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Draft power

Yarrow's name could be called
Jeremy Evans

Stephen Yarrow has played his way into the conversation of the best players in the Northern Nevada region. In the next few days, he’ll find out if he’s made a name for himself on the national level.

Yarrow, a senior at South Tahoe High School, could become the first-ever player from South Shore to be drafted out of high school when the 2007 Major League Baseball draft takes places Thursday and Friday in Orlando, Fla.

“That would be awesome to hear my name, to get that call,” Yarrow said. “I’ve been contacted by a few teams, but I don’t anticipate it happening.”

A 6-foot-3, 210-pound power hitter, Yarrow has had a recent phone conversation with the regional scouting director for the Atlanta Braves. He’s also had personal contact with scouts from the St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Cincinnati Reds.

If he’s drafted, Yarrow probably won’t get that phone call until late Friday afternoon. The first five rounds of the 50-round draft are televised starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday on ESPN2.

A two-time Sierra League first-team selection, Yarrow led the league this past season in batting average (.520), walks (14) and slugging percentage (.880). He was also voted most valuable player at the 2006 Kelly Baseball Showcase Classic, an event showcasing the top juniors in Northern Nevada.

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“I think if he played in a baseball hotbed, he would definitely get drafted,” said STHS baseball coach Matt Tillson. “But he plays in Northern Nevada, where not too many position players get drafted. It’s mainly pitchers who get drafted around here because guys are hitting at 4,000 feet to 6,000 feet above seal level.

“But the bottom line is he’s a 6-foot-3, 210 pound left-handing hitting shortstop. And he has opposite-field power. Honestly, I would be surprised if he isn’t drafted.”

Yarrow has committed to play at the University of San Francisco next year.

Recent STHS Draft Choices

2002 Greg Bruso# 16th round Giants

1996 Jordan Romero* 15th round Orioles

# Bruso played four seasons at the University of California, Davis prior to being drafted.

* Romero attended De Anza Junior College prior to being drafted.