Browsing posts tagged: draft
’11 Leaf Metal Draft Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Ramon Morla 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball Auto.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 8:00 p.m. EST. To enter, please leave a comment in this post. You can enter once per day. The winner will be selected at random. Please provide a valid […]

Trammell ’16 Bowman Draft Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Taylor Trammell 2016 Bowman Draft Chrome Auto.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Friday, December 30, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST. To enter, please leave a comment in this post. You can enter once per day. The winner will be selected at random. Please provide a valid e-mail […]

Dawson ’16 Bowman Draft Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Ronnie Dawson 2016 Bowman Draft Chrome Refractor Auto #’ed/499.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Saturday, December 24, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST. To enter, please leave a comment in this post. You can enter once per day. The winner will be selected at random. Please provide a […]

Phillies Prospect Auto Contest!

Anyone remember this dude?  If this were 2004 you’d be going nuts right now.  This contest is for a Greg Golson 2004 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome Auto.  Greg Golson was a top prospect to pull at the time.  Unfortunately this Round #1 draft pick didn’t live up to the hype.  He still plays […]

2017 NPB Draft

The annual NPB draft was held yesterday – I guess that technically it should be referred to as the 2016 draft but since the BBM baseball card of everyone drafted will say they were drafted in 2017, I’m going to call it the 2017 draft.  Deanna live…

Carrasco ’06 Bowman Futures Game Jersey Contest!

This contest is for a Carlos Carrasco 2006 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Futures Game Jersey.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Friday, July 8, 2016 @ 8:00 p.m. EST. To enter, please leave a comment in this post. You can enter once per day. The winner will be selected at random. Please […]

A Final Roundup of Dodger Draftees from Round 3

I thought I’d finish of my series of blog post on the 2016 Draft by passing along a complete list of Dodgers draftees.  As you know, this past Saturday the Dodgers, as part of day three of the draft, selected 30 more players.  Per a Dodger press release:

On the draft’s third and final day, the Dodgers picked eight players with California ties in University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Lincoln (CA) High School pitcher Dean Kremer (14th round), Golden West College and Fountain Valley (CA) High School graduate Dillon Persinger (17th round), California State University, Long Beach pitcher Chris Mathewson (19th round), University of California, Santa Barbara pitcher James Carter (21st round), University of Southern California and Santa Barbara High School graduate Jeff Paschke (22nd round), Texas Tech University and Yuba City (CA) High School graduate Chandler Eden (25th round), Santa Clara University catcher Stevie Berman (31st round) and Chabot College outfielder Cal Stevenson (36th round).

Berman is the son of former UCLA infielder Gary Berman, who was drafted by the Phillies in the 38th round of the 1986 First-Year Player Draft. Darian Tubbs, the 16th round draft pick and an outfielder from the University of Memphis, is the son of former big league outfielder Greg Tubbs, who played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1993.

Overall, the Dodgers appear to be happy with how the draft went.  Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:

“We felt like our talent in rounds 11 through 20 was really good,” said Dodgers director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino. “(Alexy’s and Ashcraft’s) talent level obviously fit much higher than the 11th and 12th round. Any time you feel like you get that kind of talent level at that round you’re excited. These are two guys who have bright futures and upside. Knock on wood if we can get them signed. They’d be great adds to the organization.”

Also of note, the Dodgers selected several kids who have already had Tommy John surgery.  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:

The Dodgers drafted 17 pitchers among their final 30 picks on Saturday in Rounds 11-40 of the 2016 MLB Draft, and four of them have one thing in common — they have had Tommy John surgery in their past.

James Carter (21st round), Bailey Ober (23rd), Conor Costello (32nd) and Enrique Zamora (37th) were all picked out of college programs on Saturday by the Dodgers after relatively successful returns from the procedure. They join No. 36 overall pick Jordan Sheffield out of Vanderbilt and second-round pick Mitchell White, who have also had the procedure.

There are also several other notable ballplayers selected by the Dodgers on the third day.

  • A.J. Alexy – 11th Round – Earlier this year, in early May, Alexy pitched a nine inning game for his high school in Pennsylvania and threw an unconscionable 164 pitches.  Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
(pic via ReadingEagle.com)

“I know 164 pitches is unbelievably crazy for an 18-year-old to be throwing,” said Alexy. “It was one of those games, my arm felt great, almost seemed like my velocity was the same or increasing throughout the game. My offspeed was working and I kept their team off balance the whole nine innings.”

That said, Alexy became a poster boy for young pitcher arm abuse, to the point that his talent as a prospect took a back seat to the potential for injury. He said he came out of that start uninjured, even if his velocity dipped two miles an hour after that start.

