Continuing on with the draft
2-40) Astros: Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC Irvine: 6-3, 190 pound right-hander with a solid 90-95 MPH fastball, a curve, and a slider. He throws strikes and could move through the Astros farm system rather quickly. Posted a 3.23 ERA with a 91/19 K/BB in 100 innings.
2-41) Cubs: Rob Zastryzny, LHP, University of Missouri: Pitchability lefty with a 6-3, 195 pound build. Went just 2-9 for a struggling Missouri team but with a 3.38 ERA and an 82/24 KBB in 91 innings. He doesn't have giant upside, but he knows how to pitch.
2-42) Rockies: Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, California: A 6-3, 190 pound left-handed hitter, McMahon is part of a big Southern Cal recruiting class but should be signable in this spot. Power is his key asset; opinions about his glove at third base are mixed but he has a chance to hit enough to play first base if needed.
2-43) Twins: Ryan Eades, RHP, Louisiana State University Eades isn't the same type of dominator as his predecessor as LSU's ace, Kevin Gausman. However, Eades attracts scouts with his 6-3, 200 pound body, his low-90s heat, and his greatly improved curveball and change-up. He pitched well this spring for one of college baseball's strongest programs, posting a 2.81 ERA with a 77/30 K/BB in 96 innings.
2-44) Marlins: Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State: Well-known to college baseball fans, Williams is a big 6-3, 230 pounder with a low-90s fastball, slider, and changeup. His stuff wasn't quite as crisp this spring and this was reflected in a so-so strikeout rate, though he was still effective overall (3.92 ERA, 71/20 K/BB in 99 innings).
2-45) Red Sox: Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State: Unsigned second rounder from the Mets last year, Stankiewicz had a strong season at Seminole State in Oklahoma, showing better command of a 90-96 MPH fastball and an improved slider. He has a 6-4, 215 pound workhorse body.
2-46) Royals: Cody Reed, LHP, Northwest Mississippi CC : Listed at 6-4, 195, this power-armed lefty saw his stock rise late due to a mid-90s fastball. His control still needs some work, but his upside is among the highest among southpaws in this class and he could end up being a bargain. He posted a 2.39 ERA with a 96/40 K/BB in 73 innings this spring, allowing just 54 hits and a .201 average.
2-47) Blue Jays: Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS, Versailles Kentucky: Good athlete who can get up to 95 MPH but has some elbow trouble on his resume. His slider and changeup are promising; he just needs to stay healthy.
2-48) Mets: Andrew Church, RHP, Basic HS, Henderson, Nevada: Another projectable sort who didn't get to pitch this spring due to transfer machinations, Church has an ideal 6-3, 200 pound body, a low-90s fastball, and a workable slider and changeup.
2-49) Mariners: Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford: Like Aaron Judge at Fresno State, Wilson is a tall toolshed at 6-5, 245, with an outstanding throwing arm, good speed, and superior power potential. Hampered by injuries at times, his college track record is erratic and he's never fully lived up to his potential. He hit .288/.387/.475 in 118 at-bats this spring with 13 walks, 18 strikeouts, and five steals in seven attempts.
2-50) Padres: Dustin Peterson, SS, Gilbert HS, Gilbert Arizona: D.J. Peterson's brother, Dustin is more advanced than his brother was at the same age and has a better glove. He is committed to Arizona State but should be signable in this spot.
2-51) Pirates: Blake Taylor, LHP, Dana Hills HS, Dana Point, California: Taylor throws in the 90s and shows a promising curve and change. He is inexperienced and his control needs work, but his arm is fresh. His stock rose as the spring progressed, making it less likely that he'll attend the University of Hawaii.
2-52) Diamondbacks: Justin Williams, SS, Terrebonne HS, Houma, Louisiana: A very promising power hitter with solid tools, Williams hits from the left side and has a very high ceiling, though his performance is inconsistent and he's rather raw overall. He is committed to LSU but should sign in this spot.
2-53) Phillies: Andrew Knapp, C, University of California: Knapp has a powerful bat with power and patience, but opinions differ about his chances to stay behind the plate. He made enough progress to convince some teams that he can, and obviously the Phillies were one of those. He hit .350/.434/.544 this spring.
2-54) Brewers: Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood West HS, Hazelwood, Missouri: Athletic and projectable at 6-3, 175, Williams is erratic with his stuff but shows the potential for three above-average pitches (fastball, slider, changeup) and has moved up draft boards this spring despite fighting cold weather early. He is committed to the University of Missouri but should be signable here. Good value for the Brewers with their first selection.
2-55) White Sox: Tyler Danish, RHP, Durant HS, Plant City, Florida: Danish is a 6-0 200 pound right-hander with an outstanding performance record and a live arm but an unusual low-angle delivery that turns some people off. Not the White Sox apparently, and he should be signable away from his University of Florida scholarship.
2-56) Dodgers: Tom Windle, LHP, University of Minnesota: Low-90s fastball, very good slider, and an improving changeup enabled Windle to thrive this spring with a 2.05 ERA and an 81/27 K/BB in 88 innings. Some see him as a reliever but I think he has a chance to start.
