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RichRed
06-06-2008, 04:38 PM
Wow 62 Ks in 33 innnigs. Of course he is a junior so he is probably going back to college. Gardner is also the punter on the Ithaca football team.

The pitching version of Darin Erstad.

NC Reds
06-06-2008, 04:38 PM
Matt Fairel, Lefty Starter, Florida State

http://seminoles.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2007-2008/teamcume.html

Nice record of 11-2.

Reds Fanatic
06-06-2008, 04:38 PM
There is video of Fairel on the draft tracker though I can't see it from here at work.

penantboundreds
06-06-2008, 04:39 PM
85-86 with a good curve and looked like a plus change...

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 04:40 PM
Wow, Fairel was one of UF's two best starters. He ain't gonna sign out of Round 35, though.

Reds Fanatic
06-06-2008, 04:41 PM
Fairel will be pitching on ESPN2 tomorrow at noon.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 04:42 PM
Fairel throws 90-95 MPH with a good curveball. No reason he is available still unless he isn't signing....

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 04:43 PM
Wright State RHP Ross Vagedes (CHC) and Ohio State LHP Daniel DeLucia (DET) picked within two spots of each other. Both seniors- DeLucia is actually a fifth-year senior.

reds2221
06-06-2008, 04:45 PM
Wow, Fairel was one of UF's two best starters. He ain't gonna sign out of Round 35, though.


yea, thats the bad part of these rounds, the only talented players left won't sign.

crazyredfan40
06-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Gotta take a risk and hope that one or two of these guys sign...Throw some money at them and see what happens...This is of course if they feel they are worth it...

reds2221
06-06-2008, 04:50 PM
he also put up a 3.67 era. This kid is going to move up the board tremendously next year.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 04:59 PM
Another college junior in Round 36- Erik Gregersen, RHP, Stephen F. Austin. 6'5"/225#.

Reds Fanatic
06-06-2008, 04:59 PM
Erik Gregorsen RHP Stephen F Austin St is the 36th round pick

He is another junior.

reds2221
06-06-2008, 04:59 PM
Erik Gregerson, RHP, JR, Steven F. Austin St. U. 1079th pick, 36th round

NC Reds
06-06-2008, 05:00 PM
Gregerson has nice size.

penantboundreds
06-06-2008, 05:00 PM
there is the Jack Armstrong someone was calling for...

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:03 PM
Annnnnnnd Jack Armstrong Jr. goes to Texas in the 36th round. He's apparently a legit college basketball project, standing 6'7". All those tuna boats he grew up on must have had an impact.

NC Reds
06-06-2008, 05:03 PM
I think the Cubs just picked Bob Brenly's kid. Doesn't he announce for them now?

reds2221
06-06-2008, 05:04 PM
Erik Gregorsen, another college junior. being drafted this late in the draft I personally do not think that he will sign.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:06 PM
http://sfajacks.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/gregersen_erik00.html

Gregersen was a reliever appearing in 18 games this past season- no stats I could find. I don't think they were all that good, but he definitely looks like an athlete.

OnBaseMachine
06-06-2008, 05:06 PM
I think the Cubs just picked Bob Brenly's kid. Doesn't he announce for them now?

Yep.

NC Reds
06-06-2008, 05:08 PM
http://sfajacks.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2007-2008/teamcume.html

Gregersen had a lackluster year.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:08 PM
Round 37: RHP Randall Linebaugh, RHP, Baylor. Senior, 5'11"/170#. Teammate of Mace Thurman, picked earlier.

http://baylorbears.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/linebaugh_randall00.html

Can't find any 2008 stats.

penantboundreds
06-06-2008, 05:09 PM
How many pitchers have we taken in a row?

NC Reds
06-06-2008, 05:10 PM
http://baylorbears.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/linebaugh_randall00.html

http://baylorbears.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2007-2008/teamcume.html

Linebaugh has weak numbers too.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:13 PM
How many pitchers have we taken in a row?

