Posted: 5/31/2010 6:57 PM
Here is a link to the old thread.http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s...2461869&p=1
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Posted: 5/31/2010 9:06 PM
Even bad news doesn't seem to darken doorways for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team.
The Titans will be without standout center fielder Gary Brown for this weekend’s regional. But the outlook still seems rosy to Coach Dave Serrano.
"If we continue to play Titan baseball, like we have the last 40 games, we can be a pitfall for opponents playing us," said Serrano, whose team opens against Minnesota at Goodwin Field in Fullerton on Friday. "I’m confident in this team and confident that our players are confident with the way they are playing."
Stanford plays New Mexico in the regional's other game Friday.
Fullerton (41-15), which has reached the College World Series 11 times in the last 20 seasons, enters the tournament on a roll, having won 22 of its last 24 games. The Titans have won seven of eight since Brown broke the middle finger on his left hand while sliding into second base against Long beach State on May 16.
Brown, a junior, is hitting .438 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in this season. He will be re-evaluated on June 7 and could be cleared to play in the Super Regional, if the Titans advance.
“We’ve already anticipated that we are going to have to win the first regional without him,” Serrano said.
Left fielder Joey Siddons has replaced Brown in center field. Austin Kingsolver and Anthony Hutting have shared time in left field. The Titans have a wealth of experienced talent, including shortstop Christian Colon, first baseman Nick Ramirez and second baseman Corey Jones.
Serrano said the final decision on a starting pitcher for Friday’s opener would be made Tuesday, but “ I think I already exposed that card over the weekend.“ The Titans used freshman Dylan Floro (7-0, 2.84 ERA) on Friday, followed by Noe Ramirez (10-1, 2.50) on Saturday.
Posted: 5/31/2010 10:38 PM
kots4mvp14 wrote: I am not happy about this, but maybe it helps him slide to the Reds at #2. This kid has Stubbs / Ellsbury speed. Seriously.Cal State Fullerton baseball: Titans confident even without CF Gary Brown May 31, 2010 | 1:45 pmEven bad news doesn't seem to darken doorways for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team.The Titans will be without standout center fielder Gary Brown for this weekend’s regional. But the outlook still seems rosy to Coach Dave Serrano."If we continue to play Titan baseball, like we have the last 40 games, we can be a pitfall for opponents playing us," said Serrano, whose team opens against Minnesota at Goodwin Field in Fullerton on Friday. "I’m confident in this team and confident that our players are confident with the way they are playing."Stanford plays New Mexico in the regional's other game Friday.Fullerton (41-15), which has reached the College World Series 11 times in the last 20 seasons, enters the tournament on a roll, having won 22 of its last 24 games. The Titans have won seven of eight since Brown broke the middle finger on his left hand while sliding into second base against Long beach State on May 16.Brown, a junior, is hitting .438 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in this season. He will be re-evaluated on June 7 and could be cleared to play in the Super Regional, if the Titans advance.“We’ve already anticipated that we are going to have to win the first regional without him,” Serrano said.Left fielder Joey Siddons has replaced Brown in center field. Austin Kingsolver and Anthony Hutting have shared time in left field. The Titans have a wealth of experienced talent, including shortstop Christian Colon, first baseman Nick Ramirez and second baseman Corey Jones.Serrano said the final decision on a starting pitcher for Friday’s opener would be made Tuesday, but “ I think I already exposed that card over the weekend.“ The Titans used freshman Dylan Floro (7-0, 2.84 ERA) on Friday, followed by Noe Ramirez (10-1, 2.50) on Saturday.
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Posted: 6/2/2010 3:25 PM
2001MUgrad wrote: Fay has a decent blog about guys the Reds seem to be targeting with their #1. Anyone know much about the pitcher from OSU thats from Moellerr? http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/06/02/lookin g-at-the-draft-2/
Posted: 6/2/2010 9:37 PM
Reds scouting director Chris Buckley says there’s a big difference between picking eighth as the Reds did in last year’s draft and picking 12th as the Reds will do in this year’s draft. The draft starts Monday.
“Those four picks make a difference as far as guessing who’s going in front of you,” Buckley said.
Former Moeller pitcher Alex Wimmers went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA for Ohio State before going out with hamstring injury. (Provided)
This year’s draft is similar to last year’s in that everyone knows who is going No. 1. Last year, it was Stephen Strasburg. This year, it’s catcher Bryce Harper.
The draft is not as deep as last year’s.
