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Scouting the local prospects in Major League Baseball Draft

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014 - 11:07 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014 - 8:37 am

Bee staff writer Joe Davidson breaks down area prospects, in order, expected to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft:

•  Derek Hill, CF, Elk Grove High School: Considered the best center-field prospect in the draft and projected as a first-round pick with speed and range.

•  J.D. Davis, 1B/P, Fullerton/Elk Grove: Drove in more than 100 runs for the Titans in three years with power at the plate and on the mound as a closer.

•  Mitch Hart, RHP, Granite Bay: A hard-throwing pitcher who has range in the mid-90s, Hart has an option to play at USC on scholarship.

•  Logan Webb, RHP, Rocklin: Emerging late in the season after playing football, Webb wowed scouts by regularly throwing in the 90s.

•  Cameron Avila-Leeper LHP Grant: Keeps batters off-balance with his breaking pitch and can throw with velocity. He’s eager to sign.

•  Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Sacramento State/Jesuit: The Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Hoskins could return for his senior season to improve his draft position.

•  Matt Trask, RHP, Davis: A competitor who won all his big games his last two prep seasons, Trask is also committed to UCLA.

•  Alex Palsha, RHP, Sacramento State: One of the top relievers in school history, Palsha helped the Hornets reach an NCAA Division I regional.

•  Tyler Kuresa, INF, UC Santa Barbara/Oakmont: One of the top hitters in the Big West Conference, Kuresa had a .495 slugging percentage, 44 RBIs and nine homers.

•  Tyler Schimpf, RHP, Capital Christian: Big at 6-foot-5 with good command of the strike zone, Schimpf is also excited about attending Texas on scholarship.

•  Josh Pigg, OF/RHP, Cosumnes River College/Franklin: A 28th-round pick by Cleveland out of high school, Pigg can throw in the 90s as a pitcher and has promise in the outfield.

•  Jared James, OF, Sacramento City College/McClatchy: James comes from great bloodlines as father, Dion, was a first-round pick of the Brewers in 1980, and pops says son is better.

•  Steven Patterson, INF, UC Davis: Patterson followed in his father Fred’s footsteps at UC Davis. He could be a lower-round pick.

•  Patrick Armstrong, INF, UNLV/Sac City: An All-Mountain West Conference player, Armstrong hit a team-high eight home runs for the Rebels.

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