Tag:MLB Draft
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 2:14 pm

Highly-ranked draft prospect sprains UCL

By Matt Snyder

According to various scouting outlets like Baseball America, high school pitcher Lucas Giolito (Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, California) was a possibility as the No. 1 overall pick in this coming June's MLB Draft. Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher has sprained his ulnar-collateral ligament and will be out six to 10 weeks.

If a UCL of the elbow is torn, that's what requires the famed Tommy John surgery, but Giolito hasn't torn it. Still, one has to tread carefully with an injury to that ligament, because it could cost over a year and possibly alter a career if torn.

Giolito has signed to play with UCLA, but if he was taken in the top few picks of the MLB Draft he'd likely be headed straight to the pros. Now, it's anyone's guess. Jim Callis of Baseball America said Giolito "could plummet" in the draft, in the wake of this news, but it "depends on asking price."

The LA Times reports Giolito hit 100 on the radar gun twice last week. He entered the season ranked second on Baseball America's top 100 draft prospects list, behind Mark Appel of Stanford.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:21 pm

Baseball America names top 100 draft prospects

By Matt Snyder

Baseball America is the authority on the MLB Draft, and the publication has released its top 100 draft prospects for 2012. Mark Appel of Stanford is atop the list.

Appel is a 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher and is a currently a junior at Stanford. He was 6-7 with a 3.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings last season. He only allowed two home runs all season, which is quite the feat in college.

Lucas Giolito, a right-handed pitcher from Harvard-Westlake High School in California checks in at No. 2 on the list. Outfielder Byron Buxton from Appling County High School in Georgia is third while Deven Marrero (SS, Arizona State) and Mike Zunino (C, Florida) round out the top five. Head over to Baseball America for the full list and subscribers can check out the scouting reports for each of the 100 players.

The Astros have the top pick in this June's draft, followed by the Twins, Mariners, Orioles and Royals.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 9:53 am

Pepper: Signing deadline needs to be moved up

Bubba Starling

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The last couple of days showed us some of the best of baseball, five walkoffs on Tuesday, Jim Thome's 600th home run on Monday, triple plays both Monday and Tuesday and so much more. But Monday night we saw one of the things that needs to be fixed, and that's the signing deadline for draft picks.

Yesterday I touched on this, but I suggested just moving it from midnight to a more reasonable hour. That was a selfish wish. Hall of Famer George Brett tells the Kansas City Star that the deadline needs to be moved up more than a month to something like July 4.

The reason is simple, the development of players is stunted by a year and the posturing could hurt players. According to Brett, the Royals and Scott Boras, the "advisor" for their top pick, Bubba Starling, didn't even start talking until 10:30 p.m. on Monday night. The two sides then agreed to a deal with 20-40 seconds left, Brett said.

"If they made the deadline July 4, these guys would sign July 4 and the guy would jump on the plane and play some real baseball rather than go to Arizona when the season is almost over after not picking up a ball and a bat for how long … and playing football … he's not baseball ready," Brett told the newspaper. "It's going to take him a while." 

Instead of playing baseball and cashing checks, Starling was working out with the Nebraska football team as a negotiating ploy, showing that he was "serious" that he'd turn down millions of dollars to play football. He was also risking injury and his future with no guarantee.

That said, with the way money was thrown around on Monday night, it seems to make little sense to sign early. The teams showed that players who wait to sign until the deadline will be rewarded. An agent I spoke to on Tuesday said he's had players sign early in the past -- which is all well and good for the teams, but did he do his players' a disservice by not waiting until the end? In his previous cases, no, it was still the right thing to do. But next time? When the 27th player picked gets $800,000 above slot, the waiting game pays. That's not going to change, the way to fix that it to shorten the wait.

