Georgia outfielders coveted in MLB Draft

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.

11 comments Add your comment

Mr. Wolverine

May 9th, 2013
8:24 am

Chris Nelson from Redan was a first round pick by the Rockies in 2004, I believe?

Max Sizemore

May 9th, 2013
8:40 am

DeShields is primarily a secondbaseman, though with Altuve at second now with the Astros and only two years older, DeShields may move to CF. Chris Nelson played 3B for the Rockies, and now fills in at 3B for the Yankees.

S. Thomas Coleman

May 9th, 2013
9:36 am

Congrats to Terry McClure, a product of Sandtown Park (South Fulton) and the BlueJays!

STC

Know it all

May 9th, 2013
10:35 am

Vince Faison, Toombs County, Pick #20 in 1999 by the Padres.

Another One

May 9th, 2013
11:02 am

Forgot Zach Cone from Parkview (By way of UGA)

Todd Holcomb

May 9th, 2013
11:37 am

Thanks for the note on Vince Faison, I’ve added him. Saw his name but thought he played in college.

re: Cone – I included only those players who were picked in the first round right out of high school. That doesn’t mean the others are less important, so thanks for pointing him out, but the list I was using from baseball-reference indicated most recent schools, whether it be college or high school.

re: Chris Nelson – He was a 1R pick of the Rockies in 2004. He was drafted as a shortstop. He’s playing 3B now w/ the Yankees.

re: DeShields. I see from his minor league record that he is playing 2B, but he was drafted as an outfielder and played center field in his first season of pro ball.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=came_from&came_from=GA&

x-coach

May 9th, 2013
11:42 am

McCarty kid from Colquitt Co will also go in draft….Braves should get involved.

StingerSplash

May 9th, 2013
11:42 am

Todd, Faison did play college. Football. After his baseball days were up, I believe. Or at least tried to do so, a la Kelley Washington.

Todd Holcomb

May 9th, 2013
11:54 am

OK, so Faison wasn’t right out of Toombs at the time. I do remember him, though. More as a football player though. …

I also added some recent outfielders who went in the first round of the supplemental draft – Skole of Blessed Trinity, Greene of Berrien, Smith of McIntosh.

Lambert Longhorn

May 10th, 2013
8:01 am

What about Brock Maxwell of Lambert? South Carolina scholarship … where does he stand?

Jim n Buckhead

May 14th, 2013
8:41 am

You could have a pretty good team in the MLB if you just had kids from GA.