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Gerard Gilberto | | June 12, 2015

2015 MLB draft picks in CWS

  Martin was the third of five Southeastern Conference shortstops selected in the first 10 rounds.

What does Richie Martin do?

He gets on base.

With a team leading .404 on-base percentage and 33 walks, Martin seems like a player that was created in one of Billy Beane's happiest thoughts. The future of the Oakland Athletics' middle infield may rely heavily on the 2015 draft.

Martin is the third (of five) SEC shortstops drafted in the first ten rounds.

The fourth?

Alabama's Mikey White -- another player that seems to have been built in the "moneyball" dreamatorium -- led the Tide in his senior season with a .444 on-base percentage and 31 walks, while also boasting a .339 batting average. The talk around White is that the organization with transisition him into a second baseman.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
1 20 Richie Martin SS Oakland Athletics
3 100 Harrison Bader OF St. Louis Cardinals
6 181 Eric Hanhold RHP Milwaukee Brewers
8 242 Daniel Young LHP Toronto Blue Jays
9 270 Taylor Lewis RHP Atlanta Braves
10 294 Joshua Tobias 3B Philadelphia Phillies
14 411 Bobby Poyner LHP Boston Red Sox
24 730 Michael Vinson RHP Detroit Tigers
28 855 Aaron Rhodes RHP Los Angeles Angels

Andrew Benintendi (or as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says it "Benitendiditti") was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the seventh overall pick. Benintendi, being a redshirt sophomore and a 2012 Cincinnati Reds draft pick, could potentially return to school and get drafted two more times should he and the Red Sox --or whatever club might draft him in the future -- not agree on a deal.

One of the more recent examples of a top-ten pick returning to school is Mark Appel. A pitcher from Stanford that was drafted eighth overall in 2012 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. When Appel and the Pirates failed to reach an agreement, Appel returned to Stanford for his senior season and was drafted with the first overall pick by the Houston Astros in 2013.

But Benintendi, the SEC Player of the Year, has caught Miami's David Thompson for the NCAA home run lead and also leads all CWS hitters with a .380 batting average. So expect to see Benintendi in Fenway Park within the next decade.

Benintendi hit his only home run of the Super Regional against Missouri State ace Jon Harris. Harris, the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, was selected with the 29th overall pick on Monday ... by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
1 7 Andrew Benintendi OF Boston Red Sox
9 257 Trey Killian RHP Colorado Rockies
30 889 Bobby Wernes 3B Houston Astros
35 1041 Tyler Spoon OF Boston Red Sox


  The NCAA's regular season home run leader, Thompson, was a 4th Round selection of the New York Mets.
Thompson is the NCAA's leader in RBI and led the nation with 19 home runs at the end of the regular season, a record he now shares with Arkansas' Benintendi.

There is an irony with the Canes' draftees that just brings an excruciating pain on any New York Mets fans.

Thompson, arguably the most productive bat in the NCAA this season was a fourth round draft pick of the Mets on Tuesday. The same night the Mets were no-hit by Chris Heston of the San Francisco Giants.

Andrew Suarez, the first player selected from the Canes roster, was a second round selection ... of the San Francisco Giants. Suarez returned to Miami and Jim Morris, when he failed to reach an agreement with the Washington Nationals, the team that chose him with the 57th overall selection in the 2014 draft.

The Washington Nationals, of course, are the team that leapfrogged the Mets for first place in the NL East standings on Wednesday.

Crippling, painful irony.

(DISCLAIMER: The author of this piece is in fact a fan of the New York Mets.)

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
2 61 Andrew Suarez LHP San Francisco Giants
4 119 David Thompson 3B New York Mets
7 211 George Iskenderian 3B Milwaukee Brewers
14 432 Garrett Kennedy C Los Angeles Dodgers
16 485 Ricky Eusebio OF Seattle Mariners


Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson set the tone and created the top storyline of the MLB draft. Swanson was drafted with the first overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks, followed by LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (Houston Astros) and high school shortstop Brendan Rogers (Colorado Rockies).

There were eight shortstops taken in the first round as well as a total of seven shortstops from the Southeastern Conference taken in the 43 round draft.

In a statistic that may seem more specific than informative, the five shortstops from the SEC taken in the top ten rounds of the 2015 draft were the most amount of players at the same position, from the same conference to be drafted in the first ten rounds.

Since 2005, there were four different instances of four players from the same conference drafted in the first ten rounds, that play the same position, but no such draft had five players until 2015.

After Swanson was selected, the next player off the board from Vanderbilt came just seven picks later when the Chicago White Sox selected Carson Fulmer with the eighth overall pick. Swanson and Fulmer were the first teammates selected in the top ten picks of the MLB draft since 2011 when UCLA's Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer were drafted first and third, respectively.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
1 1 Dansby Swanson SS Arizona Diamondbacks
1 8 Carson Fulmer RHP Chicago White Sox
1 24 Walker Buehler RHP Los Angeles Dodgers
3 101 Philip Pfeifer LHP Los Angeles Dodgers
3 103 Rhett Wiseman OF Washington Nationals
6 168 Tyler Ferguson RHP Texas Rangers
12 350 Alexander Wiel 1B Minnesota Twins
19 558 Xavier Turner* 3B Texas Rangers
39 1163 John Kilichowski LHP Chicago Cubs
* -- Suspended for 2015 season.


  Pitching on just a day's rest, Eshelman closed the door for the Titans in the Louisville Super Regional.
Fullerton catcher Chris Hudgins, received a strike on the outside edge from Thomas Eshelman and threw out a would be base stealer in the bottom of the 11th inning of the Louisville Super Regional final to push the Titans into the College World Series.

If you were quick enough with your remote to flip to the MLB Network as the Titan's dog pile formed near second base, the next voice you would hear is commissioner Manfred announcing the Houston Astros' second round pick.

"Thomas Eshelman. Pitcher. California State University at Fullerton. Fullerton, California."

Kyle Funkhouser, the Louisville right-hander that the Titans beat in the first Super Regional game, stood at the top of the dugout earlier in third game when Manfred announced the Los Angeles Dodgers would be requesting his services with the 24th overall pick.

While Funkhouser had some time and space to hear the good news, Eshelman told the Houston Chronicle that he first heard the news that he had been drafted in a post game huddle after Titan's strength coach Isaac Salazar received a text congratulating "Esh" for being the 46th overall pick.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
2 46 Thomas Eshelman RHP Houston Astros
8 244 Justin Garza RHP Cleveland Indians
9 263 Tyler Peitzmeier LHP Chicago Cubs
12 358 David Olmedo-Barrera OF Tampa Bay Rays
30 897 A.J. Kennedy C San Diego Padres
39 1184 Jake Jefferies 2B Washington Nationals


One of the more interesting facts and figures that will come out of the 2015 draft revolves around the LSU Tigers.

Of the team's eight draftees, seven were not drafted out of high school, which speaks to LSU and coach Paul Mainieri's ability to groom an athlete into a ballplayer. The one Tiger that was drafted out of high school was shortstop Alex Bregman.

The Boston Red Sox so enjoyed the "Albuquerque Swagger," that they chose Bregman in the 29th round of the 2012 draft. Bregman did not sign with the club and opted to attend LSU where he was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2013.

Bregman struggled in the early part of his sophomore year in 2014, but bounced back in the later part of the season and finished with a .316 batting average. In 2015, Bregman leads the club with 56 runs scored and is second on the team with a .406 on-base percentage.

Bregman made a 28-round leap since high school, being selected second overall by the Houston Astros in the 2015 draft.

Bregman, Swanson, Benintendi and Fulmer are the four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award. Fulmer is the finalist taken with the lowest pick in the draft -- eighth overall to the White Sox.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
1 2 Alex Bregman SS Houston Astros
2 58 Andrew Stevenson OF Washington Nationals
4 130 Kade Scivicque C Detroit Tigers
5 165 Jared Foster OF Los Angeles Angels
9 259 Zac Person LHP Houston Astros
9 264 Mark Laird OF Philadelphia Phillies
9 275 Conner Hale 3B Seattle Mariners
17 521 Chris Chinea C St. Louis Cardinals


  Preston Morrison went more than nine innings in the second game of the Fort Worth Super Regional.
Hard throwing right-hander Riley Ferrell may have what it takes to follow in the wake of former teammate Brandon Finnegan. Although Ferrell is the all-time saves leader in TCU baseball history, he has recently hit a rough patch.

In more than two seasons as the team's closer, Ferrell is 32-34 in career save opportunities. But both of Ferrell's blown saves have come within the past month.

TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after Ferrell's rough outing on Monday night against Texas A&M that he has not lost any confidence in Ferrell, "not for one second."

“He’s been working like crazy,” Schlossnagle told the Star-Telegram. “Hopefully we get a chance to play a game where we can get him some work without so much being on the line. But he’s the best that’s ever walked on this campus at that position.”

Finnegan played for Schlossnagle at the College World Series in June 2014 and for Ned Yost's Kansas City Royals in the MLB postseason in October. If Ferrell can find his bearings in the CWS and follow it up with a strong summer, he could be the next TCU alum on a fast track to the show.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
2 43 Alex Young LHP Arizona Diamondbacks
2 65 Tyler Alexander LHP Detroit Tigers
3 79 Riley Ferrell RHP Houston Astros
6 189 Cody Jones OF Kansas City Royals
8 233 Preston Morrison RHP Chicago Cubs
9 280 Trey Teakell RHP Detroit Tigers
15 460 Keaton Jones SS Detroit Tigers
28 851 Mitchell Traver RHP St. Louis Cardinals


Joe McCarthy was taken in the fifth round by the Tampa Bay Rays to show that -- while players with injury history weren't exactly blacklisted by Major League clubs -- there was a steady slide for players that struggled to stay in the lineup.

Duke hurler Mike Matuella was seen as one of the best college arms in the country before a tear in the UCL of his pitching arm forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery in April. The Texas Rangers selected Matuella in the third round on Tuesday.

McCarthy missed the first 35 games of the Cavs season after having surgery for a back injury in January. Since his return in April, McCarthy has started all 26 games he has played while boasting a .375 on-base percentage.

Left hander Nathan Kirby, the first player drafted from Virginia, has 75 strikeouts in just 59.1 innings pitched this season.

Round Pick Player Position MLB Organization
CB A 40 Nathan Kirby LHP Milwaukee Brewers
CB B 74 Josh Sborz RHP Los Angeles Dodgers
5 148 Joe McCarthy RF Tampa Bay Rays
5 157 Brandon Waddell LHP Pittsburgh Pirates
19 572 John LaPrise 2B Toronto Blue Jays
20 615 Kenny Towns 3B Los Angeles Angels
36 1090 Daniel Pinero 3B Detroit Tigers

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