Saturday, June 7, 2014

June Draft: Rounds 36-40

Continuing the grouping of the prospects together: now the last few rounds 36-40.

36-1066:  Justin Ferrell, RHP (Reliever), Connors State College, Oklahoma.

Justin Ferrell is listed as a 6-7, 195 RHP.  He closed for the Connors State team, recording 24 appearances, going 4-1 with 11 saves.  He threw 38.1 innings (striking out 43, and walking 10), and had an ERA of 1.64.  He is, apparently a commit to the University of Arkansans.

Daddy_Slank is on twitter, too.

37-1096:  Eric Peterson, RHP, North Carolina State University.

Eric is one of identical twins.  His brother, Patrick, is also a pitcher.  He is a junior, listed at 6-4, 195, from Bear, Delaware.  He and his brother made some headlines when they left the Temple baseball programme to attend NC State (that link.  Prior to that, Baseball America wrote a favourable article about them (+ video of him and his brother).

Eric Peterson was plenty solid this year for NC State.  He went 4-4 in 20 games (19 as a reliever), throwing 56 IP, giving up 45 hits, 14 walks and 63 strikeouts.  He saved three games.

Temple wasn't that happy about losing the Peterson twins, but their programme was due to end at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

38-1126:  Micheal Foster, 2B, Northeastern University

In the 38th exhausting round, the Astros chose Micheal Foster, a right-handed hitting second baseman from Northeastern University.  Prior to that, he attended St Mary Catholic High School in Pickering, Ontario.

He has had three years at Northeastern, recording a career .290/.355/.437 triple slash.  His best year was in 2012, when he recorded a .296/.350/.500 line.  However, in 2014, he slugged .394 in 221 at-bats, with 66 hits, 10 doubles, 1 triple and 3 home runs.  Two of those home runs came in the same game.  He stole 18 bases, and walked 22 times versus 27 strikeouts.

He also pitches a bit, but the Astros listed him as a second baseman.

He is an article about Michael from April this year, talking about the draft.  He wants to be a Blue Jay, apparently.

39-1156:  Brad Antchak, SS, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Brad Antchak is listed at 6-0, 182 pounds.  He is a Freshman, originally from Delta, British Columbia.  He hit .309/.416/.482 in 233 plate appearances.  His 59 hits included 9 doubles, 6 triples and 4 home runs.  He recorded 33 walks versus only 22 strikeouts, and 20 stolen bases versus 5 caught stealing.  Here is a recruiting video produced to assist with college recruiting.

He is also on twitter.

40-1186:  Alex Hernandez, 2B, University of Miami.

Last pick of the draft for the 'stros, and they went with a senior second baseman, Alexander Hernandez.  He is listed at 5-9, 190, and is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida.  He attended Palm Beach Central High School.  He majored in Criminology.

I can only seem to find 2013 stats for him, when he batted .267/.358/.351, walking 26 times and striking out 31 times.  He hit one home run and 16 doubles, and recorded 4 stolen bases versus 7 caught stealing.  He did play in 2014, however.

Thanks for reading AC's draft coverage, it was certainly an interesting process helping put it all together.  Note is made of the high-quality work of the Constable and Cockroach, who did the first two and one-half days.