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The draft moves into prime-time

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 28, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

According to MLB, the June draft will be on MLB Network and will start at 6 p.m. on June 9. There will be 111 picks on the first day, which includes the first three rounds mixed in with two compensation rounds.

Rounds 4-30 are scheduled tentatively for June 10, with the remaining 20 rounds the following day. The last two days will be held by telephone conference call.

The draft used to take two days, now it’ll take three.

When I started out as a sportswriter, baseball would only release the first round picks. They would wait a month before revealing the other picks. The idea — seriously — was to keep college coaches and agents from going after kids. That how much the process has changed over the years.

My first job was at the Norwich, Conn., Bulletin and whenever a player from our area was selected, we would make calls to the area scout and try and learn off the record what round the player was taken in. Sometimes all you would get was “in the 20s” or “later than 35.”

Now 111 picks will be on television. That’s how much it has changed in a short period of time.

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61 Responses to “The draft moves into prime-time”

  1. Kevin S. April 28th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Well, that’ll be a sweet post-exam treat. Last final is the morning of the ninth.

  2. KWAN April 28th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Let’s hope we can draft some actual good position talent to keep up with the Sox.

    Then maybe we will have real young players to build around, not guys like Gardner who can’t hit.

  3. Uncle Ellsworth April 28th, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Are they going to use this to torture those still at gitmo?

  4. JohnC April 28th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I remember those days Pete. The MLB draft was a big secret, held entirely via conference call. Little by little MLB started loosening up its secrecy, first posting pick by pick on the internet, then allowing listening live to the first round. Now its come full circle.

  5. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    KWAN, Umm…CJ Henry saids Hi. That’s why they went high ceiling SP better, because you get something for your #1 pick. High end position players are a gamble. Didn’t the Padres draft someone #1 overall pos. player and how did that turn out ?

  6. norwich reppin' April 28th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    way to name drop The Bulletin, pete!

  7. number 2 for prez April 28th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Pete,

    Even though it was probably ages ago you worked at Norwich(j/k)…I was born/raised and currently still live in Willimantic, CT… right around the corner from Norwich…just a piece of useless info I felt like sharing…..

  8. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    2003 Draft

    1. Delmon Young, TB
    2. Rickie Weeks, MIL
    3. Kyle Sleeth, DET
    4. Tim Stauffer, SD
    5. Chris Lubanski, KC
    6. Ryan Harvey, CHC
    7. Nick Markakis, BAL*
    8. Paul Maholm, PIT
    9. John Danks, TEX
    10. Ian Stewart, COL

    Only one in the top 10 means anything well 2 if you count Stewert from Colorado.

  9. Jimmy from SI April 28th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Trade Wang for Nate McClouth and play him in CF. End the Gardner/Melky experiment.

    Put Jobber in the pen. Shorten the game. A rotation of CC-Wang-AJ-Pettitte-Hughes would be the best in baseball and we’d have the best pen in baseball.

  10. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Joba is not going into the BP and the Pirates aren’t dealing McClouth for just Wang.

  11. Jason April 28th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Jimmy,

    How can you trade Wang and have him start at the same time?

  12. NITRO April 28th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I agree 100% with Mike.

    They need to send the Sox a message next week. After how they embarrassed us this weekend, we need to make them feel uncomfortable.

    Burnett blew a 6-0 lead to them. He must be angry. He pitches that first game, he needs to dust Ellsbury on the first pitch.

  13. V April 28th, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    1) The Pirates wouldn’t do that deal.
    2) McLouth is not a CF. He’s an RF, playing CF. He’s horrid in CF.

  14. Y26 April 28th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Why is YES running a promo for a Yankees-Sox game a week from now?

    There are still 6 more games on YES before that.

  15. Ryan April 28th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Anyone know off the top of his/her head what picks the Yanks have this year?

    P.S. I’m glad the MLB Draft is starting to get attention. I can’t stand how people fawn over the NFL draft – the TV coverage was completely ridiculous last weekend.

  16. MikeEff April 28th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Brandon-

    no love for Maholm?

