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RedlegJake
06-10-2009, 04:22 PM
1. Mike Leake, RHP ASU

1A. Brad Boxberger, RHP USC

2. Billy Hamilton SS-CF Taylorsville HS

3. Donny Joseph LHP-Reliever U of Houston

4. Mark Fleury C UNC Chapel Hill

5. Daniel Tuttle RHP Randleman HS

6. Mark Serrano RHP Oral Roberts

7. Josh Fellhauer CF Cal State Fullerton

8. Juan Silva CF Puerto Rican BB Acad.

9. Brian Pearl RHP-Reliever U Washington

10. Tucker Barnhart C Brownsburg HS LOI Ga. Tech

11. Harold Johnson RHP Trinity Christian Acad. Verbal to Wake Forest

12. Josh Garton RF Volunteer State CC

13. Nick Christiani RHP Vanderbilt

14. Tim Crabbe RHP Westmont Col.

15. James Walczak RHP Mercyhurst Col.

16. Chase Fowler C South Forsythe HS LOI Sou.Miss

17. Devin Marrerro SS Amer. Heritage HS LOI Az State

18. Stephen Perez SS Gulliver Prep School LOI Miami U

19. Mitchell Clarke LHP Forrest Hts Collegiate Inst. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (HS)

20. Matt Valaika 2B USC Santa Barbara (yes Chris Valaika's brother)

21. Jonathan Reed RHP Memorial HS Ok LOI to Tennessee

22. David Stewart 1B Grayson CCC Huge 6-6 220

23. Chris Richburg 1B Texas Tech

24. Derrick Lowery 1B Young Harris College

25. Michael Monster RHP Rutland Secondary School British Columbia

26. Vernon Manz C U of Sou. Fla. Lefty hitter

27. Stefan DePino LHP Dorman HS SC

28. Derek Poppert SS U of SF Jr.

29. Jason Braun RHP Corban College Oregon Sr. 6-5"

30. Yovan Gonzalez C Wabash Valley Jr College Puerto Rico

31. Adian Kummet RHP St. Scholastica Div III

32. Shane Carlson SS UC Santa Barbara

33. William Stramp 3B Lubbock Christian NAIA

34. Forest Cannon RHP UC Santa Barbara

35. Oliver Santos 3B U South Carolina Salkehatchie JC

36. Chris Burleson SS U of Southern Maine Div III

37. Dayne Read CF Chipola JC

38. Thomas Nurre 1B St. Xavier HS/Miami University Jr.

39. Paul Barton RHP Kwalikum HS

40. Michael Robertson CF Bellevue CC

41. Jacob Wiley RHP Marist College Sr.

42. Blair Carson RHP Anderson University in SC

43. Richard Bowen RHP Mississippi State U

44. Javon Shepherd CF Navarro College Jr.

45. Brian Adams CF South Forsythe HS Georgia (same school as Chase Fowler)

46. Timothy Dunn RHP Trevecca Nazarene U.

47. Jason Hampton RHP Rockland HS (CA)

48. Kenny Swab C Young Harris College Jr.

49. Darion Hamilton CF Taylorsville HS Mississippi (same school as Billy Hamilton - cousins)

50. Chris Page 1B Genesee CC NY Jr.

SoTxRedsFan
06-10-2009, 04:23 PM
Not a corner infielder in sight.....

SoTxRedsFan
06-10-2009, 04:23 PM
Thanks for posting that Jake!

redhawk61
06-10-2009, 04:25 PM
Not a corner infielder in sight.....
Pitching and defense up the middle.

11larkin11
06-10-2009, 04:26 PM
ah thank you Jake

RedlegJake
06-10-2009, 04:29 PM
16 hitters - 6 HS, 10 college
5 catchers 3 college 2 HS
4 SS 3 HS 1 college
2 CFers, 1 RFer, 1 2B, 3 1B

15 pitchers - 9 college 6 HS 12 RH 3 LH

3 straight 1B-men 22-23-24 Guess we're not deep enough with Votto, Alonso and Parker

Caveat Emperor
06-10-2009, 04:31 PM
The Reds have taken some fantastic prep talent on Day 2, but I don't know that they've got the money to sign more than a couple of them.

princeton
06-10-2009, 04:33 PM
pre-draft thought:

“It’s a solid to average class. The best part of this Draft might be Rounds 2-6. There’s good depth there.” — Chris Buckley

OnBaseMachine
06-10-2009, 04:36 PM
Hopefully they can sign Barnhart and at least one of Devin Marrero/Stephen Perez.

