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: 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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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Cooper Johnson

By: Burke Granger

Cooper Johnson – C – Carmel Catholic (Ill.).  6’0″ 200.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Mississippi

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

A veteran of the showcase circuit, Cooper Johnson entered the year as the 22nd ranked high school player by Baseball America, while landing at 27 on D1Baseball‘s list.  With a muscular 6’0″ 200 lb frame and donning a gold plated catching mask in the resembling a Notre Dame football helmet, Johnson stands out even before he picks up a bat or ball.

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