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Top 2017 Draft prospect from each state

June 11, 2017

With the 2017 MLB Draft nearly here, continues its coverage with a look at the best Draft prospect from each state.Selections were based on Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo's latest list of the Top 200 Draft prospects. For states without a representative on the list, we polled and conversed

With the 2017 MLB Draft nearly here, continues its coverage with a look at the best Draft prospect from each state.
Selections were based on Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo's latest list of the Top 200 Draft prospects. For states without a representative on the list, we polled and conversed with scouts to determine its top prospect.
:: 2017 MLB Draft coverage ::
The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m ET on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on on June 14, beginning at noon ET.
Click on each state to see a list of Draft-eligible players from that state. Note that for the purposes of this list, we're considering college players based on the location of their school, not their hometown. The Draft Tracker lists players by their hometown.
Alabama: Bubba Thompson, OF (McGill-Toolen HS) | No. 26
A decorated quarterback who received scholarship offers to become a two-sport college player, Thompson is one of the premier athletes in this year's class, standing out most for his well-above-average speed and offensive potential.
Alaska: Johnny Homza, SS (South Anchorage HS) | NR
A two-way standout at South Anchorage High who's committed to Hawaii, Homza profiles better as an athletic middle infielder who makes a lot of hard contact with some pop.
Arizona: J.J. Matijevic, 1B (Arizona) | No. 62
Matijevic's potent bat and impressive spring for the Wildcats has his stock on the rise heading into the Draft, though there is some concern as to where he profiles best defensively at the next level.
Arkansas: Blaine Knight, RHP (Arkansas) | No. 58
Scouts like Knight for his athleticism, remaining physical projection and present four-pitch mix, which includes a plus fastball and an above-average slider/cutter. However, at 6-foot-3, 165 pounds, the right-hander's durability will determine whether he can remain a starter in the professional ranks.
California: Hunter Greene, RHP/SS (Notre Dame HS) | No. 1
Greene is the top prospect in this year's class, boasting an electric right arm that produces an upper-90s fastball that's topped out at 102 mph. That elite arm strength -- along with his other four average or better tools -- would make him a mid-first-round pick as an infielder if he didn't offer more upside on the mound.
Canada: Landon Leach, RHP (Pickering HS) | No. 101
A 6-foot-4 righty with a commitment to Texas, Leach has the makings of three average-or-better pitches, including a fastball that touches 94 mph, and scouts believe his stuff will continue to improve as he adds strength to his projectable frame.
Colorado: Caleb Sloan, RHP (Regis Jesuit HS) | NR
Sloan, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, was up to 97 mph on the summer showcase circuit with the makings of three promising secondaries, though it may require a considerable signing bonus to lure him away from a Texas Christian commitment.
Connecticut: Erik Ostberg, C (Hartford) | NR
Ostberg's left-handed bat and advanced approach stands out in a class that's thin with college catchers, and he was leading the nation in hitting before suffering a season-ending knee injury in April.
Delaware: Spencer Harbert, 3B (Middletown HS) | NR
A Kentucky commit, Harbert shows an advanced feel from the right side of the plate, with a fluid stroke and a strong, athletic frame that has scouts believing he'll hit for power.
D.C.: Bruce Hudson, RHP (St. John's College HS) | NR
Hudson has strength and the room to add more, and it's that remaining projection which fuels scouts' belief that his mid- to upper-80s heater will eventually sit in the low 90s.
Florida: Alex Faedo, RHP (Florida) | No. 11
Faedo, 6-foot-5 right-hander, has long been viewed as one of the top hurlers in this year's Draft class. An offseason knee injury led to a sluggish start this spring, though he fared better as the season progressed, showing a low- to mid-90s heater, a well-above-average slider and an improving changeup.
Georgia: D.L. Hall, LHP (Valdosta HS) | No. 14
Hall, a Florida State commit, earns comparisons to the Dodgers' Scott Kazmir for his solid build, live arm and plus fastball-curveball combo, which helps make him one of the top lefties in this year's class.
Hawaii: Hunter Breault, RHP (Kamehameha Schools) | NR
A projectable 6-foot-2 right-hander who's committed to Oregon, Breault operates in the low-90s, with a mid-70s breaking ball that makes him difficult for right-handed hitters.
Idaho: J.J. Robinson, 3B (Lewis-Clark State) | NR
Robinson's left-handed power produced a team-leading 22 home runs this season as he led Lewis-Clark State to an NAIA World Series title while earning Series MVP honors.
Illinois: Brendan Murphy, LHP (Mundelein HS) | No. 157
With a durable build, a clean delivery and a solid three-pitch mix, the Arizona State commit has the ingredients to develop as a starter, and scouts believe his fastball will be a plus pitch once he adds muscle to his 6-foot-4 frame.
