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It'll be interesting to see what direction the Jays take today. Other than Arencibia they didn't take a college hitter in their first 10 picks. I imagine that this will change today and we'll see a lot of college hitters if only because it doesn't make a lot of sense for a HS player to sign at this point in the draft (as they can go to college and try again in future drafts).

The other thing to look for today is drafting players who dropped because of signability and other players that become 'summer follows'. That is, if a team takes a player they have until August 15th to sign them. They'll follow the progress of the player in summer leagues and if the player is worth what they're asking for the team may sign them. The other possibility is that these players could be fall back options if players at the top of the draft don't sign (although I suspect the Jays knew about the signability of all the players they took).

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Round 6: Michael McDade, 1B/C
Silerado HS (NV)
6-2, 250 lbs; Bats - switch, Throws - right
5/8/89

BA: The top high school hitter in the state is 6-foot-2, 260-pound Mike McDade, a switch-hitting masher who lacks a true position. McDade's body already has gone south, drawing Prince Fielder comparisons. McDade was the state player of the year after hitting 14 home runs this spring and has a plus arm behind the plate. He'll have to get in better shape to stay at catcher long-term.


Round 7: Randy Boone, RHP
Texas University
6-3, 215 lbs;
8/6/84

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2004 44 3.27 6.1 2.9 0.2 9.4
2005 109.1 3.46 7.8 3.1 0.3 8.5
2006 42.2 3.59 8.7 2.6 0.4 8.7
2007 71.1 2.52 8.9 1.5 0.5 8.1

BA: Righthander Randy Boone was a member of the national championship rotation in 2005, but he since has settle into a relief role that he'll continue in pro ball. The top prospect in the Texas Collegiate League last summer, Boone uses an 88-90 mph fastball that reaches 92 to set up a plus slider.

Round 8: Robert Leffler, RHP
University of Tampa (profile)
6-2, 210 lbs;
8/7/84 (one day younger than Randy Boone)

BA: The crop of college arms was so thin that a converted catcher from Tampa Robert Leffler created interest. In his first year as a pitcher, Leffler has shown enough arm strength to bump 94 mph, and he's learning how to command an 85-87 mph slurve. His velocity and control are inconsistent, but his arm works well and his delivery is clean and on line.


Round 9: Marcus Walden, RHP
Fresno CC
6-0, 195 lbs;
9/13/88


Round 10: Joel Collins, C
University of South Alabama
6-1, 195 lbs; Bats right, throws - right
4/24/86

Year AB Ave OBP SLG K/BB K%
2005 182 0.264 0.338 0.335 2.1 14.3%
2006 197 0.299 0.430 0.457 1.0 10.7%
2007 191 0.335 0.453 0.550 0.8 6.9%


Round 11: Bradley Emaus, 2B
Tulane University
6-0, 190 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right
3/28/86

Year AB Ave OBP SLG K/BB K%
2005 262 0.321 0.424 0.542 0.9 12.2%
2006 242 0.289 0.390 0.434 0.8 11.2%
2007 219 0.329 0.439 0.443 0.6 8.7%

BA: Emaus is a gap hitter with the ability to make adjustments at the plate, but he doesn't fit a true position profile. Second base is his likely spot as a pro, but he's a slightly below-average runner who carries 210 pounds on his 6-foot frame, leading to concerns about his future range. He'd fit better defensively at third base and has enough arm strength to play there, but he doesn't have the home run power teams want in a corner infielder.


Round 12: Steven Condotta, SS
Florida Tech
6-0, 180 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right
3/18/85


Round 13: Jonathan Talley, C
Carlsbad HS
6-4, 220 lbs; Bats left, throws - right
2/18/89


Round 14: Cody Crowell, LHP
Vanderbilt University
6-3, 215 lbs
8/23/85

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2005 16 1.12 9.6 3.9 0.6 7.9
2006 84.1 3.95 5.6 2.2 0.5 9.7
2007 66.2 4.05 8.0 2.3 0.8 7.9

BA: Being lefthanded with an occasional plus breaking ball, Crowell has value as a situational reliever. His fastball sits between 85-88 mph.


Round 15: Nathan Jennings, RHP
Univ Texas - Tyler
6-0, 180 lbs
12/24/84

BA: Tyler closer Nate Jennings put up amazing numbers. He allowed no runs and just four hits and four walks in 25 innings while striking out 47. He has a quick arm that generates low-90s fastball and low-80s sliders.