  17. Jerkface April 28th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Ryan:

    We have some compensation picks from not signing our 1st/2nd(3rd?) rounders last year. We lost our true 1st->4th rounders to all the type A’s we’ve signed.

  18. Kevin S. April 28th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Ryan, the Yanks have the 28A pick this year as compensation for not signing Cole, and I think they have the 2.28A pick as well. That’s it for the first three rounds, though.

  19. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    “no love for Maholm?”

    The arguement was position player.

  20. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Jimmy from SI April 28th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Trade Wang for Nate McClouth and play him in CF. End the Gardner/Melky experiment.

    Put Jobber in the pen. Shorten the game. A rotation of CC-Wang-AJ-Pettitte-Hughes would be the best in baseball and we’d have the best pen in baseball.

    ======================================

    No

  21. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Some idiot just jumped off a truck, unless I’m about to be shot I don’t jump off anything.

  22. Kevin S. April 28th, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Brandon, that was an incredibly cherry-picked example. Position players are far safer prospects than pitchers are.

  23. 7*7 April 28th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    LOL Francessa giving play by play of the car chase

  24. m April 28th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Anyone watching CNN? There was a hijacked semi (no trailer) leading the police on a chase. They used the spike strips to blow his tires and there’s no traffic, but he still kept going. The kicker? The guy who got carjacked was riding on the back of the semi.

    The truck finally slowed down and the guy in the back jumped off, he fell down and then realized he better get out of the way and ran off the road.

    Now they’re extracting the hijacker.

  25. m April 28th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Sorry, that’s carjacker. Got all excited.

  26. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “Brandon, that was an incredibly cherry-picked example. Position players are far safer prospects than pitchers are.”

    No not really, how many 1st rd. pos. players have better careers than high ceiling SP ?

  27. Billy April 28th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    “Position players are far safer prospects than pitchers are.”

    Maybe at the top of the draft but where we draft the top college bats are gone. Those are the guys that can be fast tracked and don’t take years of seasoning.

  28. S.A.--Honk if you hate hobbits April 28th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Francesa was giving play by play of a car chase? LOL :lol:

  29. Ian F. April 28th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    This Joba to the pen stuff drives me crazy. It’s only a handful of starts. He was drafted as a starter. He showed great ability as a starter at Trenton/Scranton before he was converted. Take a look at Glavine and Maddux in their first couple of seasons— 5+ ERAs. It’s April–give it a chance.

  30. Wave Your Hat April 28th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I think when you are on a losing streak you look worse than you actually are. I think the Yanks are a much better team than 9-10 and will show it sooner or later. With all the flaws, I think the team as presently constructed can make the playoffs and win in October.

    That said, the bench is a flaw that can and should be fixed, and pointing that out doesn’t make you a Nattering Negativist or Nervous Nelly.

    Right now, the Yanks have more relievers than they can effectively use, and a bench of three players, none of whom can hit. It isn’t being negative or risking bad karma to point out that sooner or later, the failure to have an effective pinch hitter for some of the weaker hitters on the team is going to cost us runs and games.

    In the AL East, you cannot afford to give away runs or games.

    The bench problem is a direct result of the 40 man roster. Since the 40 man roster is creating the bench problem, it is fair to say there is a problem with the 40 man roster.

    Yes, the 40 man looked better before Nady got hurt. But, injuries are part of the game, and with guys like Damon and Matsui on the team, injuries were foreseeable and should have been accounted for.

    There are, and were at the start of the season, too many pitchers on it as opposed to hitters. The ONLY hitters on the 40 man roster who are not currently on the active major league roster (and not on the 60 day DL) are: Cervelli, Miranda, Ransom, Nady and ARod. Cervelli is not an appropriate call-up, Miranda is limited to 1B/DH, and ARod, Nady and Ransom are hurt.

    The fact is, John Rodriguez could make us a better team RIGHT NOW. Sure, we are better than we are showing, but being better RIGHT NOW would help. It would be better than not being better right now, wouldn’t it?

