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fearofpopvol1
06-10-2008, 07:05 PM
Round Overall Player Position School State

1 7 Yonder Alonso 1B Miami Fla.
3 84 Zachary Stewart RHP Texas Tech Texas
4 119 Tyler Cline RHP Cass HS, Cartersville, Ga. Ga.
5 149 Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State Ga.
6 179 Alex Buchholz 2B Delaware Del.
7 209 Pedro Villareal RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
8 239 Cody Puckett SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
9 269 David Sappelt OF Coastal Carolina S.C.
10 299 Sean Conner OF Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
11 329 Andrew Means OF Indiana Ind.
12 359 Kyle Day C Michigan State Mich.
13 389 Blaine Howell LHP Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
14 419 Lance Janke RHP San Diego Christian College Calif.
15 449 Eric Pfisterer LHP Don Bosco Prep HS, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
16 479 Daniel Morrison OF Clayton Heights SS, Surrey, B.C. British Columbia
17 509 Frank Pfister 3B Emory (Ga.) Ga.
18 539 Chris McMurray C UC Santa Barbara Calif.
19 569 Mace Thurman LHP Baylor Texas
20 599 Tyler Stovall OF Central Michigan Mich.
21 629 Theodis Bowe OF Milford (Del.) HS Del.
22 659 Byron Wiley OF Kansas State Kan.
23 689 Will Hudgens RHP Memphis Tenn.
24 719 Enrique Garcia RHP Miami Fla.
25 749 Raul Rodriguez RHP Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
26 779 Michael Bohana RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
27 809 Matthew Stiffler OF Ohio Ohio
28 839 Bryce Bandilla LHP Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
29 869 Ben Hunter RHP Wake Forest N.C.
30 899 Juan Carlos Sulbaran RHP American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
31 929 Joey Housey RHP Nova HS, Davie, Fla. Fla.
32 959 Justin Freeman RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
33 989 Taylor Wrenn 2B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
34 1019 Bryan Gardner LHP Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
35 1049 Matthew Fairel LHP Florida State Fla.
36 1079 Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
37 1109 Randall Linebaugh RHP Baylor Texas
38 1139 Richard Bowen RHP Mississippi State Miss.
39 1169 Michael Konstanty 1B Albany N.Y.
40 1199 David Peterson RHP Los Lomas (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1229 Justin Walker LHP Lamar Texas
42 1259 Benson Merritt rhp South Lincoln HS, Smithville, Ontario N/A
43 1289 Bronson Gagner RHP Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
44 1319 Kevin Coddington C Illinois-Chicago Ill.
45 1348 Brendan Lobban LHP/1B St. Joes Montvale N.J.
46 1376 Jackson Hogue CF Mississippi State Miss.
47 1403 David Torcise LHP South Florida Fla.
48 1430 Kenneth Monteith RHP Morristown-Beard HS, Morristown, N.J. N.J.
49 1457 Patrick White OF W.V.
50 1484 Kevin Leslie OF/2B Redan Ga.

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Players who have signed with the Reds are in BOLD.

OnBaseMachine
06-10-2008, 07:06 PM
Zach Stewart and Andrew Means have signed.

Blue
06-10-2008, 08:50 PM
Can we get a sticky?

crazyredfan40
06-10-2008, 10:02 PM
Thanks man...

AmarilloRed
06-11-2008, 01:39 AM
Zach Stewart and Andrew Means have signed.

Do we have any terms, or do we know simply that they have signed?

dougdirt
06-11-2008, 02:10 AM
judging by this story, I would say Tyler Cline has signed...
http://www.daily-tribune.com/index.cfm?event=news.view&id=6629CA97-19B9-E2F5-46838D7B9136FDB6

fearofpopvol1
06-11-2008, 02:29 AM
http://www.daily-tribune.com/index.cfm?event=news.view&id=5BF8EC79-19B9-E2E2-672286936C48A592

Yeah, based on that and this article, I'd say it's a done deal. I can obviously change it if it's wrong. If someone finds something official, post that too so I know.

I'm really hoping Shunick gets signed soon.

fearofpopvol1
06-11-2008, 02:32 AM
Hmm...anyone know why I can't edit the original post now? The edit button is missing? Is this a setting I can control?

dougdirt
06-11-2008, 03:22 AM
Hmm...anyone know why I can't edit the original post now? The edit button is missing? Is this a setting I can control?

You can only edit the original post for so long... you don't control that.

fearofpopvol1
06-11-2008, 03:24 AM
Round Overall Player Position School State

1 7 Yonder Alonso 1B Miami Fla.
3 84 Zachary Stewart RHP Texas Tech Texas
4 119 Tyler Cline RHP Cass HS, Cartersville, Ga. Ga.
5 149 Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State Ga.
6 179 Alex Buchholz 2B Delaware Del.
7 209 Pedro Villareal RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
8 239 Cody Puckett SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
9 269 David Sappelt OF Coastal Carolina S.C.
10 299 Sean Conner OF Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
11 329 Andrew Means OF Indiana Ind.
12 359 Kyle Day C Michigan State Mich.
13 389 Blaine Howell LHP Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
14 419 Lance Janke RHP San Diego Christian College Calif.
15 449 Eric Pfisterer LHP Don Bosco Prep HS, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
16 479 Daniel Morrison OF Clayton Heights SS, Surrey, B.C. British Columbia
17 509 Frank Pfister 3B Emory (Ga.) Ga.
18 539 Chris McMurray C UC Santa Barbara Calif.
19 569 Mace Thurman LHP Baylor Texas
20 599 Tyler Stovall OF Central Michigan Mich.
21 629 Theodis Bowe OF Milford (Del.) HS Del.
22 659 Byron Wiley OF Kansas State Kan.
23 689 Will Hudgens RHP Memphis Tenn.
24 719 Enrique Garcia RHP Miami Fla.
25 749 Raul Rodriguez RHP Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
26 779 Michael Bohana RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
27 809 Matthew Stiffler OF Ohio Ohio
28 839 Bryce Bandilla LHP Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
29 869 Ben Hunter RHP Wake Forest N.C.
30 899 Juan Carlos Sulbaran RHP American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
31 929 Joey Housey RHP Nova HS, Davie, Fla. Fla.
32 959 Justin Freeman RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
33 989 Taylor Wrenn 2B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
34 1019 Bryan Gardner LHP Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
35 1049 Matthew Fairel LHP Florida State Fla.
36 1079 Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
37 1109 Randall Linebaugh RHP Baylor Texas
38 1139 Richard Bowen RHP Mississippi State Miss.
39 1169 Michael Konstanty 1B Albany N.Y.
40 1199 David Peterson RHP Los Lomas (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1229 Justin Walker LHP Lamar Texas
42 1259 Benson Merritt rhp South Lincoln HS, Smithville, Ontario N/A
43 1289 Bronson Gagner RHP Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
44 1319 Kevin Coddington C Illinois-Chicago Ill.
45 1348 Brendan Lobban LHP/1B St. Joes Montvale N.J.
46 1376 Jackson Hogue CF Mississippi State Miss.
47 1403 David Torcise LHP South Florida Fla.
48 1430 Kenneth Monteith RHP Morristown-Beard HS, Morristown, N.J. N.J.
49 1457 Patrick White OF W.V.
50 1484 Kevin Leslie OF/2B Redan Ga.

