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MLB Draft: Should the Astros Draft Rendon or Aiken #1 Overall?


The Houston Astros aren’t the doormat of the American League anymore. Okay let’s not get carried away, because they still aren’t very good. They still might be one of the worst teams in baseball, but don’t count them out forever. They are putting together a lot of good young talent which comes when you have the first pick in the draft year after year.

The past two years the Astros have had the first pick in the draft. In 2012 they drafted Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa who is currently tearing it up at the high Single-A level for the Lancaster Jethawks. In 2013, the Astros drafted highly regarded Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. Appel struggled to start the 2014 season but pitched well after being drafted last summer. He has a lot of upside and might be in the big leagues before too long.

Three years ago the Astros only had the #11 pick, but they made the most of it drafting George Springer. Springer would be the Astros #1 prospect had he not been called up to the big leagues earlier this year. So far in 2014 he is tearing it up for a rookie already with 10 home runs in just under 200 at bats.

This year I think tells a lot with where the Astros feel they are at at the big league level. The top two picks in most mock drafts are both left handed starting pitchers. One is a high school phenom in Brady Aiken, and the other is college standout Carlon Rondon from North Carolina State University.

Aiken is highly thought of and has a huge upside. However, Rondon may be closer to the big leagues. This is where I feel the Astros have to make a big decision. Do they choose Rondon in hopes that he could join Appel and the other rising stars in the Astros farm system in just a few years in Houston? Or do they choose Aiken and let him get some seasoning in the minors.

Aiken may take longer to get to the big leagues, but he might have a higher ceiling. Whereas Rondon might still become a quality front of the rotation starter and might do it a bit quicker than the high school pitcher.

The history of high school left handed pitchers going #1 overall has seen some bumps in the road. See David Clyde and Brien Taylor. However, this shouldn’t be taken into much consideration for Houston.

I think the Astros should take Rondon simply because he is further along in his development. Then again I am more of a proponent of taking college pitchers over high schoolers in the first few rounds, especially if you have the first pick. I think the pick will give a slight insight into where the Astros see themselves. Are they still 5+ years away from contending? Then perhaps they should stick with Aiken and go with the younger pitcher. If they feel they are five or less years away from contending, then I would go with Rondon. He gives you the better option to help out a team at the big league level in under five years. That doesn’t mean he will be the ace of the staff in three years. He still needs some polishing, but he is closer than Aiken even if Aiken has a higher upside as many people feel.

No matter who they take, it should be an interesting draft. There are some others I am anxious to see where they wind up like the hard throwing high schooler out of Texas Tyler Kolek. Or who ever drafts Alex Jackson, do they see him as a catcher or an outfielder? There is a lot of talent in the draft this year.

Who do you think the Astros should draft #1 overall?

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MLB Announces Details for 2013 Amateur Draft


Day One on Thursday, June 6th to Feature Top 73 Selections Live From Studio 42 at MLB Network and Simulcast on MLB.com; Astros Select First Overall; Marlins, Yankees Each Hold Four Picks on Day On 

Press Release Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball will hold day one of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, June 6th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7:00 p.m. (ET).  Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

The selection order of the First-Year Player Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season.  The Houston Astros will have the first overall selection of the 2013 Draft, marking the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in Club history, that they hold the top selection (previous: 1976, 1992, 2012).  It also marks the second time ever that a Club has the top pick in back-to-back years, joining the Washington Nationals, who held the first selection in 2009 and 2010.  The New York Yankees have a league-high three first round picks (26th, 32nd and 33rd overall).  Four Clubs have two first round picks: the Pittsburgh Pirates (9th and 14th), the St. Louis Cardinals (19th and 28th), the Tampa Bay Rays (21st and 29th) and the Texas Rangers (23rd and 30th).  The Yankees and the Miami Marlins each have four of the first 73 selections.

For the first time, the Draft will feature Competitive Balance rounds, which were agreed upon as a part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association.  The Competitive Balance rounds give Clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets the opportunity to obtain additional draft picks through a lottery, which was held last July at MLB Network.  The 10 Clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 Clubs in the smallest markets were entered into a lottery for the six selections immediately following the first round of the First-Year Player Draft (picks 34-39).  The eligible Clubs that did not receive one of the six selections after the first round, and all other payee Clubs under the Revenue Sharing Plan, were entered into a second lottery for the six picks immediately following the second round of the Draft (picks 69-73; only five picks will be made in this round for 2013 after the Cleveland Indians forfeited their pick for the signing of free agent Michael Bourn).

The Draft will have 40 rounds, and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds.  Like each of the previous four years, the 2013 Draft will span three days.  For day one on June 6th, MLB Network and MLB.com will provide live pick-by-pick coverage during the first round, Competitive Balance Round A, the second round and Competitive Balance Round B.  The intervals between selections will last four and a half minutes during the first round, two minutes during Competitive Balance Round A, and one minute during the second round and Competitive Balance Round B.  The Draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on both Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th via conference call from MLB headquarters in New York City.  Friday, June 7th will cover rounds three through 10, and Saturday, June 8th will cover rounds 11 through 40.  Rounds three through 10 will have one minute between selections, and the remainder of the selections will be made without delays.

