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Royals 2015 Draft Recap

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An analysis of most Royals draft picks from 2015

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So there we go. It's done. Now we're only ~360 days away from the 2016 draft, which scouts will begin work on soon with summer league games and showcases.

With their first pick, the Royals selected Indiana prep right hander Ashe Russell. Admittedly I wasn't a big Russell fan, not at 21 at least, as I ranked him as my 31st best prospect (he went 21). It's not a reach really, but I would have preferred Nick Plummer (who ultimately went to the Cardinals a few picks later) or at least Mike Nikorak (who went to the Rockies 6 picks later). I really felt that the Royals needed some impact bats and I rated Plummer my 10th best prospect (which would have been great at 21) with arguably one of the better bats in this class despite being a more raw prep hitter compared to some of the early college guys.

That's just my subjective opinion and we need to look more objective at the draft. Just because I wanted Plummer or Nikorak over Russell doesn't make him the right or wrong pick (but you are reading my article). You should certainly make your own. We can objectively prove Plummer > Russell, but I think Plummer > Russell.

Here's what Keith Law had to say about the Royals overall draft:

The Royals really loaded up on arms, a strategy that has served them well in recent drafts. Ashe Russell (1) and Nolan Watson (1A) are both high-upside prep arms from Indianapolis; Russell has a higher ceiling but more risk of ending up as a reliever, given his delivery.

Josh Staumont (2) might have the best pure stuff in the draft, but he has no command or control, walking 54 in 68 innings this year against Division II competition. ... Anderson Miller (3) is a potential fourth outfielder at best, with a bad swing that doesn't show any hand strength and trouble making contact. ... Garrett Davila (4) is a very projectable lefty with an average fastball that has good life, and good shape on a true curveball. He also gets on top of the ball well and has an easy delivery. ... Gabriel Cancel (7) is a small shortstop from Puerto Rico -- he'll probably end up at second base -- but with a compact swing that should produce contact.

And here's what Scout said

The Royals were apparently very heavy on the state of Indiana this year. The state has really improved in terms of the draft talent and that has been helped by the emerging college programs in the state.

Royals' top pick Ashe Russell was a player who at points was considered a top-10 talent in this draft. He projects to have potentially two future plus pitches. His command needs some work but the upside that of a frontline starter.
Second pick Nolan Watson was an arm that got a lot of late heat in the state of Indiana. I know more than a few places that listed him, and not Russell, as the top arm in the state.

Third selection Josh Staumont is a very intriguing arm. He has big natural velocity hitting 101 MPH but I would put a 30-grade on his command. I am not sure if he really has a chance, as the command is such a mess, but if you can get it right he could be an elite back-end guy.

The Royals went with arms and that is not a surprise for a system that needed pitching depth and has had to rely on free agency to help their major league rotation.

1st Round 21st Pick - Ashe Russell RHP Cathedral Catholic HS, IN

BA Ranking: 17th

Here's what I wrote pre-draft

Ashe Russell, RHP Cathedral High School (IN)

Some have Russell pegged as a reliever immediately. He's got excellent stuff that would play very well in the rotation, but his delivery/mechanics are worrisome. It's a low 3/4 arm slot and the arm speed is faster than you'd like, creating some spotty command. Keith Law mentioned Chris Sale as a mechanical comparison.

Others are much higher on Russell though, citing his really effective arsenal and room for growth/projection.

He's been able to beat high schoolers based on his fastball and slider alone, so the changeup is still raw, but when used it flashes average.

And also some evaulator opinions

From MLB.com

Fastball: 60
Slider: 60
Changeup: 50
Control: 55
Overall: 55


Stats
Record: 5-1
IP: 41
ERA: 1.02
BB: 9
SO: 67
ER: 6


Scouting report
Russell is in the mix to become the first high school pitcher drafted in 2015. He had a fine summer on the high school showcase circuit, repeatedly showing one of the more devastating two-pitch combinations in the prep class. Thanks to his fast arm and low three-quarters slot, Russell imparts a lot of life on his pitches. He usually works at 92-95 mph with his fastball and when he stays on top of his 78-82 mph slider, it's a swing-and-miss offering with bite. With those two weapons in his repertoire, he rarely has needed a changeup against high school competition. His frame, athleticism and long hair draw some comparisons to Clay Buchholz, though some scouts wonder if Russell's slinging delivery might make him better suited for a relief role.