Pirates' booty: Speaking of the draft signings, the Pirates spent $17 million in signing bonuses for their draft picks. While there are negatives, for Pittsburgh, this is a positive. For many years teams like the Royals and Pirates wouldn't draft the best available player in the draft, instead drafting the best available player that would fit into their budget. The Royals gave Bubba Starling a huge contract and the Pirates gave out several, including an $8 million signing bonus to No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole and $5 million for second-rounder Josh Bell. Last season we heard about how the Pirates weren't spending their luxury tax gains, but now we see an actual plan and owner Bob Nutting is putting money into the team. [MLB.com]

Right player, wrong position: Living in Cincinnati I've seen this before -- teams in MLB will often pick the best player available in the draft, regardless of position, now Yonder Alonso is in the big leagues with the Reds and has little to do because Joey Votto isn't going to sit the bench for him. The Nationals saw a player some considered to be the best in the draft fall to them and couldn't pass up Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, despite already having a 26-year-old at third base in Ryan Zimmerman. The Nationals are happy to have Rendon and let that problem play out. [MASNSports.com]

Bundy eyes 2013: Orioles first-round pick Dylan Bundy said his plan is to be in the big leagues in 2013. The right-hander would be 20 in 2013. Brett would tell him if he was serious about that, he maybe should have signed sooner. [Baltimore Sun]

Overrated Howard: Baseball-Reference.com's Sean Forman made the argument in the New York Times that Philadelphia's Ryan Howard is not an elite hitter. The bigger argument was about overvaluing the RBI -- the stat that Howard provides much of Howard's worth. It does certainly help that he plays for the Phillies and has some pretty decent players in front of him in the lineup.

Umps visit kids: Jerry Meals may be Public Enemy No. 1 in Pittsburgh, but not to 3-year-old Emily Berger. Berger, who had undergone surgery on Monday, was one of the children visited by a group of MLB umpires to visit a children's hospital on Tuesday. Meals, who famously blew the call at home plate to end a 19-inning game in Atlanta for Pittsburgh loss, and the rest of his crew hosted a Build-A-Bear workshop for dozens of children. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

Sizemore improving: The Indians hope Grady Sizemore can return next month after he started baseball activities on Tuesday as part of his rehab from a right knee injury and a sports hernia surgery. [MLB.com]

Granderson's rare feat: Curtis Granderson has a shot at leading the American League in homers and triples. The last player to do that was Jim Rice in 1978. [Baseball-Reference.com]

Mariners doing well: Jack Zduriencik won the offseason according to many before the 2010 season, and we saw how that worked. But even with that in hindsight, it appears Zduriencik has had a good couple of weeks despite his team's fall in the standings over the last two months. [Seattle Times]

More Thome: If you haven't had enough of Jim Thome (and really, it's not like we've even got to a tenth of the DJ3K madness yet), his hometown paper, the Peoria JournalStar put together a fantastic package looking back on his life and career. Make sure you check it out.

Give the people what they want: Nice job by the Brewers' promotion department with the announcement of  "Tony Plush Rally Towels" for the Sept. 9 game against the Phillies. "Tony Plush" is the "gentleman's name" of outfielder Nyjer Morgan. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Bashing Boise: No, not the Broncos and their "Smurf turf," but the city's Class A team -- Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Boise's Memorial Stadium is "below standard." [Chicago Tribune]

Pros vs. G.I. Joes: Some White Sox players are playing video games with soldiers online. [MLB.com]

Hi, bye: Outfielder Jonny Gomes was traded from the Reds to the Nationals last month, but he wasn't informed until just before the Reds' game started, meaning he wasn't able to say goodbye to his teammates in Cincinnati. Now a member of the Nationals, Gomes got to say both hello and goodbye to the Reds when the team started their series in Washington. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

Cut those sideburns: Monday was the 20th anniversary of Don Mattingly sitting out a game for refusing to cut his hair. [MLB.com]

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:09 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 12:50 am

Signing day arrives for drafted players


By Evan Brunell
and Matt Snyder

In early June, baseball teams selected hundreds of players via the first-year player draft, replenishing farm systems across baseball and giving fans their first hint of future MVPs, World Series Champions, record-holders and cult heroes. At 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, August 15, these players must sign a contract with their drafting club or go back into the draft next season (or in the case of high-schoolers, head off to college) while teams will come away with a lost first-round selection.

We'll update you on the latest signings -- and non-signings -- all day Monday, with a handy chart below to detail as many signed deals as we can provide, as well as if any deals break records. It will be interesting to see what Gerrit Cole (pictured) can fetch as the No. 1 draft pick. Odds are that he can't match what Stephen Strasburg received, but a major-league contract should be certain.

