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MLB Draft Preview: Delaware

Draft : : State Preview
Frankie Piliere        
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In the weeks leading up to the draft, Perfect Game will be providing a detailed overview of each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. These overviews will list the state's strengths, weaknesses and the players with the best tools, as well as providing scouting reports on all Group 1 and 2 players as ranked in Perfect Game's state-by-state scouting lists.  Please visit this page for all of the links to Perfect Game's 2013 Draft Preview content.



Delaware State-by-State List

A state like Delaware is always going to be dependent on its major universities for most of the strength of it’s draft class, in this case being Delaware and Delaware State. Both teams are strong in the win-loss department in 2013, and Delaware is particularly strong in the draft prospect department. They have two players in Jimmy Yezzo and Chad Kuhl who could go off the board in the top 7-8 rounds. Yezzo, in particular, is making a major push this spring to make his way into the top five rounds.

The state also has the benefit of having a group two high school player, which they don’t always have year-to-year. Jake Fraley provides the athleticism and strong left-handed swing that should land him some early round attention. For a small state, it’s a solid early round crop they can be proud of.


STRENGTH:
University of Delaware talent
WEAKNESS: High School talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

BEST COLLEGE TEAM:
Delaware
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Caravel Academy

Best Out-of-State Prospect, Delaware Connection:
Top 2014 Prospect: Tyler Hill, of, Delaware Military Academy
Top 2015 Prospect: George Michael, rhp, Delaware State

HIGHEST DRAFT PICKS

Draft History:
Derrick May, of, Newark HS (1986, Cubs/1st round, 9th pick)
2008 Draft: Derrik Gibson, ss, Seaford HS (Red Sox/2nd round)
2009 Draft: Cody Holliday, of, Wilmington College (Mets/18th round)
2010 Draft: Ryan Cuneo, 1b, University of Delaware (Cubs/20th round)
2011 Draft: Jerrell Allen, of, Milford HS (Royals/11th round)
2012 Draft:
Jamie Jarmon, of, Indian River HS (Rangers/2nd round)

2012 DRAFT OVERVIEW

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


TOP PROSPECTS, GROUPS 1 and 2

GROUP 2 (rounds 4-10)

1. JIMMY YEZZO, 3b/1b, University of Delaware (Jr.)
With his monstrous performance this spring, Jimmy Yezzo has essentially forced his way to the front of the draft class in Delaware. He’s having among the best offensive seasons of any player in the country, hitting a whopping .419 through 50 games, swatting 12 home runs and 25 doubles along the way. The former Bishop Eustace standout has shown middle of the field power and outstanding lift in his swing throughout the spring, forcing his way into the minds of scouts. The 6-foot, 200-pound Yezzo fits into a likely first base profile, and will be drafted primarily on the strength of his left-handed bat. He’s shown the ability to go deep to any part of the park, and is particularly prolific to the opposite field, and has the advanced plate discipline to go along with that above average power. His huge summer in the Valley League last summer, in which he hit 16 home runs, put him on the map – but following it up with this spring should solidify his track record of hitting enough to put him in the top five rounds in June.


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