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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey View Post
    Great, now even signing our second-round pick isn't a sure thing because of football.
    Probably half the high school guys picked in the first 10 runs could play football in college if they wanted to. Great athletes in high school generally play lots of sports.

    99% of them sign to play baseball.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by MississippiRed View Post
    Several positions: safety, corner, returner, but most likely a WR. He runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. Great athlete. From a small town in Mississippi, like Dizzy Dean and Jerry Rice and Walter Payton and Brett Favre and . . . well, you get the picture.
    His weight has to be wrong.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Hamilton is 6'1", 160 on MLB.com's Draft Tracker. Guess he ate his Wheaties in the past 15 minutes or so.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    He still can play both minor league baseball and football. The Reds allowed Andrew Means to do that at IU and IIRC one of the reasons the Reds were able to draft and sign Adam Dunn in the second round is that they understood his football situation.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    A couple of scouting reports now that MLB.Com has finally recovered.


    Biographical Data
    Player Name: Brad Boxberger
    Position: Starting Pitcher
    School: University of Southern California
    School Type: College
    Academic Class: Junior
    Birthdate: 5/27/88
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 200 lbs.
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Report Date(s): 3/13/09
    Game(s): Winthrop


    Focus Area Comments
    Fastball: Boxberger threw his fastball up to 95 mph and maintained the velocity deep into his start.
    Fastball movement: Had good movement throughout the start.
    Slider: Threw a good hard slider.
    Curve: Can also throw a good curve ball.
    Changeup: Changeup grades out as average.
    Control: His command is in and out, one week good, one week not as consistent. Overall, it's improved.
    Poise: Has good mound presence.
    Physical Description: Boxberger isn't anything flashy. He has a solid pitcher's body.
    Medical Update: Healthy.
    Strengths: He can throw several pitches for strikes and knows how to pitch. He seems to be improving from past performances.
    Weaknesses: Command and stamina. The question is is if he can maintain his velocity -- some had seen him as a reliever in the past as a result -- though he's been doing it so far this season.
    Summary: Boxberger definitely improved his Draft status with his first several starts. While many had seen him as a reliever in the future, he's emerged as a legitimate starting prospect with his performance. The key has been his ability to maintain his velocity deep into his starts, something he hadn't done in the past. And while his command is still a little inconsistent, it's better than it has been. Combine that with a full repertoire of pitches and if Boxberger keeps it up, he'll seriously enter the first-round conversation.
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    Player Name: Billy Hamilton
    Position: Shortstop
    School: Taylorsville (Miss.)
    School Type: High School
    Academic Class: Senior
    Birthdate: 9/9/90
    Height: 6'0"
    Weight: 150 lbs.
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Report Date(s): 4/13/09
    Game(s): Sumrall HS


    Focus Area Comments
    Hitting ability: Hamilton has bat speed and strength, but has a very crude approach. There are holes in his swing that will need to be closed as he has trouble with pitches away and off-speed stuff.
    Power: It's raw, maybe future average. For a shortstop, it's pretty good. He doesn't show much power now because of the mechanical flaws in his swing.
    Running speed: He's above average, a real easy runner who makes it look effortless.
    Base running: Hard to judge, but moves up bases when he gets the chance. He'll likely have to learn to read pitches to become a basestealing threat in the future.
    Arm strength: It's above average, though he doesn't show it much.
    Fielding: There are some who feel he's destined for the outfield, others who think he might be able to stay at short, even though he doesn't always seem natural there.
    Range: His athleticism makes it pretty good. He's a better fielder on the move.
    Physical Description: Hamilton is a very athletic middle infielder; a three-sport standout who resembles a young Tony Fernandez.
    Medical Update: Healthy.
    Strengths: Athleticism off the charts. All the potential tools are there, if a bit raw.
    Weaknesses: Crude offensive approach makes some worry about his ability to hit at the next level. Hasn't been exposed to too much top-flight opposition.
    Summary: Hamilton is the quintessential high-risk, high-reward athlete at this level who is sure to interest many in June. A three-sport star in Mississippi, he's got all sorts of tools, though his hitting approach is a bit crude and he's got some holes in his swing. But the bat speed, strength and running speed would make any scout at least intrigued, especially if you think he can stay at shortstop. Someone will take a chance on that -- and that they can sign him away from his football commitment to Mississippi State on Draft day.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott View Post
    Hamilton is 6'1", 160 on MLB.com's Draft Tracker. Guess he ate his Wheaties in the past 15 minutes or so.
    My recruiting site calls him 6'0" - 170
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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by MississippiRed View Post
    Actually, I agree with this. I don't think the Reds would have drafted if he indicated he really wanted to play football. I understand that he could also play college basketball. He is just a good all-around athlete. The kind of kid with a lot of upside, as mentioned earlier.
    I think that's the point Blitz has although I am not trying to put words in his mouth. Right now you have to question the Reds motives and if they knew he would be a tough sign it's an easy way to get out from under having to spend that money.
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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by MississippiRed View Post
    My recruiting site calls him 6'0" - 170
    Someone servin' Mistah Hamilton some pe-can pie.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    They'll spend - but they want to spend the money through the draft, I imagine they'll try to pull a Sulbaran type deal or two later in the draft. Then the international. I see it more as Buckley looking for safer better bets to develop into something that helps the big league club, accepting less upside, and then jumping on a raw big risk HS bat/athlete. If Leake and Boxberger can become a solid 3-4 in the rotation in three years or so Buckley got what he wanted. I think I like this years 1-2-3 picks almost as well as last year's with the Tyler Cline clunker in there with Stewart and Yonder.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    What number is our third round pick?
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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo View Post
    Right now you have to question the Reds motives
    Based on what? The fact that they, like every other team in baseball, passed on a kid with a bum shoulder?

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by 11larkin11 View Post
    What number is our third round pick?
    88
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Quote Originally Posted by 11larkin11 View Post
    What number is our third round pick?
    Pick 88

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    I'd love to see them pick up one of the catchers that have fallen.

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    Re: Official 2009 MLB draft thread (day one)

    Is Hamilton a reach? That scouting report did not sound promising at all even though the athletic word was thrown around a lot.


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