Prospects1500 #2EarlyMiLBMock Draft – Episode III

Episode III: Rounds 20-30

The late rounds feature picks 229-360, where managers are drafting for upside, seeing if there are any gems that fell through the cracks, and trying to hit on the next wave of top prospects. Check out Episode I (Rounds 1-9) and Episode II (Rounds 10-19) to get a sense of where managers have picked to this point. Here are the final rounds of #2EarlyMiLBMock.

 

Round 20

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
229 Gavin Sheets, CWS 1B 20 1 Jake
230 Jackson Kowar, KCR P 20 2 Michael
231 Parker Dunshee, OAK P 20 3 Tony
232 Jeisson Rosario, SDP OF 20 4 Tim
233 Colin Poche, TBR P 20 5 Scott
234 Joey Wentz, ATL P 20 6 Ben
235 Austin Beck, OAK OF 20 7 Andy
236 Zach Brown, MIL P 20 8 Brent
237 Kyle Isbel, KCR OF 20 9 Stoffer
238 Joe Palumbo, TEX P 20 10 Matt
239 Andrew Calica, CLE OF 20 11 Brandon
240 Marco Luciano, SF OF/SS 20 12 Ryan

Ben on his selection of Joey Wentz, LHP, ATL: Joey Wentz may turn out to be a better real life pitcher over a dynasty asset, but he is an arm that I really like amidst the deep stable of Atlanta pitching prospects. Wentz came into 2018 as a fringe Top 100 prospect, only to have minor injury sap his developmental momentum. However, Wentz was able to put together an absolutely dazzling June and July, where he allowed only 2 ER across 33.1 IP. In Diamond Duos IV, I acquired Wentz in a November 2017 trade as the third best prospect in the deal for Madison Bumgarner (behind Jesus Sanchez and Cristian Pache), and flipped him as part of a mid-summer deal for J.D. Martinez. Both deals, compliments of Wentz, have worked out well for me so far.

 

Round 21

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
241 Orelvis Martinez, TOR SS 21 1 Ryan
242 Tristen Lutz, MIL OF 21 2 Brandon
243 Jhoan Duran, MIN P 21 3 Matt
244 Connor Scott, MIA OF 21 4 Stoffer
245 Jose Castillo, SDP P 21 5 Brent
246 Shed Long, CIN 2B 21 6 Andy
247 Tyler Freeman, CLE SS 21 7 Ben
248 Jhon Torres, STL OF 21 8 Scott
249 Trey Wingenter, SDP P 21 9 Tim
250 Michael King, NYY P 21 10 Tony
251 Casey Golden, COL 1B 21 11 Michael
252 Huascar Ynoa, ATL P 21 12 Jake

Michael on his selection of Casey Golden, 1B, COL: Casey Golden, my 21st pick (251 overall), had 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 54 games at Rookie-level Grand Junction in 2017; he was the Colorado Rockies 20th-round pick out of UNC-Wilmington in that year’s draft. This year he had 34 homers, 95 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 124 games at Low-A Asheville. He moved to left field and was the Rockies’ organization all-star at that position this summer.

Ben on his selection of Tyler Freeman, SS, CLE: Freeman was one of my favorite prospects that I saw this past summer, and that includes seeing Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette, Peter Alonso, and Andres Gimenez. Freeman was easily the top New York Penn League hitter this summer who I wrote about previously on this site (here), and should continue to show off his impressive hit tool in full season ball in 2019. Freeman gets some Michael Young comps with his bat-to-ball skill, and that would be a great outcome for the Indians if they can get that kind of production from the standout middle infielder in the future.

 

Round 22

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
253 Brett Cumberland, BAL C 22 1 Jake
254 Ryan Rolison, COL P 22 2 Michael
255 Luis Medina, NYY P 22 3 Tony
256 Gabriel Arias, SDP SS 22 4 Tim
257 Patrick Sandoval, LAA P 22 5 Scott
258 Albert Abreu, NYY P 22 6 Ben
259 Micker Adolfo, CWS OF 22 7 Andy
260 J.J. Matijevic, HOU OF 22 8 Brent
261 Jordan Yamamoto, MIA P 22 9 Stoffer
262 Simeon Woods Richardson, NYM P 22 10 Matt
263 Bret Boswell, COL 2B 22 11 Brandon
264 Kyle Funkhouser, DET P 22 12 Ryan

Michael on his selection of Ryan Rolison, LHP, COL: Lefthander Ryan Rolison was drafted by the Rockies in the first round (22nd pick overall) in 2018 out of the University of Mississippi. The Rockies limited his innings at Rookie-level Grand Junction because of his spring workload. He had a 1.86 ERA and struck out 34 in 29 innings with a 0.79 WHIP. That earned him my pick 22 (254 overall) in the Prospects1500 mock draft.

