Saturday, June 8, 2013

Saturday Draft Class

The third day draftees:

11: 3B Erich Weiss (Texas). IF without much power; projects as utility-type player.
12: 3B Beau Wallace (Hinds CC). Runs well, good BA, some power and discipline.
13: 1B Dan Collins (Troy). Transferred from Alabama, hits for power and average and could move fast in a system w/o many strong 1B candidates. He could be more than an organization guy.
14: CF Nick Buckner (North Shore HS, TX). Raw talent, committed to U of Houston. Good power with a lefty bat.
15: C Max Rossiter (Arizona State). Contact hitter, good behind the dish. He's a senior that the Bucs ahve taken two years in a row.
16: RHP Billy Roth (Vista HS CA). Two-way player (P/OF) committed to Arizona. High 80s heater and curve. He's one of today's overslot picks.
17: RHP Justin Topa (LIU - Brooklyn). The 6'4" righty dominated a small league. He was drafted by the Reds last year while recovering from TJ surgery. Fastball timed in the low 90s, and has some promise.
18: CF Jeff Roy (Rhode Island). Good BA, runs well, draws walks, no power, minor conference.
19: RHP Brett McKinney (Ohio State). Reliever for Buckeyes with 57 K in 47-1/3 IP, low 90s fastball.
20: 2B Ryan Lindemuth (William & Mary). Good BA, good OBP, no power.
21: 2B Adam Landecker (Southern Cal). Four year starter and good gloveman, played 2B-SS-3B with .351 BA and .401 OBP, contact hitter, looks like utility type.
22: RHP Henry Hirsch (New Haven). Went 4-3/3.81 mainly as a starter with 60 K in 59 IP.
23: LHP Cameron Griffin (Stetson). Reliever with control problems who can miss bats - but not very many; he had a 6.61 ERA for the Hatters. He has a low nineties heater.
24: RHP Carson Cross (UConn). The 6'5" red shirt sophomore was 9-4/2.44 for the Huskies with 86 K in 110 IP. Cross sits at 90 with a downward plane and gets grounders, traits the FO seeks like a magnet. He has some leverage as a soph, but with the potential to move along in the system.
25: CF Justin Maffei (San Francisco). A senior speedster with a little pop in his bat.
26: CF Grant Tyndall (South Lenoir HS, NC). He hit .362, drove in 12 runs, and was a 17-for-17 in stolen bases. He’s also solid with the glove, and has a scholarship to Mt. Olive, a D-2 school.
27: SS Michael Fransoso (Maine). The senior put up a line of .352/.428/.510 with 20 stolen bases, so he has some skills.
28: RHP Jerry Mulderig (Rider). The 6'4" junior was drafted as a pitcher, but led the team in several offensive categories as a DH.
29: RHP Jake Stinnett (Maryland). The 6'4" junior split his time between the pen and starting for the Terps. He only began pitching in 2011, and the Bucs intend to use him as a reliever.
30: LHP Will Kendall (Auburn). The junior had TJ surgery in 2011. He struggled for the Tigers, almost not making the roster this year, but the Bucs are rolling the dice that he gets back into his sophomore form with more time.
31: RF Tevin Johnson (Gulf Coast CC). He's an freshman OF'er that's already been drafted after HS, with a lot of power and a lot of Ks on his resume.
32: 3B Christian Ibarra (LSU). Good glove, good BA, OBP and some pop. His only knock is that he's vertically challenged at 5'7".
33. RHP Reagan Zabar ( Salado HS TX). He's 6'7", 230, and right up the Bucco projection alley. Zabar throws about 90, but had limited work this season due to shoulder tendinitis.
34. 3B Connor Goedert (Neosho County CC). He's Indy Indian Jared's little bro, and wasn't taken on name alone. He led Neosho in all the power categories and has a scholarship to Wichita State..
35: RHP Cody Beam (Dallas Baptist). His bread-and-butter is a 94 MPH heater.
36: RHP Scot Hoffman ( South Mountain CC). The junior is 6'4", 230 and a reliever that's not overpowering but induces a lot of weak contact.
37: C Andrew Dennis (Wallace State CC). He hit .368, is considered sound defensively and was an All-State HS player with a scholarship to UAB.
38: C Luke Voiron (Delgado College). The sophomore played for 5A Louisiana champs Jesuit HS, and hit .369 with a .950 OPS this year for Delgado. He tossed out nearly 60% of base stealers, and has a ride to NC State.
39: RHP Jacob Smigelski (UC Riverside). He was hurt much of last year, and when healthy put up a 6.03 ERA. None of his stats are special, either, so the Bucs must be going on pre-injury mojo. He's got an upper eighties fastball, slider out pitch and a change.
40: RHP Bryan Baker (Choctawhatchee HS FL). The 6'7' pitcher had 19 strikeouts once as a senior. Baker has hit 94 on the gun and has a scholarship to North Florida.

There's a heavy early round Northeast and Mid Atlantic hue to this group; we're guessing the Pirates think the regions are underscouted and are looking for some undiscovered talent. And Pittsburgh still managed to sprinkle in a few over slot guys. The Bucs made some nice picks with future potential for day three - we especially like Danny Collins, Billy Roth, Justin Topa, Carson Cross, and Bryan Baker, plus there are a couple of darkhorse guys who could prove pan out.

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