Orioles Draft Review (All Four Parts)
The O’s picked 41 players in this year’s first-year player draft, 14 high schoolers and 27 college players, a lot of whom will don the Keys jersey in the next several seasons. A look at Baltimore’s 2013 MLB Draft picks:
Hunter Harvey, RHP (Rd. 1, 22nd Overall)- The first pick chosen by the Orioles was ranked 33rd according to Baseball America’s Top 500 draft prospects. The son of former major league closer, Bryan Harvey, this six-foot-three pitcher from Catawba, NC, has a quick fastball (90-94 mph) but a breaking ball that needs improving.[tweet https://twitter.com/Orioles/status/349962107841806336]
Josh Hart, OF (Rd. 1, 36th Overall)- Ranked 57th according to Baseball America’s Top 500, Hart is known for his ability to find the gaps in the field. Not much of a power hitter, many scouts do not agree with his lack of lower body in his swing but nonetheless, he could be an excellent leadoff hitter. The Georgia Tech signee’s speed not only helps on the bases but also defensively in the outfield as well.[tweet https://twitter.com/masnSteve/status/357624687192309761]
Chance Sisco, C (Rd. 2, 61st Overall)- This former shortstop is new to catching but seems like it could be the right fit for him. Sisco has shown a sub-2.0-second pop time though his accuracy was not the best. He was ranked 151st according to Baseball America’s Top 500. His sheer athleticism is shown in his soft hands behind the plate and ability to play in the field as well. This left-handed hitter has power but has a slight tendency to drift at the plate.[tweet https://twitter.com/jimcallisBA/status/347774769900445696]
For more on the O’s second-round selection, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun spoke with Sisco about his signing.
Stephen Tapley, LHP (Rd. 3, 98th Overall)- Ranked 123rd in Baseball America’s Top 500, Tarpley was drafted in the eighth round by the Cleveland Indians last year but decided to attend Southern Carolina instead. This lefty has a fastball that tops at 92 mph (usually 88-90 mph) and also throws a curveball, slider and changeup.
Jonah Heim, C (Rd. 4, 129th Overall)- Ranked 170th in Baseball America’s Top 500, this six-foot-five catcher Amherst Central High School in New York is a switch hitting power hitter. He has to work on the quickness of his feet and his approach from the right side of the plate. He is currently committed to Michigan State.
Travis Seabrooke, LHP (Rd. 5, 159th Overall)- This six-foot-five lefty is one of the youngest players in the draft this year; he will be eighteen in September. His fastball is in the high eighties but needs to work on his secondary pitches. He is committed to Boston College.
Alex Murphy, C (Rd. 6, 189th Overall)- Murphy graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland this year and is committed to Wake Forest. He was born in Monrovia, MD and has grown up a Baltimore Orioles fan. Murphy was drafted as a catcher, but it does not seem like he will stay there for long. He is an experienced third baseman and his speed allows to play anywhere in the outfield as well.
Drew Dosch, 3B (Rd. 7, 219th Overall)- Ranked 131st in Baseball America’s Top 500, Dosch played for Youngstown State but shined in the Cape Cod League batting .326 with 21 extra-base hits in 44 games. He does not seem fit to be able to play third base in majors because he is unable throw from multiple angles. If he moves to LF or 1B, he will need to produce more power from those positions.
Trey Mancini, 1B (Rd. 8, 249th Overall)- He simply has raw power in the batter’s box. Mancini, a left-handed first baseman but right-handed batter, has improved his strike zone discipline at Notre Dame but still has below-average speed. The Orioles are really investing in his bat but and his size, standing set six-foot-five inches and weighing in at 205 pounds. He was ranked 230th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
Mitch Horacek, LHP (Rd. 9, 279th Overall)- Unranked in Baseball America’s Top 500, this Dartmouth starter went 6-2, 2.20 with 42 strikeouts and only ten walks in 45 innings. He has a fastball in the low 90’s topping out at 92 with pretty good secondary pitches and has a lot of durability on the mound.
Austin Wynns, C (Rd. 10, 309th Overall)- He has been known as a blocking machine behind the plate and keeps the runners in check with his arm. He is a below average hitter but solidly built at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds.
Steven Brault, LHP (Rd. 11, 339th Overall)- Ranked 419th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Brault went 8-3, 2.63 with 103 strikeouts and 18 walks in just 79 innings while playing at Division II, Regis in Colorado. His fastball sits around 88-90 MPH topping around 92. He also has a nice slider but needs to work on his change-up. Little known fact, Brault is also a vocal performance major so he can not only start a professional baseball game but he can sing the National Anthem before it.
