Several local baseball players have drawn attention from professional scouts, but few are expected to hear their names called in this week's draft.
The Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates sent scouts multiple times to see Orange High School senior right-handed pitcher Bradley Hanner, and other teams also watched him pitch.
Several other area high school players performed in front of scouts, but their college commitments may discourage pro teams from drafting them if their proposed signing bonuses aren't enough to sway their decisions. This group includes Stafford pitcher/third baseman Tannor Sullivan (VCU) and shortstop D.J. Lardge (Old Dominion); Spotsylvania pitcher/shortstop Daniel Brooks (George Mason); North Stafford pitcher Justin Cherry (Rhode Island); and Washington & Lee pitcher/shortstop Carson Bell.
Two former area standouts had strong junior seasons on the college level and could be on scouts' radar. Colonial Forge graduate Cole Migliorini was a second-team Division III All-America outfielder at Randolph-Macon, and Riverbend graduate Anthony Burke went 11-1 at Division II UNC Pembroke. They are both draft-eligible, but aren't expected to be chosen early, if at all, in the 50-round draft,