Local prospects await draft fate

The Chicago area may not see one of its prep baseball players selected as quickly in the upcoming MLB draft as it has in the past few years, but there are still a handful of local prospects who could hear their names called this week.

A year ago, Charlie Tilson, a New Trier center fielder, was the area’s highest pick when he was taken No. 79th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals. Two years ago, Mike Foltynewicz, a Minooka right-handed pitcher, was selected No. 18 overall by the Houston Astros.

Here’s a look at this year’s top area prospects:

1) Kevin Ross, Niles West, shortstop, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, signed with Michigan

Scout’s take: He was the best hitter at the Area Code Games. He can bat for average and has power potential. He’ll likely be moved to third base. He could go somewhere between the third and fifth round.

2) Ryan Borucki, Mundelein, left-handed pitcher, 6-4, 180 pounds, Iowa

Scout’s take: He’s a lefty who has life to his fastball and has a good breaking ball.

3) Alex Young, Carmel, left-handed pitcher, 6-3, 190 pounds, Texas Christian

Scout’s take: He’s a projectable lefty with a good fastball and good breaking ball.

4) Kyle Funkhouser, Oak Forest, right-handed pitcher, 6-3, 180 pounds, Louisville

Scout’s take: He’s a projectable righty. He’s hit 92 mph and can pitch at 89.

5) Brett Lilek, Marian Catholic, left-handed pitcher, 6-4, 180 pounds, signed with Arizona State

Scout’s take: He has an abundance of ability, but he has yet to achieve his potential.