Signability of the Remaining Draft Picks

23 of the Diamondbacks 40 selections have been officially signed so far, with more to be announced tomorrow when Missoula's roster is revealed. Of those signed, 5 of the first 11 selections (10 rounds) have been signed; the highest being Daniel Palka. Shipley and Blair should sign shortly. Of the remaining unsigned, some present the risk of being unsignable. Note that Cory Hahn, drafted in the 34th round will not be signing to play baseball, but there's hope he will join the organization in the front office. Here are a few names that I've heard about:

Definitely Not Signing:

RHP Matthew Vogel (36): A 6'2", 180lbs high school pitcher from New York, Vogel committed to the University of South Carolina. Scouting reports show his fastball topping out at 93mph, and sits regularly in the low 90s. His delivery has a lot of Bronson Arroyo in it, and I could see him going on to being a high draft pick in several years. On draft night he announced on his twitter his gratitude for being drafted, but that he would go onto college.

A Small Chance:

RHP Jimmie Sherfy (10): As the closer for Oregon this season, Sherfy was dynamic, recording 94k/34bb in 61.1 IP. His fastball sits in the low 90s, touching 96. He also uses a great slider, and an occasional change-up. He might be a tough sign because his stuff could allow him to go higher in the draft next year, and he's playing for a top collegiate program at Oregon.

C Elvin Soto (16): Questions remain about his signability since he was a draft eligible sophomore (leaving him two years of elgibility). Drafted in the 16th round, Soto is said to possess an above-average arm with good defensive intangibles; but his offensive game is average at best. Soto is 6'0", 200lbs and is a switch hitter. He batted .320 with 6 homeruns this year.

RHP Matt Foster (29): Matt Foster is a shorter right-hander (6'0"/190lbs) from Valley High School in Alabama. According to his Perfect Game Profile, he is not committed to any University. According to Perfect game his fastball topped out at 90mph last June. And a quick search on youtube pops up with a video of him catching and pitching. His delivery is simple and rather clean. According to his twitter, he is still deciding whether to sign or go to Panama, which I assume means a summer vacation in the country of Panama (as no results show up for any colleges by that name).

MIF Frankie Ratcliff (40): Ratcliff is a switch-hitter who played his Junior year at the University of Houston. Scouts say he has above average raw power and solid tools across the board. He was kicked of the team at University of Miami for dealing drugs. His talent could go higher next year, but could definitely sign if he's given a good enough bonus.

Probably Will Sign:

SS Justin Williams (2): Williams is an example of a high school player drafted with huge upside. He has great raw power and it's not hard imagining him as a middle of the order threat. Here's a great piece by Minor League Ball's Matt Garioch, which gives a detailed anaylis of Williams. He's committed to Louisiana State.

OF Matt McPhearson (4): A speedy outfielder from a Maryland HS, McPhearson has tremendous upside. His excellent speed gives him above average defensive potential. The only risk with him is that he's committed to University of Miami, but I feel the Diamondbacks may be able to sway him away with a big enough bonus.

RHP Adam Miller (20): As a BYU starter, Adam Miller posses a fastball that sits 92-94 and tops out at 97 paired with a good curveball and a developing cutter. This season he averaged about 5 k/9 and 4 bb/9 with a 4.74 FIP in 77.2 innings.

RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth (28): A senior out of Faulkner University who led his league in victories en route to a 16-1 record and 1.34 ERA for the Eagles in 2013. He recorded 99 strikeouts in 127.1 innings this year.


SS/OF Jacob Cordero (11): Cordero is a high school player from Puerto Rico with outstanding defensive tools and actions, and great raw arm strength. He has the speed to play centerfield. Cordero is a right handed hitter, with good bat speed, tends to get busy feet in the box, has hitting tools to refine with a consistent line drive approach. Good student. He is committed to Bethune-Cookman.

OF Dane McFarland (12): As an Oregon commit, I think it will be hard to sign him, but I think that his draft position may be enough to get him to sign. He is known for his power and speed combination, which perfect game says could be "dynamic".

RHP Andy Ravel (21): A Kent State commit, Ravel is a 6'2", 170lbs pitcher from Pennsylvania. Ravel sits in the mid high 80s with his fastball, topping out at 92. According to the Baseball Draft Report, he also throws a soft slider, curveball and is developing a cutter. His twitter account does not divulge any information on his intent for his decision.

INF Mark Karaviotis (39): Karaviotis is from Hawaii, so he did not get a chance to play on the prospect circuit much, but his Perfect Game Profile suggests that he has above average defensive skills and solid line drive contact with the ability to gain more power in his swing. The 6'1", 175lbs shortstop is committed to Oregon.

In the process of writing this, INF Denver Chavez (30) announced via twitter that he's officially a Diamondback. Chavez is a switch-hitting infielder from Cal Poly who hit .357 as a Junior with 18 extra base hits and 17 stolen bases. My guess is that he'll be playing for Missoula this year.

This was my first attempt at a fanpost, so please give me any feedback you can. Thank you!

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