Category Archives: MLB Draft recaps

Miami Marlins 2019 1st Round pick, 4th overall (VIDEO): JJ Bleday OF-Vanderbilt

The Miami Marlins selected the 2019 SEC Player of the Year JJ Bleday with the fourth overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft.  Bleday currently leads the nation with 26 home runs in 2019 and sports a .327 career batting average through three seasons.  The former San Diego Padres 39th round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft was a three-sport athlete at the prep level in golf, swimming and baseball.  He projects as a corner outfielder in the Marlins organization. 

Atlanta Braves 2019 1st Round pick, 21st overall (Video): Braden Shewmake SS-Texas A&M

Texas A&M’s Braden Shewmake has been a model of consistency during his three-year run in the SEC.  The conference and National Freshman of the Year in 2017 batted .335 with 11 home runs and 68 RBI during that season alone. The former all-district quarterback at Wylie East High School (Tex.) was a three-sport standout (baseball, basketball, football) at the prep level.  The 6’4, 190-pounder was selected 21st overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2019 MLB Draft and will be expected to develop into the same steady player he proved to be at the SEC level.

Houston Astros 2019 2nd Round pick, 68th overall (VIDEO): Grae Kessinger SS-Ole Miss

Ole Miss’ Grae Kessinger’s grandfather, Don, was a two-time Gold Glove winner for the Chicago Cubs and once served as the Rebels head coach (1991-96). His father, Kevin, also played baseball at Ole Miss. The Astros second-round draft pick and Rebels team MVP was named a finalist for the 2019 Brooks Wallace Award, given annually to the top shortstop in college baseball. Through early June, Kessinger had committed just eight errors.

DraftNasty Throwback: Houston Astros SS/3B Alex Bregman

Prior to getting selected as the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman was a three-year standout for the LSU Tigers. A collegiate shortstop, his defensive prowess may have even outmatched his productivity at the plate. Since moving on to the major leagues, Bregman’s power at the plate may rank as a surprise, but his arm strength does not. We take a quick photographic journey into his collegiate days with a couple of videos mixed in-between. The 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP has turned into one of Major League Baseball’s brightest young stars.

Bregman -the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft- also earned 2013 SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

DraftNasty Throwback: Atlanta Braves SS Dansby Swanson

Swanson was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 MLB Draft, but ultimately decided to go to Vanderbilt. His 2014 College World Series performance earned him most valuable player honors and was a prelude to a Commodores national championship run in 2015. In turn, his decision not only paid off in a college championship, but it also helped earn him the distinction of becoming the number one overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Georgia native was traded less than a year later to his hometown team, the Atlanta Braves. In 2019, Swanson set a career-high with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs as the Braves won the National League East.

In 71 games (2015), Swanson smacked 24 doubles, six triples and 15 home runs for the Commodores. Defensively, he posted 111 put outs and 185 assists.

Andrew Benintendi OF-Kansas City Royals: DraftNasty Throwback

While at Arkansas, Benintendi -or in some circles known as “Benny”- became the first SEC player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in one season. The former Madeira High School (Ohio) and Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year also batted .380 for the Razorbacks in a historic sophomore campaign. In 2015, he won the Dick Howser Trophy and was named the SEC Player of the Year. Benintendi went on to become the seventh overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and quickly earned his keep in the major leagues.

Benintendi became the first SEC player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season (2015).
Benintendi was also featured on the cover of DraftNasty’s 2015 fall edition.

The Kaiser Report: 2015 MLB Organizational Reports/Draft recap

Tim Kaiser goes inside each major league team’s organizational outlook following the 2015 MLB Draft. From former LSU standout Alex Bregman to first overall pick Dansby Swanson, Kaiser covers it all. Kaiser breaks down former Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and the impact seventh overall pick Andrew Benintendi could have on the Boston Red Sox.

Download PDF: The Kaiser Report-2015 MLB Organizational Reports

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has hit 55 home runs since entering the league in 2015.

2012 MLB First Year Player Draft recap, Day 1

The Houston Astros had the honor of the first pick in this year’s draft, and they had more to deal with than just the normal pressure of a team trying not to miss on the first overall selection. Not only are the Astros changing leagues, but also the new collective bargaining agreement changed the rules for the first year player draft. The new rules cut down the rounds from 50 to 40 and added a makeshift slotting system that limits what teams can pay their draft picks, including prohibiting giving draft picks major league deals.

As for the draft itself, the Astros started things off with a bit of a surprise when they took Carlos Correa, a 17-year-old shortstop from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Most analysts theorized just minutes before they would go with Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford, or Byron Buxton, a speedy outfielder from Appling County HS in Georgia. Correa has shot up draft boards in the last month and drawn serious comparisons to Alex Rodriguez. Correa is 6’3” 190 pounds, which led some scouts to believe he would have to move to third in the future. However, after seeing him at private workouts the Astros believe his great hands and decent speed can keep him at shortstop.

There are always a few players in any draft who drop and this one is no different. Appel was many scouts’ and analysts’ clear cut number one. When Correa was taken number one, the idea was that Appel would still be the first pitcher taken, but teams seemed to be more apt to pick a pitcher with more upside rather than the polished pitcher from Stanford. Appel ended up going 8th to the Pirates after Kevin Gausman (4th), Kyle Zimmer (5th), and Max Fried (7th) were all taken. Appel took the consensus “Top Pitcher” tag from Lucas Giolito, a right-hander from Harvard-Westlake HS in California. Giolito is 6’6” 230 pounds with an upper 90’s fastball. The only reason he fell from the top spot was because of sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Even with the red flag of early elbow trouble, the Washington Nationals took him with the 16th overall pick. If the elbow holds, the Nationals could have added another tremendous young arm to their already young and talented rotation.