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Players who have signed with the Reds are in BOLD.

fearofpopvol1
06-11-2008, 03:25 AM
You can only edit the original post for so long... you don't control that.

why is that? is there a good reason for that?

dougdirt
06-11-2008, 03:26 AM
why is that? is there a good reason for that?

No clue...

Joseph
06-11-2008, 10:05 PM
I'll try to update the top post regularly if FOP will keep one posting updates. I can't promise how quick I'll be, but I'll do my best.

fearofpopvol1
06-11-2008, 10:09 PM
I'll try to update the top post regularly if FOP will keep one posting updates. I can't promise how quick I'll be, but I'll do my best.

Perfect...sounds great to me.

AmarilloRed
06-12-2008, 02:02 PM
You can only edit the original post for so long... you don't control that.

I thought if it was approved by one of the Moderators or the Administrator, you could edit a post past the 30 minute time limit. We might look into that.

DBFROMNVA
06-12-2008, 02:20 PM
Early signee Pedro Villarreal (Dallas, TX/Howard Junior College) was drafted in the seventh round as the 206th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft last week.

The Howard Junior College standout signed a National Letter of Intent with the Broncs December 10 in the early signing period and was to join the squad in the 2008-09 campaign.

As a freshman, the hurler posted a 2-3 record, to go along with five saves and 27 strikeouts in 30 innings of work. The Hawks finished the season with a 36-20 overall record.

During his prep career at Seagoville High School, Villarreal collected all-district MVP accolades his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, he was voted the best pitcher at the 2005 American Baseball School Winter Classic.

Villarreal signed his professional baseball contract yesterday with the Cincinnati Reds organization.

UTPA Sports Information

Joseph
06-12-2008, 03:59 PM
The Reds signed 20 of their 50 draft picsk, including seven of the first nine:


The Reds signed 20 of their 50 draft picsk, including seven of the first nine:

Name Position Round Club
Stewart, Zachary RHP 3 Billings
Cline, Tyler RHP 4 GCL
Buchholz, Alexander SS 6 Billings
Villarreal, Pedro RHP 7 Billings
Puckett, Cody SS 8 Billings
Sappelt, David CF 9 Billings
Conner, Sean Paul RF 10 GCL
Janke, Lance RHP 14 GCL
Pfister, Frank 3B 17 Billings
Stovall, Tyler RF 20 Billings
Hudgens, William RHP 23 Billings
Rodriguez, Raul RHP 25 GCL
Bohana, Michael RHP 26 GCL
Stiffler, Matthew CF 27 Billings
Freeman, Justin RHP 32 Billings
Gardner, Bryan LHP 34 GCL
Linebaugh, Randall RHP 37 Billings
Konstanty, Michael 1B 39 Billings
Walker, Justin LHP 41 GCL
Torcise, David LHP 47 GCL

gm
06-12-2008, 03:59 PM
Fay's blog has a list of 20 signees. I was surprised to see #17 Pfister signed. IIRC he was studying to become a doctor. Maybe I got the wrong draftee?

reds44
06-12-2008, 04:00 PM
Reds Sign 20 Picks (http://beta.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog07&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ae57bcc87-152a-4f72-96fb-cc08b1f396efPost%3ac30038a5-5f7c-4e42-b1eb-3a7a98f08f1d&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com)

Mario-Rijo
06-12-2008, 04:03 PM
34th rounder Gardner signs:

Took these excerpts from an article about 2 Ithaca teammates (Shane Wolf Astros) so it might read a little funny, for the full story click the link.

http://www.theithacajournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080612/SPORTS/806120357


Ex-Ithaca College players sign pro baseball contracts
By Brandon Thomas • Journal Staff • June 12, 2008

Former Bombers teammate Bryan Gardner won't have the luxury of staying close to friends and family in the Empire State. In fact, he's already gone.

Ithaca College's closer from last season was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 34th round of the draft, and the eight days since have been a whirlwind of phone calls and frequent-flier miles.

He signed a seven-year deal with the Reds, leading him to the team's complex in Sarasota, Fla., where he underwent a physical Wednesday.

“I was actually in Virginia when I found out, playing summer ball down there,” said Gardner, a native of the Rochester suburb Fairport. “I flew home Sunday, signed a contract Monday, got ready Tuesday, then flew out (Wednesday).”

Gardner's travels will be a little more strenuous. He will go through a self-described “mini-camp thing” this weekend in Sarasota, then either stay to play for the Gulf Coast League Reds or be reassigned to the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs of the Pioneer League.

Both teams are classified in rookie leagues.

Gardner added that a member of the Reds' scouting staff told him that he will remain in a relief pitcher's role.

“It's been quite a thrill,” Gardner said. “It's a dream to be able to say I'm professional athlete. I don't have to worry about anything except baseball, because that's my job.”

Mario-Rijo
06-12-2008, 04:05 PM
Fay's blog has a list of 20 signees. I was surprised to see #17 Pfister signed. IIRC he was studying to become a doctor. Maybe I got the wrong draftee?

Round 15 was Eric Pfisterer but he's a high schooler out of Don Bosco Prep.

Joseph
06-12-2008, 04:09 PM
The big list is updated folks.

Grande Donkey
06-12-2008, 04:10 PM
Stiffler signed!

Az. Reds Fan
06-12-2008, 04:29 PM
I believe the big list has 15th rdr Eric Pfisterer bolded, it should be 17th rdr, Frank Pfister.

princeton
06-13-2008, 09:02 AM
I believe the big list has 15th rdr Eric Pfisterer bolded, it should be 17th rdr, Frank Pfister.

looks pfixed

I remember when the Reds rarely drafted a college player. as of today, they've only signed two HS players. what's our record for fewest HS players signed?

Slyder
06-13-2008, 10:23 AM
Any word if Pat White is considering signing after football season next year and giving baseball a shot?

OnBaseMachine
06-13-2008, 10:57 AM
Hal McCoy says Shunick is signed but then again he says Stewart is unsigned but that's not true.

20 draftees signed

The Reds have signed draft picks No. 4 through No. 23 from last Thursday's free agent draft. No. 1 pick Yonder Alonso is playing in the College World Series for the Miami Hurricanes, the Reds didn't have a No. 2 pick and No. 3 Zachary Stewart, a pitcher from Texas Tech, is unsigned.

No. 4 pick Tyler Cline, a high school pitcher from Cartersville, Ga. is signed, as is No. 5, Clayton Shunick, a pitcher from North Carolina State.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/reds/2008/06/13/ddn061308spredsnotesweb.html

RedlegJake
06-13-2008, 11:14 AM
Hal says they've signed 4 through 23? That has to be wrong.

OnBaseMachine
06-13-2008, 02:20 PM
Of the remaining unsigned picks, the ones I'd like to see signed the most are Yonder Alonso of course, followed by Clayton Shunick, Kyle Day, Daniel Morrison, and Blaine Howell. Howell is supposedly going on a Mormon mission for two years but he's a lefty with good stuff and is worth taking a chance on. Juan Carlos Sulbaran and Matthew Fairel are two others I'd like to see signed but both are probably long shots.

Az. Reds Fan
06-13-2008, 03:57 PM
Eric Pfisterer headed to Duke, according to Duke's coach...

http://media.www.dukechronicle.com/media/storage/paper884/news/2008/06/12/Baseball/3.Blue.Devils.Taken.In.Mlb.Draft-3381336.shtml

icehole3
06-15-2008, 09:24 AM
29 of 50 draft picks are pitchers, I love that stat...should draft like that every year.

