Who’s Left On The Board, Part II

Here are the 101-200 position players who were still on the board when day two began.

101. Brandon Miller: After a strong senior season, Miller is considered one of the top high school catching prospects in the southeast. The aggressive hitter is a Georgia signee.

108. Ricky Oropesa: The exciting two-way player caught scouts’ eyes early, but struggled a bit after establishing himself as a potential first-rounder. His draft status took a hit when he was showcased against quality pitching.

111. Ben McMahan: The state of Florida’s best defensive catcher is a natural leader on the field. But the Univ. of Florida signee is also a strong student, and signability likely caused him to slip a long way.

130. Brent Warren: The outfielder from Iowa has a sweet left-handed swing and above-average speed. But he also has a commitment to Oregon State and the potential to be a two-way player there.

132. Adam Smith: Smith was expected to be signable if he was drafted in the first five rounds. After that, it becomes much more likely he’ll attend Texas A&M, where his father Barry went.

135. Rolando Gomez: An undersized middle infielder, the defensive-minded Gomez might need to develop his bat if he moves to second base in the big leagues. If he doesn’t sign, he’ll have that chance at Miami.

138. Wesley Freeman: Freeman represents a prototypical package of five raw tools. A hitch in his swing has scouts concerned, though, which might have taken him out of the first day of the draft. He’s a Central Florida signee.

140. Zach Wilson: Clubs will have to  weigh the downsides–a high price tage to buy him out of his Arizona State commitment–with the upside–a sweet swing that packs a punch to all fields.

146. Jack Martin: Unsteady mechanics and wildly inconsistent command has concerned scouts regarding Martin, a lefthander with a hard curveball.

155. J.P. Ramirez: The undersized outfielder’s true value and signability have raised concerns. He lacks raw power for a corner outfield position and the speed to play center, so teams are unlikely to lure him away from Tulane.

157. Jarrod McKinney: A pure athlete, McKinney wants third-round money to sign. But a lack of competition in the Texas 3-A level has dropped him out of that range, leaving signability concerns.

160. Harold Martinez: Martinez was a first-round prospect before in-game struggles relegated him to a later round. He is committed to Miami.

164. Nate Tenbrink: A physically gifted but underperforming third baseman, Tenbrink has a tendency to chase pitches and make throwing errors.

165. Taylor Hightower: Questions about Hightower’s bat slid the catcher down draft boards, and he is likely to start at Ole Miss next year unless someone meets his asking price.

169. Tim Federowicz: The North Carolina catcher’s bat is a concern, which is likely why he has slipped after being considered a top five catching prospect in the draft.

174. Shane Kroker: Scouts are concerned about the infielder’s ability to hit advanced pitching. The bat worries and a strong academic background might have Kroker destined for Wake Forest.

175. Gabe Jacobo: Jacobo ranked second in the Western Athletic Conference as a sophomore with 14 and added 13 more this year. Throwing accuracy is a concern.

176. Mike Bianucci: The free-winging Auburn outfielder has athleticism and home run potential, but his approach needs work.

180. Brian Humphries: Questions about the outfielder’s bat and tools likely kept him out of the first day. He has the potential to develop into one of the nation’s best players at Pepperdine if he sticks to his commitment.

185. Dusty Coleman: His talent likely would have landed him in the fourth-to-sixth-round range, but his status as a draft-eligible sophomore at Wichita State might have scared teams off.

197. Xavier Scruggs: Scruggs’ draft stock might have fell when the Nevada-Las Vegas junior moved from third base to first this season.

200. Antonio Jimenez: Jimenez is athletic and has a strong arm behind the plate, but teams have been concerned about the Puerto Rican’s health.

And here are the 101-200 pitchers who were left on the board as day two began.

107. Mitch Harris: Teams are concerned with Harris’ military commitment, which is five years unless the Navy changes its mind. Even if downgraded to two years, it is likely to scare some teams away.

122. Taylor Cole: Some scouts aren’t sold on Cole, who is likely not as big as he is listed, at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds. His draft stock also fell last year when his bonus demands went up.

123: Ryan O’Sullivan: The righthander has enough athletiticism, but he might instead handle two-way duties at San Diego State.

124. Taylor Jungman: Jungman was not expected to get picked before the third round, and wasn’t expected to be signable outside of the first. He might wind up at Texas.

128. Scott Barnes: It was tough to predict where the lefthander from St. John’s would go, as scouts have mixed opinions. Anywhere from the third to 10th round was possible, though closer to the latter seems more likely now.

139. Michael Palazzone: A Georgia signee, Palazzone has a nearly major league-ready curveball.

143. Jordan Swaggerty: Many scouts believed that if he wasn’t picked in the first four rounds, he’d be near impossible to lure away from Arizona State.

144. Cecil Tanner: The righthanded Georgia recruit could benefit from three years of refinement in college.

145. Aaron King: Command is an issue with the lefthanded freshman.

148: Trevor Holder: The Georgia righthander has not been overpowering this spring, with less than a strikeout per inning.

154. D.J. Mitchell: Durability is a question mark here, though his fastball has above average movement.

158. Quinton Miller: Velocity and arm slot are inconsistent with Miller, who is likely to end up at North Carolina.

162. Cole St.Clair: St.Clair might be a tougher sign than most seniors in the draft, but he could be a late steal.

163. Jordan Cooper: Cooper was thought to be a tough sign in the fourth or fifth round, and he might be even tougher now.

166. Luke Burnett: The Louisiana Tech righthander doesn’t have a great feel for pitching, so he’ll need some monitoring in summer ball.

167. Kyle Winkler: He might not get drafted at all because of a commitment to Texas Christian that he plans to honor.

168. Kyle Thebeau: He’ll likely be better suited to work out of the bullpen in the major leagues.

171. Matt Magill: A Cal Poly signee, Magill’s fastball sits in the 88-90 range.

173. Michael Tonkin: A Southern California recruit, the tall righthander needs to sharpen his secondary pitches.

177. Wes Musick: The lefthander throws strikes and piles up innings, but has had multiple surgeries.

182. Kyle Petter, a California high school lefty, has featured a fastball that can touch 90 mph, but he has been much more dominant in relief situations. His success as a reliever is promising, but most clubs would like to see how he fares at Cal State Fullerton before spending a high draft pick on him.

184. Chris Joyce is a prep lefty out of California who gained draft momentum this spring. He touched 92 mph before a back strain sat him down for a while. Upon returning from the injury he lost velocity and his command was sketchy. The lack of dominant performances from Joyce will likely make him a late-round selection and send him to UC-Santa Barbara.

188. Aaron Barret is a righty out of Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC. His mid-90s fastball and a quality slider have drawn attention from scouts, but his intentions to play for Mississipi have scared teams off.

189. Florida lefty Anthony Ferrara has shown plus command of three solid pitches, but his arm troubles and South Florida commitment have made teams a bit shy to call his name.

190. California prep righty Tyler Pill can touch 94 with his fastball and shows a curveball with tight spin that has potential to be a plus pitch. It is unlikely Pill can be lured from his Fullerton commitment with second-day slot money.

192. Righthander Justin Fitzgerald of UC Davis is one of the top closers in the West, but most scouts see him as more of a lefty specialist in pro ball. He has a repeatable delivery and features solid pitches, but his calling card is his ability to get lefties out.

193. South Florida righthander Daniel Thomas was drafted last year by the Cardinals in the 44th round , but returned to become the Bull’s ace this year. He improved his stock this year, but he has had arm troubles in the past that have kept scouts wary.

195. Righthander Matt Fitts out of Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) transferred from Long Beach State and has three solid pitches. Scouts believe he could move quickly through a minor league system, but doesn’t project as anything more than an average major-leaguer.

196. UC Davis Sunday starter Bryan Evans has fallen to the second day even though he has solid upside. Evans has solid secondary pitches, but is still learning how to pitch and attack batters. He leads UC Davis in strikeouts despite opening the year in the bullpen.

198. Santa Clara righthander Mark Willinsky worked mostly out of the bullpen because of a lack of a secondary pitch. His lack of command and doubt about his ability to work into a starter’s role have caused him to slip.

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