 

Round 23

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
265 Johan Oviedo, STL P 23 1 Ryan
266 Jairo Solis, HOU P 23 2 Brandon
267 David Peterson, NYM P 23 3 Matt
268 Kevin Cron, ARI 1B 23 4 Stoffer
269 Miguel Hiraldo, TOR 3B 23 5 Brent
270 Drew Ellis, ARI 3B 23 6 Andy
271 Austin Allen, SDP C/1B 23 7 Ben
272 Brayan Rocchio, CLE SS 23 8 Scott
273 Lewis Thorpe, MIN P 23 9 Tim
274 Raudy Read, WAS C 23 10 Tony
275 Myles Straw, HOU OF 23 11 Michael
276 Beau Burrows, DET P 23 12 Jake

Ben on his selection of Austin Allen, C/1B, SDP: I like to find value at the catcher position in dynasty since I don’t like to overpay for hitters who maximum play about 80% of their teams’ games, and Allen fits the bill as a the 18th catcher taken off the board in this draft. The power hitting backstop should surpass that ranking, especially as he is in the high minors and playing well in the Arizona Fall League. It bodes well for Allen that his bat is valuable enough to find him some time at 1B, and he is a good target in 2 catcher formats.

 

Round 24

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
277 Mason Martin, PIT 1B 24 1 Jake
278 Nick Ciuffo, TBR C 24 2 Michael
279 Francisco Morales, PHI P 24 3 Tony
280 Lolo Sanchez, PIT OF 24 4 Tim
281 Alek Thomas, ARI OF 24 5 Scott
282 Andres Munoz, SDP P 24 6 Ben
283 Parker Meadows, DET OF 24 7 Andy
284 Thomas Burrows ATL P 24 8 Brent
285 Daniel Lynch, KCR P 24 9 Stoffer
286 Anthony Alford, TOR OF 24 10 Matt
287 Yovanny Cruz, CHC P 24 11 Brandon
288 Edwin Rios, LAD 1B/3B 24 12 Ryan

Ben on his selection of Andres Munoz, RHP, SDP: If you want to find a high probability future closer in the minors, look no further than Munoz. With the ability to spot a fastball that can touch 103 MPH, Munoz is an easy target in dynasty leagues who could close in the MLB as soon as 2019.

 

Round 25

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
289 Freicer Perez, NYY P 25 1 Ryan
290 Zach Logue, TOR P 25 2 Brandon
291 Jeremiah Jackson, LAA SS 25 3 Matt
292 Adam Kloffenstein, TOR P 25 4 Stoffer
293 Yoan Lopez, ARI P 25 5 Brent
294 Cal Quantrill, SDP P 25 6 Andy
295 Keegan Akin, BAL P 25 7 Ben
296 Darwinzon Hernandez, BOS P 25 8 Scott
297 Ryan McKenna, BAL OF 25 9 Tim
298 Jake Rogers, DET C 25 10 Tony
299 Tommy Eveld, MIA P 25 11 Michael
300 Daniel Johnson, WAS OF 25 12 Jake

Andy on his selection of Cal Quantrill, RHP, SDP: A former top-40 prospect is rarely available at the 294th spot of a prospect mock draft, but that’s exactly where I was able to snatch up Padres righty Cal Quantrill. Of course, his 5.15 ERA and 1.47 WHIP at Double-A last season is a big step down, and many folks have concerns about his low strikeout totals (7.6 K/9 at AA, 6.4 at AAA). Still, I see a well-built right-hander with fastball command and a plus-plus changeup, who could be a very solid No. 3 starter if his slider continues to develop. He maintains his mid-90’s command deep into games, so I have little concern about a potential bullpen move. I am ecstatic to get this kind of ceiling/floor combo in the 25th round of this draft.

Scott on his selection of Darwinzon Hernandez, RHP, BOS: I’m probably being a Red Sox homer but to get Darwinzon Hernandez in the 25th round seems like a steal to me. He’s easily in Boston’s Top 10 prospects and some will have him Top 5 come early 2019. His performance has been solid in the Arizona Fall League and he impressed in the Fall Stars game.