Blue
06-15-2008, 11:47 AM
29 of 50 draft picks are pitchers, I love that stat...should draft like that every year.

Its probably not that far off. Consider that 11-12 of a 25 man roster are pitchers, and that's at every level. Factor in rate of injury and I'd say if at least half of your draft isn't pitching you might be doing something wrong.

Degenerate39
06-15-2008, 11:57 AM
Any word if Pat White is considering signing after football season next year and giving baseball a shot?

He'll def. stay at WVU for the football season which is fine by me. But if he waits till next years draft I'm sure he'll go way higher than the 49th round. Chances are he's not signing with the Reds.

RedlegJake
06-15-2008, 12:39 PM
He'll def. stay at WVU for the football season which is fine by me. But if he waits till next years draft I'm sure he'll go way higher than the 49th round. Chances are he's not signing with the Reds.

They'll make him a Means type offer probably to let him play football but if he thinks he'll go a lot higher next year he'll almost certainly pass, imo.

Homer Bailey
06-15-2008, 10:36 PM
He'll def. stay at WVU for the football season which is fine by me. But if he waits till next years draft I'm sure he'll go way higher than the 49th round. Chances are he's not signing with the Reds.

Rumor has it he is going to try and play baseball for my Mounties come spring. I still find it very doubtful he'll sign with the Reds.

Reds Freak
06-15-2008, 10:49 PM
Fay's blog has a list of 20 signees. I was surprised to see #17 Pfister signed. IIRC he was studying to become a doctor. Maybe I got the wrong draftee?

You might be thinking of Ben Hunter, the pitcher from Cincinnati out of Wake Forest drafted in the 20s. I think he's made it pretty clear that he is headed to medical school. Maybe the Reds thought he would change his mind after seeing his name called by his hometown team..

Joseph
06-16-2008, 10:19 AM
I'm going to wait til something more reliable than Hal posts about a signing. No offense to the HoFer.

OnBaseMachine
06-16-2008, 11:11 AM
You can add 12th rounder Kyle Day to the list of signees as he's now listed on the Billings roster.

Sea Ray
06-18-2008, 09:56 AM
Have the Reds started signing any of these draft picks yet?

BRM
06-18-2008, 10:26 AM
Have the Reds started signing any of these draft picks yet?

Check out the first post in this thread. All signed players are in bold.

HokieRed
06-18-2008, 12:19 PM
Anybody got any info. about what's going on with Shunick?

Degenerate39
06-18-2008, 10:21 PM
Rumor has it he is going to try and play baseball for my Mounties come spring. I still find it very doubtful he'll sign with the Reds.

That's what I thought would happen. I would really like to see the Reds draft him again next year and hopefully sign him. I think he could be a good defensive replacement/ pinch runner.

OnBaseMachine
06-18-2008, 11:51 PM
According to Baseball America, 5th round pick Clayton Shunick signed for $175,000. My guess is he'll begin his pro career in Billings.

Grande Donkey
06-18-2008, 11:57 PM
Get Alonso, Garcia and a couple High School kids and call it a good year.

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 12:00 AM
According to Baseball America, 5th round pick Clayton Shunick signed for $175,000. My guess is he'll begin his pro career in Billings.

I just checked the Billings roster and Shunick is in fact listed on the Billings roster. 22nd rounder Byron Wiley is also listed on the roster so you can bold his name now.

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 12:02 AM
The guys I'm most interested is seeing signed now is Yonder Alonso of course, followed by 16th rounder Daniel Morrison who is a big toolsy Canadian outfielder and maybe a guy like Juan Carlos Sulbaran, though he's probably a longshot.

fearofpopvol1
06-19-2008, 12:12 AM
That's fantastic. Assuming Alonso signs (which he is likely to do), the Reds will have signed their 1st 12 picks this year. When the hell is the last time that happened? I think it's probably been a while.

OesterPoster
06-19-2008, 09:17 AM
Here's a small blurb from yesterday in regards to 34th round pick from FSU, Matt Fairel.

Martin met with sophomore Matt Fairel while associate head coach Jamey Shouppe talked with junior Elih Villanueva on Tuesday. The two pitchers have decisions to make after being selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

"I'm pretty sure Matt will come back . . . meaning he'll come in as No. 1 pitcher again," Martin said of Fairel, the 34th round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. "I'd say it is 50-50 (for Villanueva). I don't have a feeling ether way. I think we'll know before the weekend is over.

RedlegJake
06-19-2008, 10:50 AM
Enrique Garcia could be signed now, too, that Miami is done.

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 12:48 PM
From John Fay:

More draft picks have signed:

Name Position Round Club
Shunick, Clayton RHP 5 Billings
Means, Andrew CF 11 Billings
Day, Kyle C 12 Billings
Howell, Blaine LHP 13 GCL
McMurray, Chris C 18 Billings
Bowe IV, Theodis CF 21 GCL
Wiley, Byron LF 22 Billings
Coddington, Kevin C 44 GCL

http://beta.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=blog07&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3ae57bcc87-152a-4f72-96fb-cc08b1f396efPost%3a89b53d5e-3608-4590-9111-7ba3ca47ace6&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com

Blaine Howell is a lefty with good stuff. I'm glad to see him signed.

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 12:52 PM
From BA:

Blaine Howell has dominated for Pensacola JC, but scouting departments aren't sure where to put his name on their boards. A lefthander pitching between 90-92 mph, Howell has made it known that he plans to go on his Mormon mission and won't be available for pro ball for at least two years. He is a true pro prospect, complementing his above-average fastball with an exceptional curveball, and could be a valuable lefty in a major league bullpen down the road.

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 12:53 PM
44th rounder Coddington also had a scouting report:

At 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Kevin Coddington is huge for a catcher. Despite his size and leverage, he employs a short swing and contact approach and thus doesn't offer as much power as he might. A transfer from Chemekata (Ore.) CC, he's agile behind the plate and has a slightly above-average arm, though his throwing accuracy wavers.

Az. Reds Fan
06-19-2008, 02:16 PM
small blurb on McMurray...

McMurray, the 539th pick of the draft, had a stellar junior campaign for the Gauchos in 2008. The Mission Viejo native finished the season with a .312 batting average, and was second on the team with eight home runs and a .545 slugging percentage. McMurray’s contribution didn’t end with the bat, as the junior fielded an impressive .990 in 310 chances behind the dish.

Article here - http://www.noozhawk.com/index.php/noozhawk/article/060608_major_league_baseball_draft_picks_up_seven_ gauchos/

More...from Mission Viejo dispatch

Today Mission Viejo native Chris McMurray was drafted into Major League Baseball by the Cincinnati Reds.

The 21-year old catcher played for Capo Valley High School before attending UC Santa Barbara. At Capo High he hit .385 as a senior. He was All-South Coast League where he was an All-Star, and was a North-South All-Star.

At 6′1″ and 195 lbs. McMurray was still 2nd on his college team in stolen bases with 7 in 10 attempts. His fielding percentage was .986 in 287 plays with just 4 errors, according to UCSBGauchos.com.

Chris majors in geography at college where he also enjoys playing hockey.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/190/489520686_30996dba08.jpg?v=0

Joseph
06-19-2008, 02:26 PM
I believe the list is up to date.