Haven't bothered to count, but we're doing the same thing we did last year- lots of college relievers. The "fresh arm" philosophy.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:21 PM
Round 38- RHP Richard Bowen, Mississippi State. Junior, 6'3"/178#. The site says he's a sophomore, though. Has a video.

http://www.mstateathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90859&SPID=10993&DB_OEM_ID=16800&ATCLID=944231&Q_SEASON=2007

7.61 ERA as a starter, but stayed in the rotation the whole season. Did throw a shutout. Team wasn't very good (23-33 record). In 2007, he had a 3.00 ERA as a reliever in 27 games with more Ks than innings pitched.

I kinda like this pick- although you'd think he'd go back for next year. It does fit the principle of a value pick, though.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:23 PM
Dodgers take 1B Thomas Nurre out of Miami (Ohio) in round 38.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:27 PM
Arizona takes a right-handed pitcher named Jesse Orosco out of a CA junior college. Can't tell if he's got a famous dad.

Hoosier Red
06-06-2008, 05:27 PM
Looks like I get both things I want....

http://blogs.heraldtimesonline.com/iusp/?p=2081

4:45 p.m. UPDATE: Andrew Means just said in a telephone interview that he plans to play summer baseball for a Redsí affiliate, but be back with the Hoosier football team this fall.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:31 PM
Round 39: 1B Michael Konstanty, U. of Albany. Senior, 6'4"/245#.

2005-2007 stats (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/K/Mike-Konstanty.shtml). Apparently a transfer from Winthrop. Hit .295/.403/.591 with 13 HR in 55 games this season.

http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=70269&SPID=7996&DB_OEM_ID=15800&ATCLID=879199&Q_SEASON=2007

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:38 PM
Round 40: RHP David Peterson, California HS. 6'5"/205#. MVP of his high school league. Apparently that college commitment is pretty strong- or the Reds are going to have to overpay. Not necessarily a bad thing, eh?


Perfect Game website:

Peterson, Dave RHP Las Lomas Walnut Creek, CA R/R 6-5 206 2008 College of Charleston
05/27/2008 The 6'5" RHP, David Peterson of Las Lomas High School in California finished his senior season with 9 wins against 4 losses. In 90 innings pitched, Peterson struck out 142 batters and walked only 15. Currently ranked in Max Preps as #5 in strike outs nationally, and #2 in California. With command and control of his fastball, slider, and changeup; Peterson's best pitch was his first pitch strike, and as he expanded the strike zone, hitters were helpless against his hard-late-breaking slider. His 1.08 ERA was 2nd in his league, and a testament to his competitive nature and ability to maintain a solid mental approach on the hill. Though committed to play ball at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, most scouts believe he's ready to go pro,and will get drafted between the 3rd and 7th round.

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04/21/2008 The Big Right Hander, 6'5", Dave Peterson, continues his dominance of the DFAL in Northern California with a 7-1 record in 8 complete games pitched, and 6 straight victories in a row. Dave's 88-91 mph fastball, and devastating slider has kept batters off the bases and his ability to consistently throw strikes has resulted in 86 Ks against 9 walks in 64 innings pitched. According to Max Preps, Dave currently ranks #5 in Ks for California pitchers, and #1 in his league.

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04/05/2008 With 8 to 15 MLB scouts at every game, Dave has 4 complete game wins, with double digits K's in each game; 13, 10, 13, & 12, and no earned runs. In 6 complete games pitched, his line is 5 wins and 1 loss, ERA of .833, and 71 Ks / 5 walks, and having faced 161 batters.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 05:44 PM
Found this on Peterson

The 6'5" RHP, David Peterson of Las Lomas High School in California finished his senior season with 9 wins against 4 losses. In 90 innings pitched, Peterson struck out 142 batters and walked only 15. Currently ranked in Max Preps as #5 in strike outs nationally, and #2 in California. With command and control of his fastball, slider, and changeup; Peterson's best pitch was his first pitch strike, and as he expanded the strike zone, hitters were helpless against his hard-late-breaking slider. His 1.08 ERA was 2nd in his league, and a testament to his competitive nature and ability to maintain a solid mental approach on the hill. Though committed to play ball at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, most scouts believe he's ready to go pro,and will get drafted between the 3rd and 7th round.

