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As a companion series to Kris’ fine work, I have been doing a quick summary of the players drafted in the first three rounds and how they are doing so far, plus an educated guess about where they will begin 2019.
Here are spots 97-104, finishing the third round.
97) Ryder Green, OF, New York Yankees: From high school in Knoxville, Tennessee; hit .203/.316/.392 with 11 walks, 35 strikeouts in 79 at-bats in Gulf Coast League; big raw power, signed away from Vanderbilt for overslot bonus of $997,500; had significant contact issues in pro debut, likely moves up to the New York-Penn League to open 2019.
98) Jimmy Heron, OF, Chicago Cubs: Outfielder out of Duke University, hit .245/.333/.345 in 110 at-bats in Low-A, 12 walks, 24 strikeouts; didn’t do a lot in pro debut but showed plus speed and gap power in college, likely returns to Low-A for ‘19.
99) Jackson Goddard, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: From the University of Kansas, posted 4.18 ERA in 28 innings in the Northwest League with 27/12 K/BB, 19 hits; quality low-90s fastball, slider and change-up are promising but inconsistent, looks to begin in Low-A.
100) Durbin Feltman, RHP, Boston Red Sox: Reliever out of Texas Christian could move very quickly, posted 1.93 ERA in 23 innings between NY-P, Low-A, and High-A with 36/5 K/BB, 18 hits; can hit 97-99, has a plus slider and throws strikes, suspect he’ll open in High-A but could be in Triple-A by the end of the year with an outside chance for more.
101) Reid Schaller, RHP, Washington Nationals: Right-hander out of Vanderbilt, posted composite 4.65 ERA in 41 innings between GCL and NY-P, 32/12 K/BB, 39 hits; Tommy John survivor clocked as high as 98 MPH and throws strikes but needs to refine secondary pitches to start at higher levels, likely begins in Low-A.
102) Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros: Infielder from the University of Maine, son of Geronimo Pena, hit .250/.340/.309 with 18 walks, 19 strikeouts in 136 at-bats in the NY-P; defensive tools draw positive reviews though needs to cut down on errors; controls strike zone well, not much power in pro ball though could develop more, likely opens in Low-A.
103) Richard Palacios, SS, Cleveland Indians: From Towson University, hit .411/.477/.589 in 73 at-bats in NY-P, then .300/.317/.425 in 80 at-bats in Low-A; stole seven bases in eight attempts; pure hitter with good strike zone judgment, shifted to second base in pro ball and should be solid there, could open in High-A and move quickly.
104) John Rooney, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Lefty out of Hofstra University, posted 1.80 ERA in 20 innings between rookie ball and Low-A, 21/8 K/BB, 14 hits; stereotypical college southpaw with fastball around 90, good mix of breaking and off-speed stuff and pitching feel, could return to Low-A to open ‘19 but should be promoted to High-A quickly if he performs, true test won’t come until he reaches Double-A.