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2015 Draft Pick Discussion, Rounds 21-40

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Posted: June 10, 2015, 4:28 PM Post
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Took Nick Kingham's brother in the 39th round. Laughing so hard at all the unsignable guys we're taking.


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I don't know that I would pursue this strategy every year of taking 'unsignable' kids, but it certainly feels like it has a better shot of panning out than drafting say the Russel Wilson's of the world. After round 20 maybe 1 guy from the next 20 rounds might make it to the big leagues for your team and when he does he is almost always a utility, 6th starter type of player. I would agree that there are a couple of months for things to change. Or there might be something to the notion of getting a closer look at these guys for down the road, since you can talk to them much more in depth than pre-draft.


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I suspect they've budgeted having somewhere between $750,000 to $1,000,000 extra to throw at a post-Round 10 guy, so they are drafting all of these long shots to maximize their chances that one of them jumps at it. Brilliant strategy, if it works.


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I suspect they've budgeted having somewhere between $750-$1M extra to throw at a post-Round 10 guy, so they are drafting all of these long shots to maximize their chances that one of them jumps at it.


Not a bad strategy either. Go to all of them and say "We're offering you this much along with these other players. There's only enough money for one of you. Whoever takes it first, gets it."

See if one of them blinks and you get yourself a top prospect past the 10th round. If none of them take it, oh well. You probably weren't going to get a productive big leaguer at that point anyways.


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Brewers draft slot values:

1-15: $2,692,700 T. Clark
1b-40: $1,545,400 N. Kirby
2-55: $1,108,000 C. Ponce
3-90: $646,300 N. Walters
4-121: $465,600 D. Orimoloye
5-151: $348,600 B. Allemand
6-181: $261,000 E. Hanhold
7-211: $196,700 G. Iskenderian
8-241: $171,100 N. Griep
9-271: $159,700 K. Lindell
10-301: $149,700 J. Drossner


Just doing some mental math, the first four rounds look like they'll be right around slot, with the possible exception of Walters who presumably had a deal in place with the Brewers and might be below slot. If most of the college picks post-Round 4 take under slot bonuses (Lindell will probably be over slot), that could clear up enough excess money to offer one of these guys an $800k-$1M signing bonus. Am I wrong?

If they were willing to pay the 75% tax, the Brewers could spend up to an additional $387,205 without losing a future pick.


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So out of those late round guys, if you had to pick only one, who would you sign?


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So out of those late round guys, if you had to pick only one, who would you sign?

Top 3 probably in this order for me, but I would be ecstatic if they figured out a way to sign any of them...

1) Tristan Beck
2) Justin Hooper
3) Donny Everett


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So out of those late round guys, if you had to pick only one, who would you sign?


Justin Hooper looks the most impressive to my untrained eye. Everett looks like a potential reliever.

(Though obviously I would do backflips to sign any of these guys)


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1. Hooper
2. Everett
3. Beck


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PG reports on some of the players taken:

Justin Hooper – LHP

Height/Weight: 6-7/240
Bats/Throws: R/L
Birthdate: Oct. 21, 1996
High School: De La Salle
Hometown: San Ramon, Calif.
Commitment: UCLA
Projected Draft Round: 1

Justin Hooper is one of the easiest players in the country to scout and, at the same time, one of the hardest.

It's easy to see that he's 6-foot-7, 240-pounds with athletic proportions and long arms and legs. It's easy to learn that he comes from a very athletic family that has excelled on the football field, adding even more to the physical projection. And it's especially easy to see that he throws 94-97 mph with relative ease and that he can spin the ball pretty well too. You can see the scenario that could play out in draft rooms come May and June when some scout speaks up during discussions, "Hey, we're talking about a 6-foot-7 left who is bringing it 97 mph, let's not get too complicated here breaking him down."

But there are, of course, complications. Bigger pitchers usually take more time to grow into their ability to repeat their deliveries and learn to command all their pitches. Hooper certainly fits that description and his delivery and arm action aren't classic in their execution. And he hasn't been seen as often as his peers in this draft, rarely, if ever, venturing out of the state of California to pitch. Most high level scouts will be seeing him stretched out for the first time this spring.