Also throws his FB 88-91 MPH

Grande Donkey
06-06-2008, 05:46 PM
Throw some money at Peterson. He sounds to good to be true.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:51 PM
Round 41: LHP Justin Walker, Lamar. Junior, 6'5"/225#.

2006-2007 stats (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/W/Justin-Walker-1.shtml)

http://lamarcardinals.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/walker_justin00.html

2-2, 4.85 ERA, 19 games, 7 starts. Just seven walks in 65 IP with 39 K.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:51 PM
Cubs take Miami (Ohio) SS Jordan Petraitis in round 41.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 05:57 PM
Round 42: RHP Benson Merritt, Canadian HS (Ontario). 6'2"/190#. Has a scholarship to Canisius.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 05:59 PM
This is from November, so it may have changed some on Merritt

The 6'2, 185 lb. right-hander describes himself as a power pitcher, and he boasts a great arsenal of pitches, including an 87-mph fastball, a split-finger, a knuckle curve, and a circle changeup.

Edd Roush
06-06-2008, 06:01 PM
Tyler Stovall, OF Central Michigan

http://www.cmuchippewas.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=46361&SPID=4196&DB_OEM_ID=10500&ATCLID=1469119

http://www.cmuchippewas.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10500&KEY=&ATCLID=1395722&SPID=4207&SPSID=54186

Intelligent kid.

Stovall is also a fellow Moeller graduate. Hopefully he can carry on the Moeller legacy for the Reds.

Hoosier Red
06-06-2008, 06:03 PM
I was going to ask about that. I thought the name sounded familiar and I went to school with a couple of Stovalls.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:07 PM
Cory Farris out of Boone County HS (KY) was just drafted by the White Sox

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:07 PM
43rd round pick, Bronson Gagner, RHP out of Parkview HS in GA

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 06:13 PM
Round 43: RHP Bronson Gagner, Georgia HS. 6'6"/250#. Dang, that's a big boy. Parkview, the school, is the alma mater of both Jeff Francoeur and Jeff Keppinger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkview_High_School_%28Lilburn%2C_Georgia%29

Signed to play at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. Not sure if that's a real strong commitment.

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 06:20 PM
Round 44: C Kevin Coddington, U. of Illinois-Chicago. 6'4"/205#, junior.

Hey, he's from West Linn, OR! Suburb of Portland right down the street from my office. He also apparently played at Chemeketa CC, which loves to run late-night commercials on the CW station about how you should "fire it up". Kevin kept with that theme and transferred to a program nicknamed the Flames.

Hit .300 with 3 HR in 2008.

http://uicflames.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/coddington_kevin00.html

http://uicflames.cstv.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2007-2008/teamcume.html

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:20 PM
44th round pick is Kevin Coddington, C, Illinois Chicago

Grande Donkey
06-06-2008, 06:24 PM
Round 43: RHP Bronson Gagner, Georgia HS. 6'6"/250#. Dang, that's a big boy. Parkview, the school, is the alma mater of both Jeff Francoeur and Jeff Keppinger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkview_High_School_%28Lilburn%2C_Georgia%29

Signed to play at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. Not sure if that's a real strong commitment.Way down Yonder on the Chattahoochee...


(Getting a guy with the name Yonder and a guy going to Chattahoochee just made my draft)

Doc. Scott
06-06-2008, 06:24 PM
Round 45: LHP Brendan Lobban, New Jersey HS. 6'2"/214#.

Gotta take off.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:30 PM
Round 45: LHP Brendan Lobban, New Jersey HS. 6'2"/214#.

Gotta take off.
I got your back for the next 5.

NorrisHopper30
06-06-2008, 06:32 PM
Local product (Moeller) Greg Williams LHP drafted by the Rays as the first pick in the 31st round. Not sure if he'll honor his commitment to Marshall or not.

