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Notable picks for each team on Draft Day 2

June 13, 2017

Here's a look at one notable pick from each club's Day 2 Draft haul, along with a link to complete Day 2 coverage for all 30 teams:Angels -- CF Jonah Todd, Auburn University, Round 6 (No. 175 overall) Todd played at Marion Military Institute, a junior college in Marion, Ala.,

Here's a look at one notable pick from each club's Day 2 Draft haul, along with a link to complete Day 2 coverage for all 30 teams:
Angels -- CF Jonah Todd, Auburn University, Round 6 (No. 175 overall)
Todd played at Marion Military Institute, a junior college in Marion, Ala., before transferring to Auburn and making the baseball team as a walk-on. He batted .376 with 13 doubles, five triples, no home runs and 37 RBIs in 63 games for Auburn this season, earning All-SEC Second Team and All-Defensive Team honors.
"Jonah's story, from being a true walk-on, to becoming an All-SEC player in his first year at Auburn, is truly amazing," coach Butch Thompson said in a statement when the postseason awards were released. "He's been our catalyst all season, providing an impact with his speed, defense, arm and, most importantly, his bat. It is a great accomplishment for a great player. I'm glad Jonah chose to attend Auburn." More »
Astros -- 1B Jake Adams, University of Iowa, Round 6 (No. 181 overall)
The Astros nabbed one of the most intriguing bats in the Draft when they took Adams in the sixth round (181st overall). The unanimous Big Ten Player of the Year, he led the NCAA with 29 home runs, shattering the previous school record of 22 homers.
Adams, a semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award, started all 61 games for the Hawkeyes at first base and led the Big Ten Conference in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, runs (55) and total bases, while also ranking second in hits (82), sixth in batting average, 12th in on-base percentage (.417) and 14th in doubles (14).
There are questions about where Adams might play defensively at the next level. At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, he's not a nimble fielder at first base, which leads some scouts to believe he could wind up being a designated hitter in the American League. More »

