The first name in the ninth round that grabs attention is the Reds’ pick at 269, selecting Coastal Carolina outfielder David Sappelt. The conference player of the year as a sophomore, Sappelt is an athletic center fielder with speed and pop in the bat. Sappelt is the leadoff hitter for a Chanticleer offense that is headed to the NCAA Super Regionals this weekend against North Carolina.
Senior RHP Ryan Strauss, selected by the White Sox with the next pick (270) will also be in a Super Regional this weekend, playing for Florida State. Strauss has been the Seminoles best relief pitcher this season, throwing in the low-90s with a solid breaking ball.
The Dodgers took lefthanded power-hitting first baseman Steven Caseres with the 277th pick. Caseres hass a big 6-foot-4 body with plenty of raw power. However, Caseres is limited to first base and has hittability concerns.
Cody Overbeck was Ole Miss’s best hitter this year and was selected by the Phillies at pick 286. A third baseman in college, Overbeck may have to make a move to second base at the pro level. Overbeck has the ability to hit for power but concerns scouts with the fact that he has an arm-bar hitch in his swing, making it difficult to hit upper-level fastballs.
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