MLB comp: Clay Buchholz


Fun fact: Russell heralds from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, the same high school as Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter (Class of 2005) and former big leaguer Jake Fox (2000).


He said it: "I try not to pay attention [to the mock drafts]. I've seen where I've been picked seventh overall and 68th overall. So I don't look anymore. When that time comes, they'll decide and hopefully it works out for the best."
-- Russell to the Indianapolis Star


They said it: "That slider, when he's on, it really is devastating. He misses a ton of bats with it. It's been fun watching that pitch develop over the last four years, where early on he didn't have that good a feel for it. Now here in May-June of his senior season, it's a crumbling pitch for batters to try to hit."
-- Cathedral High School varsity baseball coach Rich Andriole

From Baseball America

In a draft where many of the top young arms have struggled to stay healthy, Russell has consistently been the same high-octane arm that impressed scouts last summer on the showcase circuit. Russell is blessed with a very quick arm that has consistently sat at 92-94 mph and has touched 97 at his best. That fastball seems to explode from his hand and he gets good extension. But even more than the velocity, the late boring action of Russell's fastball makes it a plus pitch and one that should generate lots of ground balls. His low three-quarters arm slot also helps the action of his above-average low 80s slider. Russell's arm action isn't clean as some of the other top high school arms as his delivery has plenty of length in the back and he's struggled to hit his spots at times. Last summer his release point wandered as well. His changeup is still largely in its nascent stages because he hasn't really needed it much yet. Russell has plenty of size (6-foot-4) and he has room to grow as his lanky frame has room to add plenty of weight. Russell has a long ways to go, but he has all the pieces to be a solid mid-rotation starter and possibly more. He's committed to Texas A&M.

From ESPN

There have been plenty of talented hurlers to come out of Indiana over the past few years, but in terms of pure stuff, Russell might be the best to come out of the state. His fastball generally sits 90-93 mph and will touch 95 with late life and occasional sink, and when he's on, he commands it to both sides of the plate.

The Texas A&M commit's slider is also a plus offering, showing sweeping break and late bite when he stays on top of the offering. The changeup is the weakest of his three offerings, though it flashes average with some deception from arm speed with some tumble to the offering as well.

What keeps Russell from creeping into the first-round possibles is his delivery. He throws across his body from a low, three-quarter arm slot, and without an elite changeup or plus command, it's tough to imagine he'll be effective against left-handers, who will pick up the ball early out of his hand. There are exceptions to this rule (see Sale, Chris), but Russell might profile best in the bullpen.

Player Grades


PRESENT FUTURE
Fastball 60/65
Command 40/50
Slider 45/60
Changeup 30/45

From Fangraphs

Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS (IN), Texas A&M commit Video: Well-known from the showcase circuit and now flashing his peak stuff again, hitting 97 mph this week after showing 88-93 earlier in the spring. The delivery isn't pretty, but he's 6'4, has a plus fastball, above average to plus hook and some starter traits.

From Scout

A lot of people I trust really like Ashe Russell. He has the frame and athleticism that allows scouts to see a lot of potential growth. He already sports a solid fastball and slider. I do have some concerns he might end up in bullpen. There is some effort to his delivery. The upside is pretty clear. Russell is interesting as he is one of the players who really has a large range on a variety of boards. — Jeff Ellis

Now for some videos and GIFs of Russell

Now, I present a compendium of all the strikeouts Ashe Russell produced in his one inning pitched during the 2014 Perfect Game All American Game (considered to be the best draft prospect showcase):

Outlook: Russell is going to take some time to develop. He's a raw prep pitcher (most are of course) who's gotten by in high school with only two pitches (like many high schoolers do). Now, it helps that both those pitches (FB/SL) are pretty nice pitches, but it's been at a detriment to his changeup. If he were left handed there'd be considerable more pressure for him to develop the pitch, but if he can even get it to average then he's potential #2/3.