The hard part comes in pulling the trigger on Hooper being a top 5-10 pick over another pitcher with a longer resume but lower ceiling. The potential is there for that to be frequently talked about this spring.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4frE3YrL_Jw


Tristan Beck – RHP

Height/Weight: 6-4/175
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: June 24, 1996
High School: Corona
Hometown: Corona, Ca.
Commitment: Stanford
Projected Draft Round: 1-1S

A name that one is increasingly hearing as a potential first round pick is Tristan Beck. That is not a name one would have been hearing last summer and fall and marks the tall and slender Californian as perhaps the fastest riser in the 2015 high school class.

Last August, Beck pitched at the Area Code Games in nearby Long Beach and in many ways blended in with the second tier of pitchers at that high level event. He pitched in the 86-88 mph range and touched a few 90's early. His curveball was a quality pitch in the mid-70s. Beck was listed at 6-foot-4, 160-pounds but was athletic and coordinated in his delivery and his arm worked well. Blessed with a sterling academic record and a scholarship to Stanford, it wasn't difficult to project out his next four years.

Moving forward to April, 2015, the situation has changed. Beck is now listed at 175 pounds, having not played football last fall (he was Corona's starting quarterback as a junior) to concentrate on baseball, and that extra strength has made a huge impact on his raw stuff. Beck is now pitching in the 89-93 mph range and his curveball has become a plus pitch and potentially one of the best breaking balls in the class. He has always been a polished pitcher with easy and repeatable mechanics and has only walked 10 hitters in 31 innings this spring (5-0, 0.45).

Scouts have been flocking to see another SoCal righthander, Drew Finley, this spring and Finley and Beck's raw stuff and pitching maturity are very similar. According to scouts, Beck gets the small edge on Finley due to arm action and remaining projectability in their frames.

Scouts will naturally be mindful of Beck's academic record and the Stanford scholarship. But the young righthander is being evaluated at places in the draft where those things may not be as much a factor as they were nine months ago.


Donny Everett – RHP

Height/Weight: 6-2/220
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: April 16, 1997
High School: Clarksville
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.
Travel Team: Royals Scout Team
Commitment: Vanderbilt
Projected Draft Round: 1-1S

Everett has emerged as perhaps the hardest throwing prep pitcher in the country this spring, with reports of him touching 100 mph having circulated (although a scout at that game told me he was "only" up to 98). The strong bodied righthander has dominated in every way early in the season and was 4-0, 1.12 with 56 strikeouts and only two walks in 25 innings through mid-April.

Everett has also reportedly done a better job already this spring of maintaining his stuff through the middle and into his later innings of starts. On a number of high profile occasions last summer, Everett would show dominant stuff for two innings, then quickly tail off starting in the third frame. This, of course, raises the dreaded "future starter vs. reliever" question in a scout's mind, with a "future reliever" tag being something that any aspiring young starter wants to avoid.

There is nothing in Everett's delivery or raw stuff that would point to a future in the bullpen at this point and he's certainly strong enough physically to maintain his stuff. His delivery has some extra moving parts but it is free flowing and repeatable and shows Everett's athleticism well. It's a delivery that makes it easy for Everett to consistently get his power fastball down in the strike zone.

Along with his steady 94-96 mph fastball, a pitch that is heavy but fairly straight, Everett throws a very respectable changeup and a curveball. The changeup is frequently the better offering, with good arm speed and velocity separation, which is a good sign for Everett's future as a starter. His curveball shows sharpness when everything is working right but will get into that zone between a power curveball and soft sweeping slider at times and lose definition. It's easy to see a future pitching coach refining the curveball and adding a power slider/cutter to the mix.

The bottom line is that Everett has pretty much done everything necessary to solidly put himself in the first round mix this spring with less than two months to go before the draft.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvuiaqpGitQ


405. Charlie Donovan, ss, Westmont HS
L-R, 5-11/175, Clarendon Hills, Ill.
College Commitment: Michigan

Donovan is a high performance middle infielder who has dominated Illinois high school baseball for the past three years. He isn't an especially physical athlete but has plenty of quick-twitch tools, including 6.6 speed in the 60-yard dash and a crisp lefthanded swing that has plenty of gap power. Donovan profiles as a second baseman at the next level and has the athleticism to make the spectacular play along with the more routine.


