• Steve Potter

12/19/21 : Review of the 2017 Draft


It’s often said that a draft class can’t truly be evaluated until the fifth season thereafter. That time line puts the 2017 draft class in the spotlight this year as 2022 will be the fifth full season after the draft was conducted.


The Twins had the number one pick in the 2017 draft and chose shortstop Royce Lewis - he’s now 22 years old. Lewis missed the 2021 season due to ACL surgery but he participated in their Fall Instructs and is seemingly back to full speed. He’s expected to participate in big league spring training with the likelihood he begins the season at the AAA level - a major league debut on the plate if things go well. The second overall selection in the draft, P Hunter Greene of the Reds, has also battled the injury bug - he had Tommy John surgery in 2019 but has re-emerged and is seemingly on the cusp of making his big league debut in 2022.


There are those from the draft class who’ve established themselves in the big leagues to date as viable long term major leaguers :


P Connor Brogdon ( 10th round ) of the Phillies amongst them. He’s earned and solidified a role in the bullpen as a back end option. P Trevor Rogers ( Marlins 1st round pick ) made the NL all-star team in 2021 and posted a very solid 2.64 ERA in 25 starts ( 133 IP ). P Garrett Whitlock ( Yankees 18th round selection ) was selected by the Red Sox in the 2020 Rule 5 draft and appeared in 46 games last season recording a strong 1.96 ERA. P Josh Fleming ( 5th round ) of the Rays made 26 appearances and threw 104 1/3 innings. P Tanner Houck ( 1st round ) of the Red Sox has pitched 86 innings in 21 games with a 2.93 ERA. P James Karinchak ( 9th round ) made his major league debut in 2019 with the Guardians and has pitched in 92 games including 60 in 2021 with a cumulative 3.49 ERA in 87 2/3 IP.


1B/OF Pavin Smith ( 1st round ) and OF/C Daulton Varsho ( 2nd round ) were afforded opportunities and became lineup regulars for the rebuilding Diamondbacks as did 2B Josh Rojas ( drafted by the Astros - 26th round ). Chas McCormick ( 21st round ) played in the World Series for the Astros,so did P Kyle Wright ( 1st round ) of the Braves albeit Wright made just a cameo appearance during the regular season, McCormick played in 108 games ( 14 HR, 50 RBIs ).


Here’s a look at some 2017 draft data to date :


By my count - 1,214 draft selections - 938 signed - 99 have played in the big leagues - 11 % of those signed


By my count 454 players ( 358 with draft team and 96 with other organizations ) remain active in affiliated baseball - that represents 48 % of those signed. The 358 signees who remain with the organization that drafted them is 38 % of the total signed.


The 454 active players played predominantly at the following levels in 2021 :


38 in the major leagues - 4 % of those signed

141 at the AAA level - 15 % of those signed

161 at the AA level - 17 % of those signed

102 at the A level - 11 % of those signed

12 spent the season on the IL or restricted list.

484 of those drafted and signed in 2017 are no longer active - 52 %


By my count the Astros have had the most players from their 2017 draft reach the majors to date ( 8 ) followed by the Phillies ( 7 ) and the Rangers ( 6 ). The Giants have the least ( 0 ) while the Mets, Athletics and Royals have one apiece.


The White Sox and Rockies are tied with the most retained 2017 drafted players ( 17 ) followed by the Astros & Blue Jays ( 15 ) and Phillies, Padres, Guardians, Brewers and Diamondbacks ( 14 ). The Reds and Nationals have the least ( 7 ).