I'm not sure about the Buchholz comp as Buchholz hasn't throw a slider in some time (instead it's a curveball), but Clay has a cutter that could act like Russell's fastball in movement (though not in speed).

I think maybe a better comp could be Ervin Santana with a little worse command. (if he pans out). FB/SL heavy mix with the fastball averaging 93, and a plus slider with a back piece changeup that's fringey to below average.

Dayton said that Russell is likely to go to Lexington next year to open the season, and you could figure he'll go to either Burlington or Idaho Falls this year (with Burlington being likely). Though there is a chance he goes to the AZL team.

1st Round 33rd Pick - Nolan Watson RHP Lawrence North HS, IN

BA Ranking: 56th

Watson is the 2nd Indian right handed prep pitcher in a row here for the Royals. Area scouting director Mike Farrell (who's in charge of Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan/Ohio) swears it is just a coincidence and that he didn't stumble upon either guy while scouting the other early on.

Watson was just a guy last spring/summer with underwhelming stuff. Then he took a giant step forward and caught the eyes of midwest area scouts. He features a similar pitch mix as his fellow hoosier Russell in a good fastball/slider, but he's a little lower velocity than Russell however Watson's changeup is a little better. He's a commit to juggernaut Vanderbilt so it's not a guarantee he signs, but there's a very good chance he does given the slot he was taken in.

From Baseball America

Watson was impressive but not overwhelming when scouts and recruiters saw him last summer, but he's taken a significant step forward this spring. He largely sat at 85-88 mph during his junior season and bumped that up to sit in the upper 80s last summer in showcases. This spring he's generally been sitting 90-93 mph with his fastball, touching 96 at his best. He also features a promising low-80s slider and has shown some feel for his developing changeup. His delivery shows no obvious red flags and he's generally around the strike zone. If Watson's stuff had remained at the level he showed last summer, he would likely have been the type of pitcher who heads off to school (Vanderbilt in his case), gets stronger and rockets up draft boards in three years after his stuff sharpens. But Watson's big step forward has happened much more quickly to where he's gone from a projectable righthander with an excellent frame (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) to having present stuff. Now he may go early enough in the draft to consider forgoing his college commitment.

From Fangraphs

Watson was a solid 2nd round pick most of the spring, then his velocity ticked up to 90-94, touching 96 mph down the stretch and top scouts were scrambling to get looks at a later-blooming, cold weather arm.

From Scout

Nolan Watson is another guy who I was late to the party with. I discovered him when I went to look at a Vanderbilt recruit list. There are worse ways to figure out who the top pitching talent in the country is than to look at who Vanderbilt is recruiting. He is an athlete with mid 90's velocity. His secondary stuff needs work and some think he is ticketed to the bullpen. Watson is a plus athlete with easy velocity is a solid value after the second round. — Jeff Ellis

Prep Baseball Report velocities

Pitching

Max Fastball: 95

Fastball: 91-94

Curveball: 79-81

Changeup: 79-81

Slider: 81-84

Outlook:

Watson should move at a similar pace as Russell. Both were linked closely in some draft rankings (though mainly because of some concerns with Russell than superlatives of Watson) and Dayton Moore said both would go to Lexington next year. Watson might not have as much upside as Russell given Russell's more electric stuff, but Watson may have a better career than Russell. For Nolan it'll be about developing his secondary stuff to reach an ultimate #3 pitcher.

3rd Round 64th Pick - Josh Staumont RHP Azusa Pacific, CA

BA Ranking: 80th

Staumont might have the best pitch in the entire 2015 draft. A fastball that can top out at 101 MPH at times as a true 80 grade pitch. It's just an overpowering offering and has really beat up amatuer hitters in his career. He doesn't often know where the fastball is going to hit the catcher's glove at. He throws a curveball that at times looks good, but at times is an inconsistent offering. Behind all that is a changeup that he rarely needs to use and is several grades behind the fastball.

