Just over a month has passed since baseball’s amateur draft in early June, and a majority of the players selected during the first round of same have now both (a) signed with the relevant selecting club and (b) recorded either a plate appearance or inning as an actual professional.
What the author has done for this edition of the Prospect Watch is to produce a pair of leaderboards (one for batters; one, pitchers) of the aforementioned first-round selections, with a view towards monitoring the early production of these players. Links to the relevant FanGraphs leaderboards are available here: Batters / Pitchers.
Leaderboard: First-Round Batters
Here are all the first-round batters to have recorded at least a single plate appearance, sorted by Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA):
|Kyle Schwarber||Cubs (A-/A)||4||21||C||87||11.5%||14.9%||8||.434||269||17.5|
|Nick Gordon||Twins (R)||5||18||SS||71||5.6%||12.7%||1||.400||155||5.0|
|Derek Hill||Tigers (R)||23||18||OF||58||15.5%||15.5%||0||.395||159||4.1|
|Alex Jackson||Mariners (R)||6||18||OF||46||8.7%||26.1%||1||.429||151||3.2|
|Cole Tucker||Pirates (R)||24||17||SS||48||20.8%||18.8%||0||.407||149||2.8|
|Alex Blandino||Reds (R)||29||21||SS||51||7.8%||15.7%||2||.324||129||2.2|
|Casey Gillaspie||Rays (A-)||20||21||1B||92||10.9%||29.3%||3||.314||114||1.5|
|Bradley Zimmer||Indians (A-)||21||21||OF||41||12.2%||17.1%||0||.357||124||1.1|
|Matt Chapman||Athletics (R/A)||25||21||3B||63||6.3%||14.3%||1||.292||101||0.3|
|Braxton Davidson||Braves (R)||32||18||OF||32||6.3%||21.9%||0||.263||86||-0.5|
|Max Pentecost||Blue Jays (R)||11||21||C||3||0.0%||33.3%||0||.000||-100||-0.7|
|Michael Chavis||Red Sox (R)||26||18||SS||4||0.0%||25.0%||0||.000||-100||-1.0|
|Trea Turner||Padres (A-)||13||21||SS||87||11.5%||18.4%||0||.271||74||-2.7|
Leaderboard: First-Round Pitchers
Here are all the first-round pitchers to have recorded an appearance of some sort — sorted, in this case, by kwERA, an ERA estimator that accounts for strikeout and walk rate and which Dodgers draftee Grant Holmes has temporarily broken:
|Grant Holmes||Dodgers (R)||22||18||RHP||2.0||22.5||4.5||0.0||0.56||-1.45|
|Jack Flaherty||Cardinals (R)||34||18||RHP||1.0||18.0||0.0||9.0||12.56||0.60|
|Luke Weaver||Cardinals (R)||27||20||RHP||1.0||9.0||0.0||0.0||1.56||1.40|
|Aaron Nola||Phillies (A+)||7||21||RHP||11.1||8.7||2.4||0.8||3.35||3.11|
|Touki Toussaint||D-backs (R)||16||18||RHP||2.0||18.0||9.0||0.0||3.06||3.55|
|Justus Sheffield||Indians (R)||31||18||LHP||1.1||13.5||6.8||0.0||3.31||3.68|
|Foster Griffin||Royals (R)||28||18||LHP||5.2||6.4||4.8||1.6||6.73||4.90|
|Luis Ortiz||Rangers (R)||30||18||RHP||1.0||9.0||9.0||0.0||5.06||5.40|
|Tyler Kolek||Marlins (R)||2||18||RHP||4.0||4.5||6.8||0.0||4.81||6.16|
Moderately Helpful Notes
Here are five notes, offering varying degrees of insight:
- Omitted from the above are the 12 (out of 34) draftees not to have recorded any sort of professional appearance thus far — of which group, three remain unsigned. The unsigned, as follows, are: Carlos Rodon (LHP, Chicago AL), Sean Newcomb (LHP, Los Angeles AL), and Erick Fedde (RHP, Washington).
- Left-hander Brady Aiken, selected first overall by Houston, agreed originally to a $6.5 million signing bonus with the club, but a final deal has yet to be reached owing to indications that the San Diego native might/does have a ligament injury.
- Cubs’ catching prospect Kyle Schwarber, selected fourth overall out of Indiana University and signed for $3.125 million, has recorded precisely as many home runs thus far (eight) as every other first-round batter combined.
- Right-hander Aaron Nola, selected seventh by Philadelphia out of LSU and then signed for $3.3 million, is the only first-round pitching draftee to have been assigned higher than Rookie-level ball. The college signee has, in fact, had found some early success already in the High-A Florida State League.
- Baseball America’s draft database has been of some assistance to the composition of this post.
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