18th Round Pick- Brian Kalmer 3B (Gonzaga)
Kalmer is going to be a name to keep an eye on. He began his college career at Arizona State but in his freshman and sophomore seasons he only received a total of 30 plate appearances. He transferred to Gonzaga this season and absolutely went off.
In 240 plate appearances, he hit .358/.454/.682 with 15 homers, another 18 extra-base hits, and a stolen base.
I generally prefer to see players like Carter Trice that didn’t want to be a big fish in a small pond and transferred to a higher level of competition even if it means their numbers would suffer, but seeing Kalmer take this opportunity and run with it is exciting.
Personally, I think calling him a third baseman is extremely optimistic as he seems like much more of a first base/designated hitter type, but the bat seems to be good enough to carry the position even if he’ll be 23 in August.