The Dodgers selected 30 players on Day 3 of the annual amateur draft. The list includes six high scholers (five pitchers), six junior college players (two pitchers) and 17 four-year college players (eight pitchers).
Here are the names to know, along with their round and overall pick number in parentheses:
11 (341): A.J. Alexy, RHP, Twin Valley HS (Elverson, Pa.)
12 (371): Graham Ashcraft, RHP, Huntsville (Ala.) HS
13 (401): Cody Thomas, RF, Oklahoma
14 (431): Dean Kremer, RHP, UNLV
15 (461): Brayan Morales, CF, Hillsborough CC
16 (491): Darien Tubbs, CF, Memphis University
17 (521): Dillon Persinger, 2B, Golden West College
18 (551): Cole Freeman, 2B, Louisiana State University
19 (581): Chris Mathewson, RHP, Long Beach State
20 (611): Brock Carpenter, 3B, Seattle University
21 (641): James Carter, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
22 (671): Jeff Paschke, RHP, USC
23 (701): Bailey Ober, RHP, College of Charleston
24 (731): Saige Jenco, CF, Virgina Tech
25 (761): Chandler Eden, RHP, Texas Tech
26 (791): Brandon Montgomery, 2B, San Jacinto College
27 (821): Austin French, LHP, Brown University
28 (851): Jake Perkins, RHP, Ferrum College
29 (881): Will Kincanon, RHP, Triton College
30 (911): Ramon Rodriguez, C, Puerto Rico BB Academy
31 (941): Stevie Berman, C, Santa Clara University
32 (971): Conor Costello, RHP, Oklahoma State
33 (1001): Zach McKinstry SS, Central Michigan University
34 (1031): Joel Toribio, RHP, Western Oklahoma State University
35 (1061): Nick Yarnall, LF, University of Pittsburgh
36 (1091): Cal Stevenson, CF, Chabot College
37 (1121): Enrique Zamora, RHP, Calumet College of St. Joseph
38 (1151): Kevin Malisheski, RHP, Wauconda (Ill.) HS
A39 (1181): Ryan Watson, RHP, Auburn (Ala.) HS
40 (1211): Zachary Taglieri, RHP, Port St. Lucie (Fla.) HS
Here’s some more info on each of them:
Alexy is the fourth player ever drafted from Twin Valley High School, joining Joe Casey (Blue Jays, 1997), Nick Mattioni (Mets, 2000) and Jared Price (Mets, 2012). Here’s some game video of him, courtesy of local television station WFMZ. But just because your high school has produced several major league draftees doesn’t mean the coach is capable of handling them.
Ashcraft reportedly has a mid-90s fastball and is committed to Mississippi State. As a junior, he reportedly led all Alabama high school players with 16 home runs.
Thomas was once the backup quarterback at Oklahoma before he focused exclusively on baseball beginning in January. Previously, he’d quit baseball to focus on football and didn’t play at all his sophomore season. The Colleyville, Texas native saw action in 12 football games at Oklahoma, starting three. He was heavily recruited in both sports in high school. As a junior, he slashed .299/.354/.556.
Kremer is an Israeli citizen, the first to be chosen in the MLB draft when the Padres tapped him in the 38th round a year ago out of junior college. He honored his commitment to UNLV and went 4-5 with a 4.92 earned-run average in 12 starts (15 games).
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Morales slashed .354/.425/.566 for Hillsborough.
Tubbs was a stolen base threat in college, having been successful on 22 of 24 attempts as a junior. He slashed .304/.379/.441.
Persinger was taken in the 31st round of last year’s draft by the Cleveland Indians out of Golden West College, and had committed to transfer to Cal State Fullerton. He slashed .417/.523/.661 for the Rustlers as a sophomore and went 15-for-18 in stolen base attempts. He also played three years on the varsity squad at Fountain Valley High School (2012-2014) for head coach Deric Yanigasawa.
Freeman, a 5-foot-7 shortstop, transferred to LSU via Delgado Community College in New Orleans. His nickname is “Drank.” Freeman started all 64 games and slashed .321/.423/.392 with 26 steals in 35 attempts.
Mathewson, a product of Kaiser High School in Fontana, was drafted by the Rangers in 2014 (28th round) but opted to attend Long Beach State instead. Then, he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his right knee after running downstairs at his home over Thanksgiving break in 2014. He had surgery and was able to pitch the entire 2015 season. He posted a 1.94 ERA in 13 starts 2015 and a 3.62 ERA in 16 starts this year. Baseball America chose Mathewson as having the best breaking ball in the Big West. A preseason All-American, Mathewson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his most recent start.
Carpenter, a 6-3, 205-pound junior, was previously drafted by the Padres in the 39th round in 2013. He slashed .327/.444/.532 — all personal bests — in 58 games this season. There’s a brief clip in here of him hitting a home run against Cal State Bakersfield, one of his seven homers this season.
Carter, a Pomona native, was previously drafted by the Houston Astros in the 27th round a year ago. As a junior last year he succumbed to a torn UCL and Tommy John surgery. This year Carter appeared in just five games, allowing one run in 6 ⅓ innings. His fastball reportedly sits 88-92 and touches 94.
Paschke, a 6-5 right hander originally from Arizona, walked on to USC as a freshman and split time as a pitcher and an infielder. As a junior this year he went 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 25 games, all in relief. He walked 21 batters and struck out 28 in 29 ⅔ innings.
