Ryan Weber is a short righthander that was a 12th-rounder by the Phillies last year out of high school, but didn’t help his stock by going the junior college route. He went in the 22nd round this year to the Braves.
Another former draftee is the Reds’ 22nd-rounder, first baseman David Stewart. A great athlete, Stewart was also a standout volleyball player in high school before spending his freshman year at Nebraska and then this year at Grayson County College in Texas. Stewart is 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds with a lefthanded bat.
Talking to Arizona junior college coaches this spring, the name that kept popping up as the most impressive guy in the league was Merrill Kelly. Scouts didn’t like him as much (which explains how he lasted 665 picks deep), but opposing coaches gushed about the guy. It’s easy to see why: He probably beat them all, going 10-1, 1.51 with 95 strikeouts and 24 walks over 96 innings. His mechanics are a little rough and he doesn’t have jaw-breaking stuff, but he won my heart the moment I heard he experiments with an almost eephus-like, Bugs Bunny changeup.
The Athletics picked Brigham Young senior Kent Walton in the 23rd round. Walton had labrum surgery in the fall, so he was the Cougars’ DH all spring, but the A’s picked him as a center fielder. Assuming they both sign, Walton will join teammate Steve Parker in the organization and scouts and opposing coaches were somewhat split on who is the better hitter.
After falling through a glass coffee table in the offseason and severely cutting his wrist, Arizona third baseman Brad Glenn is lucky to even be alive on draft day, so getting picked in the 23rd round by the Blue Jays is just icing on the cake at this point.
Righthander Wade Kapteyn was a fairly big deal coming out of high school, but has fizzled at Evansville. He was a 24th rounder for the Tigers, splits his 20th-round selection by the White Sox out of high school and the 40th round he was taken in last year by the Twins.
If you haven’t watched any draft video on Notre Dame Prep righthander Casey Upperman, do yourself a favor and check it out—it’s interesting. I had a scout compare his delivery to a righthanded Hideki Okajima and that’s pretty accurate. Instead of a "head whack," Upperman has an "entire upper-body whack," the scout said. He was a 24th round pick by the Braves.
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