Beginning with the Draft preview show, MLB Network’s live coverage will feature interviews with Club front office personnel and representatives, footage from Club draft rooms, interviews with prospects and newly drafted players, and news and analysis from MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Larry Bowa, Peter Gammons, John Hart, Brian Kenny, Al Leiter, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken, Alanna Rizzo, Sam Ryan and Matt Yallof, as well as Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and Jim Callis of Baseball America.

MLB.com will begin its exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on June 7th, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Mayo and Callis.  It also will provide DraftCaster, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every draft-eligible player supplemented by statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.

Each of the 30 Major League Clubs will be represented at the Draft by one of its former players and/or a member of its front office.  Last year’s representatives included Hall of Famers Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Tommy Lasorda and Frank Robinson, along with MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and 14-time All-Star Ivan Rodriguez.  The Club representatives who will attend the 2013 Draft will be announced in the weeks ahead.  In addition to the Club representatives, five first round selections attended the 2012 First-Year Player Draft last year, including the number one overall pick Carlos Correa.

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MLB Working Toward Worldwide Amateur Draft for 2014


Bud Selig said he would like to institute an worldwide amateur draft for 2014.

Under the labor contract, MLB has until June 1 to notify the player’s union of its intent to hold an international draft next year. The union would then have until June 15 to veto it.

The MLB Draft is held each year in June and consists of 40 rounds plus compensatory picks. Starting in 2007, the MLB Draft has been televised.

Currently to be eligible for the draft one must be a resident of the U.S., Canada, or a U.S. Territory (such as Puerto Rico).

An international draft would make players in other countries, such as the Dominican Republic, eligible for the draft. Currently each team has an international bonus pool with which to sign players outside of the MLB Draft.

Many people think that since the inclusion of Puerto Rico into the MLB Draft, the sport has been seriously hurt there. Puerto Rico was added to the draft in 1990 and ever since the sport has been in a downward spiral.

Will including other places like Venezuela and Dominican Republic hurt the sport in those areas? Only time will tell as officials from both MLB and the Player’s Association work together on a possible international draft in 2014.

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MLB: Rangers Pick Brings ‘Brothers’ Together


The Texas Rangers did something in this years MLB Draft that will be remembered for a long time. With the 37th pick overall, the Rangers took University of Georgia outfielder Zach Cone. However, they felt they weren’t done after drafting Cone, and finished their mission Wednesday in the 33rd round when they drafted Cone’s teammate Johnathan Taylor.

There are a lot of “friends” that get drafted every year, but this is different. Both players were stars with bright futures until a collision between the two left Taylor paralyzed.

Taylor was a young player with a lot of upside having hit .355 as a sophomore. With a good season, Taylor was looking at the possibility of being drafted in the early stages this year. That all changed on March 6 in a game against Florida State. As a ball headed for left-center field, both players had a chance at it. Their hard charging all-out style led both of them to dive for the ball. The crash was so ugly that their coach will not speak of it directly.

Taylor was left with a broken neck and was carted off the field. He does daily rehabilitation with the goal of playing baseball again one day. Doctors are optimistic that he will walk again.

The two have been inseperable even playing together in the Cape Cod League over the summer. The two dreamed about sharing the same field in the Major Leagues one day.

There were other teams interested in drafting Taylor, but the Rangers felt it was best to keep the two together and put out the word to the other teams.

In the end the Rangers did the right thing and with the No. 1,014 pick, they took Taylor.

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MLB Completes 2nd Day of 2011 First-Year Player Draft


Press Release Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has completed the second day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, which was held via conference call today from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. (EDT). In total, 931 players have been selected through the first 30 rounds and two compensation rounds.

The First-Year Player Draft will resume on Wednesday via conference call beginning with the 31st round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). The Draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first.

MLB.com will continue to offer comprehensive live programming of the Draft’s final day, including a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.

See the attached file for a complete list of each choice made thus far in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

2011 First-Year Player Draft – Day Two Wrap Up

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MLB completes First Day of 2011 First-Year Player Draft


Press Release Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball has completed the first day of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, which aired live on MLB Network and MLB.com this evening from Studio 42 at MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. In total, 60 players were selected through the first round and the first compensation round.

Pitchers were selected with each of the first four overall selections for the first time in the history of the First-Year Player Draft. Prior to tonight, pitchers had been picked with the first two overall selections only twice, in 1976 and in 2006. Nineteen pitchers, including 13 right-handers and six left-handers, were selected in the first round of the Draft, one shy of the record of 20 set in 1999 and 2001. Other players taken in the opening round featured nine infielders and four outfielders. Blake Swihart, who was taken 26th overall by the Boston Red Sox from V. Sue Cleveland H.S. in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was the only catcher selected in the opening round.

UCLA teammates Gerrit Cole (1st overall, PIT) and Trevor Bauer (3rd overall, ARI) became just the third pair of teammates, high school or college, to be selected within the first three overall picks. The pitching duo joins Darren Dreifort (2nd overall, LAD) and Brian Anderson (3rd overall, CAL), who were taken out of Wichita State University in 1993, and Bob Horner (1st overall, ATL) and Hubie Brooks (3rd overall, NYM), who were selected from Arizona State University in 1978.

University of Connecticut outfielder George Springer (11th overall, HOU) and right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes (19th overall, BOS) were the only other pair of teammates selected in the opening round. The 2011 First-Year Player Draft marked the 10th consecutive year that at least one pair of teammates were taken in the first round.

A total of 18 players were chosen from the college ranks while the other 15 players selected in the first round came from high school. The state of California produced six players selected in the first round, while Florida had three and Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas each had two players chosen.

