2012 MLB Draft: Los Angeles Dodgers – Day 3 – Rounds 26 Through 40

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jordan Parr in the 26th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Sophomore third baseman out of University Of Illinois.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Justin Gonzalez in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Junior shortstop out of Florida State University.

Ranked as the #441 prospect by Baseball America.

Athletic and rangy, Gonzalez had a chance to go in the first 10 rounds with a big year. He has the tools to play shortstop, with good footwork, infield actions, arm strength and quickness. He adds solid-average raw power, if not a tick above, and he has good projection in his 6-foot-2, 200-pound body. But Gonzalez has all kinds of issues making consistent contact at the plate, with a grooved swing and pitch-recognition problems. He was leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in strikeouts for the second consecutive year.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jake Hermsen in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Senior left-handed pitcher out of Northern Illinois University.

I have no information.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected John Cannon in the 29th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Senior catcher out of University Of Houston.

Crawfish Boxes had this report on him:

Summary

We’re continuing a theme with guys I’ve actually seen in person. This time, it’s University of Houston catcher John Cannon, who played for the Brazos Valley Bombers, a collegiate wooden bat team in the Texas Collegiate League based in Bryan.

I saw Cannon in about two or three games over the course of two summers and came away reasonably impressed. None of the players looked good in this particular wooden bat league, so I can’t speak to that part of his game, but he did look pretty good defensively.

That’s where I think he’ll gain most of his draft value. Guys like Cannon, who have started for years at the college level and have some experience hitting in wood leagues can come in and be an organizational depth guy in the minors for a few seasons.

If Cannon’s bat develops, he can move more quickly than that. Houston has seen that with another UH catcher, Chris Wallace. I’m not sure Cannon will have the same power potential as The Good Wallace, but he does have value.
Floor

Well, organizational depth is important, right? There’s a chance a college guy like never makes it to even Double-A, but there’s still value in that.
Ceiling

As I said, this will all depend on his bat. If he can hit passably, Cannon has a shot to be a big-league backup at worst. Think of Humberto Quintero, but maybe not as good a hitter.
Projected Draft Round

I’d bet he gets drafted somewhere after the 20th round.
Will he sign?

As a senior, it figures that Cannon will sign if he intends to play professionally.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Trent Giambrone in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a shortstop out of Grace King High School in Louisiana.

A Cressey Performance athlete, so he’ll be physically prepared at least.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected David Graybill in the 31st round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a right-handed pitcher out of Brophy Jesuit Prep School in Arizona.

My favorite late round draft pick by the Dodgers, solely because his high school is named “Brophy”. Hahaha. Perfect Game has him touching 91 mph.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Alfredo Unzue in the 32nd round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a left-handed pitcher with … uh … no school. Apparently he’s out of Cuba.

I have no information on him.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Cameron Saylor in the 33rd round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a catcher out of South Hills High School in California.

Baseball America ranked him #426.

Saylor has been a famous name in Southern California for some time thanks to his defense. He’s a polished receiver for a high school catcher, giving him a chance to be a slightly above-average backstop with a plus arm and quick release. Scouts have major reservations about Saylor’s short, very stocky frame, which is generously listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds. His bat is also a significant area of concern, and few scouts project him as being better than a below-average hitter with occasional pop. Scouts also have been disappointed with his energy level this spring.

Perfect Game has a couple reports on him.

Cameron (CJ) Saylor is a 2012 C/RHP with a 5-10 185 lb. frame from West Covina, CA who attends South Hills. Exceptional 2-way player. Impressive on the mound and in OF but future lies behind the plate as an elite level Catching prospect. Exceptional arm strength with excellent catch & throw skills, quick feet, clean transfer and good carry on throws, receives well. Very good hitting tools, generates good bat speed with ease. Swing path is direct to the baseball while staying long through the zone, creating good bat whip. Ball jumps off his bat hard with strength to all fields. Showed good feel for pitching with good 3 pitch arsenal and showed off his cannon of an arm from the Outfield as well. Elite level prospect, belongs on short list of top Catching prospects in the class of 2012. Committed to San Diego State. Named to Top Prospect Team.

