2013 Draft Profile -- Riley Unroe Scouting Report

Mark Thompson

Taking a look at a prep shortstop who the Rangers could grab with one of their first round picks

As we continue our look at various players who the Rangers could grab in the 2013 MLB Draft, which kicks off this coming week, today we look at Arizona high school shortstop Riley Unroe.

Riley Unroe is a 5'11", 175 lb. switch hitting shortstop from Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona. Unroe was born on November 3, 1995, which means he'll be 17 when he's drafted, and which makes him one of the youngest players in this year's Rule 4 Draft.

Baseball America has Unroe ranked #53 on their top 500 list, and Jim Callis's latest mock draft has Unroe going to Texas with the second of their two first round picks. Keith Law has Unroe ranked #90 in his rankings. Scout.com has Unroe ranked #46 in their pre-draft rankings. Jonathan Mayo has Unroe ranked #92 in his rankings.

Unroe's father, Tim Unroe, is a former major league first baseman. The reports on him use words like "smart" and "heady," and his makeup and instincts are such that some think he'll end up being a better player than his raw skills would suggest. BA praises his "electric" bat-speed, though he's not someone who profiles to have a lot of power. While there are questions about whether he can stick at shortstop, the consensus seems to be that, if he does have to move off of short, he can play second base or centerfield. Mayo has Unroe's only plus tool as being his speed, but projects his future hit tool, fielding and arm as average.

Both Scout and BA have concerns about Unroe's signability -- he is a USC commit, and BA suggests it could take seven figures to sign him. A team like the Rangers could pop him in the second or third round and make him their one above-slot signee, much like Joey Gallo was last year.

You can see video of Unroe below:


Riley Unroe interview (via StudentSports1)

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Lone Star Ball

You must be a member of Lone Star Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lone Star Ball. You should read them.

Join Lone Star Ball

You must be a member of Lone Star Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lone Star Ball. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.