A quick roundup of the most recent draft-related news involving the high-school crop.
- RHP Triston McKenzie is off to a great start, and despite a thin frame (6-5, 160 lbs) and a commitment to Vanderbilt, he seems destined to hear his name called pretty early on draft day.
- RHP Luken Baker did it all on Tuesday night, slugging his third home run of the year, while tossing a one-hit shutout.
- RHP Beau Burrows has settled into his place as Weatherford High’s Tuesday starter, and looks to HOFer Nolan Ryan and current big-leaguer and Weatherford alum Zach Britton as inspiration.
- RHP Joe Demers is another two-way stud who’s in the running for some national honors. His most recent performance saw him slug two home runs and toss a complete-game two-hitter.
- RHP Donny Everett caught the eye of USA Today and should be a strong contender for Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year by year’s end.
- RHP Kyle Molnar improved to 5-1 on the year with a 9-strikeout three-hitter. He’s also doing plenty of good things at the plate, although his future is definitely on the mound, either at UCLA or in the professional ranks.
- In case you missed it, LHP Kolby Allard is getting some well-deserved R&R after tweaking his back. The injury occurred in late March, and Allard is expected to return sometime in mid-May.
- Olympia High remains the #1 team in the nation, while it’s ace, LHP Juan Hillman continues to garner acclaim on a national level. He spoke to the Orlando Sentinel about his season, his hopes for the future, and what he’s learned from his mentor, former big-league Tom Gordon.
- C Wyatt Cross has fought through some nagging injuries to boost his stock at one of baseball’s premium positions.
- Despite the injury to his more famous battery-mate, C Lucas Herbert is showing he’s a elite prospect in his own right.
- 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes is one of a number of draft prospects with big-league bloodlines.
- Germantown Academy checks in at #10 in the Preseason Southeastern Pennsylvania Top 25, led by their star infielder, SS John Aiello.
- Arguably the top team in the country, Bishop Gorman suffered a shocking loss, despite the solid play of SS Cadyn Grenier, who has emerged as one of the top shortstop prospect in the 2015 class.
- Consensus top prospect SS Brendan Rodgers has earned a spot on the watch list for MaxPreps National Player of the Year honors, but he isn’t resting on his laurels. He’s already slugged eight home runs this season.
- OF Kep Brown was off to a strong start this year, but will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon.