2018 MLB Draft: Day 3 Draftchat

The third and final day of the MLB Draft begins at 11 a.m. CT, and the last 30 rounds will be streamed on MLB.com, with a draft tracker available for those who can’t watch live.

Here’s the list of best available players, although at this point most of the highly rated prep picks are likely intent on college.

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Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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lil jimmy

Maldanado Calvin PR SS

asinwreck

Perfect Game report on Maldonado from January:

Kelvin Maldonado is a 2018 SS/IF with a 6-0 160 lb. frame from Santa Isabel, PR who attends Puerto Rico BB Academy. Nice athletic build, very projectable physically. 6.54 runner, has very solid actions on defense, moves to the ball with light feet and smooth balanced footwork, easy athletic actions, has a quick release and makes accurate throws, played very well on the left side in games and showed better arm strength in games than in drills. Right handed hitter, tall straight stance, hits from a still start with limited lower half use, opposite field oriented swing but did turn on one ball well in games, has hitting tools when he lets the barrel go but tended to get too mechanical in his approach, has the physical tools to continue to improve. Defense and speed will carry him until his bat comes around.

Josh Nelson

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jorgefabregas

Speed and defense guy according to Perfect Game.

lil jimmy

Kelvin Maldonado is a 2018 SS/IF with a 6-0 160 lb. frame from Santa Isabel, PR who attends Puerto Rico BB Academy. Nice athletic build, very projectable physically. 6.54 runner, has very solid actions on defense, moves to the ball with light feet and smooth balanced footwork, easy athletic actions, has a quick release and makes accurate throws, played very well on the left side in games and showed better arm strength in games than in drills. Right handed hitter, tall straight stance, hits from a still start with limited lower half use, opposite field oriented swing but did turn on one ball well in games, has hitting tools when he lets the barrel go but tended to get too mechanical in his approach, has the physical tools to continue to improve. Defense and speed will carry him until his bat comes around.

lil jimmy

That’s two High school SS, and three HS’ers all together. So nice!

asinwreck

12th round was pitcher Isaiah Carranza. Perfect Game report on him from March:

Carranza definitely looks the part with a listed 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame that offers current well-proportioned strength and balance, with room to still add more muscle mass. He works fro the first base side of the rubber with a direct stride towards home plate, but given his height he has a relatively short stride. He attacked the strike zone with his usual four-pitch mix, an arsenal that includes a 93-95 mph fastball that touched 96 a handful of times, as well as recording a few 92’s, but he didn’t throw anything under 93 until the sixth inning. The fastball was relatively straight early in the outing but showed excellent run and sink in the later innings while maintaining his early game velocity.

Carranza also throws both a curveball and a slider, using a spike grip for both variations of his breaking ball. The curve sat at 75-79 mph and was much tigher when thrown in the higher velocity band, as he appeared to flip it in for strikes at the lower velo. The slider overall appears to be a more effective offering, sitting at 83-85 mph with late lateral and downward break. He also mixed in a 81-84 changeup that was flat on occasion but also showed fade and sink at other times.

In this game Carranza was dominant against the Academy of Art, using just 104 pitches to toss a complete game shutout. He struck out 10 and allowed only three base hits and one walk with very little hard contact against (12 groundouts as compared to three flyouts).

lil jimmy

#166 on MLB’s top 200.
Carranza has missed bats this year at a good clip, but command has eluded him, both in and out of the strike zone, leading to a high walk rate and getting hit more than he should. Still, his live arm and good frame could point to a future in the back of a rotation, enough for a team to consider him in the top six rounds.

Josh Nelson

I like this pick. Probably someone we’ll be discussing when reviewing Kannapolis games next year.

jorgefabregas

MLB Pipeline ranked him 158 (edit: 166) or something, so good value. Looks like he was at Oregon before Azusa Pacific?

asinwreck

Yes, he was a four-year junior after transferring. Wonder if he’s more likely to sign than Maldonado given his age? We’ll know soon.

ParisSox

Burying the lead – Academy of Art has a baseball team??

yinkadoubledare

yeah their pitchers can really paint the corners

asinwreck

And the catchers excel at framing.

karkovice squad

Their fashion program specializes in leatherwork.

lil jimmy

One of the best high school pitching prospects ever to come out of Delaware, Bilous missed his entire senior season following Tommy John surgery but still got offered $600,000 by the Dodgers after they took him in the 29th round of the 2015 Draft. He contributed to Coastal Carolina’s 2016 College World Series championship as a freshman and unquestionably has a first-round arm. Yet he has battled the strike zone throughout three years with the Chanticleers and two summers in the Cape Cod League, making it unclear how high he’ll get picked this June.

Bilous has one of the best pure fastballs among college starters, sitting at 92-95 mph and topping out at 97 with sink. In shorter stints on the Cape last summer, he reached 99. His slider combines mid-80s power and late bite, serving as a wipeout pitch at its best, and he can flash a plus changeup with fade as well.

Bilous is athletic but has a long arm action in the back of his delivery that hampers him from repeating his release point and keeping his mechanics in sync. He has averaged at least seven walks per nine innings in each of his three college seasons and may never have more than fringy control. He’s probably best suited for the bullpen and has the stuff to handle a high-leverage role if he can find the plate.

#193 MLB top 200

armchairGM

hunter kiel 2.0?

Josh Nelson

Much better than Hunter Kiel.

Bilous was one of my 30 players to watch for in the NCAA Regionals: https://soxmachine.com/2018/05/29/mlb-draft-report-mock-3-5-and-30-players-to-watch-in-ncaa-regionals/

He did not pitch well against Washington (3.2 IP 7 ER). Fastball sits mid-90’s, but he needs refinement.

asinwreck

Jason Bilous (video of MLB Pipeline report). This is an interesting start to day 3.

asinwreck

Gingery’s Texas Tech rotation mate Martin Davis is the 14th round pick.

Eagle Bones

Liking these first couple picks on Day 3. No boring college seniors, all seem to have at least some potential of being something useful long-term.

lil jimmy

Now up to seven players on MLB’s top 200

lil jimmy

Shilling, Luke University of Illinois (IL) RHP R/R

asinwreck

2015 scouting report from Perfect Game as 2-way player out of high school.
He’s had control and injury issues since then.

Luke Shilling is a 2015 RHP/1B with a 6-5 250 lb. frame from Clarkston, MI who attends Notre Dame Prep. Big thick build, extremely strong. Basic step and throw delivery, simple low effort mechanics that are easy to repeat, works downhill from a high 3/4’s arm slot. Easy velocity, warmed up at 92-93, topped out at 94 mph against hitters, fastball is mostly straight with occasional hard late life down low. Outstanding curveball spin, serious spin and tight biting action with power, knee buckler at times. Showed a surprisingly good change up for someone relatively new to pitching, maintains his arm speed and has feel for location. Has all the ingredients to be a top round draft pick on the mound. Right handed hitter with the same type of enormous strength with the bat, didn’t face live pitching but showed big bat speed during BP and testing. Good student, signed with Illinois.

Josh Nelson

Here is your Hunter Kiel 2.0

lil jimmy

Martin has a strong frame that lends itself more to durability than projection. He usually pounds the strike zone, though his control and command deserted him toward the end of the regular season. Scouts love his mound presence and guile, and he’ll catch unsuspecting hitters off guard by quick-pitching them.

Josh Nelson

He’ll start Friday’s Super Regional game against Duke if you want to see him in action.

Josh Nelson

I see that Hostetler is trying to take as many pitchers that can throw 94+ mph. Not a bad strategy on the third day.

asinwreck

Yeah, Great Falls may have some fun strikeout numbers this summer. (Also walks.)

asinwreck

UC Berkeley catcher Tyrus “Ty” Greene (dammit, he has to use his full name to ever hope to compete with Gunnar Troutwine).