Athletics -- RHP Parker Dunshee, Wake Forest, Round 7 (No. 201 overall)
Wake Forest's ace and all-time strikeout leader comes to the A's after four seasons with the Demon Deacons, having turned down an opportunity to sign with the Cubs as a 14th-round Draft pick last year.
Dunshee was 9-1 with a 3.91 ERA in a team-leading 17 starts this season, fanning 111 batters in 103 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-1 right-hander finished his collegiate career with 330 strikeouts in 326 1/3 innings, with time for more, as Wake Forest continues competition in the Gainesville Super Regional this week. More »
Blue Jays -- 1B Kacy Clemens, University of Texas, Round 8 (No. 249 overall)
The Blue Jays are inadvertently putting together a Minor League Dream Team of baseball fathers. Last year Toronto selected infielder Cavan Biggio (son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio) and Bo Bichette (son of longtime Major Leaguer Dante Bichette) to go along with international free agent signee Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (son of potential future Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero). Now it's the son of Roger Clemens who joins the organization, but unlike his father, Kacy wants to make his living with the bat. More »
Braves -- RHP Jacob Belinda, Lock Haven (Pa.) University, Round 10 (No. 290 overall)
Belinda recorded 78 strikeouts and issued 33 walks while producing a 4.72 ERA over 61 innings this season. This was a heartwarming pick for the Braves, who learned about this senior right-hander from beloved scout Gene Kerns, who passed away on Friday after a fight with cancer. More »
Brewers -- 3B Nick Egnatuk, Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) HS, Round 5 (No. 144 overall)
Egnatuk is another addition to a relatively thin position in Milwaukee's Minor League chain. The Brewers' top third-base prospect is Lucas Erceg, a second-round pick last year out of California's Menlo College who ranks seventh on MLBPipeline's list of Milwaukee's top prospects, and he is the only true third baseman on the list. While Erceg was regarded as an advanced college bat on his Draft day, Egnatuk is known for his prodigious raw power. Last fall some Draft observers projected him as a Day 1 pick, but Egnatuk slipped during a so-so senior season.
The Brewers got a late look when Egnatuk attended the team's pre-Draft workout at Miller Park. Egnatuk's father played two years of professional baseball, and his grandfather is in the Rutgers University baseball hall of fame. He has a college commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. More »
Cardinals -- SS Kramer Robertson, LSU, Round 4 (No. 124 overall)
Part of LSU's dynamic double-play combination, Robertson helped lead the Tigers to the College World Series again this season. He's also the son of Baylor women's basketball head coach Kim Mulkey. Robertson and Cole Freeman, his double play partner, were drafted nine picks apart Tuesday. More »
Cubs -- 3B Austin Filiere, MIT, Round 8 (No. 255 overall)
If baseball doesn't work out for Filiere, the business analytics major from MIT will probably be just fine. That said, that doesn't mean the Cubs can't get excited about the third baseman.
Filiere slashed .414/.543/.809 in three seasons at MIT and got his college career started off on the right foot. As a freshman, he was named National Division III Rookie of the Year by and set school single-season records in plate appearances, runs, hits, home runs, RBIs and on-base percentage. His hitting numbers dropped a little during his final season, but he took a career-best 41 walks (in 36 games) to make up for it. More »
D-backs -- 3B Buddy Kennedy, Millville (N.J.) HS, Round 5 (No. 142 overall)
Kennedy attended the same high school as Michael Trout, and he has spent offseasons working out with the Angels superstar. Kennedy posted a .493/.550/.985 slash line with six homers and 24 RBIs during his senior season. The 18-year-old has a compact build and runs well. Scouts have said he has "Trout-like mannerisms" and hits the ball hard to all fields. Kennedy is the grandson of former big leaguer Don Money. More »
Dodgers -- OF Zach Reks, University of Kentucky, Round 10 (No. 310 overall)
The second player the Dodgers took from Kentucky, Reks began his collegiate career hitting .210 at the Air Force Academy and was told he wasn't progressing well. He transferred to Kentucky but was told he was too small for the program and went to work at a nearby auto plant while attending classes.
Two years later, he had a tryout, and as a walk-on wound up in the middle of the batting order. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, the left-handed batter hit .352 with a .932 OPS this year. More »
Giants -- RHP Jason Bahr, University of Central Florida, Round 5 (No. 156 overall)
Bahr actually didn't play collegiate baseball in 2016. Not only was he a walk-on, but he simply didn't see eye-to-eye with the previous coach, who cut him. So Bahr got a job as a lifeguard. But he remained interested enough in baseball to play in the Florida Collegiate Summer League, a six-team wood bat league.
Meanwhile, UCF underwent a coaching change, bringing in Greg Lovelady. Ryan Klosterman, a holdover assistant coach, advised Lovelady that Bahr could help the team. After all, Bahr stood 6-foot-5 and was capable of throwing in the mid-90s. Lovelady welcomed back Bahr -- as a full-fledged member of the team, not as a walk-on this time. Bahr responded by recording a 2.97 ERA in 24 appearances, including five starts. He struck out 98 and walked 15 in 60 2/3 innings. Opponents hit .191 off him. More »
Indians -- 2B Ernie Clement, University of Virginia, Round 4 (No. 132 overall)
Players like Clement, who is 6-0, 165 pounds, are a novelty in today's game, which prioritizes power and will stomach strikeouts if players can produce it. Clement nearly always puts the ball in play and might be the best grinder in the Draft. The right-handed hitter struck out just 31 times in 745 at bats over his college career. More »
Mariners -- LHP Oliver Jaskie, University of Michigan, Round 6 (No. 183 overall)
The 6-foot-4 junior was a first-team All-Big Ten pitcher for a strong Michigan squad as he went 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA and tied a school single-season record with 119 strikeouts in 93 innings over 16 starts.
Jaskie, 21, doesn't have an overpowering fastball, as he usually tops out about 90-91 mph, but features an outstanding changeup and developed into the Wolverines' top starter the past two years. His junior season was capped by a shutout with 14 strikeouts against Ohio State.
Over three seasons, he went 17-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 52 games, including 31 starts. He's 12 credits short of graduating with a degree in economics. More »
Marlins -- RHP Ryan Lillie, UNC-Riverside, Round 5 (No. 149 overall)
Lillie is a converted catcher who tried pitching at the recommendation of Troy Percival, his head coach at University of California-Riverside. A hard-throwing righty, Lillie began as a reliever but transitioned to the rotation this season, as a junior. Because he's still new to pitching, Lillie's secondary offerings are still raw, but he's considered to have major upside to go along with a mid-90s fastball. More »
Mets -- RF Quinn Brodey, Stanford, Round 3 (No. 97 overall); OF Matt Winaker, Stanford, Round 5 (No. 157 overall)
Brodey and Winaker made up two-thirds of Stanford's outfield this year, so it was probably a thrill for each to get drafted. But by the same team? What are the chances? Brodey, who hit .314 this season, and Winaker, who hit .308, could be teammates once again in the Mets' system. More »