University of Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong, who was selected 22nd overall by the St. Louis Cardinals, became just the third native of Hawaii to be taken in the first round, joining Dave Masters (24th overall, CHI) in 1985 and Justin Wayne (5th overall, MON) in 2000. In addition, he is the third player from the University of Hawaii to be selected in the first round, joining Mike Campbell (7th overall, SEA) in 1985 and Mark Johnson (19th overall, HOU) in 1996.

Right-handed pitcher Joe Ross, who is the brother of Oakland Athletics right-hander Tyson Ross, was taken 22nd overall by the San Diego Padres out of The Bishop O’Dowd School in Oakland, California. Tyson, who was a second round selection of the Athletics in 2008 out of the University of California at Berkeley, also attended The Bishop O’Dowd School. Third baseman Dante Bichette, Jr., the son of former Major League All-Star Dante Bichette, was selected 51st overall by the New York Yankees out of Orangewood Christian H.S. in Maitland, Florida. Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr., the son of former Major Leaguer Dwight Smith, was the 53rd overall pick by the Toronto Blue Jays from McIntosh H.S. in Peachtree City, Georgia.

The First-Year Player Draft is scheduled to continue on Tuesday via conference call beginning with the second round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) and is scheduled to go through the 30th round. The Draft will resume on Wednesday beginning with the 31st round at 12:00 p.m. (EDT). The Draft will have 50 rounds and will conclude after all 30 teams have passed on a selection or after the final selection of the 50th round, whichever comes first.

Beginning on Tuesday, MLB.com will offer comprehensive live programming of the Draft’s final two days, including a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and the exclusive Draft Tracker, a searchable database of every draft-eligible player, featuring statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.

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MLB Rule 5 Draft


UNITED STATES – The New York Mets picked up former Baltimore Orioles first round selection Pedro Beato during Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft on the last day of the Winter Meetings. A total of 19 players were chosen and must be placed on the MLB roster for next season. If a Rule 5 draft pick is sent to the minor leagues, he automatically will be returned to his previous organization.

Beato, the 32nd overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, posted a 4-0 record with 16 saves and a 2.11 ERA as a reliever for Double A Bowie. The former St. Petersburg College product spent five years in the Orioles farm system.

The Pittsburgh Pirates snatched shortstop Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians. A 2006 second round pick (57th overall), the former Rice Owls power hitter reached Triple A in just four years. Another former Rice standout, right-hander Lance Pendelton (New York Yankee 139th pick in 2005), was tabbed by the Houston Astros.

The following players were chosen in the Major League phase of this year’s Rule 5 Draft:

ARIZONA D-BACKS
Joe Paterson, LHP, Fresno (SF)

PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Josh Rodriguez, SS, Columbus (CLE)

SEATTLE MARINERS
Jose Flores, RHP, Columbus (CLE)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Adrian Rosario, RHP, Nashville (MIL)

KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Nathan Adcock, RHP, Indianapolis (PIT)

WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Elvin Ramirez, RHP, Buffalo (NYM)
Brian Broderick, RHP, Memphis (STL)

CHICAGO CUBS
Mason Tobin, RHP, Salt Lake (LAA)

HOUSTON ASTROS
Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, Durham (TB)
Lance Pendleton, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)

MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Patrick Egan, RHP, Norfolk (BAL)

NEW YORK METS
Bradley Emaus, 2B, Las Vegas (TOR)
Pedro Beato, RHP, Norfolk (BAL)

SAN DIEGO PADRES
George Kontos, RHP, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)

MINNESOTA TWINS
Scott Diamond, LHP, Gwinnett (ATL)

NEW YORK YANKEES
Robert Fish, LHP, Salt Lake (LAA)
Daniel Turpen, RHP, Pawtucket (BOS)

TAMPA BAY RAYS
Cesar Cabral, LHP, Pawtucket (BOS)

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Michael Martinez, IF, Syracuse (WAS)

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2010 MLB Supplemental First Round Picks


UNITED STATES – The Houston Astros opened the Supplemental First Round of the 2010 MLB Draft by selecting University of Minnesota third baseman/catcher Michael Kvasnicka with this year’s 33rd pick. While the Astros have one of the top backstops in the minors, speculation persists that the switching-hitting Golden Gopher might be asked to get behind the plate.

A pair of prep standouts from California and Texas were taken next by the Blue Jays and the Braves. Toronto tapped Barstow High School right-hander Aaron Sanchez with the No. 34 choice, while Atlanta took McKinney Lions shortstop Matt Lipka with the 35th selection.

