PHOENIX, Ariz. – Major League Baseball and USA Baseball recently announced the field of players participating in the upcoming 2024 MLB Draft Combine. This event is set to bring together some of the most exciting young talent in baseball, including two standout players from the local area.

The fourth edition of the MLB Draft Combine will feature a field of 319 players, with 296 currently ranked on the Baseball America 500 for the class. This year’s event will take place at Chase Field in Arizona from June 18-23 and will include:

  • On-field workouts such as batting practice, infield and outfield drills, and a high school game
  • In-person meetings with MLB clubs
  • Athletic testing and medical evaluations

Coverage of the combine will begin on Tuesday, June 18, with MLB Network presenting exclusive coverage. The on-field days for the combine will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

Top Five Prospects

Among the many talented players attending the combine, these five prospects have garnered the most attention from Baseball America:

  • JJ Wetherholt (West Virginia) – BA rank: 4
  • Braden Montgomery (Texas A&M) – BA rank: 5
  • Konnor Griffin (Jackson Prep) – BA rank: 9
  • Bryce Rainer (Harvard-Westlake HS) – BA rank: 10
  • Trey Yesavage (East Carolina) – BA rank: 11

Local Talent Spotlight

Temecula’s own Braylon Doughty and Woody Hadeen are generating local excitement as they prepare for the possibility of inking a deal once selected in the upcoming draft.

Braylon Doughty, the 2024 Southwestern League MVP, and recent Chaparral grad, is ranked No. 37 on the Top 200 Pre-draft watch list. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Braylon Doughty: A recent graduate from Chaparral High School, Doughty, the 2024 Southwestern League MVP, is ranked No. 37 on the Top 200 Pre-draft watch list. Though he wasn’t initially on the radar, he made a significant impact at the Area Code Games with his impressive swing-and-miss capabilities. This spring, he continued to impress with fastballs clocking in at 96-97 mph and a powerful low-80s curveball. Though only 6-foot-1, Doughty’s athleticism and strong command on the mound have scouts buzzing. His performance this season suggests he might forego his scholarship to Oklahoma State if drafted early.

Ryan “Woody” Hadeen: Ranked No. 132 on the pre-draft watch list, Hadeen, who recently graduated from UC Irvine, had a historic season and was rewarded with All-Big West First Team. Woody broke the UCI single-season marks with 76 runs scored and 58 walks and led the conference in Big West play in runs scored. The Temecula native, who moved to the area from Colorado in 2009, is a Golden Bear graduate from the 2020 class and is described in his MLB Draft preview as a switch-hitting shortstop that excels at making contact and getting on base. Known for his high contact rates and speed, he’s a solid defender with good hands and instincts at shortstop. Though there are questions about his offensive impact at the next level, Hadeen’s grinder mentality and makeup give him a strong chance to succeed in pro ball.

Ranked No. 132 on the pre-draft watch list is former Golden Bear and UCI standout, Ryan “Woody” Hadeen. Valley News/UCI Athletics photo

The local community in Temecula is sure to be buzzing with excitement over the upcoming draft after the combine sets the stage for our area talent. Chaparral High School and Temecula Valley High School have a rich history of producing MLB talent, and this year is no exception. Notable MLB alumni include Shane Peterson, Rob Brantley (currently playing with the Durham Bulls) and Allen Craig from Chaparral, as well as Reed Johnson, Brooks Pounders and Steve Smyth from Temecula Valley.

The most recent draft picks include Justin Toerner and Brhet Bewley from Chaparral in 2018, and last year Cole Urman and Adler Cecil heard their names called as well as Christopher Paciolla in 2022, all three hailing from Temecula Valley. Urman, Cecil and Paciolla are still active in the minors.

Key Dates

June 18-23: Combine at Chase Field in Phoenix

June 18, 1 p.m. ET: Live coverage begins

July 14-16: MLB Draft during All-Star Week in Arlington, Tex.

Attendees will have the chance to interact with general managers and scouting directors and receive guidance from former Major Leaguers. This event is the final stepping stone before the MLB Draft, where dreams of playing in the big leagues can become a reality. Get ready for an exciting week at the MLB Draft Combine, where the future stars of baseball will showcase their skills and make their case for the upcoming draft. Stay tuned for live updates and insights from Phoenix!

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JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.