UPDATE, 7:15 a.m.: The Milwaukee Brewers drafted pitcher Buck Farmer in the 15th round, the No. 485 pick. Farmer was a two-time All-ACC pick and this season was third in the conference in innings pitched (106 2/3) and strikeouts (115, 9.7 per nine innings). Farmer, from Rockdale High, went considerably lower than some projections. Baseball America magazine rated him as the No. 117 prospect in the draft.
It’s conceivable that new rules regarding signing bonuses pushed Farmer down teams’ draft boards. (Baseball America details it here.)
The draft concludes Wednesday with rounds 16-40.
UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Pirates selected outfielder Brandon Thomas in the fourth round, making him the 136th pick overall. Thomas is the second Tech player selected. He was the 29th outfielder chosen. Thomas, a Pace Academy grad who last week was named an academic All-America, is a switch-hitter with speed. He led the team in batting average (.360) and on-base percentage (.481) and was second in slugging percentage (.550).
Relief pitcher Luke Bard was taken with the 42nd pick of the Major League draft Monday night by the Minnesota Twins despite missing most of the season with a lat muscle injury. He was the only Tech player selected in the first 60 selections, which includes the first round and then 29 compensatory picks.
Bard, a junior, had been ranked the No. 93 draft prospect by Baseball America magazine prior to the draft. He made 11 appearances this season, including three starts, and had a 0.99 ERA with a .211 opponent batting average. A year ago, Bard served as Tech’s closer, with eight saves in 25 appearances. Bard’s brother Daniel pitches for the Boston Red Sox. In the 2011 draft, the No. 42 pick received a reported signing bonus of $650,000, which appears to be considerably below market value. The 2010 No. 42 pick, who had the leverage of a college scholarship, signed for a reported bonus of $845,000.
Last week, coach Danny Hall said that Bard had begun throwing again and could have been available to pitch if Tech were to reach the College World Series. The Jackets’ season ended Sunday night in a 15-3 loss to Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Incidentally, two Gators players who figured heavily in their team’s NCAA regional title – catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Brian Johnson – were taken in the first round, Zunino third overall.
Third baseman Sam Dove, outfielder Kyle Wren and first baseman Jake Davies are still on the board. Typically, only players who have completed their junior season are eligible, but Wren, a sophomore, is eligible by virtue of being 21.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog