Prep Baseball Report

Illinois Draft Preview

The 2017 Major League Draft takes place June 12-14. In advance of the draft, Prep Baseball Report is posting a summary of each state in the coverage area with scouting reports on the top high school draft prospects.

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

The 2016 draft was a banner year for Illinois with five former high school products getting picked on the first day. While Illinois collegiate prospects were getting popped early and often, it took 15 rounds for the first high school player to be drafted, when the Padres selected OF Jack Suwinski. RHP Jean Casanova (35th round, Texas Rangers) and RHP Kevin Malisheski (38th, Los Angeles Dodgers) were the other two Illinois high schoolers to sign last year.

This year’s Illinois high school draft might yield a bit more output, but not by much. Many of the top prospects in Illinois’ 2017 class will likely go to college and become solid draft prospects down the road.

PBR Draft 100 Prospects

69. Reid Detmers, LHP, Glenwood HS, IL
Detmers had an impressive performance at the Super 60 and has carried it over to the spring season. He has dominated opposing hitters in 55 innings of work with just 18 hits allowed and 124 strikeouts.

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