290. Jon Perrin, rhp, Oklahoma State (SR)
R-R, 6-3/197, Olathe, Kan.
Previously Drafted: Tigers ’14 (33)

Coming back for his senior season after being selected by the Detroit Tigers in 2014, Perrin provided an immediate shot in the arm for the Cowboys when he decided to return. A durable arm throughout the spring, Perrin has made a team high 16 starts, including the Stillwater Regional opener. Forming a strong 1-2 at the top of the rotation with lefty Michael Freeman, Perrin shows the ability to locate to both sides of the plate with his fastball, working into the low-90s while showing a late diving changeup and a low-80s slider.


221. Christian Trent, lhp, Mississippi (JR)
L-L, 6-0/200, Covina, La.
Previously Drafted: Dodgers ’14 (29)

Coming off a fantastic rookie campaign for the Rebels in 2014 when Trent went 9-0 with a 2.05 over 110 innings pitched, Ole Miss needed Trent to once again lead the pitching staff in 2015, especially with the departure of Sam Smith and Chris Ellis. A strongly built lefthander who actually began his collegiate career at Delgado Community College, Trent has taken the ball on Friday nights for Coach Mike Bianco this spring and has more than lived up to the challenge, jumping up a spot from last year’s Saturday role. Showing a three-pitch mix on the mound, Trent doesn’t have that one devastating off-speed pitch, or an overpowering breaking ball, but he hasn’t needed them as he continues to find success in the SEC. A fierce competitor who feeds of pressure situations, Trent shows a strong level of pitchability with the ability to work backwards on a hitter or go right after them while commanding either side of the plate with his fastball that sits in the 88-92 mph range and a solid slider.


121. Nolan Kingham, rhp, Desert Oasis
R-R, 6-4/195, Las Vegas, Nev.
College Commitment: Texas

The younger brother of Pirates prospect Nick Kingham, Nolan is no stranger to the craft of pitching or big-time competition. He’s proven to be an adept, well-rounded pitcher in a number of Perfect Game events, including the 2014 National Showcase where he performed very well and displayed a loose, quick arm. He’s progressed nicely since last summer, adding on some muscle mass to his well-proportioned 6-foot-4 frame and now occasionally running his fastball up to the 95-96 mph range. His heater sits comfortably in the 91-94 mph range and is a solid weapon on its own, but the entire arsenal has the potential to be above average. His 12-to-6 curveball in the low-70s has tight break and good depth, and his changeup plays very well off of his fastball with good fading action and finish below the knees. With his bloodlines, projectable pitcher’s frame and the strides that he’s continued to make this spring, Kingham has the potential to be gone before the third round comes to an end.


127. Jon India, ss/2b, American Heritage
R-R, 6-0/190, Delray, Fla.
College Commitment: Florida

India has performed extremely well at a number of Perfect Game events over the past couple of years, with particularly strong showings at the National Showcase last June, the PG All-American Classic in August and the WWBA World Championship this past October. India has an athletic build and is a solid-average runner with good body control. While he may have to move off of shortstop, India is a good athlete that should provide good defensive ability at either the hot corner or second base. Additionally, he has consistently barreled up top-level pitching and shown the ability to utilize his strength and translate his raw power into game action. Although it is tough for scouts to project the hit tool, especially for high school prospects, India seems as advanced as nearly any other prep bat in the draft class.


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thanks for all the info hope the brewers can nail of of them.


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Brewers Nab Waiakea Grad Torres-Costa in MLB Draft
by Josh Pacheco, bigislandnow.com

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It is a dream come true for Waiakea High School graduate Quintin Torres-Costa to get his name selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Now, the left-handed pitcher must determine if now is the time to chase that dream.

Torres-Costa was selected in the 35th round by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. He was the 1,051st overall pick in the 40-round, three-day, draft. He was one of three University of Hawai’i pitchers selected in the draft, following Tyler Brashears (14th round, Tampa Bay Rays) and L.J. Brewster (22nd round, Miami Marlins).

“My dream as a little kid growing up playing baseball was to play professional baseball,” Torres-Costa said Wednesday night. “I feel like this is my opportunity to better myself as a baseball player and get one step closer to becoming a professional.”

That answer doesn’t mean that the southpaw has made up his mind, but he said it was a “strong possibility” that he would lean toward signing a contract with the Brewers and turning pro.

