2019 Draft Discussion: Day Three

The Phillies completed their portion of the 2019 Amateur Draft with 30 selections Wednesday, representing rounds 11 thru forty.

Overall, the Phillies selected 39 players, 10 high school players and 29 college players. The college players breakdown – 7 JUCO , 16 four-year juniors, 5 fourth year seniors, and 1 fifth year senior.

This is a forum for draft discussion to keep it separate from other conversations.

As in previous years, I’ll post weekly draft discussions until the signing period is over.  Draft signings will be tracked here – 2019 Draft Tracker

By position, the Phillies selected –

  • C:          3 – 1 HS, 1 JR, 1 SR
  • RHP:   11 – 3 HS, 5 JUCO, 3JR
  • LHP:   12 – 3 HS, 1 JUCO, 7 JR, 1 SR
  • 1B:        1 – SR
  • 3B:        1 – 5S
  • SS:        5 – 1 HS, 1 JUCO, 3 JR
  • CF:        5 – 1 HS, 2 JR, 2 SR
  • RF:        1 – HS

Wednesday’s selections were –

  • 11th round: Maercus Lee Sang, a center fielder from Northern High School
  • 12th round: Jadiel Sanchez, a right outfielder from Natividad Rodriguez High School
  • 13th round: Hunter Markwardt, a senior center fielder out of Oklahoma Christian
  • 14th round: Chris Micheles, a junior LHP out of Washington
  • 15th round: Adam Leverett, a second year juco RHP out of Gordon State College
  • 16th round: Chris Cornelius, a junior shortstop out of Missouri
  • 17th round: Hunter Milam, a first year juco LHP out of Gulf Coast CC
  • 18th round: Nick Lackney, a senior LHP out of Minnesota
  • 19th round: Spencer Van, junior LHP out of Central Oklahoma
  • 20th round: Keaton Greenwalt, a junior center fielder out of Lubbock Christian
  • 21th round: Hilton Dyar, a RHP from Clinton High School
  • 22th round: Tucker Maxwell, a junior center fielder out of Georgia
  • 23th round: Herbert Iser, a junior catcher out of Dallas Baptist
  • 24th round: Jose Ulloa, a second year juco RHP out of ASA College Miami
  • 25th round: Jamie Sara, a junior RHP out of William & Mary
  • 26th round: Hunter Hearn, a senior center fielder out of Sam Houston State
  • 27th round: Tyer Adams, a junior LHP out of Indiana University of PA
  • 28th round: Carlos Francisco, a first year juco RHP out of Hillsborough CC
  • 29th round: Micah Yonamine, a catcher from Iolani High School
  • 30th round: Dylan Castaneda, a RHP from Salisbury School (HS)
  • 31th round: Shane Murphy, a LHP from Hamilton High School
  • 32th round: Logan Koester, a RHP from Chaminade High School
  • 33th round: Thomas Little, a LHP from Vauxhall High School
  • 34th round: Jalen Battles, first year juco shortstop out of McLennan CC
  • 35th round: Michael Prosecky, a LHP from Nazareth Academy (HS)
  • 36th round: Cam Beauchamp, a junior LHP out of Indiana
  • 37th round: Brendan Bell, a first year juco RHP out of Central Florida
  • 38th round: Josh Hendrickson, a junior LHP out of San Diego
  • 39th round: Austin Crowson, a junior LHP out of Western Oregon
  • 40th round: Vito Friscia, a senior catcher out of Hofstra

Tuesday’s selections were –

  • 3rd round: Jamari Baylor, a shortstop from Benedictine School (HS)
  • 4th round: Erik Miller, a junior, LHP out of Stanford
  • 5th round: Gunner Mayer, a 1st year juco, RHP out of San Joaquin Delta
  • 6th round: Andrew Shultz, a junior, RHP out of Tennessee
  • 7th round: Brett Schulze, a junior, RHP out of Minnesota
  • 8th round: Nate Fassnacht, a junior, shortstop out of George Washington
  • 9th round: Rudy Rott, a 4th year senior, first baseman out of Ohio University
  • 10th round: Tatum, McCarthy, a 5th year senior, third baseman out of Fesno State

On Monday, the Phillies used their first round position to select Bryson Stott, a shortstop out of UNLV.  They didn’t have a second round pick.  They lost it and $500,000 of international bonus money when they signed free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, who had received and declined a qualifying offer from his previous team.

