MLB Draft: Pac-12 breakdown for rounds 1-15
Here's a breakdown of where some of the best baseball players in the Pac-12 landed in this year's Major League Baseball draft.
1. Mark Appel, P, Stanford - Houston
Appel's departure will be a painful one for the Cardinal, who struggled to hold it together on the mound beyond his weekly Friday appearance. Sources tell me that Sam Lindquist (.195 OBA) turned down 11th round draft interest to return to Stanford, though. If AJ Vanegas (19th round) returns, too, the Cardinal will have some established talent to work with in 2014.
44. Trevor Williams, P, ASU - Miami
Like Stanford, the Sun Devils will lose their most established pitcher, and that mean trouble in the hitter-friendly confines of the Tempe desert. Canadian lefty Ryan Kellogg will take over as the Fork's Friday horse.
49. Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford - Seattle
The imposing 6-foot-5, 245-pound outfielder was the centerpiece of Stanford's lineup, and his outfield cannon will certainly also be missed on The Farm. If Wilson and Brian Ragira (fourth round) both leave along with departing senior Justin Ringo (28th round), the Cardinal's lineup will look very different in 2014.
53. Andrew Knapp, C, Cal - Philadelphia
This loss hurts the Golden Bears immensely, if only because Knapp was one of the Pac-12's best hitters. His OPS soared over .900 in 2013, and he established himself as the one most dangerous fixture in the middle of David Esquer's order. Oh, and he's a catcher too. That's value right there.
92. Brandon Dixon, 3B, Arizona - Los Angeles Dodgers
Dixon underwent Lasik eye surgery prior to the 2013 season, and the operation paid major dividends. He became the fourth player in Wildcats' program history to score 40 runs, drive in 30 runs, and steal 30 bases in a single season.
100. Ryon Healy, 1B, Oregon - Oakland
Yes, the Ducks bunt a lot. George Horton absolutely loves small ball. But the Quack Attack needs occasional pop to succeed, and that power came almost exclusively from Healy in 2013. Oregon will likely have to turn elsewhere for its power production in 2014.
132. Brian Ragira, 1B, Stanford - San Francisco
Ragira has been the Cardinal's most consistent offensive force over the past three years, and there's still a chance -- albeit a small one -- that he'll return for his fourth season. If he goes pro, Stanford may be looking at rebuilding mode in 2014.
151. Ben Wetzler, P, Oregon State - Philadelphia
Oregon State's rotation has been absolutely fantastic in 2013, and the lefty Wetzler is a big reason why. It seems as if Pat Casey has a steady pipeline of good talent flowing to the Goss Stadium mound, but losing a sub-2 ERA arm is never a favorable development.
158. Johnny Field, OF, Arizona - Tampa Bay
Key members of the Wildcats' 2012 national title team continue to be scooped up by the professional ranks. The latest is the man with the perfect baseball name: Johnny Field. He won the Pac-12 batting title in that magical year.
166. Austin Voth, P, Washington - Washington
Voth has added 25 pounds of bulk to his frame since going undrafted out of high school, and that's allowed him to miss his fair share of bats. Voth was second to only Mark Appel in the Pac-12 strikeout tally.
175. Matt Boyd, P, Oregon State - Toronto
Boyd is the Friday night starter on college baseball's best weekend rotation, so it suffices to say that Oregon State is losing a true weapon.
181. Jason Monda, OF, Washington State - Philadelphia
A solid player in the Palouse, Monda is a talent that the Phillies want to see develop more power. If he's able to do that, scouts think he can become a solid everyday player in the majors.
192. Nick Vander Tuig, P, UCLA - San Francisco
The righty Vander Tuig doesn't overpower hitters, but he is a steady rock in the middle of UCLA's excellent rotation. His 6.1 scoreless innings this weekend punched the Bruins' 2013 ticket to Omaha.
195. Zack Weiss, P UCLA - Cincinnati
Weiss was one of the three pitchers who relieved Vander Tuig in the Bruins' 3-0 super regional-clinching victory. He throws hard, but he must maintain pitch movement at the next level to succeed.
199. Konner Wade, P, Arizona - Colorado
Wade was an integral part of the five-man pitching crew that pushed Arizona to the 2012 College World Series championship. He pitched on Friday nights in 2013, so his dart-throwing ways will be missed in Tucson.
237. Tyler Smith, SS, Oregon State - Seattle
Scouts love Smith's offensive play from the shortstop position: he's hitting over .300 this season.
259. Pat Valaika, SS, UCLA - Colorado
Valaika's brothers Matt and Chris both played professionally. Maybe that's why he possesses baseball instincts that have caught the attention of scouts.
300. Jimmie Sherfy, P, Oregon - Arizona
Sherfy has been extremely effective as the Ducks' closer the past two years, but he's slightly undersized (5-foot-10, 160 pounds), and that's why his name wasn't called earlier despite a fastball that reaches 93 MPH.
306. Kasey Coffman, CF, Arizona State - Detroit
Coffman was a big-time bat in the Sun Devils' powerful 2013 lineup. He blasted eight home runs to go along with his 44 RBI.
321. Adam Plutko, P, UCLA - Cleveland
It's surprising to see a pitcher of elite caliber like Plutko, UCLA's steady Friday night starter, drop to the eleventh round. He may well return to Westwood for his senior year and pitch with a significant chip on his shoulder.
379. Michael Benjamin, 3B, Arizona State - Colorado
Benjamin's father, Mike, enjoyed a 13-year big league career. He's currently an ASU assistant.
393. Danny Hayes, 1B, Oregon State - Chicago White Sox
A senior, Hayes is big, strong and physical: he is 6-foot-4, so scouts like his power potential at the plate.
416. J.D. Leckenby, P, Washington State - New York Mets
Leckenby gives the Mets organization a versatile arm that has started, relieved, and closed during three years in Pullman.
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437. James Farris, P, Arizona - Houston
A starter the in Wildcats' weekend rotation, Farris is another guy who Andy Lopez doesn't want to depart. Arizona struggled on the mound in 2013, and they're into big-time rebuilding mode when it comes to pitching.
441. James Roberts, SS, USC - Cleveland
Roberts has shown a solid bat while manning the shortstop position in three seasons at USC.
449. Max Rossiter, C, Arizona State - Pittsburgh
Rossiter is a catcher that can hit, always a valuable commodity. His favorite player is another catcher who can hit: Buster Posey.
David Lombardi has covered Pac-12 baseball since 2007. He’s a play-by-play voice and on-air reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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