Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Draft Goes On...

6th round: Dan Gamache, 3B (Auburn) Hit .299/5/29 for the Dawgs. The junior had hammy problems early in the season and a hand injury during the latter stages. Good D, good speed, not much power.

7th round: Jake Burnette, RHP (Buford HS - GA) 6'4", 175 pounds, fastball is 88-91 MPH and he throws three pitches. He has a scholarship to Georgia Tech.

8th round: Jason Creasy, RHP (Clayton HS - NC) Tall (6'4"), he throws in the upper eighties. Creasy was signed by NC State.

9th round: Clayton Holmes, RHP (Slocomb HS - AL) Good value pick; he was ranked 140th by Baseball America. Holme's a big kid (6'5", 210) whose heater hits 90-93, but he has control issues and funky mechanics. His college commitment is to Auburn.

10th round: Taylor Lewis, CF (Maine) Lefty speedster, hit .287 and stole 20 bases. Line drive, gap-style hitter who is a good fielder with an average arm.

11th round: Jo-El Bennett-Lowe, CF (Houston Academy - AL) He hit .421 with seven homers in 2010 (can't find 2011 stats). Lowe signed with Troy.

12th round: Candon Myles, CF (South Grand Prairie HS - TX) Great base stealer with 30 this season and hit .500; also football QB. He signed with Howard College to play baseball.

13th round: Brandon Platts, RHP (Mason City HS - IA) Another big pitcher, 6'4", 215 lbs, throws three pitches. He's committed to Mizzou.

14th round: Jordan Dunatov, CF (Horizon HS - AZ) He's a 6'5" outfielder/pitcher with a power arm & bat; the Pirates chose him as a position player.  He's an Oregon State recruit.

15th round: Kody Watts, RHP (Skyview HS - WA) 90-92 MPH fastball, plus curve.  He's fairly highly rated, and has a scholarship to Portland.

16th round: Eric Scoglund, LHP (Sarasota HS - FL) Has a high eighties heater and good curve, but broke a finger during the season.  He's a Central Florida signee.

17th round: Aaron Brown, OF (Chatsworth HS - CA) Lefty contact hitter, college may polish his swing.  He's a Pepperdine recruit.

18th round: Josh Poytress, LHP (Fresno State) The southpaw was 7-3 with a 2.85 ERA in his junior year; may stay in college for a better draft slot in 2012.

19th round: Mike Nunez, RHP (Salmen HS - LA) 6'4" and lanky, he throws 87-88 and is considered projectable because of his frame.  He's committed to Southern Miss.

20th round: Trea Turner, SS (Park Vista HS - FL) Hey, a middle infielder, whatta ya know?  He hit .456 and is a NC State recruit.

21st round: Alex Fuselier, OF (Louisiana Lafayette) The LH junior hit .308 with 14 stolen bases as the Cajuns' leadoff hitter.

22nd round: Michael Jefferson, LHP (Louisiana Tech): The senior was the ace of the staff, with a 6-4 record and 3.56 ERA, holding opponents to .223 batting average.   He has a 90 MPH fastball and slow curve.

23rd round: Jordan Cooper, RHP (Kentucky) The Bucs must like him; they originally drafted him in 2009.  A sophomore, he's likely to pass again. 

24th round: Brian Sharp, SS (California Baptist) He was the conference Player of the Year twice.  The junior hit .352 and stole 31 bases this season. 

25th round: Josh Martin, RHP (Samford) A 6'5" junior swingman, he went 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA.  

26th round: Nick Flair, SS (Belle Chasse HS - LA)  He hit .619/11/56 and was the Metro Player of the Year.  Flair signed with LSU - Eunice.

27th round: Ryan Hornback, C (San Jacinto JC) Offensive-minded catcher, was drafted last year and passed.  He's an Ol' Miss recruit.

28th round: Brandon Zajac, LHP (Walker Valley HS - TN)  Throws a 93 MPH heater with a curve and change.  He has a commitment to Tennessee.

29th round: Kirk Singer, SS (Long Beach State)  The line on the junior: strong arm, plus defender, questionable stick.

30th round: Matt Benedict, RHP (Western Carolina) The senior was 2-4 with a 4.01 ERA

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