Draft-Round 2 Summary

Round 2 Summary
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61. Pirates: Texas HS OF Josh Bell. Best high school hitter in draft, No. 15 on BA Top 200, but has a very strong commitment to Texas and may be impossible to sign. Upside makes this a worthwhile gamble.

62. Mariners: Clemson SS Brad Miller. Very good bat for a middle infielder but inconsistent defense means he likely moves to shortstop.

63. Diamondbacks: Coastal Carolina RHP Anthony Meo. Closer stuff with a fastball up to 96 and a hard slider.

64. Orioles: Vanderbilt 3B Jason Esposito. One-time projected first-rounder slipped because of inconsistent year with the bat, has good all-around tools for a third baseman.

65. Royals: Pennsylvania HS C Cam Gallagher. Has the tools to be an all-around catcher, brother of Dodgers farmhand Austin.

66. Phillies: Florida HS SS Roman Quinn. Fastest player in draft, projects as a center fielder.

67. Indians: Arkansas HS RHP Dillon Howard. First-round arm but high-priced so slipped here, inconsistent but has a 92-94 mph sinker that touches 96.

68. Cubs: Florida HS 1B Dan Vogelbach. Bat-only guy with some of the best power in the draft, hit a 508-foot homer at the Power Showcase in December. HS teammate of Twins sandwich pick Hudson Boyd.

69. Astros: Oklahoma HS RHP Adrian Houser. Another of the bumper crop of prep arms in Oklahoma this year, projectable athlete who reaches 95 mph.

70. Brewers: Puerto Rico HS RHP Jorge Lopez. No. 39 on our Top 200, fastball to 93, advanced breaking ball for a prepster.

71. Mets: North Carolina State RHP Cory Mazzoni. Finished strong, very impressive at ACC tournament. Fastball peaks at 97 and he backs it up with a hard breaking ball.

72. Marlins: Washington State LHP Adam Conley. Unusual velocity for a southpaw, up to 97, profiles as a reliever. Changeup is his second-best pitch.

73. Dodgers: Florida HS SS Alex Santana. Six-foot-4, projects as more of a third baseman, may have the bat for the hot corner. Los Angeles under financial crunch, this looks like an easy sign. Son of former big leaguer Rafael. Not on our Top 200, No. 72 on our Florida list.

74. Blue Jays: Tennessee LHP Daniel Norris. No. 16 on BA Top 200, slipped because of asking price. Has the makings of three plus pitches. Toronto is being as aggressive as any team in the draft.

75. Rays: Florida HS OF Granden Goetzman. Lots of comps to Jayson Werth as an athletic right-field type with a chance to hit for average and power.

76. Tigers: Arkansas C James McCann. Good defense, OK bat, one of the better college catcher in the draft. Detroit opts not to make a Nick Castellanos-like splash with its top pick.

77. Rockies: New Jersey HS OF Carl Thomore: He’s a grinder with plus power and solid complementary tools.

78. Blue Jays: Texas HS RHP Jeremy Gabryszwski. Flashed a 92-94 mph fastball and plus slider, didn’t maintain that stuff but its in there. Similar to Toronto’s 2010 sandwich-round pick of Noah Syndegaard as a Texas high school arm who was very high on draft boards of a handful of clubs.

79. Cardinals: Illinois HS OF Charlie Tilson. Good athlete with plus speed who projects as a leadoff/center-field type.

80. White Sox: California RHP Erik Johnson. Big-bodied (6-2, 240 pounds) college arm with a 90-95 mph fastball and hard slider.

81. Red Sox: New York HS OF Williams Jerez. Mixed opinions on him, but some teams really like his upside, projectability and dream on his raw power/speed/bat combo.

82. Padres: California HS C Austin Hedges. No. 28 on BA Top 200, best defensive catcher in draft, wants big money or else he would have been a first-rounder.

83. Rangers: Clemson LHP Will Lamb. Two-way player for Clemson has flashed a 94-95 mph fastball and hard slider on the mound.

84. Reds: Puerto Rico OF Gabriel Rosa. Tall and rangy, he’s raw but has intriguing speed and power potential.

85. Braves: Connecticut SS Nick Ahmed. Third Husky drafted so far, makes the plays at SS, has some potential with the bat, hits 94 mph on the mound.

86. Giants: Oregon State C Andrew Susac. No. 30 on Top 200, draft-eligible sophomore with extra leverage. More of an offensive guys, mixed reports on his defense.

87. Twins: Oregon RHP Madison Boer. Projected reliever with terrific frame (6-4, 215 pounds), fastball that reaches 96, nasty splitter.

88. Yankees 2nd rd: Texas LHP Sam Stafford. He has a very good fastball/curveball combo, but he lacks command and consistency. Did not make the BA Top 200.

89. Rays: Hawaii RHP Lenny Linsky. One of the best relievers available, has a nasty slider that hits 96 mph and a slider that peaks at 89.

90. Phillies: Miami 3B Harold Martinez. Has gone backward since projecting as a first-round pick before his HS senior season. He has tools but just hasn’t hit. He’s an athlete with raw power, but it remains to be seen how usable that pop will be.

About Josh Fitzgerald

Enjoying life and Baseball. Playing For Team Usa San Diego,Australia 2012. Represent USA

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