by John Vittas
Four Maryland Terrapins were selected in Day Two of the 2015 MLB Draft:
R-So. 2B Brandon Lowe – 3rd Round – Tampa Bay Rays
Jr. LHP Alex Robinson – 5th Round – Minnesota Twins
Jr. OF LaMonte Wade – 9th Round – Minnesota Twins
Jr. LHP Jake Drossner – 10th Round – Milwaukee Brewers
Lowe and Robinson were watching the draft together in College Park when they were selected Tuesday.
“We are a family and seeing everyone achieving their dreams is a great experience,” Lowe said.
Lowe was First Team All-Big Ten in 2015, batting .331 with nine home runs and 53 RBI. He led the Terrapins in eight offensive categories.
“It was a surreal feeling,” Lowe said about being drafted. “It’s been a dream my entire life and now I have a chance to make it come true. Watching it with my teammates made it even better.”
Lowe was selected 87th overall. The slot value for that pick is $676,900. He will have to make a deal with the Rays by July 17, or he would return to College Park in the fall.
The next two Terrapins picked Tuesday went to the same team.
If they sign, Alex Robinson and LaMonte Wade would join former teammate Blake Schmit in the Minnesota system.
“The opportunity to play professional baseball is a blessing,” Robinson said Tuesday. “This is one of those milestones. The work has only just begun and I am very excited to get started. I want to thank everyone at the University of Maryland including my teammates, coaches and support staff.”
The Long Island native struck out 32 batters in 27.2 innings of work out of the Terrapins bullpen in 2015. He posted an ERA of 1.63, holding opponents to a .136 average.
Robinson was selected 140th overall. The slot value for that pick is $387,700.
Wade saw his draft stock skyrocket after a terrific 2015 NCAA Tournament. He delivered three run-saving plays and two home runs en route to being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Los Angeles Regional. The Owings Mills, Maryland native has made a habit of performing his best in the postseason. He was named to three postseason All-Tournament teams in the past two years.
The athletic centerfielder drew 107 walks in his career, finishing second all-time in Maryland history. He gets on base in a variety of ways and is a plus defender in centerfield.
“LaMonte Wade Jr. is an extremely gifted CF with tools galore,” Jon Lewis said in MBN’s Maryland Draft Preview. “He is a fast-twitched athlete who gets incredible reads on flyballs and makes difficult plays look easy. He has plus plus range in center field and has a very strong arm to boot.”
Drossner, who was taken in the 10th Round by the Brewers, had a difficult 2015. But with a fresh arm and three plus pitches, Milwaukee could have gotten a lot of value out of their selection. The talented left-hander led the 2014 Maryland Super Regional team in ERA, going 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA over 62.1 innings.
“The biggest key is and will continue to be command of his three plus offerings,” Lewis said. “He has the size and stuff that scouts can dream on, whether it be his fastball in the low 90s or his plus downer breaking ball.”
Drossner becomes the third Terp drafted by the Brewers in the last four years. SS Alfredo Rodriguez and C Jack Cleary were also in the Brewers system following their careers in College Park.
Several Terrapins are expected to be picked on Wednesday, when Rounds 11-40 of the 2015 draft take place. Round 11 gets underway at noon ET.
To view MBN’s predictions on where all the Terps will fall in this year’s draft, visit Tuesday morning’s Gut Predictions page. For full breakdown of each Maryland prospect, visit MBN’s Maryland Draft Preview.