The 2017 Draft List

Here is the list of the 44 former (and current) Valley League players drafted this year…

1   28 Nate Pearson, RHP, Central Florida, Toronto Blue Jays (Staunton 16)
4  120 Michael Gigliotti, CF, Lipscomb, Kansas City Royals (Covington 15)
4  126 Garrett Cave, RHP, Tampa, San Francisco Giants (Staunton 15)
6  190 Wills Montgomerie, RHP, Connecticut, Los Angeles Dodgers (Waynesboro 15)
7 198 Nick Margevicius, LHP, Rider, San Diego Padres (Staunton 15)
7 218 Ben Breazeale, C, Wake Forest, Baltimore Orioles (Harrisonburg 14)
8 243 Billy Cooke, CF, Coastal Carolina, Seattle Mariners (Charlottesville 15)
8 251 Zach Sterry, 1B, Oakland, Boston Red Sox (Waynesboro 2016)
11 321 Ryan Gridley, SS, Mississippi State, Oakland A’s (Waynesboro 2015)
11 338 Trevor Craport, Util, Georgia Tech, Baltimore Orioles (Harrisonburg 16)
11 339 Donnie Sellers, RHP, Wake Forest, Toronto Blue Jays (Harrisonburg 2016)
13 385 Kevin Williams, LF, Samford, Los Angeles Angels (Front Royal 2016)
13 398 Reed Hayes, RHP, Vanderbilt, Baltimore Orioles (Staunton 15)
15 451 Kyle Davis, 2B, West Virginia, Houston Astros (Charlottesville 15)
15 458 Juan Escarra, 1B, Florida International, Baltimore Orioles (Staunton 14)
17 524 Tyler Ratliff, 3B, Marshall, Texas Rangers (Purcellville 16)
18 551 Dominic LoBrutto, LHP, Florida International, Boston (Winchester 16)
19 574 Irving Lopez, 2B, Florida International, St.Louis (Staunton 16)
19 583 Jonathan Pryor, OF, Wake Forest, Washington Nationals (Harrisonburg 16)
20 598 Will Reed, RHP, Harford CC, Pittsburgh Pirates (Purcellville 16)
21 618 Greg Lambert, CF, S.Illinois Carbondale, San Diego (Front Royal 15)
22 655 James Ziemba, LHP, Duke, Arizona (Harrisonburg 14-15)
22 658 Brett Pope, SS, Western Carolina, Pittsburgh (Charlottesville 15)
23 681 Malik Jones, RHP, Missouri Baptist, Oakland (Purcell, Harrison 16)
24 732 Riley Echols, RHP, Freed Hardeman, Cleveland (Charles Town 15)
24 734 Brooks Wilson, RHP, Stetson, Texas (Waynesboro 15)
25 765 Mitch Stophel, RHP, King, Chicago Cubs (Front Royal 16)
26 772 Abraham Almonte, LHP, Philadelphia, Arizona (Strasburg 16)
26 776 Aubrey McCarty, RF, Florida A&M, Colorado (Waynesboro 15)
26 785 Drew Crosby, LHP, Memphis, Detroit (Winchester 15)
26 793 Kameron Esthay, OF, Baylor, Washington (Harrisonburg 15)
27 808 David Lee, RHP, Florida, Pittsburgh (Winchester 15-6)
27 810 Nick Hutchins, C, S.Illinois Carbondale, Kansas City (Front Royal 15)
27 812 Alex Mauricio, RHP, Norfolk State, New York Yankees (Waynesboro 15)
28 835 Bernabe Camargo, SS, Galveston, Arizona Diamondbacks (Front Royal 16)
28 848 Zach Jarrett, OF, UNC CHarlotte, Baltimore (Woodstock 14)
29 876 Frank Rubio, RHP, Florida, San Francisco (Front Royal 16)
30 891 Cody Puckett, LHP, Middle Tennessee, Oakland (Front Royal 15)
31 936 Keenan Bartlett, RHP, Richmond, San Francisco (Winchester 15)
33 996 Peyton Maddox, C, VMI, San Francisco (Charles Town 15, Staunton 16)
34 1019 Karl Craigie, LHP, UT San Antonio, Miami (Charles Town 14)
35 1060 Colby Nealy, RHP, Washington State, LA Dodgers (Strasburg 15)
37 1107 Ted Andrews, RHP, Tulane, Chicago White Sox (Front Royal 17)
39 1185 Cooper Coldiron, INF, Houston, Chicago Cubs (Charles Town 15)

Bowman, Davis “Under the Radar” Prospects?

