The bonus-pool system limits aggressiveness in the Draft. Because clubs that exceed their allotments by more than 5 percent start losing future first-round picks, those that are bold on Day 1 turn conservative by necessity on Day 2.
After making huge splashes on Monday night, the Astros and Dodgers counted dollars and did much of their shopping in the college-senior bin on Tuesday afternoon. By contrast, five teams that made less noise in Rounds 1-2 came away with the best hauls in Rounds 3-10.
These were the most impressive efforts on the second day of the Draft (round in parentheses):
North Forsyth (Cumming, Ga.) High School RHP Dakota Chalmers (third) was one of the better prep pitchers in the Draft and wouldn't have looked out of place in the first round. He needs some polish, but he can reach 98 mph with his fastball and back it up with solid breaking balls. North Carolina OF Skye Bolt (fourth) flashes four plus tools, but mitigates them with an inconsistent bat. Illinois LHP Kevin Duchene (fifth) wins and throws strikes more consistently than most college pitchers, and San Diego State RHP Bubba Derby (sixth) has hit 97 mph and could move fast as a reliever.
Texas began Tuesday by taking Duke RHP Michael Matuella (third), who had the potential to be No. 1 overall before he had Tommy John surgery. He has a mid-90s fastball and nasty breaking stuff, but also lower-back issues and little track record of staying healthy. The Rangers also gambled on the upsides of Houston RHP Jake Lemoine (fourth), a potential first-rounder before going down with a shoulder impingment in mid-March, and Vanderbilt RHP Tyler Ferguson (sixth), a possible second-rounder before he lost the strike zone. South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) High School OF Chad Smith (fifth) offers intriguing left-handed power potential.
Virginia OF Joe McCarthy (fifth) has had a rough season following January back surgery, but is a pure left-handed hitter with power potential. Maryland's Brandon Lowe (third) has more offensive upside than most second basemen, and Dallas Baptist RHP Brandon Koch (fourth) has two late-inning weapons with a 92-96 mph heater and a wipeout slider. Interestingly, though most clubs preferred Michigan's Jacob Cronenworth (seventh) as a right-hander with a solid fastball and promising splitter, Tampa Bay announced him as a second baseman.
Pottsville (Pa.) Area High School's Travis Blankenhorn (third) and Grainger (Rutledge, Tenn.) High's Trey Cabbage (fourth) both profile as left-handed-hitting third basemen who can produce for average and power while getting the job done on defense. Maryland's Alex Robinson (fifth) is a power bullpen lefty who could have gone a couple of rounds higher before a late-season slump. Oak Forest (Amite City, La.) Academy 1B Kolton Kendrick (eighth) is a one-tool player, though that one tool is raw power that rivals that of anyone in this Draft.
5. Red Sox
Washington's Austin Rei (third) is the best all-around defender among college catchers in this Draft. Missouri State OF Tate Matheny (fourth) doesn't have loud tools, but he contributes in all phases thanks to advanced instincts he honed as the son of former Gold Glove Award-winning catcher and current Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. IMG (Bradenton, Fla.) Academy LHP Logan Allen (eighth) has added more power to his precocious polish, while Ohio State RHP Travis Lakins (sixth) could develop into a bullpen piece with a mid-90s fastball and a solid slider.
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