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2008, 02:33 PM
28 picks signed so far. Sign Alonso and Morrison and call it a nice draft. Sulbaran would be awesome but I bet he goes to college.

Az. Reds Fan
06-19-2008, 02:40 PM
Assuming Alonso signs, I'd love to see the Reds throw some serious money at Fairel, Pfisterer and Bandilla (or mabey 2 of the 3) to at least make them have to seriously consider signing. You can never have enough young pitching.

RedlegJake
06-19-2008, 04:03 PM
Assuming Alonso signs the Reds have signed 12 f the top 12, 30 of 50 and 23 of the top 27 so far. Realy nice to see

fearofpopvol1
06-19-2008, 06:03 PM
I hope they sign Morrison. I'd like to see them sign Garcia too. He doesn't have amazing stuff, but I think he could be effective and a good candidate to sign.

HokieRed
06-19-2008, 08:59 PM
Anybody got anything on Thurman or Hunter? The two college guys unsigned in the top 30 outside the Miami kids. Both from good programs, good leagues. Seem like they'd be signees.

OesterPoster
06-20-2008, 06:36 AM
I've read a few tidbits about Thurman on the site of his summer team, the Rochester Honkers. He has 4 saves already on the summer for them. No real solid clues in any of the quotes about signing or not signing.

A little sidenote worth mentioning is Jake Oester (U of Toledo) plays for Rochester too. Maybe he's got a bug in Thurman's ear to sign with his Dad's former team. ;)

http://www.rochesterhonkers.com/news/newsroom.php

camisadelgolf
06-20-2008, 11:40 AM
From BA:

Blaine Howell has dominated for Pensacola JC, but scouting departments aren't sure where to put his name on their boards. A lefthander pitching between 90-92 mph, Howell has made it known that he plans to go on his Mormon mission and won't be available for pro ball for at least two years. He is a true pro prospect, complementing his above-average fastball with an exceptional curveball, and could be a valuable lefty in a major league bullpen down the road.

This reminds me of Jesse Craig, also a Mormon, who claimd before the draft that he was not willing to play professional baseball, but the Reds drafted him in the 17th round (iIrc) anyway.

RedlegJake
06-22-2008, 01:06 AM
This reminds me of Jesse Craig, also a Mormon, who claimd before the draft that he was not willing to play professional baseball, but the Reds drafted him in the 17th round (iIrc) anyway.

Howell may be advised to play ball and delay his mission since he can be an ambassador (like Dale Murphy, Harmon Killebrew and other Mormon athletes) with a high profile as a pro athlete, and fulfill his mission after his career. If that is the case he'd be a steal at this level.

cincyinco
06-22-2008, 01:10 AM
Thats an interesting take Jake.. I hope the Reds try to sell it to him like that..

Though if he does go on his mission early, he might end up like jeremy guthrie.. fresh arm, late bloomer..

camisadelgolf
06-22-2008, 03:34 AM
Howell may be advised to play ball and delay his mission since he can be an ambassador (like Dale Murphy, Harmon Killebrew and other Mormon athletes) with a high profile as a pro athlete, and fulfill his mission after his career. If that is the case he'd be a steal at this level.

Unlike Craig, Howell is actually talking about going back to baseball. Picking Howell was a good idea, I think.

Homer Bailey
06-22-2008, 02:54 PM
Signed 13 of their top 14 picks, and will be able to sign the 14th. Ver-Nice... I like!

http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/2008/04/16-22/borat.jpg

cincyinco
06-22-2008, 09:48 PM
A HIGH FIVE!

http://funkyheart.com/images/stories/Borat/highfive.gif

dougdirt
06-22-2008, 10:03 PM
Great Success!

icehole3
06-23-2008, 03:54 AM
saw a replay of Texas vs Baylor and they brought in 19 round pick Mace Thurman he throws over the top, looks like Jeremy Affeldt fastball around the 90mph mark but it moves side to side, his breaking stuff was excellent, very good change up and curve. The announcer said his fastball has been getting better every year.

RedlegJake
06-23-2008, 11:28 AM
Mace Thurman is a junior and may return to college, seems to be headed upward so that may be the right move for him.

Ben Hunter has post grad medical aspirations but I'd like to see him signed. Senior from Cincinnati. Is it possible or is he firm in his plan for med school? Anyone know?

Senior Enrique Garcia will likely sign now that Miami's season is over.

Matt Fairel is a redshirt sophomore and will likely return to college but I wish they'd throw a little extra at him to get him to sign. He hits 94-95 and has the prototypical "pitcher's" body

Erik Gregersen is a junior and may elect to return to college based on his low draft position.

Ricky Bowen is a redshirt sophomore and will likely return to Mississippi State

Grant Hogue is also from Miss. St. a redshirt Junior. Chances are good he'll return to college too. A good speedy CFer, Hogue could help his status with a solid Senior year.

OesterPoster
06-23-2008, 11:38 AM
Noticed that someone who the Reds drafted in '07 did very well for himself by returning for another season at Penn State. Drew O'Neill was drafted in the 4th round by the ChiSox this year, and he has already signed.

...in contrast to what happened with Blake Stouffer.

RedlegJake
06-23-2008, 10:43 PM
Noticed that someone who the Reds drafted in '07 did very well for himself by returning for another season at Penn State. Drew O'Neill was drafted in the 4th round by the ChiSox this year, and he has already signed.

...in contrast to what happened with Blake Stouffer.

If you're drafted in the top 5 rounds you better think long and hard about passing up the money - too easy to get injured, have a poor season etc.

For some, like Stouffer, it was never about money until college was over. For some HS guys like Sowers, college is the immediate goal irregardless (although had the Reds been serious and not merely punting the pick they might have offered him enough to get him to sign). For most of the underclass guys in my post above, though, they probably have a decent chance of improving their draft rank and money by returning.

Fairel, for instance has great stuff but as a redshirt soph only has 1 year of play in college - his role will expand and so will his numbers in all likelihood and he's good enough to make a quantum leap draftwise. Was I his advisor, with his best interest at heart I'd sure as heck tell him to go to school 1 more year at least. Jackson Hogue is another guy. Speedy CFer with a good bat who redshirted at Miss. St after JC so they're going on his HS and JC numbers. A full year at college will almost certainly boost his draft rank.

I wonder if teams figure a percentage of these picks are just punts but what the heck maybe a kid is tired of college and will sign.

OesterPoster
06-24-2008, 09:57 AM
Thurman has now signed. Awesome news. He's been lights out as the closer for the Rochester summer team so far.

http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?a=348760&z=22

Honkers player signs with Cincinatti Reds
6/23/2008 6:14:04 PM
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By Donny Henn
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

The Rochester Honkers' loss will be the Cincinnati Reds' gain after star pitcher Mace Thurman announced Monday that he has reached an agreement with the Major League Baseball team.

Thurman, who was selected by Cincinnati in the 19th round of the First-Year Player Draft in the first week of June, told the Reds that he is ready to sign a contract and report to their minor league system.

Thurman, the Honkers' closer, will suit up for Rochester for the last time in Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against Waterloo at Mayo Field.

"Basically, the Reds made an offer I couldn't really turn down," said Thurman, who had been drafted twice before, but elected to stay in college.

The left-hander from Baylor University is enjoying a stellar season in his first summer with the Honkers in the Northwoods League and might merit being named to the North Division All-Star team.

