2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Nolan Martinez

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Culver City righty Nolan Martinez, a San Diego State commit, may not make it on campus. (Photo Courtesy of Prospect Pipeline)

By: Mario Phillips

Nolan Martinez – RHP – Culver City High School (CA), 6’2, 175.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment: San Diego State

Scouted:  4/21/16- El Segundo HS at Culver City HS; 5/20/16- Elsinore HS at Culver City HS (First Round Playoff)

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Gavin Lux

By: Burke Granger

Gavin Lux – SS – Indian Trail HS (Wis.).  6’2″ 175.  Bats: R.  Throws: L.  DOB: November 23, 1997.  College Commitment: Arizona State.

SCOUTED: Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60, McCook (Ill.).  February 7, 2016.

In what’s shaping up to be a banner year for Midwest high school baseball, Gavin Lux joins Ben Rortvedt and Cooper Johnson as potential early round picks coming from the Illinois/Wisconsin area.  Combine them with class blue chippers Riley Pint and Joey Wentz from Kansas, and the Heartland of America now looks like a major manufacturer of talent in this year’s draft crop.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Nick Kahle

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Chaminade catcher Nick Kahle adds to an already deep So Cal prep draft class.    Photo Courtesy of The Prospect Pipeline.

By: Mario Phillips

Nick Kahle – C – Chaminade Prep School (CA), 5’11″ 210.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Washington

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; March 29, 2016, at 2016 Boras Classic (Junipero Serra Catholic HS, CA).

Kahle (pronounced Kale) is one of the top prep catchers in the country, in what is a deep HS catcher class.   While Kahle is a notch below top CA catching prospect Blake Sabol, he is still an elite catching prospect.  His work ethic, makeup, and leadership intangibles are off the chart.  Oh yeah, he is an excellent defender, has an above average arm behind the plate, and can flat out hit!

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Joey Wentz

By: Burke Granger

Joey Wentz – LHP – Shawnee Mission East (Kan.).  Bats: L. Throws: L.  6’5″ 220.  College Commitment:  Virginia.

Scouted:  Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60, McCook (Ill.).  February 7, 2016.

Not traditionally known as a hotbed for high school pitching prospects, Kansas has produced one prep pitcher who was selected in the first round over the past 10 years.  That particular draftee was Collin Wiles whom the Texas Rangers selected 53rd overall.  This year, the Sunflower State could produce two first round hurlers in fireballer Riley Pint of St. Thomas Aquinas, and Shawnee Mission East’s Joey Wentz.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Blake Rutherford

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Chaminade Prep School outfielder Blake Rutherford highlights a loaded So Cal high school draft class.  (Photo Courtesy of Eric Sondheimer/Los Angeles Times)

By: Mario Phillips

Blake Rutherford – OF – Chaminade Prep School (CA). 6’2″ 190.  Bats: Left.  Throws: Right.  DOB: 5.2.1997.  College Commitment:  UCLA

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; March 29, 2016, at 2016 Boras Classic (Junipero Serra Catholic HS, CA).

The top prep outfielder from California and according to MLB.com, and the seventh best 2016 draft prospect, Rutherford’s name will be called amongst the top 5 picks in the first round of this year’s draft.  Rutherford has excelled on the national stage, and shined playing for the 18U USA National Team.  He is a polished ballplayer who will be thrilling MLB fans in a few years with his bat and athleticism.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Mickey Moniak

 

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La Costa Canyon outfielder Mickey Moniak figures to be a first round selection in the June MLB Draft.  (Photo courtesy of the San Diego Union Tribune)

By: Mario Phillips

Mickey Moniak – OF– La Costa Canyon (CA), 6’2″ 190.  Bats: Left.  Throws: Right.  DOB:  May 13, 1998.  College Commitment:  UCLA

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; March 29, 2016, at 2016 Boras Baseball Classic (Junipero Serra Catholic HS, CA).

A highly touted OF from Southern California, Moniak rose to elite prospect status during last year’s national showcase circuit.  Moniak is ranked by MLB.com as the #13 prospect heading into the 2016 draft, although he is not the top player nor even the top OF in CA!  The prospect who holds that distinction will be covered in the next west coast post.  Moniak was selected as the Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All American California, All Region First Team.     Moniak is a gifted hitter with off the chart baseball instincts.

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