Draft : : State Preview
Friday, May 10, 2013

MLB Draft Preview: Oregon

Todd Gold        
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.

Oregon State-by-State List

a brief hiatus, Oregon State has returned to it's not too distant place among the top college programs in the country. Meanwhile the Oregon Ducks have begun to establish themselves amongst the elite of the Pac-12 as well, and may be poised to make their recent flirtations with Omaha a reality. The state's two representatives are currently jockeying for a Pac-12 regular season championship with a potential deciding head-to-head series in Eugene scheduled for May 17-19.

Meanwhile, the high school ranks are down in terms of high end prospects after having graduated two-way standout Carson Kelly, who was a second round pick of the Cardinals a year ago. This year the state's top pick is almost certain to come from the college ranks. Oregon Ducks first baseman Ryon Healy is the favorite to come off the board first. His only competition is a group of college pitchers: a pair of left-handed starters from Oregon State in Ben Wetzler and Matt Boyd, along with power armed Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy.

The high school ranks are a bit more cloudy in terms of draft stock, with an array of opinions out there, right handed pitcher Reza Aleaziz seems to be the favorite overall, though it's unclear how many high school prospects will sign this year after Kelly was the only prep prospect to sign last year.

College pitching depth
WEAKNESS: Position prospects, high end high school talent
OVERALL RATING (1-to-5 scale): 3

Oregon State

PROSPECT ON THE RISE: Matt Boyd, lhp, Oregon State.
While the state's top prospect, Ryon Healy, has finally harnessed his big raw power this spring, scouts have been expecting it to show up more often in games for some time. Boyd finally being healthy and even taking a step forward in terms of stuff after coming back for his senior season and successfully moving from the bullpen into a starting role has him climbing up draft boards.

WILD CARD: Christian Jones, lhp, Oregon.
In terms of stuff, Jones has flashed high level upside. But he's still working his way back from last year's Tommy John surgery and he hasn't been able to use the same high level stuff he showed before the injury. He has as much upside as anyone in the state, but right now there's a whole lot of uncertainty about if and when he'll regain the electric stuff he showed prior to the injury.

Braden Shipley, rhp, University of Nevada
Top 2014 Prospect: Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State
Top 2015 Prospect: Cole Irvin, lhp, Oregon


Draft History:
Dave Roberts, 3b, University of Oregon (1972, Padres/1st round, 1st pick).
2006 Draft: Dallas Buck, rhp, Oregon State University (Diamondbacks/3rd round).
2007 Draft: Eddie Kunz, rhp, Oregon State University (Mets/1st round, 42nd pick).
2008 Draft: Ty Morrison, of, Tigard HS (Rays/4th round).
2009 Draft: Erik Stavert, rhp, University of Oregon (Rockies/7th round).
2010 Draft: Tyler Waldron, rhp, Oregon State University (Pirates/5th round).
2011 Draft: Tyler Anderson, lhp, University of Oregon (Rockies/1st round, 20th pick).
2012 Draft: Carson Kelly, 3b, Westview HS, Portland (Cardinals/2nd round).


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


Best Athlete:
Connor Hofmann, of, Oregon
Best Hitter: Ryon Healy, 1b, Oregon
Best Power: Ryon Healy, 1b, Oregon
Best Speed: Connor Hofmann, of, Oregon
Best Defender: JJ Altobelli, ss, Oregon
Best Velocity: Jimmie Sherfy, lhp, Oregon
Best Breaking Stuff: Dan Child, rhp, Oregon State
Best Pitchability: Matt Boyd, lhp, Oregon State


GROUP 1 (rounds 1-3)

1. RYON HEALY, 1b, Oregon (Jr.)
The top power bat in this year's draft class, Healy is rivaled only by Oregon State sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto for best power in the state, regardless of class. While he's seen time at third base, his natural position is first base. That profile puts a lot of pressure on the bat, but his impressive offensive tools and power surge this spring will give organizations enough confidence in the bat to make him a top three round pick, possibly working his way into the second round. His approach at the plate is controlled aggression, he takes violent hacks at hittable pitches and also recognizing when to take or fight off pitcher's pitches. He's always put on impressive power displays during batting practice, and as he's advanced as a pure hitter it has begun to translate into games on a regular basis.

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