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State Snapshots: Great Lakes

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Photo: Sam Bachman (Miami University Athletics)
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
Great Lakes – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Pacific – AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
Great Plains – IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD
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: Southern Illinois
Best Junior College Team: Wabash Valley
Best High School Team: Marist (Chicago)

Prospect on the Rise:
Trey Sweeney, 3B, Eastern Illinois
Wild Card: Shawn Goosenberg, SS, Northwestern

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Illinois Connection: McCade Brown, RHP, Indiana
Top 2022 Prospect: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS
Top 2023 Prospect: Zion Rose, C, Brother Rice 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)
2019 Draft: Quinn Priester, rhp, Cary-Grove HS (Pirates/1st round, 18th pick)
2020 Draft: Ed Howard, ss, Mount Carmel HS (Cubs/1st round, 16th pick)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

Trey Sweeney, 3B, Eastern Illinois
Drew Gray, LHP/OF, IMG Academy
Brooks Gosswein, LHP, Bradley
Shawn Goosenberg, SS, Northwestern
Jacob Campbell, C, Illinois

 
Indiana

Best College Team: Notre Dame
Best High School Team: Carmel
 
Prospect on the Rise: Chayce McDermott, RHP, Ball State
Wild Card: JD Rogers, OF, Carmel HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Indiana Connection: Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (OH)
Top 2022 Prospect: Jack Brannigan, SS, Notre Dame
Top 2023 Prospect: Maxwell Clark, OF, Franklin Community 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)
2019 Draft: Drey Jameson, rhp, Ball State (Diamondbacks/Compensatory round, 34th pick)
2020 Draft: Kyle Nicolas, rhp, Ball State (Marlins/ Competitive Balance round B)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400: 

Colson Montgomery, SS, Southridge HS
McCade Brown, RHP, Indiana
Chayce McDermott, RHP, Ball State
Niko Kavadas, 1B, Notre Dame
Matthew Litwicki, RHP, Indiana
Grant Richardson, OF, Indiana
JD Rogers, OF, Carmel HS
Tanner Kohlhepp, RHP, Notre Dame

 
Michigan

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

Prospect on the Rise: Alex Mooney, SS, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
Wild Card: Willie Weiss, RHP, Michigan

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Michigan Connection: Spencer Schwellenbach, SS/RHP, Nebraska
Top 2022 Prospect: Brock Porter, RHP, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
Top 2023 Prospect: Jarren Purify, SS, University Ligget

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)
2019 Draft: Tommy Henry, lhp, Michigan (Diamondbacks/Competitive Balance round B)
2020 Draft: Jeff Criswell, rhp, Michigan (Athletics/2nd round)

2020 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed: 5/5
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1

Prospects in the Top 400: 

Alex Mooney, SS, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep
Steve Hajjar, LHP, Michigan
Cameron Weston, RHP, Michigan
Micah Ottenbreit, RHP, Trenton HS
Willie Weiss, RHP, Michigan
Anthony Migliaccio, C/OF, Detroit Country Day
Mason Erla, RHP, Michigan State
Luke Leto, SS/RHP, Portage Central HS


Minnesota

Best College Team: Minnesota State, Mankato
Best Junior College Team: St. Cloud Technical CC
Best High School Team: Stillwater

Prospect on the Rise: Zack Raabe, IF, Minnesota

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Minnesota Connection: Will Frisch, RHP, Oregon State
Top 2022 Prospect: Derrick Smith, RHP, White Bear Lake HS
Top 2023 Prospect: George Klassen, RHP, Minnesota

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: Samuel Carlson, rhp, Burnsville HS (Mariners/2nd round)
2018 Draft: Terrin Vavra, ss, Minnesota (Rockies/3rd round)
2019 Draft: Brett Schulze, rhp, Minnesota (Phillies/7th round)
2020 Draft: Max Meyer, rhp, Minnesota (Marlins/1st round, 3rd pick)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400: 

Zack Raabe, IF, Minnesota


Ohio

Best College Team: Wright State
Best Junior College Team: Bryant & Stratton
Best High School Team: Walsh Jesuit

Prospect on the Rise: Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (OH)
Wild Card: Evan Shawver, LHP, Cincinati

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Ohio Connection: Tyler McDonough, IF/OF, North Carolina State
Top 2022 Prospect: Jacob Miller, RHP, Liberty Union HS
Top 2023 Prospect: Kade Kern, OF, Ohio State

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)
2019 Draft: Peyton Burdick, of, Wright State (Marlins/3rd round)
2020 Draft: Dillon Dingler, c, Ohio State (Tigers/2nd round)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400: 

Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (OH)
•  Tyler Black, 3B, Wright State
Joe Rock, LHP, Ohio
Luke Albright, RHP, Kent State
Evan Shawver, LHP, Cincinati
Seth Lonsway, LHP, Ohio State
Riley Tirotta, 3B, Dayton
TJ Brock, RHP, Ohio State
Jonathan Brand, RHP, Miami (OH)
Ryan Gilbert, OF, Kenston HS
Garrett Burhenn, RHP, Ohio State


Wisconsin

Best College Team: Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Best Junior College Team: Madison College
Best High School Team: Whitefish Bay

Prospect on the Rise: Noah Miller, SS, Ozaukee HS
Wild Card: Joey Spence, C, West Bend East HS
 
Best Out-of-State Prospect, Wisconsin Connection: Alex Binelas, 1B, Louisville
Top 2022 Prospect: Gavin Kilen, SS, Milton HS
Top 2023 Prospect: Cole Selvig, RHP, Regis 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)
2019 Draft: Jake Sommers, rhp, Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Cardinals/10th round)
2020 Draft: A.J. Vukovich, of, East Troy HS (Diamondbacks/4th round)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400: 

Noah Miller, SS, Ozaukee HS
Vincent Trapani, RHP, Memorial HS
Joey Spence, C, West Bend East HS

 

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