Best of the Pacific Northwest

Updated: May 2, 2013, 6:33 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

The Pacific Northwest has established itself as a bit of an underrated area for baseball in recent years. In the past three drafts, 12 players from the states of Washington and Oregon have been selected in the top 100, eight from Washington, four from Oregon. Eight of those 12 were high school players, which is where the area does most of its damage.

The class of 2013 is once against fairly strong, especially considering the hurdle that is the region's weather. The top prospect is Reese McGuire from Kentwood (Wash.) High School, a left-handed hitting catcher who first jumped onto my radar at the Area Code Games tryouts between his sophomore and junior years. At the time he was barely 150 pounds or so, but displayed a solid line-drive swing and some raw, yet projectable, tools behind the plate.