By my count 16 of the 938 signed selections have played in 50 or more major league games - 2 % of those signed


IF Keston Hiura - 204 games ( 1st round ) - Brewers

IF Josh Rojas - 197 games - drafted by Astros ( 26th round ) - now with Diamondbacks

1B/OF Pavin Smith - 157 games ( 1st round ) - Diamondbacks

OF/C Daulton Varsho - 132 games ( 2nd round ) - Diamondbacks

OF Adam Haseley - 116 games ( 1st round ) - Phillies

OF Chas McCormick - 108 games ( 21st round ) - Astros

P James Karinchak - 92 games ( 9th round ) - Guardians

1B Evan White - 84 games ( 1st round ) - Mariners

OF Jo Adel - 73 games ( 1st round ) - Angels

OF Brent Rooker - 65 games ( 1st round supplemental ) - Twins

P Connor Brogdon - 65 games ( 10th round ) - Phillies

IF Taylor Walls - 54 games ( 3rd round ) - Rays

1B Gavin Sheets - 54 games ( 2nd round ) - White Sox

P Tyler Zuber - 54 games ( 6th round ) - Royals

IF Nick Maton - 52 games ( 7th round ) - Phillies

P Zach Pop - 50 games ( 7th round - Dodgers ) - with Marlins


Other notable big league contributions from the 2017 draft class thus far :


P Trevor Rogers - 33 appearances - ( 1st round ) - 25 2021 starts - 2.64 ERA - 133 IP - Marlins

P Garrett Whitlock - 46 appearances ( 18th round - Yankees ) - 1.96 ERA - Red Sox took in rule 5 draft

P Griffin Canning - 43 appearances - 41 starts ( 2nd round ) - Angels

P Bailey Ober - 20 starts in 2021 - ( 12th round ) - Twins

P Josh Fleming - 26 appearances - 104 IP in 2021 ( 5th round ) - Rays

P Matt Peacock - 35 appearances - 86 1/3 IP in 2021 ( 23rd round ) - Diamondbacks

P Lucas Galbreath - 47 appearances in 2021 - ( 7th round ) - Rockies

P Trevor Stephan - 43 appearances - 63 1/3 IP ( 3rd round - Yankees ) - waiver claim by Guardians

P Kodi Whitley - 29 games ( 27th round ) - Cardinals - 2.40 ERA in 30 IP

P David Peterson - 25 games ( 1st round ) - Mets

C/OF Riley Adams - 47 games ( 3rd round - Jays ) - traded to Nationals

P Brett de Geus - 47 games - ( 33rd round - Dodgers ) - now with Diamondbacks

P Tanner Houck - 21 games - ( 1st round ) - Red Sox - 2.93 ERA - 86 IP

P Eli Morgan ( 8th round ) - 18 games ( 8th round ) - Guardians

P Jake Cousins - 30 games - ( 20th round - Nationals ) - with Brewers

P Will Crowe - 29 games - ( 2nd round - Nationals ) - with Pirates

P John King - 33 games - ( 10th round ) - Rangers

P Keegan Thompson - 32 games ( 3rd round ) - Cubs

P Alex Lange - 36 games ( 1st round supplemental - Cubs ) - with Tigers


Following is how each team has fared thus far ( shown in order of how they drafted in 2017 ) :


Twins - 41 drafted - 29 signed - 3 have played in the show to date - OF Brent Rooker ( 1st round supplemental ) has played the most - 65 games, P Bailey Ober ( 12th round ) spent the majority of the 2021 season with the Twins making 20 starts for them. By my count 10 players of the 29 signed are still with the Twins - 1st round pick (1-1 ) SS Royce Lewis had ACL surgery in March of 2021 but is healthy now, expected to play at least at the AAA level this coming year. The 10 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA - 4, AA - 1, A -3, IL - 1. Three drafted players - P Calvin Faucher ( Rays -AAA ), P Rickey Ramirez ( Orioles -A ) and P Joe Record ( Astros -AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - SS Royce Lewis - A - P Blayne Enlow


Reds - 41 drafted - 24 signed - 3 have played sparingly in the show to date - OF Stuart Fairchild ( 2nd round ) has played in 12 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks. 1st round pick P Hunter Greene pitched at the AA/AAA level in 2021 making 21 starts ( 14 at AAA ). He missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery - should see the show in 2022, was clocked over 100 mph last summer. By my count 8 players of the 24 signed are still with the Reds - The 8 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA - 3, AA - 2, A - 2, IL - 1. In addition to Fairchild two drafted players - IF Jeter Downs ( Red Sox -AAA ) and P Packy Naughton ( Angels - AAA/MLB ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Hunter Greene