I really like the Juan Silva pick. Fellhauer and Pearl sound very interesting too.

redsmetz
06-10-2009, 04:53 PM
How many guys have been drafted from Kent State - I'm think about five so far.

NorrisHopper30
06-10-2009, 05:03 PM
Valaika, relation?

EDIT: Nevermind, didn't notice you had it in parantheses.

traderumor
06-10-2009, 05:04 PM
Valaika, relation?

EDIT: Nevermind, didn't notice you had it in parantheses.Brother option, they had to pick him.

OnBaseMachine
06-10-2009, 05:10 PM
From Jonathan Mayo:

day 2 update; Reds loading up Florida HS SS; Marrero latest, will he sign? Some say yes, some say no.

SoTxRedsFan
06-10-2009, 05:26 PM
Jason (Knoxville)
Any thoughts on Billy Hamilton?

Keith Law
Can run. Can't hit. Best of luck.

Degenerate39
06-10-2009, 10:28 PM
Jason (Knoxville)
Any thoughts on Billy Hamilton?

Keith Law
Can run. Can't hit. Best of luck.

Keith Law's opinion's don't count.

OnBaseMachine
06-10-2009, 11:02 PM
Reds unite Valaika Bros. through Draft
Cincy selects younger sibling of shortstop prospect on Day 2
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

06/10/09 8:51 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- Among the litany of names and players selected by the Reds on Day 2 of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, one seemed very familiar.

It was Matt Valaika, who was taken in the 20th round (599th overall) by Cincinnati. The second baseman from the University of California-Santa Barbara is the younger brother of Reds shortstop prospect Chris Valaika.

Like his little brother, Chris, Valaika was also a Gaucho. He was a third-round pick by the Reds in 2006 and is currently with Triple-A Louisville.

"He's a good, hard-nosed guy like Chris," Reds senior scouting director Chris Buckley said. "He's a line-drive hitter and more of a true second baseman. He can really swing the bat. It's just a good baseball family."

In 50 games this season for UC-Santa Barbara, Matt Valaika batted a team-leading .343 while also hitting six homers with 45 RBIs during his junior season. He had an on-base percentage of .341.

Assuming he signs, Matt Valaika will be assigned to the same Rookie-level team in Billings as his older brother. During his first professional season in the Pioneer League, Chris Valaika batted .324 and set a league record with a 32-game hitting streak.

Currently, Chris Valaika is batting .161 for Louisville and is on the disabled list with a broken right hand. Last year, the organization named him as winner of the Chief Bender Award as its Minor League Player of the Year.

"Chris is hurt now, but has done well since we picked him," Buckley said.

Here is the roundup of the Reds' picks from Rounds 4-30 on Wednesday:

Round 4, 119th overall, C Mark Fleury:
A left-handed-hitting junior catcher selected from the University of North Carolina, Fleury batted .315 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 63 games. He spent last summer playing in the well-regarded Cape Cod League, which is a wooden-bat league.

Round 5, 149th overall, RHP Daniel Tuttle:
From Randleman High School in North Carolina, Tuttle's scouting report shows him having a plus-slider and a fastball that can reach 94 mph. His delivery is considered unorthodox, which has kept him from having consistent command.

Round 6, 179th overall, RHP Mark Serrano:
A fifth-year senior at Oral Roberts University, Serrano was 9-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 20 games, including nine starts, this season. In 86 1/3 innings, he walked 25 and struck out 132 batters.

Round 7, 209th overall, OF Joshua Fellhauer:
A junior at college baseball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton, Fellhauer batted .399 with six homers and 55 RBIs in 58 games this season. What was most interesting was that he was hit by 16 pitches while drawing 26 walks with only 25 strikeouts. He bats and throws left-handed.

Round 8, 239th overall, OF Juan Silva:
Buckley liked Silva's tools and is a strong, athletic center fielder from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

Round 9, 269th overall, RHP Brian Pearl:
A junior reliever at the University of Washington, Pearl was 1-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 23 games, including two starts. He also had eight saves in his 38 1/3 innings pitched.

Round 10, 299th overall, C Tucker Barnhart:
From Brownsburg High School in Indiana, Barnhart is a switch-hitter, and Buckley considered him a "very polished high school catcher and a high-energy kid."

