Posted by: bhyman | June 19, 2008

2008 Draft Team, Part VI

37. Mark Triolo, rhp, Portland

Actual selection: Undrafted

Originally a San Diego State recruit, Triolo pitched sparingly in relief for the Aztecs. He transferred to Portland prior to the 2008 season and immediately became a factor for the Pilots. Triolo led the team in wins and strikeouts. Through 69 innings, he recorded a 4.17 ERA with 48 strikeouts, 20 walks and two home runs allowed. Triolo has consistently posted good strikeout-to-walk ratios in his stints at San Diego State and Portland. He gets outs with his sinking fastball and decent curveball and changeup. He has an ideal pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. Triolo was not drafted and will return to Portland for his senior season.

38. Barrett Shaft, cf, Western Carolina

Actual selection: Undrafted

Western Carolina had quality hitters up and down its lineup, including Shaft, catcher Blake Murphy and infielder Brent Greer. Shaft led the Catamounts in batting average, triples and hit by pitches. He was an excellent leadoff hitter, hitting .374/.462/.541 with 5 home runs. While he doesn’t have much power, Shaft gets on base frequently and is a fast runner (Baseball America named him the fastest runner in the Southern Conference in 2006). The biggest knock on Shaft is his size. He’s only 5-foot-9 and his slight stature might scare teams away. Shaft graduated last month and was not drafted.

39. Chad Cregar, 1b, Western Kentucky

Actual selection: (47, 1413) to the Chicago Cubs

Cregar put up big numbers in his first year at Western Kentucky after transferring from Northwest Mississippi Community College. He showed huge power, hitting .360/.420/.680 with 21 homers. He led the Sun Belt Conference in home runs and RBIs (82), which was also a school record. He’s got good size at 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds but he’ll need to refine his approach if he signs. Although he played first base for the Hilltoppers, the Cubs drafted him as an outfielder. While it’s unlikely he’ll ever be an average defensive outfielder, he could take pressure off his bat by becoming adept in the outfield.

40. Nick Kirk, lhp, Northern Iowa

Actual selection: Undrafted

Kirk has a good mix of stuff and performance. He recorded a 3.84 ERA in ’08, striking out 61 while walking only 17. He has yet to allow a home run in three seasons. The jewel of the season was his no-hitter on March 28 against Evansville. In the outing, he struck out 15 and walked one. He works from a 92 mph fastball with extra life and a good curve. He’s a bit undersized at 6-feet tall, but he has the stuff and stats to please scouts. Despite this, he was not drafted in ’08 and will go back to Northern Iowa for his senior campaign.

41. Mark Dibernardo, rhp, Western Illinois

Actual selection: Undrafted

Why would anyone give a second look to a mid-major pitcher who has never posted an ERA below 5.00?  DiBernardo has pitched the past two seasons at Western Illinois after transferring from Monterey Peninsula College.  Although his ERAs have been high, his peripheral stats are solid.  He led the Leathernecks in strikeouts (66), innings pitched (83 2/3) and complete games (four).  He has only walked 24 batters in two seasons.  Those signs are encouraging but no team drafted him and teams will probably be scared off by his high ERAs.

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