2010 SUPPLIMENTAL FIRST ROUND PICKS:

33. Houston Astros – For Jose Valverde
3B/C Michael Kvasnicka, Minnesota

34. Toronto Blue Jays – For Marco Scutaro
RHP Aaron Sanchez, Barstow H.S. (California)

35. Atlanta Braves – For Mike Gonzalez
SS Matt Lipka (pictured), McKinney H.S. (Texas)

36. Boston Red Sox – For Jason Bay
OF Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State

37. LA Angels of Anaheim – John Lackey
SS Taylor Lindsay, Desert Mountain H.S. (Arizona

38. Toronto Blue Jays – For Not Signing James Paxton
RHP Noah Syndergaard, Mansfield H.S. (Texas)

39. Boston Red Sox – For Billy Wagner
RHP Anthony Ranaudo, LSU

40. LA Angels of Anaheim – For Chone Figgins
OF Ryan Bolden, Madison Central H.S. (Mississippi)

41. Toronto Blue Jays – For Rod Barajas
RHP Asher Wojciechowski, The Citadel

42. Tampa Bay Rays – For Greg Zaun
RHP/LHP/OF Drew Vettleson, Central Kitsap H.S. (Washington)

43. Seattle Mariners – For Adrian Beltre
RHP Taijuan Walker, Yucaipa High (California)

44. Detroit Tigers – For Brandon Lyon
3B Nick Catellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy H.S. (Florida)

45. Texas Rangers – For Marlon Byrd
RHP Luke Jackson, Calvary Christian H.S. (Florida)

46. St. Louis Cardinals – For Mark DeRosa
RHP Seth Blair, Arizona State

47. Colorado Rockies – For Jason Marquis
RHP Peter Tago, Dana Hills H.S. (California)

48. Detroit Tigers – For Fernando Rodney
RHP Chance Ruffin, Texas

49. Texas Rangers – For Ivan Rodriguez
3B Mike Olt, UConn

50. St. Louis Cardinals – For Joel Pineiro
RHP Tyrell Jenkins, Henderson H.S. (Texas)

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Nats Grab Bryce Harper With Top Pick


UNITED STATES – The Washington Nationals selected teenage hitting phenom Bryce Harper with the top overall pick Monday night at the 2010 MLB Draft. The 6-foot-3 Southern Nevada Community College catcher, who was ranked the No. 1 collegiate player by rivals.com, was announced as an outfielder by commissioner Bud Selig.

The Pirates scooped up the No. 1 high school player in the country, right-hander Jameson Taillon, with the second pick. The six-foot-7, ultra-talented Texan with a high-ceiling already possesses a three-pitch arsenal.

A pair of shortstops, Florida prep star Manny Machado and Cal State Fullerton’s Christian Colon, went third and fourth, respectively, by the Orioles and Royals. The Indians rounded out the top five picks by adding Ole Miss southpaw Drew Pomeranz to a farm system that includes last year’s top pick, Alex White.

The Diamondbacks surprised the pundits by selecting hard-throwing Texas A&M right-hander Barrett Loux with the sixth pick. The Big 12 hurler was ranked as the No. 23 collegiate player by rivals.com.

The Mets grabbed North Carolina right-hander Matt Harvey with the seventh pick before the Astros made Georgia prep second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. a stunning eighth selection. Florida high school right-hander Karsten Whitson was taken ninth by the Padres, and the Athletics took one of the top hitters in college baseball, UTA outfielder Michael Choice, with the 10th pick.

2010 MLB DRAFT (1ST ROUND)

1. Washington Nationals
C Bryce Harper, Southern Nevada CC, Nationals

2. Pittsburgh Pirates
RHP Jameson Taillon, The Woodland (Texas) High

3. Baltimore Orioles
SS Manny Machado, Miami (Fla.) Brito School

4. Kansas City Royals
SS Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton

5. Cleveland Indians
LHP Drew Pomeranz, Ole Miss

6. Arizona Diamondbacks
RHP Barrett Loux, Texas A&M

7. New York Mets
RHP Matt Harvey, North Carolina

8. Houston Astros
2B Delino DeShields Jr., Norcross (Ga.) High

9. San Diego Padres
RHP Karsten Whitson, Chipley (Fla.) High

10. Oakland Athletics
OF Micheal Choice, Texas-Arlington

11. Toronto Blue Jays
RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech

12. Cincinnati Reds
C Yasmani Grandal, Miami

13. Chicago White Sox
LHP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast

14. Milwaukee Brewers
RHP Dylan Covey, Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha

15. Texas Rangers – For Not Signing Matt Purke
OF Jake Skole, Woodstock (Ga.) Blessed Trinity

16. Chicago Cubs
RHP Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas

17. Tampa Bay Rays
OF Josh Sale, Seattle (Wash.) Bishop Blancet

18. LA Angels of Anaheim – From Seattle for Chone Figgins
P/3B Kaleb Cowart, Adel (Ga.) Cook

19. Houston Astros – From Detroit for Jose Valverde
RHP Mike Foltynewicz, Minooka (Ill.) High

20. Boston Red Sox – From Atlanta for Billy Wagner
2B Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State

21. Minnesota Twins
RHP Alex Wimmers, Ohio State

22. Texas Rangers
C Kellin Deglan, Langley (British Columbia) R.E. Mountain

23. Florida Marlins
OF Christian Yelich, Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake

24. San Francisco Giants
CF Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton

25. St. Louis Cardinals
2B/3B Zack Cox, Arkansas

26. Colorado Rockies
OF Kyle Parker, Clemson

27. Philadelphia Phillies
LHP Jesse Biddle, Philadelphia (Penna.) Germantown Friends

28. Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Zach Lee, McKinney (Texas) High

29. LA Angels of Anaheim – From Boston for John Lackey
RHP Cam Bedrosian, Sharpsburg (Ga.) East Coweta

30. LA Angels of Anaheim
OF Chevez Clarke, Marietta (Ga.) High

31. Tampa Bay Rays – For Not Signing LeVon Washington
SS/C/RHP Justin O’Connor, Muncie (Ind.) Cowan

32. New York Yankees
SS/OF Cito Culver, Rochester (N.Y.) West Irondequoit

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2009 MLB Draft: Famous Bloodlines


USA – It’s in the blood.