Padres - 41 picks - 30 signed - 2 have played sparingly in the show to date - P Nick Margevicius ( 7th round ) - 17 games with the Mariners and C Luis Campusano ( 2nd round ) - 12 games. By my count 14 players of the 30 signed are still with the Padres. The 14 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA - 6, AA - 5, A -3. 1st round pick P McKenzie Gore played mostly at the AAA level in 2021, he’s struggled with command to date. Three drafted players - C Blake Hunt ( Rays - AA ), P Nick Margevicius ( Mariners - IL ) and P Joey Cantillo ( Guardians - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P McKenzie Gore, C Luis Campusano, IF Matt Batten

Rays - 41 picks - 31 signed - 5 have played in the show to date - IF Taylor Walls ( 3rd round ) has played in 54 games - all in 2021 splitting the season at AAA ( 52 games ). P Josh Fleming ( 5th round ) has appeared in 33 games - 26 of those were in 2021 when he tossed 104 1/3 innings. P Paul Campbell ( 21st round ) appeared in 16 games with the 2021 Marlins. 1st round pick P/1B Brendan McKay missed most of the 2021 season, he had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in August and has battled injuries over the past two seasons missing most of 2020 with arm issues. By my count 11 players of the 31 signed are still with the Rays. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 2, AAA - 1, AA - 5, A - 2, IL - 1.

In addition to Campbell four drafted players - P Drew Stotman ( Twins - AAA ), P Hunter Schryer ( White Sox - AAA ), P Riley O’Brien ( Reds - AAA ), OF Carl Chester ( Rangers - AAA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - IF Taylor Walls, P Phoenix Sanders


Braves - 41 picks - 26 signed - 3 have played in the show to date - P Kyle Wright ( 1st round ) has made 21 appearances ( 14 starts ) with two appearances coming in 2021 ( 6 1/3 IP ). He spent the majority of the season at AAA Gwinnett making 24 starts ( 137 IP ) but also pitched in the 2021 World Series appearing in two games and tossing 5 2/3 innings. 5th round pick P Bruce Zimmerman pitched in 14 big league games ( 13 starts ) in 2021 with the Orioles ( 64 1/3 IP ). By my count 8 players of the 26 signed are still with the Braves. The 8 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA - 4, AA - 3, A - 1.


On the verge - AAA - OF Drew Waters - AA - Troy Bacon


Athletics - 41 picks - 35 signed - 1 has played in the show to date - OF Greg Deichmann ( 2nd round ) played in 14 games with the Cubs in 2021. 1st round pick OF Austin Beck played the majority of the season at High A but also appeared in the Arizona Fall League - he’s battled various injuries. By my count 10 players of the 35 signed are still with the Athletics. The 10 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA - 4 , AA - 1 , A - 5. In addition to Deichmann three drafted players - IF Kevin Merrill ( Royals - AAA ), 3B Will Toffey ( Giants - AAA ), P Logan Sallow ( Dodgers - AAA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - IF Nick Allen, OF Mickey McDonald


Diamondbacks - 41 picks - 31 signed - 4 have played in the show to date - 1B/OF Pavin Smith ( 1st round ) has played in 157 games - 145 of those came in 2021, OF/C Daulton Varsho ( 2nd round ) has played in 132 games - 95 in 2021, P Matt Peacock ( 23rd round ) appeared in 35 games ( 86 1/3 IP ) for Arizona in 2021. By my count 14 players of the 31 signed are still with the Diamondbacks. The 14 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB -3, AAA - 3 , AA - 7 , A - 1. Five drafted players - P Brian Shaffer ( Rays - AA ), IF Jose Caballero ( Mariners - AA ), C Tim Susnara ( Cubs - AA ), OF Kevin Watson ( Angels - A ), OF Ernie De La Trinidad ( Twins - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - UTL Drew Ellis, IF Cam Duzenack - AA - IF Buddy Kennedy


