Lakeside High School outfielder Corbin Carroll was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 16th overall pick of the MLB draft Monday, making him one of the highest-drafted high-school players from Washington in the last 20 years.
Carroll is the first player from Washington selected in the first round directly out of high school since Reese McGuire went 14th overall to Pittsburgh in 2013.
Carroll, the Star Times Player of the Year, hit .540 with nine home runs with an OPS of 1.859 for Lakeside this season. A four-year starter, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Carroll had a career average of .450 with 22 home runs and 101 runs batted in.
“I just know what I want to do at this point,” Carroll told The Times last month. “I’ve never gone to a baseball game, and I can’t go to one, and not be smiling. Once I’m out there I can’t think about anything else. I just get to focus on baseball for those two and a half hours, and I love it.”
Carroll has had a long standing commitment to play for UCLA. The slot value of the No. 16 pick is about $3.7 million.
Update: Carroll’s tweet Tuesday seems to indicate he will sign with the Diamondbacks
Also Monday, Gig Harbor High graduate Mike Toglia was selected in the first round (23rd overall) by the Colorado Rockies. A first baseman for No. 1-ranked UCLA, Toglia was hitting .319 with a team-best 16 home runs and a 1.025 OPS entering Monday.
Washington catcher Nick Kahle went to the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round with the with the 133rd overall pick. Huskies right-hander Josh Burgmann was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round with the 162nd overall pick.
Kahle was a two-time All-Pac-12 selection. He started all 52 games, hit a team-high .339 and had an on-base percentage of .506, third in the Pac-12. He also led the Huskies with 50 RBI and walked a team-record 59 times.
“While everyone knows that Nick is a professional hitter and outstanding behind the plate, it’s his work ethic that sets him apart,” UW coach Lindsay Meggs said in a news release. “No one out works Nick Kahle.”
Burgmann finished second in the Pac-12 with 101 strikeouts.
“Josh is just beginning to come into his own,” Meggs said. “His low to mid 90s fastball is complemented by a wipeout slider that will serve him well at the pro level.”
Here’s where high-school players from Washington were taken:
- Federal Way’s Josh Mears (2nd round, Padres)
- W.F. West’s Brock Jones (16th round, Diamondbacks)
- Skyline’s Will Simpson (18th round, Pirates)
- Lake Washington’s Torin Montgomery (35th round, Marlins)
- Garfield’s Owen Cobb (38th round, Padres)
- Mount Spokane’s Brady Hill (39th round, Rockies)