The second day of the draft is underway as the Tampa Bay Rays made outfielder Jason Corder from Long Beach State the first pick of the seventh round. He’s got big-time raw power and hit 13 homers this spring at spacious Blair Field.
• Pepperdine had two of its top players fall to the seventh round due to injuries. Wave righthander Brett Hunter didn’t stay around long on Day two as the A’s just selected him with their first pick in the seventh round. Scouts say Hunter has a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow; at least that’s what the medical report says now. More likely, closer inspection could reveal a tear, and many scouts think Hunter will need Tommy John surgery. In the seventh round, it’s worth the risk, as he has one of the draft’s best arms when healthy.
Another player who’s draft stock plummeted due to injury, outfielder Eric Thames was selected by the Blue Jays with the 219th pick. Thames’ injury has been reported as a muscle that separated from his hip bone, which sounds awfully painful.
• Outfielder Tim Fedroff, is the University of North Carolina’s first player to be selected as the Inidans select him with their seventh round pick. Another Tim from UNC, goes next to the Red Sox with pick 232. The Red Sox were known to have been interested in Federowicz to help their catching situation in the minors, and apparently got their guy. Federowicz has improved his catch-and-throw skills, has a plus-plus arm and some power, though he had a down spring offensively.
Fedroff is a draft-eligible sophomore with a big price tag, which caused his draft stock to slip. Last weekend in the NCAA Regional, Fedroff went 9 for 11 and named the Cary Regional MVP, and his 12 homers leads the second-ranked Tar Heels.
• Outfielder Isaac Galloway is finally selected with the No. 238 pick to the Marlins. Galloway was regarded as one of the top high school prospects in the country to start the season.
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