Tag:MLB Draft
Posted on: June 2, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:27 pm

Cashman prefers Yankees focus on draft

By Evan Brunell

CashmanThe Yankees are well known for their big free agent splashes, a trend that continues to this day.

However, unlike years past, New York's front office has finally "seen the light" regarding the importance of the amateur draft (which will take place this year on June 6), GM Brian Cashman tells MLB.com. Cashman has long lobbied for the draft to be the focal point of the year for the team but has always butted heads with higher-ups. Now that players like Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes, Robinson Cano and David Robertson have borne fruit, the Steinbrenners have realized that the path to success is through the draft. After all, that's how the core of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams got their pinstripes.

"We've made it what it's supposed to be -- the most important day of the year," Cashman said. "Our business is baseball, and that's the most important access to talent. If you want to be championship-caliber, there's a lot of different avenues, but one you cannot skip is the amateur pipeline. That's the foundation of eventual champions."

Unfortunately for Cashman, he was overruled by president Randy Levine and the Steinbrenners in signing relief pitcher Rafael Soriano, and in the process the Yankees gave up their No. 31 pick to the Rays. Tampa will also pick 38th in the compensation round, but that doesn't mean the Yankees lose a pick. Their next pick is just pushed back a spot, and the Mets pick up No. 44 in the compensation round for Pedro Feliciano. The Yankees do, however, gain pick No. 51 thanks to the Marlins' signing of Javier Vazquez, and that's where director of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer will make the first selection for the Yanks.

"We're going to have to sit out and wait for a little while," Cashman said. "But it's a deep enough draft where I know Damon feels like we're still going to get access to some quality players."

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 4:47 pm

Draft prospect Starling reporting to college

By Evan Brunell

StarlingPerhaps the best high school baseball player in the country, Bubba Starling has made public that he will be reporting to classes on July 10th at Nebraska, as Eye on College Football writes.

Starling, also a top quarterback recruit that will be a major part of the Cornhuskers' attack should he stay in school, isn't foregoing baseball with this decision. Rather, he's doing what's common sense, as negotiations between Starling and whichever team drafts him will likely drag to August 15, the signing deadline for players selected in the amateur draft. Starling is going to school to ensure his eligibility to play sports and continue his education if he's unable to come to an agreement to play baseball.

Given that Starling's agent is Scott Boras, teams that draft him know he'll command a hefty price. A team that drafts him is going to be serious about affording and committing the financial outlay for him (which is why he's been most linked to the Cubs at No. 9), so the likelihood that Starling will leave Nebraska is still high. Of course, if Starling prefers football and believes he can be a top-flight NFL quarterback, he could decline the move. Here's Tom Fornelli:
I don't care how much you like a school, or enjoy playing football, when you're fresh out of high school and somebody offers you $5 million to do something you love like playing baseball, it's not easy to turn that down. Especially when you consider that Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson, whom Starling had a good relationship with and was a big reason he chose the school, was fired on Sunday.

Starling told the Lincoln Journal Star that Anderson's firing won't influence his decision, but it's a lot easier to say that than it is to mean it. I can't put myself in Starling's head, but I know that if I were in his shoes and I were offered $5 million to play baseball, I'd take the money and give it my best shot.
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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:44 pm

Nationals to focus on pitching in draft

By Evan Brunell

Nats draftThis time around, the Nationals will be in the unique position of picikng sixth in the Rule 4 draft, more commonly known as the amateur draft. The last two seasons, Washington has grabbed the first pick and used that to push the franchise significantly forward with the selections of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

While picking sixth is a far cry from first, the Nats picked the right year to drop down, as this year's draft is extraordinarily deep with no clear No. 1. That will give Washington plenty of options and money to toss around. The team will be able to spread out its draft budget more effectively this year now that they won't have to pour most of it into their top selection.

"I think we have a good idea of who will be there [at No. 6]," Nationals director of amateur scouting Kris Kline told the Washington Post. "I think we have a good shot of getting the players we want. You have to have a Plan B and a Plan C. It’s a good year. That part of the draft, there’s so much depth. There’s going to be a lot of guys to choose from."

The Nationals will likely take a pitcher, although they fully intend to draft the best player available regardless. However, if two players are evenly ranked, it appears as if Washington will go pitching as they're not confident of the depth in their system despite grabbing Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray to significant deals via last year's draft.

