Baseball America’s Top 500 Draft Prospects

Baseball America has published its list of the top 500 draft prospects for the upcoming MLB draft in July, and five former VBLers have made the list:

#42: Connor Norby (Waynesboro 2019), 2B, East Carolina- BA says that Norby might slip into the back end of the first round after hitting .415/.484/.659 in 246 at-bats, with 64 runs scored, 15 doubles, 15 home runs, 51 RBIs, 33/34 BB/K, and 18 stolen bases. The Valley League has had one first rounder in the past nine drafts- Nate Pearson (Staunton 2016) in 2017.

#247: Wes Clarke (Waynesboro 2019), C/1B, South Carolina- Clarke got off to probably the best start of any college player this spring, and ended up at .271/.428/.663 in 199 at-bats, with nine doubles and 23 home runs (tied for first in all of Division I).

#294: Anthony Simonelli (Winchester 2018), RHP, Virginia Tech- Simonelli spent 2018 at Coastal Carolina, 2019 at St. John’s River, and the last two seasons at VT. This year, he went 5-2, 3.91 in 66 2/3 innings, with a 1.05 WHIP and 77 strikeouts.

#462: Jonny Butler (Winchester 2018), OF, NC State- Butler was a catalyst for the Wolfpack in 2021, hitting .376/.452/.663 in 202 at-bats, with 12 doubles, 14 home runs, 53 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.

#484: Bennett Hostetler (Covington 2018), SS, North Dakota State- Hostetler hit .394/.513/.606 this spring, with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 36 walks, 19 hit-by-pitches, and 19 stolen bases.

There will be more, of course, but we can expect these five men to be drafted!

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