Welcome back to our review of the 2011 draft. In this series we’re taking a look at players from the 2011 draft who signed and got into game play in 2011. We’ve separated the High School players from the College players and compiled which players had the best season statistically. This isn’t a prospect ranking, rather simply a report on how they did. As with Third basemen, we found plenty of Second basemen to choose from when it comes to College players who signed and played than we did with the High School group. In fact with just Four High School 2B that signed and played, there isn’t anything worth reporting on that front, either from a statistics view or as much as providing a prospect watch list. Having said that, we will jump right into the College group.
The College Second Basemen
Spanenberg was the first player drafted in the 1st round to sign and get to work right away. He hit .316/.419/.418. He also had HR-3/3B-1/2B-17/RBI-44/R-55/SB-25, and a 57/45 K/BB ratio in 275 bats over 72 games. Most of his damage came with Eugene of the Northwest League, where he got off to a hot start. He was then promoted to Fort Wayne of the Midwest League where he spent most of the season. After spending some time in the Instructional League this fall, Spangenberg could start with the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League.
While Spanenberg was the 1st to sign, another baseball rat Kolten Wong was right behind him, signing 15 days later avoiding any August 15th drama. He hit .335/.401/.510. He also had HR-5/3B-2/2B-15/RBI-25/R-39/SB-9, and a 24/21 K/BB in 194 at bats over 47 games, all with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the A-Level Midwest League. We’d love to see him start the 2012 season with the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida state league, so that we could get some video and a closer look at him playing at Roger Dean Stadium. However, he’s likely on the fast track to Double-A Springfield of the Texas League.
La Stella had absolutely no trouble adjusting from college baseball at Coastal Carolina to professional ball with the Rome Braves of the Single-A South Atlantic League. He hit .328/.401/.543. He also had HR-9/3B-5/2B-13/RBI-40/R-46/SB-2, and a 28/26 K/BB in 232 at bats over 63 games. He should be considered a top 10 Atlanta Braves prospect for 2012 and should start the season at minimum with High-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League, if not jumping up to Double-A Mississippi of the Southern League.
The Fresno State product was a New York-Penn League All-Star in 2011. He hit .355/.466/.514. and had HR-2/3B-3/2B-23/RBI-24/R-45/SB-9, and a 39/43 K/BB in 220 at bats over 59 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones. Not surprisingly, Muno set a school record with 200 walks at Fresno state. Our own Dave Reiffer pointed this nugget out in his Touch’em all | New York-Penn league article in August. Dave’s estimation of him starting 2012 with the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League is a fair one, but it came before the end of the season. Based on the way that he has performed and the fact that he will be 23 when the season starts, I think he will be with the High-A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League in no time. This is good news for us as we can get a 1st hand look at him and take some video.
DeVoss signed on July 12, 2011 and had 17 at bats in 4 games in the Arizona League before a quick promotion to Low-A Boise of the Northwest League. The former Miami Hurricane hit .311/.449/.383. He also had 3B-1/2B-9/RBI-17/R-32/SB-16, and a 32/33 K/BB in 149 at bats over 42 games in 2011. He looks to start the 2012 season with Class A Peoria of the Midwest League.
Here’s a kid who can rake and could of gone a lot higher in the draft had it not been for a couple injuries over the end of the 2010 and beginning of the 2011 seasons at UCLA. Throw in closing out his career with an academic suspension from the team, his stock dropped and he’s had to work his tail off as a pro. I don’t believe anyone is perfect and everyone deserves a second chance. What you do with that chance is up to you and Rahmatulla is proving his value. He hit .314/.390/.545 and had HR-6/3B-3/2B-27/RBI-39/R-49/SB-5, and a 38/26 K/BB rate in 220 at bats over 58 games for the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League. Depending on the path of fellow Cardinal 2B Kolten Wong, Rahmatulla could open up the season with the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League or the High-A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League.
Perez hit .316/.393/.488, which included HR-4/3B-7/2B-11/RBI-32/R-42/SB-15, and a 38/25 K/BB rate in 215 at bats over 33 games with the Arizona League Reds and 19 games for the Rookie League Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League. Perez was drafted as a Shortstop out of the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California, but was converted right away to Second Base, giving him a greater potential for rapid advancement. He seems like an ideal fit to start the 2012 season off with the Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.
The 2011 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes middle infield conisted of SS Joe Panik and 2B Shawn Payne. Both were 2011 draft picks out of college. Both hit over .300 and had an OPS above .825, yet 1 was a 1st round pick and the other was a 35th round pick. Payne certainly played like a much higher pick than the #1077 overall. He hit .306/.431/.394 and had 3B-3/2B-8/RBI-19/R-37/SB-21, and a 32/29 K/BB rate in 160 at bats over 57 games for the Class-A Volcanoes of the Northwest League. Like Panik, Payne should make a jump next season, the question is will it be as high of a jump? Probably not, initially. If he doesn’t start the season with the High-A San Jose Giants of the California League, it shouldn’t be long after that if he continues to play at this level in 2012.
The former South Carolina Gamecocks’ 3B had no trouble adjusting to 2B when he joined the Arizona Rookie League Royals after being drafted in 2011. Morales hit .321/.435/.463, which included HR-4/2B-7/RBI-28/R-24/SB-5, and a 26/24 K/BB rate in 124 at bats over 34 games. While I’m not sure what his true upside is, I don’t see any point in slowly moving the soon to be 23 year old through the minors would be. My guess is they give him all he can handle with the High-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Carolina League at some point in 2012.
Paolini is a curious player. He was a pitcher in high school before he had labrum surgery. Which, as you may or may not know can affect an infielder’s throwing ability and ability to swing a bat as much as it does to a pitcher. Having said that, he went on to mash 26 home runs after the transition his sophomore season at Siena College. In his professional debut, he hit .284/.378/.464. He also had HR-4/3B-5/2B-17/RBI-26/R-32/SB-5, and a 53/27 K/BB in 218 at bats over 61 games for the the Rookie level Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League. He’s going to need to work on his plate disipline and the Single-A Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League seems like a good place for that to happen.
Joe De Pinto, 2B Chicago White Sox – (22) – Round: 21 Pick: 651 – .285/.388/.433 HR-5 SB-7
Travis Whitmore, 2B San Diego Padres – (23) – Round: 35 Pick: 1073 – .297/.373/.431 HR-1 SB-3
Jonathon Berti, 2B Toronto Blue Jays – (21) – Round: 18 Pick: 559 – .291/.387/.376 HR-1 SB-23
Derek Luciano, 2B Arizona Diamondbacks – (22) – Round: 44 Pick: 1324 – .282/.366/.430 HR-3 SB-2
John Hinson, 2B Houston Astros – (22) – Round: 13 Pick: 400 – .284/.348/.389 HR-2 SB-7
Check back soon as we profile many more Top MLB Prospects and also get our baseball geek on and take a look at some of the later draft picks from the 2011 draft that we think could be big names on the prospect radars in the near future. While you’re here, take a look at our on going series 2011 MLB Draft | Third Basemen Review and be a step ahead of the game. Thanks for checking Baseball Instinct. We’re working hard to bring you the best of the minor leagues and make the site the best experience it can be. So don’t hesitate to tell us what you would like to read about. Email us now at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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