October 10, 2012
Scouting the Draft
High School Outfielders
Almost immediately after the Amateur Draft is held in June, work begins anew for amateur scouting departments all across baseball. From June through August, area scouts (and in many cases cross-checkers, scouting directors, and even general managers) take in collegiate summer leagues and high profile prep showcases and tournaments, getting looks at the next crop of draft-eligible talent working its way towards draft day.
Over the coming weeks we are going to review some of the top names and performances from this past summer. The eight-part series will have two entries each week, covering four categories of players and forty players overall (full schedule at the bottom). The goal is not to cover every name worth knowing for next June; we have plenty of time to bring you full reports on the top draft-eligible players for 2013 over the next eight months. This is meant to serve as an introduction to the draft class for those who have not yet begun following the action, and to pool in one place a rundown of some of the top performances over the past three months once we start parsing the class in more detail.
Today we tackle five high school outfielders who made a name for themselves on the “summer circuit."
Trey Ball | OF/LHP | New Castle HS (New Castle, Ind.)
The Basics: 6-foot-6, 180-pounds; left/left profile; draft day age 18y 11m; University of Texas commit