"That’s one thing we’re going to focus on, to be honest," Kline added. "That’s something we’re lacking in our system. You can never have enough of that. And this is a very good year to focus on that. This is a very good draft. There’s a lot of arm strength out there, a lot of big velocity."

Names that won't be there at No. 6 are UCLA righty Gerrit Cole, who is in the hunt for No. 1 overall to the Pirates and Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen, who is linked heavily to the Diamondbacks at No. 3.. But Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray, Georgia Tech’s Jed Bradley, UCLA’s Trevor Bauer and high schoolers Dylan Bundy and Taylor Guerrieri will be there for the Nats and it would be a surprise if one of the names were not selected.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 12:37 pm

Order for June draft released

By Evan Brunell

MLB DraftBaseball has officially released the draft order for the upcoming 2011 first-year player draft in June. The Pirates hold the No. 1 overall pick, the first time since 2002 (when they disastrously chose Bryan Bullington over B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder and more). They're expected to choose between pitcher Gerritt Cole and third baseman Anthony Rendon, although other names could insert themselves into the conversation in the coming weeks.

The Tampa Bay Rays, meanwhile, will be gearing up to replenish a farm system that has seen most of its stars graduate. With a low major-league payroll, they'll invest dollars into the draft, where they have three first-round picks and 10 of the first 60 overall. Between this haul and the package received from the Cubs for pitcher Matt Garza, the Rays will be loaded soon enough.

Other teams with multiple first-round picks are the Diamondbacks (3rd and 7th), Nationals (6th and 23rd), Padres (10th and 25th), Brewers (12th and 15th) and Red Sox (19th and 26th). There is also a compensation round in between the first round for teams who lost players to free agency. The draft continues until the end of the 50th round or all teams conclude picking, whichever comes first.

MLB Network will be airing draft coverage alongside MLB.com, providing live pick-by-pick results for the first round and compensation round on June 6th, starting at 7:00 p.m. The next day will have additional coverage on MLB.com, while the final day will be to finish up the process.

Below is the full slate of picks:

          FIRST ROUND

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates
  2. Seattle Mariners
  3. Arizona Diamondbacks
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Kansas City Royals
  6. Washington Nationals
  7. Arizona Diamondbacks (Loux, unsigned draft choice from 2010)
  8. Cleveland Indians
  9. Chicago Cubs
  10. San Diego Padres (Whitson, unsigned draft choice from 2010)
  11. Houston Astros
  12. Milwaukee Brewers
  13. New York Mets
  14. Florida Marlins
  15. Milwaukee Brewers (Covey, unsigned draft choice from 2010)
  16. Los Angeles Dodgers
  17. Los Angeles Angels
  18. Oakland Athletics
  19. Boston Red Sox (V. Martinez- DET)
  20. Colorado Rockies
  21. Toronto Blue Jays
  22. St. Louis Cardinals
  23. Washington Nationals (Dunn - CWS)
  24. Tampa Bay Rays (Crawford - BOS)
  25. San Diego Padres
  26. Boston Red Sox (Beltre - TEX)
  27. Cincinnati Reds
  28. Atlanta Braves
  29. San Francisco Giants
  30. Minnesota Twins
  31. Tampa Bay Rays (R. Soriano - NYY)
  32. Tampa Bay Rays
  33. Texas Rangers (Lee - PHI)


  34. Washington Nationals (Dunn - CWS)
  35. Toronto Blue Jays (Downs - LAA)
  36. Boston Red Sox (V. Martinez - DET)
  37. Texas Rangers (Lee - PHI)
  38. Tampa Bay Rays (R. Soriano - NYY)
  39. Philadelphia Phillies (Werth - WSH)
  40. Boston Red Sox (Beltre - TEX)
  41. Tampa Bay Rays (Crawford - BOS)
  42. Tampa Bay Rays (Balfour - OAK)
  43. Arizona Diamondbacks (LaRoche - WSH -- beginning of Type-B free agents)
  44. New York Mets (Feliciano - NYY)
  45. Colorado Rockies (Dotel - TOR)
  46. Toronto Blue Jays (Buck - FLA)
  47. Chicago White Sox (Putz - ARI)
  48. San Diego Padres (Garland - LA)
  49. San Francisco Giants (Uribe - LA)
  50. Minnesota Twins (Hudson - SD)
  51. New York Yankees (Vazquez - FLA)
  52. Tampa Bay Rays (Hawpe - SD)
  53. Toronto Blue Jays (Gregg - BAL)
  54. San Diego Padres (Torrealba - TEX)
  55. Minnesota Twins (Crain - CWS)
  56. Tampa Bay Rays (Benoit - DET)
  57. Toronto Blue Jays (Olivo - SEA)
  58. San Diego Padres (Correia - PIT)
  59. Tampa Bay Rays (Choate - FLA)
  60. Tampa Bay Rays (Qualls - SD)


