Day 2 Draft Standouts, National League

Below are some notable selections from the draft’s second day. I chatted live for the first three hours of Day 2 here. If you missed any Day 1 analysis, the draft live stream is located here and analysis of the first day is available here for the American League and here for the National League. My top 100 with tool grades, scouting reports, etc., is here.

The numbers in parentheses beside each name indicate the round in which the relevant prospect was drafted.

Arizona Diamondbacks

High school pitchers Matt Tabor (3) and Harrison Francis (4) both have promising physical projection, and Tabor’s velocity was already starting to climb this spring.

Atlanta Braves

JUCO RHP Troy Bacon (4) is an athletic 6-foot reliever who sits 92-97 with three secondaries. The Braves took seniors from round five on and might have more money to throw around on day three.

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs continued to take lots of college pitching but popped Palm Desert HS RHP Jeremiah Estrada (6), whose stuff waxed and waned this spring. He was up to 95 late in the year and, while he’s small and not all scouts love the delivery, he’s very athletic and has a potential plus changeup.

Cincinnati Reds

Cullman HS (AL) LHP Jacob Heatherly (3) is a great buy-low prospect in the fourth round. His stuff backed up a bit this year, but he looked like a sure first rounder last summer. SS Cash Case (4) has a chance to hit and hit for some power, but scouts are split on his defensive home.

Colorado Rockies

St. Johns River RHP Pearson McMahan (4) will touch 95 with an average slider. Chad Spanberger (4) is a hulking power hitter from Arkansas who went off in the SEC tournament.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Houston C Connor Wong (3) is now the third catcher who can play other positions in this organization. Park Vista HS (FL) RHP James Marinan was a projectable steal where he was picked. Utah RHP Riley Otteson (5) is an arm-strength lottery ticket.

Miami Marlins

Kentucky 2B Riley Mahan (3) has terrific bat control and hand-eye coordination but might have to move off of the infield. Stanford RHP Colton Hock (4) sits 93-96 with an above-average curveball and could move quickly as a bullpen piece.

Milwaukee Brewers

Oregon State C K.J. Harrison (3) has interesting upside if he can catch. New Jersey high school 3B Nick Egnatuk (5) and Louisville SS Devin Hairston (6) are athletic defenders who should stay on the left side.

New York Mets

If you catch Kennesaw St RHP Tony Dibrell (4) on the right day you see a pitcher with mid-rotation upside. Five seniors were drafted to try to get Mark Vientos signed, my favorite of whom is Oklahoma St RHP Trey Cobb, who sits 90-93 with an above average slider.

Philadelphia Phillies

Cal State Fullerton RHP Connor Seabold (3) throws a high volume of strikes with modest stuff. Houston 3B Jake Scheiner (4) has above-average raw power.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Tracy HS RHP Cody Bolton (6) has some physical projection and a good arm action. Arizona CF Jared Oliva (7) is a plus runner with above-average raw power, but is raw for a college player.

San Diego Padres

Whitehouse HS (TX) OF Mason House (3) has big power projection and athletic actions. Alaskan SS Johnny Hozma (5) has good feel to hit and might do enough of it to profile at second base if he has to move.

San Francisco Giants

Utah prep lefty Seth Corry (3) sits in the low-90s and flashes an above-average curveball but struggles to throw strikes. Tampa RHP Garrett Cave (4) has electric arm speed and might be able to pear down his repertoire and focus on improving one of his secondaries in a bullpen role. Sam Houston CF Bryce Johnson (6) has a great baseball body, above-average speed, and feel for all-fields contact.

St. Louis Cardinals

As is customary in St. Louis, several prospects have a potential carrying tool in the bat. Cal State Fullerton OF Scott Hurst (3) and St. Mary’s 2B Zach Kirtley (5) certainly do. Clemson CF Chase Pinder (7) is a plus runner with some natural loft (but stiffness) in the swing.

Washington Nationals

Texas A&M RHP Brigham Hill (5) has a plus changeup. Michigan State LHP Alex Troop (9) has endless limbs and enough stuff to thwart lefties. He also has above average raw power.

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Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.

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Cal State Fullerton RHP Connor Seabold (3) throws a high volume of strikes with modest stuff.”

Carson Cistulli is so thrilled with Seabold’s “modest stuff” (90 MPH is a huge number for his fastball) that Cistulli has not only put Seabold on top of his Fringe Five list but has embarked on interviewing Seabold’s family, teachers, friends and students from grade school thru college for a biographical book.

The Phillies are a Fringe Franchise.