The 2009 First-Year Player Draft featured a bevy of talented prospects with famous bloodlines.

From baseball legend Carl Yaztremski to American sports icon Muhammad Ali – major league clubs were busy drafting sons, brothers and nephews of former big leaguers.

New York Mets slugger Carlos Beltran had his cousin, Reymond Fuentes, selected in the first round by the Red Sox, while former major leaguer Tim Wallach’s son Brett was picked in the third round by Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kristopher Hobson, a high school outfielder from California, is the son of former Red Sox star and manager Butch Hobson and was nabbed in the sixth round by the Blue Jays.

Below is a list of 2009 daft picks with connections to the major leagues:

1 – BOS: Reymond Fuentes, Carlos Beltran (Cousin)
3 – LAD: Brett Wallach, Tim Wallach (Father)
3 – BOS: David Renfroe, Laddie Renfroe (Father)
4 – OAK: Max Stassi, Myril Hoag (Uncle)
6 – DET: Daniel Fields, Bruce Fields (Father)
6 – TOR: Kristopher Hobson, Butch Hobson (Father)
6 – TEX: Ruben Sierra Jr., Ruben Sierra (Father)
6 – SEA: Brian Moran, B.J. Surhoff (Uncle)
12 – BAL: Steven Bumbry, Al Bumbry (Father)
14 – TOR: Lance Durham, Leon Durham (Father)
16 – SDP: Griffin Benedict, Bruce Benedict (Father)
16 – BOS: Luke Bard, Daniel Bard (Brother)
18 – DET: Eric Roof, Gene Roof (Father)
19 – NYY: Luke Murton, Matt Murton (Brother)
20 – DET: James Gulliver, Glenn Gulliver (Father)
24 – LAA: Taylor Kinzer, Matt Kinzer (Father)
29 – TOR: Zach Outman, Josh Outman (Brother)
30 – TEX: Anthony Hutting, Jamie Shields (Cousin)
30 – KCR: Josh Worrell, Todd Worrell (Father)
30 – TBR: Marcus Proctor, Marcus Jensen (Father)
32 – TEX: Reggie Williams Jr., Reggie Williams (Father)
34 – TOR: Jonathan Fernandez, Tony Fernandez (Father)
34 – WAS: Shane McCatty, Steve McCatty (Father)
36 – BOS: Mike Yastrzemski, Carl Yastrzemski (Grandfather)
38 – PHI: Cory Wine, Robbie Wine (Father)
40 – LAD: Ryan Christenson, Gary Christenson (Father)
40 – PHI: Robert Amaro, Ruben Amaro (Uncle)
41 – ARI: Cade Kreuter, Chad Kreuter (Father)
42 – OAK: Blake Crosby, Bobby Crosby (Brother)
43 – DET: Andrew Allen, Rod Allen (Father)
43 – CWS: Tyler Williams, Ken Williams (Father)
44 – WAS: Hoby Milner, Brian Milner (Father)
45 – ARI: Beau Amaral, Rich Amaral (Father)
45 – TOR: Brandon Kaye, Scott Richmond (Half-brother)
45 – CWS: Harold Baines, Jr., Harold Baines (Father)
45 – BOS: Kyle Arnesberg, Brad Arnesberg (Father)
46 – LAA: Philip BandO, Chris Bando (Father)
46 – WAS: Seth Greene, Tommy Greene (Father)
47 – SEA: David Holman, Brian Holman (Father)
47 – CHC: Joseph Jocketty, Walt Jocketty (Father)
48 – DET: Jake Porcello, Rick Porcello (Brother)
48 – KCR: Kevin Kuntz, Rusty Kuntz (Father)
49 – COL: Mark Tracy, Chad Tracy (Brother)

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2009 MLB Draft: Facts & Tidbits


USA – Major League Baseball today completed the 2009 First-Year Player Draft with a total of 1,521 players being chosen in the 50 rounds and two compensation rounds.  The First-Year Player Draft resumed in the 31st round via conference call this morning after Wednesday’s completion of round four through round 30.

Among those who were selected in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft were Michael Belfiore (45th overall, ARI) and Austin Wood (5th round, DET).  In a 25-inning NCAA Tournament game between Texas and Boston College, Wood tossed 13.0 scoreless innings for Texas while Belfiore hurled 9.2 scoreless frames.

Other notable selections include:

– Donavan Tate (3rd overall, SD), son of former NFL running back Lars Tate.
– Jared Mitchell (23rd overall, CWS), a wide receiver on LSU’s football team.
– Reymond Fuentes (28th overall, BOS), cousin of New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran.
– Trayce Thompson (2nd round, CWS), son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson.
– Brett Wallach (3rd round, LA), son of former Major Leaguer Tim Wallach.
– Virgil Hill (6th round, STL), son of former professional boxer Virgil Hill.
– Ruben Sierra (6th round, TEX), son of former Major Leaguer Ruben Sierra.
– Brian Moran (7th round, SEA), nephew of former Major Leaguer B.J. Surhoff.
– Steven Bumbry (12th round, BAL), son of former Major Leaguer Al Bumbry.
– Patrick Schuster (13th round, ARI), threw four no-hitters IN A ROW earlier this year.
– Luke Bard (16th round, BOS), brother of Boston Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard.
– Brett Bukvich (18th round, FLA), brother of Major League pitcher Ryan Bukvich.
– Luke Murton (19th round, NYY), brother of Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Murton.
– Garrett Cannizaro (26th round, LAA), brother of Major League infielder Andy Cannizaro.
– Zachary Outman (28th round, TOR), brother of Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Josh Outman.
– Jacob Williams (29th round, ARI), son of former Major Leaguer Matt Williams.
– Mike Flacco (31st round, BAL), brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
– Reggie Williams (32nd round, TEX), son of former Major Leaguer Reggie Williams.
– Jonathan Fernandez (34th round, TOR), son of former Major Leaguer Tony Fernandez.
– Michael Yastrzemski (36th round, BOS), son of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
– Gavin McCourt (39th round, BOS), son of Los Angeles Dodgers Owner & Chairman Frank McCourt.
– Asaad Ali (40th round, LAA), son of boxing great Muhammad Ali.
– Kyle Hansen (40th round, MIL), brother of Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Craig Hansen.
– Chris O’Dowd (40th round, OAK), son of Colorado Rockies General Manager Dan O’Dowd.
– Cade Kreuter (41st round, ARI), son of former Major Leaguer Chad Kreuter.
– Blake Crosby (42nd round, OAK), brother of Oakland Athletics infielder Bobby Crosby.
– Tyler Williams (43rd round, CWS), son of Chicago White Sox General Manager Ken Williams.
– Kyle Arnsberg (45th round, BOS), son of Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg.
– Harold Baines (45th round), son of former Major Leaguer Harold Baines.
– Philip Bando (45th round, LAA), nephew of former Major League player and executive Sal Bando.
– Joseph Jocketty (47th round, CHI), son of Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty.
– Jake Porcello (48th round, DET), brother of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello.
– Evan Sharpley (50th round, SEA), also a quarterback at Notre Dame.

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2009 MLB Draft: Rounds 2-10


USA – The second day of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft featured a bevy of big-time collegiate players finally getting their names called. Georgia slugger Rich Poythress will join North Carolina’s Dustin Ackley (No. 2) as new members of the Seattle Mariners.

Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver, who took the NCAA to court and won, was the No. 58 pick of the Detroit Tigers. The Texas Rangers, who grabbed former Fresno State pitcher Tanner Scheppers earlier in the draft, tapped another Bulldog – third baseman Tommy Mendonca (see photo) – with the 62nd selection.

2009 MLB DRAFT: ROUNDS 2-10

SECOND ROUND

50. WSH – Jeff Kobernus (California)
51. SEA – Rich Poythress (Georgia)
56. LAD – Blake Smith (California)
58. DET – Andy Oliver (Oklahoma State)
60. ARI – Eric Smith (Rhode Island)
62. TEX – Tommy Mendonca (Fresno State)
63. CLE – Jason Kipnis (Arizona State)
64. ARI – Marc Krauss (Ohio)
67. STL – Robert Stock (Southern California)
70. MIN – Billy Bullock (Florida)
77. BOS – Alex Wilson (Texas A&M)
79. CHC – D.J. LeMahieu (LSU)

THIRD ROUND

81. WAS – Trevor Holder (Georgia)
82. SEA – Kyle Seager (North Carolina)
83. SDP – Jerry Sullivan (Oral Roberts)
85. BAL – Tyler Townsend (Florida International)
86. SFG – Chris Dominguez (Louisville)
86. ATL – David Hale (Princeton)
88. CIN – Donnie Joseph (Houston)
89. DET – Wade Gaynor (Western Kentucky)
90. COL – Ben Paulsen (Clemson)
92. OAK – Justin Marks (Louisville)
94. CLE – Joe Gardner (UC Santa Barbara)
98. STL – Joe Kelly (UC Riverside)
101.MIN – Ben Tootle (Jacksonville State)
102.CWS – Bryan Morgado (Tennessee)
105.MIL – Josh Prince (Tulane)
110.LAA – Josh Spence (Arizona State)

FOURTH ROUND

112. WSH – A.J. Morris (Kansas State)
113. SEA – James Jones (Long Island)
117. SFG – Jason Stoffel (Arizona)
119. CIN – Mark Fleury (North Carolina)
121. COL – Kent Matthes (Alabama)
122. KCR – Chris Dwyer (Clemson)
124. TEX – Andrew Doyle (Oklahoma)
125. CLE – Kyle Bellows (San Jose State)
127. LAD – Angelo Songco (Loyola Marymount)
128. FLA – Dan Mahoney (Connecticut)
129. STL – Scott Bittle (Mississippi)
130. TOR – Ryan Goins (Dallas Baptist)
132. MIN – Derek McCallum (Minnesota)
135. NYY – Adam Warren (North Carolina)
137. PHI – Adam Buschini (Cal Poly)
138. BOS – Jeremy Hazelbaker (Ball State)
140. CHC – Chris Rusin (Kentucky)
143. SEA – Tyler Blandford (Oklahoma State)
144. SDP – Jason Hagerty (Miami, Fla.)
145. PIT – Nathan Baker (Mississippi)
147. SFG – Brandon Belt (Texas)
150. DET – Austin Wood (Texas)
151. COL – Joseph Sanders (Auburn)
152. KCR – Louis Coleman (LSU)
153. OAK – Steve Parker (BYU)
156. ARI – Ryan Wheeler (LMU)
157. LAD – J.T. Wise (Oklahoma)
158. FLA – Chase Austin (Elon)
159. STL – Ryan Jackson (Miami, Fla.)
160. TOR – Ryan Schimpf (LSU)
161. HOU – Brandon Wikoff (Illinois)
162. MIN – Tobias Streich (West Virginia)
163. CWS – Kyle Bellamy (Miami, Fla.)
165. NYY – Caleb Cotham (Vanderbilt)
166. MIL – D’Vontrey Richardson (Florida State)
167. PHI – Matt Way (Washington State)
171. LAA – Casey Haerther (UCLA)

