Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Draft Day Gems - 1st Round

It's a few days after the Season 10 Draft and there are still a good number of 1st round picks that are unsigned by their respective teams. Therefore, we're simply going to focus on those players that have signed and are already preparing for rookie ball or above. We also can't list every player, but instead will randomly select a handful to recap.

Out of the Top 5 picks, only 1 has signed and that player is Jose Morlan of the Chicago Old Style.

Morlan was drafted 2nd overall by the Chicago Old Style and he's already off to a good start in High A ball. As the starting shortstop, Morlan's knocked in 10 runs in 6 games with 3 doubles and a home run.

With the #6 pick, the Rochester Rockets drafted shortstop Stevie Thompson.

Thompson, drafted out of Truett-McConnell College after his freshman year, will get his start in the Rookie League for the Rockets. Thompson is a big-time power hitter and should rise through the farm system fairly quick.

The Syracuse Swingers selected right fielder Allie Perkins with the #7 pick in the draft.

Perkins, who's represented by agent Dennis Bruske, received a $3.4 million signing bonus and was immediately shipped to the Swingers AA club. Perkins is off to a slow start hitting just .214 with 0 rbi's in 14 at bats.

With the #14 pick in the draft, the Texas Long Horns selected starting pitcher Glen Hines.

Hines was spotted by scout Charlie Robertson who had this to say about the first round draft pick. "I watched Glen pitch at Clinton Junior College 3 or 4 times and he never failed to impress. Glen throws a nasty sinker that is devastating to right-handed hitters and he's got a few other pitches to keep hitters off balance as well. When I saw that he was still on the board and it was our turn to pick, I told coach he was a 'must have'".

At pick #19, the Kansas City Monarchs selected catcher Juan Sosa.

Sosa could just be the best hitter in the entire draft and his projections are through the roof. The only knock on the kid, and the reason he may have dropped to this pick, is his durability, which is quite low. Hey, but how often do you see a 5-8, 163 lb. kid with power projected to reach a 95-100 rating?

Chief Brown was selected by the Burlington Blizzard with the #23 pick in the draft.

It's always about pitching in Burlington and the Blizzard had Chief rated 4th on their draft board, 1 slot behind Glen Hines (discussed above). The junior out of the University of Richmond throws his offspeed stuff first and mixes in a decent 4-seamer as well. This guy should be the most famous 'Chief' since this one:

With the 26th pick, the Jacksonville Seminoles selected Patrick Diaz.

Diaz played shortstop for Suffolk County Community College-Grant Campus in Brentwood, New York, but he'll most likely play third base or right field in the pros. Diaz is a solid all-around contributor with great contact and power. Diaz had this to say about his selection. "I couldn't be happier to be heading south to play professional ball in Jacksonville. I always hit better in warmer weather so this works out great."

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