How FSU’s 2019 MLB draft picks have fared so far

Haylee Blitch

FSU had four ‘Noles selected in the 2019 MLB Draft, all in the top 9 rounds, and all signed on with their respective teams. So far the profesioNoles have impressed, including taking on some new roles and flourishing in the minors. Here’s how each of the draftees has fared so far. All of these numbers below are as of August 9th.

Drew Mendoza, Class A (full), Washington Nationals: .278 AVG/.761 OPS/.987 FLD%

Mendo Moonbombs had a career year in 2019 at FSU, and it led him to be drafted in the 3rd round of the draft. Since getting to pro ball, the Nationals have moved Mendoza to 1st base, as myself and many others had expected. Drew started out very hot but has struggled as of late which has seen his average drop below .300. Throughout his time at FSU, he was always a streaky hitter and he has shown that so far in pro ball. Mendo has still shown great discipline at the plate, walking 17 times, but has swung-and-missed quite a bit, but that’s part of the game now. Drew has 8 2B’s and 2 HR’s through 32 games, but I’d expect the power to come in much larger increments as he continues to transition to the wood bat. Mendo has all the tools, which gives him a very high ceiling in the Nats’ organization, especially if he could tap into his power and lower his swing-and-miss rate.

JC Flowers, Class A (short), Pittsburgh Pirates: 3.46 ERA/13 IP/15 K’s

JC was one of the more intriguing prospects in the MLB draft, as he had only thrown 26.2 IP in college, but had all the tools to be electric on the mound. And so far, Flowers has been. JC has been a starter so far, as many expected the Pirates would try to give him the chance to accelerate his development. The RHP has struggled with some command, walking 7 batters in 13 innings, but he’s also been powerful enough to keep runners from crossing the plate. Flowers has posted a 10.38 K/9 so far this season while giving up 14 hits. JC hit his stride in his latest start, tossing 4 innings while allowing just one run on 2 hits and striking out 6 batters. JC’s development on the mound, with one of the better pitching organizations in the MLB, will be exciting to follow.

Drew Parrish, Rookie Advanced, Kansas City Royals: 3.24 ERA/16.2 IP/23 K’s

Like a lot of FSU’s pitchers in 2019, it was an up-and-down year for Drew Parrish. But a lot of the struggles Parrish had was with the HR ball, not so much his stuff or command. Par has still struggled with the HR ball in his first 16.2 pro innings, but he’s been able to limit the damage by posting a 12.78 K/9 and walking just 2 batters. Parrish fell to the 8th round because of struggles in his junior year, but if he could get back to his sophomore season form, it could be a steal for the Royals. Par is a bulldog on the mound and I’d expect him to make his way through the Royals organization at a pretty quick pace.

Mike Salvatore, Class A (full), Seattle Mariners: .194 AVG/.512 OPS/.972 FLD%

Salvatore was the team leader and most consistent position player for the Noles in 2019, leading to a 9th round selection in the 2019 MLB draft. Even when the offense was slumping, he was making an impact on the game at the top of the order. But it’s been a different story so far for Salvy in the minors. Salvatore also struggled in his first year at FSU, so it could just be an adjustment thing. Salvatore has started to turn it on as of late though, hitting safely in 7 of his last 10 and 3 straight. One thing you’ll always get with Salvatore is a premiere fielder. Salvy has made just 3 errors in 30 games so far this season and put up a fielding percentage of .972, which would be good for 15th in the MLB. Salvatore has pure bat-to-ball and glove skills that will push him through the minors. I’d expect Salvy to keep the streak flowing and get himself back to a respectable average before the end of the season.

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