From Baseball America

Good luck figuring out Staumont, one of the most fascinating players in the draft. He's an Anaheim prep product who spent one season at NAIA Biola (Calif.) before transferring to Azusa Pacific (Calif.), which is transitioning from NAIA to Division II, to follow pitching coach John Verhoeven, who made the same move. He's been throwing a fastball in the upper 90s the last two years after sitting in the upper 80s as a high school pitcher, and at his best in short stints, he's hit 100 mph with his heater. Scouts grade Staumont's fastball as a 70 pitch when he starts, as he looks like he's playing catch at 93-97 mph even as a starter. His curveball has low-80s power and snap at its best and can grade out as a plus pitch as well. Staumont's delivery has no obvious red flags and his arm action is clean; he has a solid pitcher's body at a listed 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and passes every eye test. Scouts can only speculate about Staumont's consistent inability to throw strikes, chalking it up to lack of focus and difficulty in corralling his premium velocity. The last two seasons at Azusa, he had 189 strikeouts but 94 walks in 144 innings (5.9 BB/9 IP), and he walked 23 in 26 total Cape Cod League innings. One of the draft's biggest enigmas also is one of its biggest arms.

From ESPN

Staumont has the best pure fastball velocity in the draft class, sitting 95-98 mph and touching 101. He does it with astounding ease for someone his size and will flash a plus curveball as well.

What keeps Staumont from being a high pick is his lack of a third pitch and sometimes ugly command. His splitter dives down, but the lack of rotation on it makes it easy to pick up out of his hand, and he has had games in which he shows true 30 command.

He has a chance to start because of how easy the delivery is, but that command and shallow repertoire are probably going to douse that possibility sooner than later. There's loads of upside here, but he's as volatile as any collegiate pitcher in the class.

RESENT FUTURE
Fastball 80 80
FB Movement
Command 30 40
Curveball 50 60
Changeup 40 45

Outlook:

Staumont has the build and potential stuff to be a starter, and he'll get opportunities to do so initially. The Royals haven't exactly been notorious for honing in prep pitcher talent, but Cody Reed and Luke Farrell are two recent prep pitchers that have gotten command under control. Of course, it never hurts to have guys who can throw into triple digits in your organization.

Maybe the Royals move him to the bullpen in a few years, but he'll likely be a rotation candidate if/until the stuff gets too wild. He could debut in Burlington this year but seems like the AZL might make the most sense.

3rd Round 98th Pick - Anderson Miller OF Western Kentucky

BA Ranking: 166th

Four picks; three players for scout Mike Farrell who was responsible for scouting Miller. He's got a good approach at the plate as he's walked more than he's struck out, and recently added some power. Miller is a good bet to stay in centerfield with his good speed as well.

Miller has a nice build and his actions come smooth. In the batters box he's got decent bat speed and a swing with some loft into it that will hopefully let the power play.

From Baseball America

Miller has been a productive player at Western Kentucky, but he took a significant step forward this season as he added some power to his already impressive hitting ability. Miller has a big league body and has been a team leader with admirable makeup. What makes him especially intriguing is that he's a solid center fielder who should be able to remain there as a pro thanks in part to his above-average speed. At the plate, Miller has shown an ability to drive the ball while making consistent contact and has walked more than he struck out this year. Miller is at his best when he's driving the ball to the opposite field, but he's started to show the ability to hit the ball out to all fields.

Outlook:

Miller has some power and is instantly intriguing given that he's likely to stay in center. He probably peaks as a fourth outfielder, but if things break right he could find an everyday role possibly if the plate discipline and speed/power play full.

Miller may open the season in Idaho Falls and then move to Wilmington next year.

4th Round 129th Pick - Garrett Davila LHP South Point HS, NC

BA Ranking: 175th

Pronounced "Dah-Vuh-La", Davila is a softer tossing lefty, and the first such handed pitcher taken by the Royals in the draft. Last year they led off with two straight lefties and three of the first four pitchers taken. He was named to the Perfect Game All American Honorable Mention list for 2015.

