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2009 MLB First Year Player Draft Game Thread - Day 2


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#1 URI


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 06:57 AM

We're up at noon for 26 rounds of hot drafty action.

Have at it.

#2 OCD SS


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 07:24 AM

I'd like to throw some props Rough Carrigan's way for finding the East German/ Stazzi joke that I've been looking around for for a couple weeks.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:51 AM

So I'm not real hip on MLB draft strategy. How often do seniors get drafted, especially if they aren't highly rated? Would my friend have more of a chance of being signed after the draft or drafted in the late rounds?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 09:59 AM

I wonder who the THB (Theo's Hidden Binky) will be on day 2. Should be interesting.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:15 AM

QUOTE (JulE6 @ Jun 10 2009, 03:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I'm not real hip on MLB draft strategy. How often do seniors get drafted, especially if they aren't highly rated? Would my friend have more of a chance of being signed after the draft or drafted in the late rounds?

Adam Mills was drafted as a senior in the 8th round by the Sox in 2007. His signing bonus was $25K. I think seniors go later in the draft and they are expected to sign for short money because they don't have any leverage.

#6 absintheofmalaise


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:16 AM

QUOTE (JulE6 @ Jun 10 2009, 10:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So I'm not real hip on MLB draft strategy. How often do seniors get drafted, especially if they aren't highly rated? Would my friend have more of a chance of being signed after the draft or drafted in the late rounds?

Define not highly rated. What position(s)? He can also sign as an undrafted FA.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:31 AM

QUOTE (absintheofmalaise @ Jun 10 2009, 11:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Define not highly rated. What position(s)? He can also sign as an undrafted FA.
Left handed pitcher. Mid-high 80's fastball with a plus change and average slider. Like I said, hardly anything special at all, but I guess left handers are worth something, right? His downfall is probably his fastball, though.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 10:42 AM

QUOTE (JulE6 @ Jun 10 2009, 11:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Left handed pitcher. Mid-high 80's fastball with a plus change and average slider. Like I said, hardly anything special at all, but I guess left handers are worth something, right? His downfall is probably his fastball, though.


I doubt he will actually get drafted, I work with a kid who was a lefty and played for UConn. He said he had like an 88 mph fastball and a pretty decent slider, his changeup wasn't great though. He said he didn't even get a sniff from any MLB teams.

edit: who knows though, good luck to him

Edited by BoSoxFink, 10 June 2009 - 10:42 AM.


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:06 AM

Conference Call is underway:

http://mlb.mlb.com/m...draftcaster.jsp

#10 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:07 AM

This is flying.

#11 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

Stassi goes to Oakland.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

That was quick...

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:10 AM

Oakland just took Stassi

#14 Seabass177


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:11 AM

Padres snag Sampson. Must've figured out his number.

#15 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:13 AM

Something wrong with Houston's selection, apparently. haha

EDIT: they were saying USC, but referring to South Carolina. uh...

Edited by Sinistas, 10 June 2009 - 11:14 AM.


#16 PedroKsBambino


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:14 AM

Who are regarded as the 'tough signs' that are still out there a la Alex Meyer last year? Anyone interesting?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:16 AM

QUOTE (Sinistas @ Jun 10 2009, 12:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Something wrong with Houston's selection, apparently. haha

EDIT: they were saying USC, but referring to South Carolina. uh...
In the South, South Carolina is referred to as USC

#18 The Dreaded Reardon Admiral

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

Round 4, Sox take Jeremy Hazelbaker, CF, Ball St.

#19 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

Fair enough.

Boston takes Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF) from Ball State.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

Joy, another CF

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

Luke Bailey just went to TB with the next pick

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:18 AM

Bailey and Stassi, two of the top catchers left, both taken. No idea who the Sox guy is.

#23 Drocca


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:19 AM

MLB's Draft twitter seems to just be for the first day. Anyone got another one that is updating for today?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:20 AM

QUOTE (PedroKsBambino @ Jun 10 2009, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Who are regarded as the 'tough signs' that are still out there a la Alex Meyer last year? Anyone interesting?
Watch out what you wish for



#25 ngruz25


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:22 AM

Brandon Belt, our former Draft-and-Follow, drafted by the Giants.

Edited by ngruz25, 10 June 2009 - 11:22 AM.


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:22 AM

QUOTE (Drocca @ Jun 10 2009, 12:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
MLB's Draft twitter seems to just be for the first day. Anyone got another one that is updating for today?


templeusox was updating yesterday, bit sure if he's doing it today.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:29 AM

Round 5, Sox pick Seth Schwindenhammer, LF, Limestone HS


High School, not CC

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#28 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:29 AM

Boston takes Seth Schwindenhammer, LF.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:29 AM

And then TB selects Jeff Malm.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:29 AM

Best name of the draft, by far.

Edited by Seabass177, 10 June 2009 - 11:29 AM.


#31 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:30 AM

SoxProspects have nailed 3 picks so far.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:31 AM

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Seth Schwindenhammer

Unlike Thome and Wikoff, Schwindenhammer has had no problem gaining the attention of scouts while at Limestone.

