MLB Draft Coverage: Local prospects await their fate

MLB Draft Coverage: Local prospects await their fate


by Jay Tust

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Posted on June 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 6:10 PM

BOISE -- The 2014 MLB Draft starts with the first and second rounds on Thursday, followed by rounds 3-10 on Friday, and 11-40 on Saturday.

While Mason Smith headlines the group of local prospects, others are hoping to hear their names called.

Joey Martarano, INF, Fruitland High School
Draft Day Projection: Day 2

No one doubts Martarano's plus-bat. One scout claimed "(Martarano) has more natural power than anyone I've ever seen," after he witnessed the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder belt 19 straight homeruns during a round of batting practice at Fruitland High School.

But there are concerns. Namely his signability.

Martarano has been committed to play linebacker at Boise State for three years now and scouts know it will take a lots (of money) to lure him away from gridiron.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he goes undrafted," one scout boldy predicted.

Another talent evaluator agreed, but also added, "he could go higher than Mason Smith."

At this point, it is anyone's guess.

Martarano has been garnering attention as a multi-sport athlete for quite some time now. However, earlier this year, he made it clear he wants to focus on one sport.
A scout told me he wants a player who wants to play professional baseball, adding "you can't waste draft picks these days."
Still, the same scout couldn't help but remind him self of Martarano's plus-power.

Isaac Anderson, RHP, College of Southern Idaho
Draft Day Projection: Day 2 - Day 3

Following a stellar senior season at Rocky Mountain High School in 2012, Anderson played as a freshman at the College of Southern Idaho this last season.
But while he hit .295 with four homeruns and drove in a team-high 39 RBI for the Golden Eagles this spring, Anderson's biggest impact was on the mound.
The right-hander - who did not pitch in high school - struck out 21 hitters over 22 innings while maintaining a 0.82 ERA.
Although he is still learning a new position, right now his above average arm will end up being his ticket to the MLB.

Anderson flew out for a pre-draft workout with the St. Louis Cardinals two weeks ago.
Since he is a little raw, he isn't shying away from returning to college and developing. However, the right offer - likely in the top 10 rounds - could entice him to turn pro.

Toby Anderson, RHP, Skyview High School
Draft Day Projection: Day 3 - Undrafted

Anderson anchored the Skyview pitching staff for the last two seasons. After going 13-1 as a junior with a 0.89 ERA, Anderson accepted a scholarship offer to play at the University of Minnesota.
Firmly committed to the Golden Gophers, a team will have to make it worth his while for him to turn pro.

While Anderson is likely to get drafted, it probably will not be earlier enough for him to pass up his scholarship at Minnesota.
With a lean 6-foot-5 frame, Anderson has room to grow. If he doesn't get selected this year, his time will likely come in 2016, the next time he is eligible to get drafted.