Baseball America projected Christian Colon as the Reds’ pick. Colon, a shortstop from Cal State-Fullerton, is a possibility.
“Some of the names you see in Baseball America are guys we’re looking at,” Buckley said. “Colon, Alex Wimmers.”
Buckley said the Reds’ pick would likely come from the following group (all are college players), listed by their BA rank:
7. RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech: He’s 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA. Got roughed up in the ACC tourney.
9. SS Colon: Hitting .350 with 14 homers and 55 RBI. Projects more as a second baseman.
14. CF Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton: Hitting .438 with 13 homers, 54 RBI and 31 steals.
21. RHP Alex Wimmers, Ohio State: From Moeller. Went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA before going out with hamstring injury. He’s healthy now.
25. 2B Kolbin Vitek, Ball State: Hitting .368 with 17 homers, 68 RBI, 15 steals.
“These are all guys we’ve scouted all year,” Buckley said. “We’re just now starting to talk to agents and putting together our board.”
Posted: 6/2/2010 9:44 PM
In baseball, it's known simply as "The Boras Effect."
Nobody has done more to contribute to the rapidly increasing bonuses paid out than the sport's most famous -- or infamous, depending on your perspective -- agent. Boras rules the draft like no other: In 2006, he represented the first overall pick, Luke Hochevar. The following year he represented three of the top ten selections, and in 2008 he had the second and third picks. This past year was his best ever, in some respects. Not only did he negotiate over $25 million in contracts by representing the first three picks in the draft, but four more selections in the first 60 signed for another $10 million plus -- not to mention the two unsigned picks in that range who will be looking for seven-figure deals this coming summer.
The 2010 draft isn't as star-studded for Boras as last year's was, but once again his influence is strong. Not only does he represent historic talent Bryce Harper; he also will be conducting the negotiations for Florida prepster Manny Machado, generally considered the top high school position player in the draft and expected to go either second overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates or third to the Baltimore Orioles.
Beyond that pair, the University of North Carolina's Matt Harvey and LSU's Anthony Ranaudo, a pair of right-handers, are expected to go in the first round, as is Cal State Fullerton infielder Christian Colon. Colon's teammate Gary Brown, a speedy outfielder, University of San Diego righty Kyle Blair and fireballing lefty James Paxton should all be off the board within the first 50 picks.
Even with all this Boras-represented talent going early, selecting a Boras client is never the beginning of an easy signing process.
At the very least, though, teams know what they're getting into; Boras negotiations tend to follow a predictable pattern. They almost always go down to the wire, as Boras often doesn't even begin negotiations until 48-72 hours before the deadline; he also almost always demands -- and ultimately gets -- a bonus that is well above Major League Baseball's recommended slot for that selection.
As a result, there are a few teams unwilling to even look at Boras clients. At the same time, those teams that do take on the Boras risk tend to reap rewards in the standings.
Boras clients used to drop precipitously in the draft due to bonus concerns, but this trend has slowed dramatically of late, as teams look back at their mistakes and realize that in the larger scheme of the baseball economy, that extra $1-2 million isn't more than a drop in the bucket that could have helped turn a franchise around.
For some, the straw the broke the camel's back was in 2007, when the Pittsburgh Pirates, drafting fourth overall, selected Clemson lefty Dan Moskos because they didn't want to deal with Boras on Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters. Moskos signed for just under $2.5 million and has yet to pitch above Double-A, while Wieters received $6 million. Even considering the extra $3.5 million, who had the better first-round pick? It's not even close.
Wieters is hardly the only lesson from 2007, as Boras client Rick Porcello -- who made it no secret that he was looking for a precedent-setting deal -- nearly fell completely out of the first round before being selected by the Detroit Tigers with the 27th overall pick. Detroit met his demands by giving the high school talent a big league deal worth $7 million; Porcello is only 21 years old and has 18 major league wins, while the 14 pitchers drafted between that year's No. 1, David Price, and Porcello have combined for just two victories -- and neither of those was registered by a pitcher currently in the majors.
This is a lose-lose situation, except for the players. Teams in need of talent pass on elite prospects due to monetary concerns, and as a result, those players can fall to later picks, where better-financed teams can grab them.
Teams picking high should consider grabbing Boras clients; look at what happened in 2009. Sentiment is nearly universal that Stephen Strasburg will be an ace. With just one such season for the Washington Nationals, the team will already make a profit on its initial outlay of a record-shattering $15.1 million; on the open market, that kind of season is worth $16-20 million. Consider six years of a controlled Strasburg costing $30-40 million once arbitration is included, and the Nationals could still reap a relative profit of two or three times that amount.
