One of Central Florida's own was picked fifth overall in the first round of the MLB Draft. Riley Greene from Hagerty High School was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Scouts say that he is the best pure hitter in the draft with a compact lefty swing. He may be delegated to playing left field during his career but his arm and his bat will make up for his defensive play. Some scouts say that he could very quickly move up the Minor Leagues and make his way onto the Tigers professional team sooner rather than later.
Riley Greene was picked fifth overall but the other four names in the top five were all big players as well including a catcher that is "Bryce Harper" like according to scouts.
First Overall - Baltimore Orioles - C Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
Rutschman was intentionally walked with the bases loaded during the College World Series. That's how good he is.
Second Overall - Kansas City Royals - SS Bobby Witt Jr, Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)
Witt is a five-tool player in the truest sense. His dad played in the Majors for years and he could do the same.
Third Overall - Chicago White Sox - 1B Andrew Vaughn, California
He is the first right handed first baseman to be taken in the top five of an MLB Draft. Why? His bat. He's got big power but might be a one trick pony due to his defense. It is passable at best.
Fourth Overall - Miami Marlins - OF JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt
Bleday is a left handed batter that can make a difference in any lineup, proving so at a baseball powerhouse like Vanderbilt. His speed isn't blazing but everything else about him makes him a top notch prospect.