From a talent basis, outfielder Josh Bell and lefthander Daniel Norris are both first-round talents. But their asking price ensured that they are the two highest-rated players left undrafted heading into the second day of the MLB Draft.
Bell (No. 15) and Norris (No. 16) both fell because of their perceived asking prices. Bell sent a letter to MLB teams telling him that he was planning to attend Texas and did not want to be drafted. Norris is a Clemson recruit.
The story is somewhat similar for catcher Austin Hedges (No. 28). Hedges is an excellent defensive catcher, but he's also a pretty firm UCLA commitment. Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac (30) is coming off of a broken hamate bone, but he has returned to game action recently.
Righthander Dillon Howard (31) is an Arkansas commitment. Lefthander Matt Purke (32) fell because he's missed part of the season with a shoulder injury. Texas A&M RHP Josh Stilson (23) and RHP Kyle Winkler (43) are facing injury questions that explain their falls.
Here are the players from Baseball America's Top 50 still on the board. . .
No. 15. Josh Bell, of
No. 16. Daniel Norris, lhp
No. 28. Austin Hedges, c
No. 30 Andrew Susac, c
No. 31 Dillon Howard, rhp
No. 32 Matt Purke, lhp
No. 39 Jorge Lopez, rhp
No. 41 Josh Osich, lhp
No. 42 Alex Dickerson, of
No. 46 Dillon Maples, rhp
No. 50 Tony Zych, rhp
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