“I feel perfectly fine,” said Alexy. “I know my coach got a lot of heat from it, and I really feel bad for that. He asked me every inning if I was OK and I told him to give me the ball, I want to compete; that’s my idea behind the 164 pitches.”

(Pic via JP Updates.com)
  • Dean Kremer – 14th Round – Kremer was the first Israeli citizen to be drafted in Major League Baseball.  He was drafted last year by the San Diego Padres in the 38th Round.  Born in stockton, Dean spends about two months a year in Israel.  He played for Team Israel in the 2014 European Championships and hopes to play for the club during the upcoming World Baseball Classic qualifier in September.
  • Cody Thomas – 13th Round – Cody recently quit playing football at the University of Oklahoma to concentrate solely on Baseball.  He was the backup quarterback for the Sooners.

The below graphic list all 42 ballplayers chosen by the Dodgers.

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2016 Draft – A Look at the Cards for Draftees Peters, Smeltzer and Robinson

Over the past few days I shared pics of some of the cardboard that already exist for two of our early draft picks – Gavin Lux (1st round pick) and Jordan Sheffield (3rd round pick).  See those post here and here.  I now take a look at some of the cards and memorabilia available for three more prospects who were drafted within the first ten rounds.   Below are some collectibles for DJ Peters (4th round pick), Devin Smeltzer (5th round pick) and Errol Robinson (6th round pick).  If I failed to include any other cards of these players please let me know.  Also, I am not aware of any more cards being available for anyone else drafted by the Dodgers in the top ten rounds.

The first player I take a look at here is outfielder DJ Peters.  As indicated recently, he has already signed a contract to play for the Dodgers.  Per WNC at KOLO TV/ABC8

“It was a very exciting time for me to share with the people that mean the most to me,” Peters said. “I’m just grateful I got my name called because most kids don’t get to hear that. I’m really happy with the spot where I went; that’s something I’ll never forget.”

Very few players wind up being selected by their favorite team. Peters has bled Dodger blue since early childhood, attending as many games as he could.

“I can’t wait to get in there in that organization and impact them with my tools and the way I play the game of baseball,” Peters said. “I’ll keep on working. Signing isn’t when all the work stops; it’s when the work begins.”

I think I love this kid already!  

D.J. Peters

2013 Leaf Perfect Game
Base Card
#266 D.J. Peters

Autograph Card
#A-DJP D.J. Peters

2013 Bowman Perfect Game All-American

The card below is a 2013 Bowman Perfect Game “All-American Classic” card that were only available during a showcase ballgame at PETCO park in San Diego on August 11, 2013.  Attendees received only 1 random card of the roughly 50 card set, so this appears to be fairly scarce.  The card below has been autographed by Peters, but they originally came unsigned during the event.

Devin Smeltzer

Devin Smeltzer, the Dodgers fifth round pick in this years draft, is a pediatric cancer survivor.  Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:

“It’s really not about me anymore,” said Smeltzer, a southpaw from San Jacinto College in Texas. “As long as I’m inspiring and giving kids hope, that’s all that matters. Baseball gives me a platform to get my story out there and inspire kids that there’s hope at end of the tunnel. If you work hard and have faith, anything can happen. It seems like yesterday I was sick and looking up to people like Cole Hamels and stuff like that, who give so much back to the community and to kids that are sick. It’s a blessing to have a platform to give back to kids so they have someone to look up to that’s been through it.”

Smeltzer helps raise funds for St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia through the Katie’s Krusaders Charity. Katie Ann Duffin died of cancer at age 4 just before Smeltzer, at age 9, was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized malignant mass against his bladder. After chemotherapy and radiation, in 2012 he was pronounced in complete remission.


2013 Leaf Perfect Game
Base Card                                               Autograph Card
#27 Devin Smeltzer                                  #A-DS2 Devin Smeltzer

Metal Refractor
#BM-DS2 Devin Smeltzer

2013 Bowman Perfect Game All-American

Devin Smeltzer also has a 2013 Bowman Perfect Game “All-American Classic” card from the showcase event in San Diego.

Errol Robinson

I am not aware of any actual Baseball cards featuring the Dodgers sixth round pick of the 2016 draft, Errol Robinson.  On the other hand, I did come across a poster schedule (measuring 18″ x 24″) that was provided by the Ole’ Miss Rebels.  Check it out below.

BTW, Robinson sound excited about the opportunity to join the Dodgers.  Via his twitter:

Hey @Dodgers! 🌴🌴 Let’s play some ball!

— Errol Robinson (@errol_robinson6) June 10, 2016

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2016 NPB Draft

This year’s NPB draft was held on Thursday – I guess that officially it is called the 2015 draft but it will be identified as the 2016 draft on the back of BBM’s baseball cards so I’m calling it that.  As has been custom the last few years both De…