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State Snapshots: South Central

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Photo: Jordan Lawlar (Perfect Game)

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


Arkansas

Best College Team: Arkansas
Best Junior College Team: University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain
Best High School Team: Jonesboro

Prospect on the Rise: Jalen Battles, SS, Arkansas
Wild Card: Braylon Bishop, OF, Arkansas HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Arkansas Connection: Jordan Wicks, LHP, Kansas State
Top 2022 Prospect: Robert Moore, SS, Arkansas
Top 2023 Prospect: Jaxon Wiggins, RHP, Arkansas

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: Jeff King, 3B, Arkansas (1986, Pirates/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Brian Anderson, 2B, Arkansas (Marlins/4th round)
2015 Draft: Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas (Red Sox/1st round, 7th pick)
2016 Draft: Zach Jackson, RHP, Arkansas (Blue Jays/3rd round)
2017 Draft: Tyler Zuber, RHP, Arkansas State (Royals/6th round)
2018 Draft: Blaine Knight, RHP, Arkansas (Orioles/3rd round)
2019 Draft: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas (Diamondbacks/2nd round)
2020 Draft:  Heston Kjerstad OF, Arkansas (Orioles/1st round, 2nd pick)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

Christian Franklin, OF, Arkansas
Jalen Battles, SS, Arkansas
Braylon Bishop, OF, Arkansas HS
Casey Opitz, C, Arkansas
Patrick Wicklander, LHP, Arkansas
Brady Slavens, 3B, Arkansas

Louisiana

Best College Team: Louisiana Tech
Best Junior College Team: LSU-Eunice
Best High School Team: Barbe

Prospect on the Rise: Peyton Stovall, 2B, Haughton HS
Wild Card: Jaden Hill, RHP, Louisiana State

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Louisiana Connection: River Town, OF, Dallas Baptist
Top 2022 Prospect: Cade Doughty, INF, Louisiana State
Top 2023 Prospect: Dylan Crews, OF, Louisiana State

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: Danny Goodwin, C, Southern U. (1975, Angels/1st round, 1st pick); Ben McDonald, RHP, Louisiana State (1989, Orioles/1st round, 1st pick)
2016 Draft: Jake Fraley, OF, Louisiana State (Rays/2nd round)
2017 Draft: Alex Lange, RHP, Louisiana State (Cubs/1st round, 30th pick)
2018 Draft: Hogan Harris, LHP, Louisiana (Athletics/3rd round)
2019 Draft: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane (Dodgers/1st round, 25th pick)
2020 Draft: Hudson Haskin, OF, Tulane (Orioles/2nd round)

2020 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed: 4/4
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 0/0

Prospects in the Top 400:

Peyton Stovall, 2B, Haughton HS
Jaden Hill, RHP, Louisiana State
Landon Marceaux, RHP, Louisiana State
Braden Olthoff, RHP, Tulane
Collin Burns, SS, Tulane
Grant Fontenot, RHP, Lafayette HS
Josh Pearson, OF, West Monroe HS
Ian Montz, OF, Acadiana HS
Connor Cooke, RHP, Louisiana Lafayette

Oklahoma

Best College Team: Oklahoma State
Best Junior College Team: Eastern Oklahoma State
Best High School Team: Heritage Hall

Prospect on the Rise: Jason Ruffcorn, RHP, Oklahoma
Wild Card: Tyler Hardman, 1B, Oklahoma

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Oklahoma Connection: Brannon Jordan, RHP, South Carolina
Top 2022 Prospect: Bryce Osmond, RHP, Oklahoma State
Top 2023 Prospect: Jace Bohrofen, OF, Oklahoma

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: Mike Moore, RHP, Oral Roberts (1981, Mariners/1st round, 1st pick)
2014 Draft: Gavin LaValley, 3B, Carl Albert HS (Reds/4th round)
2015 Draft: Anthony Hermelyn, C, Oklahoma (Astros/4th round)
2016 Draft: Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma (White Sox/2nd round)
2017 Draft: Conner Uselton, OF, Southmoore HS (Pirates/2nd round)
2018 Draft: Kyler Murray, OF, Oklahoma (Athletics/1st round, 9th pick)
2019 Draft:  Logan Gragg, RHP. Oklahoma State (Cardinals/8th round)
2020 Draft: Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma, (Nationals/1st round, 22nd pick)
  
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:

Jackson Jobe, RHP, Heritage Hall HS
Tyler Hardman, 1B, Oklahoma
Jason Ruffcorn, RHP, Oklahoma
Andrew Walling, LHP, Eastern Oklahoma State
Christian Encarnacion Strand, 3B, Oklahoma State
Justin Wrobleski, LHP, Oklahoma Sate
Christian McGowan, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State
David Sandlin, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State
Gray Thomas, RHP, Heritage Hall HS

 

Texas

Best College Team: Texas
Best Junior College Team: McLennan
Best High School Team: Friendswood

Prospect on the Rise: Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
Wild Card: Caedmon Parker, RHP, The Woodlands Christian Academy HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Texas Connection: Dylan Smith, RHP, Alabama
Top 2021 Prospect: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
Top 2022 Prospect: Tanner Witt, RHP/INF, Texas

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: David Clyde, LHP, Westchester HS, Houston (1973, Rangers/1st round, 1st pick); Matt Anderson, RHP, Rice (1997, Tigers/1st round, 1st pick)
2016 Draft: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights HS (Astros/1st round, 17th pick)
2017 Draft: Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran HS (Pirates/1st round, 12th pick)
2018 Draft: Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Central Heights HS (Orioles/1st round, 11th pick)
2019 Draft: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage  HS (Royals/1st round, 2nd pick)
2020 Draft: Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M (Royals/1st round, 4th pick)

2020 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed: 10/10
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: 3/3
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 5/5

Prospects in the Top 400:

Jordan Lawlar, SS, Dallas Jesuit HS
Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston State
Izaac Pacheco, if, Friendswood HS
Robert Gasser, LHP, Houston
Bryce Miller, RHP, Texas A&M
Caedmon Parker, RHP, The Woodlands Christian Academy HS
Eric Hammond, RHP, Keller HS 
Russell Smith, LHP, TCU
Dustin Saenz, LHP, Texas A&M
Austin Krob, LHP, TCU
Cameron Cauley, SS, Barbers Hill HS 
Hagen Smith, LHP, Bullard HS
Cal Conley, SS, Texas Tech
Luke Heefner, 3B, Home School HS
Mason Marriott, RHP, Tomball HS
Johnny Ray, RHP, TCU
AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP, Colleyville Heritage HS
Dru Baker, OF, Texas Tech
Ivan Melendez, C, Texas
Logan Henderson, RHP, McLennan JC
Joshua Stewart, RHP, St. Dominic Savio HS
Brandon Birdsell, RHP, Texas Tech
Braxton Fulford, C, Texas Tech
River Town, OF, Dallas Baptist 
Jon Childress, LHP, Texas A&M
Mason Montgomery, LHP, Texas Tech
Rawley Hector, RHP, Anna HS
Shay Hartis, RHP , Grayson JC
Will Rigney, RHP , Baylor
Dominic Hamel, RHP, Dallas Baptist
Micah Dallas, RHP, Texas Tech 

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