The MLB draft is almost over. Every year we spend months preparing for the draft, only to have it whisk by seemingly in the blink of an eye. Today is a busy one, with rounds 11-40, and the setup gets very bare bones: there’s no commentary on any of the picks, just a rapid-fire reading of names. We’ll track all the names here and blurb the ones that stand out, but for a lot of these guys information will b pretty sparse and take some time to unearth. Not that the last day of the draft doesn’t provide gems: in recent Mariners drafts, strikeout king Sam Delaplane, recently promoted to Arkansas, was a 23rd-round pick, and other strikeout king Ljay Newsome was a 26th-round pick. Who is your favorite late-round draft pick?
Catch up on yesterday’s draft action here, with a link to all of the blurbs about the players taken on Day Two:
The Mariners have the 19th pick in every name, and the names will come fast and furious, so keep refreshing this page for updates.
Round 11: C Carter Bins, Fresno State
Carter Bins didn’t have quite as incandescent a season this year as he did his sophomore season, where he hit .300 and slugged .526, but he still had a solid year with the bat in the Mountain West. He’s a very solid pick at this point as a defensively advanced catcher who blocks, frames, and receives well, and scouts praise his high baseball IQ.
Round 12: CF Antoine Mistico, Gateway CC (AZ)
The Mariners make their first JUCO selection of the draft, and their first outfielder selection, with Mistico, which is a pretty badass name, who slugged .340/.455/.524 this season. Mistico had signed on to play with Illinois, but will get a chance to play pro ball instead.
JC transfer CF Antoine Mistico has been fun to watch as well. Plus plus runner, above avg arm, shrinks the outfield with good jumps and plenty of range. @d1baseball pic.twitter.com/Ae0BTneVPQ— David Seifert (@DSeifertD1PBR) October 15, 2018
Round 13: RHP Reid Morgan, South Carolina
An undersized (6’) JUCO transfer, Morgan struck out 70 batters in 87.2 innings while walking just 17 and was the ace of South Carolina’s rotation this season. He made it to campus after TJ his senior season of HS hurt his draft hype.
Round 14: 2B Patrick Frick, Wake Forest
I thought the Mariners might take pitching out of Wake Forest thanks to their schmancy new pitching lab, but Frick, who draws praise for his high baseball IQ and makeup, makes sense as well. Frick had a career year this season, slashing .360/.457/.481, and has the defensive chops to play anywhere on the diamond.
Patrick Frick has been a wrecking ball every time I've seen @WakeBaseball this year, and when I'm not around too - maybe the breakout star of the year in the ACC this spring. Ripped a double off the LF wall and scored on a Bobby Seymour RBI single to tie this game 1-1 after 1. pic.twitter.com/6TmSehU9Hx— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) May 10, 2019
Round 15: RHP Anthony Tomczak, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, FL)
6’2”/200lb, Tomczak has a strong, projectable frame and a clean, easy arm action. He throws with a crossfire motion that seems to deceive batters, but in this short video, control looks to be somewhat of an issue. He sits 89-91 but reportedly touched 94 this spring. Tomczak is committed to Stetson.
Round 16: Logan Rinehart, RHP, California Baptist
6’3” but listed at 184, Rinehart might benefit from bulking up in a pro training environment. Rinehart struck out 68 batters in 64 innings this year and only surrendered 23 earned runs over that time, including just four home runs. He was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.
Congratulations to @CBUBaseball's Logan Rinehart the #WACbsb Pitcher of the Year! Here are a few of his highlights! ️ pic.twitter.com/yOiBTApf4N— WACsports (@WACsports) May 21, 2019
Round 17: Dutch Landis, RHP, Liberty HS (Vegas, baby)
Landis is a two-way player who stands a projectable 6’2” whose fastball has been clocked at 92, but is reportedly very straight. His best pitch is a curveball that shows good shape, and appears to be uncommitted despite coming from powerhouse Gorman before transferring to Liberty:
2019 Uncommitted Spotlight RHP Dutch Landis (Henderson, NV) PG Grade 9.5, 93 mph FB, Mostly straight fastball touching 93 miles per hour, flashed an effective 12/6 curveball and a developing changeup, #3 2019 RHP-NV pic.twitter.com/qd6icVLJyQ— PG Showcases (@PGShowcases) March 4, 2019
Round 18: Tyler Driver, RHP, Crossroads Flex HS (Cary, NC)
Another high school arm? In this economy??? Driver is a 6’2” pitcher committed to UNC-Charlotte who attends Crossroads Flex, a school that’s set up to allow students who have “outside interests” to work school into their schedule rather than the other way around. Comparing this video of him pitching last year to the brief look below, it looks like that flex time has already paid off, as Driver has already made improvements in his command; perhaps he’ll choose to skip to pro ball to further accelerate that improvement.
2019 Charlotte recruit Tyler Driver has a long, lean frame. Working 87-89 and flashing above average slider, video below, at 83. @Pro5Baseball pic.twitter.com/clV3zOawau— Doug Freeman (@DougFreemanPBR) May 12, 2019
Round 19: Travis Kuhn, RHP, University of San Diego
Undersized at 5’10, Kuhn is a nonetheless a strikeout machine, punching 64 tickets in just over 48 innings pitched. He’ll need to work on his command, as he walked almost 30 batters in that span, but he surrendered just two HRs all season and held batters to a measly .182 BAA. He can run his fastball up to the mid-90s and also flashes a sharp slider. Kuhn is a redshirt sophomore, so might opt to return to school if the Mariners don’t make him a nice offer. It’s also important to note he is not the Travis Kuhn who is a “flair bartender.”
Round 20: Cade Marlowe, CF, West Georgia
The first D2 school selection! I love a D2 kid. An all-Gulf Southern Conference selection this year, Marlowe is a multi-tool athlete who can hit home runs and steal bases, and was at or near the top of the leaderboard in the conference in all major offensive categories. He’s also the back-to-back reigning “Mr. Wolf,” the top male student-athlete at UWG, and won the top Scholar-Athlete award this year.