Sexton, Ovens Fall In Consecutive Picks

Two of Florida’s late risers this spring were Timothy Sexton and Hunter Ovens, and the duo was taken in back to back picks in the 25th round.The dodgers took Sexton, who came out of nowhere this season. A transfer from George Washington, Sexton was nails this summer for Miami Dade (Fla.) Community College. His delivery is best described as an exaggerated drop and drive, in which his right knee is almost completely on the ground before he vaults himself over his front side. His fastball ranges from 87-91 mph and he can pitch at 88 deep into games. His fastball has average life with fair downward plane, despite his delivery. Sexton has feel for his secondary stuff as well, especially his changeup, which shows occasional plus movement. His slider has better break that his curve. It’s unconventional but effective, as Sexton is able to show average command and plenty of deception. He has committed to Coastal Carolina, and had he been willing to sign for slot money in the fifth round, could have been taken there.

Ovens is a big-time football recruit at Virginia Tech, and was taken with the next pick by the Padres. He has five-tool potential, but limited playability.