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Former Coast youth baseball player lands on MLB Draft Top 100 list

Former Ketchikan High School pitcher Nathan Bonck, who grew up on the Coast before moving to Alaska, was named to Perfect Game’s list of Top 100 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft.
Former Ketchikan High School pitcher Nathan Bonck, who grew up on the Coast before moving to Alaska, was named to Perfect Game’s list of Top 100 prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft. Ketchikan Daily News

Nathan Bonck is continuing to turn heads.

The former Long Beach youth baseball player who moved to Alaska looks like he has a future in the pros.

The Seattle University freshman was recently listed as the No. 67 prospect in the 2019 MLB Draft by Perfect Game.

The ranking probably comes as no surprise to those who have watched Bonck develop over the years. Now 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, the southpaw is expected to contribute right away for the Redhawks after completing a dominant fall intrasquad season where his fastball worked 88 to 90 mph and he located his slider and changeup for strikes.

The Coast native recently concluded an impressive prep career at Ketchikan High, where he posted a 0.91 ERA with two no-hitters and a perfect game as a senior. He was named Alaska’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior after hitting .507 with seven homers and 39 RBIs.

“He’s a pretty talented all-around kid who doesn’t really lack any real aspect of the game,” Bonck’s former high school coach, Andy Berntson, previously told the Sun Herald. “I think he’s easily the best player we have put out and certainly his combination of intangibles and statistics show that. He’s a heck of a ballplayer.”

Two other Redhawks landed on Perfect Game draft lists.

Junior left-handers Tarik Skubal and Nick Meservey were ranked 26th and 51st in the 2017 draft class by the publication.

Skubal was 6-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 50 strikeouts in  42 2/3 innings for the Redhawks in 2016. Meservey was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 7-2 with 79 strikeouts in  81 1/3 innings. He also posted a 2.32 ERA.

The Redhawks are the defending Western Athletic Conference champs.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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