Top Pick: Christian Yelich – OF – Westlake HS, CA. 1st – 23 Overall. $1,700,000. Drafted as an outfielder, Yelich has been playing 1B as a professional. Prognosticators question whether Yelich will develop the prototypical corner infielder power or if he’ll fit into the Mark Grace, James Loney mold.
Closest to Majors: Rob Rasmussen – LHP – UCLA. 2nd – 73 Overall. $499,500. When your #3 pitcher comes off the board in the 2nd round, you’ve got a deep staff. And that’s exactly what UCLA had with Rasmussen situated behind righties Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. He won’t overpower you with his fastball but he’s got a 4 pitch mix and could fall back as a late inning lefty if he fails as a professional starter.
The One That Got Away: Andrew Toles – OF – Sandy Creek HS, GA. 4th – 137 Overall. Andrew will follow in his father Alvin’s footsteps and go to Tennessee only he’ll play baseball instead of football. The Fish also missed out on Randy LaBlanc – RHP – Coviington HS, LA (16th) who will honor his commitment to Tunane.
Overall: 3rd Round pick J.T. Realmuto, a C/SS out of Midwest City, OK had 119 RBI last spring. In high school! The Marlins were able to sign him away from his Oklahoma State commitment for $600,000. I also liked the Robert Morey – RHP – UVA (5th), and Alan Oaks – RHP – Michigan (8th), picks. While Oaks has a shot to make it as a reliever, I think Morey will rack up the minor league wins and may get a shot to be a back of the rotation guy in a few years. Grade: C+