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State Snapshots: Great Lakes

Patrick Ebert         Perfect Game Staff        
Photo: Quinn Priester (Perfect Game)

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


Illinois

Best College Team:
 Illinois
Best Junior College Team: Wabash Valley
Best High School Team: St. Laurence

Prospect on the Rise: Michael Prosecky, lhp, Nazareth Academy
Wild Card: Quinn Priester, rhp, Cary-Grove HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Illinois Connection:
 Tyler Fitzgerald, ss, Louisville
Top 2020 Prospect: Edward Howard, ss, Mount Carmel HS
Top 2021 Prospect: Noah Smith, ss, Marist HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Danny Goodwin, c, Central HS (1971, White Sox/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Jeremy Rhoades, rhp, Illinois State (Angels/4th round)
2015 Draft: Tyler Jay, lhp, Illinois (Twins/1st round, 6th pick)
2016 Draft: Cody Sedlock, rhp, Illinois (Orioles/1st round, 27th pick)
2017 Draft: Brendan Murphy, lhp, Mundelein HS (Brewers/4th round)
2018 Draft: Alek Thomas, of, Mount Carmel HS (Diamondbacks/2nd round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 15/14
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 4/3
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 10/2

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove Community HS
• Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley
• Michael Prosecky, LHP, Nazareth Academy HS
• Michael Massey, 2B, Illinois
• Jason Hodges, OF, Marist HS
• Nick Paciorek, RHP, Northwestern
• John Rave, OF, Illinois State
• Jalen Greer, SS, St. Rita of Cascia HS
• Matt McCormick, C, St. Laurence HS
• Andrew Peters, RHP, John A. Logan
• Jon Beymar, RHP, Wabash Valley
• Zade Richardson, C, Wabash Valley
• Zac Taylor, OF, Illinois
• Kendall Ewell, OF, Marist HS
• Evan Gray, RHP, Belleville East HS
• Joe Aeilts, IF, Illinois State
• Ben Troike, SS, Illinois


Indiana

Best College Team:
 Indiana State
Best High School Team: Andrean
 
Prospect on the Rise: Drew Jameson, rhp, Ball State
Wild Card: Avery Short, lhp, Southport HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Indiana Connection:
 Zack Thompson, lhp, Kentucky
Top 2020 Prospect: Kyle Nicholas, rhp, Ball State
Top 2021 Prospect: Austin Bode, c, Columbus North HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Andy Benes, rhp, University of Evansville (1988, Padres/1st round, 1st pick); Bryan Bullington, rhp, Ball State University (2002, Pirates/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Kyle Schwarber, c, Indiana University (Cubs/1st round, 4th pick)
2015 Draft: Ashe Russell, rhp, Cathedral Catholic HS (Royals/1st round, 21st pick)
2016 Draft: Alex Call, of, Ball State (White Sox/3rd round)
2017 Draft: Peter Solomon, rhp, Notre Dame (Astros/4th round)
2018 Draft: Nick Schnell, of, Roncalli HS (Rays/1st round, 32nd pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 17/12
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 4/1

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State
• Avery Short, LHP, Southport HS
• Ryan Pepiot, RHP, Butler
• Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana
• Adam Lukas, RHP, Evansville
• Andrew Saalfrank, LHP, Indiana
• Tanner Gordon, RHP, Indiana
• Cameron Junker, RHP, Notre Dame
• Ethan Vecrumba, OF, Edgewood HS
• Michael Doolin, RHP, Andrean HS


Michigan

Best College Team:
 Michigan
Best Junior College Team: Kellogg
Best High School Team: Orchard Lake St. Mary's

Prospect on the Rise: Jordan Brewer, of, Michigan
Wild Card: Hunter Brown, rhp, Wayne State

Top 2020 Prospect: Jesse Franklin, of, Michigan
Top 2021 Prospect: Luke Leto, ss, Portage Central HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State (1998, Athletics/1st round, 2nd pick)
2014 Draft: Jordan Foley, rhp, Central Michigan (Yankees/5th round)
2015 Draft: Nick Plummer, of, Brother Rice HS (Cardinals/1st round, 23rd pick)
2016 Draft: Keegan Akin, lhp, Western Michigan (Orioles/2nd round)
2017 Draft: Oliver Jaskie, lhp, Michigan (Mariners/6th round)
2018 Draft: William English, rhp, Western International HS (Angels/5th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 16/14
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 3/2

