The picks have come fast and furious on the third day of the draft, and rather than do 30 individual posts for each player, we’ll just do quick write-ups on each draftee, with ten per post.
11th Round: Andre Colon, SS, Washburn Bilingual School (HS), Minnesota
Colon was not ranked amongst Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. He is originally from Puerto Rico and stands at 6’1”, 177 pounds. The graduating high school infielder has played second and third base to go along with his time at shortstop, and he seemingly profiles as a strong defensive player. The right-handed hitter has an aggressive approach and scouting reports hint that he might need a little bit of work with the stick, specifically in the power department. He has a solid opposite field approach for the time being. Colon is committed to Jefferson College.
12th Round: Beau Hanna, C, Winder Barrow HS, Georgia
Hanna was also not amongst Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. The catcher is a big kid, listed at 6’1”, 210 pounds. That makes for some big power potential from the right side, particularly with his bat speed. Defensively, a move from behind the plate to either first base or left field is likely in his future due to his size. Such a move would obviously put more pressure on the bat. Hanna participated in the National High School Invitational this spring — one of the top showcases for high school players — and is committed to Kennesaw State.
13th Round: Garrett Benge, 3B, Oklahoma St. University
Benge was also not amongst Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. Prior to the season, he was ranked as the 20th best prospect in the Big 12. The third baseman is a college junior in his age-21 season. He played in 57 games for OSU this season and hit .304/.437/.533, showing off an impressive ability to draw a walk. He is reportedly a below-average defensive player at the hot corner, and he may have to convert to a role behind the plate, according to Baseball America. They speculate he’d return for his senior season if that’s the case. The bat is the reason the Red Sox drafted him, though.
14th Round: Aaron Perry, RHP, Hurricane HS, West Virginia
Perry was ranked as the 438th best prospect in this draft by Baseball America. A right-handed pitcher, he is a bit on the smaller side at 5’11”, 175 pounds. He has big-time velocity, reaching 95 mph when he’s at his best. Likely due to his small stature, though, the velocity can fade as his outings go on, meaning a bullpen role could be in his future. He also features a plus breaking ball. Perry also suffered a stress fracture in his elbow this spring, and BA speculates that this could mean he’ll choose to attend college rather than going pro. He is committed to the University of Kentucky.
15th Round: Marcus Ragan, CF, East Mississippi Junior College
Ragan was not ranked among Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. The center fielder just finished his sophomore season at EMJC. In 197 plate appearances this season the right-handed hitter slashed .395/.446/.661 with six home runs and 25 stolen bases. He is committed to transfer to the University of Arkansas next season.
16th Round: Kutter Crawford, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
Crawford was not ranked among Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. He was, however, named by Baseball America as the top draft-eligible pitcher in the Atlantic Sun conference. This was the college junior’s first season at FGCU after spending the previous two seasons at the junior college level. He tossed 84 innings over 15 appearances (13 starts) in 2017, finishing with a 1.71 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 31 walks.
17th Round: Frankie Rios, SS, University of Southern California
Rios was not ranked among Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. The 22-year-old college junior is a tad older than many of his classmates after he redshirted in his sophomore year. The right-handed bat is on the smaller side, listed at 5’10”, 178 pounds. In 2017 he played in 206 games for USC and hit .354/.418/.451 with one home run. He’s good enough defensively to stick at shortstop, though a utility role is more likely going to be his future due to a lack of power. His best asset is his makeup, as he was the leader of USC’s team this season and, according to Baseball America, plays with energy to make up for his size.
18th Round: Dominic LoBrutto, LHP, Florida International University
LoBrutto was not ranked among Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. The college junior has pitched almost exclusively out of the bullpen in his collegiate career, though he did make six starts in 2017. After an impressive sophomore year in which he finished with a 1.04 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 34 2⁄3 innings, he took a bit of a step back this past spring. In 2017 the southpaw finished with a 4.08 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.
19th Round: Angel Gonzalez, CF, Colegio Hector Urdaneta
Gonzalez was not ranked among Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. He is from Puerto Rico, and that is literally all I can find on him at the moment.
20th Round: David Durden, CF, Emanuel County Institute HS, Georgia
Durden was not ranked among Baseball America’s top-500 2017 draftees. The center fielder also doesn’t have a Perfect Game page, which is rare for high school draftees. What I can tell you, though, is that he hit .544/.591/1.063 in 93 plate appearances this season with eight home runs. At least, according to his high school’s website he did. Presumably, he is committed to play somewhere in college, but that information is not readily available.