SIXTH ROUND

173. SEA – Shaver Hansen (Baylor)
176. BAL – Justin Dalles (South Carolina)
178. ATL – Ryan Woolley (UAB)
179. CIN – Mark Serrano (Oral Roberts)
182. KCR – Matt White (New Mexico)
183. OAK – Ryan Ortiz (Oregon State)
185. CLE – Ben Carlson (Missouri State)
188. FLA – Dustin Dickerson (Baylor)
192. MIN – Chris Herrmann (Miami, Fla.)
193. CWS – Justin Collop (Toledo)
195. NYY – Rob Lyerly (Charlotte)
200. CHC – Brooks Raley (Texas A&M)

SEVENTH ROUND

202. WSH – Dean Weaver (Georgia)
203. SEA – Brian Moran (North Carolina)
207. SFG – Nick Liles (Western Carolina)
209. CIN – Josh Fellhauer (CS Fullerton)
210. DET – Jamie Johnson (Oklahoma)
211. COL – Erik Stavert (Oklahoma)
212. KCR – Buddy Baumann (Missouri State)
215. CLE – Jordan Henry (Mississippi)
219. STL – Kyle Conley (Washington)
221. HOU – Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas)
222. MIN – Brad Stillings (Kent State)
225. NYY – Sean Black (Seton Hall)
226. MIL – Khris Davis (CS Fullerton)
231. LAA – Jon Karcich (Santa Clara)

EIGHTH ROUND

233. SEA – Jimmy Gillheeney (N.C. State)
234. SDP – Nate Freiman (Duke)
236. BAL – Devin Harris (East Carolina)
240. DET – Craig Fritsch (Baylor)
241. COL – Rob Scahill (Bradley)
242. KCR – Gardner Odenbach (Connecticut)
243. OAK – Robert Gilliam (UNC Greensboro)
245. CLE – Corey Burns (Arizona)
246. ARI – Paul Goldschimdt (Texas State)
248. FLA – Stephen Richards (Arkansas)
249. STL – Jason Stidham (Florida State)
250. TOR – Brian Slover (CS Northridge)
251. HOU – Brandt Walker (Stanford)
252. MIN – Brian Dozier (Southern Miss)
253. CWS – Ryan Buch (Monmouth)
254. NYM – John Freeman (McNeese State)
255. NYY – Sam Elam (Notre Dame)
259. TBR – Brett Nommensen (Eastern Illinois)

NINTH ROUND

263. SEA – Trevor Coleman (Missouri)
264. SDP – Chris Fetter (Michigan)
265. PIT – Brock Holt (Rice)
266. BAL – Ryan Berry (Rice)
267. SFG – Evan Crawford (Indiana)
269. CIN – Brian Pearl (Washington)
270. DET – John Murrian (Winthrop)
271. COL – Wes Musick (Houston)
272. KCR – Ben Theriot (Texas State)
273. OAK – Myrio Richard (Prairie View A&M)
275. CLE – Preston Guilmet (Arizona)
276. ARI – Chase Anderson (Oklahoma)
277. LAD – Bryant Hernandez (Oklahoma)
279. STL – Nick McCully (Coastal Carolina)
280. TOR – Aaron Loup (Tulane)
281. HOU – Ben Orloff (UC Irvine)
286. MIL – Jon Pokorny (Kent State)
288. BOS – Kendal Volz (Baylor)
290. CHC – Richard Jones (The Citadel)

TENTH ROUND

292. WSH – Paul Applebee (UC Riverside)
293. SEA – Vincent Catricata (HAwaii)
294. SDP – Ryan Hinson (Clemson)
297. SFG – Jeremy Toole (BYU)
300. DET – Chris Sedon (Pittsburgh)
301. COL – Charlie Ruiz (Long Beach State)
303. OAK – Sam Dyson (South Carolina)
305. CLE – Brett Brach (Monmouth)
306. ARI – Tyson Van Winkle (Gonzaga)
307. LAD – Andrew Suiter (UC Davis)
308. FLA – Matt Montgomery (UC Riverside)
311. HOU – Erik Castro (San Diego State)
312. MIN – Blake Dean (LSU)
313. CWS – Nick Ciolli (Indiana State)
314. NYM – Nick Santomauro (Dartmouth)
315. NYY – Tyler Lyons (Oklahoma State)
317. PHI – Josh Zeid (Tulane)
321. LAA – Jake Locker (Washington)

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Prep Stars Dominate 2009 MLB Draft


USA – Although the top two picks in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft hailed from the collegiate ranks, the need for immediate gratification by major league clubs was not as evident this year with an unprecedented number of prep stars drafted in the opening round.

The San Diego Padres selection of All-Everything outfielder Donavan Tate (see photo) of Cartersville High School in Georgia with the third overall choice set the tone for a first round that featured five of the first 11 picks being high schoolers. Of the 32 first round draftees, only 16 boasted college experience.