The Phillies’ total bonus pool is $6,799,590.

Their complete slot breakdown is as follows (round, pick, $) –

  •   1st:     14  – $4,036,800
  •   3rd:     91 –     $647,300
  •   4th:   107 –     $478,300
  •   5th:   137 –     $357,100
  •   6th:   167 –     $272,500
  •   7th:   197 –     $213,300
  •   8th:   227 –     $172,100
  •   9th:   257 –     $153,600
  • 10th:   287 –     $144,800

 

96 thoughts on “2019 Draft Discussion: Day Three

  1. I like Stott and drafting the middle defense. The pitching well these guys would make Mitch Williams pround.

  2. Here is my take…I like the draft. Not sexy. But I think that it will turn out to produce several major leaguers.

    Stott is a very good prospect. Shortstops who can hit and have power are not common. Premium position.

    I like that they took power arm relievers. I value relief prospects a lot. I think that it is critical that a farm system consistently produces quality relievers. So valuable and saves so much money. So I am happy that they went after relievers.

    I like that they seemed to have much more focus on velocity over command. In some cases, to the extreme. But it also means that these players are going to need development. Need to improve command before going to majors.

    I am disappointed that we didn’t seem to get a power arm starting pitcher. Looking at the list, I don’t think that they took a starting pitcher in Day 1 or Day 2.

    Finally, with all of these drafts, we truly never know for a few years. The entire 2015 draft produced only one player, Kingery. Who is looking like a legit starter with potential to make an all star game or two. But the rest of the draft was a zero.

    In 2016, we picked first in every round and the entire draft will come down to Moniak. Everyone else in that draft will have a zero war imo.

    I don’t mean to be a party pooper. I know it is fun to dream. But the reality is likely only one of these kids turns out to be something of value at the mlb level. If we are lucky, then we can get a few other pieces.

    But still is fun to watch them in the minors play a beautiful game.

    1. Pitchers do come back successfully from Tommy John surgery, don’t they? I don’t think the Red Sox have zero hopes for Jay Groome.

    2. I like the Stott pick as well. He gets Brandon Crawford comps but I don’t think he has that kind of defensive upside. Still, he could be a good player.

      I think there’s hope for Erik Miller to be that power armed starter; a lefty too. If he had better command it sounds like he wouldn’t have been around for us to draft, so they took a chance.

      I’m not a fan of drafting relievers high, generally, but I do like the Schultz pick because he’s got closer upside and we’re deep in backend starter types already. Schulze sounds more like a middle reliever/setup guy ceiling, so meh.

      It’s definitely interesting that they seemed to target a different sort of pitcher in this draft. Not sure what to attribute that too but it will be interesting to see what they do with them.

      1. I attribute it to them reading this blog 🙂

        Everything I have read about Miller suggests that they view him as a reliever. But we will see.

        1. They might see it as his role when it’s all said and done but it would make a lot of sense to give him the same opportunity they’ve given to guys like Damon Jones and Llovera. Relief should be his fall back option.

    3. If Scott Kingery becomes a 3 WAR player (at whatever position he plays), then that draft was a success.

      1. Yes. If we get one consistent 3+ war player from a draft that is a success. Just think that it is interesting how much time we dedicate to the others.

  3. I still believe that Josh Stephens will play in the majors. He imo will become a good hitter and average to below outfielder.

    1. Serious question, can you name any player who had any significant WAR in the majors who was not on our top 30 list? Maybe a relief pitcher? Honestly not sure. But curious.

      My point is, I don’t think great major leaguers just appear out of nowhere.

        1. Carlos Ruiz?
          Where can you find that list from 14 years ago?
          His first full season was 2007 with the Phillies and he came up in spurts in 2006.

            1. yeah, definitely there will be relievers who don’t show up on a top 30 reader list and become something in the majors. that said, Jake has pitched 7 years in the majors and has a career 4.7 war. so not nothing, but not exactly a game changer.

      1. Brandon Moss had multiple 2-3 fWAR seasons after being released or claimed off waivers from LHV by the A’s.

        1. Late bloomers could be examples, however Moss came up through the Red Sox system and joined the majors in 2007. The first PP reader top 30 was in 2008.

