BY MICHAEL KELLY
NISKAYUNA — Since last summer, Niskayuna High School baseball player Garrett Whitley has been projected as either a first- or second-round pick in this June’s MLB draft.
Now, the senior center fielder is being projected as the draft’s overall top pick.
Baseball Prospectus released a mock draft today with Whitley in the No. 1 spot, which belongs to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scouts from the Diamondbacks’ organization have been a fixture this spring at Whitley’s games. Notably, the Diamondbacks had former MLB star Joe Carter scouting Whitley at his May 8 game in Ballston Spa.
If picked at No. 1, Whitley could collect as much as $8.6 million from the Diamondbacks in the form of a signing bonus.
A mock draft released this weekend from Baseball America had Whitley as the No. 13 pick, which belongs to the Tampa Bay Rays.
This year’s MLB draft starts June 8.