Phillies - 40 picks - 30 signed - 7 have played in the show to date - OF Adam Haseley ( 1st round ) has played the most - 116 games with P Connor Brogdon ( 10th round ) next at 65 games and IF Nick Maton ( 7th round ) with 52 games played. Connor Brogdon has earned a key role in the Phillies bullpen. 14 players of the 30 signed are still with the Phillies. The 14 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA -6, AA - 3, A -4. Five drafted players are now in other organizations : 2nd round P Spencer Howard ( Rangers - MLB ), 3rd round Connor Seabold (Red Sox - AAA ), 4th round IF Jake Scheiner ( Mariners - AA ), 15th round P Alex Garcia ( Yankees - A ), 19th round P Addison Russ ( Yankees - AA ).


On the verge : AAA - OF Adam Haseley, IF Nick Maton, IF Dalton Guthrie, P Damon Jones, P Kyle Dohy - AA - P Zach Warren

Moving on up - A - P Ethan Lindow, P Ben Brown, IF DJ Stewart ( all High School signees )


Brewers - 40 picks - 29 signed - 2 have played in the show to date - IF Keston Hiura ( 1st round ) has played in 204 games over the past three seasons - after a strong rookie season in 2019 he has struggled since. By my count 14 players of the 29 signed are still with the Brewers. The 14 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA -2, AA - 6, A -5. Three drafted players - C KJ Harrison ( Nationals - AA ), IF Devin Hairston ( Marlins - AA ), P Bowden Francis ( Jays - AAA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge : AAA - P Bowden Francis, P Alec Bettinger


Angels - 40 picks - 29 signed - 4 have played in the show to date - OF Jo Adel ( 1st round ) has played in 73 games over the past two seasons - P Griffin Canning ( 2nd round ) has made 43 appearances ( 41 starts ) the past three seasons accumulating 209 1/3 IP. By my count 11 players of the 29 signed are still with the Angels. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 2, AAA -1, AA - 4, A -4. Six drafted players - OF Jacob Pearson ( Braves - AA ), P Daniel Procopio ( Braves - A ), P Tyler Stevens ( Marlins - AA ), P Isaac Matson ( Orioles - AAA/MLB ), P Jeremy Beasley ( Jays - AAA/MLB ) and C Harrison Wenson ( Cubs -A ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge : AA - IF David MacKinnon


Rockies - 40 picks - 35 signed - 4 have played in the show to date - P Lucas Gilbreath ( 7th round ) appeared in 47 games with the Rockies in 2021. 1st round pick OF Ryan Vilade made his big league debut in 2021 appearing in three games - he played the season at the AAA level posting a .284 batting average in 117 games ( 587 PA’s ). By my count 17 players of the 35 signed are still with the Rockies . The 17 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA -3, AA - 11, A -2. Two drafted players - P Pearson McMahan ( Nationals - AA ), OF Chad Spanberger ( Brewers - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge : AAA - OF Ryan Vilade, IF Alan Trejo


White Sox - 40 picks - 35 signed - 3 have played in the show to date - IF Jake Burger ( 1st round ) made his big league debut in 2021 playing in 15 games - he hit .274 with 18 home runs at the AAA level in 310 AB’s - 1B Gavin Sheets ( 2nd round ) also made his major league debut in ‘21 appearing in 54 games and hitting 11 home runs in 160 AB’s. By my count 18 players of the 35 signed are still with the White Sox. The 18 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -6, AA -8, A - 3, IL - 1. One drafted player - UTL Justin Yurchak ( Dodgers - AA ) is active in another organization.