Jake Bray, RHP (Rd. 12, 369th Overall)- At Feather River JC, Bray was the first baseman and closer for the team but the scouts see him more as a pitcher. His fastball sits around 92-94 MPH, topping out around 96 MPH. He also has a good change-up and a decent slider. He has always been a bullpen boy but the Orioles system will most likely get him a starting position and see how he does. Bray was ranked 288th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP (Rd. 13, 399th Overall)- A junior from St. Joseph’s University, this 6-foot-3 relief pitcher originally from New Jersey broke the school record for saves with ten in one season. He posted a 1-2 record with a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 innings and 26 appearances.
Mike Yastrzemski, OF (Rd. 14, 429th Overall)- Ranked 251st in Baseball America’s Top 500, the grandson of Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski, Mike batted .402 in his senior year at Vanderbilt. Yastrzemski is one of the SEC’s top base runners and a very skilled an outfielder.
Tyler Walsh, SS (Rd. 15, 459th Overall)- The shortstop from Mater Dei HS in Evansville, Indiana is the first middle infielder the Orioles selected. He has committed to Belmont University in Nashville in November. The 6-foot-5 infielder had played all positions on the diamond and is very versatile.
Randolph Gassaway, 1B (Rd.16, 489th Overall)- The 6-foot-four first baseman just graduated from Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He was chosen for the Rawlings All Americans and All Regions 2013 Southeast All Region 1st Team. He is a born power hitter and compliments it with his 6.65 time in the sixty.
Caleb Kellogg, RHP (Rd. 17, 519th Overall)- This Kentucky native standing at six-feet tall, both pitched and played in the outfield in high school. He then attended University of Louisiana in Lafayette and served as the team’s closers for two years. Opposing batters hit only .202 against him his sophomore year. He pitched 35.2 innings, struck out 41 batters and posted a 2.52 ERA.
Reed Reilly, RHP (Rd. 18, 549th Overall)- Ranked 191st in Baseball America’s Top 500, scouts have reported Reilly throwing as high as 95 MPH however he usually throws around 89-93 MPH. His secondary stuff is not that great according to scouts but his size and durability should allow him to learn and improve.
Dylan Rheault, RHP (Rd. 19, 579th Overall)- The Central Michigan sophomore broke out after his redshirt freshman year finishing with a 2-2 record with 44 strikeouts. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound right-hander appeared in 15 games in 2013, starting in four, and was 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 40 innings of work.
Nicky Cunningham, RHP (Rd. 20, 609th Overall)- This 6-foot-2 righty from Arizona has a fastball that is consistent in the high 80s. He compliments it with a very nice slider has well and a decent change-up. His freshman year he posted a 4.29 ERA in 35 appearances but only made 29 appearances in the following three seasons. He had a 5.72 ERA in 28 innings his senior year.
Levi Scott, 1B (Rd. 21, 639th Overall)- This past season at Howard College, Scott posted a .359 average, hit four homers, drove in 27 runs and scored 27 runs as well. The 6-foot-3 first baseman also did some pitching in high school and college, but his stuff is not good enough for the majors so the Orioles are looking to mold him into an infielder.
Jon Keller, RHP (Rd. 22, 669th Overall)- Keller helped the Tampa Spartans reach the D-II College World Series his junior season. That year he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA. He did not give up a home run in 54 innings. His 6-foot-5 stature allows him to create heat off of the mound pitching consistently between 90-94 MPH. His secondary stuff needs work. He was ranked 295th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
Stefan Crichton, RHP (Rd. 23, 699th Overall)- In 2012, Crichton pitched 95 innings for Texas Christian and finished 9-2, struck out 53 and only gave up 36 earned runs. In his three years at TCU, he finished 19-8 with a 3.73 ERA. His fastball sits in the high eighties topping out at 89 MPH.
Jared Breen, SS (Rd. 24, 729th Overall)- He started in 63 of 64 games at Belmont his sophomore year. Breen hit .280 with 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs. In 63 games he had 15 multi-hit games and nine multi RB games. He the perfect leadoff guy and always finding a way to get on base.
Danny Ayers, LHP (Rd. 25, 759th Overall)- Ranked 177th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Ayers has a fast ball that consistently hits 94 MPH and it is paired with an excellent curveball that is in the upper 70s. His fastball has slowed down a little since the scouts first saw him play because he is working on his control and feel for the mound. He is committed to Western Michigan.
Layne Bruner, LHP (Rd. 26, 789th Overall)- His fast sits in the mid-80s but scouts are hoping his 6-foot-2, 170 pound build allows some run for growing and strength as he gets older and improves. This Washington State commit like his composure on the mound and his above average curveball.
