As a companion series to Kris’ fine work, I have been doing a quick summary of the players drafted in the first round and second this year and how they are doing so far, plus an educated guess about where they will begin 2019.
This takes us to the end of the second round and comp rounds. I will also do Round Three starting tomorrow but will then switch over to working on the 2019 prospect lists!
69) Will Banfield, C, Miami Marlins: Catcher drafted by the Miami Marlins out of high school in Snellville, Georgia; hit .256/.330/.378 in 82 at-bats in rookie ball, then jumped to Low-A and hit .208/.269/.396 in 48 at-bats against older competition; defense is excellent for his age; good power potential, will return to Low-A to open 2019.
70) Jeremy Eierman, SS, Oakland Athletics: Infielder from Missouri State University drafted by A’s hit .235/.283/.381 in 247 at-bats in New York-Penn League, 13 walks, 70 strikeouts, stole 10 bases; has some power potential but approach needs work, likely to open 2019 in Low-A with promotion to High-A possible later in the year.
71) Tanner Dodson, OF-RHP, Tampa Bay Rays: From the University of California, hit .273/.344/.369 in 198 at-bats in the NY-P, 20 walks, 34 strikeouts, eight steals; switch-hitter; made nine appearances out of bullpen with 25 innings, 1.44 ERA, 25/5 K/BB; proiles as a fourth outfielder as a hitter, power bullpen arm on the mound, should begin 2019 in Low-A.
72) Josiah Gray, RHP, Cincinnati Reds: Right-hander out of Le Moyne, posted 2.58 ERA in 52 innings in Appalachian League, 59/17 K/BB, just 29 hits allowed; gets up to 95, tough to square up when he’s on, probably opens in Low-A.
73) Micah Bello, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Out of high school in Hilo, Hawaii; hit .240/.324/.325 in Arizona Rookie League with 10 steals, 18 walks, 41 strikeouts in 154 at-bats; leadoff type with plus speed and some feel for the strike zone, probably opens in short-season ball.
74) Grant Little, OF, San Diego Padres: Outfielder out of Texas Tech, hit .262/.351/.315 in 149 at-bats, 20 walks, 28 strikeouts, nine steals in Northwest League, runs well, good OBP potential but didn’t show power in debut, heading to Low-A most likely.
75) Luken Baker, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals: TCU product, hit .288/.359/.417 in 139 at-bats in Low-A, 16 walks, 31 strikeouts; big raw power and adapted well in first look at pro pitching, could open 2019 as high as High-A.
76) Mitchell Kilkenny, RHP, Colorado Rockies: Right-hander out of Texas A&M, didn’t pitch after signing due to Tommy John surgery in late June, good power sinker when healthy.
77) Cole Roederer, OF, Chicago Cubs: High school bat from Newhall, California, hit .275/.354/.465 with 13 steals, 18 walks, 37 strikeouts in 142 at-bats in rookie ball; signed overslot $1,200,000 bonus due to strong UCLA commit; intriguing power/speed mix and held up well in debut, could open in short-season ball but also a chance he sees Low-A in April.
78) Paul Richan, RHP, Chicago Cubs: From the University of San Diego, performed well in Northwest League with 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings, 31/5 K/BB, 19 hits; lots of polish, should begin in Low-A with promotion to High-A quite possible if he performs well, which he should, pitching feel may not be challenge until he gets to AA.