Davila is a little more polished than your normal prep lefty, but in turn doesn't have quite as high a ceiling as others. Davila is a Tennessee commit who was similar to Watson above where he was known and expected to fulfill his college commitment until his stuff/body stepped forward (though not as much as Watson's did). The delivery is smooth, and while the stuff isn't overpowering, Davila controls it well.

From Baseball America

Davila entered the spring one of many projectable Mid-Atlantic arms, and showed quickly that he had taken the appropriate steps forward. He pitched more in the mid-to-upper 80s as a rising senior on the showcase circuit, but began to fill out his 6-foot-2 frame over the offseason, and came out with low 90s velocity this spring. The southpaw was unhittable this spring, striking out nearly two batters per inning and allowing only one earned run through the entire season. Davila pitched mostly at 88-91 mph, though he bumped 93 at times. His best offspeed pitch is his mid-70s curveball, which breaks with 11-to-5 shape and projects as an average pitch. Davila can battle command issues at times and may take a while to develop, but there is still room to fill in his frame, and some scouts see him as a potential back-of-the-rotation starter. Davila is committed to Tennessee, where he could potentially join the Volunteers' weekend rotation quickly, though area scouts believe that he is signable.

Outlook:

Davila doesn't have the stuff to be a bullpen piece probably so he's gonna need to be a starter, but his size and delivery can accomplish such a task as long as he develops his curveball and changeup more. He isn't necessarily an exciting prep lefty, but in five years he could carve out a role in the back end of the rotation.

5th Round 159th Pick - Roman Collins OF FAU

BA Ranking: Unranked

Collins is the first under heard of guy in the Royals draft this year. He was a 1st team All-State outfielder in 2012 out of Iowa and was the NJC DII Player of the Year in 2014. While Collins didn't hit for a high average (just .288 - uninspiring for a Conference USA player) he did get on base (.383 OBP) and hit for power (.189 ISO).

Collins, a Minnesota native, hit .435/.512/.756 with 12 home runs and 75 RBIs in 2014 at Des Moines (Iowa) Area CC in 2014 and was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the Year. After going undrafted, he transferred to Florida Atlantic, where he helped the Owls to a second-place finish in Conference USA. Collins is a lefthanded hitter and provides an intriguing power-speed combination. He's an above-average runner and has some pop, with the potential for more as he continues to fill out his 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame.

Outlook:

Collins will need to hit, and hit, and hit to have any prospect stock as he doesn't have flashy tools or a big size body with probably little room left to grow.

He'll likely go to Lexington next season and may debut in Idaho Falls.

6th Round Pick 189 - Cody Jones OF TCU

BA Rank: 306th

TCU had seven players drafted this year and despite being ranked behind some of his other fellow horned frogs, Jones went much earlier.

Jones is a small framed centerfielder with some muscle who's been a mainstay in the TCU lineup since his sophomore year. He has good speed, which helps his defense in center, and was at a time known as a slap hitter who got on base and then swiped the next bag. He stole 39 bases in 62 games this year and 29 in 66 last year.

After hitting zero home runs last year, Jones hit five and spiked his ISO by 70 points and slugging by 200.

Since the day he stepped on campus as a sophomore, Jones has been a fixture in center field for TCU. He's started every game in center field for the past three seasons, but he took a massive step forward offensively as a senior, as he went from being an offensive liability to a surprisingly powerful leadoff hitter. Jones has above-average speed and had 59 steals between the last two seasons, but until this year the switch-hitter focused on bunting and a slap-hitting approach. This year Jones has learned to drive the ball, improving his slugging percentage by .200 points. Jones has always had tools, so his newfound gap power combined with his excellent center field defense makes him a useful senior sign.

Outlook:

It's nice that the Royals are taking guys who can stick in centerfield. We'll see how Jones hits in pro ball, but there is enough speed, contact, and the emergence of power combined with defense that makes him an interesting college guy. The power is probably going to regress (his size and swing just isn't conducive for it) but he has value if he can get on base and steal.

Round 7 Pick 219 - Gabriel Cancel SS Beltran Baseball Academy Puerto Rico

BA Rank: 402

Cancel is a Puerto Rican SS with good power. He has a thicker body which likely will move him off of short to third base. He's got above average bat speed and a swing with some loft to it. He's going to fill out a bit more and most surely move to third eventually but the arm is strong enough to play there.

