Rounds 2-15 will take place today and this is your place to talk about it. I will unfortunately be out of the loop until this evening because of work commitments but will try to gather what info I can to post tonight. Feel free to post whatever you all can find in the comments section during the day. Things get underway at noon, and Victor will be providing updates as the day goes along.
Round 2, Pick 77 ($659,800 slot): Dylan Cozens, OF, Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, AZ, bats left/throws left
23rd best prospect in Arizona per Jim Callis, “athletic big kid who throws hard”. Says the Phillies are more than willing to go off the board than other teams. Not a surprise, here folks.
Not in the top 500 on BA, certainly not on Top 100 in Mayo’s list. Looks to be about 6’5”, 235 pounds, played football at Chaparral as well, but looks like the Phillies are convinced he will sign and play baseball. More coming when available.
From an ESPN HS report back on April 26th:
Dylan Cozens, Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
As we were finishing this week’s honors, Chaparral grad Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox was hitting hi 400th career homer and had just moved to No. 48 on the all-time major league list. It’s just one reason we couldn’t resist choosing a player from his high school. Cozens, in fact, just broke Konerko’s school record after smashing a pair of homers last week for the Firebirds in their 19-0 romp past Camelback (Phoenix). Cozens’ two blasts upped his season total to 14 and moved him past Konerko’s previous record of 13. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Cozens is a transfer from Desert Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and was MVP earlier this season at the Cleats Sports Classic. He hit two homers in the title game to lead Chaparral past Cactus (Glendale, Ariz.). Cozens also is a defensive end in football and had 7.5 sacks last season. He has signed a football letter of intent with Arizona, but could be coming up the charts quickly as a prospect for the upcoming MLB draft.
Round 2, Pick 95 ($500,000 slot): Alec Rash, RHP, Adel DeSoto Minburn HS, Adel, IA, bats right/throws right
“He’s the best prospect to come out of Iowa since Jeremy Hellickson. 6’5”, 195 pounds, fastball up to 95, slider around 83, athletic, plays multiple sports, still trying to figure out repeating delivery and command.”-Jim Callis
“Moved his way up the boards as things went along.”-Jonathan Mayo
Ranked #76 on Mayo’s list, #72 on BA list.
Baseball in Iowa starts later than in most places, so it’s not uncommon for a prospect from there to rise up as their season gets into high gear. That’s exactly what happened with Rash.
The big right-hander was drawing a lot of attention as Draft day drew near. Tall and thin, there’s room for growth and Rash already can crank his fastball up into the mid-90s with plenty of movement. His power slider has the chance to be an outstanding breaking ball in the future as well. A three-sport standout, Rash is very athletic, but still very raw, more of a project who will have to work on his mechanics and improve his command.
While it might take him a while, the raw stuff is bound to intrigue many, especially teams that have a track record in developing young pitching.
Round 3, Pick 125 ($374,400 slot): Zachary Green, SS, Jesuit HS, Sacramento, CA, bats right/throws right
Callis and Mayo:
“I don’t think he’s going to stay at shortstop.”
“Power in his bat and arm strength. Inconsistency with hitting, very few high school players are consistent day in day out, this is a typical Phillies pick.”’
Listed at #385 on BA as a third baseman. .417/.538/.556 this season at Jesuit.
Round 4, Pick 158 ($272,300 slot): Chris Serritella, 1B, Southern Illinois-Carbondale, bats left/throws right
“Guy with a college power bat”-Mayo
Drafted by Kansas City in the 31st round in 2011, went back to school for this season.
From Southern Illinois site:
SIU first baseman Chris Serritella has been named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American, Collegiate Baseball newspaper announced Thursday. The Saluki slugger was named to the Third-Team. He is the 13th All-American in SIU baseball history and the first since Doug Shields was a Third-Team All-American in 1990.
“It’s a great honor being named one of the top first basemen in the country,” Serritella said. “It’s definitely a great feeling, and it’s above my expectations.”
Serritella led the Missouri Valley Conference with a .389 batting average and tied for the conference lead with teammate Jordan Sivertsen with 13 home runs. In addition, Serritella led the MVC in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, doubles and total bases.
“Obviously Chris had a great year and it is nice to see him recognized for his accomplishments,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “This is a tremendous and well deserved honor.”
His 24 doubles and 156 total bases in 2012 set new single-season SIU records, and his 91 hits were one shy of the school record.
Last week Serritella was named First-Team All-Conference in the MVC. He finished just two RBI away from becoming The Valley’s first triple crown winner since 1999.
Round 5, Pick 188 ($203,900 slot): Andrew Pullin, OF, Centralia HS, Centralia, WA, bats left/throws right
“This is a guy who has shown that he can hit a little bit. There is some power there. Pretty good prospect from an area in the Pacific Northwest that has come on strong in the draft in recent years.”-Mayo
“Corner outfield profile, unusual set-up, where he points the bat towards the backstop, but he’s hit everywhere he’s been”-Callis
PG had his best fastball at 91, but being projected as an outfielder. Came in at #257 on BA list.
Round 6, Pick #218, Cameron Perkins, 3B, Purdue, Unanimous First Team All Big 10 in 2012. Power hitting 3B who is a free swinger. Academic All American as well. Very good arm.
Round 7, Pick #248, Hoby Milner, LHP, Texas
Round 8, Pick #278, Josh Ludy, Catcher, Baylor
Round 9, Pick #308, Jordan Guth, RHP, Wisconsin
Round 10, Pick #338, Kevin Brady, RHP, Clemson