Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Draft Recap

For the first time in 11 seasons six pitchers were taken with the first six picks. All but one has signed. With the first overall pick Syracuse chose Placido Lopez, a 22 year-old lefthander from UCLA. He was quickly placed on the Lo-A Hop Hound squad. In his first start, he allowed only 3 hits and struck out 7 in 5 1/3 innings but drew the loss.

The first position player drafted was SS Angel Rojas at pick seven. He was drafted out of College of William & Mary by the Colorado Springs Rainbow Trout. He's the fourth SS that Colorado Springs has taken in the first round since season 5. They drafted a 5th SS, Bernie Elcano, at pick 23.

#4 Overall pick Johnny Donahue may be the hardest first rounder to sign. Philadelphia spent $16M on two International signings. $15.2M went to switch-hitting C J.T. Decker. Not able to see what Donahue's signability is, but even if his demands are in line with the rest of the draft ($3.75M) then Philly may have to juggle some money to sign him.

I'm sure everyone drafts players with Scott Boras-type agents. The kind of player that wants a ridiculous amount of money even though they were drafted after the 1st round. It was easiest to look mine up and I had at least two. My 20th rounder, 3B Greg Fisher wants $6M. He's projected 41 overall with 8 contact, 47 power and 40/20 splits. The other player is P Bruce Beckett. He wants $2M even though he projects 35/30 splits.

For the 5th time, the New York Mets R Pond Scum had the final pick of the draft. This year's Mr. Irrelevant was 18 year-old DH Terry Daniels. Looking back, the greatest Mr. Irrelevant ever to sign is MaPS Rookie League DH Howie Buford. Buford has 111 hits in two MiL seasons. If you look up the last pick of season 1, you will see Trenton drafted Stump Lawton, who graduated from Sacred Heart Griffin HS in Springfield, IL as a 9 year-old.

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