Round 11, 329th overall, RHP Jacob Johnson:
He was selected from the Trinity Christian Academy in Florida. For a high school kid, he's already got some size at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. Already committed to Wake Forest University, Johnson earned all-county and all-state honors during both his junior and senior seasons.

Round 12, 359th overall, OF Joshua Garton:
A sophomore from Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, Garton batted .386 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 44 games this season.

Round 13, 389th overall, RHP Nick Christiani:
A senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., Christiani was a 32nd-round pick by the Indians last year. This season, he was 6-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 18 games, including 10 starts. In 68 1/3 innings, he walked 19 and struck out 69.

Round 14, 419th overall, RHP Timothy Crabbe:
A junior at Westmont College in California, Crabbe was 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA in 16 games, including 12 starts in 2009. In 72 1/3 innings, he walked 61 and struck out 65.

Round 15, 449th overall, IF James Walczak:
Now a senior at Mercyhurst College in Ohio, Walczak batted .352 as a junior and led his team in hits and runs scored.

Round 16, 479th overall, C Chase Fowler:
He was selected from South Forsyth High School in Georgia.

Round 17, 509th overall, SS Deven Marrero:
With the American Heritage School in Miami this season, Marrero batted .400 with eight homers and 25 RBIs this season and was named the Broward County high school baseball Player of the Year by the Florida Sun Sentinel.

Round 18, 539th overall, SS Stephen Perez:
Another high school infielder from Gulliver Prep School in Florida, here is what the MLB.com Draft Tracker had to say about him: His plus instincts help him maximize his skills, which include some definite hitting ability from both sides of the plate, a solid glove and arm from shortstop. Whoever drafts him could be getting a high schooler with a better understanding of how to play the game than most prepsters.

Round 19, 569th overall, LHP Mitchell Clarke:
The southpaw was taken from the Forest Heights Collegiate Institute in Ontario, Canada.

Round 20, 599th overall, 2B Matt Valaika:
The brother of top Reds infield prospect Chris Valaika, Matt followed in his brother's footsteps and attended college at UC-Santa Barbara. In 50 games, he led the Gauchos while batting .343 with six homers and 45 RBIs this year during his junior season. He had an on-base percentage of .341.

Round 21, 629th overall, RHP Jonathan Reed:
With Tulsa Memorial High School this season, Reed posted a 5.60 ERA in just 10 innings over three games. Also a third baseman, he batted .380 in 31 games with eight homers and 30 RBIs.

Round 22, 659th overall, 1B David Stewart:
He attended Grayson County College in Missouri.

Round 23, 689th overall, 1B Chris Richburg:
A senior at Texas Tech University this season, Richburg batted .341 in 57 games, with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. He had a .454 on-base percentage.

Round 24, 719th overall, 1B Derrick Lowery:
This season in 47 games, Lowery batted .361 with seven homers, 39 RBIs and a .418 on-base percentage during his sophomore year at Young Harris College in North Carolina.

Round 25, 749th overall, RHP Michael Monster:
The right-hander was taken from the Rutland Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Round 26, 779th overall, C Vernon Manz:
In 46 games during his senior season with the University of South Florida, Manz batted .293 with six homers and 24 RBIs. According to his college media guide, Manz likes movies, fishing and cooking.

Round 27, 809th overall, LHP Stefan Del Pino:
The lefty was picked from Dorman High School in South Carolina.

Round 28, 839th overall, SS Derek Poppert:
In 56 games this season during his junior year at the University of San Francisco, Poppert batted .252 with one homer and 52 RBIs. He also stole 16 bases in 19 attempts. Defensively, the numbers appear raw. Poppert committed 22 errors for a .919 fielding percentage.

Round 29, 869th overall, RHP Jason Braun:
A senior at Corban College in Oregon, Braun was 2-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 games this season, including 11 starts. He walked 25 and struck out 60 in 78 innings.

Round 30, 899th overall, C Yovan Gonzalez:
A second-year player at Wabash Valley College, Gonzalez batted .429 with 16doubles, 10 homers and 47 RBIs in 54 games this season.