  61. Pittsburgh Pirates
  62. Seattle Mariners
  63. Arizona Diamondbacks
  64. Baltimore Orioles
  65. Kansas City Royals
  66. Philadelphia Phillies (Werth - WSH)
  67. Cleveland Indians
  68. Chicago Cubs
  69. Houston Astros
  70. Milwaukee Brewers
  71. New York Mets
  72. Florida Marlins
  73. Los Angeles Dodgers
  74. Toronto Blue Jays (Downs - LAA)
  75. Tampa Bay Rays (Balfour - OAK)
  76. Detroit Tigers
  77. Colorado Rockies
  78. Toronto Blue Jays
  79. St. Louis Cardinals
  80. Chicago White Sox
  81. Boston Red Sox
  82. San Diego Padres
  83. Texas Rangers
  84. Cincinnati Reds
  85. Atlanta Braves
  86. San Francisco Giants
  87. Minnesota Twins
  88. New York Yankees
  89. Tampa Bay Rays
  90. Philadelphia Phillies


  91. Pittsburgh Pirates
  92. Seattle Mariners
  93. Arizona Diamondbacks
  94. Baltimore Orioles
  95. Kansas City Royals
  96. Washington Nationals
  97. Cleveland Indians
  98. Chicago Cubs
  99. Houston Astros
  100. Milwaukee Brewers
  101. New York Mets
  102. Florida Marlins
  103. Los Angeles Dodgers
  104. Los Angeles Angels
  105. Oakland Athletics
  106. Detroit Tigers
  107. Colorado Rockies
  108. Toronto Blue Jays
  109. St. Louis Cardinals
  110. Chicago White Sox
  111. Boston Red Sox
  112. San Diego Padres
  113. Texas Rangers
  114. Cincinnati Reds
  115. Atlanta Braves
  116. San Francisco Giants
  117. Minnesota Twins
  118. New York Yankees
  119. Tampa Bay Rays
  120. Philadelphia Phillies

  121. Seattle Mariners (Stanek, unsigned draft choice from 2010)

  122. Pittsburgh Pirates
  123. Seattle Mariners
  124. Arizona Diamondbacks
  125. Baltimore Orioles
  126. Kansas City Royals
  127. Washington Nationals
  128. Cleveland Indians
  129. Chicago Cubs
  130. Houston Astros
  131. Milwaukee Brewers
  132. New York Mets
  133. Florida Marlins
  134. Los Angeles Dodgers
  135. Los Angeles Angels
  136. Oakland Athletics
  137. Detroit Tigers
  138. Colorado Rockies
  139. Toronto Blue Jays
  140. St. Louis Cardinals
  141. Chicago White Sox
  142. Boston Red Sox
  143. San Diego Padres
  144. Texas Rangers
  145. Cincinnati Reds
  146. Atlanta Braves
  147. San Francisco Giants
  148. Minnesota Twins
  149. New York Yankees
  150. Tampa Bay Rays
  151. Philadelphia Phillies
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Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Draft
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 12:46 pm

Kasten sees draft changes coming

We may not have to wait until midnight much longer for the Washington Nationals (and other teams) to sign their first-round draft pick.

In his morning-after recap, Nationals president Stan Kasten told the Washington Post 's Adam Kilgore that he expects the draft signing process to withstand the next collective bargaining agreement. It's been suggest the next CBA will have a strict slotting system instead of the free-for-all that baseball currently has in place.

From Kasten, who has also worked in the NBA and NHL:
"I'm confident it will only be in place one more year," Kasten said. "Because it is just silly, to think the industry operates this way. There's no reason for it. And the worst part? The worst part is we've now institutionalized taking young talent at their prime development age, and now we say, 'Go sit on the shelf for this season.' That's the worst thing of all. It doesn't help the talent. It doesn't help the teams. If nothing else, that law needs to be fixed. It would be interesting if that changed the long-standing ban on trading draft picks in MLB.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 2:35 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2010 5:39 pm

Angels start first-round signings

The Angels have made the first first-round signing on draft day, inking No. 18 pick Kaleb Cowart to a deal.

