Say, while I’ve got you on the subject of the draft…
I paid a visit to Maxpreps.com (my go-to for high school sports) this morning, and found Kevin Askeland’s newly published Top 100 seniors list. As high school ball starts to get under way across the country, I thought this would be a good time to start brushing up on some of the names (both well known and unknown) that we might hear in this summer’s draft.
Askeland and the crew over there used a number of different factors in determining the formula for their rankings, including mock drafts and various recruiting rankings. Alex Jackson comes in at #1 on the big board, with Michael Gettys and Jacob Gatewood right behind him.
The top arms that you’ve likely heard of include big Texan Tyler Kolek (#4), Grant Holmes (#5), Luis Ortiz (#6), Touki Toussaint (#7), and Brady Aiken (#10). Lots of Californians and Floridians on the list (making up almost half the 100). I know there are a few sites that do very good work on high school baseball coverage, but I thought this list could serve as a nice reference as the season gets going.
If you’re not familiar with Askeland’s work, I would highly recommend you give this piece – and others – a look. His articles are almost always featured on the homepage over at Maxpreps, and he covers the gamut of sports.
A little background here: Kevin and I are alumnus of the same small high school in northern California. When I was in high school, I took on a major sports journalism project as part of my graduation requirements. All told, this “project” would ultimately become a 100+ page book on football and basketball at my high school in the 1950’s and 60’s.
Kevin was my mentor for this project, and really helped give me the spark that would drive me throughout the entire process. He’s one of the most knowledgeable sports people I’ve ever met… you literally cannot have a conversation with him without learning something new. He puts in tireless work for Maxpreps, and he’s a high school teacher by day. If writing were his full-time job, I have no doubt he’d be one of the household names in sports journalism.
I got to catch up with Kevin for a few minutes this week, and told him about the (newish) blog. So if you happen to see this Kevin, thanks for all that you do for the high school sports community.