June 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM
After no players from New England schools were selected on Day One of the draft, seven were picked on Day Two. Of the seven players, four were from Connecticut, while Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire had one each. Here is the list of players with some scouting notes from Baseball America:
#280 Twins, LJ Mazzilli, 2B, UConn: Mazzilli, the son of former player and manager Lee Mazzilli, has batted over .300 each season at UConn. The 21-year-old is an offensive minded second baseman, who will need to work on his defense to become an impact prospect. While he is a good hitter, his power may be no more than average, and if he has to move off of second base, his prospect status will take a hit. He has a track record of success and was even selected to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, but an injury cut his time with the team short.
#303 Diamondbacks, Jeff Gibbs, RHP, University of Maine: Gibbs has a fastball that can hit the mid 90's, but control problems have plagued him throughout his career. He walked 42 batters in 60.0 innings this season, and struck out 56. The Diamonbacks hope he can harness his stuff, but his future is likely in the bullpen.
#316 Pirates, Pat Ludwig, RHP, Yale University: Ludwig has been a solid performer for Yale, throwing 62.2 innings this year with a 2.73 ERA. Ludwig's fastball sits in the high 80s and he can bump it up to the low 90s. He was one of the many college seniors selected in the middle rounds on Tuesday.
#352 Reds, Nolan Becker, LHP, Yale University: Another Yale draftee, Becker has better pure stuff than his teammate, but does not have the same command or pitchability. He threw 50.2 innings this season as a junior, with a 4.09 ERA. He struck out over a batter per inning, but walked nearly 4.5 batters per nine innings.
#429 Astros, Joe Sclafani, SS, Dartmouth College: The third and final Ivy Leaguer on this list, Sclafani finished his four-year college career with a batting average over .300 and an on-base percentage over .400 in each of his four seasons. He was a two-time first-team All-Ivy performer, and Baseball America picked Sclafani as the Preaseason Ivy League Player of the Year for three years in-a-row.
#450 Cardinals, Anthony Melchionda, IF, Boston College: Melchionda, who played a majority of his games at shortstop this season after playing mostly third base as a junior, batted .310 on his way to an All-ACC second-team selection. The team captain for the Eagles, he has been an inspiration on and off the field.
#468 Rockies, Scott Oberg, RHP, UConn: Oberg was the closer for UConn this season, and he really excelled. He threw 36.1 innings with a minuscule 0.99 ERA, winning five games and saving nine more. While he has been used exclusively as a reliever at UConn, he may have a chance to start. In a 13-inning game against Cincinnati on May 6th, Oberg pitched 5.2 shutout innings allowing only two hits while striking out 11.
In addition to the players drafted from New England schools, some other players with New England ties were drafted as well. The most notable were St. Johns right-hander Matt Carasiti, who went to Berlin High School in Connecticut, and University of South Carolina outfielder Evan Marzilli, who is from Cranston, Rhode Island. Carasiti was drafted 198th overall by the Rockies, while Marzilli was drafted 273rd overall by the Diamondbacks.