NorrisHopper30
06-06-2008, 06:35 PM
#1376 Round 46
Jackson Hogue
CF
Miss St.
6' 193

Cowboy will like this pick :)

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:36 PM
I am slacking

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:38 PM
Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SB-ATT
3 Grant Hogue...... .320 55-49 197 47 63 8 0 0 13 21 15 28 25-29

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:45 PM
47th round pick, David Torcise, LHP South Florida

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 06:54 PM
48th round pick is Kenneth Monteith, RHP, The Morristown Beard School in NJ.

redhawk61
06-06-2008, 06:54 PM
What I fear most with Yonder is George Grande. You just know when Yonder hits a HR George will say "..its gonna be gone! That ball went out Yonder"

thorn
06-06-2008, 07:00 PM
48th round pick is Kenneth Monteith, RHP, The Morristown Beard School in NJ.

Is that like a school for beards? Do they cut and style them. lol

I wonder if anyone from the Morriston Barber College is getting drafted today. I think Zohan would be a great 2B.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 07:02 PM
Reds select Pat White, CF, WVU (yeah, that same one)

thorn
06-06-2008, 07:05 PM
Reds select Pat White, CF, WVU (yeah, that same one)

Wasn't he drafted out of HS as well? He might play, he won't be a QB in the Pros. I hope so, he's my favorite WVU player.

Grande Donkey
06-06-2008, 07:06 PM
Reds select Pat White, CF, WVU (yeah, that same one)
Any chance he plays summer ball like Dennis Dixon did last year?

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 07:06 PM
Any chance he plays summer ball like Dennis Dixon did last year?

Its possible.

dougdirt
06-06-2008, 07:14 PM
Reds 50th pick is Kevin Leslie, CF, Faulkner

reds44
06-06-2008, 07:19 PM
Reds select Pat White, CF, WVU (yeah, that same one)
OH!

I like it.

Blue
06-06-2008, 07:30 PM
^^^ he's not interested in playing professional baseball is he?

thorn
06-06-2008, 07:59 PM
^^^ he's not interested in playing professional baseball is he?

WVU football player Pat White was selected in the fourth round by the Anaheim Angels following his senior year in high school and he was drafted in the 27th round last year.

He seems to have some skills, but I guess it depends if he deicdes to play in the NFL (Depending on position drafted, change of position, etc) or resume his baseball carrer after football season is overwith this year.

Blue
06-06-2008, 11:09 PM
WVU football player Pat White was selected in the fourth round by the Anaheim Angels following his senior year in high school and he was drafted in the 27th round last year.

He seems to have some skills, but I guess it depends if he deicdes to play in the NFL (Depending on position drafted, change of position, etc) or resume his baseball carrer after football season is overwith this year.

On second thought, they'll have to sign him by August and there's no chance of that happening.

Blitz Dorsey
06-06-2008, 11:52 PM
Whoever drafts Pat White next year will get to keep him. He's a very good college QB but will not play professional football. He will be a pro baseball player. I predict he will be about a 7th or 8th round pick next year.

Blitz Dorsey
06-06-2008, 11:58 PM
Way down Yonder on the Chattahoochee...


(Getting a guy with the name Yonder and a guy going to Chattahoochee just made my draft)

HA! Good stuff.

Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me.

oregonred
06-06-2008, 11:59 PM
48th round pick is Kenneth Monteith, RHP, The Morristown Beard School in NJ.

Famous Alumni...

corkedbat
06-10-2008, 11:37 AM
Any news on signings?

fearofpopvol1
06-10-2008, 01:19 PM
Any news on signings?

I don't think any picks for any teams have been signed just yet.

I do hope (like previous years) that someone starts a draft tracker thread that is updated.

corkedbat
06-10-2008, 01:47 PM
Seems like there have always been a handful of signings announced within 24-48 hours of the draft

OesterPoster
06-10-2008, 02:22 PM
According to this blurb I found, Zach Stewart of Texas Tech has already signed:


The next step for some players is to sign and play rookie baseball. If underclassmen decide not to sign, they are allowed to return for another season. Stewart, who has already signed, will head for Sarasota, Fla. today for four days before heading to Billings, Mont. for rookie baseball.

