Inland prospects expected to be selected in Major League Baseball draft
By David Zink
Monday when the Major League Baseball draft begins three days of picking prospects, a handful of local high school and college players will be taken by teams looking to restock minor league rosters.
Here’s a list of local prospects who will likely be drafted in the first 10 rounds of the draft. The number next to the player’s name represents Baseball America’s projection of draft position.
41. Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford (Corona HS)
Selected in the 34th round of the 2015 draft, Beck chose Stanford over the Milwaukee Brewers. Two years later, Beck is back in the draft pool. A draft-eligible sophomore for 2017, Beck was expected to be a first-round pick five months ago but missed the spring baseball season with a lower back stress fracture. He has yet to throw a bullpen, throwing his draft status in doubt with scouts. Beck, who doesn’t have to sign, could end up back at Stanford next season, playing baseball with younger brother, Brendan, who will be a freshman for the Cardinal in the fall.
98. Tyler Freeman, SS, Etiwanda HS
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder has committed to Texas Christian, but could forgo college to play professionally. Freeman helped lead Etiwanda to the 2017 CIF-SS Division 2 championship, defeating Palm Desert, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium a week ago. Freeman dominated competition, Freeman is well liked by scouts with a strong arm and quickness. He doesn’t have a lot of pop, but his defense will carry him.
322. Tyler Hardman, 3B, Temescal Canyon HS
A 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, Hardman is committed to Oklahoma but could get drafted get drafted in the first 10 rounds of the draft. A polished all-around player, Hardman has loose hands, good batting rhythm and very good bat speed. In 2017, Hardman batted .526 with 34 runs scored and 44 runs driven in and a .896 fielding percentage. […]