Jun 15, 2014; Omaha, NE, USA; TCU Horned Frogs pitcher Riley Ferrell (12) came in relief against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game three of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
In the third round, the Astros went with RHP Riley Ferrell out of TCU. Ferrell, a 21-year old in his Junior season, is listed at 6′ 2″ and 200lbs. Ferrell, an All-American, helped lead the Horned Frogs to the College World Series. Baseball America had Ferrell listed as 59th in their top-500, before the draft.
This season, Ferrell posted a 2.83 ERA over 28.2 innings, notching 14 saves while giving up 10 hits and nine earned runs, and striking out 45 hitters. His fastball sits 95-98 MPH, and he has a slider that lies somewhere in the mid-80s. He is a reliever, though some scouts think he could be a starter.
In the fourth round, the Astros decided to take a backstop. They selected Anthony Hermelyn out of the University of Oklahoma. Hermelyn is a McKinney, Texas native who is in his Junior season, and is listed at 6′ 0″ and 200 lbs. He is 21-years old, and is able to also play first base. He was an All Big-12 selection this season.
This year for the Sooners, Hermelyn slashed .321/.360/.453 with 12 doubles, a triple, six HRs, and 49 RBI over 61 games. He bats and throws right-handed. He was not ranked in Baseball America’s top-500.
Next: Rounds 5 & 6