Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Iowa's Mason McCoy taken in sixth round by Baltimore Orioles

Iowa's Mason McCoy taken in sixth round by Baltimore Orioles

Their first two picks, Heliot Ramos and Jacob Gonzalez, are both projected to be power guys.

There's still a lot of talent out there, and Baseball America has a useful summary, of the best remaining, the list headlined by a lot of high school pitching. "I got a text message from the San Francisco scout who asked if I was ready to go".

The Jacksonville University junior right-handed pitcher went in the third round to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, his second time being drafted by a major league club. He finished the year with a 2.84 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 38.0 innings, holding opponents to a.196 batting average. "And then the biggest thing for a pitcher is fastball command".

The first night of the 2017 MLB Draft provided excitement throughout, especially as teams went against mock draft projections with quite a few of the early picks.

The three-time MVP of the ultra-competitive Trinity League, the former outfielder moved to shortstop with aplomb, leading the Lions to the 25th overall ranking in the state, while menacing opposing defenses with his speed and hitting ability.

Skyline manager Dino Nomicos said he is confident Watts will sign and opt to bypass a scholarship offer from South Alabama University.

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After a five-year stretch where college players had a definite advantage, with 10 of the 15 top-three picks from 2011-15 being collegiate athletes, five of the last six top-three selections have now been high schoolers.

"At least it gives him a couple years to develop", Nomicos said. Through 42 2/3 innings, he struck out 58 while walking just 16.

"He's been working on his control all year", Nomicos said.

The high school pitcher is the Orioles' highest first-round selection since they took starting pitcher Kevin Gausman from LSU fourth overall in 2012.He is the first high school left-handed pitcher selected by the Orioles in the first round since Adam Loewen in 2002. Asking a team to add over a hundred thousand dollars to a contract was not easy, and it didn't always happen.

His favourite part about playing baseball is the mental part of the game.

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