Providence High third baseman Richie Shaffer from Charlotte was one of the draft’s best power threats coming into the season, but his year was marred after surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand. The Dodgers took a chance on him in the 25th round, but they’ll likely have to buy him out of his commitment to Clemson, where he’ll play both ways.
Kennewick High righthander Tony Bryant entered the year slated to be the best prep pitcher in the state of Washington, but came into spring out of shape with stuff that was way down from where scouts saw him this fall. No injuries were reported, but his mechanics were different—possibly to the extra weight?—and he was a big disappointment in a state full of them. He’s a big kid that has shown flashes of greatness in the past, but will likely end up trying to reclaim his dominance in Corvallis with the Oregon State Beavers.
With one of the best names in the draft, it’s easy to like Canadian righthander Mike Monster. Monster has some good stuff, but is raw mechanically, didn’t get a lot of exposure this spring because he was too old for the Canadian Junior National Team and doesn’t show good pitchability. The Reds picked him in the 25th round.
Cal Poly righthander Kevin Castner nearly signed with the Rangers last year as a 10th rounder. The Rangers picked him again, this time in the 26th round, so it looks like he may have left a lot of money on the table. He throws really hard—in the mid 90s consistently and at times more—but is also wild. In 55 career innings in college, he walked 52.
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