Indiana: Peter Solomon, RHP (Notre Dame) | No. 86
The Fightin' Irish's best pitching prospect since Jeff Samardzija in 2006, Solomon broke out last summer in the Cape Cod League but struggled to consistently throw strikes this spring, resulting in a demotion to the bullpen. There's plenty to like in his upside as a starter, though there's growing belief he'll end up in the bullpen.
Iowa: Daniel Tillo, LHP (Iowa Western CC) | No. 81
Tillo transferred from Kentucky to Iowa Western CC this spring, only to experience a dead arm period and see his Draft stock plummet as a result. Though committed to Arkansas, the 6-foot-5 southpaw's potential two plus pitches should keep him from setting foot on campus.
Kansas: Blake Weiman, LHP (Kansas) | NR
A tall, lanky southpaw, Weiman operates at 91-92 mph with an average slider and advanced control that allows his arsenal to play up. With improved stamina and durability, he could be a starter in pro ball.
Kentucky: Brendan McKay, LHP/1B (Louisville) | No. 2
The second best two-way prospect in Draft history, McKay could be a top-five pick as either a left-handed pitcher or a first baseman. He's a potential No. 2 starter on the mound, where most teams seem to prefer him -- including the Twins, who are now said to be favoring McKay with the No. 1 overall pick.
Louisiana: Alex Lange, RHP (Louisiana State) | No. 23
The 6-foot-4 right-hander established himself as a top prospect in the 2017 class when he led LSU to the 2015 College World Series as a freshman. He's added to his track record since then, while showing consistent bat-missing ability with his plus fastball-curveball pairing.
Maine: Peter Kemble, RHP (Bangor HS) | NR
The 6-foot-2 prep hurler pitches in the mid-to-upper-80s, with room to add more velocity, and shows feel for both a slider and a changeup. He's committed to Maine.
Maryland: Kevin Smith, SS (Maryland) | No. 91
Though he took an overall step back offensively this spring, Smith did show more consistent power, hitting a career-high 13 homers in 54 games for the Terps, and convinced evaluators that he has the defensive tools to stick at shortstop.
Massachusetts: Matt Tabor, RHP (Milton Academy) | No. 69
A growth spurt before Tabor's senior season led to an uptick in velocity this spring for the 6-foot-2 right-hander, who has a lightning-quick arm but struggles to consistently execute his secondary pitches.
Michigan: Oliver Jaskie, LHP (Michigan) | No. 147
Jaskie's average fastball plays up because he commands it well and has natural deception stemming from a funky left-handed delivery, and he knows how to keep hitters off balance with his above-average changeup.
Minnesota: Sam Carlson, RHP (Burnsville HS) | No. 15
Minnesota's Gatorade Player of the Year, Carlson's Draft stock erupted this spring as he showed improved velocity, sitting at 93-97 mph, on top of his usual advanced feel for throwing an above-average slider and changeup. With his present ability and remaining projection, the right-hander could become the state's first hurler to be selected in the first round.

Mississippi: Brent Rooker, 1B/OF (Mississippi State) | No. 50
Rooker, the 2017 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, made his case as one of the better college hitters in this year's class by leading all NCAA Division I hitters in doubles (29), slugging (.858) and OPS (1.371) entering the national tournament.
Missouri: Jake Burger, 3B (Missouri State) | No. 16
Possibly the top slugger in this year's Draft, Burger finished second in NCAA D-1 with 21 homers as a sophomore a year ago and he's once again in the hunt for the Missouri Valley Conference Triple Crown (he led in all three categories at .341-22-63 entering the regional playoffs) in 2017.
Montana: Nick Yovetich, OF (Big Sky HS) | NR
The San Francisco commit is a left-handed-hitting, athletic outfielder who has good strength for his 6-foot-3 frame and projects for power.
Nebraska: Keith Rogalla, RHP (Creighton) | No. 155
Rogalla has the ingredients to remain a starter, with a strong build, clean arm action and a three-pitch mix of average-or-better offerings.
Nevada: Brett Brocoff, RHP (Desert Oasis HS) | NR
Brocoff already bumps the low 90s with his heater and pairs it with an above-average breaker, and scouts believe the Utah commit will continue to tack on velocity as he grows into his projectable frame.
New Hampshire: Owen Batchelder, LHP (Souhegan Coop HS) | NR
A long-armed left-hander, Batchelder features a projectable fastball that could sit in the low-90s once he's fully developed. He's committed to play for Northeastern.
New Jersey: Zach Schellenger, RHP (Seton Hall) | No. 193
While his velocity was down during the spring, the 6-foot-6 righty has shown a mid-to-upper 90s fastball in the past and has a track record of late-inning success.
New Mexico: Trevor Rogers, LHP (Carlsbad HS) | No. 25
The cousin of former big leaguer Cody Ross, Rogers, a Texas Tech commit, is a 6-foot-6 lefty with a high ceiling thanks to his remaining physical projection and potential for three quality offerings.