"I've always wanted to play baseball for money, now I get the chance," he said. "I'm just ready to get started and get on with it."

OesterPoster
06-10-2008, 02:31 PM
Sounds like Cody Puckett is close to signing. This info is a few days old:

One pick after Galloway was selected, Hesperia High School graduate Cody Puckett, a junior shortstop for Cal State Dominguez Hills, was taken by the Cincinnati Reds with the 239th overall pick.

Puckett, who hit .336 with a California Collegiate Athletic Association-leading 17 home runs and 26 steals, had just rolled out of bed when he received a call Friday morning from the Reds, for whom he worked out three weeks ago.

"It was a great surprise, a good thing to wake up to," said Puckett, who confirmed he'll sign with the organization. "It was a good workout so I thought maybe I was on their radar but I didn't think I was that high on their radar."

Puckett, a native of Apple Valley, led the CCAA in six offensive categories including total bases (130), runs scored (61), walks (42), and steal attempts (29).

He finished in the top 10 in assists (158), RBI (49), slugging percentage (.644), at-bats (202), on-base percentage (.462), and hits (68).

Az. Reds Fan
06-10-2008, 02:52 PM
Sounds like our 14th rounder, Lance Janke will sign...heck, he's already decked out with a Reds hat. Janke is a senior, so he doesn't have much of a choice to sign, if he wants to play pro ball.

http://www.sdcc.edu/uploadedFiles/Release_Lance%20Janke.pdf

crazyredfan40
06-10-2008, 04:35 PM
Any chance we could get a thread stickied like last year to keep up with all the signings in one thread...

The first post had all 50 draftpicks and would update that post when someone would sign...

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 03:49 PM
Tim Beckham-SS- Rays Jun. 19 - 3:01 pm et
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays have signed top pick Tim Beckham.
Sources tell Rosenthal that he got a $6.15 signing bonus. It was thought that the ability to sign Beckham factored into the team's decision to draft him top overall, and the two sides reached a deal two months faster than last year's top pick did. Beckham could reach the majors in 2-3 years.

redsmetz
07-24-2008, 06:14 PM
I was doing some research on where some of the other unsigned players are right. I'll post more as I find them, but this from mlb.com from yesterday:


Talks continue with Bucs and Alvarez

07/23/2008 9:26 PM ET
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com

HOUSTON -- For the first time since the June 5 First-Year Player Draft, Pirates president Frank Coonelly spoke publicly about the current negotiating process with No. 2 overall pick Pedro Alvarez.
While Coonelly, like all others involved in the negotiations, would not divulge any specifics regarding talks with Alvarez and his agent Scott Boras, he did acknowledge disappointment in the fact that an agreement has not already been reached with the Pirates' first-round pick.

Furthermore, alluding to the standard set during the signing period last year, Coonelly suggested that it remains likely that the negotiations will be ongoing up to the Aug. 15 signing deadline.

"As we expressed with Pedro when we drafted him, we thought it was important for Pedro to sign early and have a full season of development in the system," Coonelly said on Wednesday. "That will allow for the acceleration of his development and arrival in Pittsburgh.

"We made every effort to make that happen," he continued. "It's disappointing that it hasn't happened, but we're continuing to work hard on the process and are confident that we will reach an agreement with Pedro to get him in a Pirates uniform."

Coonelly stressed that the organization was aggressive in trying to get Alvarez, a third baseman out of Vanderbilt, inked as soon as possible. The hope was that he could spend at least two months playing in the system before the Minor League seasons end.

It appears as if the Pirates, though, are now stuck in a position where Alvarez and Boras are going to hold out until close to the final hour in hopes that doing so would force the organization to put more money on the table.

It was a precedent set last year, when four of the top five Draft picks waited until the final hours -- and some the final minutes -- before the midnight deadline on Aug. 15 to agree to a deal. Daniel Moskos, the Pirates selection at No. 4 overall, was the only one not to wait until that final day.