On the verge : AAA - 3B Jake Burger - AA - P Kade McClure


Pirates - 42 picks - 37 signed - 2 have played in the show to date - OF Jared Olivia ( 7th round ) has played in 26 games over the last two seasons. 1st round selection P Shane Baz made his major league debut with the Tampa Rays in 2021 appearing in 3 games - he had been traded to Tampa in 2018. By my count 13 players of the 37 signed are still with the Pirates. The 13 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -6, AA -6, A -1. Two drafted players - IF Tristan Gray ( Rays - AAA ) and P Matt Seelinger ( Giants - AAA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Hunter Stratton, OF Jared Olivia - AA - OF Calvin Mitchell, 1B Mason Martin


Marlins - 41 picks - 36 signed - 3 have played in the show to date - P Trevor Rogers ( 1st round ) established himself as a solid starter in 2021 making 25 starts and posting a 2.64 ERA in 133 IP - he seems to be a star in the making. By my count 11 players of the 36 signed are still with the Marlins. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB -1, AAA -5, AA -3, A -2. Two drafted players - P Ryan Little ( Reds - AA ) and P Vincenzo Aiello ( White Sox - A ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - OF Brian Miller, P Sean Guenther, P Colton Hock


Royals - 41 picks - 35 signed - 1 has played in the show to date - P Tyler Zuber ( 6th round ) has appeared in 54 games the past two seasons as a reliever. 1st round pick 1B Nick Prato hit 36 home runs at the AA/AAA levels in 2021 and appears ready to debut in the show in 2022. By my count 13 players of the 36 signed are still with the Royals. The 13 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB -1, AAA -3, AA -5, A -3, IL - 1. Two drafted players - P Michael Gigliotti ( Rays - A ) and P Josh Mitchell ( Twins - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - 1B Nick Prato - AA - OF Brewer Hicklen, P Collin Snyder


Astros - 42 picks - 36 signed - 8 have played in the show to date - IF Josh Rojas ( 26th round ) has played the most - 197 games - with the Diamondbacks - by my count 15 players of the 36 signed are still with the Astros - OF Chas McCormick ( 21st round ) has played the most games for Houston in the show - 108 games but OF Jake Meyers and P Brandon Bielak have each also played close to 50 games in the big leagues. The 15 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 2, AAA - 7, AA - 5, A -1. Five drafted players - P JB Bukauskas ( D’Backs - MLB ), P Cody Bohenik ( Mets - AAA ), P Corbin Martin ( D-Backs - AAA/MLB ), P Tim Hardy ( Yankees - A ) and P Matt Merrill ( Nationals - A ) are active in other organizations


On the verge - AAA - OF Jake Meyers - AA - P Peter Solomon, P Tyler Ivey, OF Corey Julks


Yankees - 40 picks - 23 signed - 5 have played in the show to date - P Garrett Whitlock ( 18th round ) appeared in 46 games in 2021 with the Red Sox after being selected in the Rule 5 draft, he posted a 1.96 ERA in 73 1/3 IP. By my count 11 players of the 26 signed are still with the Yankees. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -2, AA -2, A -4, IL - 3. Four drafted players - P Trevor Stephan ( Guardians - MLB ), OF Canaan Smith-Njigba ( Pirates - AA ), P Glenn Otto ( Rangers - AAA/MLB ), P Janson Junk ( Angels - AAA/MLB ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Ron Marinaccio


Mariners - 40 picks - 31 signed - 4 have played in the show to date - 1B Evan White ( 1st round ) played in 84 games over the past two seasons. By my count 10 players of the 31 signed are still with the Mariners. The 10 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -5, AA - 1, A -4. Four drafted players -P David Banuelos ( Twins - AAA ), P Seth Elledge ( Cardinals - MLB - 23 games ), P JP Sears ( Yankees - AAA/MLB ), P Tommy Romero ( Rays - AAA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Wyatt Mills, P Darren McCaughan


Cardinals - 38 picks - 34 signed - 2 have played in the show to date - P Kodi Whitley ( 27th round ) made 25 relief appearances in 2021 ( 25 1/3 IP ) and posted a 2.49 ERA. By my count 12 players of the 34 signed are still with the Cardinals. The 12 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA -6, AA - 4, A -1. One drafted player -P Will Latcham ( Braves - AA ) is active in other organizations.


