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MLB draft rounds 6-9: The man, the myth, the Minnich

Jun 5, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

Nathan Minnich (courtesy Shepherd University)

- Bolstered by the baddest mustache in Division II, Nathan Minnich hit .487/.645/980 with 21 homers in 152 at-bats for Shepherd University this season. Now he’s a Red Sox draftee after going 271st overall on Tuesday.

- Craig Hansen’s younger brother, Kyle, went to the White Sox with the 201st pick. Like Craig, Boston’s first-round pick seven years ago, Kyle went to St. John’s.  His 3.46 ERA as a junior wasn’t particularly impressive, but he did finish with a nice 108/26 K/BB ratio in 93 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, his fastball doesn’t measure up to his 6’8″ frame, and he’ll probably struggle to miss bats as a pro.

- Preston Tucker, taken 219th by the Astros, is the second best hitter on the No. 1 ranked Gators baseball team behind only Mike Zunino, who was taken third overall by the Mariners. A left-handed hitting corner outfielder, he batted .316/.396/.579 with 15 homers in 247 regular-season at-bats. Scouts seem skeptical that the power will translate, and he also probably won’t have much in the way of defensive value. Still, in round seven, he’s a pretty good choice.

- Beau Amaral, son of former major leaguer Rich, was taken by the Reds with the 232nd pick. He followed in his father’s footsteps by going to UCLA, and he hit .320/.398/.445 with 13 steals as a junior. Now let’s see if he can follow his father in putting together a 10-year big-league career as a part-timer.

- I don’t claim to know anything about Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado, a center fielder drafted by the Royals with the 253rd pick, but I think that long of a name is going to break Rotoworld’s database if we ever have to add him.

- Lee Mazzilli’s son, LJ, was selected by the Twins out of UConn with the 280th pick. Easily the Huskies’ best hitter, he finished at .339/.404/.548 with nine homers in 239 at-bats this season. Still, for him to last 280 picks, it suggests scouts don’t see his power translating. He’s also iffy to stick at second base.

- Left-hander Michael Roth was a player of the year winner for the national championship South Carolina team in 2011 and he was pretty good again this season, but he fell all of the way to 297th before getting snatched up by the Angels. Lack of velocity is the issue there, but his makeup is off the charts.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    The new draft rules are skewing these rounds this season. Many teams are basing their draft picks based on economics. A lot of high school players chosen in rounds 11 to 15 will have more upside that most of the college players chosen in rounds 6 to 10.

  2. dangle1223 - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    I thought I would reply before an annoying Gamecock fan does. Michael Roth played for South Carolina not Arkansas.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 5, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Duh. I had Arkansas on the brain for some reason. Thanks!

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    I understand that Baseball America has tweeted that many players drafted in the 6th to 10th rounds will be released next spring. I suspect that many college players (especially seniors) were drafted in these rounds simply because the teams want to offer them a bonus below scale. The money saved would be spent to sign players with higher upsides.

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