The Final part of my 3 part mock of the first round deals with the compensation picks. I’m going to be short about these picks, so don’t expect a lot of detail regarding who they are, what they did, etc.
28. St. Louis Cardinals select Hunter Harvey, Pitcher, Bandys High School, North Carolina
(Prev. Kevin Ziomek, Pitcher, Vanderbilt)
The son of former closer Bryan Harvey, Hunter has really risen up boards to a top 30 pick. With the Cardinals promoting Michael Wacha, the pitching in the minors is going to need to be bolstered. Harvey has a low 90’s fastball and developmental secondary pitches, but his bloodline will be responsible for his rise as a draft pick.
29. Tampa Bay Rays select Phillip Ervin, Outfielder, Samford
(Prev. Brian Ragira, 1b, Stanford)
The Rays are known for developing speedy outfielders, with Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli going through their system. It’s time for them to develop their next speedster. Phillip Ervin comes from a small college in Samford, but gained most of his exposure this past summer in the Cape. Ervin has the ability to be an early-career version of Curtis Granderson, even though questions about his size will likely drop his stock.
30. Texas Rangers select Eric Jagielo, 3b, Notre Dame
(Prev. Aaron Judge, Outfielder, Fresno State)
Texas could use another franchise third baseman, and Jagielo has spent the past three years raking through the Big East. He could blossom into another Michael Young.
31. Atlanta Braves select Kevin Ziomek, Pitcher, Vanderbilt
(Prev. Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame)
Eric O’Flaherty and Brandon Beachy both went in for Tommy John Surgery. This is Beachy’s second time going under the knife. Atlanta also could find themselves without Tim Hudson in a couple years, and with Randall Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino no longer in their system and Lucas Sims years away, drafting Ziomek, who has major-league ready ability, might be the best option.
32. New York Yankees select Dylan Covey, Pitcher, San Diego
Covey returning to the draft after three seasons of dealing with Type 1 Diabetes while pitching for the Toreros would be a feel-good story for the draft, and with the Yankees starting to get old in several areas, Covey might show flashes of potential that he had which enticed the Brewers to select him in the first round three years ago.
33. New York Yankees select Michael Lorenzen, Outfield, Cal State Fullerton
The Yankees are fielding a AAA lineup right now. A player like Lorenzen can help usher in a new era of Yankee talent which could compare to Jeter, Rivera, Pettitte. Posada, and Williams, only with Covey, Tyler Austin, Kaminsky, Cito Culver, and Lorenzen leading the charge.