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Prep RHP Andrew Dutkanych Withdraws From Draft

Prep RHP Andrew Dutkanych Withdraws From Draft

The first prominent player in the 2022 draft class has informed MLB teams this weekend that he intends to make it to a college campus.

Indiana high school righthander Andrew Dutkanych—the No. 35 ranked prospect on the BA 500—emailed teams and let them know he intended to attend Vanderbilt this fall and looked forward to a potential pro opportunity once again in two years, when he will be a draft-eligible sophomore in the 2024 class.

Baseball America confirmed that Dutkanych had officially removed himself from the draft and will not be eligible to be selected.

Dutkanych is the first notable prospect to withdraw from the draft, though in recent years it has become common for high school players to make similar announcements prior to the draft.

In 2021, notable players like Nick McLain and Cody Schrier made similar announcements, while one of the top players in the 2023 draft class, Louisiana State outfielder Dylan Crews, did the same prior to the 2020 draft.

Dutkanych is one of the highest-ranked pitching prospects in the class and at times throughout this spring and last summer has shown glimpses of multiple double-plus offerings. He will join what could be a massive Vanderbilt recruiting class on campus this fall.

Eleven high school players on the BA 500 are committed to Vanderbilt, including seven who rank among the top 100: OF Druw Jones (1), RHP Dylan Lesko (13), LHP Brandon Barriera (24), RHP Andrew Dutkanych (35), LHP Noah Schultz (45), 3B Sal Stewart (59) and OF Ryan Clifford (65).

Below you can see video and view Dutkanych’s full scouting report:

BA Grade: 55/Extreme

Tools: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 55.

The “Duke of Indy” or simply, “The Duke,” has been a well-known prospect on the circuit for some time, and showed some of the best stuff in the prep class last summer. With a 6-foot-3 205-pound frame, Dutkanych has a simple delivery that is under control through his balance point. With a quick, traditional…

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