2012 3rd-Round Comp. Pick: LHP Tyler Pike
My expectations, as established by the Mariners over the past few drafts, is that later rounds will feature a lot of picks from the same state or region as the first round pick came from. In some cases, they may even be teammates. A lot of Zunino’s relevant teammates have already been picked. The Astros used their first selection today to get one. But Florida is a big place, with a lot of players, one of which is Tyler Pike.
This pick surprised me in that one would think that with a compensation round guy, the inclination would be to go safer with a college guy and so as to avoid the risk of getting nothing if the kid doesn’t sign. Pike is a known Florida State recruit who may have been selected on the lower end of what he was willing to accept. His fastball is in the low-90s and he seems to command it well, left, right, up, down. Like a lot of left-handers, the word is that he’s more advanced in the change-up than the curve.
Good addition if he signs, though not super exciting. Solid pick.