"Unfortunately, it appears that clubs' behavior last year has made it more difficult to get negotiation started seriously early in the process," Coonelly said. "It appears that we have conditioned players and advisors to players to not get serious in the negotiation process to near the end for fear of leaving money on the table if they negotiate a deal prior to Aug. 15."

Coonelly also reiterated that the negotiations will continue behind closed doors, with no one permitted to speak publicly about the process or the status of the talks.

"Based on my experience from the Commissioner's Office and my experience negotiating contracts, I found that rarely does it help the negotiation process to discuss through the media where the parties are," he said.

Addressing other Draft items, Coonelly also said that the organization is still hopeful of signing a handful of its other Draft picks. As of Wednesday, 27 of the Pirates' 50 selections had been signed.

If the Pirates get to the point where they feel that they will be unable to come to an agreement with Alvarez, Coonelly said that the organization wouldn't hesitate to use the surplus signing bonus money to go more aggressively after some of the later round picks that are demanding higher-round bonuses.

One of those picks could be second-round selection Tanner Scheppers, a right-hander out of Fresno State. Projected to be a top selection, Scheppers fell in the Draft after a right shoulder injury forced him out in early May. The Pirates scooped him up early in the second round.

After missing an extended period of time -- including his team's run to the College World Series title -- Scheppers has now returned to throwing off the mound.

Coonelly confirmed that Scheppers is scheduled to make a visit to Pittsburgh in the near future, where he will be evaluated by team doctors and throw in front of the organizations' evaluators.

The Pirates are expected to dive into negotiations with Scheppers, assuming that they are satisfied with the results of that medical examination and observation.

redsmetz
07-24-2008, 06:18 PM
This one's from a month ago from the KC Star - now a month has passed and they still haven't reached an agreement. Has anyone seen him playing with Midland?


Drawn-out negotiation not what Royals want
By JEFFREY FLANAGAN
The Kansas City Star

The one thing the Royals really don’t want to see happen again is for their top draft pick — in this case first baseman Eric Hosmer — to go right down to the Aug. 15 deadline before deciding whether or not to sign.

You may remember last year when the Royals didn’t sign Mike Moustakas until seconds before the deadline. The Royals came that close to losing the rights to him.

Don’t look for any quick signings with Hosmer, either. He recently told The Miami Herald that his signing wasn’t imminent.

“I haven’t decided anything,” said Hosmer, who has the option of a scholarship at Arizona State. “Probably around August we’ll start cracking down on stuff.”

August? It’s still June, and we’re talking August? Well, of course, Hosmer does have Scott Boras as his agent.

“Knowing the history there (with Boras) it probably will take some time,” Royals director of player development J.J. Picollo said by phone. “Agents are most likely going to hold out until the end.”

While there were early reports that Hosmer and Boras could have commanded as much as a $7 million signing bonus, this year’s No. 1 pick, high school shortstop Tim Beckham, already has signed a $6.15 million signing bonus.

Hosmer was picked No. 3.

“I’m not inside on what the numbers will be, but I can tell you that this kid wants to play ball,” Picollo said. “A few days after we drafted him, he had already reported to play summer ball for Midland. He’s not the type to sit around and wait.”

Midland, based near Cincinnati, is one of the top traveling amateur teams in the country. Hosmer, a power hitting, left-handed first baseman, will DH this summer.

“He’s going to take ground balls during practice and before games,” Picollo said. “But he’ll DH during games, mainly to stay away from any potential injuries.”

redsmetz
07-24-2008, 06:21 PM
From the July 2nd Baltimore Sun:


Matusz talks unchanged

The Orioles had hoped to announce the signing of left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz, their first selection in the 2008 draft, during the current homestand, but that now appears unlikely.

Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan said today that negotiations with the University of San Diego pitcher haven't progressed to the point where a deal is imminent.

"There aren't any changes," Jordan said. "Negotiations are ongoing. We haven't made as much progress as we thought. We're just going to have to wait it out a little bit."