  4. After all is said and done….what will transpire form the 2019 Rule 4…..Vegas Stott and the 2023 7-man bullpen

  5. In the end, I’m good with Johnny Almaraz taking the safer pick at 1-14, and then drafting the volume of younger, toolsy players later. None of this year’s day two or three kids have the upside/pedigree that Logan Simmons and Dominic Pipkin had last year. That’s because the team isn’t going to save a million dollars on Stott like they did with Bohm. However the sheer number of HS, JUCO, and smaller 4Y college kids was encouraging to see. Pick enough lotterry tickets, and maybe you hit on one or two. Baylor, Miller, and Schultz are the obvious day two guys who could end up playing for the Phillies. I really like rolling the dice on Spencer Van Scoyoc on day three. Hopefully, they’re able to sign Herbert Iser, another high upside kid.

    On another note … my niece’s son got drafted by the Reds in the 20th round!

    1. Congrats to your niece and her family and son,
      ….Joe Joe….he could shorten it to Jo Jo!

    1. It was a gesture and both parties knew he wasn’t going to sign.

      To be honest, I hope they’ll let us do the same thing with his second son. It’d be poetic that his second organization drafts his second son. And I really want them to know we will never forget them. He wasn’t here for as long, but Halladay is forever a Phillie just like he’s forever a Blue Jay.

  6. We only need some of these draft picks to shine enough to be part of trades for established players. But it would be nice to have a couple make our Bigs.

  7. Not following the prospects closely, nor looking at drafting trends over the years, I did notice two things that intrigued me this year: 1. Only 10 high school draftees; 2. A ton of LHP’s. It seems to me that the 5 toolsy days with high upside (see Jeff Jackson, etc.) are over and that the dearth of LHP’s especially in the pen is being addressed.

  8. I’d like to think the departure from the norm in terms of type of players targeted in the past was mainly due to the way the draft board fell along with the talent available this year, not necessarily a philosophical shift in approach.

  9. Per Coach Scott Stricklin (UGA Head Baseball Coach) on the 960 TheRef Morning Show, Tucker Maxwell will indeed sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, who drafted him in the 22nd round of this week’s MLB Draft.

    Maxwell hit .251 with 13 HRs, 29 RBI, and 21 stolen bases for UGA this season

    1. Why would they draft a 23 yr old who hit 251. makes no sense. just pass on that round

      1. rocco…I believe you cannot pass on rounds….you lose the slot money I think….maybe that is the top 10 rounds.

  10. After looking at some video, there’s an awful lot to like about Gunner Mayer: Great frame (6’6″, 190 lbs) w/plenty of room to fill out/add more velo, young for the class JUCO (still just 18 YO), and (from the looks of the video attached) already has three solid offerings (all w/good movement) for a kid new to pitching. The FB has a tail, the SL has good bite, some of the CB’s looked a little loose, while others showed a better shape … not bad for someone brand new to the mound.
    He’ll immediately make my updated top 40 (when I get time to put one together).

    https://www.mlb.com/video/19-draft-gunner-mayer

      1. Romus … I’m guessing he gets slightly above slot – maybe 400 thousand dollars. Like I said, that’s just a guess. I have been shocked before on what some kids have gotten and what some others have settled for.

        I posted my full predictions yesterday at what the signing bonus situation may look like for the Phillies day one and two draft picks. I’ll re-post again. If anyone else wants to venture a guess, please do. I enjoy different opinions.

        Round 1 Bryson Stott (4.04 million slot)
        Round 3 Jamari Baylor (647 thothousand slot)
        Round 4 Erik Miller (478 thousand slot)
        Round 5 Gunner Mayer (357 thousand slot)
        Round 6 Andrew Schultz (272 thousand slot)
        Round 7 Brett Schulze (213 thousand slot)
        Round 8 Nate Fassnacht (172 thousand slot)
        Round 9 Rudy Rott (153 thousand slot)
        Round 10 McCarthy Tatum (145 thousand slot)

        Phillie 5% overage allowance = 324 thousand dollars

        IMO Stott, Baylor, Miller, Schultz, Schulze, and Fassnacht will all sign for slot/about slot. Rott and Tatum will sign for 10 thousand dollars each. That will save the club almost 290 thousand dollars. Gunner Mayer may be a slight over pay (maybe 400 thousand).
        That would leave the Phillies ~570 thousand dollars to use on day three picks. That money would be used to pay guys more than the 125 thousand dollar day three slot.

  11. v1, the highest WAR I could come up with is Ken Giles. WAR of 6.9 so far. Drafted in 2011 and did not appear on the 2012 Reader Top 30. He did come in at #24 the following year, so eventually we noticed him.