Thurman has a 1-0 record and 0.82 ERA, and his five saves are second in the league. He has pitched 11 total innings in eight games and has 21 strikeouts against only three hits and one walk allowed.

"I hate to see Mace go, but I'm extremely excited for him," Honkers coach Jason Plourde said.

"I told Mace that he's one of my favorite guys that I've ever coached, and it's only been three weeks."

Thurman said that the Reds sweetened their original signing bonus offer to him -- suspected to be in the $100,000 range -- "a little bit."

"But it was really just the time and effort that they put into pursuing me that swayed me to sign," he said. "They've been in contact with me since the draft, and they really showed that they wanted me in their camp as soon as possible."

Thurman said he's uncertain where he will be placed in the Reds' minor league system.

He might start in Rookie League ball with the Gulf Coast League Reds in Sarasota, Fla., or he could be placed at the Class A level, with either the Sarasota Reds or the Dayton (Ohio) Dragons.

"Anywhere will be great," he said. "This has always been my dream since I was a kid, and just realizing that I'll get the chance is amazing."

Thurman said it was a tough decision because he enjoys school at Baylor. He will forego his senior year, but plans to return to school at some point and get his master's degree in education.

"I will have it put in my contract that the Reds will pay for the rest of my schooling, whenever it happens," he said. "Some day I want to be a history teacher and a high school coach.

"The biggest thing that I want to do is help get kids in the position that I'm in now."

As for the Honkers, Thurman said his short time here was memorable.

"It's the quickest that I've had such good chemistry on a team," he said. "It's disappointing to leave; you always wonder what could've happened.

"But you can't look back; you've gotta go for it."

HokieRed
06-24-2008, 10:00 AM
Glad to see it. Once we get Alonso and Garcia signed, it will look like a really good signing record.

Joseph
06-24-2008, 10:22 AM
"Basically, the Reds made an offer I couldn't really turn down," said Thurman, who had been drafted twice before, but elected to stay in college.

How nice is it to hear that?

icehole3
06-24-2008, 04:09 PM
Mace is a tough lefty who uses his breaking pitches to set up a cut fastball, good signing

RedlegJake
06-24-2008, 05:02 PM
Mace is a great signing!

fearofpopvol1
06-24-2008, 07:41 PM
This is looking to be a great group of signings. I'd still really like to see them make a play for Pfisterer, especially since he said he could be swayed to sign with the Reds.

I assume Alonso and Garcia will both sign. That's a lot of picks.

Anyone know what the delay is with Alonso? It seems like they'd want to get him signed ASAP.

camisadelgolf
06-24-2008, 07:53 PM
I'm surprised they haven't convinced the Moeller grad to sign.

icehole3
06-25-2008, 06:24 AM
Here's the lastest on Alonso, sounds like it's top priority no.1 right now.

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080625/SPT04/806250371/1071/SPT04

http://www.sternfannetwork.com/forum/images/smilies/Props/hathair.gif

Edd Roush
06-28-2008, 10:46 AM
I'm surprised they haven't convinced the Moeller grad to sign.


Stovall has already signed and he's playing some good ball for Billings.

OesterPoster
07-01-2008, 02:34 PM
In the Baseball America weekly minor league transaction notes, it says that Enrique Garcia has signed...but I can't find any proof anywhere.

OnBaseMachine
07-01-2008, 02:38 PM
By my count that is now 30 picks signed. Yonder Alonso will be #31 and hopefully Carter Morrison will get signed too.

OesterPoster
07-01-2008, 04:31 PM
Morrison's club team, the Langley Blaze, have an invitational this weekend, then their postseason tourney is next weekend. He's also been chosen for the Team Canada Junior team, which plays in late July. Just a hunch on my part, but I'd guess he won't sign until those events have finished up about a week or two prior to the August 15th cutoff.


Eight BCPBL Players On Junior National Team Summer Roster
Monday, 23 June 2008 19:11
Congratulations to Carter Bell (Parksville), Danny Britton-Foster (Nanaimo), Michael Crouse (North Shore), Ivan Hartle (Coquitlam), Brett Lawrie (Langley), Mike Monster (Kelowna), Carter Morrison (Langley), and Stosh Wawrzasek (Langley). The Canadian Junior National team will play exhibition games in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta before the World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton from July 25-August 3.

Good place to keep up-to-date on their league stats:
http://www.bcpbl.com/en/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=532

OesterPoster
07-02-2008, 10:31 PM
Looks like Garcia is officially in the fold now. According to this article, he is now in Billings with the Mustangs.

http://www.somdnews.com/stories/07022008/entetop161811_32167.shtml

OesterPoster
07-08-2008, 01:33 PM
This Morrison pick is starting to grow on me. Named player of the week in his league for the last week of June, then promptly starts July off with a single, double, and a triple on July 1st.

Hopefully he's just waiting for the summer season to end before signing with the Reds.

Players of the Week - Week 10 (June 23-29)
Thursday, 03 July 2008 00:00

Offensive Player of the Week - Carter Morrison (Langley) - Carter went 5/8, .625 BA with a home run, triple, double, 3 Runs, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

OnBaseMachine
07-08-2008, 01:42 PM
Carter Morrison is the kid I want signed the most outside of Yonder Alonso. He's a big Canadian kid at 6'4" and has a lanky frame that should allow him to fill out and add more power. Baseball America says he didn't start rising until late but he impressed scouts by hitting seven homeruns with wood bats in the junior national trials roster that went through Florida and the Dominican Republic. He also runs and throws well according to the scouting report. Hopefully Buckley and crew can get him signed.

fearofpopvol1
07-08-2008, 06:22 PM
I hope Morrison gets signed too. He is definitely one of my favorites. I'd really like to see Eric Pfisterer get signed too, especially since he said he would be willing to consider an offer from the Reds. I'd be stoked if those 2 could get signed and I'd do 1,000 jumping jacks if Juan Carlos could be signed as well.

OesterPoster
07-14-2008, 10:02 PM
Morrison is now signed. Sounds like he wants to play for the Canadian Junior team, then report to Sarasota.

http://www.langleyblaze.com/web1/

BLAZE PLAYER UPDATE
CARTER AGREES TO TERMS WITH THE REDS
Blaze outfielder, Carter Morrison has come to terms on a professional baseball contract with the Cinncinati Reds. Carter will honor his committment to the Canadian Jr National Team
this summer and report to Sarasota, Florida for the Reds Fall Instructional League in September.
On behalf of the Carter's Blaze family, we wish him great success on his climb to the majors.

OnBaseMachine
07-14-2008, 10:04 PM
That is awesome news. Deep down I didn't think he would sign but I was sure hoping he would. He seems to have a lot of potential. Here is a scouting report from BA on Morrison:

Morrison was moving up draft lists as he continued to show more present power with wood bats than any of his countrymen. He earned a spot on the junior national trials roster that went through Florida and the Dominican Republic and impressed scouts back in British Columbia this spring, hitting seven homers with wood bats. He runs and throws well enough to be drafted now, and his simple, low-maintenance swing should help him hold up in pro ball. He'd be a safer pick in the old draft-and-follow system, but his present hitting potential pushes him up the draft list.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/draftdb/2008team.php?team=1005

OnBaseMachine
07-14-2008, 10:14 PM
The Reds have now signed all but two of their first 24 picks...only first rounder Yonder Alonso and 15th rounder Eric Pfisterer haven't signed.

camisadelgolf
07-14-2008, 10:18 PM
The Reds have now signed all but two of their first 27 picks...only first rounder Yonder Alonso and 15th rounder Eric Pfisterer haven't signed.

