Draft : : State Preview
Monday, May 28, 2012

State Preview: Delaware

David Rawnsley        
Photo: Jarmon family

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.

Contributing: Allan Simpson

Delaware State-by-State List
2011 Delaware Overview

Delaware Overview:
Rare Year for Delaware as State Has Pair of Prep Drafts

Delaware has had only two players drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2004 and both occurred in 2008, when Seaford High shortstop Derrik Gibson was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the second round and University of Delaware second baseman Alex Buchholz by the Cincinnati Reds in the sixth round.

That dry spell should end this year as Delaware has two high-school players, outfielder Jamie Jarmon and righthander Nick Grant, both garnering top-10-round attention. Jarmon, who was also selected the state’s player of the year in football last fall, could go as high as the third round, especially if scouts think he will choose professional ball over playing for two-time defending national champion South Carolina.

Led by Jarmon and Grant, it’s possible that as many as 7-8 players with Delaware connections could be drafted this year. That’s in contrast to 2011, when the state had only two players total selected, with another multiple sport high-school athlete, outfielder Jerrell Allen, being the only one to sign. He was an 11th
-round pick of the Kansas City Royals.

There is no clear-cut choice as the top college draft pick in the state, although University of Delaware closer Stephen Richter has the arm strength and athleticism to interest a pro team in developing his command and pitchability further. Fellow Blue Hens righthander Matt Soren has also attracted attention.

Although Delaware may play a greater role in the draft, Delaware State had the better college team this spring, going 40-17, including 22-2 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season play before losing to Bethune-Cookman in the conference playoffs with an NCAA tournament bid at stake. The Hornets also defeated Delaware twice in head-to-head matchups.

Delaware in a nutshell:

High-school talent.
WEAKNESS: Front-line college prospect.
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 4.

Delaware State.
BEST HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: St. Mark’s HS, Wilmington.
BEST OUT-OF-STATE PROSPECT, Delaware Connection: Dan Schafferman, c, George Mason University (Attended high school in Wilmington).

Top 2013 Prospect:
Kevin Trader, rhp, Delmar HS.
Top 2014 Prospect: Brock Niggebrugge, ss, Delaware State University.


Draft History/Delaware:
Derrick May, of, Newark HS (1986, Cubs/1st round, 9th pick).
2006 Draft: Todd Davison, ss, University of Delaware (Orioles/19th round).
2007 Draft: Brandon Menchaca, of, University of Delaware (Reds/13th round).
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).


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


(Projected ELITE-Round Draft / Rounds 1-3)


(Projected HIGH-Round Draft / Rounds 4-10)

1. JAMIE JARMON, of, Indian River HS, Millsboro
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Jarmon was named the 2011 Gatorade football player of the year in Delaware, joining top baseball prospects Jameis Winston (Alabama) and Anthony Alford (Mississippi) in earning that acclaim; all three are quarterbacks with aspirations of being drafted in the first 3-4 rounds. Jarmon passed for 2,022 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed for an additional 1,302 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading Indian River High to a perfect 12-0 record and 2-A state championship. Unlike Winston and Alford, Jarmon is regarded as a baseball-first athlete and has signed a baseball-only scholarship to South Carolina. Not surprisingly for a two-sport standout from Delaware, Jarmon’s baseball skills are still on the raw side, but his athleticism and upside potential stand out. He has a very promising power/speed combination, along with a fairly advanced feel for how to use his speed, both on the bases and in the outfield. Jarmon has an above-average outfield arm that should play very well in right field, and he has even hit 93 mph off the mound in summer competition, although he rarely pitches for his high-school team. Some scouts believe that Jarmon could stay in center field, where he plays in high school, instead of moving to right, due to his speed and aggressive style of play.

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