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As he prepares for the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Reds scouting director Chris Buckley will make this prediction: History won't repeat itself so soon.
"I wouldn't expect it to happen again," Buckley said. "That doesn't happen too often."
This time around, the Reds have the 12th overall selection and will stick to their mantra of selecting the best available player. It doesn't matter what the needs are now because they may not be needs three to five years from now.
In about 50 words Once considered one of the bottom organizations in terms of developing players, the Reds now have a better reputation and a deeper talent pool. The franchise has embraced the notion of building with homegrown players. That has become evident with four former first-rounders on the current roster in Leake, Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey, joined by many more of their own developed players like Joey Votto, Chris Heisey, Chris Dickerson and Paul Janish.
The scoop "It's an average Draft. It's a little tougher because we're a little deeper at 12th this year than eighth, where we were last year. Now we're at the mercy of 11 teams. That makes it tougher. I'm very confident that a lot of people we like will be selected ahead of us." -- Reds director of scouting Chris Buckley
First-round buzz The Reds have been linked to a few players in mock Drafts, including that of MLB.com's Mayo, which recently had them picking outfielder Bryce Brentz out of Middle Tennessee State. If he is still around, Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire is someone the club likes, as is Univ. of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice. An intriguing possibility is Ohio State right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers, a Cincinnati native who attended Moeller High School.
Shopping list Leake's success as a sinkerball pitcher that keeps the ball down is among the reasons the Reds will place a higher premium on ground-ball pitchers. Great American Ball Park is a homer haven, but pitchers can succeed if they can keep the ball on the ground.
Trend watch The Reds have trended towards taking college talent in most of their Drafts in the past few years. Budget size often has a lot to do with the age of the players taken. High school players with college scholarships often require higher bonuses than players already in college. As a small market team with a smaller budget than teams like the Yankees or Red Sox, the Reds are more likely to spend less when possible and that means going on campus.
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Posted: 6/3/2010 8:11 PM
1. Washington Nationals: This is now a no-brainer. Over the course of the spring, we've slowly gone from "Will they take Harper?" to "Will they sign Haper?" to "How much will they pay Harper?" He's going No. 1, and you could even end up seeing a creative deal that, on paper, gets him more than Stephen Strasburg received.
Pick: Bryce Harper, C/OF, College of Southern Nevada
2. Pittsburgh Pirates: What was once a race that involved several players, including some of the top college arms, looks like it's been whittled down to two. Prep right-hander Jameson Taillon is the best non-Harper player in the country, but the Pirates fear what his price tag might be, and as ironic as it might sound they prefer Scott Boras client Manny Machado. Machado is the best high school position player in the country, and he projects to hit for both average and power. The only knock against him is average speed and a body that will thicken up, likely leading to a position change down the road.
Pick: Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)
3. Baltimore Orioles: With a number of high-ceiling teenage power arms to pick from last year, the Orioles instead went the safe route by choosing Matt Hobgood with the fifth overall pick. They won't make the same mistake again. Taillon is a relative steal at three regardless of the price. Between his size (6-foot-7, 230), upper-90s fastball, and plus-plus power curve, he's the best high school arm scouts have seen in the last few years.
Pick: Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
4. Kansas City Royals: It's a rare year when the top three talents in the draft actually go with the first three picks, and that leaves the Royals with the first tough decision. Nearly all of their focus has been on college talent, and it could come down to a coin flip between Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz. Sale has the edge on both of performance and scouting level, and his May 1st start against Clemson, when he struck out 10 over eight innings while giving up just four hits, eliminated concerns about his level of competition. This could go either way, still.
Pick: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
5. Cleveland Indians: The Indians are still working off a large list. After years of safe college choices, they were hoping to find some big upside with this pick, but nobody fitting that profile really makes sense here. One rumor gaining steam has them connected to high school righty Stetson Allie, a Cleveland-area product with better pure stuff than arguably anyone in the draft, but an expected high price tag and extremely limited track record of success are scaring teams this high up more than they are being intrigued by them. Six weeks ago, Cleveland couldn't have dreamed of Pomeranz being available here, and they'll be happy to scoop him up.
Pick: Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi
6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Arizona has been focused on pitching all spring, specifically on the college type that can help quickly. Georgia Tech's Deck McGuire certainly fits that profile, but while he offers arguably more certainly than any pitcher in the draft, he doesn't rank high when it comes to upside. North Carolina's Matt Harvey has been surging up draft boards of late, and could land as high as six after looking like a mid-to-late first-round pick a month ago.
