2012 Draft: Update on 14th Round Picks
This morning, we return to the well-liked series of draft reviews, today with an update on players drafted in the 14th round. By popular demand, I'll keep this going into the teen rounds to pick up the overslot draftees. I will continue this series until my sanity breaks.
429) Joe Sclafani, SS, Houston Astros: Below slot college senior from Dartmouth hit .271/.355/.338 with 33 walks, 40 strikeouts, 16 steals in 266 at-bats for Tri-City in the New York-Penn League. Utility profile if he hits enough.
430) Jake Proctor, OF, Minnesota Twins: Speed demon college outfielder signed but didn't play, recovering from April knee injury. Considered raw as a hitter. Very speculative play here but they drafted the speed.
431) Brock Hebert, SS, Seattle Mariners: Speedy college infielder with decent glove, hit .266/.378/.328 with 19 steals, 37 walks, 52 strikeouts in 229 at-bats spread between Pulaski in the Appalachian League and Everett in the Northwest League. Another guy who profiles as a utilityman if he hits enough at higher levels.
432) Sean McAdams, RHP, Baltimore Orioles: High school pitcher from Florida signed for slot money ($100,000), got knocked around in the Gulf Coast League (6.27 ERA, 20/12 K/BB, 24 hits in 19 innings). Best attributes are youth and size (6-6, 210), good curveball.
433) Parker Morin, C, Kansas City Royals: Defensive specialist from University of Utah, hit .267/.301/.410 with eight walks, 36 strikeouts in 195 at-bats for Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League. Threw out 35% of runners, but also coughed up 10 PB in 24 games despite positive scouting reports on his receiving skills.
434) Corbin Hoffner, RHP, Chicago Cubs: Junior college pitcher signed for slot ($100,000), pitched well in limited Arizona Rookie League action (one run in 13 innings, 13/4 K/BB). Low-90s heat, improving slider and changeup.
435) Andrew Sopko, RHP, San Diego Padres: Montana high schooler didn't sign, going to Gonzaga.
436) Walker Buehler, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Kentucky high schooler didn't sign, going to Vanderbilt.
437) Michael Vaughn, C, Miami Marlins: College catcher didn't hit much in pro ball, .239/.275/.336 with five walks, 40 strikeouts in 134 at-bats between GCL and NY-P. Production possibly inhibited by hamate injury, but poor plate discipline is an issue.
438) Shane Broyles, RHP, Colorado Rockies: Strike-thrower from Texas Tech, 3.69 ERA with 60/11 K/BB in 68 innings for Tri-City in the NWL, 64 hits allowed. Solid start to his career.
439) Austin House, RHP, Oakland Athletics: Another college guy off to a good start, 1.27 ERA with 36/11 K/BB in 28 innings between Vermont in NY-P and Burlington in Low-A Midwest League, allowed just 15 hits, 4.11 GO/AO. Middle relief profile.
440) Chris Flexen, RHP, New York Mets: Overslot ($374,400) bonus for California high school guy, good fastball/slider combo, had some command issues in pro debut, 5.63 ERA with 26/14 K/BB in 32 innings for Kingsport in the Appy League, 38 hits. Higher-ceiling than most players in this round.
441) Tony Bucciferro, RHP, Chicago White Sox: College senior threw seven strong innings for Bristol in the Appy League, two earned runs, four hits, no walks, five strikeouts, 4.67 GO/AO. Local guy from Joliet, went to college at Michigan State. Good slider.
442) Luke Moran, RHP, Cincinnati Reds: Texas junior college arm, overslot bonus at ($125,000). Live arm, 4.75 ERA with 42/9 K/BB in 36 innings in the Arizona Rookie League, 41 hits, 1.50 GO/AO. Somewhat raw, but good development potential.
443) Scott Peoples, RHP, Cleveland Indians: Junior college arm from Oklahoma, 2.28 ERA with 21/8 K/BB in 24 innings for Mahoning Valley in the NY-P. Quite effective so far.
444) Jordan Poole, OF, Washington Nationals: Another junior college guy, this one from Florida, name was called as a pitcher but he played outfield in pro ball, hit .205/.264/.295 with 10 walks, 58 strikeouts in 132 at-bats between GCL and NY-P. That won't get it done.
445) Zak Wasilewiski, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays: Slot bonus high school guy from Virginia. Crushed in his pro debut, 7.89 ERA with 21/19 K/BB in 22 innings, 30 hits. Athletic, Tommy John survivor, 19 years old, quite raw.
446) Matthew Reckling, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Senior from Rice University, went on the DL after pitching two-thirds of an inning in the Pioneer League in early July. Relief/closer profile if healthy.
447) Sherman Johnson, 2B, Los Angeles Angels: Lacks great tools but solid college player at Florida State, hit .269/.427/.407 with 49 walks, 40 strikeouts in 182 at-bats for Orem in the Pioneer League. Excellent plate discipline.
448) Tyler Hollick, OF, San Francisco Giants: Canadian, went to junior college in Arizona, runs well, has some tools, hit .301/.441/.372 with 28 walks, 21 strikeouts in 113 at-bats in the AZL, stole 21 bases in 23 attempts. Quite interesting, we need to see him at higher levels and lack of power is an issue, but speed/walks combo stands out.
449) Tyler Tewell, C, Atlanta Braves: College catcher from Appalachian State, hit .308/.319/.495 with three walks, 16 strikeouts in 107 at-bats between GCL and Danville in the Appy, with reasonable defensive numbers. Doubtful plate discipline, but bears watching.
450) Anthony Melchionda, SS, St. Louis Cardinals: Boston College product, hit .288/.316/.445 with six walks, 31 strikeouts in 146 at-bats for Low-A Quad Cities. Showed considerable pop, but plate discipline and defense need work.
451) Dylan Chavez, LHP, Boston Red Sox: Ole Miss lefty, posted 8.36 ERA with 27/10 K/BB in 28 innings between NY-P and Sally League, 37 hits, 1.62 GO/AO. A poor beginning to his career, but its early and lefties have long lives.
452) Chris Kirsch, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays: Slot bonus junior college arm from Pennsylvania, throws hard, got hammered in pro debut, 8.10 ERA with 15/9 K/BB in 17 innings in the Appy League, 24 hits. But he's a lefty and has arm strength; they will show some patience with him.
453) Derrick Stultz, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: College arm from South Florida, 3.69 ERA with 17/11 K/BB in 32 innings for Yakima in the NWL, 31 hits. Gets grounders but K/IP ratio is weak at this point.
454) Hunter Scantling, RHP, Detroit Tigers: Huge right-hander (6-8, 275) from Florida State, lacks premium stuff but gets people out, 1.23 ERA with 21/6 K/BB in 22 innings, just seven hits allowed in the NY-P. Useful organization arm at least.
455) Ryan Gibbard, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers: Small college (Lynn) guy from Florida, average stuff but showed some feel, 5.27 ERA with 39/13 K/BB in 55 innings for Helena in the Pioneer. Organization arm at this point but you need those.
456) Kwinton Smith, OF, Texas Rangers: South Carolina high school guy, didn't sign, football at South Carolina.
457) Andrew Benak, RHP, New York Yankees: College arm out of Rice, slot bonus, 3.98 ERA with 35/24 K/BB in 61 innings in the NY-P, 62 hits. I'm not enamored of the low strikeout rate from a sabermetric standpoint, but he performed well in college.
458) Ricky Bielski, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies: High school guy from California, slot bonus, only 17 years old right now, 15 innings in the GCL with 3.07 ERA, 5/7 K/BB, 16 hits. Could turn into anything, but that extra year on the calendar for him is important. Projectable, throws 90-93, secondary pitches reportedly show some promise.