New York: Quentin Holmes, OF (Monsignor McClancy Memorial HS) | No. 33
A true 80-grade runner, Holmes clocked in at 6.15 seconds in the 60-yard dash at the Perfect Game National Showcase. What's more, he knows how to use his speed to impact the game on both sides of the ball.
North Carolina: MacKenzie Gore, LHP (Whiteville HS) | No. 4
The 2017 Gatorade National Player of the Year, Gore possesses front-of-the-rotation stuff with a mid-90s fastball and three secondary offerings that are at least above average. Some view the East Carolina commit as the top hurler in this year's class.
North Dakota: Kevin Folman, RHP (N.D. State) | NR
After blowing out his elbow in the Northwoods League in 2015 and then missing all of '16, Folman appeared in a career-high 21 games this spring while sitting 90-93 mph.
Ohio: Zac Lowther, LHP (Xavier) | No. 127
Lowther, a 6-foot-2 southpaw, lacks a plus pitch, but his track record of missing bats and barrels speaks for itself. This spring, he set an Xavier school record for strikeouts (115) and ranked third in NCAA Division I in whiff rate (13.4) entering the playoffs.
Oklahoma: Ryan Vilade, 3B (Stillwater HS) | No. 43
The No. 3 hitter on the U.S. national 18U team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Championships in October, Vilade stands out for his big-time power potential from the right side of the plate.
Oregon: David Peterson, LHP (Oregon) | No. 19
Peterson struck out 17 without a walk against Mississippi State in March and fanned 20 with just one free pass against Arizona State in April en route to ranking second in D-I in strikeouts (140 in 100 1/3 innings) and third in K/BB ratio (9.3) entering the NCAA Regionals.
Pennsylvania: Chris McMahon, RHP (West Chester Rustin HS) | No. 100
McMahon opened eyes this spring when he touched 95 mph in his first outing, and he's continued to boost his stock by showing strike-throwing ability with three pitches. He's committed to Miami.
Puerto Rico: Heliot Ramos, OF (Leadership Christian Academy) | No. 40
Ramos, a Florida International commit, is said to have some serious helium as the Draft nears, with teams targeting the prep outfield for his high-end power-speed combination.
Rhode Island: James Karinchak, RHP (Bryant) | No. 163
Karinchak comes with some injury concerns after he experienced shoulder discomfort during the spring, but the 6-foot-3 righty has shown a fastball up to 96 mph with a plus breaking ball at times.
South Carolina: Wil Crowe, RHP (South Carolina) | No. 44
Tommy John surgery cost Crowe part of 2015 and all of '16, but the right-hander returned this season to sit 92-95 mph while hitting 97, all while showing good control of his entire arsenal.
South Dakota: Dalton Lehnen, LHP (Augustana) | NR
A Cincinnati transfer, Lehnen has been up to 94-95 mph with his fastball and could develop into a power-armed reliever with an improved breaking ball.
Tennessee: Kyle Wright, RHP (Vanderbilt) | No. 3
A candidate to be taken No. 1 overall, Wright -- a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder with remaining physical projection -- is the best college right-hander in this year's class and has all the ingredients needed to develop into a frontline starter in the Major Leagues.
Texas: Shane Baz, RHP (Concordia Lutheran HS) | No. 12
Baz boasts arguably the deepest arsenal among preps in the 2017 class, with five pitches that grade as average or better including a fastball that's touched 98 mph and a plus cutter and slider. He's committed to Texas Christian, where he's ticketed to play both ways.
Utah: Seth Corry, LHP (Lone Peak HS) | No. 105
Corry is an athletic lefty who flashes promising stuff but may need some time to put it all together. The BYU commit earns comparisons to Giants left-hander Matt Moore.
Vermont: William Hesslink, LHP (Rice Memorial) | NR
A left-hander hurler with strength and size, Hesslink, a Boston College commit, operates in the upper 80s with his fastball and knows how to keep hitters off balance with his curveball and changeup.
Virginia: Pavin Smith, 1B (Virginia) | No. 8
Smith has long been revered for his pure hitting ability, and he showed more power this spring during in his junior season at Virginia. Though he's likely limited to first base defensively, Smith has the offensive profile to play the position.
Washington: Joey Morgan, C (Washington) | No. 137
With strong catch-and-throw skills, an above-average arm and plenty of agility behind the plate, Morgan stands out as one of the better defensive catchers in this year's class
West Virginia: Aaron Perry, RHP (Hurricane HS) | NR
The Kentucky commit suffered a stress fracture in his elbow this spring, but before that he was touching the mid-90s with a sharp breaking ball, leading scouts to peg him as a promising relief prospect.
Wisconsin: Daulton Varsho, C (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) | No. 110
Varsho has offensive upside from the left side of the plate, where he has a compact but powerful stroke that enables him to hit for both average and power.
Wyoming: None.
Brandon Nimmo, whom the Mets' took 13th overall in 2011, is the lone player to be drafted out of Wyoming since 2007. Conversations with scouts yielded no viable Draft picks for the state in 2017.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.