Unlike a year ago, when a record-tying 21 collegiate players were chosen in the opening round, a poor economy and a shortage of impact NCAA hitters might have influenced some clubs to go the prep route.

The Washington Nationals parlayed a pair of Top 10 picks into two of the best collegiate pitchers in the nation this year. San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg – who possesses a 103-mph fastball – and Stanford closer Drew Storen could both be in the majors by the end of this season.

In a draft loaded with quality arms, Strasburg and California prep pitcher Matt Hobgood (Orioles) were the only hurlers taken in the top five. However, the next seven picks were all pitchers including another high school choice – Georgia right-hander Zack Wheeler – who was nabbed by the Giants with the sixth pick.

Two college pitchers with star quality fell into the laps of the Braves and Reds. Atlanta chose Vanderbilt’s prized southpaw Mike Minor with the seventh pick, while Cincinnati added Arizona State ace Mike Leake with the next selection.

Several teams besides the Nationals enjoyed multiple first round choices. The Mariners made a great pick getting North Carolina slugger Dustin Ackley with the second pick, but grabbing Florida prepsters Nick Franklin (SS) and Steven Baron (C) are more than questionable.

The Angels were stocked with five of the first 48 picks and grabbed two bats before loading up on a trio of pitchers. Los Angeles took a pair of prep outfielders, Randal Grichuk and Michael Trout, with back-to-back selections at No. 24 and No. 25. Another high schooler, left-hander Tyler Skaggs (No. 40) was taken before the AL West club hauled in Oklahoma right-hander Garrett Richards and Eastern Illinois southpaw Tyler Kerher with the 42nd and 48th picks, respectively.

The Diamondbacks had four of the first 45 picks and opted for three bats and Boston College closer Mike Belfiore. Florida high schooler slugger Bobby Borchering (No. 16) will need time to develop, but Notre Dame outfielder A.J. Pollock (No. 17) is much more polished. South Carloina shortstop Chris Owings (No. 41) was definitely a reach.

The Rockies and the Rangers both started the draft with solid choices. Colorado added California prep pitcher Tyler Matzek with the 11th pick, Sacramento State outfielder Tim Wheeler at No. 32, and another left-handed pitcher in Lipscomb University Rex Brothers with the 34th choice.

Texas shored up the best farm system in baseball with the RivalsHigh.com No. 1 high school player, homegrown southpaw Matt Purke, with the 14th pick. And, nabbing former Fresno State right-hander Tanner Scheppers at No. 44 could become a steal if the former Pirates second round choice overcomes a shoulder injury.

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Stephen Strasburg Top Pick In 2009 MLB Draft


USA – The Washington Nationals grabbed San Diego State right-hander Steven Strasburg with the top overall pick in the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft. The All-American hurler, who have been called by many to be one of the top pitching prospects in history, is expected to be sent to the minors once signed. However, it is expected that the once overweight pitcher will arrive at “The Show” sometime this season.

Below are the team-by-team selections for the opening round.

1. Washington Nationals
Steven Strasburg, P, San Diego State

2. Seattle Mariners
Dustin Ackley, OF, UNC

3. San Diego Padres
Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS, Ga.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates
Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College

5. Baltimore Orioles
Matt Hobgood, Norco HS, Calif

6. San Francisco Giants
Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.

7. Atlanta Braves
Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt

8. Cincinnati Reds
Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State

9. Detroit Tigers
Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis

10. Washington Nationals – For Aaron Crow
Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford

11. Colorado Rockies
Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.

12. Kansas City Royals
aron Crow, RHP, Ft. Worth Cats/Missouri

13. Oakland Athletics
Grant Green, SS, USC

14. Texas Rangers
Matt Purke, LHP, Klein HS, Texas

15. Cleveland Indians
Alex White, RHP, North Carolina

16. Arizona Diamondbacks
Bobby Borchering, 3B/1B, Bishop Verot HS, Fla.

17. Arizona Diamondbacks – from Los Angeles Dodgers
A.J. Pollock, OF, Notre Dame

18. Florida Marlins
Chad James, Yukon HS, Okla.

19. St. Louis Cardinals
Shelby Miller, RHP, Brownwood HS, Texas

20. Toronto Blue Jays
Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State (Ga.)

21. Houston Astros
Jiovanni Mier, Bonita HS, Calif.

22. Minnesota Twins
Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri

23. Chicago White Sox
Jared Mitchell, OF, LSU

24. Los Angeles Angels – From New York Mets
Randal Grichuk, OF, Rosenberg (TX) Lamar Consolidated

25. Los Angeles Angels – From New York Yankees
Michael Trout, CF, Millville (NJ)

26. Milwaukee Brewers
Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana

27. Seattle Mariners – From Philadelphia Phillies
Nick Franklin, SS, Lake Brantley HS, Alamonte Springs, Fl.

28. Boston Red Sox
Reymond Fuentes, Fernando Callego HS, Manati, Puerto Rico

29. New York Yankees – For Gerrit Cole
Slade Heathcott, CF, Texarkana (TX) Texas

30. Tampa Bay Rays
LeVon Washington, 2b, Gainesville (FL) Buchholz

31. Chicago Cubs
Brett Jackson, OF, California

32. Colorado Rockies – From LA Angels
Tim Wheeler,OF, Sacramento State

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