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Previewing former Chatham players in the 2020 MLB Draft

by Roshan Fernandez, 06-10-2020

Previewing former Chatham players in the 2020 MLB Draft

When the 2019 MLB Draft ended, 35 current or former Chatham players had been selected. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, fewer players will be chosen this year. The 2020 MLB Draft will last just five rounds, as opposed to the usual 40. Similar to the NFL, the format will be conducted virtually, with round one and the first competitive balance taking place on June 10 and the remaining rounds on June 11. Here are 14 former Anglers players to watch for during this year’s MLB Draft.

Spencer Torkelson

The Arizona State product is projected to go first overall to the Detroit Tigers by Baseball America. Torkelson spent his 2018 and 2019 summers at Chatham and batted .343 and .385, respectively. During his first season with the Anglers, the slugger notched 10 home runs and 32 RBI — including a two home-run performance in Chatham’s 11-3 win over Brewster in Game 1 of the ECDS. 

Burl Carraway

The left-handed pitcher made a brief appearance during the 2019 Cape League season, which came after he pitched for Dallas Baptist in the NCAA Regionals and before his stint with Team USA. His only appearance was a scoreless inning he pitched against Bourne on June 23. Carraway is projected to come off the board in the first or second round. 

Kaden Polcovich

The Oklahoma State infielder appeared in 42 games during his 2019 season on the Cape, recording 28 RBI’s and batting .305. Though Polcovich admitted he “wasn’t supposed to do much in this league,” he became Tom Holliday’s go-to-guy when the game was on the line as the season progressed. His ninth inning heroics on July 13 broke the deadlock and lifted the A’s to a 6-3 win over Hyannis.

Alex Toral

One of the most powerful hitters in college baseball, Toral had a slow start during his time with Chatham in 2019. It took him 20 at-bats, but he had his first home run during a 6-1 win over Hyannis. Still, the Miami slugger struggled, finishing the season with a .188 batting average. 

Jamal O’Guinn

O’Guinn was the lone 2019 Angler selected as a starter for the Cape League All-Stars. He recorded 30 hits and batted .244 in 123 at-bats for the A’s. The USC junior’s grand slam led the way to the Anglers’ 8-2 win over Bourne early last season. 

RJ Dabovich

Dabovich played in the Cape League during the 2019 season, appearing in seven games for the A’s. The Arizona State reliever had his best performance when he threw in four innings against Hyannis, striking out nine batters and only allowing one Harbor Hawk to get on base. 

Brady Smith

Smith, a University of Florida junior, was one of the many catchers that Chatham employed during the 2019 season. He also spent his 2018 summer on the Cape, but in a Cotuit Kettleers uniform where he batted .333, compared to his .233 batting average with the Anglers. He notched two home runs in 2019, one of which was against his former team

Hugh Fisher

The left-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt appeared in only six games during his brief stint with Chatham. Fisher didn’t make it to the Cape until after the Commodores won the College World Series late in June. He pitched a total of six innings during his time with the Anglers. If drafted, Fisher will likely come off the board in one of the later rounds. 

Jeremy Wu-Yelland

Wu-Yelland, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Hawaii, won two of his three starts and finished with an ERA of 3.15 during the 2019 Cape League season. He threw three scoreless innings in his first outing, a 4-2 win over Brewster on July 15. 

Dane Acker

The University of Oklahoma pitcher threw in just over 10 innings for Chatham in 2019, allowing eight total runs. He appeared in the A’s first shutout of the season — a 5-0 win over Harwich — where he pitched two innings and allowed just one hit.  

Saul Garza

Like Smith, Garza was one of the many catchers on the roster who played during 2019. In five games and 15 at-bats, he recorded a .333 batting average, which included a home run on his third hit of the summer.  

Daniel Federman

The right-handed pitcher threw in eight games for the Anglers and finished with an ERA of 4.80. His strong performance earned the A’s a tie against Yarmouth Dennis where he allowed only one run in seven innings.  

Ben Ramirez

Ramirez played two seasons in the Cape League, improving his regular season batting average from .228 in 2018 to .262 the following summer. The A’s shortstop hit his first home run in 18 months during a 4-2 win over Yarmouth-Dennis. If drafted, he will likely be a late fourth or fifth round pick. 

Kyle Hurt

Hurt, a USC pitcher who played for Chatham in 2018, threw 26 innings over 10 games for the A’s. He finished the season with 22 strikeouts and a 3.47 ERA.