Round 16: Darin Mastroianni, 2B
University of S Indiana
5-11, 190 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right
8/26/85

BA: Second baseman Darin Mastroianni hit .409 and topped NCAA Division II with 64 steals in 67 attempts. He doesn't have the arm for shortstop, though he might be able to handle center field as a pro.


Round 17: Adalberto Santos, 2B
New Mexico JC
5-11, 185 lbs; Bats - right, Throws - right
9/28/87

BA: Adalberto Santos put up stunning numbers. He hit .520/.570/.861, leading the nation in batting while adding a team-high 20 stolen bases. One of the team's better athletes, Santos is best suited for second base.


Round 18: Christopher Corrigan, RHP
San Jacinto Col North
6-2, 155 lbs
12/24/87

BA: Corrigan has a low-90s sinker and a hard slider despite standing at just 6-foot-2 and 160 pounds.


Round 19: Brian Letko, LHP
Embry-Riddle University
6-5, 195 lbs
1/23/85


Round 20: Willie Hale, RHP
Ohio State
6-7, 190 lbs
12/11/85

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2006 64 3.38 5.5 4.1 0.1 8.0
2007 65.2 4.25 6.6 3.6 1.0 9.8

BA: Righthander Jake Hale led Ohio State with 10 saves and completed three of his four starts at the end of the season. His projectable 6-foot-7, 200-pound frame is his best attribute, and he pitches with an 88-89 mph fastball and a Frisbee slider. A draft-eligible sophomore, he's not considered signable for less than third-round money.


Round 21: Cody Dunbar, RHP
Texas Christian U
6-3, 225 lbs
12/4/85

Year Innings ERA K/9 BB/9 HR/9 H/9
2005 5 12.60 3.6 12.6 0.0 10.8
2007 18.2 5.79 8.4 5.9 0.5 12.9



Round 22: Matt Thomson, RHP
Santa Rosa JC
6-4, 190 lbs;
4/20/86

BA: Thomson emerged as the best pitching prospect in California's junior-college ranks this year, with an added bonus that he was not under control to any organization. He has a pair of pitches that were above-average at times: a fastball that has reached 92-94 mph, and a breaking ball that at times morphs into a good slider. Thomson also throws a curveball and changeup, but both are in the early stages.

MLB.com: Thomson wasn't drafted out of high school last year and has come a long way in one year of junior college. He's got an above-average fastball that he maintains throughout his starts and has the chance to add two average pitches to the heater over time. A lot of what scouts see in him is projection, but he's a good athlete, so there's a better chance of him reaching those visions in the future.


Round 23 Frank Gailey, LHP, West Chester

Round 24 James Dougher, RHP, SUNY Cortland

BA:  Jimmy Dougher excelled in the CPL last summer, going 7-1, 0.79 with a 45-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 57 innings. He followed that up by going 8-2, 0.63 with a 74-7 K-BB ratio in 86 innings this spring. Control is Dougher's calling card, and he pitches from a good downhill plane thanks to his 6-foot-7 frame and over-the-top arm slot. His delivery isn't fluid, but he keeps the ball down and doesn't walk many. He pitches in the 86-88 mph range, touching 90-91 occasionally, and his 12-to-6 curveball is a decent offering. His slider and changeup are fringy at best. Dougher is a good athlete for his size, fields his position well and he has a good pickoff move.


Round 25 Jay Monti, RHP, Sacred Heart

Round 26 Ross Buckwalter, RHP, Shippensburg U

Round 27 Kyle Gilligan, SS, Connors State

Round 28 Xorge Carrillo, c, McClintock HS

Round 29 Jonathan Runnels, LHP, Rice

Round 30 David Kaye, RHP, Riverview HS

Round 31-50: Pass
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John Northey - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#169537) #
If I was running the Jays today I'd be ...
1) Going after guys to fill in low minor rosters
2) Chasing players who appear to really want to play and have high ceilings/demands. They might give in at a much lower price if you can 'star' them to death (ie: Halladay comes for a talk if a pitcher, Wells if a hitter). This is where good scouting comes into play (determining how much the kid wants it).
3) Long shots - players who have one key skill but really are lacking elsewhere (speed demon who cannot make contact, power hitter who can't catch a ball to save his life, etc.) hoping your coaches can do something with him.
4) Tommy Lasorda's godchildren - hey, it worked once!
Paul D - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#169539) #

(speed demon who cannot make contact, power hitter who can't catch a ball to save his life, etc.)

