With the 2013 draft tonight I thought it would be interesting to get an update on how our 2012 draft picks are doing. For some of these guys getting information is somewhat difficult. If I can't find that they have played this year I'm going to assume that they either quit baseball or are injured and haven't played this year. Hopefully someone can provide more information on them.
Lucas Sims, 1st round (21st). 19 year old Sims is currently pitching at Class A Rome where he seems to be doing more work as a relief pitcher then starter. He's appeared in 13 games and thrown 36 innings, while striking out 40 and walking 17. I'm not sure if working out of the bullpen is by design or if the Braves think his stuff is better suited for the bullpen.
Alex Wood, 2nd round (85th). The 22 year old Wood has already made his major league debut out of the Braves bullpen and has done pretty well. He was dominating AA as a starter when he was called up because the Braves needed a quality lefty because of injuries. In my mind he still projects as a solid starter who could challenge Gilmartin and Graham as early as next year.
Bryan De La Rosa, 3rd round (116th). Hasn't played this season and was awful at the GCL last year.
Justin Black, 4th round (149th). Hasn't played this season and wasn't very good at the GCL last year.
Blake Brown, 5th round (179th). The 22 year old Brown is currently at Class A Rome and struggling some, hitting just .200/.280/.311. He also struggled in 53 games at Danville last year. He's a little old for A ball and needs to learn how to hit soon.
Josh Elander, 6th round (209th). The 22 year old Elander has had no trouble hitting Class A pitching this year after his move from catcher to the outfield. He will probably be getting moved up to A+ Lynchburg soon and depending on how well he does there he could see AA this year.
David Starn, 7th round (239th). Struggled at Rome last year and hasn't pitched this year.
David Peterson, 8th round (269th). The 23 year old Peterson has pitched very well for A+ Lynchburg this season. Right now he looks like more of a relief pitcher but that could help him make it through the system quicker. He's been tough to hit and has good strikeout numbers but needs to harness his command some.
Steven Schils, 9th round (299th). Was awful in 1 game of GCL and hasn't played since.
Mike Dodig, 10th round (329th). Wasn't very good at GCL last year and hasn't played his year.
Connor Lien, 12th round (389th). Wasn't to bad at GCL last year but hasn't played this year.
Nate Hyatt, 13th round (419th). The 22 year old Hyatt has had some ups and downs at A+ Lynchburg this season as the teams closer but still has a very good arm. He has very good K numbers (27 in 21.1 innings) but needs to get better command (12 BB's).
Tyler Tewell, 14th round (449th). The 21 year old Tewell has handled himself alright at Rome. He's not a great hitter but if he add enough defensively he could have a future.
Alex Wilson, 15th round (479th). The 22 year old Wilson has dominated Class A this year out of the bullpen. He's been very tough to hit and has decent K numbers. This will allow him to move up through the system pretty quickly.
Fernelys Sanchez, 16th round (509th). Struggled at GCL last year and hasn't played this year.
Chase Anselment, 17th round (539th). The 22 year old Anselment was really struggling at A+ Lynchburg and was sent down to Rome. He has rebounded nicely there but needs to prove that he can advance and move back to Lynchburg and be successful.
Ross Heffley, 18th round (569th). The 23 year old Heffley has struggled at A+ Lynchburg this season hitting only .224/.270/.333. He plays 2B so he doesn't need to produce a ton of offense but he needs to improve.
Levi Hyams, 19th round (599th). The 23 year old Hyams has been a surprise at Rome this year. He's hit very well at 2B this year and could overtake Heffley at Lynchburg soon.
Eric Garcia, 20th round (629th). The 22 year old Garcia has been another surprise at Rome this year. He's .310/.463/.500 with an amazing 12 BB's to only 4 K's. The one question will be whether or not he sticks at SS or moves to 2B. He's split games at those positions this year.
Jeremy Fitzgerald, 21st round (659th). The 22 year old Fitzgerald has really struggled at Rome this year. At his age he needs to figure things out soon.
Shae Simmons, 22nd round (689th). The 22 year old Simmons has acted as Rome's closer this year and done a very nice job. He has struck out 37 in 24.1 innings and walked only 6. While I don't see him as our closer of the future I think he has a spot in the bullpen within 2 years.
Kevin McKague, 23rd round (719th). Was awful at GCL last year and hasn't played this year.
Mike Flores, 24th round (749th). Hasn't pitched this year but may be playing in the Dominican.
Brandon Rohde, 25th round (779th). The 23 year old Rohde has really struggled at Rome this year. He needs to figure it out soon.
Trenton Moses, 26th round (809th). The 24 year old Moses has been hitting really well at Rome as a 1B but will need to continue hitting Lynchburg if he gets called up.
Christian Barcyzkowski, 27th round (839th). Struggled at GCL last year and hasn't played this year.
K.C. Clabough, 28th round (869th). Was alright at GCL but really struggled at Rome last year and hasn't played since.
Jaden Dillon, 29th round (899th). Pitched alright at GCL last year but hasn't pitched this year.
Casey Kalenkosky, 30th round (929th). The 23 year old Kalenkosky has really struggled at Rome this year, hitting only .227/.342/.485. He'll need to pick it up to stick around.
Matt Kimbrel, 31st round (959th). Pitched alright at GCL last year but hasn't pitched this year.
None of the picks in round 32-40 signed.
While still early the prospects for this draft are not great. Wood was a very good find in the 2nd round and should have a good future. If Sims can make it as a starter then this draft will be a success but if he has to move to the bullpen it really hurts. The Braves went with a lot of college hitters who are performing well at the low minors but are also a little advanced for that level. It'll be interesting to see how many survive the move to A+ and AA.