No. Name Team Pos. Signing details*
1 Gerrit Cole PIT RHP $8 million signing bonus. (Source)
2 Danny Hultzen SEA LHP Five-year major-league deal, $8.5 million guaranteed, $10.6 max value. (Source)
3 Trevor Bauer ARI RHP Four-year major-league deal, $4.45 million guaranteed with $3.4 million bonus. (Source)
4 Dylan Bundy BAL RHP $6.225 million major-league deal. (Source)
5 Bubba Starling KC CF Three-year, $7.5 million deal. (Source)
6 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B $7.2 million major-league deal. (Source)
7 Archie Bradley ARI RHP Five-year deal, $5 million. (Source)
8 Francisco Lindor CLE SS $2.9 million signing bonus. (Source)
9 Javier Baez CHC SS $2.625 million signing bonus. (Source)
10 Cory Spangenberg SD SS $1.86 million signing bonus. (Source)
11 George Springer HOU OF $2.525 million signing bonus. (Source)
12 Taylor Jungmann MIL RHP $2.525 million signing bonus. (Source)
13 Brandon Nimmo NYM RF $2.1 million signing bonus. (Source)
14 Jose Fernandez FLA RHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
15 Jed Bradley MIL LHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
16 Chris Reed LAD LHP $1.589 million signing bonus. (Source)
17 C.J. Cron LAA 1B $1.467 million signing bonus. (Source)
18 Sonny Gray OAK RHP $1.54 million signing bonus. (Source)
19 Matt Barnes BOS RHP $1.5 million signing bonus. (Source)
20 Tyler Anderson COL LHP $1.4 million signing bonus. (Source)
21 Tyler Beede TOR RHP Did not sign. (Source)
22 Kolten Wong STL 2B $1.3 million signing bonus. (Source)
23 Alex Meyer WAS RHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
24 Taylor Guerrieri TB RHP $1.6 million signing bonus. (Source)
25 Joe Ross SD RHP $2.75 million signing bonus. (Source)
26 Blake Swihart BOS C $2.5 million signing bonus. (Source)
27 Robert Stephenson CIN RHP $2 million signing bonus. (Source)
28 Sean Gilmartin ATL LHP $1.13 million signing bonus. (Source)
29 Joe Panik SF SS $1.116 million signing bonus. (Source)
30 Levi Michael MIN SS $1.175 million signing bonus. (Source)
31 Mikie Mahtook TB OF $1.15 million signing bonus. (Source)
32 Jake Hager TB SS $936,000 signing bonus. (Source)
33 Kevin Mathews TEX LHP $936,000 signing bonus. (Source)

While the above covers the first round in its entirety, not every team got to pick in the first round. So here are the first selections of teams that did not pick in the first round:

39 Larry Greene PHI OF $1 million signing bonus. (Source)
47 Keenyn Walker CHW OF $795,000 signing bonus. (Source)
51 Dante Bichette, Jr. NYY 3B $750,000 signing bonus. (Source)
76 James McCann DET C $577,900 signing bonus. (Source)

*Unless noted, all signed deals are not major-league contracts, meaning no placement on the 40-man roster and utilizing of an option.

Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors for some intelligence-gathering on signed players prior to August 14.

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Tags: MLB Draft
Posted on: June 8, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 8:32 pm

Rangers, Astros draft paralyzed players

Johnathan Taylor

By C. Trent Rosecrans

It's cliché to talk about draft day and dreams coming true and all that, but even the most jaded of sports fans have to appreciate what the Texas Rangers did on Wednesday by selecting University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor.

Taylor will never play for the Rangers, but his family, friends and University of Georgia fans will forever be grateful for the kindness shown by the Rangers on Wednesday when the team selected him in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft.

Johnathan TaylorTaylor hit .312 in 117 career games at Georgia, but in a game on March 6 he collided with teammate Zach Cone in the outfield and suffered a broken neck. He had neck surgery the next day to stabilize his spine. Taylor is currently confined to a wheelchair and isn't expected to walk again but has progressed in his physical therapy to the point where he's in an outpatient program at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

"We're all very proud of him," his mother, Tandra Taylor said, according to a release by UGA. "It's just amazing, and when he got the call, his face lit up, and we were all very excited. It was awesome news."

The Rangers took Cone in the supplemental part of the first round on Monday night, 37th overall. Cone, along with teammates Levi Hyams and Peter Verdin, took turns wearing Taylor's No. 2 jersey during games this season. (Taylor is pictured above in the middle, with Cone on the right.)

"I was pumped up when the Rangers told me they were thinking about drafting J.T., and then I got a call saying that they had drafted him," Cone said. "I was already planning on going over to see him and now we can talk about the Rangers. This made my day, it's just awesome, and I'm so happy for him."

