2012 Baseball Draft: Update on 15th Round Picks
This morning, we return to the well-liked series of draft reviews, today with an update on players drafted in the 15th round. I don't know if I'll do further rounds, but we'll see.
459) Erick Gonzalez, RHP, Houston Astros: Junior college pitcher from Arizona, signed for slot ($100,000), 1.67 ERA with 15/9 K/BB in 27 innings, 24 hits, 10 saves between GGL Astros and Greenville in the Appalachian League. Need higher level data of course but a good start to his career.
460) Jarret Leverett, LHP, Minnesota Twins: College senior from Georgia Southern, signed a contract but it was voided after he failed his physical exam, had Tommy John surgery.
461) Dario Pizzano, OF, Seattle Mariners: College outfielder from Columbia, got off to a good start in pro ball, .354/.442/.507 with 30 walks, 37 strikeouts in 209 at-bats. Hits left, controls strike zone well, not toolsy but can't argue with the early numbers. A bat to watch.
462) Derick Velasquez, RHP, Baltimore Orioles: Merced Junior College freshman didn't sign. Very projectable, could go higher in 2013.
463) Dylan Sons, LHP, Kansas City Royals: High school lefty from Virginia, signed for slot, considered projectable at 6-3, 175. 6.14 ERA with 28/28 K/BB in 44 innings in the Arizona Rookie League, 58 hits. Ugly numbers, although 2.06 GO/AO is interesting.
464) Carlos Escobar, C, Chicago Cubs: University of Nevada catcher, hit .234/.358/.390 with 15 walks, 24 strikeouts in 77 at-bats between AZL Cubs and Boise in the Northwest League. Drew some walks but that's about it, threw out just 16% of runners.
465) Cory Bostjancic, RHP, San Diego Padres: Junior college pitcher from California, I don't know much about him other than his stats in rookie ball, which aren't good (7.64 ERA, 9/13 K/BB in 18 innings, 24 hits). Just turned 20.
466) Jon Youngblood, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: Junior college outfielder from Mississippi, didn't sign. Fast, had a good summer ball season in the Jayhawk League.
467) Cody Keefer, OF, Miami Marlins: Slot bonus for UCLA outfielder, lacks power but hits for average, .322/.400/.417 with 14 walks, 21 strikeouts in 115 at-bats between GCL and New York-Penn League. Tweener type.
468) Scott Oberg, RHP, Colorado Rockies: University of Connecticut guy, solid pro debut with Grand Junction in the Pioneer League, 29/6 K/BB, 2.33 ERA in 27 innings, 20 hits, 13 saves. Middle reliever projection.
469) Vince Voiro, RHP, Oakland Athletics: University of Pennsylvania ground ball machine posted 3.62 ERA with 41/8 K/BB, 2.32 GO/AO in 37 innings in the AZL. Too old for this level.
470) Nicholas Grant, RHP, New York Mets: Delaware prep didn't sign, going to college at Liberty.
471) Jordan Guerrero, LHP, Chicago White Sox: California high school southpaw signed for slot, erratic but has some arm strength, threw just nine innings in rookie ball, allowing 10 hits, three runs, four walks, fanning six. Too early to mean much, fairly young for the class, didn't turn 18 until May.
472) Ben Klimesh, RHP, Cincinnati Reds: College senior with live arm, posted 6.99 ERA with 38/13 K/BB in 28 innings, 38 hits. Pitched well at first in pro ball but got hammered in last few outings, killing his ERA. More potential than the raw stats show, note the strikeouts.
473) Nelson Rodriguez, 1B, Cleveland Indians: High school slugger from New York, signed for slot, hit .229/.375/.459 with 24 walks, 41 strikeouts in 109 at-bats in the AZL. Contact issues but draws walks, has big power, turned 18 in June.
474) Brandon Smith, OF, Washington Nationals: California prep didn't sign.
475) Ryan Borucki, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays: Illinois high schooler signed for well over slot ($426,000). Live arm, projectable, health concerns hurt stock. Allowed two runs in six pro innings, with zero walks and 10 strikeouts. Quite interesting, good development potential for this cold-weather guy.
476) Duke von Scahmann, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Strike-thrower from Texas Tech, slot bonus, 3.00 ERA with 44/14 K/BB in 75 innings, 63 hits, mostly at Great Lakes in the Low-A Midwest League, finished season in Double-A. Advanced pitching sense, low strikeout rate but doesn't walk anyone.
477) Reid Scoggins, RHP, Los Angeles Angels: 4.43 ERA with 41/18 K/BB in 20 innings, 16 hits, mostly at AZL Angels but finished season in Low-A. Throws hard, plenty of strikeouts, 5.00 GO/AO. Lots of potential if he can cut the walks. From Howard Junior College.
478) Leo Rojas, C, San Francisco Giants: Already 22 but was drafted out of junior college, hit .250/.333/.364 in 44 at-bats for AZL Giants, threw out 22% of runners. I don't see a lot to get excited about but the sample is small.
479) Alex Wilson, RHP, Atlanta Braves: Slot guy out of Wofford, good results in the Appy League for Danville, 2.73 ERA with 28/5 K/BB in 26 innings, 29 hits, 1.41 GO/AO. Need higher level data of course.
480) Bruce Caldwell, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals: Junior college guy from South Carolina, hit .299/.355/.506 with 14 walks, 41 strikeouts in 154 at-bats, mostly at Johnson City in the Appy but played two games in the NY-P. Good bat rep, second base is best position.
481) Carson Fulmer, RHP, Boston Red Sox: Florida prep didn't sign, off to Vanderbilt.
482) Willie Gabay, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays: New York junior college guy, athletic with some arm strength but raw, 7.77 ERA with 23/15 K/BB in 22 innings for Princeton in the Appy League, 30 hits.
483) Blake Forslund, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Below slot college senior from Liberty, 7.18 ERA with 26/22 K/BB in 31 innings, 36 hits for Yakima in the Northwest League. Held back by command troubles.
484) Jordan Dean, SS, Detroit Tigers: Shortstop from Central Michigan, hit .200/.269/.262 with 14 walks, 34 strikeouts, 11 steals in 145 at-bats for Connecticut in the NY-P. Defense and speed guy, utility profile if he hits enough.
485) Buck Farmer, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers: Didn't sign. Georgia Tech guy should be nice senior pick in 2013.
486) Jameis Winston, OF, Texas Rangers: Didn't sign.
487) Dayton Dawe, RHP, New York Yankees: Slot bonus high school guy from Canada, small sample in the GCL, 3.38 ERA in 11 innings, 8/7 K/BB with 2.29 GO/AO. Interesting cold-weather pitcher with development potential.
488) Zach Cooper, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies: College senior from Central Michigan posted 1.30 ERA with 25/15 K/BB in 35 pro innings, between NY-P and Lakewood in the Sally League. Undersized at 5-10 but gets his heater into the 90s. Middle relief profile.