The Orioles have until Aug. 15 to sign Matusz before losing his rights, though team officials have said they don't expect the deadline to become an issue.

The club has signed 27 of its 50 draft picks and is close to adding Nathan Moreau, a left-hander from the University of Georgia who was chosen in the 11th round.

Matusz, shortstop Gregory Miclat (fifth round), pitcher Robert Bundy (eighth round) and third baseman Chris Herrmann (10th round) are the remaining unsigned top 10 picks.

Asked about Miclat, the University of Virginia shortstop, Jordan said, "We've got a lot of ground to cover on that one. It's just the nature of the beast right now. It takes longer than you want."

redsmetz
07-24-2008, 06:26 PM
From The Albany (GA) Herald, sounds like the Giants are going to get rough, but of course, we'll have to see, dated 7/14/08


Posey, Giants mum on negotiations

More than a month removed from the MLB Draft, Leesburg’s Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants – who picked Posey fifth overall – still have yet to agree to terms.
Danny Aller

When the Major League Baseball All-Star break officially begins today, the game’s present stars will take the field in at Yankee Stadium in New York.

But across the country in San Francisco, the Giants continue to wonder about the status of its future ones.

The Giants’ top four draft picks taken in the June 5 MLB First-Year Player Draft remain unsigned, most notably its first-round selection at No. 5 overall, Florida State junior catcher and Leesburg native Buster Posey.

And unfortunately, neither side is saying much about where the negotiations stand.

"When we're in the process of signing new players, whether a free-agent or a drafted player, we really don't discuss or characterize negotiations out of respect for both sides," Bobby Evans, the Giants' director of player personnel, told The Herald during a telephone interview Friday afternoon.

"We want to be helpful, but I'm not sure what to say beyond that. We just don't talk about negotiations (that are still ongoing)."

Attempts to reach Posey or his reported representative, Jeff Berry, were unsuccessful. Posey returned to Leesburg last week after winning the Brooks Wallace Award in Lubbock, Texas, and will be in New York on Wednesday as one of the finalists poised to win arguably college baseball's most coveted honor, the Golden Spikes Award.

With the Giants' top four picks still unsigned, it doesn't appear unusual that Posey and the team haven't reached terms. In fact, Evans said that of the 50 players the Giants selected in the 2008 Draft, only "22 of the 50 are currently signed." All players have until Aug. 15 — the MLB deadline for anyone taken in the 2008 Draft — to ink a contract.

However, the clock may be ticking faster for Posey than others.

While Evans is the point man for negotiations with the FSU star, San Francisco GM Brian Sabean was quoted in a Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press Democrat report July 4 as saying that if Posey was not signed by the All-Star break, that per organizational policy, Posey likely would be issued a 2009 minor-league contract and would miss the remainder of the 2008 minor-league season.

"It would probably be a post-dated contract if he waits that long," Sabean told the Press Democrat. "If you've laid off and don't get out till that time, really the rest of the minor league season is an exercise in futility, to waste that protection year."

The "protection year" Sabean speaks of means, according to MLB rules, college players do not have to be protected on the 40-man roster until after their third season, which would assure Posey would be a member of the Giants' organization through at least 2011, rather than 2010 if he was to sign a 2008 minor-league contract and immediately go into the Giants' farm system.

When asked about Sabean's comments, Evans said he hadn't read the Press Democrat article, but then added: "If Brian said that, then ... he runs the show. That's certainly been our policy we've operated under in the past, but I'm not prepared at this time to say (definitively) what we would do if he's not signed before the All-Star break because I haven't read Brian's quote."

Of course, there's always the other option — and it's one both sides likely don't want.

If Posey and the team don't come to terms by the Aug, 15 deadline, he would then have the option of either returning to Florida State for his senior year or playing for a non-MLB-affiliated organization for a season until he could re-enter the draft the following season. Such was the case of former Florida State star and Lowndes native J.D. Drew, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997, but when he and the team couldn't agree by the deadline (Drew and agent Scott Boras reportedly wouldn't settle for less than a $10 million signing bonus), Drew chose to play one year for the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League.