Cancel's raw tools have put him on scouts' radars as they wait for him to turn his projection into production. Listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, he has a strong, athletic build and is an average runner. He has good arm strength and could end up at third base. Cancel shows some power at the plate, especially when he can turn on the ball. To get to that pop consistently at the next level, however, he'll need to show he can adjust to premium velocity. He is committed to Miami-Dade (Fla.) CC.

Outlook:

Cancel is more tools than production. Questions will be there about how the hit tool will play, but there some power in his bat to help with the shift over to third from short. He's super raw and will be a long term project where you would be surprised if he made his MLB debut (if he ever does) before 2019-2020.

8th Round 249 Pick- Byron Andre Davis LHP Arkansas Pine Bluff

BA Rank: Unranked

Davis played two ways for the Golden Lions as a high contact batter who hit .378 and ~14% K rate. From the mound he touched mid-to-high 90's from the left side.

9th Round 279th Pick - Joseph Markus LHP Indian River JC

BA Rank: Unranked

Markus is a large sized reliever (listed at 6'7" 220lbs) but suffers from command issues (walking 17 batters in 31 innings) while not striking out batters either (21 K's). Meanwhile he had a 6.39 ERA.

10th Round 309th Pick - Alex Luna RHP Alabama Birmingham

BA Rank: Unranked

Luna is a pitch to contact pitcher with low velocity, low strikeouts, but inducing high amount of groundballs. He has underwhelming strikeout rates, but good command with his three pitches and limits walks and home runs.

11th Round 339th Pick - Ben Johnson OF Texas

BA Rank: 121

Johnson also played running back in high school and you can tell. He has a thick lower half and overall "meaty" build (what did I just say...). Despite his size though he hasn't hit for much power and meanwhile has had contact and strikeout issues.

Johnson can handle centerfield thanks to his 70 grade speed. He'll need to shape up his defense a bit, and make improvements with the bat, but at least he's got the right clay to mold an impressive player out of.

12th Round 369th Pick - Daniel Concepcion RHP Virginia Commonwealth

13th Round 399th Pick - Travis Maezes SS Michigan

BA Rank: 376

Maezes was really good in the Cape Cod League last summer, impressing scouts from the left side of the box. Unfortunately for his draft stock he didn't maintain such superlatives as he struggled a bit this spring while dealing with various injuries.

There is more raw power in the swing than game power, something he's never tapped into. He was moved off SS this spring at Michigan due to injuries and could possibly return there, but third is his likely home. Some scouts are also considering him at catcher.

14th Round 429th Pick - Nick Dini C Wagner

15th Round 459th Pick - Marquise Doherty OF Winnetonka HS, MO

BA Rank: 136

You'll hear Doherty tied to Monte Harrison due to Doherty (like Harrison) being the best two-sport athlete in the midwest. The comparison may stop there though as Harrison has better current tools (and is yet still raw). Not to mention Harrison went 50th overall, while Doherty went 459th.

As a star football/baseball player from the Kansas City area, Doherty understandably draws some comparisons to Monte Harrison, the Brewers' second-round pick last year. Doherty is highly unlikely to be taken as high as Harrison was and there is a pretty good chance the Missouri commit will end up playing both football and baseball for the Tigers. Doherty bulked up to handle the pounding he received as a running back, and that extra weight across his chest hasn't done him any favors as a baseball player. His swing isn't as fluid as it used to be and he doesn't turn in the plus-plus run times he's shown in the past (he's a 6.6 runner in the 60-yard dash now). But if he slims down a little to play wide receiver in college it should benefit him in baseball as well. Doherty uses his speed to outrun some false first steps in the outfield. Doherty flashes above-average raw power, but it's with a long and slow swing right now. It's going to take a lot of confidence for a scout to convince a team to buy Doherty out of football since the tools are currently somewhat hidden, but in three years he could turn into a top target.

