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Stanford's Brakeman, Hoffpauir and James taken in MLB Draft

 

Stanford's Marc Brakeman, Zach Hoffpauir and Logan James were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Brakeman went to the Boston Red Sox in the 16th round, Hoffpauir was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 22nd round and James was taking by the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round.

Menlo College catcher Daniel Comstock was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round, becoming the fourth Oaks player drafted in the last five years and is the highest draftee since Jimmy Bosco was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2013 draft.

The Red Sox took Brakeman, a pitcher, with the 471st overall pick. Brakeman was the second Cardinal player selected after Drew Jackson was taken in the fifth round by Seattle.

Hoffpauir, an outfielder, was taken with the 646th overall pick while James was the 935th player to be selected.

Brakeman served much of 2015 as Stanford's No. 2 starter when he was not sidelined with an arm injury. He went 2-4 with a 2.91 ERA in 52.2 innings, despite missing 24 games.

The righthander turned it on late in the year, finishing the season with four straight outings of at least six innings pitched, including his first career complete game May 23 at Washington State in his final appearance of the season. Brakeman allowed more than two earned runs in just two of nine starts.

Brakeman's devastating changeup and low-90s fastball caught the eye of scouts in the summer of 2014 during a stellar campaign in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He was rated as the No. 9 prospect on the Cape by Baseball America after going 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in 33.0 innings.

The junior struck out 96 batters in 117.2 career innings with 41 punch outs coming in 45.0 innings as a sophomore reliever on Stanford's 2014 Super Regional team.

Brakeman, an economics major, has one year of eligibility left.

Hoffpauir, a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 player, was Stanford's biggest power threat in 2015. Despite missing 23 games with a wrist injury, the junior led the team with four home runs and drove in 23 runs in 33 games. He hit .289 after batting .324 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 59 games during a breakout sophomore campaign.

A native of Chandler, Arizona, Hoffpauir is also a member of the Stanford football team. He played 12 games at safety last season and ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 44, including a career best 15 against Washington State.

Hoffpauir has a high ceiling, especially considering he has faced a limited baseball practice schedule due to his football obligations. The 6-0, 195-pound right fielder has focused on football during times when others play summer ball and participate in fall practices.

He has told media outlets that he would like to pursue a professional baseball career if offered enough money following this year's MLB Draft.

The communication major has one year of eligibility left in both baseball and football.

James, a native of Fair Oaks, could be a valuable piece to a professional club, as the lefthander features a low-90s fastball along with above-average off-speed stuff.

He has gone 8-11 with a 4.93 ERA during 144.1 innings in his career, while making 13 starts and appearing 45 times out of the bullpen.

An asset to Stanford's 2014 Super Regional run, James has struck out 117 batters in his career, but has battled control issues, walking 85. Opponents bat just .240 off the lefty.

James saved a career high and Stanford best four games in 2015, all coming against NCAA tournament teams. He finished games against Indiana, Rice, Texas and California, while also earning wins against Nevada and San Diego.

The science, technology and society major has one year of eligibility left.

Comstock was the 526th player to be taken in the three-day draft. He was named the NAIA West Group Player of the Year and was an NAIA second team All-American.

Comstock, who had Tommy John surgery during the offseason, finished among the top 25 nationally in eight categories including: 5th in total bases per game (2.8), 7th in home runs (16), seventh in total bases (154), 8th in home runs per game (0.291), 16th in hits per game (1.527), 17th in slugging percentage (0.720), 22nd in total hits (84) and 24th in total doubles (20).

His 16 home runs placed him first on the single-season home runs list at Menlo College.

In just three seasons, he overtook a number of career records in Menlo navy and white including: first all-time in hits (216), doubles (55), home runs (27) and RBI (124).

— Stanford Athletics

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