Central Michigan's Warren, Detroit Edison's Blakely Jr. selected in MLB Draft
Central Michigan catcher Zavier Warren was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the third round, No. 92 overall, and Detroit Edison Academy infielder Werner Blakely Jr. was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round, No. 111, on Thursday in the MLB Draft.
Warren (Southfield/Birmingham Groves) started 17 games for the Chippewas before the season was halted due to coronavirus, hitting .328 with two doubles and nine RBIs. In 2019, the 6-foot, 190-pound switch-hitter had a breakout season, being named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Third Team and All Mid-American Conference First Team after hitting .369 with a school-record 22 doubles.
Warren, who played shortstop and catcher, was drafted by the Brewers as a catcher.
"Most people were just intrigued with my bat,” Warren said in an interview posted on the Brewers' website. “Some teams were higher on the catching part. Most teams, honestly, just wanted to get me and see where I could fill in from there. Most people said I probably wouldn’t stick at shortstop. Maybe third [base] or second. And obviously, some catching.”
Blakely, who is an Auburn commit, recorded 163 hits, 26 doubles, 19 triples, 12 home runs and 103 RBIs entering his senior season, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The left-hand hitting shortstop was the No. 184 overall rated player in the country and was named a 2019 Preseason High School Honorable Mention All-American by Perfect Game.
Last year, Blakely hit .467 as a junior with four home runs and 24 stolen bases.
This summer, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect was one of 80 high school players selected to take part in the Prospect Development Pipeline League in Bradenton, Florida.
"He's a high-risk, high-reward kind of a player," said Carlos Collazo, national writer with Baseball America during MLB Network's coverage of Day 2 of the draft. "He's very athletic. He has really good actions at shortstop.
"A lot of the scouts I talked to thought that he had the prototypical shortstop actions. I think you want to see a little more reliability with the hands, clean up part of his game that are raw right now."