 

Round 26

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
301 Chad Spanberger, TOR 1B 26 1 Jake
302 Matt Pierpont, COL P 26 2 Michael
303 Yasel Antuna, WAS SS 26 3 Tony
304 Israel Pineda, WAS C 26 4 Tim
305 Simon Rosenblum-Larson, TBR P 26 5 Scott
306 Tucupita Marcano, SDP 2B/SS 26 6 Ben
307 Jimmie Sherfy, ARI P 26 7 Andy
308 Chad Sobotka, ATL P 26 8 Brent
309 Jonathan Ornelas, TEX SS 26 9 Stoffer
310 Lenny Torres, CLE P 26 10 Matt
311 Devin Davis, TBR 1B 26 11 Brandon
312 James Karinchak, CLE P 26 12 Ryan

Ben on his selection of Tucupita Marcano, 2B/SS, SDP: Marcano is a favorite of international prospect hound Barry ‘Ernesto’ Baker (@barrybaker8664) and for good reason: the 19-year-old Marcano posted a 26 BB: 10 K ratio in the AZL before getting the promotion to Short Season ball. Marcano is an OBP machine with enough tools to get excited about shooting up rankings in 2019.

 

Round 27

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
313 Kyle Dohy, PHI P 27 1 Ryan
314 Emmanuel Ramirez, SDP P 27 2 Brandon
315 Anderson Tejeda, TEX 2B 27 3 Matt
316 Tristan Beck, ATL P 27 4 Stoffer
317 Luken Baker, STL 1B 27 5 Brent
318 Wenceel Perez, DET SS 27 6 Andy
319 Ty Buttrey, LAA P 27 7 Ben
320 Denyi Reyes, BOS P 27 8 Scott
321 Carlos Vargas, TBR SS 27 9 Tim
322 Kyle Young, PHI P 27 10 Tony
323 Joe McCarthy, TBR OF 27 11 Michael
324 Abraham Toro, HOU 3B 27 12 Jake

Ryan on his selection of Kyle Dohy, LHP, PHI: I was incredibly happy to find someone in the 27th round of a draft like this, that may be seeing high leverage situations in the major leagues within the next year. When that player was a 16th round pick out of Division II, Cal Poly Pomona, it may sound even more improbable. Kyle Dohy didn’t exactly follow a direct path to a potential shot at the major leagues. Dohy pitched at 3 colleges in 3 years, posting a
5.99 ERA and 6.78 BB/9 as a junior before the Phillies grabbed him with the 474th overall pick in 2017. The lefty reliever sat in the high 80’s with a good curveball and above average changeup, but with massive command issues. In his professional debut, Dohy was about what Philly expected, striking out 9.9 batters per 9 innings, but also putting up a 9 BB/9. As the calendar turned to 2018 though, Dohy found another level. Dohy has jumped his fastball up to the mid-nineties, making his breaking ball a bit more of a slider and making it a plus pitch, giving him 2 or 3 plus pitches and results to prove he’s for real. Across 3 levels in 2018, all Dohy did was put up a 14.8 K/9, while allowing 34 hits in 67.1 innings. His command has remained a bit of an issue, however it isn’t every day you get a left handed pitcher with 3 above average to plus pitches coming out of the bullpen. If he can fine tune the command a bit, we may be seeing the future closer in Philly.

 

Round 28

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
325 Rylan Bannon, BAL 2B/3B 28 1 Jake
326 Josh Fuentes, COL 3B 28 2 Michael
327 Greg Deichmann, OAK OF 28 3 Tony
328 Juan Then, NYY P 28 4 Tim
329 Nicky Lopez, KCR 2B/SS 28 5 Scott
330 Roberto Ramos, COL 1B 28 6 Ben
331 Riley Pint, COL P 28 7 Andy
332 Joe Perez, HOU 3B 28 8 Brent
333 Cole Roederer, CHC OF 28 9 Stoffer
334 Andy Yerzy, ARI C 28 10 Matt
335 Logan O’Hoppe, PHI C 28 11 Brandon
336 Isranel Wilson, ATL OF 28 12 Ryan

Michael on his selection of Josh Fuentes, 3B, COL: Josh Fuentes, my 28th pick (326 overall) had a breakout season in 2018, earning the Pacific Coast League MVP award after a stellar season at AAA Albuquerque. He had 14 homers, 95 RBI and a .327/.354/.517 slash line this summer, putting him in line to replace his cousin, Nolan Arenado, as the Rockies’ third basemen if he should leave in free agency or be traded.

Scott on his selection of Nicky Lopez, 2B/SS, KCR:  One other huge value I’m banking on is getting Royals 2B Nicky Lopez in the 28th round, 328th overall. Lopez split 2018 between AA and AAA, and I’ve even seen Lopez ranked as high as 15th overall in MiLB Power Rankings based on 2018 regular season performance with age and level being major factors in how each statistical category is weighted.

