Category:MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 8:26 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Reds living up to their name

Cincinnati doesn't have much in common with Cuba, but the island has recently produced several Reds.

Yasmani Grandal is the latest. The Reds took Grandal with the 12th overall pick in the draft. Grandal is a switch-hitting catcher from the University of Miami, but he came to the United States from Cuba when he was 10, grew up in Miami, became a star with the Hurricanes and was a first-round pick for the Reds. That story is very similar to the Reds' 2008 top pick, first baseman Yonder Alonso.

Like Alonso, signability could be a question for Grandal. Alonso signed with minutes left before the deadline in 2008, finally signing a major-league deal.

Alonso was also born in Cuba. The Reds, of course, also have Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman pitching in Triple-A Louisville.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

Feeling old, Astros take Delino Deshields Jr.

Delino Deshields was born in 1969 -- he made his big-league debut in 1990, and now his son has been drafted.

Delino Deshields Jr. was taken No. 8 overall by the Houston Astros.

The elder Deshields played parts of 13 seasons for the Expos (ask your parents, kids), Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. Like his dad, the younger Deshileds can flat fly. He was also a top running back in the state of Georgia.

Now I know how my dad felt when Ken Griffey Jr. was drafted.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Mariners shake up lineup

According to the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has told first baseman Casey Kotchman he can get used to the bench and Chone Figgins will be batting ninth for the near future.

Kotchman will ride the pine in favor of Matt Carp, who had 10 homers and 31 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma.

"Right now, we're going to give him an opportunity to play,'' Wakamatsu told Baker of Carp. "I brought Casey in and we talked. It gives Casey a chance to maybe work on some things and continue to try to get his swing to where he feels comfortable with it. But right now, we're giving Carp an opportunity to play."

Figgins has had a chance, but hasn't lived up to his 4-year, $36 million contract, hitting .220 with a .331 OBP heading into Monday night's game against at Texas.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:31 am
 

No guarantee with top pick

It was spring of 2007 and the Cincinnati Reds had three players in the clubhouse who had been taken with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft -- and at the time, they represented anything but a common path.

Ken Griffey Jr. was the ideal -- picked No. 1 out of Cincinnati Moeller High School, Griffey was in the big leagues less than two years later.

Also in that clubhouse was Paul Wilson, the top pick in 1994, who had a long, if not distinguished Major League career ravaged by an arm injury.

And then there was the 1999 1-1: Josh Hamilton. At the time, he was little more than a curiosity, the ultimate cautionary tale, promise derailed by a mixture of injuries and addiction.

Since then, Hamilton has bounced back to become an All-Star and Wilson and Griffey have retired.

As for top picks, in 2016, Griffey will become the first 1-1 since the draft was started in 1965 to be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y. Since Rick Monday was the first No. 1 pick in 1965, only 19 of those players taken have been All-Stars. Along with Griffey, it appears Chipper Jones (1990) and Alex Rodriguez (1993) will make it to the Hall of Fame, and Joe Mauer (2001) certainly looks to have that potential at this point.

Bryce Harper is the 46th first overall pick, and there's no guarantee he'll be what Washington Nationals fans expect.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:20 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:26 am
 

Your non-Harper draft begins with RHP

The Pirates took Texas high school right-hander Jameson Taillon with the second pick, meaning the Baltimore Orioles will likely take shortstop Manny Machado and then the rest of the mock drafts fall to pieces.

For the last month, most of the draft has been cut down to three phases: Bryce Harper hype, Tallion or Machado and then the rest.

With Taillon and Machado out of the way, the college players will start to be taken off the board.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Officially official: Harper to the Nats

In the least shocking draft pick since, well, Stephen Strasburg went first overall a year ago, the Washington Nationals have finally selected Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

Strasburg debuts for the National on Tuesday, while Harper and agent Scott Boras will begin their drawn-out negotiations.

Now things get interesting, with Pittsburgh and Baltimore decide between Texas prep pitcher Jameson Taillon and Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado.

Unlike Strasburg, Harper isn't a finished product. He's been a catcher in high school and junior college, but his future may lie elsewhere. The Nationals announced him as an outfielder when Bud Selig made the announcement. One thing's for certain, though, with Boras as his agent, he's not going to get a paycheck from the Nationals until Aug. 16, the deadline for draft picks to sign.

Posted on: June 7, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Some college players could be distracted

The MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. Eastern, the same time as three NCAA Regional finals -- Alabama-Georgia Tech, Auburn-Clemson and Texas A&M-Miami. Two more games will have already started (St. John's-Virginia and Vanderbilt-Louisville) and two more will start after the draft begins (Washington State-Arkansas and Minnesota-Cal State Fullerton).

Think there may be some distracted players in those dugouts?

As the Mobile Press-Register's Gentry Estes points out , some, like Georgia Tech starter Deck McGuire won't have to worry about it -- because he pitched on Saturday. But others, like Alabama shortstop Josh Rutledge could be thinking about something other than who is covering second on a steal.

While the NFL and NBA drafts are done months after the conclussion of their season, the MLB Draft comes at an inopportune time for players thinking about their professional futures while playing in the most important games of their college careers.

Others playing tonight with a chance to get drafted are Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox, Arkansas outfielder/pitcher Brett Elbner and Minnesota catcher Michael Kvasnicka.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Posted on: June 7, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Papelbon leaves Red Sox; Bonser activated


Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said today that closer Jonathan Papelbon will be away from the team for three days on a bereavement leave. The reason was not disclosed.

Papelbon's departure created a roster spot to activate right-hander Boof Bonser from the disabled list. Bonser has been out since suffering a groin injury during spring training. He was on a rehab assignment for that injury when he experienced trouble with his surgically repaired right shoulder. Bonser will work out of the bullpen.

-- David Andriesen, CBSSports.com

 
 
 
 
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