With the 184th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Dodgers took right-handed pitcher Jacob Rhame out of Grayson County Community College.
Baseball America ranked him 172nd.
He lives mainly off his fastball, dealing at 91-93 mph with a peak of 95 and good sink. His secondary pitches aren’t as impressive, with his changeup ranking ahead of his curveball, but he does throw strikes with all of his offerings. His ability to refine his changeup and curveball ultimately will determine whether he remains a starter or becomes a reliever in pro ball. His 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame is built for durability.
MLB.com had this to say about him:
Rhame began his college career at Oklahoma, but transferred after pitching just 10 innings as a freshman. He has shown improved stuff this spring at Grayson County and dominated hitters. Rhame’s fastball sits in the low-90s with good sinking action. He also throws a curveball and a changeup, but his secondary pitches need further development. Listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Rhame has ideal size for a right-hander. He has good command and can throw all three of his pitches for strikes. Rhame is committed to Texas State should he head back to a four-year college.
Logan White likes his arm and says they’ll use him as a starter for now, but thinks a bullpen role could be in his future.
“He has an electric arm,” said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. “He knows how to pitch. We’ll start him in the Minor Leagues, but he could go either direction because he throws strikes and his delivery is sound.”
As far as signability is concerned, he’s committed to Texas State, so he has options.
He seems to profile best as a reliever, which aren’t generally what you want to draft, but at least he sounds like he has a chance to impact the MLB club.
With the 214th pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, the team took Brandon Trinkwon from UC Santa Barbara.
He’s ranked 307th by Baseball America.
At 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Trinkwon is undersized, and his power rates as a 35 on the 20-80 scouting scale. His hitting mechanics got out of whack, and he has struggled for much of this spring, hitting .285/.374/.396 with four homers through 53 games. Early in counts he has tried to pull everything, even over the outer half. With two strikes he widens his base and shortens his swing, with better results. When he’s going right, Trinkwon lets the ball travel and drives it the other way into the left-center gap. He has good hand-eye coordination and could be an average hitter with improvements to his mechanics and approach. Trinkwon is a smooth defender at shortstop, with smooth actions and a knack for putting himself in the right position, helping his range and fringe-average speed play up. His arm is also probably a little short, and scouts universally project him as a second baseman in pro ball.
Logan White basically says he can’t hit much and is primarily a defensive guy.
“He’s an absolute baseball gamer,” said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. “He’s probably more suited to play second base, but we’ll give him an opportunity to play short. He handles the bat OK, but he’s really a defensive guy.”
He’s a junior, so he has the option to return in terms of signability.
Well … uh … seems like his ceiling is as a utility guy, and the trend of low-risk, low-reward picks continue. I dunno, but when the thing you lead off with about a player is his intangibles, it’s generally not a great sign.
Shortstop/catcher Kyle Farmer was taken with the 244th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of the University Of Georgia.
Don’t know much about him, as he wasn’t ranked or profiled as a prospect anywhere, though that might be because the Dodgers see him as a catcher, not a shortstop.
Kyle Farmer will be fulfilling his dreams of playing professional baseball not as a shortstop, but at catcher.
The former Georgia baseball standout was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 244th overall pick in the eighth round of the MLB First-Year Amateur Draft on Friday, listed as a catcher by the organization and implying that he will change positions at the professional level.
Well, it’s worked in the past.
Signability-wise, he’s a senior, so it’s either this or playing independent ball.
The Dodgers took outfielder Henry Yates out of Texas Wesleyan University with the 274th pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.
Logan White touts his bat, though the power upside isn’t there.
“He’s an offensive player with a quality bat,” said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. “He hits line drives from gap to gap. He’s got a little bit of power and has a chance to stay in the outfield.”
Baseball America didn’t rank him but had this to say:
Righthanded hitters rarely are described as having a pretty swing, but Yates is an exception. The 6-foot-2, 190 pounder has occasional power and plus speed, though he was slowed by a hamstring injry this spring. He profiles best as a corner outfielder and has an average arm.
A corner outfielder without power generally isn’t the best profile to have. Or at all.
He’s a senior, so he should sign without issue.
Nick Keener ended the team’s day as the 304th pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. The right-handed pitcher was taken out of Mansfield University.
Logan White tabs his ceiling as a reliever out of the pen … maybe.
“He’s got really good fastball sink, good command and a good slider,” said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. “He competes his tail off and has a bulldog mentality. If he keeps battling, he may end up at the big league level out of the bullpen someday.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
A junior in college, he has the option of returning.
Overall, it’s not an impressive haul, and much of that conclusion is built off words from Logan White himself. Apart from Chris Anderson, whose ceiling is as a #2 starter, there isn’t a ton of upside. A few potential utility/platoon guys, a few potential relievers, and a few projects that don’t have loud tools.
That’s not to say the Dodgers have necessarily done poorly, as I think it reflects on the draft itself more than anything, but it’s also fair to say that the Dodgers have stayed safe so far and it doesn’t look like there’s much impact talent here.