Over on minorleagueball.com, a post written by someone with the twitter handle of @mattstockhausen names four college outfielders who are “under the radar” for the upcoming June MLB draft. Two of the four have played in the Valley League. Matt also includes a lengthy writeup on each player, so there is plenty to unpack. Let’s take a look:

Bryson Bowman, Western Carolina (Charles Town 2015):

I’m surprised to be mentioning a Senior hitter from a high-octane hitting environment like Western Carolina, but Bowman’s 2016 was so good it overcomes the discounts my method applies to it. A CC transfer, Bowman in 2016 showed patience (15% BB), power (19 HR in 283 PA, supported by solid 2B and 3B totals), contact ability (8.8% K, a decent-under-the-circumstances .326 average) and enough speed (10 SB, 3 3B) and defense in RF (played a few games in CF, too) to make him more than just a bat-only prospect. All of this got him drafted in the 33rd round last year. There are several reasons to question his pro future, beyond the offensive environment that unquestionably inflates his hitting stats, and he certainly might prove just an organizational player. His 5′-11″, 200 physique and the athletic limitations implied in his being with the Catamounts are one; his somewhat spotty summer league record is another: he hit .281 with decent speed and contact back in 2015, but with so-so patience and power, in the relatively low-level Valley League, then went 3 for 18 last year in the CPL. Still, his 2016 looks awfully similar to what fellow Western Carolina Catamount Tyler White, now of the Astros, did in 2013, the differences being that (1) Bowman’s K/BB data is better, (2) White was a Senior at the time, and (3) Bowman appears to be a quality defender in RF, where White was always a 1B/DH in training. While White found success out of round 33, I think Bowman could make a fine Senior sign in rounds 8-10 this year, despite a relatively low-power start to 2017.

So, first of all, it’s awesome that Bowman is being compared (favorably) with Tyler White, because White also played in the Valley (Haymarket 2010). I’m also pretty curious about the adjective “low-level” connected with the VBL. Has the Valley’s stock fallen that far in the last number of years? And by the way, Bryson hit 281/329/366 over 153 at-bats with the Cannons in 2015. He’s currently hitting (through Tuesday, March 21) 297/424/500 in 74 at-bats for the Catamounts.

Kyle Davis, West Virginia (Charlottesville 2015):

The 6′-0″, 195 Davis has played all over the place for the Mountaineers, but makes the most sense as a corner OF, given that he has limited but acceptable speed for the position, enough athleticism to have played the middle infield, and enough arm to have been an occasional regular at third. Davis has cut his strikeout rate markedly during his career, from 15.5% as a Freshman, to 11% last year, to 7% early this season, and appears able to hit for a quality average; he did whiff in about a third of his 47 Cape Cod PA last year, but that’s an extremely small sample size. He has at times shown strong ability to get on base, too (15% BB last year, for example), but that ability hasn’t been as consistent. He’s a notably bad base stealer, now under 50% for his career. He has shown good power, even allowing for playing his home games at altitude, including in that otherwise-unhappy Cape Cod League stint, along with solid gap power to back it up. While his hitting ability doesn’t jump off the page the way that Bowman’s does, Davis seems capable of contributing in multiple areas, providing both on-base and slugging. He’s probably an interesting org guy unless his power develops further; if it does, he could be a sneaky candidate to be a bench bat in the majors.

No digs at the VBL in this one. Excellent that Kyle is reducing his strikeout rate as well as he has. Kyle batted 78 times for the Tom Sox in 2015, hitting 256/310/321. The current junior is hitting 295/375/436 in 78 at-bats for the Mountaineers.

One thing is certain: if either or both of these young men are drafted in June, ATVL will let you know!

Kyle Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryson Bowman