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Round 6, Pick #192
OF – David Daniels – Ralph L Fike High School
6’3″ 210lbs DOB: 12/17/97
Daniels, who goes by the name D.J., is a three sport athlete committed to James Madison University to play football and baseball for them. He hit .422/.479/.626 over three seasons of High School baseball in 190 plate appearances. Michael Lananna of Baseball America provided the following scouting report:
Talked with a scout on Jays 6th rounder DJ Daniels. 3-sport guy. Dual-threat QB and corner OF with strength, power potential. Average runner
— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) June 10, 2016
Round 7, Pick #222
RHP – Andy Ravel – Kent State
6’1″ 165lbs DOB: 10/12/94
Ravel was previously drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 21st round of 2013 MLB Draft but did not sign. He has been a starter with Kent State for most of his college career, having not pitched out of relief since his freshman season in 2o14. In 2016, he pitched 91 innings while posting a 3.36 ERA, striking out 77 batters and walking 20, for a K/BB ratio of 3.85. Baseball America ranked him as their 416th top prospect for this draft. Here is some scouting information from Brian Sakowski of Perfect Game:
Blue Jays take Andy Ravel, the 2nd Kent State arm taken (Lauer). Ravel works 88-91, slider/changeup combo, skinny dude, reliever prob.
— Brian Sakowski (@B_Sakowski_PG) June 10, 2016
Round 8, Pick #252
RHP – Kyle Weatherly – Grayson County College
6’4″ 200lbs DOB: 10/03/94
Weatherly received the following grades from MLB Pipeline:
Fastball: 55 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45
MLB Pipeline wrote this about the right hander:
“As a 150-pounder with a low-80s fastball and a straight-overhand delivery when he arrived at Grayson (Texas) CC in the fall of 2013, Weatherly was so raw that he redshirted in his first year of junior college. He has put on 35 pounds and developed better mechanics since, blossoming into one of the top juco pitching prospects in the 2016 Draft.
Moving from the bullpen in 2015 to the rotation this spring, Weatherly ranged from 88-95 mph with his fastball. He relies more heavily on a four-seamer with running life because he has trouble commanding a two-seamer with sink. His best secondary pitch is a slider that flashes plus but flattens out into a slurve too often, and he’s making progress with a changeup now that he’s using it more as a starter.
Weatherly’s 6-foot-3 frame should create angle and plane on his pitches, but he mitigates his height with a drop-and-drive delivery. He’ll get the opportunity to start in pro ball but some scouts believe he’ll be better off as a reliever concentrating on his four-seamer and slider. He’ll attend Louisiana State next year if he doesn’t sign this summer.”
Here’s video from MLB Pipeline:
Round 9, Pick #282
RHP – Nick Hartman – Old Dominion
6’1″ 185lbs DOB: 10/24/94
Hartman is primarily a reliever with a fastball that touches 96 mph and a “good” curve that sits in the 76 – 78 mph range. In his two years at Old Dominion, he pitched to a 5.00 ERA in 104.1 innings pitched with 93 strikeouts to 44 walks, for a K/BB ration of 2.11.
Here’s a video from three years ago when he was graduating High School.
Round 10, Pick #312
LHP – Kirby Snead – University of Florida
6’0″ 200lbs DOB: 10/07/94
Snead is a junior who has been a dominant reliever throughout his college career, pitching to a 2.54 ERA over the course of three seasons and 110 innings pitched. He has struck out 88 batters to just 22 walks, or a 4.00 K/BB ratio. In 2015, Snead was arrested and charged, along with his teammate and fellow 2016 draftee A.J. Puk, for criminal trespassing after allegedly climbing inside a crane on a campus construction site.
The Blue Jays are done picking for the day. They will make their 11th through 40th round picks tomorrow. We will have one post covering all of those players at the conclusion of the draft.
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