MLB Draft: 12 high school players who could be selected in Round 1

Photo: Craig Bailey, Florida Today

The Major League Baseball Draft gets underway Monday and, as always, a number of elite high school players are expected to be first-round picks.

While this isn’t considered as strong a draft for high school players as last season, these 12 players could be selected in the first round:

Mountain Ridge pitcher Matthew Liberatore (32) (Photo: Billy Hardiman, Special for The Republic)

Matthew Liberatore
School: Mountain Ridge
Location: Peoria, Ariz.
Pos.: LHP
Ht./Wt.: 6-6/200
Bats/throws: Left/left
College/pro: Arizona signee

Key stats: Was 8-1 with 104 strikeouts with a 0.93 ERA and 25 walks in 60.1 innings. Led team to state championship game.

Fun fact: Good friends with Nolan Gorman and says he is a heck of a ping-pong player.

Scouts love: Has a great frame and throws hard but also has four solid pitches.

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