Last year we saw Bethesda, MD-native and University of Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen get selected second overall in the MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. While no local baseball players are projected to go that high this year, there are some who many draft experts expect to be selected in tonights draft.
Allan Simpson PerfectGame.com has compiled a list of hundreds of MLB draft prospects and sorted them by where they call home. Here are the top 20 players from the mid-Atlantic region as ranked by Perfect Game USA.
1. Branden Kline RHP U. of Virginia Frederick, MD 1st round
2. Nathan Kirby LHPOF James River HS Richmond, VA 2nd round
3. Eddie Butler RHP Radford Chesapeake, VA 2nd round
4. Chris Taylor SS U. of Virginia Virginia Beach, VA 2nd round
5. Blake Hauser RHP VCU Midlothian, VA 3rd round
6. Damion Carroll RHP King George HS Richmond, VA 3rd round
7. Stephen Bruno SS3B U. of Virginia Audobon, NJ - 4th round
8. Josh Sborz RHP McLean HS McLean, VA 4th round
9. Blake Forslund RHP Liberty Lynchburg, VA 4th round
10. Andrew Rash OF Virginia Tech Anderson, SC 5th round
11. Anthony Montefusco RHP1B George Mason Medford, NJ 5th round
12. Jack Wynkoop LHP Cape Henry HS Virginia Beach, VA 5th round
13. Josh Henderson OF home schooled Suffolk, VA 5th round
14. Zak Wasilewski LHPOF Tazewell HS Tazewell, VA 6th round
15. Michael Taylor RHP Christ Church HS Urbana, VA 7th round
16. Michael Boyden RHP Maryland La Plata, MD 10th round
17. Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Oak Hill, VA 11th round
18. Mike Garza 3BSS Georgetown San Antonio, TX 15th round
19. Rand Ravnaas OF Georgetown Fort Worth, TX 18th round
20. Ryan Farrar LHP VCU Mechanicsville, VA 20th round
Virginias Branden Kline is the only player projected as a first round pick and even that is up for debate. He will likely go late first round or possibly as a sandwich pick. Nathan Kirby has committed to play at the University of Virginia and it will be interesting to see which path he chooses. The Virginia Baseball Player of the Year signed a National Letter of Intent and looks likely to be a Cavalier.
One other interesting note is that Gilman High School star Ryan Ripken, son of Cal, is expected to be picked in the later rounds. He has, however, committed to play at South Carolina and will be there in the fall.
The Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft is a three-day event that begins tonight. For all your post-draft analysis on who the Nationals pick check back on CSNwashington.com and NatsInsider.com.