- Notes from Day 1 of Draft
- Host family applications open
- Dinner on the Diamond
Notes from Day 1 of Draft
Good morning Osprey fans, yesterday was a big day here at Osprey headquarters with the first day of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player draft. The Diamondbacks slithered into the fountain of youth with four draftees that have never enrolled in a college class.
Striaght from Phoenix-The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) selected right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint (@_YoSoy_Touki) out of Coral Springs (Fla.) Christian Academy with their first selection (16th overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Toussaint, 17, went 8-2 with a 1.22 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched while striking out 104 batters for the Crusaders. The Vanderbilt commit led Coral Springs to the Florida State Final Four en route to being named the Miami Herald 2014 5A-2A Pitcher of the Year. In Toussaint’s junior campaign, he garnered invitations to the Perfect Game (PETCO Park) and Under Amour (Wrigley Field) All-American games, and as a sophomore, struck out 18 batters over 6.0 innings pitched in the PG World Wood Bat Championships. Toussaint earned a gold medal with the USA Baseball 16U National Team in 2011.
“We’re really excited to add this type of arm, athlete and talent to our system,” said Ray Montgomery, the Arizona Diamondbacks Director of Scouting. “Touki has an electric fastball, a plus curveball and a combination of two or three pitches that are starter quality. He’s very advanced, very worldly and the type of person that Touki is off the field, still outweighs the talent he has on the field.”
The 6-for-2, 198-pound right-handed pitcher was rated by Baseball America as the nation’s third-best high school pitcher and MLB.com as the No. 8 Prospect, overall, in today’s draft. Toussaint is the 20th first-round selection for the D-backs and 11th taken from the high school ranks. The D-backs had two first-round selections in 2003, 2009 and 2011.
Toussaint spent a handful of his childhood years in Haiti after his birth in Pembroke Pines. His family later returned to Florida in 2004 and attended Coral Springs Christian Academy starting his sophomore year. Baseball is a recent love for Toussaint,with most of his success coming over the past couple of years. Baseball America stated that, “Toussaint might have the least baseball experience of any top draft prospect, yet arguable the highest ceiling of any high school pitcher.”
Ray Montgomery said, “I think the person may outweigh the talent. He’s a very good athlete that can handle the bat. He plays shortstop when he doesn’t pitch. I do like the overall athleticism and I like that he played other sports. I really like that he wasn’t involved in one sport his whole life. He’s a really worldly kid.”
Toussaint initially committed to the University of Miami but later rescinded his commitment to the Hurricanes and currently holds a verbal pledge to Vanderbilt University.
Reed about Cody
The D-backs selected left-handed pitcher Cody Reed with the 54th pick in the second round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Reed, a native of Ardmore, Alabama, went 10-2 with a 0.46 ERA this spring. The 6′ 3″, 250-pounder was recently named the Gatorade Alabama Baseball Player of the Year. In leading the Ardmore High School Tigers to the ASHAA Class 4A state championship round, Reed racked up the second-highest strikeout total in state history by totaling 226 strikeouts. Equally impressive, he only walked 17 batters in 92 innings. His 0.46 ERA was also put him in the record books for the single-season seventh lowest for pitchers with at least 50 innings. Reed also boats a 20-strikeout career game.
Reed also put on a show at the plate with a .494 average, 6 homeruns, 33 RBI, and an .800 slugging percentage. The lefty features a fastball that has reportedly reached as high as 95 mph to showcase his four-pitch mix.
Baseball America ranked the 17-year old Reed the 44th prospect in the nation, and MLB.com placed him at 61st.
Similar to Toussaint, Reed is also a Vanderbilt University commit. That brings our Vandy commit total to 2 from Day 1.
Position Players show up in Comp. Balance Round B
The D-backs selected with the 69th pick of the draft in Competitive Balance Round B outfielder Marcus Wilson from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California. Arizona also picked at 70th and took another high school prospect in shortstop Isan Diaz from Springfield Central High School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Wilson, who checks in at 6′ 3″, 175 pounds, has a very projectable frame with his young age. He hit .359 with 5 homeruns and 17 RBI as a senior. The outfielder made one error his entire senior campaign and was perfect in stolen base attempts. The 17-year old also pitched to a 1.34 ERA on the mound but figures to develop in the outfield in Arizona’s system. Wilson jumped out to scouts at the Major League Scouting Bureau Southern California Invitational Showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton.
