The PG Crosschecker site has extensive scouting reports posted on the players we determined to be the Top 250 Prospects in this year's draft. David and I are weighing how many players will be picked tonight that aren't in our top 250. My prediction is 6. David will weigh in on his number. By the way, he'll have full reports on all 111 players drafted tonight no later than tomorrow morning.
The Nationals are on the clock. Four minutes between picks, that means a 2 hour first round. In the "old" days the first round would last about 10 minutes. It just rolled as fast as teams could name the player.
The first time I saw Wheeler was perhaps three years ago....he was throwing 86-89 with a mid 70's slurve. It's a great thrill to see players like that gradually improve over a period of time. And Wheeler has steadily improved almost every time he's been to a PG/WWBA event over that period.
I'm wondering who the next position player might be? SS Grant Green?. It's probably a bit early for Bobby Borchering or Tim Wheeler or Mike Trout. There aren't too many hitters who mix in here.
Got a query from Mike from New Jersey, who wondered why I didn't include Dave Winfield (Padres, 1973) along with Bob Horner among the most successful players from the draft to jump directly to the big leagues. Good point, but Winfield wasn't as polished a baseball player as Horner was five years later, and he got his chance to start his career with San Diego in large part as an incentive to keep him considering basketball deals from the NABA and ABA, which had both drafted him. Besides, Winfield was probably further along as a pitcher (remember his performance vs. USC in that year's College World Series?) than outfielder when the Padres took him with the No. 4 pick in 1973. And as successful as Winfield became, he didn't play a full-time role with San Diego in his first year as he was broken in gradually. Horner was a star with the Braves right from day one.
Colorado selects Tyler Matzek.
We're getting alot of comments from fans in the Northeast. Pollock is one of yours! Connecticut native.
Toronto picks Chad Jenkins from Kennesaw State
Mier belongs on the very select group of top baseball prospects who were also soccer stars.....Nomar and Michael Garciaparra, Brad Wilkerson and Jeff Bagwell being on that very short list to my knowledge.
The Milwaukee Brewers make their first post-Jack Zduriencik pick with Eric Arnett
Personal aside to David Meter, you were right.
With the pick for losing LHP Brian Fuentes, the Rockies close out the first round with..........need I say the position......OUTFIELDER Tim Wheeler.
Milwaukee with the 47th pick selects Kyle Heckathorn, the second player from Kennesaw State to be picked. It would be interesting to list the so called name schools that haven't had a player selected.
Colorado picks Nolan Arrenado, a recent catcher conversion, very interesting pick. He's also the fourth player selected from the ABD Bulldogs program in Southern California.
The White Sox pick Trayce Thompson, son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson. Very athletic but he might be the most raw hitter picked thus far.
Cleveland picks Jason Kipnis from Arizona State, a fourth round pick last year who is one of the best performance players in the country. Don't be surprised if Cleveland gives him a try at second base after he signs.
The Angels pick LHP Josh Spence, the crafty lefty from Australia and Arizona State. Perfect pick for Angels scouting director Eddie Bane! He must have seen his clone on the mound.
While David Rawnsley thoroughly trounced me in terms of the volume of content that we posted during the draft on this blog site, I gained the edge on him in the friendly little wager we had on the number of players that would be drafted in the first three rounds that were not our pre-draft Top 250 list. I said there would be six players we would miss on, David took the over by selecting seven. As it turned out, we missed on only three--and all three have something in common in that they are all raw athletes with significant football backgrounds, often a diffucult demographic to judge. We had each of the players as possible fifth-to-eighth round selections. The highest undrafted player on our top 250 board was catcher Max Stassi, a consensus first-round talent who slipped for apparent signability reasons.