    On another topic, wow, the 2012 draft was just a train wreck. 7 years later and the combined WAR of all Phillies draft picks that year is -1.4. The highest WAR of any pick is 0.7 by Hoby Milner. Probably the worst Phillies draft of all time.

    1. Yes. I was thinking Giles when I wrote that. Definitely a real scenario for a reliever. But no chance for a position player imo.

  12. I’m also ok with the draft despite the lack of impact prospects particularly in the pitching side. Although I prefer to draft Kochanowicz over Baylor at 3.91 eventhough it will cost the Phillies additional $150K to sign the local PA RHP.

    I agree with Hinkie on Gunner Mayer and my favorite pick eventhough I know that it will be an unsigned draftee – is Micah Yonamine.

    1. KuKo … I like Yonamine, too. I believe they stand a good chance of signing him. He’s got a college commitment to Illinois State. If he was scheduled to play at Vanderbilt or Florida or USC or some other power 5 conference school, I’d be less optimistic, but he’s the type of kid the Phillies buy away from school.
      Doesn’t seem to be a “homesick” issue. He’s scheduled to leave Hawaii for Illinois State. Also, Fangraphs wrote a piece a week ago (I think) about the trend of HS hitters foregoing college for pro ball. I’ll look for it, and post it when/if I find it.
      He seems to be just scratching the surface of what he can eventually become. I’d like to see Yonamine join the organization.

      I also really like the Herbert Iser pick. He’s another catcher with high upside. He’s a tougher sign because he has more of a pedigree, and he would only have to wait one year to be drafted again.

      1. @Hinkie – I’m crossing my fingers and hope you’re right. Illinois State normally do a good job in getting their recruits and Micah is reported as looking up to Kris Bryant as his mentor and role model.

        Maybe Bryce can tell the kid that he is a better mentor than Kris Bryant and maybe both of them can recruit Kris Bryant to sign with the Phillies in the future.

        One knack against Yomamine is that he may not stick at catcher when he develops. But he can be a productive 1B/3B or LF/RF with his bat – 3B or RF will be the better scenario because of his arm.

          1. I am thinking Victorino had something to do with his and many island kids fascination with the Phillies..

  13. Here’s my 2020 PHILLIES WAAAAAY EARLY MOCK DRAFT (don’t hold me to it):

    ROUND 1 … Alerick Soularie (OF Tennessee) reminds me a little of Anrew McCutchen. They’ve got the same body type (5’11”, 175 lbs), and tools (plus bat & speed/above avg power & glove). Soularie spent 2018 killing it in JUCO (.402/.502/.745, 10 HR). He then sparkled at Tennessee vs SEC arms in 2019 (.365/.472/.635, 11 HR). Soularie could get pushed down the first round a bit next year because of the boatload of excellent/very good college arms that will be available.

    ROUND 2 … Burl Carraway (LHP DBU) is another power arm reliever Johnny Almaraz could add to the Phillies farm in addition to the list he pulled in this week. Carraway may not be big (5’11”, 155 lbs), but he packs a punch with his upper 90’s FB and plus CB. Carraway was dominant in his first season as a closer (41.2 IP, 29 H, 22 BB, 72 K, 6 S, .195 OBA). Almaraz is fond of Dallas Baptist players. He’s drafted five of them during his five years with the Phillies.

    1. ROUND 3 … Billy Sullivan (RHP Delaware) came this close (holding thumb and index finger nearly together) to becoming a Phillie two years ago. Johnny A drafted the Delaware prepster in the 28th round after watching him throw for the team at CBP the weekend before the draft. I believe Almaraz was confident Sullivan (who grew up a die hard Phillies fan) was going to sign. However, the 6’2″, 180 lb RHP broke the team’s heart when he chose to honor his commitment to the Blue Hens. Sullivan was a Freshman All-American in 2018 (72.2 IP, 52 H, 42 BB, 95 K). Those 95 K’s were the second most by any freshman pitcher in DI ball.

      1. … the Billy Sullivan story continues. After two rocky starts in his soph season (4.2 IP, 4 H, 10 BB, 10 K), Sullivan was shut down and headed for TJ surgery. This is speculation on my part … but … the elbow injury may have been the result of working with Delaware’s former pitching coach in the offseason trying to gain more velo. Sullivan did gain the extra MPH’s (see tweet below), but did it exert too much stress on his arm?