Pick: Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina
7. New York Mets: The Mets have been focused primarily on the college hitting class, with Michael Choice, Christian Colon, and Kolbrin Vitek all in play. Zach Cox is the best pure hitter, maybe in the entire draft, and if the Mets think he can become just acceptable at second base, his questionable power ceiling becomes less of an issue.
Pick: Zack Cox, 3B/2B, Arkansas
8. Houston Astros: Houston is focused on upside in the first round, but at the same time, they wouldn't mind something that could help them a little quicker than your standard high-school toolshed. In a system with virtually no power, Michael Choice offers a mature college bat with a huge power ceiling, as well as impressive right field tools that allow for some upside. He's the perfect fit here, but Houston still could end up tempted by a pure dream machine like high school outfielder Austin Wilson.
Pick: Michael Choice, OF, UT-Arlington
9. San Diego Padres: The Padres have no one focus other than adding talent, and that's a commendable approach. They're looking at college arms who might drop to them, college hitters like Cox, Choice and Vitek, and some of the top high school pitchers like Karsten Whitson. They're very high on Vitek, but the Ball State infielder did himself few favors with a poor showing at the MAC tournament, and Florida high schooler Nick Castellanos has been surging up various draft boards. He's a big, athletic third baseman with hitting skills and plenty of power potential, and he offers more upside than Vitek, with a bat that earns consensus high grades that lets the Padres feel a bit more comfortable with the risk.
Pick: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)
10. Oakland Athletics: Like San Diego, Oakland is a bit of a wild card without a specific focus, as they've been attached to players in every quadrant of the draft map except college pitching, with some late focus on high school catcher Justin O'Conner. Choice and Cox are the players they seem to most desire, but with them off the board, things get a bit complicated. Christian Colon provides up-the-middle skills, a great performance record, and as a bonus, he added an impressive power aspect to his game this year. The A's proved last year that they will no longer shy away from Scott Boras clients, and Colon could be their man.
Pick: Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton
11. Toronto Blue Jays: Half of my sources think the Jays will make a big splash with this pick, and the other half think they'll play it safe and hope that one of the top college players slips to them. High school outfielder Josh Sale could actually go as high as eight to Houston, and he's a backup choice for many teams between eight and 15. Some feel he's the best high school hitter in the draft, and he offers considerable raw power, but he's not an athlete and will likely be limited to left field. The Jays will also look at some high school arms here, but Sale could be too good to pass up.
Pick: Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchett HS (WA)
12. Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have been attached to Miami catcher Yasmini Grandal throughout the spring, but two things could stand in the way of the selection. Grandal shares the same agent with the Reds' 2008 first-round pick, Yonder Alonso, and that negotiation created more animosity than friendship. Further complicating matters is the recent development of Grandal floating a huge price tag that virtually no team thinks he is worth. By coincidence more than design, Cincinnati has had a focus on Midwest talent like Ohio State righty Alex Wimmers and Vitek, but the college arms left offer nothing more than third starter-level upside at best, while Vitek has teams waiting to put him in center field where his bat becomes even more valuable.
Pick: Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State
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LOOKING AT THE DRAFT: Reds scouting director Chris Buckley says there's a big difference between picking eighth as the Reds did in last year's draft and picking 12th as they will this year when it starts Monday.
"Those four picks make a difference as far as guessing who's going in front of you," Buckley said.
This year's draft is similar to last year's in that everyone knows who is going No. 1. Last year, it was Stephen Strasburg. This year, it's catcher Bryce Harper.
The draft is not as deep as last year's.
Baseball America projected Christian Colon as the Reds' pick. Colon, a shortstop from Cal State-Fullerton, is a possibility.
"Some of the names you see in Baseball America are guys we're looking at," Buckley said. "Colon, Alex Wimmers."
Buckley said the Reds' pick likely would come from the following group (all are college players), listed by their BA rank:
7. RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech: He's 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA. Got roughed up in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
14. CF Gary Brown, Cal State-Fullerton: Hitting .438 with 13 homers, 54 RBI and 31 steals.
21. RHP Wimmers, Ohio State: The Moeller grad went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA before being sidelined with a hamstring injury. He's healthy now.
"These are all guys we've scouted all year," Buckley said. "We're just now starting to talk to agents and putting together our board."
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