Cowart, the 2010 Baseball America High School Player of the Year, signed a $2.3 million bonus, according to Baseball America 's Jim Callis .

That leaves 16 first-rounders and six supplemental picks left unsigned for tonight's midnight deadline.

Cowart is a two-way player, projected at third base or as a pitcher.

"We’re pleased to officially welcome Kaleb to our organization," scouting director Eddie Bane said in a press release. "He will add to the talented pieces already in our farm system, and will play a large role in the future success of the Angels."

UPDATE: Baseball America 's Aaron Fitt reports Loyola Marymount says Yankees first-rounder Martin Viramontes is returning to school.

UPDATE: The Giants have signed Gary Brown, the No. 24 pick, and the Rockies have signed Peter Tago, a supplemental first-round pick (No. 48 overall).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 15, 2010 10:48 pm

Draft signing deadline looms

As has become chic, it looks like most of the first-round draft picks are going to come down to the wire.

It's not just Bryce Harper, 17 of the first 32 picks have yet sign a deal, while six of the 18 supplemental picks are unsigned.

So, going into the last day, here's who is unsigned and the latest.

1. Bryce Harper (Nationals) -- Last year's No. 1 is talking tough , despite taking it to the last minute last year. Most are expecting a deal to get done, but it's unlikely to happen until near the deadline. Harper didn't leave high school early to go back to junior college another year.
2. Jameson Tailon (Pirates) -- the Pirates met with the agent for Tailon (and the team's second-round pick, Stetson Allie) for nearly seven hours on Saturday and things look good.
3. Manny Machado (Orioles) -- the Orioles say they're not concerned about Machado getting away.
4. Christian Colon (Royals) -- signed.
5. Drew Pomeranz (Indians) -- things are pretty quient in Cleveland, but Pomeranz's signing could set the ceiling for college pitchers in this draft if he gets it done soon enough.
6. Barret Loux (Diamondbacks) -- The right-hander from Texas A&M failed his physical and the Diamondbacks are unlikely to sign him , earning the team the No. 7 pick in next year's draft.
7. Matt Harvey (Mets) -- the Mets are confident they'll sign Harvey , but he's represented by Scott Boras, so it'll likely come down to the wire.
8. Delino DeShields Jr. (Astros) -- signed.
9. Karsten Whitson (Padres) -- Whitson has already taken his physical and the Padres feel good that he'll sign.
10. Michael Choice (A's) -- signed.
11. Deck McGuire (Blue Jays) -- everyone involved expects this one to go down to the wire .
12. Yasmani Grandal (Reds) -- Grandal was in Cincinnati this weekend to take his physical and is expected sign Monday.
13. Chris Sale (White Sox) -- Sale shows why it's good to not drag this whole process out until the deadline, he's already made four apperances in relief for the White Sox and has yet to allow a run .
14. Dylan Covey (Brewers) -- all is quiet on this front , but there's no reason to believe it won't go down.
15. Jake Skole (Rangers) -- signed.
16. Hayden Simpson (Cubs) -- signed.
17. Josh Sale (Rays) -- Sale posted on his Facebook page that he was headed to Florida on Sunday , so expect him to sign on Monday.
18. Kaleb Cowart (Angels) -- the Angels have reportedly "moved closer" to signing him.
19. Michael Foltynewicz (Astros) -- signed.
20. Kolbrin Vitek (Red Sox) -- signed.
21. Alex Wimmers (Twins) -- signed.
22. Kellin Deglan (Rangers) -- signed.
23. Christian Yelich (Marlins) -- Yelich's future is in South Florida -- if he doesn't sign with the Marlins, he's already signed with the University of Miami.
24. Gary Brown (Giants) -- The Giants say talks are "encouraging" with the center fielder.
25. Zack Cox (Cardinals) -- St. Louis doesn't expect to sign their first-rounder until close to the deadline .
26. Kyle Parker (Rockies) -- The first player to throw 20 touchdowns and hit 20 home runs in one school year, Parker is practicing with the Clemson Tigers football team and his signing may be one of the biggest question marks of the deadline.
27. Jesse Biddle (Phillies) -- signed.
28. Zach Lee (Dodgers) -- after the Dodgers had reportedly not made contact with the LSU quarterback, the team has reportedly made a late push to sign Lee .
29. Cam Bedrosian (Angels) -- signed.
30. Chevez Clarke (Angels) -- signed.
31. Justin O'Conner (Rays) -- signed.
32. Cito Culver (Yankees) -- signed.

