There are more major league prospects in Georgia’s high school outfields than in any other state.
Clint Frazier of Loganville leads a group of four high school senior outfielders ranked among the top 10 outfield prospects for the June Major League Draft, according to MaxPreps.
Frazier is ranked the No. 1 outfield prospect in the country. Austin Meadows of Grayson is No. 2. Josh Hart of Parkview is No. 3. Riverwood’s Terry McClure is No. 8.
The first three are projected as first-round picks. Frazier and Meadows are considered locks.
‘’Georgia is loaded with quality outfielders, and Hart could be the third to go in the first round,’’ writes Kevin Askeland.
They would join a growing list of Georgia outfielders taken in the first round in recent years.
In 2012, Byron Buxton of Appling County went No. 2 overall to the Twins.
In 2011, Dwight Smith of McIntosh (Blue Jays) and Larry Greene of Berrien (Phillies) went in the first round of the supplemental draft.
In 2010, Delino DeShields of Woodward Academy went No. 8 overall to the Astros, and the Angels selected Marietta outfielder Chevy Clarke with the 30th pick in the first round. Jake Skole of Blessed Trinity went in the first round as a supplemental pick.
Donavan Tate of Cartersville was the third overall pick to the Padres in 2009.
Other Georgia outfielders chosen in the first round in recent years have been Jason Heyward of Henry County (2007), Jeremy Hermida of Wheeler and Jeff Francoeur of Parkview (2002), Vince Faison of Toombs County (1999) and Cory Patterson of Harrison (1998). All but Faison made the major leagues.
Two of the four top prospects this year are still playing for their high school teams. Parkview and Hart have made the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals while Loganville and Frazier have made the AAAAA quarters. Parkview and Loganville are defending state champions.