Yesterday was day two of the MLB Draft. Here are the results, and use this thread to discuss anything from the past two days or anything going down today.
79. Detroit Tigers: 2B Kody Clemens, Texas
I've covered this sport for a long time, but it's truly special to watch guys compete when they are in the zone like no other. Kody Clemens has been that for @TexasBaseball the entire season. Really cool to watch.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 3, 2018
81. Chicago White Sox: LHP Konnor Pikington, Mississippi State
83. New York Mets: OF Carlos Cortes, South Carolina
87. Baltimore Orioles: RHP Blaine Knight, Arkansas
88. Toronto Blue Jays: RHP Adam Kloffenstein, Magnolia HS (TX)
89. Miami Marlins: OF Tristan Pompey, Kentucky
94. Kansas City Royals: OF Kyle Isbel, UNLV
100. Boston Red Sox: RHP Durbin Feltman, TCU
Red Sox go with a college arm in the 3rd round with RHP Durbin Feltman. Feltman was the TCU closer and allowed only 12 hits in 24.1 innings this year with 46K/6BB. Relief only type, but could move quick with power FB/SL combo.— Ian Cundall (@IanCundall) June 5, 2018
107. Philadelphia Phillies: RHP Colton Eastman, Cal Sate Fullerton
109. Cincinnati Reds: OF Mike Siani, William Penn Charter School (PA)
123. St. Louis Cardinals: RHP Steven Gingery, Texas Tech
Cardinals go with a guy i really like in Texas Tech LHP Steven Gingery. Missed all but 2 innings in '18, had TJ, when healthy he was 88-93 mph with a plus change and average breaking ball, #4 upside or so— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) June 5, 2018
125. Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Aaron Ashby, Crowder College (MO)
150. Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Taj Bradley, Redan HS (GA)
Taj Bradley is the definition of a pop-up guy this season. Came out of the gate throwing low-90s up to 93 from plus arm speed, lively but straight, flashes strong tilt to the breaker. Strong kid. Raw arm with upside.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 5, 2018
153. St. Louis Cardinals: 2B Nick Dunn, Maryland
159. Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Matt Mercer, Oregon
161. Washington Nationals: OF Gage Canning, Arizona State
174. Pittsburgh Pirates: RHP Michael Flynn, Arizona
185. Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Drew Rasmussen, Oregon State
193. Cleveland Indians: Raynel Delgado, Calvary Christian Academy (FL)
Huge pick for the Indians with Raynel Delgado in the 6th. He's got some thump from both sides of the plate, infield actions with a chance to stick at SS but might fit better at 3B. I think he hits.— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) June 5, 2018
201. San Diego Padres: OF Jawuan Harris, Rutgers
222. Houston Astros: C Cesar Salazar, Arizona
Astros pick Cesar Salazar is a good one there. Plus defender behind the plate, plus arm, solid contact skills, bilingual, likely going to play for a long time.— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) June 5, 2018
233. Oakland Athletics: C JJ Schwarz, Florida
238. Seattle Mariners: RHP Joey Gerber, Illinois
Mariners eight-round pick Joey Gerber is one of the better pure relievers in the draft. Fastball up to 97 mph, plus slider.— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) June 5, 2018
Also, there are plenty of baby jokes you can make with that last name.
249. Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Levi Kelly, IMG Academy (FL)
257. Philadelphia Phillies: RHP Dominic Pipkin, Pinole Valley HS (CA)
260. New York Mets: RHP Bryce Montes de Oca, Missouri
Jim Callis on #Mets 9th-rd Bryce Montes de Oca: “I love this pick. If he stays healthy I think he can be in the big leagues in 18-24 months.”— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) June 5, 2018
304. Minnesota Twins: RHP Regi Grace, Madison Central HS (MS)
314. Los Angeles Dodgers: 2B Deacon Liput, Florida
Deacon Liput is a player I think we all expected to be a higher pick at the start of the year. Mutli year started at Florida never excelled, good defense looks like a utility player— jeff ellis (@jeffMLBdraft) June 5, 2018
The first name called on day two ended up being a familiar one, as Kody Clemens, as second baseman out of the University of Texas, was taken by the Detroit Tigers. He is the son of heralded pitcher Roger Clemens.
With prep talent falling, the Reds were able to surprise some people by taking when of the top ranked outfielders in this draft class, Mike Siani out of a Pennsylvania high school. Heading into today, the consensus is that he wouldn’t sign, but the Reds may believe they have the money to lure him away from his commitment at Virginia.
Later in the fourth round, the Cardinals made an interesting selection by taking Texas Tech RHP Steven Gingery. Heading into the college baseball season, Gingery was viewed as one of the better arms that would be available for picking. But an unfortunately timed elbow injury caused him to get Tommy John surgery, significantly bumping down his draft stock.
Jumping to the later rounds of today, the New York Mets grabbed one of the more compelling pitchers in this draft class, taking Missouri RHP Bryce Montes de Oca with the 260th overall pick. The 154th overall ranked prospect according to Baseball America, he stands at an imposing six foot seven, 260 pounds on the mound, occasionally touching 100 mph with his fastball.
The 314th overall selection for draft and the final one for day two, the Dodgers grabbed Deacon Liput, a second baseman from the University of Florida.
Two down, one to go. Get energized for the biggest day of the draft in terms of picks, because there will be 30 rounds and a whopping 900 selections. While not as notable as the first two days of the draft in terms of prospects, this is still around 75% of team’s drafts, so the importance of it should definitely not be overlooked.
Use this page as an open thread and discussion for Day Three as we head into round eleven.