Nationals -- 2B Cole Freeman, LSU, Round 4 (No. 133 overall)
Freeman was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round in the 2016 Draft, but he elected to go back for his senior year. He is a strong defensive second baseman who was named to the 2016 SEC All-Defensive Team, and he is the Tigers' leading hitter at .327 and top basestealer with 18 as they prepare for the College World Series on Saturday. He also won a batting title in the Cape Cod League by hitting .374 last summer.
Freeman was also the latest player at LSU to wear No. 8, a tradition given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of the program. Recent players who have worn the jersey and are now Major Leaguers include Detroit's Michael Mahtook and Houston's Alex Bregman. More »
Orioles -- C Ben Breazeale, Wake Forest, Round 7 (No. 218 overall)
Breazeale is listed at 6-foot, 210 pounds, and he is from Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The catcher had a standout senior season for Wake Forest, batting .333 with a .540 slugging percentage.
The lefty hitter launched a career-high 11 home runs in 60 games. Prior to his senior year, Breazeale had just five homers in his first three seasons. The catcher also tallied a career-high 51 RBIs this past season. In Wake Forest's second game of the NCAA Super Regionals on Monday, Breazeale hit two homers, one of which was a walk-off two-run shot in the 11th inning. More »
Padres -- 3B Jonny Homza, South Anchorage HS, Round 5 (No. 138 overall)
Not many high school players come out of Alaska, which makes the right-handed hitting infielder the Padres took in the fifth round all the more intriguing. Homza is the first high school player drafted out of Alaska since 2014, and the highest taken since 2000. Only one high school player from Alaska has ever made the Majors: former pitcher Chad Bentz. More »
Phillies -- SS Dalton Guthrie, University of Florida, Round 6 (No. 173 overall)
Guthrie is the son of former big league pitcher Mark Guthrie, who played for eight teams over 15 seasons. Dalton hit .272 with eight doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs his junior year. He had a .349 on-base percentage, but just a .358 slugging percentage. Guthrie reportedly had ulnar nerve transposition surgery in the fall. More »
Pirates -- CF Jared Oliva, University of Arizona, Round 7 (No. 208 overall)
Undrafted out of high school, Oliva came into his own as a redshirt junior this spring, batting .321/.385/.498 for the Wildcats while catching scouts' eyes with his speed and athleticism in the outfield and on the bases.
Standing 6-foot-3 and 187 pounds, the right-handed-hitting outfielder comes from a baseball family. His father, David, played in the Red Sox system from 1982-86, and his uncle, Steve, played in the Braves' organization from '74-78. Oliva has drawn some comparisons to outfielder Robert Stubbs. He might be a bit of a project, with some scouts reporting inconsistency in his outfield work, but the 21-year-old would become another intriguing outfield prospect in the lower levels of the Pirates' farm system. More »
Rangers -- RHP Ryan Dease, TXNL Academy (Longwood, Fla.), Round 4 (No. 134 overall)
Dease is a right-handed pitcher who throws 91-92 mph and was on a team that went 28-2. TXNL is an online school playing outside the Florida high school system and a baseball academy. Baseball is a full-time job, and Dease has a commitment to the University of Central Florida. More »
Rays -- UT Taylor Walls, Florida State, Round 3 (No. 79 overall)
The Florida State shortstop has a chance to face fellow Rays draftee Drew Rasmussen, a right-hander out of Oregon State, in the upcoming College World Series. Walls and Rasmussen, whom the Rays selected 31st overall on Monday, are set to be teammates. More »