Josh Nelson

I WILL TAKE THAT AS A SERIOUS SCOUTING REPORT THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Cerpin Taxt

I want all the catchers. If we draft 200 of ’em one of them is bound to be above-average.

ParisSox

Steely?  Is that you?

Cerpin Taxt

I have been told I have an old soul…

asinwreck

Travis Monoit, SS University of Arizona.
2015 MLB Pipeline video.

rhubarb

Man, I give you guys a ton of credit for actually giving a shit about the third day of the draft. Like, I am interested but more interested in when they all start playing.

fustercluck

It gets to be like reading reviews of middling books you will never even hear of again.

joewho112

Yeah, I don’t know how to react to these picks, really all of the picks. To use your metaphor, they all sound like John Grisham’s and you just hope there is a Hemingway or two in there.

asinwreck

This comment hits perilously close to my work…

asinwreck

In Round 19, the Sox took Puerto Rican HS catcher Gabriel Ortiz. And that’s it from me. Gotta return to work.

jorgefabregas

Round 20 Jimmy Galusky, SS West Virginia U

jorgefabregas

Didn’t hit much. Played basketball in high school. Presumably a good athlete/defender https://mobile.twitter.com/WVUBaseball/status/981315989466857472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Amar

From Morgantown? I got dibs 

Buck Turgidson

Joni would say, “Afternoon, Morgantown”

MrTopaz

Brewers just took De Sedas in the 30th (?) round. I’m sure it’s nothing more than a case of, “eh, screw it, let’s see if he signs,” but if they do convince him to sign, I’ll be pissed.

egib52

I’d have to think his demand is way too high. Maybe they want to develop a relationship in case they draft him again.

Trooper Galactus

They would literally have to find over a million dollars of pool money to sign De Sedas, possibly more. I don’t know if you can still go over and pay a penalty up to a point before non-monetary penalties kick in (like we did with Rodon a few years back), but we’re still talking about a lot of their other picks signing under slot if they’re gonna really make a go at him.

asinwreck

Aside from the cavalcade of hard throwers, some fabulous names in this draft. That said, I’m disappointed that Hostetler’s cache of catchers did not include Pitt Panther Yaya Chentouf.

GrinnellSteve

Get yer ya-yas out!

Anohito

He got Cannon King and that’s a win enough in these super super late rounds!

Anohito

40th and final pick by the sox. Homewood Flossmoor. Seriously these names tho.

asinwreck

That’s his high school! (And Jason Benetti’s, I believe.) Nice to see the Sox take a local kid in Kyle Salley to wrap up their draft. The last couple rounds had a few area players…

MrTopaz

I kind of wanted them to take Zaid Walker out of HF. I have no idea if he’ll be anything, but like Terry (or Terriez) Fuller in last year’s draft, he just looks like a prototypical masher.

Trooper Galactus

Swam against H-F in high school; always liked their facilities, which received a massive update when I was in junior high. I seem to recall they had two of the best divers in the state at the time.

jorgefabregas

A few high schoolers in the last few rounds. At least one, Adrian Del Castillo (catcher) seems like a pretty good prospect. I wonder if they’ll be able to sign any of them. I’m guessing not on Castillo.

lil jimmy

I strikes me that the three High School players they took are, in many ways, stand ins for International players we can’t spend on. Raw, high upside, toolsy players. It makes sense,

jorgefabregas

I had the same thought with some of the earlier high schoolers. They need someone to play in the AZL. Otherwise that infrastructure is wasted. And they may have had Marco Paddy doing work in Puerto Rico.

lil jimmy

Paddy and Hostetler mentioned a Florida scout they have had for 30 years. If he pointed to Sale, we owe him big time.

jorgefabregas

Wait, the White Sox drafted yet another of Larry King’s sons? Weirdos. Chicago, hello.