North Carolina Draft Preview
June 8, 2017
The 2017 Major League Draft takes place June 12-14. In advance of the draft, Prep Baseball Report is posting a summary of each state in the coverage area with scouting reports on the top high school draft prospects.
By Brandon Hall
PBR North Carolina Scouting Director
It’s a very strong year for North Carolina as the state could see at least four players between the college and high school ranks selected in the first round. The high school class is a big part of that with LHP MacKenzie Gore (Whiteville HS, NC) expected to go in the top five picks and OF Austin Beck (North Davidson HS, NC) having a shot to go in the top 10. While some others may sign, the rest of the class would benefit from college and few could become premium picks.2. MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS, NC
Gore is a lanky southpaw with long levers that lead to a long, loose arm action. He pitches from a high-3/4 slot that produces a fastball in the 88-93 mph range, touching 94. He has a deep arsenal, leaning mostly on a slider/cutter in the low 80s and a curveball with 3/4 break that ranges from 73-77.