The viral moment of the first night came when Courtney Hawkins, a 6’3” 210 pound outfielder from Carroll HS in Texas, was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox. Hawkins was there at the draft and accepted his jersey and hat on stage. While being interviewed by the MLB Network he was asked about a clip circulating the internet of him doing a backflip in full uniform. Hawkins volunteered to do one right there in his shirt and tie and new White Sox cap and jersey. As the White Sox organization and fan base as a whole held its collective breath, Hawkins gave his phone to the reporter, took one hard step backwards and stuck a backflip. His first call from his future ML manager, Robin Ventura, was surely a congratulatory call with a note to never do that again.

First Round Facts:

  • 17 of the first round picks were high school players.
  • James Ramsey, an outfielder from Florida State, was the only college senior taken in the first round.
  • 13 of the first round picks were pitchers.
  • There was not a 1B or 2B taken in the first round. (Although, some picks may end up there.)
  • The only 3B taken in the first round was Richie Schaffer, Clemson, by the Rays (25th Overall)

To see Hawkins original backflip video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFkSSNQiqk4

To see Hawkins backflip at the draft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnibzRW0Cjc

By: Tim Kaiser, DraftNasty Magazine

2012 MLB Draft Big Board 81-100

Two current NFL players in the NFC South were once two of the top 100 baseball prospects on DraftNasty’s 2012 MLB Draft Big Board. Hayden Hurst has since gone on to become a starter for the Atlanta Falcons and former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston now plays for the New Orleans Saints.

Rank Name Position School Class Height Weight Bats/ Throws Note
81 Hayden Hurst RHP/OF/1B Bolles HS (FL) SR 6’5” 235 R/R Hurst is a 2-way prospect with a low 90’s fastball and good power at the plate.
82 Jayce Boyd 3B/1B/OF Florida State JR 6’3” 200 R/R Boyd has both the bat and glove to play at the next level, with good power and speed.
83 Richie Shaffer 1B Clemson JR 6’3” 205 R/R Shaffer is a hitting prospect due to his power, approach, and patience at the plate.
84 David Thompson 3B Westminster Christian HS (FL) SR 6’1” 195 R/R Thompson is predominantly a contact hitter with projection for some power and has a strong arm from 3B.
85 Michael Morin RHP North Carolina JR 6’4” 180 R/R Morin is a polished pitcher with great run on both his fastball and slider and is able to command them both effectively.
86 Sam Selman LHP Vanderbilt JR 6’3” 185 R/L Selman is a hard throwing lefty with a slider and changeup to compliment his mid 90’s fastball.
87 LJ Mazzilli 2B Connecticut JR 6’1” 190 R/R Mazzilli is a very polished player with good athleticism and excellent ability at the plate.
88 Avery Romero SS/2B Pedro Menendez HS (FL SR 6’0” 195 R/R Romero has soft hands and a strong arm to compliment his power to all fields and ability to make solid contact consistently.
89 Chris Taylor SS Virginia JR 6’0” 170 R/R Taylor hits for average and his strong arm and good speed make him versatile defensively.
90 Wes Tranckino 3B Edmond Memorial HS (OK) SR 6’2” 195 R/R Tranckino has power to all fields and is a good contact hitter, but is also a solid defensive third baseman.

 

91 Daniel Garner C Sparkman HS (AL) SR 6’1” 195 R/R Garner has soft hands, a strong arm, 1.85 pop time behind the plate, and power to all fields.
92 Jameis Winston OF Hueytown HS (AL) SR 6’4” 208 S/R Winston has the potential to be a 5 tool centerfielder, if his power develops. Winston is a quarterback and has been recruited to play in college.
93 Steven Golden OF St. Francis HS (CA) SR 6’3” 185 R/R Golden is a contact hitter with good range defensively and a strong arm.
94 Skye Bolt OF Holy Innocents HS (GA) SR 6’2” 175 S/R Bolt is a switch-hitting contact hitter with good speed and a decent arm.
95 Matt Fultz C Lee Summit West HS (MO) SR 6’2” 215 L/R Fultz has a compact swing with good power and a strong arm and a sub 2 pop time behind the plate.
96 Austin Maddox 1B/3B Florida JR 6’3” 225 R/R Maddox is primarily a hitting prospect, with good power primarily on the inner half, but is decent defensively.
97 Stephen Sauter C Troy HS (CA) SR 6’2” 190 S/R Sauter has good power from both sides of the plate, an accurate arm, and a 1.81 pop time.
98 Connor Harrell OF Vanderbilt JR 6’3” 215 R/R Harrell has good speed and power with the potential to be a 5 tool player. Harrell does need to improve his strikeouts.
99 Justin Jones LHP California JR 6’2” 188 L/L Jones’s best pitch is a big breaking, slow curve. He also has a sinking fastball and a changeup with some dive.
100 Colby Holmes RHP South Carolina JR 5’11” 200 R/R Holmes has a low 90’s fastball, a slider with swing and miss potential, and a good change-up. His size could hurt his draft stock

By: Tim Kaiser, DN Reports