The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft has come and gone, and Oregon State saw seven players/signees get their name called in the three day event. The first three were all commits, and there were three were players who have worn the OSU colors. Connor put together a rundown for us.
Zach Green led the bunch, as the shortstop/third basemen out of Carmichael, California went in the third round to Philadelphia. According to Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee, Green will sign with the Phillies instead of heading to Oregon State. This is the biggest loss of the bunch as Green was expected to add big power to the Beaver lineup, someone they could put behind Michael Conforto to avoid intentional walks and consistently drive in runs.
Left-handed pitcher Mason Felt, another Beaver signee out of Dacula, Georgia, went in the fifth round to Cincinnati. Felt's fastball is in the high 80s-low 90s range and was ranked as the 22nd best prospect from Georgia. Going into the draft, Felt was unlikely to sign with a major league team, but he was not projected to go this high, either.
Eight spots later, Cory Jones, a right-handed pitcher from College of the Canyons, heard his name called by the St. Louis Cardinals. Jones signed with the Beavers and would likely compete with Matt Boyd, Tony Bryant, and Dylan Davis for the role of closer next season if he didn't get so high. Rhiannon Potkey of the Ventura County Star reported that Jones is expected to sign with the Cards, but nothing is official yet.
Speaking of Boyd, the left-handed reliever was selected in the 13th round by Cincinnati. Boyd, a junior, could go either way in regards to returning for his senior year or signing with the Reds. With a solid final season in Corvallis, Matt could jump into the top ten rounds next season, which would mean a nice bump for a signing bonus.
Ryan Dunn was selected in the 17th round by Tampa Bay. The shortstop/third baseman is a senior, so he was gone regardless.
Dylan LaVelle was also selected in the 17th round. The shortstop/third baseman out of Lake Stevens, Washington could very well fill Dunn's shoes at the hot corner next season if he does not turn pro. LaVelle has the speed and arm to do so, but of course, that makes him very attractive to the Tigers organization.
The final Beaver selection came in the form of catcher Ryan Gorton. Gorton was selected in the 31st round by Oakland, but was gone regardless as he is a senior.