On the verge - 🤷‍♂️- don’t see anyone jumping out just yet


Tigers - 40 picks - 31 signed - 2 have played in the show to date - P Will Vest ( 12th round ) pitched in 32 games for the 2021 Mariners, he was released by the Mariners and re-signed with the Tigers, pitched the balance of the year at AAA Toledo. 1st round draft choice P Alex Faedo underwent Tommy John surgery in December of 2020 and missed the entire season - he is working his way back. By my count 11 players of the 31 signed are still with the Tigers. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -3, AA - 4, A -3, IL - 1.


On the verge - AAA - P Drew Carlton


Giants - 40 picks - 33 signed - none have played in the show to date. By my count 10 players of the 33 signed are still with the Giants. The 10 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -3, AA - 2, A - 5. Two drafted players - P Jason Bahr ( Rangers - AAA ) and P Franklin Van Gurp ( Mariners - A ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - OF Heliot Ramos, OF Bryce Johnson.


Mets - 40 picks - 32 signed - one has played in the show to date - P David Peterson ( 1st round ) has made 25 appearances ( 24 starts ) over the past two seasons accumulating 116 1/3 innings. By my count 11 players of the 32 signed are still with the Mets. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1 AAA -4, AA - 4, A - 2. Three drafted players - P Connor O’Neil ( White Sox - A ), P Steve Villines ( Rangers - AA ) and P Bryce Hutchinson ( White Sox - A ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AA - IF Mark Vientos, P Josh Walker


Orioles - 41 picks - 32 signed - two have played sparingly in the show to date - P Zac Lowther ( 2nd round ) made his big league debut in 2021 and pitched in 10 games, 3rd round pick P Mike Baumann also debuted and appeared in four games. By my count 13 players of the 32 signed are still with the Orioles. The 13 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -5, AA - 4, A - 4.


On the verge - AAA - P Zac Lowther - AA - P DL Hall, P Cameron Bishop


Blue Jays - 41 picks - 31 signed - four have played in the show to date - P Nate Pearson ( 1st round ) has pitched in 17 big league games, the fireballing right hander has been erratic with control but has strikeout stuff. C/OF Riley Adams ( 3rd round ) appeared in 47 games - mostly with the Nationals after being traded. By my count 15 players of the 31 signed are still with the Jays. The 15 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -5, AA - 5, A - 5. In addition to Adams five drafted players -P Justin Dillon ( Mets - A ), OF Ryan Noda ( Dodgers - AA ), P Ty Tice ( D’Backs - AAA ) and P Jonathan Cheshire ( Twins - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Nate Pearson, IF Kevin Smith, IF Cullen Large, P Zach Logue - AA - P Graham Spraker, P Marcus Reyes


Dodgers - 40 picks - 33 signed - five have played in the show to date - P Brett de Geus ( 33rd round ) has appeared in 47 games ( all in 2021 ) with the Rangers and D’Backs. P Zach Pop ( 7th round ) pitched in 50 games with the Marlins in 2021. The other three to reach the show have played in less than 10 games apiece ( C Connor Wong with the Red Sox - 3rd rd, OF Zach Reks - traded to the Rangers in November - 10th rd & P Andre Jackson - 12th rd ). First round pick OF Jeren Kendall has struggled to date. By my count 10 players of the 31 signed are still with the Dodgers. The 10 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA -2, AA - 5, A - 2, IL - 1. Eight drafted players - C Connor Wong ( Red Sox - AAA ), P Zach Pop ( Marlins - MLB ), P Brett de Geus ( D’Backs - MLB ), P James Marinan ( Reds - A ), IF Rylan Bannon ( Orioles - AAA ), OF Zach Reks ( Rangers - AAA ), IF Marcus Chiu ( Marlins - A ), OF Chris Roller ( Guardians - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Andre Jackson - AA - P Mark Washington


Red Sox - 40 picks - 32 signed - two have played in the show to date - P Tanner Houck ( 1st round ) has pitched in 21 big league games ( 16 starts ) over the past two seasons with a cumulative 2.93 ERA in 86 IP. By my count 13 players of the 32 signed are still with the Red Sox. The 13 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA -1, AA - 6, A - 4, IL - 1. One drafted player - P Hunter Haworth ( Diamondbacks - A ) is active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Kutter Crawford - AA - P Alex Scherff


