Draft Big 12 Player of Year on Second Day

The second day of the 2009 draft saw the Dodgers select catcher Jeremy Wise of Oklahoma, the Big 12 Player of the year. We will continued to list the selections through the third, and final, round along and provide any information we can find and photos, if possible.

#5 OF Angelo Songco
The Dodgers went for power on their fifth selection, picking outfielder Angelo Songco out of Loyola Marymount. He led the team with a .360 average and banged 15 home runs and knocked in 63 in his 59 games. He also led the team with a .481 on-base percentage and a .678 slugging average to go with an OPS (on-base plus slugging) figure of 1.159.

There are few pure power hitters available from the college ranks. Songco fills that bill but he's willing to take a walk, but, being prone to strikeouts, he'll also take the bat back to the dugout quite a bit. The 6-1, 191-pound Junior did not get drafted out of high school, but since then he has turned one of the hottest college hitters in California.

He uses a distinctive stance, starting deep in the box, standing tall with his bat held high. He lifts his front right leg straight up and then drops it straight down before lashing at the ball with a quick bat. Scouts are not that excited about his new leg kick but agree he has power to all fields.

He demonstrated that power when he hit eight homers to rank second in the Cape Cod League. An aggressive hitter, Songco may be vulnerable to offspeed pitches and has difficulty covering the outside corner.

He has average speed and is an average defensive outfielder, his arm will probably limit him to left field. Despite that, he made only two errors all season long.

The Dodgers understand the defensive side of the young man but his bat will be available wherever he is stationed defensively. His kind of power usually doesn't last too long on Draft day.

#6 C Jeremy Wise
The Dodgers selected catcher Jeremy Wise out of the University of Oklahoma with their sixth selection of the day. Wise was drafted in the 45th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Oakland Athletics.

His father played baseball at the University of Central Florida from 1975-1976 and he is a great nephew of former New York Yankee Bobby Richardson, a five-time Gold Glove winner and MVP of the 1960 World Series.

Wise played in all but two games for the Sooners with 55 starts (50 as a catcher) He hit in 46 of those starts and reached base safely in all but seven games.

Has a fine arm and threw out a Big 12 best 30 potential base runners this year (a sparkling 52 percent) and committed just two errors, good for a .996 fielding percentage. He also picked off six runners.

He finished the year ranked in the top five of six offensive categories in the Big 12 (2nd in homers and total bases, 3rd in slugging percentage and 5th in batting average and RBIs). He led the team in batting average (.359), homers (17), slugging percentage (.665) and had 61 RBIs.

Played for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League ... Saw time in 12 games and hit .350 with 10 RBIs in that span.

Honors he included:
2009 Finalist for Johnny Bench Award (nation's top catcher)
?2009 Semifinalist for Golden Spikes Award (nation's top player)
2009 Second team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
2009 Big 12 Player of the Year
2009 All-Big 12 first team member
2009 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team
2006 Freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
2006 All-SEC Freshman Team

#7 C Jan Vazquez
A second catcher was added to the 2009 class when Jan Vazquez was taken from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy High School. The 18-year-old switch-hitter is 5-10 and weighs 165 pounds but has the size body that will gain strength as he matures.

#8 RHP Brandon Martinez
6-4 155 Fowler HS Calif

No, not the hairstylist from The Amazing Race, he's an amazing pitcher from Fowler High School in California who led the West Sequoia League by allowing a .124 batting average and striking out 85 in 45 innings.

His coach Bill Feaver was quoted as saying, ""Brandon is one of the best pitchers who has ever pitched for Fowler HS. This year he topped out at 94 miles per hour, which is phenomenal. After graduation he will more than likely sign a professional contract.

"He is projected by some to be in the top ten rounds of the draft and some see him even higher, perhaps in the top five rounds."

"He has drawn the attention of professional scouts from all organizations. They say he already has a major league curve ball."

#9 OF Jonathan Garcia
A 5-11 outfielder from Luis Munoz Marin High School

#10 SS Bryant Hernandez
The Dodgers dipped into the University of Oklahoma again and selected shortstop Bryant Hernanez, a 5-9. 170-pound switch-hitting sparkplug who was born in Oxnard, Calif.

A finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, presented to the nation's top shortstop, he is a first-team All-Big 12 selection after hitting .324 with seven homers and 29 RBIs in conference play.

He started all 63 games at short after making 39 starts in two previous seasons and his batting average never dipped below .350 during the 2009 season, hitting safely in all but 10 games. He recorded career highs in hits, runs and RBIs this season

Hernandez helped lead the Lodi Grapesox, along with Elliott Blair, to a 37-15 record and the Northern California League title, hitting .309 with 21 RBIs and eight stolen bases.

#11 LHP Andrew Suiter
6-3 210 U Cal Davis

#12 1B Connor Powers
6-2 220 Mississippi U

#13 OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez
6-0 215 University of New Mexico

#14 RHP Joseph Paxton
6-3 240 West Kentucky U

#15 SS Casio Grider
6-1 155 Newberry College, Georgia

#16 3b Jeffrey Hunt
6-2 S. Benedicts Catholic SS

#17 C Michael Pericht
6-5 230 St. Josephs College, Louisiana

#18 RHP Steven Ames
6-1 205 Gonzaga

#19 LHP Gregory Wilborn
6-2 175 University of Louisiana Lafayette

#20 RHP Nicholas Akins
6-1 205 Cal State San Bernardino

#21 RHP Frederick Palo
6-4 215 Houston High School

#22 3B Chris Henderson
6-0 200 George Mason U

#23 OF Stetson Banks
6-1 186 Brigham Young U

#24 RHP Jimmy Marshall
Florida State

#25 SS Chad Kettler
6-1 185 Coppell HS< Texas

#26 3B Richard Shaffer
The Dodgers selected third baseman Richard Shaffer out of Providence High School in North Carolina. The 6-3, 190-pounder may be a real find, particularly in the 28th round.

Scouts like his simple swing and his bat speed and feel he will develop into a 30+ home run hitter as he develops. He has a solid arm for third base but may grow out of the position, but scouts report that his bat will play anywhere they put him.

The third scouting report reads: "Shaffer might be one of the best high school bats in the Draft class. With a simple swing and plus bat speed, he should hit for average and plenty of power. He's big and strong and has enough arm to stay at third. His hands are fine, too, but there is some question whether his range will be enough to stay at the position, especially as he matures."

#27 LHP Alex McRee
6-7 235 University of Georgia

#28 Christopher Johnson
6-3 229 Coca Beach High School, Florida

#29 RHP John Hernandez
6-0 190 Barry University, Louisiana

#30 2B Rashawyn Payne
6-1 Middle Georgia College

#31 RHP Nicholas Gaudi
6-5 215 Pepperdine