I fixed that for you. ;)

OnBaseMachine
07-14-2008, 10:28 PM
Nice. I didn't realize Raul Rodriguez had signed.

redsmetz
07-15-2008, 01:57 PM
I don't know if anyone posted this, but while reading up on unsigned draftees, found this from the North Jersey Record (dated 6/21/08) about Pfisterer (who was named that region's Player of the Year). In some way, he reminds me of the situation with Austin Kearns where it wasn't entirely clear whether we were choosing him as a pitcher or hitter.


The left-hander, who has a scholarship to Duke and was drafted in the 15th round by the Cincinnati Reds, did more than just handle his dual role as the Ironmen completed a historic 33-0 season that included both Bergen County and Non-Public A championships.

On the mound, Pfisterer matched Dennhardt’s 10-0 record while compiling a 1.31 ERA and leading the team with 91 strikeouts in 59 innings. And batting fifth behind Proscia, Pfisterer had a team-leading 48 RBI while hitting .525 with 10 doubles and four home runs.

“I’ve always been a hitter growing up – I had Little League records for home runs and hitting ability,” Pfisterer said. “But being a left-hander, they threw me on the mound.”

Pfisterer knows the Reds project him as a pitcher. That’s why he’s still wavering on whether he’d prefer to turn pro – assuming the Reds make an offer that interests him - or play collegiately. Pfisterer has until Aug. 15 to decide.

He said the Duke coaches have told him he’d be used as a designated hitter and a part-time first baseman as well as a pitcher his freshman year, with a chance of winning the full-time first baseball’s job by his sophomore season.

icehole3
07-18-2008, 03:54 AM
saw Kevin Coddington C Illinois-Chicago Ill. yesterday his team played Houston on Fox sports, he looks like a slap hitting catcher, very thin for a catcher.

Benihana
07-21-2008, 01:55 PM
Supposedly Kevin Goldstein at BP has an article up about the remaining unsigned first rounders. Is there any mention of Alonso?

Blue
07-21-2008, 05:13 PM
Supposedly Kevin Goldstein at BP has an article up about the remaining unsigned first rounders. Is there any mention of Alonso?

BP is free this week, but there is nothing about Yonder in the article.

dougdirt
08-05-2008, 01:24 PM
Just read that Juan Carlos Sulbaren, the Reds 30th round pick was offered 3rd round money and turned it down. Apparently he wants 2nd round money. He will be pitching in the Olympics for the Netherlands along with current Sarasota Reds Alexander Smit. The Reds should really have Smit talking to him and trying to get him in here.

camisadelgolf
08-05-2008, 01:36 PM
Just read that Juan Carlos Sulbaren, the Reds 30th round pick was offered 3rd round money and turned it down. Apparently he wants 2nd round money. He will be pitching in the Olympics for the Netherlands along with current Sarasota Reds Alexander Smit. The Reds should really have Smit talking to him and trying to get him in here.

Actually, he comes from Netherlands Antilles, so maybe Mariekson Gregorius would be a better guy for him to talk to. I'm pretty sure he's a fluent English speaker and went to high school in Florida anyway.

dougdirt
08-05-2008, 01:38 PM
Actually, he comes from Netherlands Antilles, so maybe Mariekson Gregorius would be a better guy for him to talk to.

Well, Smit is in Beijing with him right now, which is why I said Smit should talk to him.

camisadelgolf
08-05-2008, 01:40 PM
Well, Smit is in Beijing with him right now, which is why I said Smit should talk to him.

Gotcha. Fwiw, it's not guaranteed that Sulbaran speaks Dutch. Both of them must know English pretty well, though.

fearofpopvol1
08-05-2008, 02:16 PM
Just read that Juan Carlos Sulbaren, the Reds 30th round pick was offered 3rd round money and turned it down. Apparently he wants 2nd round money. He will be pitching in the Olympics for the Netherlands along with current Sarasota Reds Alexander Smit. The Reds should really have Smit talking to him and trying to get him in here.

If true, the Reds need to up the ante. What's the difference in price? A few hundred K?

camisadelgolf
08-05-2008, 02:21 PM
If true, the Reds need to up the ante. What's the difference in price? A few hundred K?

If they're alread that close, I'd be surprised if they didn't come to an agreement. They still have a week to figure things out.

princeton
08-05-2008, 04:52 PM
If true, the Reds need to up the ante. What's the difference in price? A few hundred K?

FLUSH!

LoganBuck
08-06-2008, 02:16 PM
I just want to see Yonder get signed.

OnBaseMachine
08-06-2008, 06:51 PM
For the first time in 15 days, another first-round pick has signed. The Brewers inked Canadian catcher/infielder Brett Lawrie for $1.7 million today, making him the 19th of the 30 first-rounders to agree to terms.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=408

BA also notes that while all 30 of the first round picks signed last year, 13 of them didn't sign until August 14th or 15th.

GoReds33
08-10-2008, 09:11 PM
Just read that Juan Carlos Sulbaren, the Reds 30th round pick was offered 3rd round money and turned it down. Apparently he wants 2nd round money. He will be pitching in the Olympics for the Netherlands along with current Sarasota Reds Alexander Smit. The Reds should really have Smit talking to him and trying to get him in here.Is he worth it?

dougdirt
08-10-2008, 09:16 PM
Is he worth it?

Tough call. He has some solid projection and good stuff at this point.

OnBaseMachine
08-12-2008, 02:09 AM
Late-round tidbit

While most of the attention will be on the big names at the top of the draft board (11 first-rounders are still unsigned), there will also be some interesting signings in the later rounds, guys lured away from college commitments by above-slot bonus deals. Case in point: JC Sulbaran.

One of the seemingly endless draftees from American Heritage High School (OK, 4 -- Eric Hosmer, Adrian Nieto, Sulbaran and Joe Belviso), Sulbaran was taken in the 30th round by the Cincinnati Reds. He's got a pretty strong commitment to Florida, but it now seems unlikely he'll head to campus. Instead, it's looking like the Reds and Sulbaran are very close to agreeing on a deal well above-slot. Stay tuned for the official word on that one in the not-too-distant future. Sulbaran is currently in China pitching for the Netherlands' Olympic team.

http://draft.mlblogs.com/

edabbs44
08-12-2008, 12:35 PM
Late-round tidbit

While most of the attention will be on the big names at the top of the draft board (11 first-rounders are still unsigned), there will also be some interesting signings in the later rounds, guys lured away from college commitments by above-slot bonus deals. Case in point: JC Sulbaran.

One of the seemingly endless draftees from American Heritage High School (OK, 4 -- Eric Hosmer, Adrian Nieto, Sulbaran and Joe Belviso), Sulbaran was taken in the 30th round by the Cincinnati Reds. He's got a pretty strong commitment to Florida, but it now seems unlikely he'll head to campus. Instead, it's looking like the Reds and Sulbaran are very close to agreeing on a deal well above-slot. Stay tuned for the official word on that one in the not-too-distant future. Sulbaran is currently in China pitching for the Netherlands' Olympic team.

http://draft.mlblogs.com/

Wondering if the Dunn trade freed up some cash. From BA:


Righthanders Greg Conver and Juan Carlos Sulbaran were the Patriots' two best pitchers this season. Sulbaran pitches in the low 90s with a clean delivery and downhill plane. He has a durable frame and projects as a starter in the pros with three pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup) that could be average to above-average. Sulbaran is committed to Florida.

