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    Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

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    Walden Signs For $1 Million
    Posted May. 30, 2007 11:47 am by Jim Callis
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    Jordan Walden entered 2006 with the tag as the best high school prospect in the draft, not to mention seven-figure bonus aspirations. He had to wait a year, but Walden got his money Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a $1 million bonus from the Angels. He’ll sign the deal today, the deadline for clubs to come to terms with the last-ever crop of draft-and-follows.

    After the Angels drafted the righthander in the 12th round last June, Walden turned down a scholarship from Texas and opted to attend Grayson County (Texas) Community College in order to keep his draft options open. Inconsistent as a high school senior, when his velocity dropped to 85-88 mph at times, Walden performed much better this spring. His fastball sat at 92-94 mph and peaked at 97. He also improved his slider and the command of his two primary pitches. He has a classic pitcher’s build at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds.

    Grayson’s coaches also got him to use his changeup more often and toned down his delivery, though it still has some stiffness. He closed his season by striking out 15 and carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a regional playoff game.

    Unless they’re still participating in the Junior College World Series, draft-and-follows must sign by 11:59 p.m. tonight or re-enter the 2007 draft. We’ll be monitoring the highest-profile draft-and-follows–such as righthanders Max Scherzer (independent Fort Worth Cats) and Matt Latos (Broward, Fla., Community College)–throughout the day and will present a complete signing list when it becomes available in the next couple of days.


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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Why Cincy didn't use their 10th or 11th rounder on this guy I'll never know.

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Why baseball allows teams to continue to sign guys for way over slotted spots, I don't know. Between an 8th and 12th rounder getting more than most 2nd rounders, it really makes guys have the ability to pretty much pick where they play if they really want to.

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Saw him pitch last year. He was pretty impressive The school that I coach basketball at played them in the playoffs. They ripped him up pretty good. First pitch swinging was the strategy that day. He wasn't quite throwing 97 in that game, but he was in the low 90s, which is still gas for High School.

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Why baseball allows teams to continue to sign guys for way over slotted spots, I don't know. Between an 8th and 12th rounder getting more than most 2nd rounders, it really makes guys have the ability to pretty much pick where they play if they really want to.
    Or it potentially gives smaller teams a chance to load up by drafting these guys later and throwing money at them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Or it potentially gives smaller teams a chance to load up by drafting these guys later and throwing money at them.
    Well I guess the new 'sign date' will put an end to that.

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Or it potentially gives smaller teams a chance to load up by drafting these guys later and throwing money at them.
    Smaller teams are called smaller teams for a reason. They don't have enough cash to load up on guys who will demand seven-figure bonuses. If they did, they'd be spending it on actual major leaguers, not unproven amateurs.

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    well Walden got his Payday. Sheesh

    yes I do know I drafted him in our thing last year.
    2006 Redzone mock Draftee's- 1(st) Daniel Bard(redsox), 1(st sup)( Jordan Walden (Angels), 2(nd) rd.- Zach Britton(Orioles), 3(rd) Blair Erickson(Cardinals), 3(rd) Tim Norton( Yankees),(cuz its a Tim Hortons thing

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve4192 View Post
    Smaller teams are called smaller teams for a reason. They don't have enough cash to load up on guys who will demand seven-figure bonuses. If they did, they'd be spending it on actual major leaguers, not unproven amateurs.
    I'd rather take a chance on 2 Waldens than Mike Stanton anyday. Costs the same.

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    Re: Walden Signs For $1 Million/draft and Follow deadline.

    Quote Originally Posted by edabbs44 View Post
    Why Cincy didn't use their 10th or 11th rounder on this guy I'll never know.
    Every other team (including the team that drafted him) felt the exact same way.

    That's 30/30 teams that felt he wasn't worth a 10th or 11th round pick.


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