Buddy LamotheIt's a great move by the Rangers, costing them little. It also appeared to set a trend in Texas, as the Astros drafted San Jacinto College reliever Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round, according to the Houston Chronicle. Lamothe was paralyzed in a recreational accident last month. Lamothe had an 0.86 ERA this season before the accident.

The Rangers first made contact with Taylor last month when the Rangers visited Cone in Georgia and the team gave Cone a Rangers jersey signed by the entire team to give to Taylor.

"We thought selecting Johnathan was the right thing to do," Rangers director of amateur scouting Kip Fagg in a statement released by the team. "We would have drafted him either way, regardless of any other circumstances involving his injury or Zach's draft status. Our area scout in Georgia, Ryan Coe, has had a relationship with Johnathan since he was a high school player. The club has always liked his passion and ability as a player."

Kudos to both the Rangers and Astros for showing hearts the size of Texas.

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 9:50 pm

MLB Draft: Day two notes

MLB Draft
By C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder

Great one? In the seventh round of the draft, the Cubs have taken a surname familiar to sports fans: Trevor Gretzky. He, of course, is the son of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky. The younger Gretzky is a first baseman from Oaks Christian High School in California who has committed to San Diego State (Chicago Tribune)

Paternal pick: Reds scouting director Chris Buckley has been keeping an eye on the team's sixth-round pick for quite a while. Cincinnati selected third baseman Sean Buckley, Chris' son, in the sixth round. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound third baseman from St. Petersburg Junior College was projected as a fourth- to sixth-round pick by Baseball America. (Cincinnati.com)

Rendon says shoulder is OK: Anthony Rendon, the Rice third baseman who fell to the Nationals with the sixth overall pick, joined the team's media on a conference call on Tuesday. He said his right shoulder, which limited him to mostly designated hitter duty this season, is fine. He said he's been diagnosed with a "mild sprain" and will not need surgery.

"There's nothing wrong with my shoulder," Rendon said (via the Washington Post). "It's just a little tweak. A little rest, and I'll be fine. I had my medical records out there, and that's all behind."

It's all about the money: Give credit to Blue Jays' first-round pick Tyler Beede for honesty. Toronto picked the Massachusetts high schooler No. 21 overall, despite his commitment to Vanderbilt.

"It really comes down to the money," Beede told Toronto reporters on a conference call (via the National Post).

Another Harper to Nats: The Nationals selected Bryce Harper first overall last season. We knew that. This year, they were able to grab Bryan Harper much later (30th round). He's Bryce's older brother.

More familiar names: Dereck Rodriguez, the son of Ivan Rodriguez, was taken in the sixth round by the Twins. Dante Bichette Jr. was taken in the sandwich round (supplemental first) by the Yankees. Shawon Dunston Jr. was nabbed in the 11th round by the Cubs, where his father spent most of his career. Another son of a former Cub, Dwight Smith Jr., was taken in the sandwich round by Toronto. Daniel Oliver (son of Joe) was picked in the eighth by the Marlins. The Cardinals grabbed C.J. McElroy (son of Chuck) and Cameron Seitzer (Kevin's son) went to the Rays in the 11th. Finally, if you know the answer to the trivia question, who is the shortest major-league player of all-time, you'll know this name: Kyle Gaedele. His great uncle was Eddie Gaedel -- a 3-foot-7 man who drew a walk in his only career plate appearance, which was a publicity stunt. Kyle, however, stands 6-foot-4 (MLB.com).

Experienced arms: It was a bit of a surprise that the Mets went the high-school route in Round 1 with Brandon Nimmo, but they followed with taking a college pitcher in each of the next four rounds (MLB.com).

Mookie to Sox? The Red Sox drafted a dude named Mookie. Thankfully for Red Sox nation, that wound has to have been healed by the two recent World Series championships. Mookie Betts, a shortstop, was drafted by Boston in the fifth round (WEEI.com).

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Tags: MLB Draft
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:25 am

Looking back at second-round picks

Joey Votto

By C. Trent Rosecrans

While the first-round of the MLB Draft is gaining more attention in the last couple of years, the later rounds are where most of the work is done. 

The second round starts today at 11 a.m. ET, so here's a look at some of the best second-round picks in recent memory.

