After ten rounds of the MLB draft, three Oregon Ducks have been selected: first baseman Ryon Healy by the Oakland A’s (3rd round, 100th overall pick), closer Jimmie Sherfy by the Arizona Diamondbacks (10, 300), and reliever Cole Wiper by the Texas Rangers (10, 310).
Healy was selected almost exactly where draft experts like Conor Glassey expected him to go. However, it’s unlikely Healy will see the major leagues anytime soon, even if he signs with the A’s. Obviously, there’s a chance he simply never reaches that level, but even some of the best players in the big leagues right now had to spend multiple years in the minor leagues before getting called up.
That said, it will still be interesting to follow Healy, A) because he was a great Duck, and B) to see which position(s) he plays in the minors – Glassey said Healy might get a shot to play third base in order to maximize his value (there are less good-hitting third basemen than first basemen). It helps that he was drafted by Oakland, a franchise that knows a thing or two about finding value.
Sherfy was expected to go quite a bit higher than the 10th round, which begs the question, were teams scared off by his small frame and wild mechanics? Whatever the case may be, he was still drafted, and he’ll have a good chance to prove the doubters wrong. As Glassey mentioned, Sherfy is “a reliever all the way,” so barring any setbacks, he will likely have a quicker path to the big leagues than most position players or starting pitchers.
Wiper wasn’t even ranked in Baseball America‘s top 500 draft prospects, so his selection was a pleasant surprise. Wiper is a rare draft-eligible redshirt freshman, which likely means he’ll be staying at Oregon. Given how young and talented he is, Ducks fans should be hoping he decides to stay.