Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Draft - A Look at the Cards for Draftees Peters, Smeltzer and Robinson

Over the past few days I shared pics of some of the cardboard that already exist for two of our early draft picks - Gavin Lux (1st round pick) and Jordan Sheffield (3rd round pick).  See those post here and here.  I now take a look at some of the cards and memorabilia available for three more prospects who were drafted within the first ten rounds.   Below are some collectibles for DJ Peters (4th round pick), Devin Smeltzer (5th round pick) and Errol Robinson (6th round pick).  If I failed to include any other cards of these players please let me know.  Also, I am not aware of any more cards being available for anyone else drafted by the Dodgers in the top ten rounds.

The first player I take a look at here is outfielder DJ Peters.  As indicated recently, he has already signed a contract to play for the Dodgers.  Per WNC at KOLO TV/ABC8
"It was a very exciting time for me to share with the people that mean the most to me," Peters said. "I'm just grateful I got my name called because most kids don't get to hear that. I'm really happy with the spot where I went; that's something I'll never forget."

Very few players wind up being selected by their favorite team. Peters has bled Dodger blue since early childhood, attending as many games as he could.

"I can't wait to get in there in that organization and impact them with my tools and the way I play the game of baseball," Peters said. "I'll keep on working. Signing isn't when all the work stops; it's when the work begins."
I think I love this kid already!  

D.J. Peters

2013 Leaf Perfect Game
Base Card
#266 D.J. Peters

Autograph Card
#A-DJP D.J. Peters

2013 Bowman Perfect Game All-American

The card below is a 2013 Bowman Perfect Game "All-American Classic" card that were only available during a showcase ballgame at PETCO park in San Diego on August 11, 2013.  Attendees received only 1 random card of the roughly 50 card set, so this appears to be fairly scarce.  The card below has been autographed by Peters, but they originally came unsigned during the event.

Devin Smeltzer

Devin Smeltzer, the Dodgers fifth round pick in this years draft, is a pediatric cancer survivor.  Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It's really not about me anymore," said Smeltzer, a southpaw from San Jacinto College in Texas. "As long as I'm inspiring and giving kids hope, that's all that matters. Baseball gives me a platform to get my story out there and inspire kids that there's hope at end of the tunnel. If you work hard and have faith, anything can happen. It seems like yesterday I was sick and looking up to people like Cole Hamels and stuff like that, who give so much back to the community and to kids that are sick. It's a blessing to have a platform to give back to kids so they have someone to look up to that's been through it."

Smeltzer helps raise funds for St. Christopher's Children's Hospital in Philadelphia through the Katie's Krusaders Charity. Katie Ann Duffin died of cancer at age 4 just before Smeltzer, at age 9, was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized malignant mass against his bladder. After chemotherapy and radiation, in 2012 he was pronounced in complete remission.

2013 Leaf Perfect Game
Base Card                                               Autograph Card
#27 Devin Smeltzer                                  #A-DS2 Devin Smeltzer

Metal Refractor
#BM-DS2 Devin Smeltzer

2013 Bowman Perfect Game All-American

Devin Smeltzer also has a 2013 Bowman Perfect Game "All-American Classic" card from the showcase event in San Diego.

Errol Robinson

I am not aware of any actual Baseball cards featuring the Dodgers sixth round pick of the 2016 draft, Errol Robinson.  On the other hand, I did come across a poster schedule (measuring 18" x 24") that was provided by the Ole' Miss Rebels.  Check it out below.

BTW, Robinson sound excited about the opportunity to join the Dodgers.  Via his twitter:

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