On Thursday, the Draft will conclude with Rounds 31-50.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090610&content_id=5255092&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

tripleaaaron
06-10-2009, 11:44 PM
Reds unite Valaika Bros. through Draft


Round 20, 599th overall, 2B Matt Valaika:
The brother of top Reds infield prospect Chris Valaika, Matt followed in his brother's footsteps and attended college at UC-Santa Barbara. In 50 games, he led the Gauchos while batting .343 with six homers and 45 RBIs this year during his junior season. He had an on-base percentage of .341.


Huh?
Besides the pick of Leake I was very disappointed after the first day, however we had a terrific day 2 and brought in some interesting talent. The next step is signing them.

PuffyPig
06-11-2009, 12:02 AM
Huh?
Besides the pick of Leake I was very disappointed after the first day, however we had a terrific day 2 and brought in some interesting talent. The next step is signing them.

Huh?

Why would you be very disappointed after the first day if the second day was terrific?

tripleaaaron
06-11-2009, 12:14 AM
Huh?

Why would you be very disappointed after the first day if the second day was terrific?

It is simple, I was disappointed after day one, but day two made it better.

Blue
06-11-2009, 01:32 AM
For what its worth, 4th round pick LHP Don Joseph made at least one start this season for Houston.

He went 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 8 K.

Hopefully the Reds drafted him planning to give him a shot at starting.

http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2008-2009/gm18_09.html

Blue
06-11-2009, 01:54 AM
Also, 9th round pick RHP Brian Pearl made two starts this season for Washington.

These were his lines:

6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

3.1, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

He's got a good arm. It will be interesting to see how he is used. I saw a PG Crosschecker page that had clocked his fastball at 97 mph, and they really liked his breaking ball.

Benihana
06-11-2009, 01:58 AM
Hopefully they can take some of the money they saved on the signability guys at the top and use it to sign the high school shortstops from Miami. Those guys intrigue me (although I also liked the last SS they took from Gulliver, David Espinosa.)

gm
06-11-2009, 02:05 AM
My favorite name

Round 25, 749th overall, RHP Michael Monster:
The right-hander was taken from the Rutland Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

My "first to show"

Round 4, 119th overall, C Mark Fleury:
A left-handed-hitting junior catcher selected from the University of North Carolina, Fleury batted .315 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 63 games. He spent last summer playing in the well-regarded Cape Cod League, which is a wooden-bat league.

OnBaseMachine
06-11-2009, 02:09 AM
My favorite name

Round 25, 749th overall, RHP Michael Monster:
The right-hander was taken from the Rutland Secondary School in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

My "first to show"

Round 4, 119th overall, C Mark Fleury:
A left-handed-hitting junior catcher selected from the University of North Carolina, Fleury batted .315 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 63 games. He spent last summer playing in the well-regarded Cape Cod League, which is a wooden-bat league.

I'll go with Leake as my "first to the show" pick.

But since he's too easy, I'll pick another. Donnie Joseph.

Patrick Bateman
06-11-2009, 02:18 AM
Keith Law's opinion's don't count.

You know, it's so in vogue to trash Keith Law right now. But I'll tell you, he's one of the few so called "draft experts" that actually has a real opinion. It's better than watching Jim Callis compliment every single freaking pick. Law may be fun to disagree with, but he at least brings some analysis to the table, and for that, I think his opinion is at least worth considering.

Will M
06-11-2009, 02:25 AM
You know, it's so in vogue to trash Keith Law right now. But I'll tell you, he's one of the few so called "draft experts" that actually has a real opinion. It's better than watching Jim Callis compliment every single freaking pick. Law may be fun to disagree with, but he at least brings some analysis to the table, and for that, I think his opinion is at least worth considering.

I would be shocked if Law ever saw Hamilton play.

OnBaseMachine
06-11-2009, 03:43 AM
Round 17 Notes

Posted Jun. 10, 2009 8:32 pm by Conor Glassey
Filed under: Draft Day

Lots of big names in the 17th round, of all places. Shortstop Deven Marrero hails from American Heritage High in Florida and is close friends with Royals prospect Eric Hosmer, his former teammate. The Reds selected Marrero, who is a very smooth fielder, but there are questions about his bat and he has made it clear to teams that he wants to attend Arizona State next year.

