The Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft is finally over. It took almost 4 hours to complete 3 rounds. Thanks to John Sickels for hosting the event, all the scouting directors from all the teams. Special thanks to my head scout/assistant GM Hull Fan, and also to all the Rangers fans who voted and participated. I hope we did a decent job working the draft board and making the selections on yours and our behalf.
Rangers 2012 Picks: First 3 Rounds:
Round 1: 29th overall pick
Zach Eflin, RHP, 6’5 200lbs, FLA, HS
Smooth RHP with 93-95 mph fastball. Tall angular build, projects to get stronger. Nice change up with arm speed, deception and late life, hand position curveball with short consistent break, tends to change release point on curveball. Throws strikes and has an idea how to pitch.
Round 1s: 39th overall pick (CJ Wilson)
Dylan Baker, RHP, 6’3, 215, Western Nevada, JUCO
(2012) 12-0(w-l) 2(cg) 1.86(era) 72.2(ip) 34(h) 38(bb) 114(so) 0(hr)
Baker fastball tops out at 96 mph, and he complements it with two dominant breaking balls—an 86-mph slider with explosive lateral movement and a hard, downer curve at 83. The improvement that Baker has shown in his brief time at Western Nevada has been dramatic as he enrolled at the school last fall with a fastball that ranged only from 87 to 90. With his added arm strength, his breaking ball has even gone from being a plus pitch to a plus-plus pitch.
Round 1s: 53rd overall pick (Darren Oliver)
Kolby Copeland, OF, 6’2 186, R/R, LA, HS
One of the areas of depth in this Draft class appears to be in high school position players. Case in point is Copeland, a Louisiana prepster who was getting more buzz as the Draft approached. The outfielder has tools that are somewhat comparable to first-round candidate Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins has more raw power, but some think Copeland is a better pure hitter. He runs well and has solid arm and fielding tools to with his considerable offensive potential. A quarterback who earned honorable mention all-state, Copeland was drawing some decision-makers to see him play as the spring wore on. He could continue shooting up boards until June. ~MLB.com
Round 2s: 83rd overall pick (CJ Wilson)
Fernelys Sanchez, OF, 6'4 205, S/R, NY, HS
Outstanding athlete with incredible speed. Effortless running stride and acceleration, allows him to post a 6.27 time in the 60-yard-dash. Very projectable bat, with power potential from the left side. Aggressive coming in to the ball in the outfield, still working on going back, has raw arm strength (88mph), and tools are there to develop skills with repetitions. Projectable hitting tools. Switch-hitter, but left handed bat really stands out, much improved bat speed, loose and quick out front, very hard pull contact with lift. Should consider giving up hitting right handed given left handed improvement. Improvement with the bat is really noteworthy and impressive. Signable. Committed to Central Arizona CC.
Round 2: 93rd overall pick
Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, 6’4 190lbs, TX, HS
Big righty who can reach low 90's with more to come. Projectable. Very consistent in his velocity and mechanics, generally sitting at 90 mph, touches 95, with a quick arm and good downhill angle. Fastball flashes plus sink and bore at times. Much improved slider puts him in the top class. Nice 80 mph change up. Very good pick off move for a righty, quick feet. Continued development of slider key to development
Round 3: 123rd overall pick
Patrick Kivlehan, OF, 6'2 211, R/R, Rutgers, NCAA
49gp 183ab .399/.434/.710 14hr 50rbi 47r 11(2b) 2(3b) 20bb 38so 24sn 4cs
Rutgers' thirdbaseman Patrick Kivlehan has quite a story, after playing for the university's football team for four years as a saftey, the 22-year-old Senior decided to try out for the baseball team for the first time this spring, after not having played baseball competitively since high school. Well, he not only made the team, he dominated, and won the Big East's Player of the Year award. The stats are really impressive for such a raw player, but the tools are equally impressive as well. A right-handed hitter, Kivlehan is a plus runner, with plus power, hitting 14 homeruns with the new BBCOR5 bats. You have to be athletic to play two sports, but you have to be even more athletic to not play a sport for 4 years and then pick it up and dominate. He's considered extremely signable.
Aggregate Bonus Pool:
$6,568,200 for 13 picks (2012)