The major league draft starts Monday, here’s a look at Creighton players that could be called.
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P Ty Blach. Baseball America projects Blach as the 194th pick in the draft, which would make the junior left-hander a sixth-round selection. His strong finish to season — he’s allowed three earned runs in 33 1⁄3 innings in his last four full-rested starts — could raise his stock a bit, but there is some lingering concern about an arm issue that kept him from playing last summer. He hasn’t been bothered by it this season, as he’s made more starts (21) than any other Division I pitcher. The 6-foot-1 200-pounder consistently throws his fastball in the low 90s but must continue to refine his secondary pitches. He’s compiled a 19-12 record and a 2.85 ERA in his three seasons with the Bluejays. “That guy is really good,” UCLA coach John Savage said after his team’s 3-0 win against Blach in the Los Angeles Regional on Friday. “We’re going to see him go pretty good in the draft, and he should. There aren’t many left-handed pitchers in college who can do what he can do.” Blach has maintained he hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’d leave school early, saying that he’ll keep his options open until after the draft.
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C Anthony Bemboom and CU’s trio of senior relievers. Bemboom probably will go in the late rounds, coach Ed Servais said, because scouts think his gap-to-gap power could be worth a draft gamble. He also runs well for a catcher — he’s had eight triples in two seasons with the Bluejays. Bemboom has demonstrated some versatility while developing into a better-than-adequate outfielder for the Bluejays. Relievers Kurt Spomer, Chase Webb and Reese McGraw are possible post-draft pickups as free agents but could wind up on some team’s draft list. “If a scout saw them on the right day or saw a lot of them to know what they’re about, some team might take a chance on any one of the three,” Creighton pitching coach Rob Smith said.