Posts Tagged ‘MLB Draft 2009


Some Last Thoughts on the Draft

Wrapping up some final thoughts about the MLB draft this year.

  • In the 39th round the Sox draft HS OF Gavin McCourt, son of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. That’s gotta be an awkward moment for the scouting staff of the Dodgers that they didn’t take him…
  • The Pirates take Parker Bangs, a RHP out of the University of South Carolina in the 46th round. Great name.
  • In the 31st round the Giants tabbed Diego Seastrunk, which is just an awesome name.
  • With the last pick of the 40th round the Angels took Muhammad Ali’s adopted 18 year old son, Assad Ali, who plays in the infield.
  • Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl was taken by the Red Sox in the 36th, he’s not expected to sign but who knows! Now, if he were to sign and play for the Sox, could HE wear #8 if he wanted?
  • With pick 1467, the Giants in the 49th round, take Austin Goolsby a catcher out of Emory-Riddle University, when not playing college ball he’s out counseling President Obama on economic affairs.
  • In the 48th round the Yankees drafted Pat White, the QB from West Virginia who the Dolphins drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL draft. In announcing their pick the Yankees said “they wanted him listed as a quarterba– oufielder.” White was previously drafted coming out of high school in the 2nd round by the Angels and turned down a 6 figure bonus in favor of playing college football. He’s not likely to ever play for them, but if he signs a deal they could own his rights for 6 years so if football didn’t pan out…
  • The Red Sox’ 38th round pick, Ezekiel Devoss, is a CF out of Astronaut High School in Florida. SPACE SCHOOL! Awesome.
  • For their pick in the 33rd round the Sox took a RHP HS pitcher named William “Blaze” Tart. Is it too early for me to get his jersey?
  • In the 34th the Reds take RHP Forrest Cannon, which is a great name for a pitcher, even better than Oakland’s Josh Outman (whose brother was taken yesterday.)
  • I hope Detroit’s 36th round pick Benjamin Crumpton can get down and Krump like a pro.
  • Bobby Crosby’s younger brother, Blake was drafted by the A’s in the 42nd round. All 12 A’s fans remaining just lit themselves on fire.
  • Harold Baines Jr. was a 45th round selection for the White Sox, 32 years (and 2866 hits later) after his father was taken by them with the #1 overall selection.
  • Detroit took in the 48th round Jake Porcello, rookie phenom Rick’s younger brother. Their parents really like “k” names.
  • Anthony Scirrotto, who played safety for Penn State and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Panthers after this year’s NFL draft was taken in the 50th round as a SS by the Royals.
  • Alibay Barkley (another AWESOME name) a HS first baseman from NYC was the 1521st and final selection of the draft.

This Schwindenhammer Guy Seems a Bit Old…

Hey, far be it from me to criticize Theo Epstein and his scouting director Jason McLeod, whose recent results have been spectacular in the MLB draft, but I’m a little concerned about their 5th round selection of Seth Schwindenhammer. While I love the name and the early reviews were that he was a good pick, I still have my doubts, raised mostly by this little information capsule from the Boston Globe.

I mean, I’m sure Schwindenhammer is a great guy, but at 81 years old I feel its likely that his best days are behind him. Add in a minimum 2-3 years in the minors and you’re looking at an 84-85 year old rookie and I just don’t know how he could handle the 162 game grind. Also, why is this guy only JUST finishing high school, what has he been doing!?

[Boston Globe]


More on the MLB Draft

For those of you too cool for school and so are not following along the incredibly fun conference call that is the remainder of the draft, you’re missing out on some great stuff such as:

  • The Red Sox taking Seth Schwindenhammer with the 168th pick, if he makes the majors he would take the title away from Jarrod Saltalamachia for the longest last name in MLB history.
  • Patrick Schuster, he of the 4 straight no-hitters, was taken number 396 by the Diamondbacks.
  • The 14th round features such awesome names as Chadwick Bell (424, Rangers), Casio Grider (427, Dodgers), Sequoyah Stonecipher (428, Marlins) (my favorite) and Graham Stoneburner (435, Yankees)
  • The Oakland Athletics took Josh Leyland out of San Dimas High School, I wonder if the town has a statue for Bill and Ted yet. San Dimas High football RULES!
  • In the 15th round the Red Sox take current bullpen fire-baller Daniel Bard’s younger brother, Luke Bard, a RHP out of high school, gotta love those bloodlines!
  • There are a whole lot of junior colleges around this country, even more amazing, they all seem to have baseball programs. What’s the deal there? Is it just a relatively cheap sport to be able to support or is is because the NCAA doesn’t care about baseball because it doesn’t make it money?
  • Several of the teams have a woman’s voice making their picks, does this mean the old boys club is going away? Do I need to become a woman to get a job in baseball, because I’ll consider it…
  • With pick 544, the Rangers take Michael Schaaf. SHUT YO’ MOUTH. But I was just talking about Schaaf… And we can dig it.

A Slanch Report “Live” Blogging Event!

BudSeligDraft96Because I enjoyed doing it last year, I’m going to be blogging the MLB draft once more, starting tonight at 6pm. It will be a “semi-live” blogging event, because, with the Sox/Yankees game I may get distracted and I only have the one cable hookup, but stay tuned and come back later to enjoy all the Bud Selig awkwardness and grainy footage of high school baseball players!

Join us after the jump for the full “live” blogging experience.

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