supplemental round picks

33. Michael Kvasnicka (Astros) -- signed.
34. Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) -- signed.
35. Matthew Lipka (Braves) -- signed.
36. Bryce Brentz (Red Sox) -- signed.
37. Taylor Lindsey (Angels) -- signed.
38. Noah Snydergaard (Blue Jays) -- signed.
39. Anthony Ranaudo (Red Sox) -- the LSU pitcher has been quiet since being drafted and could return to LSU for his senior season .
40. Ryan Bolden (Angels) -- signed.
41. Asher Wojciechowski (Blue Jays) -- signed.
42. Drew Vettleson (Rays) -- Like fellow Rays draft pick Sale, Vettleson advertised on Facebook that he was headed to Tampa on Sunday.
43. Taijuan Walker (Mariners) -- signed.
44. Nick Castellanos (Tigers) -- Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said the team only started "intense" talks in the last week .
45. Luke Jackson (Rangers) -- A signing is expected to be announced on Monday .
46. Seth Blair (Cardinals) -- signed.
47. Peter Tago (Rockies) -- like fellow Rockies signee Parker, not a whole lot has been reported about Tago's status.
48. Chance Ruffin (Tigers) -- like Castellanos, Dombrowski said the team has only started "intense" talks in the last week.
49. Mike Olt (Rangers) -- signed.
50. Tyrell Jenkins (Cardinals) -- signed.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 8:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

Familiar surnames in draft

Through 50 rounds of the MLB Draft, several familiar names -- or at least last names -- are picked . Among those kin to current or former big-leaguers drafted:

• Delino Deshields Jr. (1st round, Astros), son of Delino Deshields.
• Cam Bedrosian (1st round, Angels), son of Steve Bedrosian.
• Kellen Sweeney (2nd round, Blue Jays), brother of Mark Sweeney.
• Mel Rojas Jr. (3rd round, Pirates), son of Mel Rojas.
• Cory Vaughn (4th round, Mets), son of Greg Vaughn.
• James Baldwin III (4th round, Dodgers), son of James Baldwin.
• Dickie Thon Jr. (5th round, Blue Jays), son of Dickie Thon.
• Connor Narron (5th round, Orioles), son of Jerry Narron.
• Drew Cisco (6th round, Reds), grandson of Galen Cisco.
• Patrick Leyland (8th round, Tigers), son of Jim Leyland.
• Benjamin Gamel (9th round, Yankees), brother of Mat Gamel.
• JaDamion Williams (10th round, Twins), son of Reggie Williams.
• Reggie Williams Jr. (10th round, Cardinals), son of Reggie Williams.
• Hunter Jones (11th round, Indians), son of Tracy Jones.
• Josh Magee (18th round, Astros), son of Wendell Magee.
• Dillon Moyer (22nd round, Twins), son of Jamie Moyer.
• Ozney Guillen (22nd round, White Sox), son of Ozzie Guillen.
• Mark Tracy (22nd round, Rockies), son of Jim Tracy.
• Bryan Harper (28th round, Cubs), brother of Bryce Harper.
• Brett Bochy (30th round, Giants), son of Bruce Bochy.
• Benito Santiago Jr. (31st round, Cubs), son of Benito Santiago.
• Andy Fermin (32nd round, Blue Jays), son of Felix Fermin.
• Devon Ethier (32nd round, Dodgers), brother of Andre Ethier.
• Logan Thompson (33rd round, Indians), son of Robby Thompson.
• Andrew Benes (35th round, Cardinals), son of Andy Benes, nephew of Alan Benes.
• Bobby Geren (36th round, A's), son of Bob Geren.
• Jake May (39th round, Reds), grandson of Lee May.
• Bo McClendon (39th round, Tigers), son of Lloyd McClendon.
• John Franco (42nd round, Mets), son of John Franco.
• Chad Wallach (43rd round, Dodgers), son of Tim Wallach.
• Benjamin Verlander (46th round, Tigers), brother of Justin Verlander.
• Joesph Jackson (50th round, Royals), great-great-grandnephew of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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