        … anyway … Sullivan is now three months removed from surgery, and is working hard to be ready to go sometime in 2020. If he makes it back to the mound next season and proves he’s healthy again, I could see Almaraz re-drafting Sullivan.

        1. ROUND 4 … Darren Baker (2B Cal) is the youngest son of Dusty Baker. He is diminutive (5’11”, 157 lbs) and currently lacks power. However, the youngest Baker is a very good defender with excellent speed (18 SB in 18 attempts), and did manage to slap his way to a .300 BA in his soph season (.305/.368/.332). Even if he never adds muscle (but I’m sure he will), Baker profiles as a Dee Gordon type of lead off hitter.

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          Most of you may know Darren Baker from this play 17 years ago:
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          1. ROUND 5 … Josh Moylan (1B/OF Archbishop Spalding HS, MD) is a big boy with a big swing! The 6’5″, 220 lb LHH slugger is committed to East Carolina, but may not make it there if he’s drafted high enough/offered enough money. Moylan is currently showing off exit velos near 100 MPH, and he’s still just 16 YO.

          2. LOL – I was just going to ask if he was the little kid the Giants had to grab and take out of the third base line in the World Series. What on earth was he doing there? How was that even possible?

            1. think he was the bat boy and started running out to get the bat- that could have been one of the worst moments in MLB history- believe that ended the kid bat boy thing forever.

            2. It’s one thing to have a 14 year-old as a bat boy and very different thing to have a 3 year old wandering around while grown men try to throw a ball as hard as they can, hit the ball as hard as they can and knock each other over. It’s still astonishing.

  14. Hinkie —
    Do you think the Phillies will actually have a 2nd round pick in 2020? I don’t.

    1. I’d say 80% chance they keep their second round pick. That number goes down if Jake Arrieta opts out of his deal (doubtful that will happen).

      1. Jake Arrieta is going to eke every dime out of what is now becoming a very player-friendly deal. Good thing they can get out of the deal after the 2020 season. Please God, make it end!

  15. You go way overboard Hinkie, but you are much appreciated. Congrats to you great Nephew. I hope he has a long career. Thank You for all of your work on the draft.

    1. Hinkie, many thanks for your draft analysis work.
      However, don’t you think the MLB draft is way too long and too many rounds especially the third day? The other leagues drafts are 7 rounds and there is baseball with 40 rounds.

      1. It also gives team the chance to make contact with HS kids who they know are going to college. Baseball is unique in that players can be drafted twice so drafting a HS kid in the late rounds is an opportunity to meet with a kid. Think of it like players meeting with teams at the NFL Combine…

        1. Thanks for response but if the draft was cut to 25-30 rounds the same results could be achieved by the MLB teams. Don’t get me wrong I like following the MLB draft but the third day seems too much.

          1. Philabaltfan…IMO, once a separate international draft gets implemented, they may look to trim the Rule 4 again, who knows.
            The first draft in 1965 had 70 rounds…talk about a long week.
            But at that time there were only a little over 800 players selected, since there was only 20 teams in the MLB back then and many teams pass on many rounds later in the draft..

  16. Hinkie!!!! Looks like it’s happening!!! Micash is my Logan O’Hoppe of this draft! Got excited from the time drafted, nervous that it will be a tough sign and enjoying to follow as a Phillie prospect!!

    1. awesome- was hoping they could talk a Hawaiian kid out spending his next 3 winters in Illinois.

  17. .

    The Phils took my No. 13-ranked player, Bryson Stott (1), at No. 14, so that’s right in his range. He’s a no-doubt shortstop with power but some swing-and-miss potential, good value at that spot.

    Jamari Baylor (3) was a reach at pick No. 91, a high school shortstop who will turn 19 in August and whose tools are light beyond his ability to run. He might not stay at shortstop and doesn’t project for power, while scouts had concerns about his history of going to three different high schools. Stanford lefty Erik Miller (4) was a second-round talent, with a three-pitch mix and good delivery, hitting 97 mph on the Cape last summer but not pitching there this spring. He has to throw more strikes, let alone find average command, to remain a starter, but the parts are in place for it.

    Gunner Mayer (5) must be the team betting on a player’s body type. He’s 6-foot-6 but his delivery is very violent, as he falls off hard to his glove side and has a major head-whack at release. Andrew Schultz (6) throws 98-101 mph as well as an above-average slider with a violent throwing motion, including a head-whack and a super-long, stiff delivery. The stuff is real but that’s an ugly way to pitch.