Round 29

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
337 Trent Deveaux, LAA OF 29 1 Ryan
338 Brandon Howlett, BOS 3B 29 2 Brandon
339 Malcom Nunez, STL 3B 29 3 Matt
340 Osiris Johnson, MIA SS 29 4 Stoffer
341 Joerlin De Los Santos, STL SS 29 5 Brent
342 Braden Bishop, SEA OF 29 6 Andy
343 Jared Oliva, PIT OF 29 7 Ben
344 Zac Lowther, BAL P 29 8 Scott
345 Austin Franklin, TBR P 29 9 Tim
346 Forrest Wall, TOR OF 29 10 Tony
347 Anthony Seigler, NYY C 29 11 Michael
348 Cole Ragans, TEX P 29 12 Jake

Brent on his selection of Joerlin De Los Santos, SS, STL: For those of that have played Dynasty Fantasy Baseball with me, they know that while I do not ignore long term sustainability, I am always “in it to win it.”  Thus I tend to use a lot my minor leaguers, prospects, whatever you want to call them, as trade pieces.  Because of that, I’m always “recouping” my minors so to speak, so I do a lot of research on prospects.  One that really caught my attention was my 29th round pick of the draft, Joerlin De Los Santos, a SS prospect for the Cardinals.  He spent the summer in the Dominican Summer League as a 17-year-old (turned 18 in September).  He hit a robust .359, but I take that with a grain of salt, given the uncertainty of quality pitching in the DSL.  What DOEs stand out, however, is the incredibly mature plate discipline he exhibited.  In 234 ABs, he walked 41 times, while striking out only 36 times.  That is just rare to see at such a young age.  He also has a very good physical build-up, with lots of room to “grow into.”  He is obviously a long ways from the majors, however, to show such a “strong eye at the  plate” already, he is someone that should be on the radar of any Dynasty Baseball aficionado.  Remember I mentioned him here first!

 

Round 30

Overall Player Position Round Pick Team
349 Owen White, TEX P 30 1 Jake
350 Luis Santana, NYM 2B 30 2 Michael
351 Chris Shaw, SFG OF 30 3 Tony
352 Tito Polo, CWS OF 30 4 Tim
353 Tristan Pompey, MIA OF 30 5 Scott
354 Sean Reynolds, MIA 1B 30 6 Ben
355 Giovanny Gallegos, STL P 30 7 Andy
356 CJ Alexander, ATL 3B 30 8 Brent
357 Joe Dunand, MIA SS/3B 30 9 Stoffer
358 Blaze Alexander, ARI SS 30 10 Matt
359 Kit Scheetz, HOU P 30 11 Brandon
360 Eli Morgan, CLE P 30 12 Ryan

Tony on his selection of Chris Shaw, OF, SFG: For my final selection I went with Chris Shaw. I love his power potential even though I could love without the strikeouts and home park. He may need another few months in the minors after his short September stint but it was definitely worth the gamble this late.

Ben on his selection of Sean Reynolds, 1B, MIA: Reynolds hit one of the hardest balls I saw this year during my look of him playing for Batavia, which I wrote about on this site here. A converted pitcher, the 6’7″ Reynolds is a great athlete with huge raw power, a good throwing arm and some speed (13/14 SB). The slugger knocked 17 HR in the New York Penn League, nearly doubling the next best player (9 HR). The mix of counting stats, and 42% K rate, makes him one of the more polarizing prospects in the game. While some won’t consider such a K profile, I think about the progress that Reynolds made this year with the bat and the fact that he is now dedicating his energy to hitting full time. I also like Reynolds because he offers much more than just power as a tool: he can run and throw too. His skill set is somewhat similar to Cleveland’s Will Benson, who is a year ahead of Reynolds in his development. At this point in the draft, I’ll take a flier on a Joey Gallo/Adam Dunn/Chris Davis type of hitter: all of whom are/were Top 150 overall fantasy players during their heyday.

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As a writer who has been in the industry for one year, it is an incredible feeling to have contributed something like this that fans and other writers can use and enjoy. I am grateful to Scott Greene for giving my idea the green light of doing a mock draft at this point in the year, and thus #2EarlyMiLBMock and the #Mocktober season were born. Make sure to keep the Final Google Draft Sheet, along with everyone’s final rosters, handy for your own drafts this winter. Thanks for following along with the team at Prospects1500.

 

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Ben covers the New York Penn League and New York Mets minor league baseball for Prospects1500. Ben is a Massachusetts native and Red Sox fan now living in Upstate New York, a haven for taking in Short Season A Ball, AA, and AAA games. Ben has played fantasy baseball for over 15 years and is involved in multiple dynasty leagues, including Scott Greene's Diamond Duos 4. Ben broke into baseball writing with the great support of Mark Nikolov as a team writer at realmccoyminors.com, and has also contributed to notesfromthesally.com. Follow Ben on Twitter @TBDubbs11 for player video and dynasty baseball content.

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