Angels: In 1999, the Angels took John Lackey out of Grayson County Community College with the 68th overall pick in the draft. In 1995, they took Jarrod Washburn with the first pick of the second round.

Astros: Perhaps the team's best player right now, outfielder Hunter Pence, was the 64th overall pick in 2004. 

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Athletics: The A's took Vista, Calif., high schooler Trevor Cahill with the 66th overall pick in 2006. Two years before that they took Kurt Suzuki in the second round and in 2003 they took Andre Ethier in the second round. They traded him for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez in 2005.

Blue Jays: Right-hander Dave Bush in 2002 is probably the team's best second-round pick since taking Derek Bell in 1987.

Brian McCannBraves: Current first baseman Freddie Freeman was selected with the 78th overall pick in 2007, but the best pick was easily 2002's No. 64 overall pick, a local high school catcher named Brian McCann.

Brewers: The Brewers took Yovani Gallardo with the fifth pick of the second round in 2004.

Cardinals: In 2001, the team took Dan Haren with the 72nd overall pick. More recently, Jon Jay was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft.

Cubs: You have to go back pretty far -- unless you go with Bobby Hill -- to find much success with the Cubs' second-round pick, but if you go as far back as 1984, they took Greg Maddux with the third pick of the second round and he turned out OK. Also among their second-round picks is former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter (1996).

Diamondbacks: A's starter Brett Anderson was Arizona's second-rounder in 2006. He was part of the big trade that send Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks.

Dodgers: The Dodgers got future closer Jonathan Broxton with the 60th overall pick in 2002.

Giants: Of recent vintage, the Giants have taken Nate Schierholtz in 2003 and Fred Lewis in 2002, but the most interesting second-round pick by San Francisco was in 1982. That year they took the son of a team legend with the 11th pick of the second round (39th overall), but Barry Bonds went to Arizona State instead.

Indians: Jason Kipnis is one of the team's top prospects, taken in the second round in 2009. In 1995, the Indians took first baseman Sean Casey out of Richmond with the 53rd overall pick.

Mariners: Recently-demoted Orioles starter Chris Tillman was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft. Keep an eye on 2009 second-rounder Rich Poythress, who had 31 homers in Class A last season.

Mike StantonMarlins: It wasn't until the 12th pick of the second round -- and 76th overall -- for someone to pick up Mike Stanton in 2007. 

Mets: There's some slim pickins for the Mets recently, but few Mets fans would trade their second-rounder of 1977, Mookie Wilson. (Seriously, this one was tough, the only players the Mets have picked in the last 15 years who have made the majors were Kevin Mulvey, Neal Musser, Pat Strange and Tyler Walker -- maybe that explains some things.)

Nationals (Expos): Jordan Zimmermann was the team's second-rounder in 2007. Current Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips was taken by the Expos with the sixth pick of the second round in 1999.

Orioles: Nolan Reimold was taken 61st overall in 2005, but if you want to go back a few years, the team took Cal Ripken with the 22nd pick of the second round in the 1978 draft. Ripken was the third of four picks the Orioles had in the second round that year.

Padres: San Diego took Chase Hedley in 2005.

Phillies: Jimmy Rollins was the team's second-rounder in 1996, going 46th overall.

Pirates: Last year's pick was Stetson Allie, who many expected to go in the first round. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny was taken in the second round in 2003 and catcher Ryan Doumit was taken 59th overall in 1999.

Rangers: The only player taken by the Rangers in the second round of the last decade to make the majors is Jason Bourgeois.

Rays: The Rays famously took Josh Hamilton No. 1 overall in 1999, but their second-round pick that year was pretty good too -- Carl Crawford.

Red Sox: How about Justin Masterson (2006), Dustin Pedroia (2004) and Jon Lester (2002)?

Reds: NL MVP Joey Votto (2002) was the third pick of the second round (44th overall) and Travis Wood was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft. Keep an eye on 2009 pick Billy Hamilton, who already has 45 stolen bases this season for Class A Dayton.

Rockies: For recent vintage, Seth Smith (2004) is the pick, but you can go back a few years and pick Aaron Cook (1997).

George BrettRoyals: For all the prospects the Royals have stockpiled in the last couple of years, strangely not too many are second-rounders. Outfielder Brett Eibner (2010) was the only member of the Royals' Top 10 by Baseball America taken in the second round. You have to go back to Carlos Beltran (1995), Jon Lieber (1992), Bob Hamelin (1988), Mark Gubicza (1981), Darryl Motley (1978) and Dennis Leonard (1972) to find serious big-leaguers. Oh, and also a kid out of El Segundo, Calif., in 1971 named George Brett. He was pretty good, too.

