The Reds orginization, always messes up
A free top 200 player in this year's draft and we still don't sign him, It doesnt suprise me though, we didn't sign Nick Markakis a couple years ago and he was a top 10 prospect, drafted 7th by Baltimore. Give all the money to Graves, Milton, and Dlo or maybe even Aurilla but not the future. Milton Loo will be a star
Draft And Follow Update
By Allan Simpson and John Manuel
May 30, 2005
San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College righthander Stephen Marek was set to become one of the hardest throwers in the 2005 draft class.
But the Angels wouldn’t let that happen.
The Angels, who drafted Marek last year in the 40th round, signed him in the last week of May to a bonus of $800,000. It’s the largest bonus given to the approximately 35 draft-and-follows who had signed out of junior colleges this year.
Marek was named the most outstanding pitcher at the 2004 Junior College World Series, where the Gators finished second, and has plenty of arm strength. He hit 98 mph with his fastball during fall ball and spent most of the spring working at 92-94 mph and touching 96. His curveball often gives him a second plus pitch.
A reliever at San Jac, Marek figured to go in the second or third round if he had re-entered the 2005 draft. The only juco player who is believed to have received a comparable signing bonus was Pirates draft-and-follow Brad Clapp, a righthander drafted in the 19th round out of Bellevue (Wash.) Community College last year. Clapp signed for a reported $350,000 bonus.
Juco players who get significant signing bonuses frequently have one significant tool, such as Chipola (Fla.) Junior College outfielder Darren Ford, who signed for $200,000. The Brewers' 18th-round pick in 2004 completed a .306-1-32 season with 45 stolen bases for the Indians. Ford's speed is no secret, as the Major League Scouting Bureau rates him as an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Other DFE tidbits:
• North Carolina’s top JC players, righthanders Marcus Covington (Braves) and Woods Fines (Devil Rays), both signed out of Louisburg JC. Covington was one of six DFEs the Braves signed, including athletic outfielder Trevion Griffin (Wallace, Ala., JC) and hard-throwing righthander Josh Ward (Chipola, Fla., JC).
• The Nationals locked up hard-hitting catcher Brian Peacock out of Manatee (Fla.) JC, who was expected to be picked in the first 10 rounds next week had he not signed.
• The Devil Rays signed shortstop Jimmy Scholzen out of Dixie State (Utah), and Scholzen will now go out on a two-year Mormon mission before playing for the Rays.
• Technically, because they didn’t go back to college, Stephen Drew and Jered Weaver count as draft-and-follow signees.
Following are players who were under control from the 2004 draft and have signed this spring. Players had until midnight on May 31, the start of the closed period, to sign--unless they were involved in postseason play, in which case they are given a 72-hour window to sign.
Player, Pos., School
Stephen Drew, ss, Camden (Atlantic)
Jo Jo Batten, 2b, Middle Georgia JC
Lorenzo Church, rhp, Central Arizona JC
Eduardo Baeza, rhp, Los Angeles Valley CC
Kyler Newby, rhp, Mesa (Ariz.) CC
Trevion Griffin, of, Lurleen B. Wallace (Ala.) JC
Jamie Richmond, rhp, Texarkana (Texas) CC
Philip Britton, Olney Central (Ill.) JC
Josh Ward, rhp, Chipola (Fla.) JCC
Jesse Warren, lhp, Rockingham (N.C.) CC
Marcus Covington, rhp, Louisburg (N.C.) CC
Michael Jones, of, Arizona Western JC
Logan Williamson, lhp, Pensacola (Fla.) JC
Nick Walters, lhp, Dixie State (Utah) JC
Jeff Culpepper, of, Gonzaga U.
Randy Brown, of, North Florida CC
Carlton Smith, lhp, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) JC
Doodle Hicks, lhp, Walters State (Tenn.) CC
Jose Chavez, ss, Santa Ana (Calif.) JC
Xavier Cedeno, lhp, Miami-Dade CC
Corey Bass, rhp, Pearl River (Miss.) CC
Gilbert de la Vara, lhp, Pima (Ariz.) CC
O.D. Gonzalez, of, Broward (Fla.) CC
Jered Weaver, rhp, Camden (Atlantic)
Stephen Marek, rhp, San Jacinto (Texas) JC
Grant Harper, of, Los Angeles Harbor JC
Abel Nieves, 2b, Middle Georgia JC
James Gilbert, rhp, Chabot (Calif.) JC
Jeremy Brown, of, Pratt (Kan.) CC
Lorenzo Cain, of, Tallahassee (Fla.) CC
Darren Ford, of, Chipola (Fla.) JC
Matt Kretzschmar, rhp, Rio Hondo (Calif.) JC
Josh Louis, rhp, Temple (Texas) JC
Derek Miller, lhp, U. of Vermont
Walter Patton, rhp, Lincoln Land (Ill.) CC
Aaron Craig, rhp, Grayson County (Texas) CC
Daniel Berg, 3b, Texarkana (Texas) JC
Josh Land, of, Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.) CC
Danny Santiesteban, of, Palm Beach (Fla.) CC
Jake Harrington, rhp, Northeastern (Colo.) CC
Jacob Ruckle, rhp, Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) JC
Grant Duff, rhp, JC of the Sequoias (Calif.)
Michael Dunn, 1b, CC of Southern Nevada
Juan Velazquez, rhp, Grossmont (Calif.) JC
Chris Raulinaitis, rhp, Sacramento CC
Alex McEnaney, rhp, Palm Beach (Fla.) CC
Brad Clapp, rhp, Bellevue (Wash.) CC
Kyle Blanks, 1b, Yavapai (Ariz.) JC
Ryan Shaver, rhp, Lower Columbia (Wash.) JC
Morgan Brinson, rhp, Kwantlen (B.C.) JC
David Quinowski, lhp, Riverside (Calif.) CC
Michael Santoro, of, Northern Illinois U.
Michael Saunders, 3b, Tallahassee (Fla.) CC
Rollie Gibson, lhp, Fresno CC
Michael Schilling, rhp, Fresno CC
Erwin Jacobo, 3b, Palm Beach (Fla.) CC
Woods Fines, rhp, Louisburg (N.C.) JC
Jimmy Scholzen, ss, Dixie State (Utah) JC
Matt Fields, 1b, Green River (Wash.) CC
Zach Phillips, rhp, Sacramento CC
Brett Zamzow, rhp, Navarro (Texas) CC
Joe Kemp, of, Indiana U.
Kellan McConnell, rhp, Santa Clara U.
Jesse Litsch, rhp, South Florida CC
Brian Peacock, c, Manatee (Fla.) CC