Posted by: bhyman | June 18, 2008

2008 Draft Team, Part V

32. Bryce Mendonca, 3b/ss, Pepperdine

Actual selection: Undrafted

Mendonca arrived on campus after transferring from Chabot Junior College with a reputation of being a well above-average runner, a trait he has shown at Pepperdine. His raw numbers aren’t impressive but he gets a huge boost when his home ballpark and the quality of his competition are considered. Pepperdine plays in the West Coast Conference, the third strongest conference in the country this season. Additionally, Eddy D. Field Stadium is among the top ten most pitcher friendly ballparks in all of college baseball. Mendonca has a knack for getting on base (he hit .332/.412/.388 in 2008). Mendonca has no power, however. He did not hit a home run or record a triple in his lone season in Malibu. He’ll show more power when he plays in a more hitter friendly environment in pro ball, but he’ll have to show the hands and range to stick at shortstop in the minor leagues. He doesn’t have the offensive skill set to play third base. Mendonca was not drafted and will return to the Waves in ’09.

33. Ryan Wiegand, 1b, Gonzaga

Actual selection: Undrafted

Wiegand has done nothing but hit. The 6-foot-4 first baseman from San Diego was hitting .365/.431/.613 with 11 home runs through May 18. He suffers from playing in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, but was still named to the Rivals.com Preseason All-West Coast Conference team. He was also named to the All-West Coast Conference team in 2007 and to the All-WCC Freshman team in 2006. He’ll be limited to first base or DH as a pro, but his hitting tools are good enough to merit a late round pick. He was not drafted and will return to the heart of the order in Spokane in ’09.

34. Tim Park, c, William & Mary

Actual selection: Undrafted

Tim Park is constantly proving himself. Undrafted out of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Silver Spring, MD, Park spent two years at Montgomery Community College in Germantown, Maryland. He was named first-team All-American as a sophomore but again was not drafted. After transferring to William & Mary as a junior, Park has put up two spectacular seasons. His OPS was 1.058 in 2007 and in 2008, he hit .418/.488/.736 with 14 home runs. It is true that he plays against weaker competition in the CAA and that Plumeri Park is a bandbox, but it’s hard to ignore Park’s production. He is a below average runner and has below average arm strength, which might necessitate a move to first base. Park was not drafted but should get picked up by a team as a non-drafted free agent.

35. Kevin Reese, rhp, Lafayette

Actual selection: Undrafted

Reese was Lafayette’s most consistent performer, consistently putting up good numbers and limiting his walks. He was awarded the team’s most valuable pitcher award after posting a 2.90 ERA, while striking out 40 batters and walking only 18. Over his career, he struck out 157 and walked 44 in 222 1/3 innings. The senior righthander went undrafted and signed with the Washington Wildthings of the independent Frontier League. In five appearances, he has a 12.00 ERA, with four strikeouts, two walks and no home runs allowed.

36. Jack Adams, rhp, San Jose State

Actual selection: Undrafted

Adams, a junior college transfer from College of San Mateo, transferred to San Jose State prior to the ’08 season. He posted a 0.42 ERA in ’07 as San Mateo’s closer and was expected to assume the same role for the Spartans. He didn’t, however, recording only one save with a 5.24 ERA. Other signs are encouraging. Adams struck out 34 in 22 1/3 innings and walked only ten. When the ball was put in play, it was found holes; batters hit him at a .309 clip. Adams was not drafted, but he’s got a good shot to get drafted as a senior in ’09 if his ERA goes down.

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