Red Sox -- OF Jordan Wren, Georgia Southern, Round 10 (No. 311 overall)
The Red Sox capped Day 2 of the Draft with the selection of this left-handed-hitting and throwing outfielder, who transferred to Georgia Southern for his final two seasons. He is the son of Red Sox senior vice president of player personnel Frank Wren. The Red Sox took Jordan Wren in the 36th round last year, but he is all but certain to sign this time now that his college career is over. Though Wren's batting average dropped from .285 as a junior to .268 as a senior, his on-base percentage rose from .350 to .383 and he doubled his home-run total from three to six.
"He's somebody we've gotten to know for obvious reasons," said Red Sox vice president of amateur scouting Mike Rikard. "It was a really cool thing to be able to select him. He was actually here in our room with us because he's in town and Frank was here and his mom was here, so it was just a really neat thing to be able to select him today." More »
Reds -- SS Cash Case, The First Academy, Round 4 (No. 107 overall)
Case, a Notre Dame commit, attended the MLB Prospect Development Pipeline premier event in Bradenton, Fla., in January, where he showed athleticism and the ability to hit from both sides of the plate. Case's accomplishments off the field may be more impressive than what he's done on the field. Case plays the guitar, piano and saxophone and recently became fluent in Mandarin Chinese after studying the language for four years. More »
Rockies -- LHP Lucas Gilbreath, University of Minnesota, Round 7 (No. 206 overall)
Gilbreath, a Westminster, Colo., native who went to Legacy High in Broomfield, could eventually be completing a long route to Coors Field. The Rockies took him in the 36th round out of high school in 2014. He also participated in the Rockies Scout Team program. Gilbreath opted for collegiate ball and went 9-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 48 appearances, including 15 starts, for the Golden Gophers. This year as a junior he was 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts, and had 92 strikeouts against 32 walks in 81 1/3 innings. More »
Royals -- LHP Daniel Tillo, Iowa Western CC, Round 3 (No. 90 overall)
Tillo was named Iowa Mr. Basketball as a senior in high school but chose baseball and took a scholarship to pitch at Kentucky. He didn't see much time as a freshman, and then his coach resigned, so he returned to Iowa to rebuild his stock. He did, showing a low-90s fastball and projectable slider. Kansas City drafted Tillo on his 21st birthday Tuesday. Not a bad gift. More »
Tigers -- CF Luke Burch, Kent State University, Round 9 (No. 275 overall)
The first college senior drafted by the Tigers this year, Burch was a first-time all-MAC selection twice in his career for the back-to-back regular-season MAC champions. He posted a .355 batting average for his collegiate career, including .350 as a senior to go with four homers, 34 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 53 runs scored in 54 games. He's a speedy outfielder with a good defensive reputation. Burch was a recipient of the MAC Medal of Excellence Award this spring for his all-around performance, including a 3.52 GPA while enrolled in graduate school this year. More »
Twins -- LHP Rylel Widell, Central Arizona College, Round 7 (No. 196 overall)
Widell was the Twins' second college lefty of the Draft. Widell has a fastball in the 87- to 92-mph range, while his changeup is his best pitch. He also throws a slurvy slider and a curveball. Scouts believe the curveball is a better pitch, but he'll have to refine it. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder went 8-2 with a 1.98 ERA this year, striking out 115 against 39 walks. Batters hit only .179 against him.
The Hawaii native, who also played quarterback for King Kekaulike High School in Maui, started his career at Washington State but transferred after posting an 8.85 ERA as a freshman. He's currently committed to the University of North Carolina. More »
White Sox -- 1B Sam Abbott, Curtis (University Place, Wash.) HS, Round 8 (No. 237 overall)
With Abbott still in school, his parents had to get him out of class and take him to the athletic director's office so he could hear his name announced. Abbott is a power-packed project who flew in from Washington to work out for the White Sox and impressed none other than Jim Thome with some of his blasts.
Abbott was deemed by White Sox director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler as one of the most unique stories ever drafted by the White Sox.
"He's a U.S. Junior National water polo player. He has a scholarship to Long Beach State," Hostetler said. "His mom was an Olympian, his dad was in the military. He was born in Kuwait City. The kid's backstory is some kind of tremendous and when you see the kid physically, it is some physical specimen. His shoulders are really big and broad." More »
Yankees -- RHP Trevor Stephan, Arkansas, Round 3 (No. 92 overall)
Stephan didn't pitch until he arrived at Arkansas, then excelled in the ultra-tough Southeastern Conference. The 6-5, 225-pound righty was the Razorbacks' top starter this season, posting a 2.67 ERA and striking out 120 in 16 starts. Now he finds himself in a funny spot, being drafted by the Yankees a year after turning down the Red Sox, who selected him in the 18th round in 2016. More »

**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for