Guardians - 40 picks - 31 signed - five have played in the show to date - P James Karinchak ( 9th round ) made his major league debut in 2019 and has pitched in 92 games since including 60 in 2021 with a cumulative 3.49 ERA in 87 2/3 IP. P Eli Morgan ( 8th round ) made 18 starts in the show last season amassing 89 1/3 IP. IF Ernie Clement ( 4th round ) debuted in the show in ‘21 and played 40 games. IF Tyler Freeman ( 2nd round ) had an outstanding season at AA level Akon ( .323 BA in 160 AB’s ) and appears to be on the rise. By my count 15 players of the 31 signed are still with the Guardians. The 15 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 3, AAA 1, AA - 5, A -5, IL - 1. Four drafted player - P Kyle Nelson ( D’Backs - AAA/MLB ), P Spencer Strider ( Braves - AAA/MLB ), P Dante Mendoza ( Pirates - A ), P Tommy DeJuneas ( Astros - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AA - IF Tyler Freeman


Nationals - 40 picks - 33 signed - four have played in the show to date - P Seth Romero ( 1st round ) made his big league debut during the ‘21 season appearing in three games but seems a ways away from sticking. P Will Crowe ( 2nd round ) has pitched in 29 major league games - 26 with his current team, the Pirates. P Jake Cousins ( 20th round ) pitched in 30 games last season with the Brewers and posted a 2.70 ERA in 30 IP. P Gabe Klobosits ( 36th round ) appeared in 10 big league games with the Nationals after a strong performance at the AA/AAA levels. By my count 7 players of the 33 signed are still with the Nationals. The 7 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - AAA 3, AA - 2, A -2. Three drafted player - P Will Crowe ( Pirates - MLB ), P Jake Cousins ( Brewers - MLB ) and P Kyle Johnston ( Jays - AAA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Gabe Klobosits, P Jackson Tetreault


Rangers - 40 picks - 25 signed - six have played in the show to date, five sparingly - P John King ( 10th round ) has pitched in 33 games ( 27 in 2021 ) for the Rangers amassing 56 1/3 innings - he had a solid 3.52 ERA in ‘21 in 27 games - 46 IP. Two ( P Hans Crouse - 2nd round and P Aaron Ashby - 25th round ) debuted in other organizations. First round pick OF Bubba Thompson had a solid season at AAA and seems on the verge of making his big league debut. By my count 9 players of the 25 signed are still with the Rangers. The 9 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA 2, AA - 5, A -1. Four drafted player - P Hans Crouse ( Phillies - AAA/MLB ), P Aaron Ashby ( Brewers - AAA/MLB ), 1B/OF Tyreque Reed ( Red Sox - AA ), P Xavier Moore ( Orioles - A ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - OF Bubba Thompson - AA - P Daniel Robert


Cubs - 40 picks - 29 signed - three have played in the show to date - P Keegan Thompson ( 3rd round ) pitched in 32 games ( 6 starts ) for the Cubs in 2021 recording a 3.38 ERA in 53 1/3 IP. P Alex Lange ( 1st round supplemental ) appeared in 36 games for the Tigers in 2021 tossing 35 2/3 innings with a 4.54 ERA. P Corey Abbott ( 2nd round ) pitched in seven games for the ‘21 Cubs.

First round draft selection P Brandon Little ( from Conestoga HS in Berwyn, PA ) had a solid season at AA/AAA and seems to be on target to reach the majors in 2022. By my count 11 players of the 29 signed are still with the Cubs. The 11 remaining players performed primarily at the following levels in 2021 - MLB - 1, AAA 2, AA - 6, A -1, IL -1. Four drafted player - P Alex Lange ( Tigers - MLB ), P Tyler Thomas ( Rangers - AA ), P Brian Glowicki ( White Sox - AA ), P Jeff Passantino ( Pirates - AA ) are active in other organizations.


On the verge - AAA - P Brandon Little, P Corey Abbott - AA - OF Nelson Velazquez, P Ben Hecht


Just some data to ponder 🧐


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️





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