Isan Diaz, 5’10”, 180 pounds, is a high school shortstop that projects at second base in the Arizona farm system. The senior led Springfield Central to the Valley Wheel League championship as a junior.
As a senior, he posted a .509 average, .651 on-base percentage, .930 slugging percentage, 4 homeruns, and 8 doubles. The lefty bat was tabbed as Baseball America’s 55th best prospect in the nation.
Diaz was born in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States at a young age. Similar to first round pick Touki Toussaint, Diaz moved into the country around the start of elementary school and transferred high schools before his sophomore year.
Out of the four draft picks Thursday, three are Vanderbilt University commits as Isan Diaz joins Touki Toussaint and Cody Reed. Marcus Wilson is committed to Arizona State University.
So the D-Backs choose four high schoolers, and Tom Corbin of Vanderbilt isn’t the happiest of campers to see three potential anchors in Nashville slither their way to the Desert.
Host Family Applications Open
The Missoula Osprey are in the process of accepting applications from interested people who wish to be host families for the upcoming 2014 season.
The host family program is a way for players to have a home away from home, as they play in Missoula over the summer. Players pay a minimum of $200 to the host family for rent, and are responsible for their own transportation and food. The players will arrive on June 13, with opening day scheduled for June 19, and stay until early September.
People who are interested in serving as a host family may call the Osprey at (406) 543-3300 and request an application, or stop by the MSO Hub Box Office at 140 N. Higgins to pick up an application.
For more information, please contact Grant Warner at (406) 541-9314.
Dinner on the Diamond
The Missoula Osprey in conjunction with the Hospice Care Foundation, Missoula Aging Services and Aspen Hospice of Montana announced their partnership on the second annual Dinner on the Diamond that will take place Thursday, July 24 at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.
The unique evening will allow event-goers to have dinner on the Blackfoot Party Deck at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. A buffet-style traditional ballpark menu with sides, soda, water and dessert is on tap. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Tickets for the event are $25 per person. Tickets for a family of four to five may be purchased for $100. Call the Hospice Care Foundation for other ticket options.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for a social time, with dinner and games scheduled from 6-8 and music by DJ Aaron Traylor as well as dancing and other activities from 8 – 10 p.m.
The event will also feature a reverse raffle, silent auction and 50-50 raffle.
Tickets for the event are on sale at the MSO Hub Box Office and from the Hospice Care Foundation, Aspen Hospice of Montana and Missoula Aging Services.
Happy Day 3 of the Draft, check back this weekend for more info on who Arizona chooses today!
- O’s on the Road to the Show
- O’s in The Show- Chase Anderson
- Draft Eve
Good morning Osprey fans!
Today #BirdDroppings brings you swoop of good news on the success of former O’s.
O’s on the Road to the Show
-The Diamondbacks have named Bradin Hagens (09) their Pitcher-of-the-Month for May. Per the Arizona release:
Hagens, 25, went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA (8 ER in 29.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in 5 starts in May for the BayBears. He enters June with a 4-game win streak (from May 5-present) after beginning the season without allowing an earned run in 4 games as a reliever (9.1 IP). Hagens limited the opposition to a .186 batting average (19-for-102) in May, and did not allow more than 3 earned runs in any of his 5 starts. The 2013 Southern League midseason All-Star and Mobile Player of the Month for April was drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft from Merced Community College.
You can give him a follow on Twitter, too- @Bradin_Hagens16.
-Andrew Velazquez (12), a 7th round pick in the 2012 D-Back’s draft, has been streaky. But in a good way.
On May 31, Andrew Velazquez snapped a 22-game hit streak (May 5—May 30). Over that stretch, he batted .366 with a .431 on-base percentage, 34 hits and 13 extra-base hits. Velazquez entered June with an active 36-game on-base streak, dating back to April 22. He carried a .304 batting average and .387 on-base percentage over that span. He had recorded 11 triples on the season—three more than any hitter at any level of professional baseball. Velazquez ranked among Midwest League leaders in triples (1st, 11), total bases (1st, 107), runs (2nd, 42), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 24) and hits (4th, 64).
