2012 Draft: Update on Fifth Round Picks
Continuing with our 2012 draft updates, we move forward to the fifth round and examine how everyone is doing so far. If interest remains high, we will continue with subsequent rounds.
159) Andrew Aplin, OF, Houston Astros: Excellent so far: hit .348/.441/.537 with 20 steals in 164 at-bats for Tri-City in the New York-Penn League, followed by .295/.328/.475 in 61 at-bats for Lancaster in the High-A California League. Rapid adjustment to pro ball from Arizona State.
160) Tyler Duffey, RHP, Minnesota Twins: 1.59 ERA with 24/2 K/BB in 17 innings, just nine hits for Elizabethton in the Appalachian League. Outstanding stats, but went on the DL last week.
161) Chris Taylor, SS, Seattle Mariners: .322/.417/.432 with 23 walks, 22 strikeouts, 17 steals in 183 at-bats split between Everett in the Northwest League and Clinton in the Midwest League. No complaints, has performed very well.
162) Colin Poche, LHP, Baltimore Orioles: Did not sign. Going to University of Arkansas.
163) Chad Johnson, C, Kansas City Royals: .252/.377/.370 with 25 walks, 33 strikeouts in 119 at-bats in the Arizona Rookie League. Has thrown out 21% of runners, eight passed balls in 22 games. Raw, but has some tools to build with.
164) Anthony Prieto, LHP, Chicago Cubs: 2.60 ERA with 11/12 K/BB in 17 innings in the AZL, eight hits. Significant command issues, but the tiny hit rate is interesting.
165) Mallex Smith, OF, San Diego Padres: .344/.379/.417 with 13 steals, five walks, 19 strikeouts in 96 at-bats in AZL, then .194/.324/.290 with four steals, five walks, eight strikeouts in 31 at-bats for Eugene in the Northwest League. Very fast, but with questions about his bat.
166) Adrian Sampson, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: 2.63 ERA, 40/13 K/BB in 38 innings for State College in the NY-P, 34 hits. Has performed well.
167) Austin Nola, SS, Miami Marlins: LSU defensive specialist playing well with glove, but hitting only .213/.302/.271 with 26 walks, 26 strikeouts in 207 at-bats between New York-Penn League and South Atlantic League.
168) Matt Wessinger, SS, Colorado Rockies: .290/.372/.407 with 28 walks, 48 strikeouts in 214 at-bats for Grand Junction in the Pioneer League, 21 steals. Very error-prone at shortstop, likely fits best as utility guy.
169) Max Muncy, 1B, Oakland Athletics: .261/.368/.414 with 35 walks, 32 strikeouts in 203 at-bats for Burlington in the Midwest League. Jumping from Baylor to Low-A, shows good plate discipline and mature approach, but power for a 1B is questionable.
170) Brandon Welch, RHP, New York Mets: Has thrown just one inning for Kingsport in the Appy League.
171) Nick Basto, SS, Chicago White Sox: .246/.296/.300 with 12 walks, 50 strikeouts in 203 at-bats for Bristol in the Appy League. Weak so far, but only 18.
172) Mason Felt, LHP, Cincinnati Reds: Hasn't pitched, on DL.
173) Dylan Baker, RHP, Cleveland Indians: 3.10 ERA with 23/11 K/BB in 20 innings for AZL Indians, 18 hits, 2.55 GO/AO. Promising component ratios, needs better control, which fits the reports from junior college very well.
174) Spencer Kieboom, C, Washington Nationals: .231/.352/.278 with 18 walks, 20 strikeouts in 108 at-bats for Auburn in the NY-P. Has thrown out 44% of runners, but bat looks doubtful.
175) Brad Delatte, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays: Pitched just one/third of an inning for Vancouver in the Northwest League.
176) Ross Stripling, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Way, way ahead of the Pioneer League: 0.98 ERA with a 31/2 K/BB in 28 innings, 19 hits, 2.77 GO/AO. Not surprising as an advanced college senior, but good to see nonetheless. Wouldn't surprise me to see him in Double-A next year.
177) Mark Sappington, RHP, Los Angeles Angels: 5.12 ERA with 26/15 K/BB in 32 innings for Orem in the Pioneer League, 27 hits, 2.72 GO/AO. I like the grounders.
178) Ty Blach, LHP, San Francisco Giants: Hasn't pitched.
179) Blake Brown, OF, Atlanta Braves: .206/.315/.320 with 10 steals, 24 walks, 71 strikeouts in 175 at-bats for Danville in the Appy League. Good tools but didn't live up to expectations ini college, and not hitting in pro ball.
180) Cory Jones, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals: 7.27 ERA with 15/11 K/BB in 17 innings, 21 hits for Johnson City in the Appy League. Unimpressive, but small sample.
181) Mike Augliera, RHP, Boston Red Sox: 5.29 ERA for Lowell in the NY-P, but with a 37/3 K/BB in 32 innings, 37 hits, 1.75 GO/AO. I think the ERA is misleading and the other components point to potential for this strike-thrower. Could be bargain at $25,000.
182) Bralin Jackson, OF, Tampa Bay Rays: .253/.286/.342 with six walks, 39 strikeouts in 146 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League. Poor performance thus far, but you know, he's just 18.
183) Ronnie Freeman, C, Arizona Diamondbacks: .272/.337/.331 with eight walks, 23 strikeouts in 151 at-bats for Yakima in the Northwest League. Has caught 26% of runners, but with low passed ball and error rates. Was supposed to hit better than this, but defense matches college performance.
184) Joe Rogers, LHP, Detroit Tigers: 2.75 ERA with 23/10 K/BB in 20 innings for Connecticut in the NY-P, 19 hits, 2.27 GO/AO. Good sinker, good curve.
185) Damien Magnifico, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers: 5.95 ERA with 24/13 K/BB in 20 innings for Helena in the Pioneer League, 19 hits, 3.00 GO/AO. K/IP and grounders match scouting reports of high-velocity fastball but needs command.
186) Preston Beck, OF, Texas Rangers: .236/.314/.341 with 22 walks, 37 strikeouts in 229 at-bats for Spokane in the Northwest League. Not good performance from a college bat that I expected more from.
187) Robert Refsnyder, OF, New York Yankees: .216/.286/.324 with 11 walks, 24 strikeouts, 7-for-8 in steals in 139 at-bats for Charleston in the Sally League. Unimpressive.
188) Andrew Pullin, OF, Philadelphia Phillies: .321/.403/.436 with 12 walks, 32 strikeouts in 140 at-bats in the GCL. Matches scouting reports of a polished high school bat.