Finding MLB talent in unlikely places
April, 17, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Stacy Jo GrantPitcher Scott Blewett could be the first first-round pick from the state of New York since 2010.One of the interesting things about the MLB draft is that in addition to states like Texas, California, and Florida that continuously have several first-round candidates coming out of high school seemingly every year, you also get the talents that come from places that aren’t considered traditional powers. Mets 2011 first-rounder Brandon Nimmo (Wyoming) and Rockies 2012 first-rounder David Dahl (Alabama) are examples.
We likely won’t see anyone from the prep class go in the first 20 picks this year that are from a “pop-up” state, but here’s a look at three guys from all across the country who have a chance to go on Day 1 come this June.