I don't know if this is available this late, but I think that the Jays should look to draft a future DH.  DH is a surprisingly weak position for a large number of teams (worse offence than 1b, which seems counterintuitive), and I'd like to see the Jays get a guy who can mash, but do nothing else, give him two to three years in the minors, and then make him the DH for 6 years and not worry about it.   I have no idea what round a guy like that would be likely to go in though.

Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#169541) #
Roster composition has a lot to do with it.  It's tough to have a decent bench if you've got a dedicated DH and 12 pitchers. The need for 12 pitchers results to a significant degree from a culture born of the win and save rules.

Sister - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#169543) #
Interesting, Michael McDade is listed at 1B but he was named 2007 High School Second Team All American as a catcher.
Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 12:02 PM EDT (#169544) #
Paul D, it looks like you might have gotten your wish.  6'2", 250 sounds like he might be DH material.
Pistol - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#169545) #
McDade sounds like maybe a switch hitting Matt Lecroy.

This is the 3rd switch hitter so far in this draft if I remember correctly.

Chris DH - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 01:50 PM EDT (#169547) #

First post in a few years (old username Chris H).

Looks like the Jays are getting favorable reviews of Day 1 from both Baseball America and Bryan Smith of BaseballAnalysts.com and BaseballProspectus.com.

(a) Baseball Prospectus:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=6327 (subsription required)

Best Draft: Toronto Blue Jays

(b) Baseball America

http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/minors/features/264220.html (subscription required)

Jim Callis states that with 7 picks in the first round its pretty easy to like the draft but he really likes what they have done.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=138 (subscription not required)

Favorable review by Matt Eddy last night.

(c) While watching ESPN2 through mlb.com yesterday, David Rawlings (?) mentioned how some scouts compare JP Arencibia to Javy Lopez.  Was mentioned in the Toronto Star this morning too.  I will take that.  Lets hope it works out.

C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan Mike - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 02:07 PM EDT (#169549) #
Yankees just took Chris Carpenter in the 18th round, 574th overall. It will be interesting to see whether they sign him or not.
Mylegacy - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#169551) #

I've been trying to log onto you guys all day - this is the first time I've been able to get through - are you having site problems?

On the draft, everyone and their uncle Bob is saying we're having a great draft. So far I'm very happy. Now if only a few of the 64 catchers we've drafted can be converted to starting pitchers with 98 mph heaters and darting sliders!

Mike Forbes - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 02:32 PM EDT (#169553) #
Secoond basemen and catchers rule!... Or they must if you follow the Jays logic here.
Craig B - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#169554) #

Roster composition has a lot to do with it.  It's tough to have a decent bench if you've got a dedicated DH and 12 pitchers.

It's more than that, though.  The fact is, that Joey Meyer types just don't generally have success either getting to the ML level, or sticking once they get there.  There is a base level of athleticism required to hit at a major league level, and while athleticism won't get you anywhere if you don't have hitting talent, the level of athleticism needed to sustain your hitting talent (if I can use that term, sustain) increases rapidly as hitting talent declines.

Now some Big Fat Designated Hitters (I am thinking of a guy like Prince Fielder) do have great success.  But that's where the argument almost falls down, because Prince Fielder may be a big fat guy, but he is also one hell of a natural athlete.  But the 10th-round guy (or the Jays' 6th-rounder) won't be like that.

Matt Lecroy is actually a perfect example of this.  Matt LeCroy is a hell of a natural hitter, but one of the worst athletes in baseball outside the pitchers.  And look at what that's brought him... all of that natural hitting talent and he has a lifetime OPS+ of 99.  Trying to hit major league pitching, despite the talent for it that he has, stretches his athletic ability practically to its limit.

Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 03:13 PM EDT (#169562) #
Craig and I have somewhat different views on this.  Big fat guys who can hit- Cecil Fielder, Sam Horn- usually are treated with skepticism by organizations and often don't get a full opportunity when they're 22 or 23 and develop as they ought to. 

