FanGraphs, an analytically minded baseball website, released its 2020, 2021 and 2022 MLB draft rankings Monday and two local players made the list.
No locals made the cut for this year's draft (the 2020 class), but the 2021 and 2022 classes each had one player with Northern Nevada ties.
Nevada sophomore Owen Sharts is ranked No. 95 in the 2021 draft class and given a future value of 35+ (on a scouting grade of 20-80). Sharts, a right-handed pitcher, was a top-100 prospect in the 2018 draft but opted to go to college instead of sign out of high school (he was a 32nd-round pick by the Texas Rangers).
Sharts, who is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, had an up-and-down freshman season in 2019. In 14 starts, Sharts went 3-8 with a 5.96 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 40 strikeouts in 68 innings. Nevada hired a new pitching coach, Troy Buckley, the former head coach at Long Beach State, and hopes to unlock more of Sharts' potential in 2020.
"A small, but athletic righty with a good curveball and advanced pitchability," FanGraphs writes of Sharts.
The 2022 draft class includes McQueen High's Robby Snelling, who is ranked the 16th-best pitcher in his high school class by FanGraphs. Snelling, who is a high school sophomore, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-handed pitcher who is already topping out in the high-80s. He's committed to Stanford to play baseball but also has a scholarship to play football at San Diego State and could be a two-sport player at the next level if he doesn't sign with a pro team out of high school.
In nine football games this season, Snelling had 79 tackles, including 11.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as an outside linebacker. He'll play his sophomore season of baseball this spring. FanGraphs gives Snelling a prospect grade of 35 on the 20-80 scale.
"Mid-80's, good breaker, strikes, starter traits," FanGraphs writes.