    We could DFA a pitcher (maybe trade him for a AAA infielder who could improve on Berroa?) like Garcia or Claggett (no knock on those guys, they’ll find a home somewhere) to make room. A week ago Humberto Sanchez was on the 40 man and one of those pitchers we couldn’t let go. Then the Yanks released him – didn’t even bother to DFA him.

    Or, we could put Nady on the 60 day DL. Does anyone really think Nady will be back and effective in less than 60 days?

    But, we shouldn’t have found ourselves in this position. Players were available at a reasonable price who could have helped. Kapler went for $1MM, Baldelli (yes I know he’s hurt) went for $500K.

    It’s fair for fans to point these things out.

  31. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Where was this? Cali?

  32. pat April 28th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    YES showed video of Alex talking BP today a few minutes ago and it didn’t look like live BP. :sad:

    He seemed to be swinging pretty freely and walked out of the box with no visible limp though. :smile:

  33. yankeebadger April 28th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Pete, have you commented on Jorge Posada’s “effort” running down the line in the ninth Monday?

  34. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Yes Mike that Zimmerman has great stuff, he’s a top 10 pick duh !

  35. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    anybody with knowledge of the draft want to guess who the Yankees will select this year with their protected 1st rd pick?

    are there are any high profile guys who could slip to them?

    (stinks that the Sox pick just ahead of the Yankees)

  36. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    “That said, the bench is a flaw that can and should be fixed, and pointing that out doesn’t make you a Nattering Negativist or Nervous Nelly.”

    ———

    there will be TONS of players made available, IMO, in a month or two once we get closer to the trade deadline.

    Attendance #s are down and teams that are out of it will undoubtedly be some payroll-shedding moves made.

    The Yankees can and should add some bench players at that time. The worst thing they can do now is panic and sell low / buy high.

    There will be huge bargains to be had. Patience is a virtue.

  37. Drive 4-5 April 28th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    The Yanks will have another 4 or 5 game losing streak before the season ends. Odds are, once A Rod returns and Wang gets his leg strength back this team will have a LOT more 5 game winning streaks than losing streaks. Get off the ledge, take a deep breath and enjoy Phil Hughes proving why he’s a legit prospect.

  38. Clay Buchholz Loves Laptops - Latest Blog Entry: My Interview With Bill Gallo April 28th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I have in-laws that live in Norwich, CT.

    Is everyone in Norwich a hick, or only my in-laws. Just wondering.

  39. Doreen April 28th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Don’t you think the Yankees were hamstrung with Matsui & Damon, though? Who was going to take their contracts? They had no real choice but keep them and to hope for the best. Keeping Swisher and Nady was supposed to be preparation for the worst. Melky on the team as a 5th OF also was part of that (in addition to his having no options left).

    I would have been okay if the Cameron deal went through.

    I think sometimes the Yankees are penny-wise and pound foolish and other times they spend like drunken sailors. Sigh.

  40. jennifer April 28th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I believe it is because they gave up first rounders for signing CC, AJ etc. But they have a first round because they didn’t sign Cole.

  41. GreenBeret7 April 28th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Brandon If Melancon doesn’t K the first batter he’s a bust “I LOVE ME SOME ME !”
    April 28th, 2009 at 2:57 pm
    2003 Draft

    1. Delmon Young, TB
    2. Rickie Weeks, MIL
    3. Kyle Sleeth, DET
    4. Tim Stauffer, SD
    5. Chris Lubanski, KC
    6. Ryan Harvey, CHC
    7. Nick Markakis, BAL*
    8. Paul Maholm, PIT
    9. John Danks, TEX
    10. Ian Stewart, COL

    Only one in the top 10 means anything well 2 if you count Stewert from Colorado.

    ————————————————————

    What’s wrong with John Danks and Pat Maholm?

  42. Brandon If Melancon doesn't K the first batter he's a bust "I LOVE ME SOME ME !" April 28th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    “What’s wrong with John Danks and Pat Maholm?”

    Nothing we were arguing why picking pos. players over high ceiling SP isn’t a good idea.