While I was not crazy about the Jays' first round selections, the subsequent choices look to be good. 10th round choice Joel Collins is a catcher from University of South Alabama, alma mater of Adam Lind.  LIke Lind, he's 21 and has come on like gangbusters in the year of the draft.  If he has the defensive skills for the position, he would be an excellent choice.

John Northey - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 03:19 PM EDT (#169564) #
I agree with the Jays going for middle infielders and catchers as those are two hard positions to fill (two first round picks in a row were SS and now neither of them are) and if a guy has issues he can always shift to 1B/3B/LF/RF from either of those two positions (2B/CF also options if a SS).

Players taken so far (through pick #745 - round 25)...
CA: 3
1B: 1
2B: 4
3B: 0
SS: 3
CF: 1
RHP: 11
LHP: 6

Clearly the Jays are still chasing pitchers. 17 pitchers vs 12 hitters. Middle infielders and catchers the key for bats.

Anyone else will be pure filler I suspect (although Mike Piazza was picked in the 60's iirc).
Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 03:32 PM EDT (#169565) #
More on Collins.  He threw out over half of base thieves this year (26 SB, 28 CS).

I guess he crowds the plate as a hitter.  He was hit by a pitch 22 times (and walked 20 times), while striking out 16 times.  He also has always been a successful thief on the basepaths (this year 7-8).  I've never seen him, but I already am excited. There must be something I am missing, but I cannot figure out why he would be available in the 10th round.  Perhaps he slipped through the cracks with late improvement, or maybe his statistics lie about his abilities. 

RhyZa - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#169569) #
Maybe it is as simple as the scarcity of positions at the big league level.  2B and Catcher seems to be heading that list, and while starting pitchers always are, the odds seem pretty low that you will find one after the 1st rd.  This fits into the Jays drafting so far, as many probably relief type pitchers are being drafted from what I can tell.  Of course, this strategy is only as effective as the quality of catchers and second basemen this draft has to offer.
MatO - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 04:32 PM EDT (#169570) #
The Jays are the first team to drop out of the draft after the 30th round.  As of the 33rd round no other team has dropped out as yet but it's likely more teams soon will due to the elimination of the draft and follow.
Paul D - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#169571) #
Craig, do you think that the pressure to play a position could have affected LeCroy's development as a hitter?  What if instead of trying to get him to catch, 1b, 3b, or OF, the Twins had simply said "hit".  That's the kind of development I was thinking of, the development of the next Pronk.  (Well, Pronk-lite would do).
Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 04:43 PM EDT (#169572) #
Still more on Collins.  He's from Richmond Hill. 

Well, that settles it.  I officially have my #1 player to watch from the 2006 draft.  In 2002, it was Bush and Maureau.  In 2003, Hill, Marcum,  and Vermilyea.  In 2004, LInd and Cannon. This year, it'll be Cecil, Leffler and Collins. 
Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 04:50 PM EDT (#169573) #
No, it's not 2006 anymore, is it?  Geez.

Cecil, Leffler and Collins are my players to watch from the 2007 draft.
Marc Hulet - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 05:00 PM EDT (#169574) #
Well, the Jays must have quit because the draft ran out of college seniors.

In seriousness though, they made some very interesting picks on both days and must be fairly confident they can get most of them signed if they have quit already.

Mike Green - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 05:07 PM EDT (#169575) #
Chris Corrigan 6'2", 155 lbs and throws a low 90s sinker?  Oh, to be 19 again. 


CaramonLS - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 05:25 PM EDT (#169577) #
BP article about the Jays having the best draft

Although, their review isn't all roses:

One of the game's worst farm systems might have about seven new members for its top ten prospect list.
Squiggy - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 07:18 PM EDT (#169583) #
Does anyone know how much autonomy Lalonde has with the draft? I know some organisations let the scouting director run it almost completely (eg. Mariners), but I don't know if JP is this "hands off" with his drafts.
Gerry - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 07:46 PM EDT (#169584) #

The Jays have two teams to fill for the short-season, that is approx. 60 players.  Thirty were selected in the last two days, we heard earlier of approx. 7 Dominicans coming over as well as some Australians signed last season.  That leaves twenty spots.  Here is a sampling of who is in extended spring training:

Hitters:  Leance Soto; Wesley Stone; Balbino Fuenmayor; Adam Calderone; Joheromyn Chavez; Baron Frost; Paul Franko; Luis Fernandez; and Jonathon DelCampo; and others..

