2015 MLB draft day 2: Pac-12 sees 18 drafted; including 4 from Arizona State, 3 from Oregon
A total of 18 Pac-12 players were taken on the second day of the MLB first-year player draft Tuesday, which consisted of rounds 3-10 and a supplemental round.
[Related: Six from Pac-12 selected on MLB draft day 1]
Pick 81 – Boston Red Sox: C Austin Rei, Washington
Rei didn’t allow a UCL injury in his left thumb this past season destroy his draft stock. Though he played in 25 games, he was still second on the team with seven homers and fourth with 20 RBIs, while leading in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.445), slugging (.681) and OPS (1.127). He reached base safely in 24 of 25 games and earned Pac-12 honorable mention after garnering first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014 to go along with the All-Pac-12 defensive team.
Pick 94 – Seattle Mariners: CF Braden Bishop, Washington
Bishop is a speedy outfielder that made the All-Pac-12 defensive team the past two seasons and earned All-Pac-12 honors this year as a junior. At 6-1, 188 pounds, the San Carlos, Calif. native is also a capable hitter. But his greatest achievement came this season when he had players from UW and Arizona write “4MOM” on Mother’s Day on their forearms, wristbands, cleats and helmets to raise Alzheimer’s awareness after his mom was diagnosed with the early onset version of the disease last fall.
Pick 102: – Baltimore Orioles: LHP Garrett Cleavinger, Oregon
Cleavinger is a southpaw with a deceptive delivery and fastball that reaches the mid-90s. He probably projects as a reliever at the pro level after he went 6-2 with a 1.58 ERA and nine saves in 37 appearances this past season while holding hitters to a .153 batting average.
Pick 116 – Miami Marlins: RHP Cody Poteet, UCLA
Poteet was solid for the Pac-12-Champion Bruins while splitting time between the bullpen and starting rotation. In 27 appearances (13 starts), he went 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA over 73 1/3 innings.
Pick 120 – Atlanta Braves: RHP Josh Graham, Oregon
Graham played pitcher and catcher in college (though not at the same time). The stocky right-hander possesses a 96 mile-per-hour fastball, so his pro future is at pitcher after he converted to a reliever, then a starter, this past season. He was dominant on the mound, going 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 19 appearances (six starts) for a good Oregon team.
Pick 123 – New York Yankees: CF Jeff Hendrix, Oregon State
Hendrix put together a big junior season for the Beavers, hitting .339 with six homers and 34 RBIs in 58 games. In 2014, the Corvallis, Ore. native was selected to the All-Pac-12 first team.
Pick 136 – Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Ryan Burr, Arizona State
Burr is the Sun Devils’ all-time leader in saves. MLB.com says he may not be a closer in the major leagues, but he can at least become a setup reliever with his collection of power pitches.
Pick 143 – Chicago Cubs: LHP Ryan Kellogg, Arizona State
A lanky left-hander from Ontario, Canada, Kellogg was a three-time, first-team All-Pac-12 selection at ASU. During his career, he went 28-6, including 19-3 in 28 Pac-12 starts. He’s renowned for having precise control and pitching to contact and has three pitches – fastball, breaking ball and change-up – that will play well in the major leagues.
Pick 155 – Seattle Mariners: SS Drew Jackson, Stanford
The Mariners continued to tap their Pac-12 connections when they took Jackson late in the fifth round. Jackson missed 17 games this past season with a left hand injury, but led the Cardinal with a .320 batting average in 40 games. At 6-2, 200 pounds, he’s the type of well-built shortstop with a plus-arm that teams covet. His brother, Brett, starred at Cal and was a first-round pick by the Cubs in the 2009 MLB draft. He’s played in 51 games with Chicago and the D-Backs.
Pick 170 – Minnesota Twins: RF Chris Paul, California
A first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2015 as a senior, Paul batted .325 with nine homers and a team-high 45 RBIs. He was also an All-Pac-12 defensive team first-teamer and led the Bears in triples (five) and slugging percentage (.562).
Pick 173 – Chicago Cubs: RHP David Berg, UCLA
Berg, one of five players in UCLA history to earn All-Pac-12 honors three straight years, broke record after record as a college reliever. In 2013, he set the NCAA single-season mark for saves with 24 and became the first reliever to win Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Pick 174 – Philadelphia Phillies: LHP Tyler Gilbert, USC
Gilbert was a cog on the Trojans pitching staff last season, posting a 5-2 mark with a 2.79 ERA in 22 appearances (six starts), including two saves.
Pick 217 – Pittsburgh Pirates: 3B Mitchell Tolman, Oregon
Considered of the best hitters in Oregon’s brief baseball history, Tolman batted .325 with 20 doubles, three homers and 42 RBIs last season for the Ducks. What set him apart was a fiery personality and his ability to drive the ball to the gaps with power and play above-average defense, according to The Oregonian.
Pick 229 – Houston Astros: C Garrett Stubbs, USC
Stubbs is the rare catcher that has 165 pounds tacked onto a 5-10 frame. But he packs a punch. He was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-Pac-12 and batted .346 with a homer and 25 RBIs in 59 games while helping USC break a 10-season NCAA regionals drought. He is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the best catcher in the country.
Pick 276 – San Francisco Giants: RHP David Graybill, Arizona State
This marks Graybill’s third time being drafted after the Dodgers selected him in the 31st round of the 2012 draft and the Yankees selected him last year in the 32nd round. It appears the decision to stay in school paid off. At 6-4, 255 pounds, Graybill has big upside.
Pick 277 – Pittsburgh Pirates: RHP Bret Helton, Utah
Helton didn’t put up the numbers he’d like this past season with Utah, but the Pirates’ selection confirmed he has the potential to be a big-leaguer.
Pick 298 – Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Sam Triece, Washington State
After almost two days of drafting, Triece became the first player from the Palouse chosen. He battled bouts of inconsistency this past season as a senior but has an electric fastball that touches 96 miles per hour. He gets good downward tilt and should progress quickly through the Rays system is he learns to hone his array of plus pitches.
Pick 305 – Seattle Mariners: RHP Darin Gillies, Arizona State
Gillies, a three-time Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention, went 3-6 with a 3.83 ERA (21 ER, 49.1 IP) in 28 appearances (3 starts) this past season as a senior. At 6-4, 214 pounds, he showed impressive durability during his ASU tenure. His 84 career appearances rank sixth in school history.