Schwindenhammer didn't join the Rockets' varsity squad full time until his junior year. He responded by hitting .427 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs, which caused scouts to take notice. A summer on the showcase circuit further cemented his status as the state's premier power hitter.

"He's got the best swing in the state," said San Francisco Giants scout Page Kirkpatrick.

Despite attempts to pitch around him as a senior, Schwindenhammer still managed to better his junior year by hitting .434 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs. Those numbers have bumped from a potential 11th- to 25th-round pick to a top-10 selection.

"Coming into my senior year, I was thinking between 11 and 25," Schwindenhammer said. "Now, everybody is telling me top 10, so I must have done something to catch their attention."

Schwindenhammer finds himself in the enviable position of having several different options. He could choose to sign a professional contract or attend Illinois on a 75 percent scholarship, but then he wouldn't be draft eligible again until 2012. He could also attend junior college, which would let him retain his yearly draft eligibility.

"Illinois was my dream school and when they offered, I thought I was set," Schwindenhammer said. "It's a very tough decision."


http://www.pjstar.co...ear-their-names

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:31 AM

Some video game numbers this year from 4th rounder Jeremy Hazelbaker: .429 BA, .550 OBP (2nd in DI college baseball), .724 SLG, 9 HR's, 8 triples, 29-35 in stolen bases.

#34 Dick Pole Upside

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:32 AM

Would he surpass Jarod Saltalamacchia as longest last name if he makes it to majors? Given that Vanlandingham is gone, this one is up for grabs...

#35 Sinistas

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:33 AM

How did I miss Damien Magnifico? Sounds like a wrestler!

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:34 AM

QUOTE (Dick Pole Upside @ Jun 10 2009, 12:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Would he surpass Jarod Saltalamacchia as longest last name if he makes it to majors? Given that Vanlandingham is gone, this one is up for grabs...
Our guy would have Salty beat by one. Get it done Theo

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:35 AM

Hah, Ruben Sierra just drafted..

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:37 AM

Toronto just picked Butch Hobson's kid

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:39 AM

Limited access at work......can't find a tracker that is updating.

If anyone sees where Matt Carasiti, RHP, Berlin HS, Berlin CT gets selected and could post an update, that would be great.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE (ngruz25 @ Jun 10 2009, 12:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hah, Ruben Sierra just drafted..


He should say on the interview call "like my dad said...all they care about is winning"

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:39 AM

QUOTE (Drocca @ Jun 10 2009, 12:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Schwindenhammer finds himself in the enviable position of having several different options. He could choose to sign a professional contract or attend Illinois on a 75 percent scholarship, but then he wouldn't be draft eligible again until 2012. He could also attend junior college, which would let him retain his yearly draft eligibility.

This guy just got picked in the 5th round and Illinois was only offering him a 75% ride? Certainly helps our negotiating position though.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:41 AM

Round 6, Sox pick Branden Kline, RHP, Governor Thomas Johnson HS, Frederick, MD

Edit: Spelling

Edited by The Dreaded Reardon Admiral, 10 June 2009 - 11:43 AM.


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:41 AM

Branden Kline, RHP Governor Thomas HS (MD).

And yeah, boy this process really turns into a livestock sale. I'd followed the names before, but never heard the audio.

Edited by LoweSox, 10 June 2009 - 11:43 AM.


#44 ngruz25


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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:42 AM

I would have rather had the guy drafted before our pick, Steven Inch. What a cool name.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:44 AM

QUOTE (JulE6 @ Jun 10 2009, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Joy, another CF

Epstein in the Projo soxblog and in this post by soxScout in the 1st round thread.
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Besides, he said, the place to have a glut of players is up the middle: center, short, second, catcher, because these athletic players can move elsewhere if need be.

"If you're going to have a lot of players at a position, you want it to be in the middle of the field. These are young players we're talking about, and as centerfielders mature, a lot of them move off, and can play right field, or left field...." he said. "If you have a surplus on the corners, those players really can't go anywhere."


Down here USC is called USC or SC and South Carolina is called South Carolina or the Gamecocks.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:45 AM

Some info on Branden Klein:

http://www.frederick...m?StoryID=91180

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (Green Monster @ Jun 10 2009, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Limited access at work......can't find a tracker that is updating.

If anyone sees where Matt Carasiti, RHP, Berlin HS, Berlin CT gets selected and could post an update, that would be great.


MLB.com's draft tracker is updating for me.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (ngruz25 @ Jun 10 2009, 12:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bailey and Stassi, two of the top catchers left, both taken. No idea who the Sox guy is.


Kottaras, apparently.

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (The Dreaded Reardon Admiral @ Jun 10 2009, 11:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Toronto just picked Butch Hobson's kid

Butch Hobson's Chip?

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (Morgan's Magic Snowplow @ Jun 10 2009, 12:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This guy just got picked in the 5th round and Illinois was only offering him a 75% ride? Certainly helps our negotiating position though.

D1 schools only have about 12 scholarships a year to offer. You almost have to be a first round pick to get a full ride for baseball. 75% is excellent. Most players only get 25%. They rely on players getting academic scholarships and having parents who can afford the costs on their own.