Round 18 Notes

Posted Jun. 10, 2009 8:59 pm by Conor Glassey
Filed under: Draft Day

After going with Deven Marrero the round before, the Reds took a chance on another highly-ranked Florida high school shortstop, this time with Gulliver Prep’s Stephen Perez. Perez has more present hitting ability than Marrero, showing off his surprising pop last summer during the home run derby prior to the Under Armour/Baseball Factor all-star game. Perez also has some juice from both sides of the plate, as he’s quick to the ball, balanced in his stance and athletic. Perez has a 60 arm that should be sufficient for shortstop. The only negatives for the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder are his lack of physical projection and big man’s hitting approach. At times, Perez has too much power for his own good, as he fares better when he uses the whole field. He’s a fringe-average runner, and while his arm profiles at shortstop, his range fits better at second. Like Marrero, he could end up in college at Miami.

Rounds 22-24 Notes

Another former draftee is the Reds’ 22nd-rounder, first baseman David Stewart. A great athlete, Stewart was also a standout volleyball player in high school before spending his freshman year at Nebraska and then this year at Grayson County College in Texas. Stewart is 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds with a lefthanded bat.

Round 25 & 26 Notes

With one of the best names in the draft, it’s easy to like Canadian righthander Mike Monster. Monster has some good stuff, but is raw mechanically, didn’t get a lot of exposure this spring because he was too old for the Canadian Junior National Team and doesn’t show good pitchability. The Reds picked him in the 25th round.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/

TheNext44
06-11-2009, 03:57 AM
What I liked was the overall philosophy used by Buckley.

In the higher rounds, he went with safer, college picks. Guys who are polished and don't need much coaching. Then in the later rounds, he went for high risk HS players, hoping that one or two blossom.

Considering the Reds development history with high draft picks, I think that this is a very smart philosophy. I just hope that in five years, the Reds don't have to keep following it, and can trust the organization to develop high end talent.

Danny Serafini
06-11-2009, 10:59 AM
I looked up Matt Valaika's numbers since the .343 BA and .341 OB didn't jive, his OB% is actually .411

traderumor
06-11-2009, 12:17 PM
You know, it's so in vogue to trash Keith Law right now. But I'll tell you, he's one of the few so called "draft experts" that actually has a real opinion. It's better than watching Jim Callis compliment every single freaking pick. Law may be fun to disagree with, but he at least brings some analysis to the table, and for that, I think his opinion is at least worth considering.

Oh come on, what analysis was on the table for that comment he made? Law gets ripped on because he is a buffoon.

camisadelgolf
06-11-2009, 12:36 PM
You know, it's so in vogue to trash Keith Law right now. But I'll tell you, he's one of the few so called "draft experts" that actually has a real opinion. It's better than watching Jim Callis compliment every single freaking pick. Law may be fun to disagree with, but he at least brings some analysis to the table, and for that, I think his opinion is at least worth considering.
I agree with you in that he deserves credit for going out on a limb, but at the same time, Law deserves much of the criticism he gets for the reason that he so often says stuff that is wrong and/or stupid.

OnBaseMachine
06-11-2009, 09:47 PM
Reds stay according to plan in Draft
Cincy bolsters middle-infield depth, takes more college players
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

06/11/09 6:08 PM ET

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have tried to get stronger up the middle of the field at the Major League level. That philosophy was reflected in the organization's picks during the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Of the 50 picks made by the Reds over the Draft, which concluded on Thursday, there were 23 pitchers (including three lefties), seven middle infielders, seven center fielders and six catchers.

"We took a lot of pitching," Reds senior director of scouting Chris Buckley said. "We got a good amount of catching and a number of athletic guys for the middle of the field. When guys can play in the middle of the field, it usually gives that much better of a chance to get there because they can do more things."

Overall, Buckley was pleased with the outcome, even though it won't be known whether his choices will pan out in three to five years. The front office's area scouts attempted not to leave any potential prospect unseen.

"You take it seriously," Buckley said of the Draft. "If they're going to give you 50 picks, I think you should take 50. We have to get two [Rookie-level] teams ready to play on June 23 -- Billings and [Gulf Coast League Reds]. You do have to fill some needs. Sometimes when you take a player just to fill the need, he surprises you and is a bit better than you thought. A lot of times, a kid's makeup and desire push them over the top."

Over the past three days, 34 of the Reds' picks were college players. Although four of the first 10 picks were from high school, the overall ratio of high school vs. college selections fell in line with Buckley's pattern since he joined the Reds in 2006.