-Alex Glenn (12) owns the third-highest homerun rate in the California League with a dinger once every 15.58 at-bats.
I’ve linked his Twitter account.
-Jake Lamb (12) and teammate David Peralta had tied for the Southern League lead with 17 doubles for the Mobile BayBears.
Here’s Lamb’s tweet machine.
-21 year-old Silvino Bracho (13), Enrique Burgos, and Matt Stites and combined for 23 saves in May—each finishing in the top-8 among Minor League relievers.
It was not until May 30 that Bracho suffered his first career blown save that broke up a string of 26-straight saves to begin his minor league career.
O’s in The Show
Chase Anderson (09) pitched Arizona past Colorado last night in Denver and tallied another W to his name. In the process he became one of five MLB pitchers since 1998 to win at least his first four starts. Minus a 5th inning DJ LeMahieu homerun, the righty dazzled to move to 4-0 on the year.
6 IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 3K 1HR 3.32ERA
We’re just a little more than 30 hours away from another annual rite of passage in professional baseball with this year’s draft quickly approaching.
Zach Buchanan of AZcentral.com wrote a preview with thoughts from the Arizona front office on the draft and current farm system.
Read it here.
For those that want to preview what Arizona’s picks on the first day might look like compared to current and former Major Leaguers, here’s a nifty tool from baseball-reference.com
Thanks for cleaning up these #BirdDroppings with me, and be sure to visit http://www.missoulaosprey.com and check back here for draft coverage beginning tomorrow!
- New Broadcaster Intro
- Osprey Alumni in MLB update
- Arizona Draft Dates and Times
Good afternoon Osprey fans!
I hope you’re as ready for Opening Day as I am with only 17 more days separating you from your 2014 Missoula Osprey.
My name is Nolan Alexander and I will serve as your “Voice of the Missoula Osprey” this season. I hope this blog will serve as a supplement to stories and information you hear on 102.9 FM ESPN Montana and on http://www.missoulaosprey.com over the course of the season.
I want to know you, the fans, on a personal level this season, so please drop me an email at Ospreybroadcast@gmail.com if you’re listening in, have a question, or just want to say hello. In my opinion, what makes a broadcast is having a conversation, and I want to have an open dialogue on and off air.
A little about myself in addition to this spring’s release–
I just wrapped up 4 years as the “Voice of Georgia Tech baseball” on WREK Atlanta capped off by calling the ACC Championship game victory for the Jackets. You might remember 2013 Osprey slugger Daniel Palka, who I had the pleasure of calling his entire Tech career.
After the season I will drive back to Atlanta to finish my last semester at Georgia Tech with a degree in Business Administration.
This is my first time in Montana and I am at a loss of words for how beautiful the West is, especially this state and city. I’ve only been here a few days after traveling 2600 miles, but I can already tell that Missoula is a special place.
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and have called the South my home for all my life, but I love traveling and look forward to sharing pictures and stories from our travels around the Pioneer League.
I want to get to know this beautiful city well when time allows during the hectic season, so I’ll take any and all advice on your favorite trails, parks, restaurants, and activities.
I look forward to this season and providing an enjoyable experience for you the listener over the air and on this blog. Hopefully the Osprey will cap it off with a Pioneer League Championship in September!
If you’d like to know more about me and the Osprey this summer, there are plenty of options.
1- Follow this blog.
3- Follow me on Twitter
4- Send an email to Ospreybroadcast@gmail.com
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little more about me and I can’t wait for Opening Day to arrive!
UPDATE ON OSPREY ALUMNI WITH MLB EXPERIENCE
With the promotion of Chase Anderson (09) to Arizona early last month, the running total of Osprey to reach The Show stands at 46.
I’ve attached a full list in chronological, alphabetical, and seasonal order. This list will be updated as the season progresses and former O’s continue to receive the good news.
2014 MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
The draft is right around the corner and www.missoulaosprey.com will have you covered when news breaks of new members of the Arizona Diamondbacks Organization.
The Diamondbacks hold the following picks:
1st round- 16th
Comp. Balance round B- 69th, 70th
3rd round- 89th
4-40th rounds- 16th each
The Draft will be broadcast live on June 5th on MLB Network and MLB.com and will be available live on MLB.com June 6th and 7th.
