Expect Early Action on Day Three of Draft

by John Vittas

After four Terps were selected in Day Two the 2015 MLB Draft, expect at least four more to go on Wednesday. And they could go quickly.

Maryland has never had more than 6 players taken in one draft. That should change Wednesday.
Maryland has never had more than 6 players taken in one draft. That should change Wednesday.

Kevin Mooney, Kevin Martir and Jose Cuas are all likely to be taken off the board within the first few rounds of Day Three. They are all top-10 round talents who were likely disappointed to not hear their names called yesterday. If they drop past Round 20, it could be because of signability concerns. That means the chances of them coming back to College Park for 2016 would increase.

Once Mooney, Martir and Cuas go, it’s time for the Zach Morris watch – as Morris is expected to land in the middle rounds. After that, it’s a crapshoot. Jared Price and Anthony Papio are a couple Terps that have a decent chance to be picked late, but after Round 25, it’s anyone’s guess.

As the later rounds approach, be sure to keep an eye out on both incoming recruits and former Terps. Andrew Amaro could be taken by his uncle’s organization in Philadelphia, while Matt Bosse and Michael Montville also had excellent years at the lower levels of college baseball.

As far as commits go, here are some names to be aware of that may get picked:

John Szefc has done an excellent job of getting high school commits to chose college over cash. (Photo: Alexander Jonesi)
John Szefc has done an excellent job of getting high school commits to choose college over cash.
(Photo: Alexander Jonesi)

RHP John Murphy, LHP Andrew Miller, RHP Hunter Parsons, SS Justin Meekins, SS AJ Lee, OF Nicholas Browne, SS Martin Costes

If those guys are selected, the Maryland coaching staff will have to convince them to decline their pro offers and come to College Park. Over the years, the Szefc staff has done a good job of doing just that, getting high school picks like Mike Shawaryn, Nick Cieri, Justin Morris and Willie Rios to come to college. Last year, OF Troy Stokes was the only draftee to forego his college offer for the pros. However, Stokes was taken in the fourth round. This year, none of Maryland’s commits went in the top-10, so the recruiting class seems fairly safe at this point.

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