He's a lefty, and that's a big plus there, and he has a real chance to be drafted high and then advance up. —Former MLB scout Howard Nakagama, on Seth Corry
It's become all too rare for the state's prep ranks to produce legitimate Major League Baseball draft prospects in recent years, and it certainly holds true for the upcoming 2017 draft.
The MLB draft begins Monday with just one local prep prospect appearing as a surefire draftee: Lone Peak's Seth Corry. The good news is Corry has the tools and the momentum to become a top pick, although he's still weighing his decision to go pro or to enter BYU's baseball program.
Corry is a 6-foot-2 lefty who can clock well over 90 mph on his fastball. He was recently named the Deseret News' Mr. Baseball and for good reason, considering his 1.90 ERA and 97 strikeouts over 52 innings pitched this past season.
"You look around the state and yeah, he's a real good prospect, and really the only one out there worth discussing," said former MLB scout Howard Nakagama, who has been scouting the state of Utah for decades. "He's a lefty, and that's a big plus there, and he has a real chance to be drafted high and then advance up."
Baseball America has Corry ranked as its No. 102 prospect, currently, which foretells a likely fourth-round selection in the 40-round draft, which will span three days starting on Monday.
Corry's likely draft position will bring about some tough decisions for him personally.
"I've relied a lot on my Heavenly Father through prayer, and I'll continue to do so with this decision," Corry, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said. "If I decide to go pro, then great, but if not, I know I'll have a great opportunity to play for a great program like BYU."
What a drafting team offers, with regards to a signing bonus, will undoubtedly play a big factor in his decision. The bonus amount could prove substantial, considering Pleasant Grove's Payton Henry received a $550,000 bonus after being drafted in the sixth round last year. Henry also received full college tuition reimbursement for four years.
Although Corry's decision will be difficult, he understands how fortunate he is to be in a such a position.
"It's a dream come true for me. It really is," he said. "To have major league teams wanting to give me a chance to play for them — it's what every kid dreams about. And then the option to play for a great program like BYU is obviously a great opportunity, as well."
As for local players from the prep ranks, or even from programs like Utah Valley and Dixie — it's not likely any will be drafted soon after Corry, if at all.
"It's just not a great year for kids coming up through high school, and really not from anywhere else in the state," Nakagama said. "You have years like this, and I do think it will get better with what looks like a promising sophomore class coming up, but Utah hasn't been sending good prospects up through high school for a while now."
Of those who could potentially get drafted this week, Nakagama mentioned Cottonwood pitcher Hayden Rosenkrantz, and he struggled to name anyone beyond the Colts' star.
2017 MLB draft
When: June 12-14 beginning Monday at 5 p.m. MDT
Where to watch: The MLB network