Tigers: The Tigers took Brandon Inge with the 14th pick of the 1998 draft as a catcher out of Virginia Commonwealth. In 1976, Alan Trammell was the second pick of the round.

Twins: A nice run of arms earlier in the decade with Kevin Slowey (2005), Anthony Swarzak (2004), Scott Baker (2003) and Jesse Crain (2002). Frank Viola was the team's second-rounder in 1981.

White Sox: A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney (2003) is the team's best second-rounder since Bob Wickman (1990) -- not counting Jeff Weaver, who went back to school after he was picked in 1997 and was taken by the Tigers a year later.

Yankees: In the last 20 years, only two Yankees second-rounders have made the big leagues, Shelley Duncan (2001) and Randy Keisler (1998). Catching prospect Austin Romine was the team's second-rounder in 2007. In 1982, the team did take a shortstop from McAdory High School in Bessemer, Ala., who went on to play football at Auburn instead. His name is Bo Jackson. That was the year after the team took Stanford outfielder John Elway.

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:27 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 7:37 am

MLB Draft: First-round tidbits

MLB Draft
By Matt Snyder

With the first round of the MLB Draft in the books, let's take a quick glance at what we saw transpire.

-- It didn't take long for the first surprise pick, as Danny Knobler wrote. The Mariners took left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen. The ensuing tweets from scouts could be summarized by shock, and pretty much all of them noted their mock drafts were already blown up. One note on Hultzen: he's been said to be the type of pitcher who won't need much time in the minors, as he's already seasoned. If he develops as expected, he could be a nice No. 3 behind Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda for years.

-- Two of the first three picks were from UCLA. Trevor Bauer had the superior numbers, but pretty much everyone agrees Gerrit Cole has the higher upside. Cole went first to the Pirates.

-- The other first-round surprise seemed to be that Anthony Rendon fell down to pick No. 6. He was pretty much the consensus No. 1 player entering the season, but injuries hampered his junior year at Rice. The Nationals grabbed him in what most scouts called a steal. He's said to have big-time power. One question I've seen from fans is why the Nats took him, a third baseman, when they already have Ryan Zimmerman. Well, there are lots of unknowns, that's why. The Nats felt he was the best player on the board. Rendon did see time at second base this spring and moving a power hitter to first is always a possibility. I think the third-base question is one of those you don't answer until you have to. Several scouts noted the Nationals came away with the most talented player in three straight drafts (Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper being the last two).

-- The Mets took Brandon Nimmo 13th overall. The pick was notable for several reasons. He's from Wyoming, where they don't even have high school baseball. Nimmo became the first player from Wyoming to be picked in the first round. In fact, no player from Wyoming had ever even been taken before the sixth round (and that happened in 1966). Also notable was the Mets going with the big-upside pick, as Nimmo is a high-ceiling high school kid.

-- The Diamondbacks have drawn rave reviews for getting two power arms in the first seven picks in Bauer and Archie Bradley. And you gotta love the social media, because Bradley tweeted Bauer with "hit me up man we need to talk lol."

-- The Royals added to their stable of talented youngsters with local product Bubba Starling. It was noted by one scout on Twitter that the Royals could have gone with someone closer to a big-league stint (Starling is in high school), but that general manager Dayton Moore doesn't just want all his eggs in one basket (the current crop of minor-league talent soon to hit the bigs). He wants another wave to follow it.

-- Of the 30 picks, 12 were high school players, one was a Juco player and the rest were juniors in college. That's right, no seniors in 30 picks. Isn't there outrage in other sports when guys leave school early? Here's the difference, though: In baseball, you don't declare for the draft. You are just eligible and drafted if ready. I'm not an NBA or NFL guy, but I feel like if the rules were similar, there might be less whining about guys not getting an education.

-- In our instant gratification society, there might be a rush to judge picks immediately, but remember, this is where baseball is worlds different than football or basketball. It might be five years before you see some of these players, especially the ones from out of high school. So if you see a site doing draft grades, take it with a grain of salt.

[NOTE: When I mention what scouts were saying, I was following scouting outlets on Twitter. I did not talk to any scouts personally about any of these players.]

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