Prep Baseball Report

New England Draft Preview

Nathan Rode and Dennis Healy

The 2018 MLB Draft will take place June 4-6. To get you ready, Prep Baseball Report is releasing state previews with notes on high school draft prospects in its comprehensive coverage area. For more information on the prospects included in the High School Draft 100, click on the links to the players’ profiles to view comments, news and videos.

Grant Lavigne, 1B, Bedford HS, NH (Wake Forest)
Steven Hajjar, LHP, Central Catholic HS, MA (Michigan)
Ryan Cusick, RHP, Lincoln Sudbury HS, MA (Wake Forest)
Patrick Winkel, C, Amity HS, CT (Connecticut)

OTHERS TO WATCH: OF Dillon Lifrieri (Wilton HS, CT), an Arkansas recruit, was the 2015 Future Games MVP and a standout at the 2018 Super 60. He has a loose right-handed swing and is a good athlete. He plays shortstop for his high school, but will likely shift to third base or the outfield down the road. He runs a 6.62-second 60. RHP Michael Burrows (Waterford HS, CT) stands at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and has a quick arm. The fastball touches 93 mph and his breaking ball is advanced. He is committed to Connecticut. RHP Shane Smith (Governors Academy, MA), a 6-foot-4, 225-pound Wake Forest recruit, sits around 90 with his fastball and has shown improvement to his changeup and curveball. RHP Theo McDowell (Salisbury School, CT) is a converted shortstop and stands at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds He is committed to West Virginia and the ball jumps out of his hand from a low-3/4 slot. He also has the makings of a Frisbee slider. RHP Sean Burke (Saint John’s HS, MA) was gaining attention this spring with his 6-foot-4, 185-pound frame and fastball up to 92, but he will now be having Tommy John surgery.

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