Doherty will be a tough sign, and the chances are likely slim they do sign him, but since he was taken after the 10th round the consequences are nothing basically if they don't. It's likely that Doherty goes to Missouri and the Royals (and 29 other teams) follow up with Doherty in 2018.

16th Round 489th Pick - Matt Ditman RHP Rice TX

A converted catcher, Rice's closer piles up the strikeouts (11 per 9 innings this year) thanks to a plus curveball. He also has a fringy changeup to go with his 89-91 mph fastball that touches 93.

17th Round 519th Pick -  Matt Portland LHP Northwestern

18th Round 549th Pick - Brian Bayliss RHP St. Joseph's HS, IN

19th Round 579th Pick - Emmanuel Rivera SS Universidad Interamericana JC

20th Round 609th Pick  - Jeffrey Harding RHP Chipola  JC

BA Rank: 226

Harding was the best pitcher on Chipola's (one of the better JuCo programs in the country) staff this spring, a staff that included Mac Marshall (known as being the final piece of the Brady Aiken Fiasco).

Chipola got a pair of players who ranked high on the 2014 BA 500 when lefthander Mac Marshall and slugger Isiah Gilliam chose to attend the school instead of starting their professional careers after the draft. Marshall and Gilliam played well for the Indians, but their performances were eclipsed by Harding, who posted a 1.89 ERA and struck out 80 batters in 71 innings. Despite all of that, Harding still doesn't match his more famous teammates' prospect stature in large part because he is listed at just 5-foot-9, 175 pounds. His size and powerful right arm lead to comparisons to Craig Kimbrel, who also came through the junior college ranks. Harding's fastball gets up to 97 mph and he mixes in a good breaking ball. He's still learning to trust the pitch, but once he does, he could move quickly as a power-armed reliever with two above-average offerings.

21st Round 639th Pick - Austin Bailey SS San Diego

22nd Round 669th Pick - Stephen Milligan LHP Delta State

23rd Round 699th Pick - Colton Frabasilio OF Saint Louis

24th Round 729th Pick - Jonathan McCray 2B San Bernardino Valley JC

25th Round 759th Pick - Tyler Carvalho RHP Mesa CC

26th Round 789 Pick - Alex Close C Liberty VA

27th Round 819th Pick - Jacob Bodner RHP Xavier

28th Round 849th Pick - Reed Hayes RHP Walters State CC

29th Round 879th Pick - Mark McCoy LHP Rutgers

30th Round 909th Pick - Luke Willis OF George Mason

31st Round 939th Pick - Brian Bien SS Bowling Green State

32nd Round 969th Pick - Jake Kalish LHP George Mason

33rd Round 999th Pick - Nate Esposito C Concordia

34th Round 1029th Pick - Taylor Ostrich 1B Old Dominion

35th Round 1059th Pick - Trey Stover SS Hartford

36th Round 1089th Pick - Tanner Stanley 2B Richmond

BA Rank: 377

The son of long-time Major League catcher Mike Stanley, Tanner will look to follow in his father's footsteps, though he is a very different player. The younger Stanley is a lefthanded hitter with advanced strike zone discipline. He has a short swing and has shown the ability to use the power in his hips to drive his swing. Some scouts project him to develop an above-average hit tool, and while power is an essential part of his game, Stanley can turn on mistakes and pull the ball over the fence. When he's healthy, Stanley has shown advanced instincts and speed in center field. He has a fringe-average arm that plays up because of his accuracy. Stanley broke a bone in his foot late in his sophomore year and the injury nagged him in the fall and parts of this spring. While Stanley still has above-average speed, he has been slower out of the box at times this spring, and the health of his foot clouds his immediate future, both on the bases and in center. Still, some teams are believe in his bat and he could end up being a nice value pick, especially if he's able to eventually put his injury behind him.

37th Round 1119th Pick - Jacob Ruder RHP Nixa HS, MO

38th Round 1149th Pick - Dylan Horne LHP Walters State CC

39th Round 1179th Pick - Billy Endris OF Florida Atlantic

40th Round 1209 Pick - Ford Proctor C Monsignor Kelly Catholic