Tag:MLB Draft
Posted on: June 7, 2010 9:53 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Short night for Cards pick

Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox, the No. 25 overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, left Monday's regional final against Washington State after three innings.

Cox has been hampered by a strained back muscle that caused him to miss the Southeastern Conference tournament and much of the Razorbacks' last two weeks of the season. He did, however, start at third base for Arkansas against the Cougars in an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament.

Cox went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored before being taken out of the game, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette . Arkansas led Washington State 6-1 at the time.

The Deomcrat-Gazette's Brandon Marcello wrote he didn't know if Cox knew, but had a strong feeling after "relief pitcher Jason Fuqua turned around in the dugout a few feet to the left of Cox and signaled to someone in the crowd “2-5″ with his fingers."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans


Category: MLB
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 7:29 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 9:31 am
 

Getting ready for draft day

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Today is a light schedule on the scoreboard – nine games on the docket – but it's one of the biggest days on the baseball calendar. The First-Year Player Draft, the culmination of a year's work for hundreds of scouts and executives, gets under way tonight in Secaucus, N.J.

For the second year, the draft will be televised live, in its entirety, on MLB Network . The preview show starts at 6, with the first pick set for about 7:15 p.m. EDT.

Also for the second consecutive year, the Washington Nationals will be picking first. On the eve of the highly anticipated debut of last year's No. 1, right-hander Stephen Strasburg , the Nationals are expected to make Bryce Harper the top pick in 2010. Harper is a left-handed catcher/outfielder with phenomenal power – he batted .443 with 31 home runs and 98 RBI in 66 games this season for the College of Southern Nevada. And he's just 17. Here's some background on Harper and the buzz surrounding him from Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated.

Here is the complete draft order, and SI.com and mymlbdraft.com have mock drafts up.

Even the best mock drafts usually bear little resemblance to what actually happens beyond the first few picks. And even after the picks are made, it's usually years before a draft can be assessed.

Sometimes you take Steve Chilcott No.1 when you could have had Reggie Jackson . Sometimes you get Albert Pujols in the 19th round. For all the work that goes into it, baseball's draft is ultimately an uncertain enterprise. Don't get too excited about the supposed sure thing your team drafts in the first round today, and have fun learning about their other picks and perhaps identifying a Mike Piazza (round 62 in 1988) in the rough.





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