"Sometimes you do that by design -- like if you go to an organization that might need a jump-start," Buckley said. "If everything is equal, the college guy is closer to the big leagues. But you see it trend that way a little bit as signability becomes an issue. A college junior is going to be less expensive than a high school guy. A high school guy has four years left. A college guy has one."

Only one selection made by the Reds was a local product. It was first baseman Thomas Nurre, who was taken in the 38th round. Nurre attended St. Xavier High School and was a junior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Cincinnati's first-round pick, eighth overall, was right-handed pitcher Mike Leake from Arizona State University. Leake is a six-foot-tall starter known for throwing ground balls.

Was he the right choice for the Reds? Time will tell.

"Someone might say Leake was conservative," Buckley said. "I don't see how somebody could say that. It's a lot easier to take the guy that's 6-foot-4. They tell you it's what you're supposed to do. It's a very subjective business. I remember we were criticized in Toronto for taking Vernon Wells and Alex Rios. The whole point is there aren't that many consensus players. [Nationals' overall No. 1 pick] Stephen Strasburg was the one."

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090610&content_id=5248548&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

Farney
06-11-2009, 10:44 PM
Round 14, 419th overall, RHP Timothy Crabbe:
A junior at Westmont College in California, Crabbe was 3-8 with a 5.35 ERA in 16 games, including 12 starts in 2009. In 72 1/3 innings, he walked 61 and struck out 65.

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090610&content_id=5255092&vkey=news_cin&fext=.jsp&c_id=cin

Umm, wow. I wonder what in the world they were thinking with this one...

dougdirt
06-12-2009, 12:34 AM
Umm, wow. I wonder what in the world they were thinking with this one...

Perhaps very live arm, very rough mechanics that they want to clean up?

redsmetz
06-12-2009, 09:42 AM
Umm, wow. I wonder what in the world they were thinking with this one...

From the Westmont College website:


Westmont right-handed hurler Tim Crabbe was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourteenth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“It’s exciting,” said Crabbe about the selection. “There are still a lot of questions. I have more years of (college) eligibility so I need to negotiate with the Reds tomorrow and over the weekend. I’ve got to look at every situation. I’ll talk it over with my parents and make a decision.”

After sitting out most of the 2008 season due to an injury, Crabbe struggled at the beginning of 2009 to get his form back. But as the season progressed, so did Crabbe’s performance on the mound. In the final start of his junior year, Crabbe turned in a complete game 4-2 victory against Azusa Pacific. The resident of Tucson, Arizona retired 19 consecutive batters while allowing one earned run on three hits.

With a fast ball consistently in the low to mid 90s, Crabbe attracted attention not only from the Reds, but also the Angles, Cardinals and Phillies. But it was the Reds that pulled the trigger with the 419th overall selection.

“I talked with the Reds this morning while the draft was going on,” said Crabbe. “One of the things they want to know is if you want to sign. If there is no way you are going to sign they won’t draft you because they don’t want to waste a pick. I was on the phone with the Reds and some other teams. Once the Reds decided to take me, I got a call from Rex De La Nuez, the area scout that had seen me throw. After the selection, he congratulated me and let me know how everything was going to workout.”

On Sunday, Crabbe pitched his first game as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters, reigning champions of the National Baseball Congress. Crabbe allowed just five hits in the seven inning affair and produced a complete game shutout over the San Diego Waves. While Crabbe fanned eight batters and allowed just one walk, the Foresters put up six runs to claim the victory.

“Going into the seventh inning, I had thrown a decent amount of pitches but I told them I felt good and could finish the game for them,” said Crabbe.

While the Reds would like to sign Crabbe in the next few days, Crabbe wants to give the decision proper consideration. “I don’t want to rush it. Technically I have until August 15th which is the last day you can sign. I want to make sure all the bases are covered.”

RedlegJake
06-13-2009, 10:06 AM
Sometimes guys like Crabbe look bad on the numbers but still have very good tools with proper coaching to correct problems. That's how scouts earn their money. If you're getting a guy like that with pick #419 what's the problem? The only issue I see is he still has elegibility so he may elect school one more year to improve his numbers and his money chances.

princeton
06-13-2009, 11:20 AM
Reds made VERY interesting tactical use of the throwaway rounds, drafting teammates/cousins of players that they have more interest in signing. An "enlist with your buddy" approach. maybe another reason that Buckley's great at getting kids to sign. Let's hope that UC-Santa Barbara, Young Harris, and Taylorsville HS were talent-rich in 2009.

lollipopcurve
06-13-2009, 11:45 AM
Reds made VERY interesting tactical use of the throwaway rounds, drafting teammates/cousins of players that they have more interest in signing. An "enlist with your buddy" approach. maybe another reason that Buckley's great at getting kids to sign. Let's hope that UC-Santa Barbara, Young Harris, and Taylorsville HS were talent-rich in 2009.

