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7th Round Pick - Drew Dosch - 3B - Youngstown State (OH)


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6'2" 200lbs DOB: 06/24/92

Dosch began his summer last year as a temporary fill-in in the Cape Cod League and wound up playing well enough to work his way onto the All-Star team. Dosch, a third baseman, continued to play well this spring at Youngstown State and has a chance to be the highest drafted Penguin in almost a decade. He has an advanced approach at the plate. He has decent power, but barrels the ball well and has a smooth left-handed swing. Dosch doesn't have great range, which may force him to move across the diamond to first base as a professional.

Dosch was named First-Team All-Horizon League for the second straight season in 2013, leading the conference with a .434 on-base percentage and 36 walks. The junior also ranked in the top five in hits (68), batting average (.338), slugging percentage (.488), runs scored (40), doubles (15) and triples (3). He was twice named the Horizon League's batter of the week, and he was the conference scholar-athlete of the month in February.

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Stats: .353/.408/.527 13 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 23 BB, 21 K in 224 ABs. 15 errors at 3B.

Tony's Initial Take: A bit of a tweener guy who has a nice approach at the plate but may not have enough range for 3B, and may not hit for enough power at 1B. The Orioles will probably give him every opportunity at 3B in the near future since outside of Schoop (who may profile better at 2B) and Delmonico (who may not be able to stay at 3B), they really don't have a legitimate third base prospect. I imagine he'll sign quickly for slot and get started at Aberdeen.

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Like the description of this kid. A good Cape League season means he has hit with wood against top competition, which is kind of rare in guys that go in the seventh round. Seems like a really solid pick here.

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http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2013-mlb-draft/2013/5/31/4383490/2013-mlb-draft-profile-drew-dosch-3b-youngstown-state

"Dosch doesn't have the tools to turn into a first-division major league regular, but he has a great chance of turning into a utility man down the line. There are countless players similar to Dosch from a tools perspective who have followed that path to the bigs, and he has plenty to offer to a big league bench for a winning club."

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Did he fall to the 7th because of his injury or is this where his talent puts him?

http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/jun/04/ysus-dosch-stays-positive-as-draft-nears/?newswatch

And that’s where things get sticky. Dosch, a two-time first team all-Horizon League selection, was ranked as one of the 15 best third basemen by Baseball America just before the injury. He likely would have been picked in the first five rounds of the MLB draft, which begins Thursday.

Now? Who knows? A lot may depend on today’s surgery, when Dr. DeMeo will be able to provide more information to teams.

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http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2013-mlb-draft/2013/5/31/4383490/2013-mlb-draft-profile-drew-dosch-3b-youngstown-state

"Dosch doesn't have the tools to turn into a first-division major league regular, but he has a great chance of turning into a utility man down the line. There are countless players similar to Dosch from a tools perspective who have followed that path to the bigs, and he has plenty to offer to a big league bench for a winning club."

If the comp is a utility player and you are in the 8th round, why draft him over someone else who has more potential? This is the part of the draft I do not understand.

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If the comp is a utility player and you are in the 8th round, why draft him over someone else who has more potential? This is the part of the draft I do not understand.

because there's not many players with more potential and certainly not many with more potential and better probability. most seventh round picks don't even turn out to be utility players, if you can get a guy who projects as even a major leaguer that's a win here.

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How rare is it for a 7th-rounder to make it to the bigs?

In the past 48 years, the Orioles have drafted five 7th-rounders who made it to the Majors. Subtract the three who are still playing pro ball but haven't yet made it to the Majors (OF Matt Angle has -- briefly) and you have 5 of 45 getting to the MLB. A 1 in 9 shot. Besides Angle, the other four are pitchers Don Welchel, Jimmy Haynes, Jeff Ballard and Mike Flanagan.

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“We are very excited and happy for Drew. This shows how dedication and hard work can fulfill lifelong dreams. Drew has been an exemplary student-athlete during his time at YSU and I’m sure the Orioles are ecstatic to select someone with such class and high character.”

Youngstown State head coach Steve Gillispie

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"Summary

An useeming 6'2", 190 pound third baseman for a small college with a 14-43 record, Drew Dosch is an unlikely top 150 prospect with a lot of polish and a hard-nosed play style. Though he is not a superb athlete, Dosch isn't a stiff and he plays with excellent energy. His range is above average at third base and his arm is workable there. He has some trouble with mental mistakes on occasion and has 15 errors this season, but it's not because he lacks the ability to turn into a sound defender. He could likely play second base or the outfield given his high baseball IQ and hustle. He's not going to be a plus defender at any one spot, but his versatility will be seen as a weapon.

As a hitter, Dosch brings a fair amount to the table. His frame is not projectable and his power is below average, but he has a great feel for hitting and an impeccable approach. He has just 25 strikeouts in 237 plate appearances this season, a testament to his outstanding plate coverage and patience. His swing is quick and handsy and he should be able to continue to put the ball in play consistently as a pro. He does not offer much in the way of power or speed, but despite that he was able to post an impressive .338/.434/.488 slash line for the Penguins this season.

Dosch doesn't have the tools to turn into a first-division major league regular, but he has a great chance of turning into a utility man down the line. There are countless players similar to Dosch from a tools perspective who have followed that path to the bigs, and he has plenty to offer to a big league bench for a winning club."

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"Dosch had reconstructive knee surgery three days before the draft. Doctors reconstructed his ACL and reattached his LCL to the bone. The injury forced Dosch to miss the Horizon League Tournament at Eastwood Field.

“It was heartbreaking, really,” Dosch said. “Since my freshman year, I looked forward to this year with the Horizon League Tournament being at home and how much of an honor it would have been. It was really hard to have to sit in the dugout and watch.”

Dosch’s injury may also keep him away from professional baseball. There is a chance that the secondary social studies education major may return for a senior season, depending how his rehab assignments go. Dosch has until mid-July to make a decision.

Dosch said this decision is up in the air, and he will evaluate the situation with his family and the Orioles in the upcoming weeks.

“If everything works out, I would love to pursue the professional baseball route, but you can’t rule anything out this day and age,” he said."

http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/jun/11/recovering-penguin-ponders-future-as-ori/?print

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