The Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) announced the signing of Mansfield's Rhett Wiseman, a senior outfielder at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, Mass.
Wiseman is widely regarded as the top high school baseball prospect in New England. The left-handed hitting center fielder is expected to be selected within the first 100 picks of the 2012 MLB Draft on June 4, and according to many scouts, could go as high as the first round.
ESPNHS has him ranked 42nd among high school seniors, while MLB Draft Guide has him ranked 47th overall.
The 17-year old Wiseman has committed to play at Vanderbilt University next season, after signing with the Division I Commodores of the Southeastern Conference as a 15-year old. After netting Baseball America’s top-ranked recruiting class just a season ago, Vanderbilt’s newest class is once again expected to be ranked as one of the nation’s best.
Wiseman is in the midst of his final season at BB&N, where he has been a four-year starter.
As of May 10, the Knights stood at 11-4 and were in the hunt for their third Independent School League (ISL) championship in the last four years. As a junior in 2011, Wiseman hit .447 with 12 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, and 29 stolen bases, en route to First Team All-League honors.
Heading into this season, he earned a trio of 2012 preseason accolades: First Team Rawlings Preseason All-America, Baseball America Preseason All-America, and ESPNHS All-Massachusetts.
A scouting report on Wiseman in MLB Draft Guide read as follows: “A power/speed combination in center field, Rhett Wiseman is often compared to Johnny Damon. Wiseman has a short quick swing and squares up on the ball well. A pull hitter with some loft, he has plus bat speed and good power potential. Wiseman runs a 6.51 60 and is dangerous on the base paths. Wiseman shows good actions in center field and has been improving defensively. His speed allows him to cover plenty of ground and while he lacks a cannon, his arm is accurate and playable in center. Wiseman plays all out on every play, both in the field and on the bases. He is the type of player that fans and coaches will love.”
ESPNHS had the following to say about Wiseman in their most recent scouting report: “One of the best outfielders in the 2012 class, Wiseman is a five tool prospect. His biggest attribute is his game-changing speed. He has been clocked in the 6.6-6.7 range in the 60-yard dash, stole 29 bases as a junior, and in the outfield can cover a ton of ground. His build is strong at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds. At the plate he has a wide stance and a little sway in his load, but he is short and compact to the ball. He has solid present power.”