Local Names to Listen for in Major League Baseball's Draft
High School Prospects
While it is considered a thin year for area high schoolers in the first-year player draft, these five players could hear their name called this week:
SS Matt Bowman, St. Albans: The All-Met Player of the Year impressed scouts this season in the field and on the mound, but he's considered an unlikely signing having committed to play for Princeton.
OF Anthony Howard, Quince Orchard: Some scouts like his athleticism and all-around skills, but he seems headed for a junior college.
RHP Branden Kline, Thomas Johnson: Relatively unknown before the season, he burst onto the scene by throwing in the low 90s but has said he intends to go to Virginia in the fall. Instead of going in the first five rounds, he likely will drop considerably.
C Chad Morgan, Paul VI Catholic: Set school records for batting average (.483) and hit for power (seven home runs) but is expected to follow through on his scholarship to Virginia Tech.
SS Bryn Renner, West Springfield: He signed with North Carolina to play football, but worked out last week for the Yankees and could be a surprise selection.
More than a dozen players from area colleges likely will be selected, though there isn't much agreement who will go when. For instance, one local veteran scout said, "If you ask 20 area scouts who have the state of Virginia, 'Who will be the first college player from Virginia taken?' you might get 20 different answers.' Here are the some of top candidates:
1B Justin Bour, George Mason, Sr.: A former All-Met at Westfield, he batted .339 with 17 homers and 66 RBI this past season and could be the first of several Patriots selected.
RHP Andrew Carraway, Virginia, Sr.: The Marietta, Ga., native improved to 8-1 by throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's victory over Mississippi and should be the first Cavalier selected this year.
OF A.J. Casario, Maryland, Jr.: Three years after being taken in the 26th round by the Dodgers out of high school, the left-handed hitter was second on the Terrapins in batting (.319) and homers (10) and led the team in steals (12 of 15).
RHP Pat Lehman, George Washington, Sr.: The 6-4, 210-pound native of Fair Lawn, N.J., went 6-4 with a 2.44 ERA this season and threw at least eight innings in each of his last 10 starts.
3B Mike Murphy, Maryland, Sr.: Georgetown Prep alum led Terrapins in homers each of the past two seasons and finished with 32 for his career.
-- Josh Barr