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan
• Jordan Brewer, OF, Michigan
• Karl Kauffman, RHP, Michigan
• Hunter Brown, RHP, Wayne State
• Colin Czajkowski, LHP, Woodhaven HS
• Mitchell Tyranski, LHP, Michigan State
• Cameron Wagoner, RHP, Tecumseh HS
• Christopher Mokma, RHP, Holland Christian HS
• Griffin Lockwood-Powell, C/DH, Central Michigan
• Dillon Kark, SS/2B, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
• Cam Hart, 3B, Lansing HS
• Mason Erla, RHP, Michigan State


Minnesota


Best College Team:
 Minnesota
Best Junior College Team: Century CC
Best High School Team: Stillwater

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Minnesota Connection:
 Michael Busch, 1b, North Carolina
Top 2020 Prospect: Max Meyer, rhp, Minnesota
Top 2021 Prospect: Sam Hunt, c, St. Louis Park HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Joe Mauer, c, Cretin-Derham Hall HS (2001, Twins/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Sam Hentges, lhp, Mounds View HS (Indians/4th round)
2015 Draft: Lance Thonvold, rhp, Minnesota (Mariners/24th round)
2016 Draft: Nick Hanson, rhp, Prior Lake HS (Reds/3rd round)
2017 Draft: Sam Carlson, rhp, Burnsville HS (Mariners/2nd round)
2018 Draft: Terrin Vavra, ss, Minnesota (Rockies/3rd round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 8/7
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 2/0

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Eli Wilson, C, Minnesota
• Brett Schulze, RHP, Minnesota
• Will Frisch, RHP, Stillwater HS
• Drew Gilbert, LHP/OF, Stillwater HS


Ohio

Best College Team:
 Ohio State
Best Junior College TeamCuyahoga CC
Best High School Team: Mason

Prospect on the Rise: 
Seth Gray, 3b, Wright State
Wild Card: Mack Anglin, rhp, Highland HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Ohio Connection:
 Nick Bennett, lhp, Louisville
Top 2020 Prospect: Seth Lonsway, lhp, Ohio State
Top 2021 Prospect: Sam Bachman, rhp, Miami

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Tim Belcher, rhp, Mount Vernon Nazarene College (1983, Twins/1st round, 1st pick); Ken Griffey Jr., of, Moeller HS (1987, Mariners/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Cameron Varga, rhp, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Rays/2nd round)
2015 Draft: Ian Happ, of, Cincinnati (Cubs/1st round, 9th pick)
2016 Draft: Eric Lauer, lhp, Kent State (Padres/1st round, 25th pick)
2017 Draft: Zac Lowther, lhp, Xavier (Orioles/2nd round)
2018 Draft: Ryan Feltner, rhp, Ohio State (Rockies/4th round)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 20/18
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 2/1
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 5/3

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Conor Grammes, RHP, Xavier
• Seth Gray, 3B, Wright State
• Andrew Magno, LHP, Ohio State
• Peyton Burdick, OF, Wright State
• Mack Anglin, RHP, Highland HS
• Dominic Canzone, OF, Ohio State)
• John Matthews, RHP, Kent State
• Jase Bowen, OF, Toledo Central Catholic
• Danny Cody, RHP, Baldwin-Wallace
• Jakob Brustoski, LHP, Sinclair
• Jack Frank, OF, Strongsville HS
• Connor Wollersheim, LHP, Kent State
• Garrett Schoenle, LHP, Cincinnati


Wisconsin

Best College Team:
 Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Best Junior College Team: Madison College
Best High School Team: Janesville Craig

Prospect on the Rise: Connor Prielipp, lhp, Tomah HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Wisconsin Connection:
 Alec Marsh, rhp, Arizona State
Top 2020 Prospect: AJ Vukovich, 3b/rhp, East Troy HS
Top 2021 Prospect: Vincent Trapani, rhp, Memorial HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History:
 Jarred Kelenic, of, Waukesha West HS (Mets/1st round, 6th pick)
2014 Draft: J.P. Feyereisen, rhp, Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Indians/16th round)
2015 Draft: Justin Langley, lhp, Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Marlins/16th round)
2016 Draft: Gavin Lux, ss, Indian Trail Academy (Dodgers/1st round, 20th pick)
2017 Draft: Daulton Varsho, c, Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Diamondbacks/2nd round)
2018 Draft: Jarred Kelenic, of, Waukesha West HS (Mets/1st round, 6th pick)

2018 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed:
 2/2
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 4/1

Prospects in the Top 610:

• Connor Prielipp, LHP, Tomah HS
• Nathan Stevens, C, Waunakee HS



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