  43. Kevin S. April 28th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    How many high-ceiling SP don’t work out? Starting with the 2006 draft (too soon for more recent), out of the top ten, Timmy Lincecum has pretty much hit, Clayton Kershaw’s well on his way to hitting, Brandow Morrow’s had his ceiling capped by moving to the bullpen, Luke Hochevar is fourth-starter material, Andrew Miller is well on his way to bust-hood, and do the names Brad Lincoln or Greg Reynolds ring a bell? Yeah, me neither. For the hitters, Longoria’s an unequivocal success. One out of three hitters, two and a half out of seven pitchers. 2005 – Holy moly! Justin Upton is twenty-one years old and is in his second year of contributing. Ryan Braun, Alex Gordon, Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Zimmerman need no introduction. Jeff Clement has shown flashes, although the Ms don’t seem committed to letting him play, and Cameron Maybin still has time to grow into his upside. The pitchers were Pelfrey and Romero. They might be nice middle-rotation contributors some day. Wade Townsend hasn’t sniffed the majors. In 2004, Matt Bush has failed, Justin Verlander has been a success, and the rest of the top ten is a bunch of pitchers who have done squat. 2003 was a bad year up top, but Markakis is clearly the best of the bunch. Another couple of failed pitchers nobody knows about now. 2002, Upton and Fielder have been awesome, Greinke is just now coming into his own. And 2001, do we really need to revisit Mauer-Prior?

  44. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes April 28th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Boston Dave,

    Why would the Sox pick ahead of the Yankees if the Yankees had a worse record last year?

    The structure of the MLB draft is lost on me. I’d like to see it get more attention but I definitely understand why it doesn’t.

  45. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Brandon,

    what are your thoughts on picking high school guys vs college guys?

    any stat there as far as success rates?

  46. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “Boston Dave,

    Why would the Sox pick ahead of the Yankees if the Yankees had a worse record last year?”

    ——-

    the Yankees gave their pick to the Angels for Tex.

    The pick they get this year is a compensation pick for not signing their 1st rounder last year (Gerrit Cole – you bastard!)

  47. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Mad Prince,

    here’s a decent explanation on how the compensation picks work, if you’re interested:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M.....ball_Draft

    the draft is otherwise very simple. there are no trading of draft picks allowed so aside from the compensatory picks, it’s pretty straightforward.

  48. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes April 28th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Doreen,

    If Matt Holliday figures out how to hit outside of Coors with consistency (which I believe he will), he’ll provide a nice replacement for Damon and Matsui next season in Left Field with AJAX taking over in CF. With Swisher, that equals a solid OF.

    I didn’t think we’d go for Holliday, but if his season is decent and his price tag is reasonable, then he might be a solid option. Of course, you know Boras will get him 3-4 million more per year than he deserves.

  49. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes April 28th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Right, Boston Dave, and thanks for the link, but what i mean is…do the Yankees get a first rounder that reflects their success last year or not?

  50. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    “I didn’t think we’d go for Holliday, but if his season is decent and his price tag is reasonable, then he might be a solid option.”

    ——–

    so far it doesn’t look like either of those will happen.

    Holliday and Jason Bay will be the two prize OF free agents and with limited supply they can ask for more $$ and perhaps more important, more years.

    The Yanks should shy away from giving a long term deal to either guy, IMO, which means they shouldn’t get either.

  51. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    “Patience is a virtue.”

    tell that to the guy about to be run over by a mack truck.

    it’s difficult to be as good on paper as the yankees are and hit historical lows the way they are.

    they have some really strange mojo going on.

    they will of course get better, but will they have a championship edge to them? i just don’t see it with the group they have.

  52. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Mad Prince,

    The yankees forfeit their 1st rd pick to the Angels for signing Teixera.

    the only reason they get to pick in the 1st rd this year is because they failed to sign their 1st rounder last year. because of that, they are given a compensatory pick.

    it’s all explained in the link in the “compensatory picks” section.

  53. Tom in N.J. April 28th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    The yankees lost their 1st rd pick to the Angels (Teixeira signing). They do have a 1st round pick because Cole went to UCLA.