The times are as follows from MLB.com/draft and are listed in MT.
4 P.M.- Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com
5 P.M.- Live draft for rounds 1- Comp.B on MLB Network and MLB.com
11 A.M.- rounds 3-10 on MLB.com
11 A.M.- rounds 11-40 on MLB.com
Lastly for your night reading, take a look at the MLB.com D-Backs writer Steve Gilbert’s insight into Arizona’s approach to the 2014 draft.
Here’s your Rounds 21-30 look at the Arizona Diamondbacks’ picks in the 2011 MLB Draft:
Round 21 – Jon Griffin, 1B, Central Florida/Bradenton, FL
Drafted for the third time, previously went in the 41st round in 2007 by Minnesota and the 45th round by Boston in 2008 … Hit .343 with 19 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs and 58 RBIs, and posted a 1.055 OPS … Hit 37 home runs for Manatee CC (now known as State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota) … Was a 2009 Suncoast All-Conference First-Team pick, hitting .340 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs … Earned all-area honors while at Lakewood Ranch HS.
Round 22 – Garrett Weber, SS, Fresno State/Clovis, CA
Hit .274 with five home runs and 33 RBIs for the Bulldogs this past spring, while earning First-Team All-WAC honors … hit a career-high .387 with 38 RBIs in 2010 … Named First-Team All-American in both seasons while at Fresno City College … Drafted in the 35th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2007 MLB Draft.
Round 23 – Ryan Court, 3B, Illinois State/Sleepy Hollow, IL
A .309 career hitter, batted .323 with six home runs and 35 RBIs for the Redbirds, and finished his collegiate career with 21 home runs, 126 RBIs and 10 stolen bases … Led the team in homers in his junior season (10) … Earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors the past two seasons (1st team in 2011, 2nd team in 2010), and was an Honorable Mention pick in 2009 … Is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Candidate … Hit .406 while starting all 34 games played at Dundee-Crown HS during his senior season, helping his squad win the Fox Valley Conference title and earning First-Team All-Conference honors … His father played football at Illinois State.
Round 24 – Matt Ogden, RHP, Smoky Hill HS, CO
Struck out 81 batters in 58 innings for Smoky Hill in 2011, while posting a 6-2 record with a 4.34 ERA, four complete games and a shutout … Also batted .510 with six home runs and 18 RBIs … Has signed a letter of intent to play at Michigan.
Round 25 – Brett Williams, OF, NC State/New Bern, NC
Hit .286 with 12 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 45 RBIs for the Wolfpack this past spring … Also stole nine bases and committed just three errors in 156 chances (.981 fielding pct.) … Helped Pitt Community College to the 2010 NJCAA World Series, earning first-team All-Region X honors in the process … Posted a .348 batting average with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 45 RBIs, plus added 10 steals … As a freshman, was even more of a force, hitting .429 with 14 doubles, 14 home runs, 43 RBIs and 12 steals.
Round 26 – Austin Platt, RHP, Bradenton, FL
Participated in the IMG Baseball Academy, which has produced Major League players Bobby Bonilla and Manny Ramirez, who in turn have sent their sons to the academy … Played at Braden River High School, posting a 4-0 mark with one save in his senior season, before participating in the IMG Wood Bat League, where he won six games and struck out 47 batters.
Round 27 – Wyatt Strahan, RHP, Villa Park HS, CA
Posted a 6-4 record with a 1.48 ERA for Villa Park, striking out 55 in 66 innings pitched … Allowed opponents to hit at a .207 clip … Struck out 10 in his final start of the season … Also batted .295 with nine doubles, four triples, three home runs and 12 RBIs … Has verbally committed to play at USC.
Round 28 – Matt Sample, RHP, Rogers State/Bentonville, AR
Struck out 31 batters in 23 2/3 innings pitched for the Hillcats … Was 2-0 with four saves and a 4.56 ERA … Started two games, including a win over Oklahoma City in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament … Redshirted in 2010 following Tommy John surgery … Pitched at Crowder College, where he was an All-Region pitcher as a sophomore, and was drafted in the 49th round by Texas following his freshman season.