2-57) Cardinals: Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS, Tampa Florida: An excellent fielder, Mercado would have been a first-rounder if not for a poor record with the bat this spring. Going this high should keep him away from Florida State.
2-58) Tigers: Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt: Well-known to college baseball fans, Ziomek dominates (1.99 ERA, 102/36 K/BB in 100 innings) despite average velocity due to his superior ability to change speeds. He won't need long in the minors and profiles as a fourth starter. That's not an insult.
2-59) Angels: Hunter Green, LHP, Warren East HS, Bowling Green, Kentucky: Green has classic projection build at 6-4, 180 and already throws in the low-to-mid-90s. His command and his secondary pitches need work, but the Angels get a quality arm; his pure athleticism also stands out. He is committed to the University of Kentucky.
2-60) Rays: Riley Unroe, SS, Desert Ridge HS, Mesa, Arizona: Son of former major leaguer Tim Unroe, Riley moved up boards quickly. He has the tools to stick at shortstop, plus his switch-hitting bat, 6-0, 180 pound bundle of athleticism and superior makeup help him stand out. He is committed to Southern Cal.
2-61) Orioles: Chance Sisco, C, Santiago HS, California: A good athlete with a University of Oregon commitment, Sisco has the physical tools to be a major league catcher and also took a step forward with the bat this spring. He was a bit overlooked due to the large amount of catching in the high school class, but not any longer.
2-62) Rangers: Akeem Bostick, RHP, West Florence HS, South Carolina: The epitome of projectability, Bostick already throws in the low-90s and should add more velocity as he matures. His secondary pitches need work, but his upside is very high. He has a Georgia Southern scholarship but will very likely to sign in this spot. Long-term investment type.
2-63) Athletics: Dillon Overton, LHP, University of Oklahoma: Another very polished college lefty, Overton's stock dropped slightly when he lost a tick off his velocity this spring, though he was still effective overall (2.91 ERA, 76/22 K/BB in 87 innings). He's not big at 6-2, 160.
2-64) Giants: Ryder Jones, Wautauga HS, North Carolina: A Stanford commitment, Jones is a power hitter but also a solid all-around athlete who also pitches. He was considered a large signability risk pre-draft but in this spot he should be signable. A left-handed hitter, he stands at 6-3, 185.
2-65) Braves: Victor Caratini, C, Miami-Dade CC: A very good athlete from Puerto Rico, Caratini showed a polished bat and the strength and mobility to catch, though he can also play third base. Junior college talent is often overlooked but Caratini shouldn't be; this is a solid choice in this spot.
2-66) Yankees: Gosuke Katoh, 2B, Rancho Bernandino HS, California: You seldom see high school second basemen drafted, but Katoh is an exception due to his defense and a slashing line drive swing with good speed. He is committed to UCLA but wouldn't have gone this high in the draft without being signable. A lefty hitter, he stands 6-2, 180.
2-67) Reds: Kevin Franklin, 3B, Gahr HS, Cerritos, California: An Arizona State signee, Franklin stands out for his excellent power, though scouts aren't sure he will make sufficient contact at higher levels without some adjustments to his approach. His makeup is excellent and he should be signable here. He's 6-0, 220, a right-handed hitter.
2-68) Nationals: Jake Johansen, RHP, Dallas Baptist: His stats aren't great (5.40 ERA, 75/26 K/BB in 88 innings, 109 hits), but his stuff is first-class (mid-to-upper-90s, promising slider and curve) and he just needs more consistency. He's huge (6-6, 235) and is a project with big upside.
2B-69) Padres: Jordan Paroubek, OF, Serra HS, San Mateo, California : A switch-hitter with power and speed potential, Paroubeck is family friends with Barry Bonds but stands out for his tools even without that connection. He's received less attention than some of the other prep hitters until just recently, but teams were increasingly impressed with him as the spring progressed. He is committed to Fresno State but considered signable.
2B-70) Rockies: Alex Balog, RHP, University of San Francisco: Big 6-6, 220 pounder saw his stock rise through the spring thanks to a low-90s fastball, slider, and curve and he still has upside. He posted a 3.29 ERA with a 61/26 K/BB in 79 innings.
2B-71) Athletics: Chad Pinder, 3B-SS, Virginia Tech: Pinder has an outstanding glove at third base and would be an ideal utility player if you buy his ability to handle shortstop; he's certainly athletic enough to handle second. He lacks the power for a regular corner job but is a solid line drive hitter. He hit .321/.404/.483 this spring.
2B-72) Brewers: Tucker Neuhaus, SS, Wharton HS, Tampa, Florida: Injuries and a family tragedy (his brother was killed in an auto accident) hampered Neuhaus this spring and he didn't play much, but his upside as a hitter is quite good, projected to hit for power and average. He'll be a third baseman in the long run and is signable from the University of Louisville.
2B-73) Marlins: Colby Suggs, RHP, University of Arkansas: Picking up 13 saves for the Razorbacks, Suggs has a mid-90s fastball and an above-average breaking ball. His command is erratic (29/17 K/BB in 21 innings) but if he throws strikes he has closer potential.