Months and months of scouts' travel around the country is about to pay off for MLB franchies. All 30 teams will convene in New Jersey on June 12 for the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and its expected that quite a few former CIF Southern Section alums will have their names called early and often.
Here's a look at the five CIF-SS alums expected to go in the first round of this year's MLB Draft:
Keston Hiura - 2B UC Irvine/ Valencia HS
A slick-hitting second baseman from the UC Irvine, Hiura played his high school ball at Valencia. He's been limited to a designated hitter role this season because of an elbow injury but his line of .442/.567/.693 is impressive. Projections have him all over the bottom half of the first round - anywhere from 15 to 24th pick. Baseball America has him as a Top 10 talent likely slipping due to injury issues.
After making his name at Santa Margarita High School, Canning make the short trip up to UCLA to play his college ball. Touted as a four-pitch pitcher with polish, scouts like Canning as a safe pick with high floor. He could go as early as No. 10, which would keep in him in SoCal with the Angels. If he does, he could see time in the rotation sooner than later.