  54. Boston Dave April 28th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    “they will of course get better, but will they have a championship edge to them? i just don’t see it with the group they have.”

    —–

    but as far as making changes to that group and adding players, I don’t think they should address that now. With perhaps once of the best trading deadlines in recent history for the big money teams coming…

    they should probably wait for the bargain guys to be made available (bargain in terms of what they’ll need to give up)

  55. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    “Pete, have you commented on Jorge Posada’s “effort” running down the line in the ninth Monday?”

    he did. he called the team old and unathletic…

  56. saucY April 28th, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    :arrow:

  57. rconn23 April 28th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I don’t see how the Yankees were hamstrung with Damon. He was outstanding last season. He’s played his tail off the for this team, and perservered through injuries.

    He’s one of the few players on the team that can hit well situationally, Matsui and Jeter being the others.

    I think if the Yankees had dangled Damon at the trade deadline last season, I believe they would have gotten a decent return. He’s still a really good offensive ballplayer. His contract is not that exorbitant.

    Matsui has bad knees. It is what it is. However, I don’t think anyone could or should question his effort. He’s a DH now, and he’s swinging the bat really well.

    There’s a multitude of problems on this team, but Damon and Matsui aren’t two of them.

    It’s pretty simple why the team is struggling. Lousy starting pitching, and a mediocre bullpen that wasn’t helped by the lousy starting pitching.

    Sabbathia pitched well last night, but he’s only had two good starts.

    Burnett melted down in his biggest start, and Wang’s three starts did incalculable damage to the bullpen and essentially cost the team any shot of winning three games.

    The offense will be better once A-Rod replaces Cody Angel Pena at third(Test out that VORP)Tex, who is the only source of power on the team, will see better pitches, and it will filter down through the lineup. A-Rod is not the cure-all, but it’s a huge step.

    I don’t agree with the calls for Mike Cameron. He’s has a $10 million price tag, has diminishing range, will cost a decent prospect and is a roids guy. No thanks.

    That being said, if you want to replace Gardner/Melky in centerfield. There are no young options out there to be had.

    Nate McClouth is not worth what he will cost and he’s a poor defender.

    Austin Jackson should not be an option. He must stay at Scranton all year. He’s simply not ready. Rushing him to the majors could destroy his development.

    The only option I see is Jim Edmonds. He hit very well for the Cubs last year and even though he’s pushing 40, wouldn’t cost anything more than a cheap 1-year deal.

  58. Brent April 28th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    “Pete, have you commented on Jorge Posada’s “effort” running down the line in the ninth Monday?”

    This is after Posada talked down about Swisher smiling on the mound. At least Swisher runs balls out..Who cares if he had fun throwing a scoreless inning. I would too.

  59. randy l. April 28th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    “they should probably wait for the bargain guys to be made available (bargain in terms of what they’ll need to give up)”

    boston dave-

    aren’t the red sox the ones who held onto their cash? it seems they are in a better position to take advantage of small market teams then.

    i think the biggest additions are simply getting arod and wang back( though i’m officially concerned about wang ).

    i never thought gardner would hit well enough to be a starter. he’s too stiff. where does this team upgrade? not catcher, first, second, shortstop, third base, right field or left field. not any of the five starting pitchers. not the closer.

    that leaves middle relief, the 8th inning guy, and the center fielder.

    i agree as the season goes on this team will get streaky in a good way. i just hate year in and year out to watch the team have to play it’s way into shape.

    you’d think with all the money they spend on players they’d have the the best leadership and coaching to get those players off to a good start.

    when the bad starts keep happening, it’s not just turning the ship or bad luck: it’s part of the culture and how they do things.

  60. Kevin S. April 28th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    The eighth-inning guy upgrades when Bruney comes back from the DL.

    As for CF, A-Jax might be ready this year. We don’t know yet how well he’s going to do in Scranton. If he tears it up for 2-3 months, and it isn’t because of a fluky BAbip or something, then there’s no reason to keep him down there.

  61. Nate April 28th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    In a short period of time? Didn’t you cover Angel Berroa’s first professional contract?

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