Opinions on who would be the first High School pitcher drafted out of Texas are floating around in another thread. Illogical comparisons, too, between 2005 & 2006...So, I thought a few indicators might warrant consideration...2005 Hsler's are better compared to the college guys, not underclassmen, IMO.
Baseball America Top 200, as of June 6-19 print issue. Same as 5/23 on-line issue.
# 52 Craig Italiano (Was # 28 in Feb issue,Top 100 BA)
# 59 Aaron Thompson, 2nd Baptist HS, Houston (was # 18 in Feb. issue Top 100 BA)
# 124 Josh Wilson, Whitehouse HS, Tyler, Tx (was # 46 in Feb issue, Top 100 BA)
# 144 Kyle Hancock (was # 21 in Feb issue, Top 100 BA)
# 18 Wade Townsend, Rice, Dripping Springs, TX
# 22 Mark McCormick, Baylor Clear Lakes Shores, Tx
# 45 J. Brent Cox, Texas, Bat City, Tx
# 48 Lance Broadway, Tx Christian, Waxahachie
# 51 Clay Buchholz, Angelina JC, Lumberton, Tx
# 64 Robert Ray, Tx A&M, Lufkin
# 83 Stphen Marek, San Jacinto JC, Sealy, Tx
# 101 Josh Geer, Rice, Forney, Tx
# 103 Kevin Whelan, Texas A&M, Kerrville, Tx
One never knows how the draft will turn out! There are many variables for the Scouting Directors of each team to consider when putting names on their board come draft day. Most important issue being signability, & what the specific team are looking for.
Some of these kids may have a hill to climb,if their intention is to be drafted.
I agree with Bighit & DP2005. Italiano has the best "chance" of the highschoolers, Class of 2005.