Draft Rankings: Southern California
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Oregon commit C/RF Alex Jackson
Oregon commit C/RF Alex Jackson
National Baseball Analyst
Posted Sep 21, 2013


Kiley shares his rankings of all the 2014 MLB Draft top 5 round prospects in Southern California. He includes links to scouting reports and video along with a peak ahead to the 2015 prep draft class.

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College Recruiting Classes, Ranked With Scouting Reports (June 2013): SEC Commit Scouting Reports, Pac-12 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 10 Commit Scouting Reports, Big 12 Commit Scouting Reports, ACC Commit Scouting Reports

Early Class Previews (May 2013): College Pitchers, Prep Pitchers, College Hitters, Prep Hitters


Class Overview

Southern California had 13 notable prep players turn pro from last year's draft: 1st rounders 1B Dominic Smith/Mets, SS J.P. Crawford/Phillies and LHP Ian Clarkin/Yankees, 2nd rounders 3B Ryan McMahon/Rockies, LHP Blake Taylor/Pirates, C Chance Sisco/Orioles, 2B Gosuke Katoh/Yankees and 3B Kevin Franklin/Reds, 3rd rounder LHP Chris Kohler/A's, 4th rounder that signed for 2nd round money LHP Stephen Gonsalves/Twins and 4th rounders C Jake Sweaney/Phillies and SS Tyler Wade/Yankees along with overslot 5th rounder SS Trae Arbet/Pirates. There was only one impact guy that got to campus, unsigned Blue Jays 1st rounder, RHP Phil Bickford/Cal St. Fullerton. This year's crop lines up pretty well as far as depth and high-end talent and I would give 2014 the slight edge as I think this year's class is a little more talented in the top two rounds.

Recruiting Overview

Southern California is the most densely-populated area for prospects on the west coast and there are many high level programs that rely on it for talent. It's pretty clear from the below list that UCLA has the best collection of talent this year, with six commits and no other school with more than two. It's still too early to decide which school may get the most from this class at the college level with many of the top players turning pro and some of the better college type players still uncommitted.

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2014 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 5 Rounds, High School: SoCal)

Pos High School Commit
Rd
1. Alex Jackson
C/RF
Rancho Bernardo
Oregon
1
2. Sean Bouchard
3B
Cathedral Catholic
UCLA
1-2
3. Marcus Wilson
CF
Serra
Arizona State
1-2
4. Jack Flaherty
3B
Harvard Westlake
North Carolina
1-2
5. D.J. Peters
LF
Glendora
Cal St. Fullerton
2
6. Brady Aiken
LHP
Cathedral Catholic
UCLA
2
7. Tylor Megill
RHP
Los Alamitos
Loyola Mrymt
2-3
8. Grant Hockin
RHP
Damien
UCLA
2-3
9. Luke Dykstra
2B
Westlake
Hawaii
3
10. Jacob Nix
RHP
Los Alamitos
UCLA
3
11. Scott Hurst
CF
Bishop Amat
Cal St. Fullerton
3
12. Josh Morgan
SS
Orange Lutheran
UCLA
4
13. Parker Joe Robinson
RHP
Serra
Texas
4
14. Shane Mardirosian
2B
King
UC Santa Barbara
4
15. Brandon Gonzalez
OF
Villa Park
None
5
16. Tommy Pincin
C
Upland
San Diego State
5
17. Denz'l Chapman
CF
Serra
San Diego State
5
18. Eric Ramirez
1B
Rio Mesa
None
5
19. Jonah Hargroves
2B
St. Bernard
None
5
20. Jeff Bain
RHP
San Marino
None
5
21. Matt Campbell
RHP
Simi Valley
None
5
22. Nate Hadley
RHP
Loyola
UCLA
5
23. Domnique Key
RHP
San Diego
None
5

2015 MLB Draft Prospects (Top 3 Rounds, High School: SoCal)

Pos High School Commit
1. Kyle Dean
CF
Poway
San Diego
2. Kyle Molnar
RHP
Aliso Niguel
UCLA
3. Chris Betts
C/1B
Wilson
Tennessee
4. Lucas Herbert
C
San Clemente
UCLA
5. Brendon Davis
3B
Lakewood
None
6. Jonathan Olsen
RHP
Damien
UCLA
7. Drew Finley
RHP
Rancho Bernardo
USC


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