MLB.com are streaming rounds 3-10 of the draft today. There will be one minute between picks.
3rd round: Nate Savino, LHP, University of Virginia
Savino is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander who throws a four-seam fastball, two-seamer, slider, and changeup from a three-quarters arm slot and athletic delivery, which he repeats well. Last year, Savino rarely used his four-seam fastball. His goal this season is to use it regularly to attack hitters in the top part of the strike zone. He has confidence in his two-seamer, and it features solid movement. His fastballs sit in the low-90s and touch the mid-90s. Savino’s slider serves as his outpitch, while his changeup has developed into a solid offering.
4th round: Dylan Ray, RHP, University of Alabama
Heading into the season, Alabama head coach Brad Bohannon noted the impact that he believes Ray can have on the Crimson Tide’s pitching staff. “D-Ray’s a dude,” Bohannon said. “He’s probably a guy that we’re really counting on that a lot of our fans don’t really know anything about because he hasn’t pitched for Alabama yet. He can run his fastball up to 95 and he’s got a really good breaking ball and a good changeup and he throws a ton of strikes. Really mature, really competitive and I have to remind myself that he’s never pitched an inning at Alabama.”
5th round: Andrew Pintar, SS, Brigham Young University
[BYU baseball coach Mike] Littlewood learned about Pintar’s burning desire to improve early on. “What we did see was his incredible work ethic and we saw incremental improvement in every single area of his game — base running, fielding, accurate throws,” he said. “He’s a kid that doesn’t take one play off, whether it’s at practice taking ground balls or taking swings. He just does everything 100% every time you see him. I’ve literally never seen him take one play off in two years.”
6th round: Will Mabrey, LHP, Tennessee
When asked about Mabrey’s improvement, nearly everyone discusses his mental growth. Mabrey came back to campus in the fall and immediately impressed with his new pitch. However, when Tennessee scrimmaged Georgia State in Chattanooga — the first of two fall scrimmages — the Panthers shelled Mabrey. “It’s one of the worst outings of my career, in my opinion,” Mabrey said. “I was out there rushing through things. I wasn’t breathing.” That is the first of two main ways Mabrey has grown mentally. Entering his junior season, Mabrey finally figured out the breathing aspect of pitching from watching breathing videos on YouTube from Dutch motivational speaker Wim Hoff.
7th round: Demetrio Crisantes, SS, Nogales HS (AZ)
Crisantes helped lead the Apaches to a 31-4 record and a second place finish in the Arizona playoffs while batting .485 with 26 RBI, 15 doubles, 4 triples and 7 home runs. Crisantes also played for the USA Baseball 15U National Team Development Program in 2019. He is also part of the long tradition of coming out of Nogales National Little League, one of the most important community programs in all of Southern Arizona.
8th round: Adrian Rodriguez, SS, International Baseball Academy (PR)
Rodriguez is definitely a glove-over-hit middle infielder right now. His soft and quick hands work very well at short and he has more than enough arm, with good carry on his throws, to stick at the premium position long-term. He’s an above-average runner and should have plenty of range for the spot as well. There are more questions about his offensive profile. The right-handed hitter does have some feel for the barrel and contact, though some scouts don’t love his setup at the plate and he’ll need to refine his approach. He also will need to add strength so he can impact the ball more.
9th round: Gavin Logan, C, Oregon State
Logan was a sure hand for the Beavers both at the plate and behind it. He finished the 2022 season with a .281 batting average and a .801 OPS. He wasn’t Oreogn State’s most prominent slugger, but still finished the year with 12 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs. Defensively, he finished the season with only 1 error, for a .998 fielding percentage. He finished the season with 406 putouts, and caught six runners stealing. After the season he was named All Pac-12 First Team and All Pac-12 Tournament Team.
10th round: Brett Johnson, OF, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Johnson became SIUE’s single-season home run leader Friday. Johnson finished with three hits, including a pair of two-run home runs and drove in five. He homered in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings, bringing his season total to 17 to establish a new SIUE record for home runs in a season. The previous record was 15 and had been matched three times. It also was his fourth two-home run game of the season. “He had three huge hits including the record-breaker,” SIUE Head Coach Sean Lyons said. “He put some really good swings on the baseball on a cloudy, rainy tough night to hit.”