2009 Draft Recap: Rounds 31-50

Wes Wrenn - the 2009 35th Round Pick

Rounds 31-50 are analyzed in the final edition of InsidePitchMagazine.com's draft recap. There were a number of players who decided not to sign, leaving the organization with 36 of its 50 picks in uniform when the short-season leagues began.

Round 31 - Mitchell Haniger (RF)

Did not sign.

Round 32 - Thomas Chism

The 21-year-old left-hander spent his first season in Kingsport where he went 1-1 with a 5.12 ERA in 17 games (19 1/3 innings). He made two more appearances with Brooklyn after the K-Mets season ended where he tossed four shutout innings in two appearances. At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Chism does not bring much power to the mound, boasts a decent breaking ball and will likely repeat short-season ball next season.

Round 33 - James Schroeder

Schroeder signed early but appeared in just seven games this season, one in Brooklyn and six in Kingsport. His production was obviously limited as he battled injuries throughout his first season. He will be 23 years old at the start of next season and will face an uphill battle if he returns.

Round 34 - Camden Maron

The 18-year-old catcher shared time with Nelfi Zapata and had a fine showing in his first season. Scouts like his athleticism and at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds has room to add strength which should translate to the plate. He hit .293 with one home run and seven RBI in 12 games in the Gulf Coast League and should repeat short-season ball next year, and with Zapata could provide good value at catcher from this draft.

Round 35 - Wes Wrenn

Wrenn had the most prominent role of draftee in this section of the class as he served as a swingman for the Cyclones. He had his inconsistencies in both roles but found a bit more success in the relief role. In 13 appearances (7 starts), he went 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 47 2/3 innings but did a good job with his command as he issued eight walks against 41 strikeouts. Wrenn's fastball was mostly high-80s with little action and a serviceable slider to back it up. He could return to Brooklyn next season as a starter or potentially fill a spot in the Savannah bullpen.

Round 36 - Lance Hoge

Hoge had a successful first season beginning in Savannah where he went 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 16 innings, but did not walk a better and struck out 13 in five outings (three starts). He was then moved to Brooklyn to bolster the Cyclones bullpen where he posted a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings with a 20/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The left-hander throws an 89-90 MPH fastball and backs it up with a solid changeup which relies more on movement than velocity. A good comparison would be to that of a fellow Brooklyn left-hander, James Fuller.

Round 37 - Brandon Sage

The left-hander had a strong first season in Brooklyn, making 16 relief appearances and compiling a 3-3 record and 2.03 ERA (7 ER in 31 IP). He struck out just 15 and walked 11. Sage has respectable velocity from the left side and reaches 88-91 MPH on his fastball with a late-breaking slider when thrown properly. He delivers the ball with a side arm release and succeeds by changing a hitter's eye-level. He was successful at the short-season level, but looks more like lefty specialist long term.

Round 38 - William Cherry

The organization tabbed Robbie Shields' college teammate from Florida Southern College in the 38th round and he was assigned to the Gulf Coast League, but failed to appear in any action.

Round 39 - Taylor Whitenton

The 21-year-old right-hander signed very late given where he went in the draft and appeared in just four games, tossing five shutout innings with one hit allowed. He struck out seven and walked five.

Round 40 - Jerome Pena (2B)

Did not sign.

Round 41 - Travis Ozga

The 22-year-old switch-hitting first baseman struggled in his first season, hitting .194 with two RBI in 32 games in the Gulf Coast League. For a player his age, his early struggles likely do not bode well. The additional playing time beyond his college season may have played a role in his struggles, but the first baseman will likely repeat rookie ball in Kingsport next season if he returns.

Round 42 - Ryan Gunhouse (C)
Round 43 - Robert Rinard (RF)
Round 44 - James Wooster (LHP)
Round 45 - Jacob Johansen (RHP)
Round 46 - John Pilkington (RHP)

All Did Not Sign.

Round 47 - Ryan Mollica

The 22-year-old shortstop had a solid showing in Kingsport where he hit .287 with one home run and 19 RBI in 30 games. He is an athletic infielder with a quick glove and a line drive approach at the plate. He will likely move around in the infield next season to improve his flexibility.

Round 48 - Joseph Mantiply (LHP)
Round 49 - Joshua Easley (RHP
Round 50 - Zachary Godley (RHP)

All Did Not Sign.

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