Ober, a 6-8 righty, missed all of his sophomore season to Tommy John surgery. He came back this year in February. In his return game against Nebraska, Ober reportedly touched 89 mph with his fastball, sitting 86-88, and threw a curveball and a changeup. He finished the season 7-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 96 batters and walking 27 in 97 innings. Here he is throwing a no-hitter in high school:
Jenco, a left-handed hitting center fielder, was drafted in the 27th round a year ago by the Boston Red Sox but returned to college. The Pennsylvania native reportedly only took up baseball in high school because his single mom couldn’t donate to his high school football team’s booster club. Read that story, it’s a gem. In the same story, he’s reportedly clocked at running the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds. In three seasons at Virginia Tech, Jenco swiped 42 bases in 53 attempts while slashing .319/.427/.398.
Eden, listed at 6-2 and 185 pounds, has played for three colleges the last three years: Oregon State as a freshman, Yavapai (Ariz.) CC as a sophomore and Texas Tech as a junior. At Yavapai, he was teammates with current Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun. He made 12 relief appearances this year for Tech and allowed eight runs in nine innings. He’s been drafted twice before: In 2013 by the Marlins (36th round) out of high school and in 2015 by the Blue Jays (17th round). I’m not sure why he slipped, though scouting reports reportedly put his fastball in the 90s with movement, complemented by a sharp breaking ball.
Montgomery, a sophomore infielder, transferred to San Jacinto College from Memphis and was teammates with fifth-round pick Devin Smeltzer. He slashed .379/.405/.591 with 30 stolen bases and competed for the national JuCo title in Grand Junction, Colorado.
French, from Connecticut, had 60 strikeouts and 30 walks in 54 ⅔ innings as a senior at Brown. He posted a four-year record of 5-8 with a 5.34 ERA in 38 games (14 starts).
Perkins, from Appamattox, Va., was named the USA South Pitcher of the Year and a D3Baseball All-South Region second team selection. He went 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 65 ⅔ innings, walking 30 batters and striking out 50.
Kincanon was a two-sport star at Riverside-Brookfield High School in suburban Chicago. A sophomore at Triton Junior College, he went 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 52 innings. He tweeted that he worked out with the Cubs and Royals. He’s committed to Indiana State if he does not sign with the Dodgers.
Rodriguez previously committed to play for Chipola College in Florida. Sixty-nine players from the academy were drafted prior to this year; three have reached the majors, including 2014 American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa.
Berman, a junior from Saratoga, CA, is the son of Gary Berman, who played for three years in the Phillies’ organization after being drafted out of UCLA in 1986. He slashed .319/.432/.472 in three years at Santa Clara and walked (74) more times than he struck out (71).
Costello, an Oklahoma native, began his college career at the University of Arkansas and transferred to Oklahoma State after his freshman season. He didn’t begin pitching until after he transferred, then missed time with a steak-induced esophagal injury and Tommy John surgery. He pitched only 12 games in college, going 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA.
McKinstry, originally from Fort Wayne Indiana, had a .321/.403/.373 slash line in two seasons at Central Michigan, where he was 20-for-26 in stolen base attempts. A standout football player in high school, he was regarded as a smooth-fielding infielder and the 21st best baseball prospect in Indiana after his senior year.
Toribio made 15 appearances (two starts) this season, going 5-2 with a 5.73 earned run average. He struck out 55 batters in 37 ⅔ innings. Today is his 22nd birthday. He is a native of the Dominican Republic and apparently has some shortstop in his background:
Yarnall, from Landsville, Pa., was recently named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team after his junior season. He hit 11 home runs and drove in 39, slashing .309/.439/.556. Finding a position for him in college was a struggle; he was drafted as a left fielder by the Dodgers.
Stevenson slashed .287/.432/.377 with 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts as a sophomore. A JuCo transfer from the University of Nevada, he is committed to the University of Arizona for 2017.
Zamora told the Chicago Tribune that his fastball was clocked at 94 mph this season. A 300-pound lineman in high school, he switched to baseball after breaking his leg in a football game as a senior. He had Tommy John surgery, lost 70 pounds, and finished his junior year 4-6 with a 1.90 ERA.
Malisheski, a two-sport star in baseball and football, previously committed to play baseball at Illinois State. He suffered a torn ACL during his senior season of football, but came back to make four starts at the end of the baseball season, reportedly touching 91 mph on the radar gun.
Watson, an 18-year-old listed at 6-5 and 215 pounds, previously committed to Auburn University. He switched from a sidearm delivery to an overhand motion between his junior and senior seasons, and touched 91 mph with his fastball. Baseball America listed him as the number-20 draft prospect in the state; Watson was given the ball in the state title game in May, which he lost.
Taglieri signed a letter of intent to play for The Citadel. According to CitadelSports.com, “Zach commands three pitches for strikes. He has the ability to have a swing and miss breaking ball and with continued development this pitch could be a game changer for him. We think Zach can be utilized as a starting pitcher but can also pitch out of the bullpen with his strike-throwing ability. Zach pitched for one of the best summer teams in Florida, The Easton Rockets. Zach has grown up around baseball as his dad Paul is the director of Florida Operations for the New York Mets.”