Tanner Burns and Steven Williams, Auburn's two highest-rated prep signees, went undrafted on the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft - which wrapped up with the 10 round Tuesday evening - and both will enroll at Auburn, making a big win for coach Butch Thompson in his first full recruiting class.
The 18-year-old southpaw, who committed to Florida State has already received high expectations from Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich with projections of Hall joining the Orioles rotation in the near future. "Baltimore then made an offer, but they also ended up taking a shortstop (Canadian high schooler Adam Hall in the second round)". At 142nd overall, his slot value calls for a $356,900 payday, which may or may not be enough for him to forgo going to college.
Baumann becomes the 19th player from JU to be selected in the draft, and just the seventh to be taken inside the first three rounds. Being only 5-foot-11, 165 lbs.
With their top pick, the Nationals went with one of the left-handers Rizzo was talking about in spite of the concerns expressed by scouts.
He was rated as the 16th best prospect on the board by Baseball America, the 14th overall prospect by MLB.com, and the 8th-best prospect in this year's draft by ESPN's Keith Law. Romero will need to avoid making any headlines over the next couple months, but he might be able to help out in Washington's bullpen down the stretch. the Braves' Kyle Wright, the Tigers' Alex Faedo, and the Mets' David Peterson also look like pitchers who might be able to shoot through the minors quickly.
Romero posted a 3.51 ERA, 20 walks, 85 Ks, and a.256 BAA in 10 games (seven starts) and 48 2⁄3 IP this season.
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.
Logan Warmoth, SS (#22): After not being drafted in high school, Warmoth improved dramatically in only three seasons at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, earning the reputation as the top college shortstop in the draft.
Tanner Houck, RHP (#24): From the University of Missouri, Houck had a lackluster junior season after pitching very well during his freshman and sophomore years.
Before heading off to Loyola Marymount and Cal State LA, Watkins played high school ball at Serra High School in San Mateo, the alma mater for former Giants legend Barry Bonds.