Here’s a brief recap of the Dodgers’ draft picks in rounds 21-30. There probably aren’t any future significant MLB contributors in this group, but it wouldn’t be surprising to a couple of these guys get a cup of coffee at some point.
The picks, in list form:
21(641). RHP James Carter, UC Santa Barbara
22(671). RHP Jeff Paschke, USC
23(701). RHP Bailey Ober, College of Charleston
24(731). OF Saige Jenco, Virginia Tech
25(761). RHP Chandler Eden, Texas Tech
26(791). 2B Brandon Montgomery, San Jacinto College North
27(821). LHP Austin French, Brown
28(851). RHP Jake Perkins, Ferrum College
29(881). RHP Will Kincanon, Triton College
30(911). C Ramon Rodriguez, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Bunch of college fellows, and one prep guy from Puerto Rico.
RHP James Carter, UC Santa Barbara – 21st round
Carter is a reliever with the College World Series-bound UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. He had Tommy John surgery and should sign after the Gauchos’ run is through in the CWS. He faced 1st-rounder Will Smith in the Super Regional and promptly hit him with a pitch.
RHP Jeff Paschke, USC – 22nd round
No, not Plaschke, thankfully. Paschke is a college reliever whom the Dodgers signed for $100,000. He struggles with command/control out of the bullpen, as he walked 21 batters in 29 1/3 innings. He should be organizational depth as a right-handed reliever.
RHP Bailey Ober, College of Charleston – 23rd round
A redshirt sophomore, Ober is returning to the College of Charleston for his senior year.
OF Saige Jenco, Virginia Tech – 24th round
A former football player at Va Tech, Jenco switched to baseball full-time in 2014 and profiles as a center fielder with minimal power and good speed. He was also drafted in the 27th round last year by the Red Sox.
RHP Chandler Eden, Texas Tech – 25th round
Eden was a 17th-rounder of the Blue Jays just last year. The 6’2, 185-pounder has gone from Yuba High School to Oregon State to Yavapai College (Willie Calhoun‘s alma mater) and finally to Texas Tech. Baseball America ranked him as the 96th-best college prospect in the draft back in January, so there’s definitely some talent there. He pitched exclusively in relief while with the Red Raiders. His fastball has been clocked at 92 MPH. He’s a junior, so a return to college isn’t out of the question. Not sure how much he’s going to help his draft stock by going back.
2B Brandon Montgomery, San Jacinto College North – 26th round
Montgomery has already signed with the Dodgers. The 6’0, 180-pound infielder profiles as a utility guy in the pros, with second base being his best position.
LHP Austin French, Brown University – 27th round
There’s no denying this is the smartest draft pick of the 42 players selected, seeing as he went to an Ivy League school. French has already signed to play for the Dodgers and is probably — at best — a left-handed reliever in the professional ranks.
RHP Jake Perkins, Ferrum College – 28th round
Perkins’ biggest claim to fame is throwing not one but two no-hitters for Ferrum in 2014. The Division III pitcher has already signed. He’s 6’0, 175 pounds and his fastball has been clocked in the 89-93 MPH range.
RHP Will Kancanon, Triton College – 29th round
Kancanon joins 23rd-rounder Ober in already saying he isn’t going to sign, so he gets no write-up.
C Ramon Rodriguez, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy – 30th round
There isn’t much information on Rodriguez. The best I could find is he’s a 5’11, 183 pounds and a switch-hitter. Still, it’d be nice to see the Dodgers land this prep player, as he’s one of just six prep players the organization selected after the 10th round.
Org depth, org depth, org depth (will be the mantra of the next 10 selections, too). Carter and Paschke are interesting and most likely to make it to the majors, while French and Perkins are at least a little interesting. I’d like to see Rodriguez get signed. He’d be a nice get in the 30th round.
Next up: Rounds 31-40