Drew Dalquist was under the spotlight every time he stepped on the mound for the Redondo baseball team.
After Major League Baseball scouts came out in droves, armed with radar guns, tracking each pitch, the high school senior was just drafted by the Chicago White Sox.
The professional team took Dalquist in the third round on Tuesday, June 4. He was the 81st pick overall.
“For me, I’m just playing catch with (catcher) Mason (Grace),” Dalquist said after a shutout victory over Palos Verdes in April. “I try to ignore everybody in the crowd and try and keep it in my head and in my game, try to tunnel vision with my catcher.”
Dalquist, a right-hander who is signed with Arizona, finished the season 9-0 with a 1.78 ERA.
He’s ranked No. 65 according to MLB.com’s Prospect Watch.
“He’s elite,” Redondo coach Andy Diver said. “He’s probably the most dominant high school arm I’ve seen in a long, long time.
“He’s a diligent worker, he’s dedicated, he’s got some poise, competitiveness in him, some bulldog in him. His arm is electric, live, loose arm that’s explosive.”
Dalquist started opening eyes during the Fall.
“There was a significant velocity jump and it was inevitable when you go to a Fall game and there are 20 scouts there,” Les Lukach, California Director of Scouting for Prep Baseball Report, said. “In the Fall, scouts have a list of 150 kids and they want to see as many as possible until they can start pairing it down. You started hearing a lot of buzz (about Dalquist) and he carried that into the Spring.”
Lukach sees Dalquist as a potential late-first day selection.
“His ability to repeat his delivery and mechanics is beyond its years,” Lukach said. “His body projects to grow, he’s a smart kid …he checks all of the boxes.
“From the scouts, I’ve talked to, his ability to repeat his delivery and mechanics is so clean. His size (6’1) doesn’t scare or concern them, he will he fill out.”