Agreed. Pretty astute drafting. The other interesting approach was the dueling tough HS signs -- Barnhart v. Fowler at catcher (rounds 10 and 16) and Marrero v Perez at SS (rounds 16 and 17). I have a feeling they'll tell these kids they have a big chunk of $$$ for one catcher and one SS -- who wants it? Although I would love to see them get both Perez and Marrero and let them play together in the middle infield.

Whatever the motivation behind the strategy, it appears they've really crafted an approach for getting good high school talent that dropped.

DannyB
06-13-2009, 12:34 PM
Hopefully they can take some of the money they saved on the signability guys at the top and use it to sign the high school shortstops from Miami. Those guys intrigue me (although I also liked the last SS they took from Gulliver, David Espinosa.)
baseball (Robert Duyos, S-S / May 27, 2009)

Marrero might go to college

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/highschool/baseball/broward/sfl-br-smsbaseball-poy-s060409sbjun04,0,5903597.story

Devin Marrero
Position: Shortstop

Statistics: .400 BA, 35 runs, 25 RBI, 8 HR

Season highlight: Marrero, one of just four seniors on the Patriot roster, helped lead Heritage to its second consecutive berth in the Class 3A state title game. He had a solid showing in Nova's Titan Classic, going 2 for 3 in the championship game to earn tournament MVP honors.

Of note: Marrero, an Arizona State signee, was known across Broward County for his offensive production, but he prides himself most on his defense, particularly the way he can turn a backhand play. "That's my bread and butter. I work really hard on that." His coaches and teammates also valued his leadership—and his versatility. He pitched on occasion and played in all 35 of Heritage's games.



Athlete's comment: "The best part of this year for me was watching all of our freshmen and seeing how they stepped up. We had five freshmen that stepped up and they were the catalysts. We only had two senior starters. The freshmen carried us the whole way."

Coach's comment: "He was our heart and soul, bottom line. He made everything go on our team and was such a great leader. Not necessarily that he was vocal, but just how he went about his work. He was energetic and our young kids just fed off that. I think that was what carried us to a successful season. The young kids just bought into what he brought to the table."—Todd Fitz-Gerald

NorrisHopper30
06-14-2009, 02:43 AM
Reds made VERY interesting tactical use of the throwaway rounds, drafting teammates/cousins of players that they have more interest in signing. An "enlist with your buddy" approach. maybe another reason that Buckley's great at getting kids to sign. Let's hope that UC-Santa Barbara, Young Harris, and Taylorsville HS were talent-rich in 2009.

Not to mention Perez and Marrero are both in Florida High Schools.

It may be paying off as I just saw on Marrero's facebook wall Perez wrote this, " Stephen Perez yo lets sign so we can be on the same team"


It may pay off!!

OnBaseMachine
06-14-2009, 02:47 AM
Not to mention Perez and Marrero are both in Florida High Schools.

It may be paying off as I just saw on Marrero's facebook wall Perez wrote this, " Stephen Perez yo lets sign so we can be on the same team"


It may pay off!!

Nice. I would be thrilled if one of them signed, but it would be even better if they both sign.

dougdirt
06-14-2009, 03:29 AM
Not to mention Perez and Marrero are both in Florida High Schools.

It may be paying off as I just saw on Marrero's facebook wall Perez wrote this, " Stephen Perez yo lets sign so we can be on the same team"


It may pay off!!

Maybe their old HS teammate JC Sulbaran gave them a call? I know if I were the Reds I would be asking for him to make a call or 5.

lollipopcurve
06-14-2009, 09:45 AM
Sounds to me like they can get Perez signed, at least, if they pony up. Both would be sweet.

Shedding MLB salary may be the way.

Blitz Dorsey
06-15-2009, 04:52 PM
Fellhauer is batting third for Fullerton in the CWS against Virginia right now (elimination game) and he is 2-for-3 including a double off the wall. He's a small, but powerful left-handed hitter with what looks like a smooth swing.