Donnie Hart, LHP (Rd. 27, 819th Overall)- In 2012, he appeared in 14 games, all out of the bullpen. He had scoreless outings in his first five appearances and eight of his first nine. He finished the year allowing batters to hit only .138 against him. His fastball sits around 86 MPH and throws a very good slider.
Robert Tyler, RHP (Rd. 28, 849th Overall)- He consistently throws between 90-93 MPH topping out at 95 MPH from time to time. His curveball is not the best but he is still a raw player and needs a lot of improvement. Standing at 6-foot-5, he weighs in just under 200 pounds so there is room for improvement. The Georgia commit has been one called one of the best pitchers in Georgia this past season leading his high school to their deepest playoff run in fifty years.
Conor Bierfeldt, OF (Rd. 29, 879th Overall)- Senior Co Captain Conor Biereldt was named 3rd Team All American while playing at Western Connecticut State University. He batted .396 that season with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Fredrico Castagnini, SS (Rd. 30, 909th Overall)- Castagnini started all 59 games in 2012 for Barton Community College and led the team in home runs (6), doubles (16) and RBI (67) as a sophomore. He finished the season with a .361 average stealing twelve bases in twelve attempts. In Creighton, he finished his junior year with a .320 with 54 hits and 27 RBIs. He played third in Creighton and is versatile enough to play pretty much any position in the infielder.
Dustin Hagy, RHP (Rd. 31, 939th Overall)- The 6-foot-6 right-hander fresh out of high school (Trinity Christian Academy, FL) impressed scouts with the speed of his fastball, topping out around 94 MPH. He also shows a pretty solid 11-5 curveball that can be thrown anywhere between 70-78 MPH. He needs to improve his change-up more as a reliable alternative however.
Max Homick, LHP (Rd. 32, 969th Overall)- The southpaw from University of San Diego appeared in 11 games, making five starts his freshman year (2012). He pitched 27.1 innings, posting a 1-0 record with a 7.24 ERA and 19 strikeouts. According to Baseball America, he has improved a lot in this past fall assign deception and downward angle on his fastball.
Jeff Kemp, SS (Rd. 33, 999th Overall)- Originally from Bowie, Maryland and former student at Archbishop Spalding High School, Kemp played at Radford University and also got drafted last year in the 31st round by the Los Angeles Angels. He was an All-Big South first-team selection for the past two seasons and the 2013 Co-Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Kemp batted .284 on the season and led the conference with ten home runs and a .588 slugging percentage despite missing 12 games with a rib injury.
Parker Bugg, RHP (Rd. 34, 1029th Overall)- This 6-foot-6 righty graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School this year and has a solid fastball around 90 MPH topping out at 92. He has a strange delivery that may need fixing if he intends to start in the majors but scouts say it can be adjusted.
D.J. McKnight, OF (Rd. 35, 1059th Overall)- A high school senior from Madison County, Florida, this lefty batter hit .358 in 29 games this spring. He knocked in 34 RBIs while also posting an on-base percentage of .486. McKnight also played quarterback in high school.
Eric Green, LHP (Rd. 36, 1089th Overall)- Green, a senior at Embry-Riddle, went 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched in 2012. He recorded two saves in 21 appearances. He spent his sophomore year at St. Petersburg where he posted his best season in college. He threw 48.0 innings, allowing 25 earned runs while striking out 50 batter. He finished 6-0 with a 4.68 ERA that year.
Justin Viele, SS (Rd. 37, 1119th Overall)- This four-year Santa Clara starting shortstop started all 53 games his senior year and finished his career with 158 consecutive starts dating back to his freshman year. Viele batted .248 (52-210) but led the team in walks (28) and hit-by-pitch (11) to put his OBP at .364.
Conor Harber, OF (Rd. 38, 1149th Overall)- This Western Nevada College freshman outfielder put together a huge year his first season in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. He batted .411 with 56 hits including 14 doubles, a school-record 11 triples and four homers. He also compiled 42 RBIs that season as well.
Augey Bill, LHP (Rd. 39, 1179th Overall)- Standing at 6-foot-9, this lefty hurler from Arizona was awarded 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. In 2012, this bullpen gem pitched 6.2 innings and did not allow a run while registering seven strikeouts and issuing just one walk.
Garrett Cortright, RHP (Rd. 40, 1209th Overall)- His junior year at Canisius, Cortright posted an 11-4 record in 16 starts. He ended the year with 2.41 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 115.2 innings pitched (a conference record). He finished with five complete games.