The Sacramento area isn't expected to see much action during the first day of the major league first-year player draft on Monday. The 50-round draft concludes Wednesday.
The area's top prospect is Saint Mary's College junior right-hander Martin Agosta, who could be selected as early as the third round. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder was 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA and features a 92- to 96-mph fastball, a cutter that changes planes like a slider and an effective changeup. In 14 starts, the former Jesuit High School standout struck out 95 batters in 103 1/3 innings.
The first area player chosen in last year's draft was catcher Andrew Susac (Jesuit) out of Oregon State in the second round.
Gaels coach Jedd Soto considers Agosta one of the top three pitchers he has had in 16 years of coaching.
"I never thought, coming out of high school or through my freshman and sophomore years, that I'd have this opportunity to get drafted," Agosto told the San Francisco Chronicle last week. "I'm just grateful for everything."
Here's a look at other local prospects:
Sacramento State The Hornets haven't had a player drafted since 2009, when Tim Wheeler (El Camino) was picked in the first round and Blake Crosby in the 42nd. That could all change in this draft. The Western Athletic Conference tri-champions sport the conference Player of the Year in junior second baseman Andrew Ayers (.336) and All-WAC senior catcher Derrick Chung (.340).
UC Davis The Aggies have had nine pitchers drafted since 2007. That bodes well for senior left-handers Dayne Quist (6-3, 3.15 ERA) and Anthony Kupbens (5-4, 2.83).
Others Two former locals to look for from other four-year institutions are outfielders Pat Stover (Rocklin) of Santa Clara and Cody Keefer (Davis) of UCLA.
Cosumnes River The community college state champion features freshman right-hander Austin Ales (11-2, 1.09) of Oak Ridge, who was named the North's state Pitcher of the Year. All-NorCal sophomore shortstop Josh Silver of Franklin (.335) is said to be on the Philadelphia Phillies' radar.
Sierra College The Wolverines have several prospects. The grapevine says the Miami Marlins like All-NorCal right-hander Josh Eagle (11-2, 1.45 ERA), the Toronto Blue Jays are impressed with first baseman Brady Steiger (.284, six home runs) and the Seattle Mariners are high on outfielder Brad Gerig (.318, four HRs, Jesuit). All are sophomores, as is right-hander Ryan Millison (4-4, 2.97), who signed with Long Beach State.
High schools The first area prep player to go could be either right-hander Ben Eckels (Davis) or shortstop Zach Green (Jesuit), who has signed an Oregon State letter of intent. The 6-3, 190-pound Green saw his offensive numbers (.417, one HR) decline a bit from last season (.434, six HRs), but his glove work at shortstop has not gone unnoticed by the scouts.
Eckels (6-2, 2.75) is considered the top pitcher in the area.
River Cats Showcase high school games today
The River Cats Showcase games are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. today at Raley Field.
Those competing are seniors from the 42 high schools who participated in the River Cats High School Baseball Program or were named to the River Cats All-City Team.
Featured players include position players Jared James (McClatchy), Miles Chambers (Rio Linda), Dalton Blaser (Roseville), Jake Phillips (River Valley), Josh Pigg (Franklin) and Caleb Parker (Sutter). Pitchers include Logan James (Jesuit), Zach Stilwell (Pleasant Grove), Jesse Scholtens (Rodriguez), Malik Pruitt (Laguna Creek), Mark Reece (Roseville) and Eckels. All are considered draft prospects.
The coaching staffs for the teams include former major leaguers Jim Barr, Rowland Office (McClatchy), Dion James (McClatchy), Greg Vaughn (Kennedy, Sacramento City), Fred Besana (Lincoln, Placer Junior College) and Brad Kilby (Laguna Creek).
Parking and admission are free. Fans donating $5 or canned goods to the Sacramento Food Bank will receive vouchers for future River Cats games.
RIVER CATS SHOWCASE ROSTERS
Games today at Raley Field
GAME 1, 1 p.m.
Pitchers: Jesse Scholtens, Rodriguez; Jake Lorigan, Sheldon; Jordan Koch, Elk Grove; Khalil King, Sacramento; Austin Spencer, River Valley; Chase Kamla, Mt. Shasta; Zach Woods, Foothill; Garrett Greenhaw, Anderson
Catchers: Logan Coggeshall, Oakmont; Justin Beacham, Sacramento
Infielders: Lance Lozano, River City; Jake Phillips, River Valley; Brandon Ortega, Rodriguez; Dusty Zeisler, Nevada Union; Kody Waite, Mt. Shasta; Mossimo Smaldino, Maria Carrillo; Kyle Twisselman, Chico
Outfielders: Mitch MacDonald, Foothill; Mario Smaldino, Maria Carrillo; Spencer Cho, Nevada Union; Zack Seibert, Chico
Pitchers: Christopher Rost, Dixon; Tyler Leal, Union Mine; James Harris, Bear River; Brandon Taylor, Linden; David Huson, Casa Roble; Tyler Reed, Red Bluff; Billy Broad, Portola
Catchers: Michael Moore, Colfax; Tucker Bishop, Benicia; Derek Gogna, Linden
Infielders: Zach Rocha, Yuba City; Robbie Kunkle, Yuba City; Justin Ozcan, East Nicolaus; Gary Root, Colfax; Jake Payne, Benicia; Jacob Stewart, Linden; AJ Bell, Dixon
Outfielders: Josh Toft, Bear River; Isaac Williams, Union Mine; Cole Robinson, Red Bluff; Tommy Sleva, East Nicolaus
GAME 2, 7 p.m.
Pitchers: Logan James, Jesuit; Malik Pruitt, Laguna Creek; Michael Frantz, El Camino; Mark Reece, Roseville; Tanner McVey, Rocklin
Catchers: Cody Morris, Oak Ridge; Justin Beatty, Laguna Creek; Joey Thompson, El Camino
Infielders: Miles Chambers, Rio Linda; Jesse Luna, Rio Linda; Louis Mejia, Jesuit; Shaun Mize, Woodcreek; Austin Hagarty, Woodcreek; Jared James, McClatchy; Stevin Cisneros, Rocklin; Josh Pigg, Franklin
Outfielders: Lance Berringer, Oak Ridge; Dalton Blaser, Roseville; Jacob Woehler, Capital Christian; Justin Dillon, El Dorado
Pitchers: Ben Eckels, Davis; David Dellaserra, Bella Vista; Zach Stilwell, Pleasant Grove; Nick Rebello, Center; Sutter McLoughlin, Rio Americano
Catchers: Bryan Babcock, Antelope; George Hatamiya, Davis
Infielders: Quentin Hick, Sutter; Trevor Hicks, Elk Grove; Wyatt Castro, Antelope; Caleb Parker, Sutter; Nathan Lukes, Center; Tommy Wieser, Oakmont; Michael Chavarria, Pioneer; Mitch Samson, Casa Roble
Outfielders: Ryan Locke, Bella Vista; Jonathon Macmonagle, Cordova; Johnathon McKeoun, Cordova; Ryan Gearing, Oakmont; Morgan Osgood, Sutter