“I still have to talk to the [Brewers] area scout. He said he would give me more information by tomorrow on what’s going to happen,” Torres-Costa explained. “In the end, I’m going to make the decision on my own. There is going to be, of course, my family and my advisor, to tell me the goods and the bads, but at the end of the day, I’m going to make the decision and that’s going to be the final decision I make.”

Torres-Costa closed out last season with the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior Baseball team with postseason recognition from the Big West Conference. He was named to the All-Big West Second Team as a closer after recording eight saves and a 0.75 earned run average in his converted relief role. During Big West play, he recorded 22 consecutive scoreless innings and did not allow a run.

It was a rocky road for Torres-Costa to get to this point, however. His 2013 freshman season was cut short due to an injury that required surgery. He gained a medical redshirt because of the injury, and got a chance to repeat his freshman season in 2014. He worked back in slowly, going 1-1 in eleven appearances, mainly as a reliever.

Hawai’i head coach Mike Trapasso gave him an opportunity to earn a starting role this year, but when that didn’t pan out, he thrived as the team’s closer, and emerged as one of the top closers in the conference.

“It was a learning experience,” Torres-Costa reflected on his time at UH, regardless of whether it will come to an end after this season. “It’s really taught me to be humble…for where you come from. You may never know when your career may be ended.”

If the Brewers are familiar to local baseball fans, it’s because another Big Island product, Kodi Medeiros, was drafted by the organization in the first round last season. Both Medeiros and Torres-Costa have one thing in common: they combined to pitch a no-hitter in the Wally Yonamine Foundation/Hawai’i High School Athletic Association Division I Championship Game against Baldwin in 2012.

“As soon as I got drafted, he was the first person that texted me, saying congratulations and ‘can’t wait to start playing with you’ because I actually have my old throwing partner back again,” said Torres-Costa of his former teammate, who is currently pitching for the Brewers’ Class-A team, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, in the Midwest League.

A number of Big Island baseball players have heard their names called in the MLB draft in recent years, and Torres-Costa hopes that when the time is right, he’ll be able to forge a trail that could take him to the majors.

Hard work, however, never ends for Torres-Costa, who is back home as he prepares to make a decision that could affect his baseball future. Just like some of the island’s most recent draft picks, Kolten Wong, Kean Wong, Medeiros, and Jodd Carter, the left-hander isn’t taking any time off. He’s back in the hitting cage with instructor Kaha Wong, maintaining his focus and physical shape during the offseason.

Simply put, he hasn’t forgotten his roots, and he’s not taking the opportunity to play the game he loves for granted.


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VIDEO via Lacrosse's WXOW: Catcher Mitch Ghelfi drafted by Brewers in 28th round

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Ghelfi drafted by Brewers, continues family tradition
Jeff Brown, LaCrosse Tribune

Mitchell Ghelfi has a pretty good idea of the inside workings of professional baseball — especially the minor leagues. Pro ball was the topic of discussion numerous times over dinner, over holidays, over anything.

Baseball and the Ghelfis, you see, go hand-in-hand and have for decades.

So when Mitchell was taken in the 28th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, he had a number of well-versed sources at his disposal — including his mom, Tina.

“I didn’t get the call right away. I found out from my mom. We were tracking the draft online as I had some current and former (UW-Milwaukee) teammates I was following,” said Ghelfi, whose father, Andy, spent five seasons as a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians minor-league system.

“I happened to go away from the computer for five or 10 minutes. I was outside and my mom came out and said, ‘Hey, you got drafted.’ I said, ‘By who?’ She told me the Brewers. It was pretty exciting.”

A short time later, Ghelfi received a call from Harvey Kuenn Jr., the Brewers area scout. He congratulated Ghelfi, a 22-year-old, 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior catcher who hit .356 for in 47 games for the Panthers this season. Kuenn was busy with the remainder of the draft, and said he would be in touch in a day or two.

The dream of playing professional baseball and joining the exclusive family club had become a reality.

“Ever since I was little, that has been a dream of mine to play professional baseball,” said Ghelfi, a former Central High School star. “Hearing stories from my dad, my uncle, things that happened back in pro ball, it was always an aspiration of mine to get to that level and join that family club.”

Thanks to a solid summer playing for the Northwoods League champion Lakeshore Chinook, then his best season with UW-Milwaukee, Ghelfi put his name on major-league scouts’ radar.