OnBaseMachine
08-14-2008, 10:19 AM
Reds To Sign Sulbaran For $500,000

Posted Aug. 13, 2008 10:10 pm by Aaron Fitt
Filed under: Signings

A source has confirmed that the Reds will finalize a contract with 30th-round pick Juan Carlos Sulbaran on Thursday. Sulbaran, a righthander from American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla., will receive a $500,000 bonus and bypass a commitment to Florida.

Sulbaran was born in Curacao and is currently playing for the Dutch Olympic team in Beijing. He secured that spot with a strong performance against Cuba’s Olympic team at Haarlem Baseball Week last month, allowing one run over seven innings while striking out six. The projectable 6-foot-3 righthander already runs his fastball into the low 90s with minimal effort and pitches from a good downhill plane. His curveball and changeup also project as average or better pitches.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=423

Nice!

fearofpopvol1
08-14-2008, 10:24 AM
Wow, awesome! 500K was way above slot, but I'm glad the Reds were aggressive with Sulbaran.

Any chance Pfisterer gets signed at the last minute? Probably not, but 1 can hope.

OnBaseMachine
08-14-2008, 10:35 AM
I was just watching Sulbaran's scouting video from MLB.com and I came away very impressed. His low 90's fastball has a ton of movement on it and he threw one curveball that buckled my knees. I can see why the Reds offered him 500,000 to sign. He also seems to have solid mechanics and a projectable body that should allow him to add more velocity as he fills out. There were two later round picks I was hoping the Reds would sign - 16th rounder Carter Morrison and 30th rounder Juan Carlos Sulbaran - and they signed both of them. Great job by Buckley and crew, now just sign Yonder Alonso and call it a draft.

lollipopcurve
08-14-2008, 10:39 AM
I was just watching Sulbaran's scouting video from MLB.com and I came away very impressed. His low 90's fastball has a ton of movement on it and he threw one curveball that buckled my knees. I can see why the Reds offered him 500,000 to sign. He also seems to have solid mechanics and a projectable body that should allow him to add more velocity as he fills out. There were two later round picks I was hoping the Reds would sign - 16th rounder Carter Morrison and 30th rounder Juan Carlos Sulbaran - and they signed both of them. Great job by Buckley and crew, now just sign Yonder Alonso and call it a draft.

Nice. Got a link, OBM?

Honestly, if they sign Yorman, I can excuse letting Alonso walk (provided his demands remain way out of line with those drafted around him). They will have spent quite a bit already on amateur talent.

OnBaseMachine
08-14-2008, 10:43 AM
Nice. Got a link, OBM?

Honestly, if they sign Yorman, I can excuse letting Alonso walk (provided his demands remain way out of line with those drafted around him). They will have spent quite a bit already on amateur talent.

Here ya go. Just scroll down to the bottom and you'll find it.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2008/drafttracker.jsp?p=0&s=30&sc=pick_number&so=ascending&st=number&ft=TM&fv=cin

princeton
08-14-2008, 11:04 AM
Wow, awesome! 500K was way above slot, but I'm glad the Reds were aggressive with Sulbaran.

over the past two years, the Reds have signed several players way above slot. I suspect that we didn't sign them for high amounts due to their talent, but because they had leverage over us.

to date, there's probably not one that we'd sign again for the same price. expensive game of roulette.

lollipopcurve
08-14-2008, 11:06 AM
Here ya go. Just scroll down to the bottom and you'll find it.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/mlb/e...r&ft=TM&fv=cin

thanks OBM -- I guess I need to buy some kind of subscription from mlb.com, which I'm not going to do -- will take your word for this kid looking good!

OnBaseMachine
08-14-2008, 11:16 AM
thanks OBM -- I guess I need to buy some kind of subscription from mlb.com, which I'm not going to do -- will take your word for this kid looking good!

I don't have a subscription. :confused: Maybe the link just isn't working then. Here ya go then, follow this link and click on draft tracker and scroll down.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080813&content_id=3302644&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

BuckeyeRedleg
08-14-2008, 12:25 PM
I wonder if this means they already have given up on signing Alonso.

Mario-Rijo
08-14-2008, 12:34 PM
I wonder if this means they already have given up on signing Alonso.

It certainly sounded like they weren't overly optimistic about it, didn't it. I just don't know that I would start doing that then guys who may never be ready like Alonso should be will start demanding that major league contract. Also who wants to pay 7-8 million for a guy who will just want a gigantic contract when he is about 2-3 years into his actual major league career.

It's downright foolish but frankly if they didn't really know about his demands pre-draft I can understand it better but I have a hard time buying that alledged fact.

dougdirt
08-14-2008, 12:48 PM
It certainly sounded like they weren't overly optimistic about it, didn't it. I just don't know that I would start doing that then guys who may never be ready like Alonso should be will start demanding that major league contract. Also who wants to pay 7-8 million for a guy who will just want a gigantic contract when he is about 2-3 years into his actual major league career.

It's downright foolish but frankly if they didn't really know about his demands pre-draft I can understand it better but I have a hard time buying that alledged fact.

They knew about his demands. If I knew about them, they knew about them. They were likely hoping it was just talk though.

Kc61
08-14-2008, 12:59 PM
They knew about his demands. If I knew about them, they knew about them. They were likely hoping it was just talk though.


If the Reds thought Alonso was the best player at pick 7, they were correct to draft him. Even if they knew his large demands.

The Reds and other teams used to overdraft lesser prospects in the first round for signability reasons. I always found that intolerable. How does a bad team improve if it can't really use its high pick for the best player?

So, whatever happens, I'm glad the Reds drafted Alonso. I'm assuming they thought he was the best player. I hope they sign him, if not it was a risk worth taking.

redsinraleigh
08-14-2008, 03:07 PM
If the Reds thought Alonso was the best player at pick 7, they were correct to draft him. Even if they knew his large demands.

The Reds and other teams used to overdraft lesser prospects in the first round for signability reasons. I always found that intolerable. How does a bad team improve if it can't really use its high pick for the best player?

So, whatever happens, I'm glad the Reds drafted Alonso. I'm assuming they thought he was the best player. I hope they sign him, if not it was a risk worth taking.


Within reason...if Smoak, G Beckham, or others graded out similarly but had more reasonable demands, why take on the extra risk with Alonso?

Kc61
08-14-2008, 04:10 PM
Within reason...if Smoak, G Beckham, or others graded out similarly but had more reasonable demands, why take on the extra risk with Alonso?

Obviously correct.

I'm assuming the Reds -- knowing the players' demands -- thought Alonso was still the guy to pick at 7 because he was that much better. If so, they did the right thing. If it was a tie, then $$ should have been an important consideration, yes.

oregonred
08-14-2008, 05:12 PM
The days of being cheap look to be over...

American Heritage High (Plantation, Fla.) pitcher Juan Carlos Sulbaran turned down a full scholarship to the University of Florida and signed with the Cincinnati Reds for $500,000 Thursday, after being selected in the 30th round in June's draft.

Sulbaran, originally from Curacao, is currently pitching for Holland in the Olympics in Beijing and the deal comes with a clause that Sulbaran will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic in 2009, where he will again represent the Dutch.