Round 29 – Carter Bell, 3B, Oregon State/Courtenay, BC
Batted .299 with 11 doubles, a triple, a home run and 22 RBIs in 50 games for the Beavers this past spring … Previously selected in the 22nd round by San Francisco in the 2008 MLB Draft … Played for Team Canada at the 5th World Baseball Championships in Japan last summer, hitting .300 for the tournament with a triple, home run and five RBIs in six games … Two-sport star in high school.
Round 30 – Dexter Price, RHP, South Carolina-Beaufort/Colorado Springs, CO
Transferred to USC-Beaufort from Auburn, and posted a 6-3 mark in 12 games, with a 2.39 ERA … Struck out 51 batters in 79 innings pitched … Was 3-0 in five starts with a 4.39 ERA during his sophomore season at Auburn … played at Air Academy HS, earning two straight First-Team Class 5A All-State honors, and an All-Colorado nods during his senior season, in which he went 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA, striking out 76 batters in 60 1/3 innings pitched, while being named team MVP … Also hit .375 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs in his senior season … Threw a perfect game in 2007 … Previously drafted in the 43rd round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 MLB Draft.
Day 3 commences at 10 a.m. MT on Wednesday …
Catching up … here is the lowdown on the Arizona Diamondbacks picks in Rounds 16-20 of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft:
Round 16 – Michael Blake, LHP, Hawai’i/Vancouver, WA
A bit reminiscent of former Osprey pitcher Mike Belfiore in how he was utilized at Hawai’i, mainly as a first baseman and DH by the Warriors, plus made 10 appearances as a pitcher … Hit .241 with 23 RBIs in the field, and posted a 3.38 ERA in eight innings of work … Played at Mount Hood College for two seasons, used mainly at first base, where he hit .387 as a sophomore … A two-time All-League and All-State pick while at Heritage HS in Vancouver … Set single-season school standard with a .583 batting average.
Round 17 – Adam Choplick, LHP, Denton Billy Ryan HS, Denton, TX
Just recently recovered from Tommy John surgery, which put him out of action for his junior season … Pitched a perfect game in his third start … Was 9-1 with a 0.82 ERA as a sophomore … Signed letter of intent to play at Oklahoma.
And your video package …
Round 18 – Taylor Siemens, LHP, California Baptist/La Mirada, CA
Named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, helping Cal Baptist win the conference regular-season title … Was a two-time 1st team All-GSAC and Honorable Mention NAIA All-American … Went 9-2 with a 2.93 ERA this past spring, striking out 91 batters in 101 1/3 innings pitched … Posted an 11-2 mark in his sophomore season … Played three seasons of varsity baseball and basketball at La Mirada.
Round 19 – Danny Pulfer, 2B, Oregon/Cypress, CA
Hit .351 in 59 games, with two home runs and 20 RBIs for the Ducks in 2011, and is a career .302 hitter, with 31 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 73 RBIs … Stole 9 bases in 2011, and 19 for his career … committed just six errors this past spring … Was a 2010 Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection … Played in two straight Northwoods League championship games while playing for the Rochester Honkers … Earned All-Empire, All-county and all-CIF recognition as a senior at Cypress HS, hitting .485 with three home runs and 24 stolen bases … Was a team captain all four seasons (at two different schools).
Round 20 – Tommy Williams, SS, Palm Beach Gardens HS/N. Palm Beach, FL
Named an Honorable Mention Rawlings High School Preseason All-American, and 1st Team All-Florida Preseason squad … Signed letter of intent to play at Central Florida.
We’ll lump the final 10 rounds into one entry … coming shortly …
Here are the 6th through 10th-round selections for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft:
Round 6 – Matthew Price, RHP, South Carolina/Sumter, SC
Was 5-3 with 17 saves with a 2.25 ERA in 30 appearances for the Gamecocks this past spring … struck out 63 batters in 48 innings of work … Held opponents to a .202 batting average in 2011 … Was named a Freshman All-American, and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2010, and was also named to the SEC All-Freshman team … Missed most of 2009 with a broken arm suffered while fielding a ball … Was 7-4 with a 0.40 ERA as a senior at Sumter HS, and earned All-State honors, plus was named to the South Carolina Select team, playing in the South Carolina/North Carolina Select game in 2008 … won two state titles in 2006, one with Sumter HS and the other with the Sumter American Legion squad.