And if offered what he termed a “fair” contract, Ghelfi would forgo his senior season at UW-Milwaukee and jump into the Brewers farm system.

“I have not made a decision quite yet as we still have to come up with a plan we agree on. If we can do that, yes, definitely, I would go ahead and sign with them,” said Ghelfi, who was the third UW-Milwaukee player taken in this year’s draft.

“I know there is a definite time window where you can sign.”

All he has to do is ask his father, or his uncle, or even his brother.

His father, Andy, was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Indians in 1985 as a right-handed pitcher and played five seasons of professional baseball, reaching the Double-A level.

His uncle, Tony, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 and made it to the big leagues in 1983, where he went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA before injuries ended his promising career.

Oh, there is more Ghelfi connections to pro ball, too, as Mitchell’s brother, Drew, a University of Minnesota pitcher, was drafted by the Brewers in 2013 and spent parts of two minor-league seasons with the organization. He is no longer playing professional baseball.

“I knew there was a possibility I would get drafted,” said Ghelfi, who hit for power (16 doubles, 2 home runs, 35 RBI) and average (.356) with UW-Milwaukee this spring. “That is about as much as I knew.

“I didn’t know what teams or how interested the Brewers were. It was pretty much a waiting game. I was just hoping somebody would give me a chance. It just happened to be the Brewers who were going to give me that chance.”

While Ghelfi is excited to see what the Brewers will offer and where his summer might be spent, he also knows that the minor league lifestyle — where teams typically play every day — will be grueling and test his baseball skills like never before.

“I think this past summer and this (collegiate) season was big for me. I was coming off a good summer with a great Northwoods League team, the Chinooks,” Ghelfi said. “I took no break and went right into fall ball.

“I felt good in everything I did. And playing in that (wood bat) league, which is set up like minor league baseball, and having some success playing in a similar style as a minor league player would play in, that only helped me.”

Now Ghelfi — once he works out a contract — appears to have a chance to do it again. Only this time he will get paid for playing baseball.

THE GHELFI FILE

NAME: Mitchell Ghelfi

AGE: 22

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-foot-11, 190 pounds

THROWS: Right

HITS: Switch hitter

COLLEGE: Just completed his junior season at UW-Milwaukee, where he hit .356 with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and drove in 35 runs.

DRAFT: Taken in the 28th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers

FAMILY TIES: Ghelifi's father, Andy, was taken in the second round of the 1985 draft by the Cleveland Indians, and advanced to the Double-A level. He was 32-29 with a 3.82 ERA in five seasons. His uncle, Tony, pitched in the major leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1983 before injuries cut short his career. His brother, Drew, as drafted in the 25th round by the Brewers in 2013 and spent parts of two seasons with the organization.


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Ole Miss junior Trent signs with Milwaukee Brewers
Riley Blevins, The Clarion-Ledger

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OXFORD – Ole Miss junior pitcher Christian Trent won't return for his final year of eligibility.

The left-hander signed a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, sources told The Clarion-Ledger.

Trent was selected by the Brewers in the 24th round of the MLB draft. He was one of four Rebels taken, including three pitchers.

In his two years with Ole Miss, Trent put together a 16-7 record. He won the first 12 decisions of his career, which was the best start by a pitcher in program history.

Trent went 9-0 as a junior, and won his first three starts this season.

It's the second year in a row Trent heard his name called in the draft. He was picked in the 29th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.

Trent will report to Helena, Montana to join the Helena Brewers, the club's advanced rookie affiliate, the source added.

"It is an honor," Trent told The Clarion-Ledger after being drafted on Wednesday night. "Thanks to the Brewers. It's a great feeling, regardless when it comes."


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Vandy signee Donny Everett goes in 29th round
Michael Murphy, The Tennessean

There's not a lot of doubt that Clarksville High graduate Donny Everett has first-round talent.

However, the Vanderbilit signee didn't hear his named called until round 29 on Wednesday — the third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Everett, the Class AAA Mr. Baseball and Gatorade Tennessee Baseball Player of the Year, was taken by the Brewers with the 871st pick, but that doesn't mean the pitcher will be turning pro this summer.