Cameron (CJ) Saylor is a 2012 C/RHP with a 5-10 180 lb. frame from West Covina, CA who attends South Hills HS. Short compact build, very good present strength. Very quick and compact defensive actions, very clean exchange, good footwork, plus arm strength, consistent throw mechanics, 1.77 best pop, has all the catching tools and skills. 7.21 runner, can also play corner outfield with ability, very good outfield arm that could be better with footwork adjustments. Right handed hitter, spread stance, very short and compact swing, pull line drive contact, likes the ball down in the zone, line drive machine, squares it up and the ball jumps, handles velocity well, high average hitter. Good student, verbal commitment to San Diego State. Named to the Perfect Game All American Classic team.

MLB.com has video of him.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jordan Hershiser in the 34th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Senior right-handed pitcher out of the University Of Southern California.

Son of Orel Hershiser.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Austin Cowen in the 35th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Senior catcher out of Western Illinois University.

I have no information on him.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Jose Vizcaino Jr. in the 36th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a shortstop out of Francis Parker High School in California.

Son of Jose Vizcaino.

MLB.com has video of him.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected John Sgromolo in the 37th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Senior first baseman from Flagler College.

I have no information.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Corey Embree in the 38th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s an outfielder out of Maplewoods Community College in Missouri.

Perfect Game had this report on him:

Corey Embree is a 2011 OF/RHP with a 6-3 210 lb. frame from Moberly, MO who attends Maple Woods CC. Big, strong athlete, looks the part. Runs very well. 6.70 sixty. Raw in outfield but tools are very good. Fields cleanly with feel, quick arm with strength and carry. 94 mph velo and accuracy. Right-handed hitter with power approach at plate. Uphill swing with lots of leverage, ball comes off well, definite pull power. Showed arm strength on the mound. Back turn delivery, over the top slot, Fastball sat low 80s up to 91. Downhill plane on fastball, Curveball at 73, changeup shows cut action. Very good student.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Korey Dunbar in the 39th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He’s a catcher out of Nitro High School in West Virginia. Yes, Nitro.

Ranked at #258 by Baseball America.

West Virginia hasn’t had a high school position player selected in the first 10 rounds since the Brewers took Sam Singleton in the seventh round of the 1995 draft, but Dunbar could break that streak if a team thinks they can lure him away from his North Carolina commitment. Dunbar is a well-rounded player with a physical frame at 6-feet, 185 pounds. His arm is average to a tick above and he has solid catch-and-throw skills to go with average power.

Baseball Prospect Nation had this to say:

A little off the grid in West Virginia, Nitro High School has a power hitting catcher that merits watching as the draft nears. Korey Dunbar has put up some very impressive numbers during his prep career and has drawn the attention of some area scouts this spring.

“He’s a big strong kid with plenty of power potential,” said a longtime area guy. “He’s an offensive guy with a thick body. He’s 6-1, 210 and there’s a lot of strength in there.”

Scouts have reportedly seen him up to 90-91 mph off the mound and while he certainly has plus raw arm strength, it plays down because his footwork, transfer and release all need improvement. Most scouts consider him a serious work in progress behind the plate, but he is considered signable and has the rare power profile behind the plate that scouts love.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Patrick Stover in the 40th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. A Junior outfielder out of Santa Clara University.

Baseball America ranked him #380.

Stover was a 17th-round pick out of high school by the Athletics and, even with an inconsistent season, he should go higher this time around. With Stover, scouts are buying the bat–and after missing most of last season to injury, the redshirt sophomore was pressing early this season. His bat heated up a little later in the year and he was hitting just .297/.377/.427 through 192 at-bats. The tools are there–Stover has an upright stance with a good swing that produces above-average raw power to all fields. He shows above-average bat speed but is working on pitch recognition. Stover has a pro frame at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and is an average runner. Despite his athleticism, Stover will be limited to left field. He is a rough defender who gets bad reads on balls, is hesitant to dive for balls and has average arm strength. Just like Patrick Wisdom at St. Mary’s, scouts believe in Stover’s athleticism and track record for hitting and he’ll still be drafted highly enough to consider signing.

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