 Draft: No selection
2016 Draft: No selection
2017 Draft: No selection
2018 Draft: Adam Cox, rhp, Montana State (Phillies/25th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 2/2
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: None


Nevada


Best College Team:
 UNLV
Best Junior College Team: Southern Nevada
Best High School Team: Desert Oasis

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Nevada Connection:
 Nick Quintana, 3b, Arizona
Top 2020 Prospect: Jaden Agassi, rhp/3b, home-schooled
Top 2021 Prospect: Owen Sharts, rhp, Nevada

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: 
Bryce Harper, c, Southern Nevada (2010, Nationals/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV (Nationals/1st round, 18th pick)
2015 Draft: Phil Bickford, rhp, Southern Nevada (Giants/1st round, 18th pick)
2016 Draft: D.J. Peters, of, Western Nevada College (Dodgers/4th round)
2017 Draft: Justin Bridgman, ss, Nevada (Rays/28th round)
2018 Draft: Kyle Isbel, 2b, UNLV (Royals/3rd round) 

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 6/6
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV
• Ryan Anderson, LHP, Nevada
• Aaron Roberts, RHP, Desert Oasis HS
• DJ Jefferson, RHP, Desert Oasis HS


New Mexico


Best College Team:
 New Mexico State
Best Junior College Team: New Mexico JC
Best High School Team: Volcano Vista

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Duane Ward, rhp, Farmington HS (1982, Braves/1st round, 9th pick)
2014 Draft: Chase Harris, of, University of New Mexico (Phillies/14th round)
2015 Draft: Jacy Cave, of, New Mexico JC (Diamondbacks/19th round)
2016 Draft: Daniel Johnson, of, New Mexico State (Nationals/5th round)
2017 Draft: Trevor Rogers, lhp, Carlsbad HS (Marlins/1st round, 13th pick)
2018 Draft: Kyle Bradish, rhp, New Mexico State (Angels/4th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 3/3
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 2/0

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Justin Slaten, RHP, New Mexico
• Joab Gonzalez, SS, New Mexico
• Joey Ortiz, SS, New Mexico State
• Jared Mang, OF, New Mexico


Utah


Best College Team:
 BYU
Best Junior College Team: Salt Lake CC
Best High School Team: Desert Hills

Top 2020 Prospect: Ross Dunn, lhp, Cottonwood HS
Top 2021 Prospect: Chandler Reber, of, Desert Hills HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Cory Snyder, 3b, BYU (1984, Indians/1st round, 4th pick)
2014 Draft: Mitch Watrous, rhp, Utah (Padres/8th round)
2015 Draft: Bret Helton, rhp, Utah (Pirates/9th round)
2016 Draft: Payton Henry, c, Pleasant Grove HS (Brewers/6th round)
2017 Draft: Seth Corry, lhp, Lone Peak HS (Giants/3rd round)
2018 Draft: DaShawn Keirsey, of, Utah (Twins/4th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 3/2
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 1/0

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Cy Nielsen, LHP, Spanish Fork HS
• Jackson Cluff, SS, Brigham Young


Wyoming


Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Brandon Nimmo, of, East HS, Cheyenne (2011, Mets/1st round, 13th pick)
2014 Draft: No selection
2015 Draft: No selection
2016 Draft: No selection
2017 Draft: No selection
2018 Draft: No selection

2018 Draft Overview

High School Players Drafted/Signed:
 None



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