"Obviously he's a first-round talent," Clarksville coach Brian Hetland said. "He would have been taken somewhere between the 14th and 29th pick if he was just saying he would automatically sign … I think he wants to go to college. He's a young kid and he loves the Vanderbilt situation.

"It was going to take something extraordinary, which is probably more than $2 million."

The Brewers have the draft rights to Everett until July 17, the deadline for amateur picks to sign.

"(The Brewers) liked him enough to take a chance, hoping he might change his mind later in the summer," Hetland said. "If some things happen and the money is not all used up on their higher picks, they could possibly come to him in the summer and say 'Hey, here's a million dollars, what do you think?'"

Everett could not be reached for comment.


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After being drafted, Papillion-La Vista pitcher has choice: Brewers or Huskers
By Mike Patterson / Omaha World-Herald staff writer

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Papillion-La Vista pitcher Sean Chandler was drafted Wednesday by the Milwaukee Brewers. Photo by Megan Farmer / The World-Herald

Wednesday afternoon, Sean Chandler found out he’d been drafted by Milwaukee.

Wednesday night, he picked up the save in his team’s American Legion game.

All in all, a pretty good day.

The 6-foot-5 Chandler, who just finished his senior year at Papillion-La Vista, was selected in the 32nd round of the MLB draft by the Brewers. The All-Class A performer is committed to Nebraska, so he has a decision to make.

“It will be tough, but either way I’ll be happy,’’ he said. “It’s just pretty neat to get drafted because that doesn’t happen to too many high schoolers around here.’’

The hard-throwing right-hander drew the attention of pro scouts while winning six games for Papio this spring. The highlight of his senior season came when he no-hit two-time defending state champion Omaha Westside, which went on to capture its third straight Class A title.

Chandler also was among the Class A leaders with 45 strikeouts.

His drafting by the Brewers didn’t come as a surprise. He had a pre-draft workout last week at the team’s home field, Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Chandler said he wasn’t monitoring the MLB draft Wednesday when his name was called.

“I was driving when all of a sudden my phone started blowing up,’’ he said. “Then I went out and did my thing at the game.’’

Playing for Papio’s Legion team (Pinnacle Bank), Chandler earned the save in a 5-3 home win over Five Points Bank (Omaha Creighton Prep).

Pinnacle coach Nate McCabe said his entire squad was excited about Chandler’s selection by the Brewers.

“The guys were all happy for him,’’ the coach said. “It was a pretty neat scene.’’

Chandler said other teams that had shown the most interest were Miami, Toronto and Kansas City.

He originally was going to attend Iowa Western but later committed to the Huskers. Chandler said he will discuss his options with his family before making a decision whether to attend NU or turn pro.

“It’s pretty cool,’’ he said. “It’s been an exciting day for me.’’


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Mitch Ghelfi and Jordan Desguin both say they have not decided whether they'll sign.

I tweeted Charles Galiano after another draft pick told me he'd be signing, I asked Galiano if he was headed to Montana - he favorited the tweet, but he didn't answer the question.


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AUDIO: 40th round catcher Charles Galiano, a junior out of Fordham, still on the fence about signing


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Posted: June 15, 2015, 10:11 AM Post
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So it now turns out (tweet) that two of the four catchers the Brewers drafted, both juniors out of Northeast colleges, 13th round Max McDowell of UConn (earlier update) and 40th round Charles Galiano of Fordham, will be playing for the same team (Bourne) in the Cape Cod League this summer.

We haven't seen confirmations about the other catchers drafted, Zach Taylor of Scottsdale CC (AZ), 15th round and Mitch Ghelfi of UW-Milwaukee, 28th round, other than Ghelfi was still considering what route he'll take.

Normally the Brewers sign at least one non-drafted catcher each year at this time, simply to help handle the large number of arms that will find themselves in Maryvale. No news on any undrafted signees yet.

One last thought: maybe McDowell changed his mind, thus freeing up a spot for Galiano on the Cape squad. We'll see...


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Posted: June 15, 2015, 12:16 PM Post
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23rd round Oklahoma State SS Donnie Walton has been playing in the Cape-Cod League with Yarmouth-Dennis. Played as recently as last night (stats through six games).

Tell you what, those Helena and Maryvale rosters won't be over-stuffed. Still too many non-signings, it appears, although that can change. Figured Walton would be in the fold by now for sure.


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