"He was just anxious to get his career started," Sulbaran's agent, Joshua Kusnick said. "He was exploring options, he had the opportunity to pitch professionally in Holland, he had the option to go to Miami-Dade, he really liked everyone there. Florida was an option, but he didn't feel comfortable getting locked in for three years."

Sulbaran's teammate, first baseman Eric Hosmer, is still in negotiations with Kansas City. Hosmer, the third selection in the First Year Player Draft on June 5, has to decide by midnight Friday whether he will go pro or attend Arizona State.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/college/gators/sfl-0814-sulbaran,0,6959828.story

OnBaseMachine
08-15-2008, 10:27 AM
After the Juan Carlos Sulbaran and Matt Fairel signings, the Reds have signed 33 of their 49 draft picks. Hopefully Yonder Alonso becomes number 34.

redhawk61
08-15-2008, 10:30 AM
After the Juan Carlos Sulbaran and Matt Fairel signings, the Reds have signed 33 of their 49 draft picks. Hopefully Yonder Alonso becomes number 34.
and pat white 35 ;)

Grande Donkey
08-15-2008, 10:33 AM
and Eric Pfisterer 36

fearofpopvol1
08-15-2008, 10:34 AM
I'd love to see Pfisterer also added as a late signing, but that's probably unlikely.

Az. Reds Fan
08-16-2008, 05:21 PM
Any chance we can get the big draft board updated on the first page? Just to get the whole picture.

Thanks

OnBaseMachine
08-16-2008, 05:27 PM
Round Overall Player Position School State

1 7 Yonder Alonso 1B Miami Fla.
3 84 Zachary Stewart RHP Texas Tech Texas
4 119 Tyler Cline RHP Cass HS, Cartersville, Ga. Ga.
5 149 Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State Ga.
6 179 Alex Buchholz 2B Delaware Del.
7 209 Pedro Villareal RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas
8 239 Cody Puckett SS Cal State Dominguez Hills Calif.
9 269 David Sappelt OF Coastal Carolina S.C.
10 299 Sean Conner OF Palm Beach (Fla.) CC Fla.
11 329 Andrew Means OF Indiana Ind.
12 359 Kyle Day C Michigan State Mich.
13 389 Blaine Howell LHP Pensacola (Fla.) JC Fla.
14 419 Lance Janke RHP San Diego Christian College Calif.
15 449 Eric Pfisterer LHP Don Bosco Prep HS, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
16 479 Daniel Morrison OF Clayton Heights SS, Surrey, B.C. British Columbia
17 509 Frank Pfister 3B Emory (Ga.) Ga.
18 539 Chris McMurray C UC Santa Barbara Calif.
19 569 Mace Thurman LHP Baylor Texas
20 599 Tyler Stovall OF Central Michigan Mich.
21 629 Theodis Bowe OF Milford (Del.) HS Del.
22 659 Byron Wiley OF Kansas State Kan.
23 689 Will Hudgens RHP Memphis Tenn.
24 719 Enrique Garcia RHP Miami Fla.
25 749 Raul Rodriguez RHP Simi Valley (Calif.) HS Calif.
26 779 Michael Bohana RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
27 809 Matthew Stiffler OF Ohio Ohio
28 839 Bryce Bandilla LHP Bella Vista HS, Fair Oaks, Calif. Calif.
29 869 Ben Hunter RHP Wake Forest N.C.
30 899 Juan Carlos Sulbaran RHP American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. Fla.
31 929 Joey Housey RHP Nova HS, Davie, Fla. Fla.
32 959 Justin Freeman RHP Kennesaw State (Ga.) Ga.
33 989 Taylor Wrenn 2B Lakeland (Fla.) HS Fla.
34 1019 Bryan Gardner LHP Ithaca (N.Y.) N.Y.
35 1049 Matthew Fairel LHP Florida State Fla.
36 1079 Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
37 1109 Randall Linebaugh RHP Baylor Texas
38 1139 Richard Bowen RHP Mississippi State Miss.
39 1169 Michael Konstanty 1B Albany N.Y.
40 1199 David Peterson RHP Los Lomas (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1229 Justin Walker LHP Lamar Texas
42 1259 Benson Merritt rhp South Lincoln HS, Smithville, Ontario N/A
43 1289 Bronson Gagner RHP Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. Ga.
44 1319 Kevin Coddington C Illinois-Chicago Ill.
45 1348 Brendan Lobban LHP/1B St. Joes Montvale N.J.
46 1376 Jackson Hogue CF Mississippi State Miss.
47 1403 David Torcise LHP South Florida Fla.
48 1430 Kenneth Monteith RHP Morristown-Beard HS, Morristown, N.J. N.J.
49 1457 Patrick White OF W.V.
50 1484 Kevin Leslie OF/2B Redan Ga.

Players who have signed with the Reds are in BOLD.

The Reds signed 34 of their 49 picks.

Grande Donkey
08-16-2008, 05:27 PM
edit: obm got it

Grande Donkey
08-16-2008, 05:29 PM
25 out of the first 26 and 26 of the first 29 looks really good.

OnBaseMachine
08-16-2008, 05:32 PM
I'll go with Yonder Alonso as the first to reach the majors with Zach Stewart a close second.

Az. Reds Fan
08-16-2008, 05:34 PM
Thanks guys!

Gallen5862
08-16-2008, 06:25 PM
5 149 Clayton Shunick RHP North Carolina State NC. That is what it should say instead of NC STATE being listed from GA. Thanks for keeping up with the list. I am very excited about the job the Reds did in signing their picks.

Degenerate39
08-16-2008, 06:29 PM
I just wish the Reds could've got Pat White. The man can run and he's got a good arm. He'd be a good one to have as a defensive replacement/pinch runner.

RED VAN HOT
08-16-2008, 09:38 PM
Pick 29, Ben Hunter, RHP from Wake Forest, looks to be a senior. If so, then it is my understanding that we have more time to sign him. Can someone confirm this? Are there any others in this category?

mac624
08-16-2008, 11:15 PM
Ben Hunter chose Medical School over professional baseball.

RED VAN HOT
08-17-2008, 01:17 AM
thanks, mac624

gm
08-17-2008, 01:19 AM
I don't have a subscription. :confused: Maybe the link just isn't working then. Here ya go then, follow this link and click on draft tracker and scroll down.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080813&content_id=3302644&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

Thanks for the tip. That was a nasty yacker. But one thing I noticed re: "Suburban's" delivery is how he comes down on a stiff leg (his left knee even bends a bit "backward" on his follow-through) That's something that should be corrected with instruction

dougdirt
08-17-2008, 03:29 AM
Pick 29, Ben Hunter, RHP from Wake Forest, looks to be a senior. If so, then it is my understanding that we have more time to sign him. Can someone confirm this? Are there any others in this category?

While he may have chosen medical school, seniors have until next years draft to sign. They don't have the August 15th deadline.

camisadelgolf
09-05-2010, 01:23 PM
I just wish the Reds could've got Pat White. The man can run and he's got a good arm. He'd be a good one to have as a defensive replacement/pinch runner.
Pat White was cut by the Dolphins, but before that happened, he tweeted that he'd rather play baseball than be converted to a wide receiver. I haven't paid much attention to his situation--does anyone know if we could see him signed as a minor league free agent?