College Draftees Day #1

Justin Dunn, selected 1/19 by the NY Mets, the photo is courtesy of nola.com

Hey guys, day one of the amateur draft is in the books, listed below are all of the college draftees who if they sign could be headed to the Sally this Summer.  All off the player bios are courtesy of mlb.com (I did trim them a bit but all of the scouting data is there’s). I’ll be doing a similar post for day’s 2 and 3 as well.

 

Asheville (Rockies)

Robert Tyler RHP, 1/38. About to turn 21, listed 6’4″ 215 lbs. U of Georgia.

Tyler sits 92-95 touches upper 90’s and has hit 100 with run and sink.  He flashes a plus change but hasn’t shown much feel for a bender.  He’s got a lengthy injury history and many scouts think he’s a bullpen arm.

 

Ben Bowden, LHP, 2/45.  Age 21, listed 6’3″ 252 lbs. Vanderbilt U.

Bowden has a low to mid 90’s heater with late life and good downhill plane.   He shows good feel for a sinking changeup and also has a three-quarters breaking ball that varies between a low-80s slider and an upper-70s curveball. Bowden’s control and command have improved in each of his seasons at Vanderbilt. Has trouble holding his velo.

 

Augusta (Giants)

Bryan Reynolds, OF, 2/59.  Age 21, listed 6’3″ 200 lbs. Vanderbilt U.

Reynolds is a pretty well rounded player but doesn’t have a standout tool. He’s a switch hitter with good feel for the barrel, there is some swing and miss.  It’s questionable whether he can remain in center. Not a burner but shows good instincts on the bases.

 

Charleston (Yankees)

Nick Solak, 2B, 2/62.  Age 21, listed 5’10” 180 lbs. U of Louisville.

Solek has a linear swing and an up the middle approach. He has the solid speed and good instincts to make things happen. Solak moved to second base this spring.  He has sure hands and his quickness gives him range, though he doesn’t have the smoothest infield actions and some scouts wonder if he might wind up in center field in pro ball.

 

Columbia (Mets)

Justin Dunn, RHP, 1/19, Age 20, listed 6’2, 170 lbs, Boston College.

Dunn has a plus fastball touching 98-99 mph and sitting in the 92-95 mph range. He utilizes two breaking balls, both of which are Major League average: a three-quarters curve and a solid hard slider. His changeup will also flash average, though he didn’t need it much as a reliever. His command is fringy at present, but his outstanding stuff helps make up for it.”

Anthony Kay, LHP, 1/31, Age 21, listed 5’11” 186 lbs, U of Connecticut.

Kay tops out at 94-95 mph, though he pitches more effectively at around 91 mph. He has a consistently reliable changeup, though he telegraphs it at times by lowering his arm slot. His breaking ball is fringy.  A quick to the big leagues back-end starter type.

Pete Alonzo, 1B, 2/64.  Age 21, listed

 

Delmarva (Orioles)

Cody Sedlock, RHP, 1/27.  He turns 21 next week, listed 6’4″ 210 lbs. U of Illinois.

Sedlock throws four pitches, fills the strike zone and generates a lot of groundouts.  His best pitch is his heavy sinker, which sits at 91-93 mph touching mid 90’s. He also can miss bats with his low-80s slider. Sedlock’s curveball and changeup aren’t as effective, but they have their moments as well.

Keegan Akin, LHP, 2/54.  Age 21, listed 6′ 200 lbs. U of Western Michigan.

One of the hardest throwing lefty starters in the college ranks.  Akin has a easy delivery, he sits 91-94, touches 96. Both of his secondaries (low 80’s slider and change) are at least average.

Matthias Dietz, RHP, 2/69

Brett Cumberland, C, 2/76

 

Greensboro (Marlins)-

 

Greenville (Red Sox)

CJ Chatham, SS, 2/51

 

Hagerstown (Nationals)

Dane Dunning, RHP, 1/29.  Age, 21, listed 6’4″ 200 lbs. U of Florida.

Dunning has a plus fastball, up to 95 mph, sitting 92-93 mph and with outstanding movement. He has a very good feel for his changeup as well. His breaking ball is fringy, but shows glimpses of being an average offering.

Sheldon Neuse, SS 2/58

 

Hickory (Rangers)

 

Kannapolis (White Sox)-

Zack Collins (C, 1B, DH) 1/10.  Age 21, listed 6’3, 220 lbs. U of Miami.

Collins will hit, with a chance to put up at least 20-homer seasons annually. He has an advanced approach at the plate and isn’t afraid to take walks. Any team taking Collins will likely give him the chance to catch at the next level but 1B will probably where he ends up.

 

Zach Burdi (RHP) 1/26.  Age 21, listed 6’3″ 210 lbs.  U of Louisville.

Zack sits at 95-98 touches 101 with some late life, it can straighten out at times. His slider has improved and is now a plus pitch.  Unlike his brother Nick, Zack is a possible starter because he has a cleaner delivery and throws more strikes. He also has the makings of a plus changeup, though it can get a bit firm at times.

Alec Hanson (RHP) 2/49

 

Lakewood (Phillies)

 

Lexington (Royals)

AJ Puckett, RHP, 2/67

 

Rome (Braves)

 

West Virginia (Pirates)

Will Craig, 3B, 1/22.  Age 21, listed 6’3″ 235 lbs. U of Wake Forest.

Craig has a good feel for hitting and impressive bat speed. His ability to backspin balls helps give him 20-homer potential in the big leagues, and his mastery of the strike zone should enable him to post high on-base percentages as well. But he’s already a well below-average runner and figures to get slower as he gets older. Most scouts think he’ll eventually move across the diamond to first base and may do so before he reaches the Majors.

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