Zamarripa from Rancho Cucamonga, CF at #183
Here, we go completely off the board for whatever reason. Zamarippa isn’t in the Top 200 prospects BA has listed. He’s not even in their SoCal reports. But this isn’t entirely unheard of because there are so many prep prospects in California that you inevitably stumbled on to one guy that you really like while actually scouting some other player.
Left-handed bat, uppercut swing, not an amazing runner but better underway, seemed to have a decent throwing arm, with fits with the idea that he was pitching off and on at the start of the season. He has a San Diego state commitment, and that could be solid enough to where that’s the reason no one had mentioned him before. He was also a two-sport player, having played football in the past, but his letter of intent to the Aztecs mentioned baseball only. I don’t “get” this pick in the same way that the FO does, but hey, Taijuan Walker was 70th nationally last year and check him out now.