The Major League Baseball draft — all 40 rounds of it — will take place Thursday through Saturday and several local senior standouts have a good shot at hearing their names called.

Here's a rundown of some of those players to watch in the first two rounds, which air Thursday on MLB Network at 6 p.m., and the rest of the weekend, with rounds 3-40 streamed live online at

INF Joe Rizzo, Oakton
2016 stats: .392 batting average, four home runs, 12 RBI, 14 runs
Ranked as the country's No. 40 overall prospect, Rizzo is expected by most draft prognosticators to be picked in the first two rounds. What's drawn most scouts to the senior infielder is his power at the plate, where he's crushed 11 home runs during the last two years, and versatility. Though Rizzo's 2016 numbers weren't as strong as his junior campaign, when the South Carolina signee hit .606 and earned Virginia 6A player of the year honors, scouts see great value in his hitting ability.

Here's what MLB Network analyst Mike Lowell had to say about Rizzo: "He looks like a guy that has a very good sense of what he wants to do at the plate. I think physically he's much more developed than your traditional draft pick and I think he's a guy that takes that approach at each level and will help him move up real quick."

OF/P Khalil Lee, Flint Hill
2016 stats: .471 BA, six home runs, 23 RBI, 37 runs; 7-0, two saves, 0.33 ERA, 87 strikeouts
Following an offseason that included an appearance in the Perfect Game All-American Classic, Lee entered this season with high expectations. He managed to exceed them, thanks to improved strength that brought power as a hitter and new-found prowess as a pitcher. Since leading the Huskies to the MAC regular-season title and winning Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year, Lee has worked out for several pro teams, including Kansas City and San Diego last week, and appears poised to go as high as the second round and as low as the fourth.

INF/P Pete Nielsen, Madison
2016 stats: .363 BA, 20 RBI, 22 runs; 4-1, two saves, 2.22 ERA
This smooth player is popular among scouts for his mechanical fielding skills and consistency as a hitter. After earning the save in last year's Virginia 6A state championship, Nielsen carried that over to this spring, when he proved steady on the mound to become one of the area's best three-way players in terms of hitting, defense and pitching. The BYU signee is likely a later-round draft pick.

P Jake Agnos, Battlefield
2016 stats (entering Friday's state semifinal): 10-0, 0.48 ERA, 126 strikeouts
A year after setting a state record with 21 straight strikeouts in a game, the powerful lefty was even stronger on the mound this spring. With a fastball that has been tracked at 92 miles per hour, Agnos, an East Carolina signee, could be scooped up by a major league team in the later rounds.

3B/P Matt Mervis, Georgetown Prep
2016 stats: .348 BA, two home runs, 23 RBI, 31 doubles; 4-1, 1.13 ERA, 121 strikeouts
Considered by some as Maryland's top high school prospect, the Duke recruit has helped his stock with a lefty bat and arm that can do damage on the diamond. Mervis has the potential to be selected as a late-round pick.

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