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2015 MLB Draft: Day Three Recap

The last day of the major league draft proved to be the most fruitful for the conference.

Despite playing only a half-season, Sam Haggerty has a choice to make after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians.
Despite playing only a half-season, Sam Haggerty has a choice to make after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians.
Justin Tafoya

Day three of the MLB Draft covered rounds 11 through 40, so it is no surprise that, after beginning the morning with the selection of Nevada's Austin Byler, a wealth of the Mountain West's most promising players came off the board during the lengthy third-day marathon of picks. Here is the complete list:

Name Position School MLB Team Round (Pick #)
Jake Shull RHP Fresno State Detroit Tigers 11 (340)
Seby Zavala C San Diego State Chicago White Sox 12 (352)
Ryan Howell 2B Nevada Oakland Athletics 15 (458)
Adam Whitt RHP Nevada Houston Astros 16 (469)
Mark Seyler RHP San Diego State New York Yankees 19 (573)
Toller Boardman LHP New Mexico Detroit Tigers 22 (670)
Garrett Mundell RHP Fresno State New York Yankees 23 (693)
Sam Haggerty 2B New Mexico Cleveland Indians 24 (724)
Joseph Lauria RHP UNLV Philadelphia Phillies 25 (744)
Jordan Devencenzi C Nevada Oakland Athletics 26 (788)
Ben Yokley RHP Air Force St. Louis Cardinals 29 (881)
Ty France 3B San Diego State San Diego Padres 34 (1,017)
Bryan Bonnell RHP UNLV Tampa Bay Rays 36 (1,078)
Kewby Meyer OF Nevada Tampa Bay Rays 37 (1,108)

Senior signees

Boardman, Devencenzi, Lauria, Meyer, Mundell, Whitt, Yokley

Underclassman selections (may go back to school)

Bonnell, France, Haggerty, Howell, Seyler, Shull, Zavala

Liner noters

  • Boardman and Seyler were two of four MWC pitchers to throw 100 innings in 2015, the other two being SDSU's Bubba Derby and Air Force's Griffin Jax. Both Boardman and Seyler also finished the year with identical 9-3 records for the Lobos and Aztecs, respectively, though Seyler was arguably the better pitcher of the two: His ERA was nearly a full run better (2.77 vs. 3.46), and his opponents' batting average was sixty points better than Boardman's (.221 vs. .281).
  • Yokley is the fifth selection from the Air Force Academy in draft history, and the first since catcher Garrett Custons was taken in the 10th round in 2013. Coincidentally enough, the Cardinals were the same team for which Mitch Harris, a graduate of the Naval Academy, made his major league debut earlier this season.
  • Shull and Mundell pulled double duty for the Bulldogs this year, making 17 starts and 47 total appearances between them. Shull led the Mountain West with a 1.90 ERA, while Mundell finished fifth in the conference (and second on the team) at 2.93.
  • Zavala was one of four catchers selected by the White Sox in this year's draft. He was a steadying influence for the Aztecs as they made it to an NCAA regional, starting 63 of 64 games for a staff that finished tied atop the conference in ERA. He also threw out an astounding 37 runners on 81 attempted steals. In addition, Zavala also hit .290/.399/.537 with 14 homers and a conference-best 67 runs batted in.
  • Howell may have been the single best offensive force in the Mountain West in 2015, leading the conference in home runs and finishing second in RBI with an overall line of .312/.421/.642. He is also the fourth MWC selection by the A's, with Derby, Devencenzi and Steven Pallares, which is the most of any MLB team this year.
  • Devencenzi played a role for the Wolf Pack like that of Zavala for the Aztecs, so perhaps it's no surprise that Nevada, like SDSU, finished atop the MWC in team ERA. In addition, opponents stole just 26 bases in 36 attempts (72%) in the 47 games that Devencenzi started. He also slugged .294/.359/.392.
  • Whitt led the Mountain West and finished tied for tenth in NCAA with 14 saves, striking out 47 in 38 1/3 innings with a 1.17 WHIP. He and Mundell were the two relievers named to the first team of all-conference performers this season.
  • After being named a freshman all-American in 2013 and an all-conference performer in 2014, Haggerty missed half the 2015 campaign but may have played his best ball yet, anyway, when healthy: In 29 games, the Lobos second baseman hit .311 and had a 1-to-1 K:BB ratio. He was one of four second basemen selected by the Indians, though he is the only one of the four that is a capable switch-hitter.
  • Lauria, a Las Vegas native, saw his numbers take a big step forward in his second year with the Rebels: 60 strikeouts in 52 innings with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Among MWC pitchers who threw at least 50 frames, Lauria was just one of two to average more than a strike out per inning (the other being Bubba Derby).
  • France finished second among the Aztecs with a .336 average, but also showed some toughness in getting hit by 20 pitches this season, which tied for first in the conference (and tenth across the NCAA) with Nevada's Austin Byler.
  • Bonnell, who, like Lauria, calls Vegas his hometown, saw his raw numbers take a step back in 2015. However, it is worth noting that he threw 114 1/3 innings for the Rebels in 2014, second-best in the conference, albeit with a dangerously low strikeout rate.
  • Meyer might be the very definition of "doubles power": He finishes his Wolf Pack career with 69 two-baggers in 217 games, second in school history, and he was also fourth in the MWC with 128 total bases in 2015.