Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Day 2 Wrap

The Giants made it a trifecta of HS talent and loaded up on pitching in Rounds 3-10 on Day 2 of the 2017 MLB amateur draft:

Round 3.  Seth Corry, LHP, HS.  6'2", 195 lbs.

Corry is from Utah.  A good sized lefty who can dial it up to 94 MPH with 1 report saying he has been known to get to 96 MPH.  He also has a nice curveball that he reportedly has better command of than his FB.  His changeup is a laggard in development.  He'll take some polishing up but looks like he could grow into a #3 SP role.


Round 4.  Garrett Cave, RHP, College(Tampa U).  6'4", 205 lbs.

2017:  5-2, 4.23, 61.2 IP, 32 BB, 84 K, 4 Saves.

Cave is an ideal sized RHP who throws hard, reportedly 97-98 MPH. Complements it with a hard slider. He also throws a curveball.  His change up is way behind in the dust.   Dominated the CCL.  Got some buzz in BA despite playing for a Division II school.  Giants obviously bought into it.  He both started and relieved for Tampa.  As you can see from his stat line, he may need to work on reducing his walk rate.  I'm thinking he is a future reliever, possible Closer.


Round 5.  Jason Bahr, RHP, College(Univ. of Central Florida).  6'5", 190 lbs.

2017:  0-2, 2.97, 60.2 IP, 15 BB, 98 K.  Swingman for Central Florida.  Look at those ratios!  Could be developed as either a SP or reliever.  Giants aren't afraid to try out different roles in the minors.


Round 6.  Bryce Johnson, OF, College(Sam Houston St.)  B-S, T-R.  6'2", 180 lbs.

2017:  .350/.453/.433, 12 2B, 5 3B, 33 SB, 34 BB, 41 K, 263 AB.

Best tool is his speed.  Scouts as a true CF.  Not a lot of present power but has enough size that it could still develop.  Bio pic on the SHSU website looks a bit like Matt Duffy if you squint hard.  I'm thinking he's cut out of the Matt Duffy/Kelby Tomlinson mold and that's a good thing.


Round 7.  Logan Harasta, RHP, College(Buffalo).  6'6", 235 lbs.

2017:  1-3, 3.63, 34.2 IP, 26 BB, 50 K, 6 Save.

Big College Closer.  Expect to see him on the reliever track.


Round 8.  John Gavin LHP, College(CS Fullerton).  6'6", 245 lbs.

2017:  8-2, 2.67, 101 IP, 30 BB, 89 K.

Gavin was born in SF and grew up in the Bay Area.  He's a lifelong Giants fan and just had one of his dreams come true.  BIG lefty who has been unheralded but essential member of the CS Fullerton pitching staff. Turned in his best work in his last 2 starts in the college playoffs. Facing Stanford and Long Beach St he pitched a total of 16 innings allowing just 1 Run with 4 BB's and 15 K's.    I did not know he was a Giants fan but I was rooting for them to draft him based on his profile and stats.


Round 9.  Aaron Phillips RHP, College(St Bonaventure).  6'4", 195 lbs.

2017:  9-2, 3.04, 100.2 IP, 45 BB, 90 K.  

Another pitchers with ideal size.  Not the greatest college competition and will likely need some development time but appears to have a pretty good ceiling.


Round 10.  Rob Calabrese, C, College(Illinois, Chicago).  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 195 lbs.

2017:  BA= .353.  23 2B, 8 HR, 20 BB, 26 K, 204 AB.

Questionable competition, but the numbers look good.


Of course the proof is in the pudding as they say, but I like the looks of this year's pitching draftees a lot better than last year's.  We'll see how they perform.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff Doc. Jason Bahr could be an absolute steal. His coach at UCF Greg Lovelady said scouts are intrigued by Bahr’s size, 6-foot-6, and his velocity — his fastball can top out at 96 mph — but there are questions about his inexperience. Bahr, a redshirt junior, only has one full season of college baseball under his belt. However, he led the pitching staff with 98 strikeouts. “We’re sitting in here trying to figure out if we’re going to get him back or not,” Lovelady said. “Wouldn’t be shocked if somebody was like, ‘Look, this guy is going to be a dude’ and takes him in the third to fifth round. … There’s no way there’s 300-something better prospects in the draft. It’s really hard to teach 6-6 and 96. That’s not something that just grows on trees.”
    Here is a scouting report for him from 2013 coming out of high school posted on the site Perfect Game.
    Jason Bahr is a 2013 RHP/1B with a 6-4 170 lb. frame from Longwood, FL who attends Lake Mary HS. Tall lanky projectable build. Long arm action, three quarter arm slot, good movement on fastball, can cut it or run it to either side. Good shape and spin on 11-5 curveball up to 68, solid changeup at 71. Pitches downhill, good extension, loose arm action, online delivery. Excellent student.