Recent Buford High School graduate Dylan Lesko is projected to go in the Top 15 of this year’s Major League Baseball draft on Sunday, July 17.

Dylan Lesko accepting a trophy for being named the 2021 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year last July. Photo courtesy of Gatorade Player of the Year Program.

Lesko is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed pitcher who has been a leader in the Wolves’ bullpen for years. He not only was a key pitcher for Buford but played short stop as well.

The Vanderbilt commit was rated the top pitching prospect in the 2022 MLB Draft but an unfortunate injury forced Lesko to undergo Tommy John surgery in April. The injury dropped Lesko to the second pitching prospect in this year’s draft class, but that still has him projected to go in the Top 15 by MLB.com at No. 14 and ESPN.com at No. 13.

Regardless of where Lesko lands in Sunday’s draft, he has plenty to be proud of with his numerous achievements. Last summer, Lesko was named the 2021 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year and was the first winner to not be a senior when he won. He has racked up more honors during his senior year at Buford as he was named to the 2022 Perfect Game (PG) Preseason Southeast All-Region First Team, All-County Pitcher of the Year, ITG Baseball Player of the Year and is considered the most dominant pitcher in PG history.

In addition to his athletic achievements, Lesko graduated from Buford with honors, having maintained an academic weighted percent of at least 95.0 (unrounded) throughout his high school career. He also earned the title of AP Scholar, meaning he earned a score of at least 3 on three or more Advanced Placement exams.

Featured photo: Buford pitcher Dylan Lesko, seen here at a 2021 tournament in Hoover, Ala., is expected to be a Top 15 MLB draft pick. Photo by Jason Rank.

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