But over the course of five hours, anticipation turned to disappointment. One hundred and eleven players were selected during the first three rounds on Tuesday — and the Yuba City High catcher was not among them.
The omission of Stassi's name — which was floated in the first round of many mock drafts — stems from signability issues — and the family isn't budging.
With a full-ride scholarship to UCLA on the table, the Stassis wanted "top 20 money" to pull the Honkers standout away from the Pac-10 school and into the pros, said Max's father and coach, Jim Stassi.
"We have a figure in our head what UCLA is worth," he said. "And when those clubs called, we said we are not going to make a deal at slot to get it done.
"He would have gone in the (compensation round) if we had settled for slot."
During the course of the draft, Jim Stassi answered calls on his Blackberry from the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.
"(They asked) if slot was going to get it done, and we said no, he's going to school," he said.
"Were not going to make that decision until it is all over," said the elder Stassi about his son's college decision. "We would like to think he is in a pretty good position, being one of the top players left, and some clubs had only picked twice.
"You never know who may step up to the plate. We've already gotten calls that said, 'You're the best player out here,'" he said.
The Boston Red Sox, who Max Stassi worked out for at Fenway Park on Monday, had called in the morning.http://www.appeal-de...-year-flat.html
Projections had Stassi going to the Sox with the 28th pick in the first round, but instead the team opted to choose center fielder Reymond Fuentes out of Fernando Callejo High in Puerto Rico. After Fuentes' name was called, there remained hope that Boston would take Stassi with their second-round pick.
"That's where I expected him to go because they are a team that pays over slot," Jim Stassi said. "I thought they liked him, but that is the business side of things."
Last year is was Kelly $3M and Westmoreland $2M on our way to a $10M draft.. I wonder if this year it's Renfroe and Stassi.
Edited by SoxScout, 10 June 2009 - 02:54 AM.