North Texans Likely to Be Picked Early in 2017 MLB Draft

Hundreds of high school, junior college and college baseball players will be selected during the 2017 MLB Draft, including several notable North Texans.

The three-day draft event kicks off Monday night. A few North Texans are expected to be selected fairly early, including an Arlington high school student.

Tristen Lutz, OF, Arlington Martin High School

The first North Texan picked was Lutz, who was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 34th overall pick.

Lutz, a University of Texas commit, has highly regarded power and is projected to be a slugging corner outfielder if he reaches the major leagues.

Alex Scherff, P, Colleyville Heritage High School

Colleyville Heritage High School pitcher Alex Scherff, who's likely to be a top pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, describes the grips he uses for each of his four pitches.

Scherff was a big reason the Panthers went deep into the Texas 5A baseball playoffs, losing in the semifinals to rival Grapevine High School.

The Gatorade Texas Baseball Player of the Year combines four pitches — including one of the draft's best changeups — with an easy delivery and the athleticism teams covet.

Scherff was not drafted during the first two rounds Monday, possibly due to his strong committment to Texas A&M.

Evan Skoug, C, TCU

NBC 5's Pat Doney caught up with TCU catcher Evan Skoug after the Frogs punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series. It will be TCU's fourth consecutive trip to the CWS.

A lot of players waiting to hear their names called during the draft don't have much else to do, but Skoug is in the middle of the Horned Frogs' fourth consecutive College World Series appearance.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound lefty-hitting catcher hit .301/.390/.502 as a sophomore and webt into the 2017 season as a possible first round pick.

Skoug started his junior season slowly, dropping his draft stock, but he finished the year strong and ended with a .278/.387/.547 batting line.

Other North Texans who should be selected during the draft's second day include:

• Adam Oviedo, SS, Alvarado High School
• Kamron Fields, OF, Garland Lakeview Centennial High School
• Jake Lyons, P, Weatherford Junior College
• Zach DeLoach, OF, Carrollton Hebron High School

2017 MLB Draft Schedule

Day 2
Rounds 3-10
noon Tuesday

Day 3
Rounds 11-40
noon Wednesday

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