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Dubuque Wahlert’s Specht could see stock rise ahead of 2022 MLB Draft

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DUBUQUE, Ia. — Tommy Specht stands on the left side of home plate, getting ready to take one-handed cuts as Eric Munson places a baseball on a hitting tee. Country music blares in the background on this July day while Specht works out at the indoor facility, Gold Standard Athletics. It’s run by Munson, a former big-league catcher and infielder who spent nine years in the majors with Detroit, Houston, Tampa Bay and Oakland. 

“What do you got this weekend?” Munson asks Specht before his next swing.

A pretty significant event, actually.

The Dubuque Wahlert baseball star was invited to the 2021 Prospect Development Pipeline League at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in North Carolina. The league, which took place July 24-31, was invitation-only and included the top high school players in the country. It was a chance for some of the young talent to land a spot on the 18U National Team in 2021 and improve their stock for the 2022 MLB Draft.

“It’s essentially just a lot of close-up evaluations from some high-up scouts in the industry,” Specht told The Register.

Dubuque Wahlert's Tommy Sppecht hits a deep fly ball in their game against Western Dubuque at Patrakis park in Dubuque on June 7, 2021. Specht has already turned into one of the nation's top prospects to watch for in next year's MLB Draft.

Up-close evaluations are nothing new for Specht, a versatile outfielder who has has been impressing college coaches and scouts with his speed, swing and strong arm for a while now.

More:Dissecting Iowa’s top high school baseball prospects for 2021

Specht, who will be a senior at Dubuque Wahlert this fall, has already solidified himself as one of the country’s top high school baseball players. He’s ranked the No. 1 prospect in Iowa and the No. 51 player in the nation by Perfect Game. Specht has also committed to play college baseball at powerhouse program Kentucky. And with more national events on his schedule coming up, his stock could rise even more. 

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