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Draft | State Preview | 6/10/2021

State Snapshots: Mountain

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Photo: Wes Kath (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 Plains – IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD
Pacific – AK, CA, HI, OR, WA
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
Best Junior College Team: Central Arizona
Best High School Team: Hamilton

Prospect on the Rise: Wes Kath, 3B, Desert Mountain HS

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Arizona Connection: Dominic Hamel, RHP, Dallas Baptist 
Top 2022 Prospect: Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
Top 2023 Prospect: TJ Nichols, RHP, 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); Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B, Arizona State (2020, Tigers/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)
2019 Draft: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State (Giants/1st round, 10th pick)
2020 Draft: Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B, Arizona State (Tigers/1st round, 1st pick)

2020 Draft Overview

College Players Drafted/Signed: 8/8
Junior College Players Drafted/Signed: None
High School Players Drafted/Signed: 1/1

Prospects in the Top 400:

Wes Kath, 3B, Desert Mountain HS
Ryan Holgate, OF, Arizona
Chase Silseth, RHP, Arizona
Brock Selvidge, LHP, Hamilton HS
Branden Boissiere, 1B/OF, Arizona
Dayton Dooney, INF, Central Arizona
Drew Swift, SS, Arizona State
Tyler Thornton, RHP, Arizona State
Zach Barnes, RHP, Grand Canyon
Justin Fall, LHP, Arizona State
Mat Olsen, RHP, Central Arizona


Colorado

Best College Team: Colorado Mesa
Best Junior College Team: Lamar
Best High School Team: Valor Christian

Prospect on the Rise: Alec Willis, RHP, Regis Jesuit
Wildcard:
Greysen Carter, RHP, Fairview HS


Best Out-of-State Prospect, Colorado Connection: Casey Opitz, C, Arkansas 
Top 2022 Prospect: Reese Chapman, OF, Grandview HS
Top 2023 Prospect: Tate Smith, RHP, Eaton 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)
2019 Draft: Nick Ready, 3B, Air Force (Marlins/23rd round)
2020 Draft: Case Williams, RHP, Douglas County HS (Rockies/4th round)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

Cale Lansville, RHP, Thunder Ridge HS
Greysen Carter, RHP, Fairview HS
Andrew Morris, RHP, Colorado Mesa


Idaho

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

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Idaho Connection: Kyle Manzardo, 1B, Washington State
Top 2022 Prospect: Caden Casagrande, SS, Bishop Kelly HS
Top 2023 Prospect: Roman Blaser, 3B, Eagle 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)
2019 Draft: Randon Hostert, RHP, Bonneville HS (Rangers/15th round)
2020 Draft: No selection

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

• None


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)
2019 Draft: Caleb Hill, LHP, University of Montana (Red Sox/36th round)
2020 Draft: No selection

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

• None


Nevada

Best College Team: University of Nevada- Reno
Best Junior College Team: Southern Nevada
Best High School Team: Bishop Gorman

Prospect on the Rise: Tyler Whitaker, SS, Bishop Gorman
Wildcard: Thomas Dilandri, OF, Palo Verde HS

Top 2022 Prospect: Robby Snelling, LHP, McQueen HS
Top 2023 Prospect: Jet Gilliam, OF, Desert Oasis HS

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) 
2019 Draft: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV (Phillies/1st round, 14th pick)
2020 Draft: None

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

Tyler Whitaker, SS, Bishop Gorman HS
Thomas Dilandri, OF, Palo Verde HS
Tanner McDougal, RHP, Silverado HS
Christopher Cortez, RHP, Silverado HS
Jace Avina, OF/INF, Spanish Springs HS


New Mexico

Best College Team: New Mexico State
Best Junior College Team: New Mexico Military Institute
Best High School Team: Rio Rancho

Prospect on the Rise: Mack Chambers III, SS, New Mexico

Best Out-of-State Prospect, New Mexico Connection: Chase Silseth, RHP, Arizona
Top 2022 Prospect: Henry Mitchell, SS, Albuquerque Academy
Top 2023 Prospect: Steven Milam, SS, Centennial HS

Highest Draft Picks

Draft History: Nick Gonzales, SS, New Mexico State (2020, Pirates/1st round, 7th pick), 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)
2019 Draft: Justin Slaten, RHP, New Mexico (Rangers/3rd round)
2020 Draft: Nick Gonzales, SS, New Mexico State (Pirates/1st round, 7th pick)

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

Mack Chambers III, SS, New Mexico


Utah

Best College Team: BYU
Best Junior College Team: Salt Lake
Best High School Team: American Fork

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Utah Connection: Kyler Bush, LHP, St. Mary’s
Top 2022 Prospect: Cy Nielson, LHP, BYU
Top 2023 Prospect: Tyler Ball, RHP, Skyridge 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 Kiersey, Jr., OF, Utah (Twins/4th round)
2019 Draft: Jackson Cluff, SS, BYU (Nationals/6th round)
2020 Draft: No selection

2020 Draft Overview

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

Prospects in the Top 400:

• None


Wyoming

Top 2022 Prospect: N/A
Top 2023 Prospect: Colter McAnelly, SS, Cheyenne East HS

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
2019 Draft: No selection
2020 Draft: No selection

2020 Draft Overview

High School Players Drafted/Signed: None

Prospects in the Top 400:

• None

 
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