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FSU MLB Draft Tracker

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The 2019 MLB draft starts tonight at 7 PM, as MLB Network will host the first 2 rounds of the draft. Rounds 3-10 will take place on Tuesday starting at 1, and rounds 11-40 will start on Wednesday at 11. The MLB draft eligibility  rules can be quite confusing sometimes so here are the basic rules from MLB.com:

  • High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college;
  • College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old; and
  • Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed

FSU has 13 draft-eligible players, 8 juniors and 4 seniors. I’d expect 5 of the 8 juniors to return in 2020. The Noles will be able to settle in and watch the draft tonight as FSU capped off the Athens Regional last night with another dominant win over UGA. FSU could feature 1 day 1 draft pick, 1-3 day 2 picks, and up to 5 picks on day 3. Here’s a further breakdown of FSU’s top draft-eligible players.

Day 1

UPDATE 6/3 11:53 PM: FSU Commit SS Yordys Valdes

Valdes was FSU’s highest ranked commit heading into the day according to perfectgame.com. The 5-10, 170 SS is known for his sure handed defense. FSU’s new coaching staff will have some work to do on the recruiting end now. Valdes would’ve competed for an opening day starting spot with McGuire Weaver in the middle infield.


Day 2

UPDATE 6/4 1:21 PM: FSU Commit OF Grant McCray

The Noles have now lost their second highest commit as McCray comes off the board at the 87th pick. The Giants are taking a chance on the Bradenton, FL native with a high risk, high reward bat. McCray would’ve been FSU’s 4th OF or a starter next year. The Noles now have 1 OF commit left in the 2019 class.

3B/1B Drew Mendoza

Mendoza was the number 3 rated freshman coming into FSU, and he didn’t disappoint for his career. The junior has been the backbone of the FSU offense for most of his 3 years, but he really came into his own in 2019. Drew has set career highs in nearly every stat this season, including 16 HRs and 65 walks in 60 games. The sweet-swinging lefty has a powerful stroke and a great eye at the plate, but the defense and swing and miss potential are concerns for scouts. I’d expect Mendo to be drafted as a 1B, as his glove plays, but his arm doesn’t. I’d expect Mendoza to go anywhere between the middle of the second to the middle of the 3rd round.

UPDATE 6/4 12:16 AM: 

Mendoza has slipped out of Day 1 of the draft as the top college hitter remaining in the draft. The defensive and strikeout liabilities most likely pushed Mendo out of the first two rounds, but someone could easily get a steal early in day 2 tomorrow afternoon.

UPDATE 6/4 1:30 PM: Mendo is a pro. 

We have a Nole off the board in the 2019 draft! Mendoza has come off the board with the 94th pick to the Nationals. The Nats selected Mendoza at 3B and it will be interesting to see if he sticks there throughout the minors. The Noles 3B will bring lots of hit and power tool to the Washington organization. You can read more on the Nationals selection here.

RP/CF JC Flowers

JC was the number 1 RHP in FL coming out of high school but didn’t see the mound until this year. All he’s done on the hill this season is become the ACC Reliever of the Year while giving up 4 runs in 23.2 IP. JC has also put up big numbers at the plate this year, including 13 HR’s, while playing stellar defense in CF. But I’d expect JC to be called as a pitcher in the draft. Flowers can get up to the high 90’s on the mound with a nasty slider. With more time on the hill and a fresh arm, JC could be a weapon off the hill for any MLB organization.

UPDATE 6/4 2:10 PM: JC is taken as a Pitcher

The second Nole is off the board and he will be throwing off the hill in pro ball. JC Flowers has been selected with the 124th pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round as a pitcher. JC could develop into a top end relief arm in the majors with more time on the hill throughout his minor league development. Despite only pitching for one season at FSU, the junior has always been a highly touted pitching prospect. Coming out of high school he was the #1 RHP in the state of FL, and now he’s the earliest FSU pitcher drafted since Luke Weaver was taken in the 1st round of the 2014 draft.

SP Drew Parrish

Parrish was a preseason All-American but has struggled for a lot of the 2019 season. Teams have just had better game plans against the lefty this year and his command has been just a tick down. HR’s have hurt the starter all season long, but Parrish has still struck out batters at one of the highest rates in the country. Parrish has similar stuff to former FSU pitcher Tyler Holton, who was taken in the 9th round of the 2018 draft. Parrish could be taken late in day 2 or early day 3.

UPDATE 6/4 4:47 PM: Parrish goes to the Royals

The 2019 Friday night starter has been taken in the 8th round of the draft. The Kansas City Royals took Drew Parrish with the 229th pick in the draft. If it weren’t for struggles with spotting his pitches and giving up HR’s this year, Parrish may have gone a couple rounds earlier. Drew goes one round ahead of Tyler Holton did last year, they are very similar pitchers with success at FSU.

SS/2B Mike Salvatore

Salvatore transferred to FSU from Northwest Florida State College and struggled his first year with the Noles, but this year Salvy has been one of the best SS’s in the nation. All the senior has done in the leadoff spot this year is hit .341 and hit 33 XBH’s in 60 games. Salvy impressed this past weekend, winning the Athens Regional most outstanding player, while facing some of the best pitching in the country, and might have boosted his draft stock quite a bit. In 2015, Salvy was taken in the 19th round, this year I expect him to go somewhere between rounds 8-12.

UPDATE 6/4 ___ PM: Star SS taken near end of Day 2

Mike Salvatore has been drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the 276th pick of the 2019 draft. FSU’s star SS goes near the end of round 9 thanks to his bat-to-ball ability and his sure handedness on defense. Salvy struggled his first year at FSU, but after a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, he bust out in 2019. Salvatore has led the Noles this season from the leadoff spot, hitting above .340 while tacking on more than 30+ XBH’s. Salvatore is a pure baseball player, and could be a steal in day 2 for the M’s.


Day 3

UPDATE 6/5 1:03 PM: FSU Commit RHP Michael Dominguez

FSU’s 3rd rated pitching commit has been selected in the 15th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. Dominguez has been up to 95 off the mound this year. He comes from the same high school of freshman phenom, Robby Martin. It is not guaranteed that Dominguez will forego FSU now, as the Blue Jays will likely have to go well over slot to sign him. FSU would like to see Dominguez get on campus, as he has an electric right arm.


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