Round 7 – Ben Roberts, OF, Missoula Sentinel HS, MT
A former three-sport star in high school, played football and Legion baseball this past season … Currently hitting .338 with three home runs, 24 RBIs and six stolen bases in limited action so far this season for the Missoula Mavericks American Legion squad … Hit .415 with 16 home runs and 76 RBIs to help the Missoula Mavericks to a 2010 Montana/Alberta State Legion title and a 3rd place finish in the Northwest District Tournament … Is the first participant of the annual D-backs Tryout Camp in Missoula to be selected in the MLB Draft … Set a new state record for receptions this past fall at Missoula Sentinel HS.
Round 8 – Jesse Darrah, RHP, Fresno Pacific
Was 7-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 13 starts for the Sunbirds, striking out a school-record 101 batters in 88 2/3 innings pitched … Struck out three batters in a three-inning stint vs. Triple-A Fresno in an exhibition game … Previously pitched at Sacramento State, where he was a Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball NCAA Freshman All-American … Earned All-State honors his senior season, after striking out 123 batters in 88 innings pitched, posting a 1.51 ERA, and hitting .485 with six home runs and 38 RBIs.
Round 9 – John Leonard, SS, Connellsville Area HS, PA
Has signed letter of intent with NC State, reports say that draft positioning would have to be high enough for him to consider signing a professional baseball contract.
Round 10 – Kyle Winkler, RHP, TCU
Made 50 appearances and started 46 games for the Horned Frogs, going 27-6 with a 2.39 ERA and 239 strikeouts in 281 innings pitched … TCU went 32-14 in his starts, and 35-15 in his appearances … Two-time all-conference and a third-team All-American … Earned invite to 2009 and 2010 Team USA Trials … Started a team-record 19 games in 2010 … Picked in the 37th round by Milwaukee in the 2008 MLB Draft … Earned first-team All-State honors as a senior.
Scout video can be found here.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected shortstop John Leonard of Connellsville Area High School in Pennsylvania with their ninth-round choice in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected right-handed pitcher Jesse Dorrah from Fresno Pacific with their eight-round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected Missoula Sentinel senior, and current Missoula Maverick outfielder Ben Roberts, in the 7th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Here are the Day 2 picks for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rounds 2 through 5:
Round 2 – Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina/Cranston, RI
Meo is projected to be a reliever at the next level, although he has spent most of his college career as a starter … Was 10-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 16 starts for the Chanticleers this past spring, striking out 115 batters in 108 1/3 innings pitched … Earned a nod on the Preseason All-America list and was also among the National Player of the Year candidates … Posted a 2-1 record with Bourne of the Cape Cod League, with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP … Had 32 wins for Coastal Carolina (32-7), with a 2.52 career ERA … Was a two-time All-State selection while at Cranston West HS, winning back-to-back state titles in the process.
Round 3 – Justin Bianco, CF, Peters Township HS, PA
Had a stellar senior season for the Indians, hitting .583, with 22 runs, two home runs, 29 RBIs, and an 1.497 OPS … Hit .406 with 22 runs scored, 10 RBIs and a 1.008 OPS as a junior… Played a variety of positions this past spring, but will likely be an outfielder at the professional level … Judged to have the “Best Speed” among Pennsylvania draft prospects by Perfect Game USA … Named to the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association Class AAAA All-Star team.
Round 4 – Evan Marshall, RHP, Kansas State/Sunnyvale, CA – 6-2, 205 – R/R – 4/18/90
Posted a 5-5 mark with one save and a team-best 1.62 ERA in 30 relief appearances this past spring for the Wildcats … Struck out 51 in 65 innings pitched, and held opponents to a .218 batting average … Spent most of his collegiate career as a reliever, and is projected as a reliever in the professional baseball ranks … Had 78 career relief appearances … Four-year letterman for Homestead, named team MVP all four years, and was an All-Central Coast Section pick as a junior … Named to the 2008 Preseason Louisville Slugger High School All-American list .. Majoring in Business Administration, but will get into Sports Management following graduation.
Round 5 – Michael Perez, RHP, ColegioVocacional Para Adultos, PR – 5-11, 180 – L/R – 8/7/92
No information available at the moment. We will see what we can find …
Next full update – Rounds 6 through 15, with picks being posted as soon as possible.