    1. Mayer and Schultz…..hi velo guys who are violent throwers…might as well make early reservations now at Dr Andrews’ or Dr Neal ElAttrache’s clinics.

      1. Yeah lets just throw underhanded. Hi velo get hurt so do other players, those low velo just cant win on a consistent bases, maybe two out of a hundred, have good enough secondary stuff. On a another note I love Eichoff so far I won 800 betting against him, and over under on homeruns if he keeps pitching, I might get my house in florida.

  18. I haven’t seen much acclaim for our 3rd RD pick, Baylor. I hope they are right, but I haven’t seen anything to back the Phils’ evaluation. Miller seems to be value at the pick and the other Pitchers have enough stuff that you can project them being able to be developed.

  19. Hinkie or other relevant individual…. you obviously do awesomely at tabulating a list of prospects prior to the draft. Can you think of any good prospects that weren’t drafted by anyone and thus are “free agents”?

      1. I’ll second him as I was saying how the Phils could’ve used a late rounder on him, especially with some of the head scratcher picks they made. Beyond shocked he did not get drafted by anyone.

    1. I’ve always liked Aston Bardzell. I thought he was an excellent bet to be drafted as a senior sign. He wasn’t. I wrote this about him before the draft:

      * Ashton Bardzell (OF Hartford) is also a senior sign. I talked a lot about Bardzell before last year’s draft. He is best known for tying Mike Trout’s NJ HS record for HR’s in a season. The 6′ 2″, 200 lb RH OF’er is athletic, yet still a bit raw. He can handle all three OF spots because of his above average speed and strong arm. Bardzell reminds me a little of Hunter Pence because of his batting stance and his sometimes awkward swings. During his four year college career, Bardzell has slashed .306/.415/.542 and slugged 26 HR’s. He’s also had success with the wood bat on the Cape last fall (.316/.415/.491).

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      Brandon Eisert is another kid who wasn’t drafted, but he still has another year of eligibility so I’m sure he’ll head back to Oregon State for his senior season.

      1. Here’s Bardzell from his HS days:

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        And here he is with a wood bat on the Cape last summer:

    1. I think only Erik Miller (4th round) is still playing. I know Stanford meets Mississippi State today. There’s a chance for an Erik Miller vs Ethan Small (Brewers first rounder, and a guy I liked a lot) showdown in that one.

  20. Here’s an interesting tidbit I just stumbled upon: Erik Miller’s second start of the season came against UNLV. In that contest, Bryson Stott had 3 PA’s vs Miller.
    First inning … Miller K’s Stott (swinging)
    Fourth inning … Stott homers off Miller
    Fifth inning … Stott is intentionally walked to load the bases (Miller retired the next batter to escape the jam)

  21. Keith Law on the Phillies draft:

    “The Phils took my No. 13-ranked player, Bryson Stott (1), at No. 14, so that’s right in his range. He’s a no-doubt shortstop with power but some swing-and-miss potential, good value at that spot. That was their only pick on Day 1.

    Jamari Baylor (3) was a reach at pick No. 91, a high school shortstop who will turn 19 in August and whose tools are light beyond his ability to run. He might not stay at shortstop and doesn’t project for power, while scouts had concerns about his history of going to three different high schools. Stanford lefty Erik Miller (4) was a second-round talent, with a three-pitch mix and good delivery, hitting 97 mph on the Cape last summer but not pitching there this spring. He has to throw more strikes, let alone find average command, to remain a starter, but the parts are in place for it.

    Gunner Mayer (5) must be the team betting on a player’s body type. He’s 6-foot-6 but his delivery is very violent, as he falls off hard to his glove side and has a major head-whack at release. Andrew Schultz (6) throws 98-101 mph as well as an above-average slider with a violent throwing motion, including a head-whack and a super-long, stiff delivery. The stuff is real but that’s an ugly way to pitch.”

  22. Heard on the radio pregame show that 27 or 28 draft picks are in Clearwater for physicals and ready to sign contracts. I believe it may have been Bart Braun (Special Assistant to the General Manager) who made the statement. He didn’t mention any of the picks by name.

    1. Hinkie…it was Steve Noworyta, Special Asst to Josh Bonifay.
      Mostly all the college guys to get their physicals and then most I assume will sign, my guess Stott will not right now.

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