2017 Draft

Draft Prospect Watch: Updated Prep Rankings and an Interesting Pitching Match-Up

Draft Prospect Watch: Updated Prep Rankings and an Interesting Pitching Match-Up
John Dreker

The National High School Invitational (NHSI) was held this week, with the finals taking place today at 12:15 PM (see notes at the bottom for more). It's a tournament that involves some of the best high school teams from around the country and always includes some of the top draft prospects. MLB Pipeline has been covering the tournament and as a preview, they updated their top prospect list a bit, putting together a list of the top 25 high school players in this year's draft. Of those 25 players, seven of them took part in the NHSI.

The link above has the list of the top players in the tournament, but I wanted to focus on two players in particular. For a good reason, left-hander Jacob Heatherly from Alabama, and right-hander Hans Crouse from California, are two of the more intriguing pla...

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2017 Draft
John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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