Pitchers: Scott Byrnes; Wilfreddy Aguirre; Shane Benson; Dan O'Brien; Drew Taylor; Kyle Walter; Gabriel Alfaro; Noah Tritz; Ron Lowe; Edgar Estanga; Brian Bull; John Zinnicker; and others.

There are enough players to fill two teams.  The Jays could have picked others as draft and follows but they can only follow them for the next two months as the signing deadline is August 15th.

mendocino - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 09:20 PM EDT (#169587) #

Jay picks Steve Condotta & Kyle Gilligan playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the IBL

"Shortstop Kyle Gilligan led the Leafs 20-hit outpouring with two home runs (345 feet to left field in the second and a two-run blast that travelled 350 feet to left field in the fifth) and a double."

Gerry - Friday, June 08 2007 @ 11:11 PM EDT (#169591) #

There were 32 Canadians taken in the 2007 draft.

The Jays selected four, Magnusson, Collins, Condetta and Gilligan with the last three being from Ontario.  Condetta played with Jonathan Baksh last season in College.

The four new Canadians will join Chris Emanuele, Jon Baksh, AJ Wideman, David Corrente and Drew Taylor.  I think it's great that the Jays now have so many Canadians.

Craig B - Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 01:42 AM EDT (#169593) #
The Jays have two teams to fill for the short-season, that is approx. 60 players.

Gerry, does that mean that the Jays definitely have a GCL team this year? 
Thomas - Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 03:34 AM EDT (#169594) #
Interesting to see Gilligan chosen in the 27th round by the Jays. He was a draft and and follow of the Red Sox last year from the 20th round. He's from my neighbourhood and went to the local high school. I played baseball for several years on the same team as, and against, his brother. I guess that's now my claim to fame: "played baseball with the brother of a Toronto Blue Jays draftee."
Gerry - Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 08:30 AM EDT (#169597) #

Craig:

I do believe the GCL team is a "done deal".  Most of the Jays high school picks, seven I think, will play there as well as many of the Dominican players. 

Slim Jim - Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 08:50 AM EDT (#169600) #
Just a thought. I wouldn't take too much Keith Law has to say very seriously. I was checking his final mock draft - which I believe was released early Thursday morning, and by my count he placed 2 players accurately out of 30. David Price at number 1 and Wendell Fairley at number 29. I've also noticed several of his evaluations run almost 180 degrees from those of Baseball America - who generally gets a number of opinions on each player from established evaluators. I would say his information is for entertainment purposes only. I'm going to save it so I can call him on it later - can't believe that offense is the missing part of Arencibia's game - the guy was the MVP with team USA last summer!
Pistol - Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 09:33 AM EDT (#169604) #
For what it's worth, BA had 3 correct picks in their final mock draft, BP, had 2, and MLB had 3.

Mylegacy - Saturday, June 09 2007 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#169620) #

On Law - he trashes the Jay's picks but on one of his pre-draft lists the Jay's drafted 5 of HIS top 31 guys - AND he trashes our picks -puppy pooh! Think about that, there are 30 teams so you should be able to get 1 of the top 30 - the Jay's got 5 of the top 31....that has to be a great draft!

1. Matt Wieters, C (Georgia Tech)
2. David Price, LHP (Vanderbilt)
3. Andrew Brackman, RHP (North Carolina State)
4. Rick Porcello, RHP (Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J.)
5. Josh Vitters, 3B (Cypress (Calif.) High School)
6. Phillippe Aumont, RHP (Ecole Secondary Du Versant, Gatineau, Quebec)
7. Matt Harvey, RHP (Fitch High School, Groton, Conn.)
8. Jason Heyward, OF/1B (Henry County High School, McDonough, Ga.)
9. Justin Jackson, SS (Roberson High School, Asheville, N.C.)JAY
10. Matt Dominguez, 3B (Chatsworth (Calif.) High School)
11. Ross Detwiler, LHP (Missouri State)
12. Michael Burgess, OF (Hillsborough High School, Tampa, Fla.)
13. Michael Main, RHP (Deland (Fla.) High School)
14. Blake Beavan, RHP (Irving (Texas) High School)
15. Daniel Moskos, LHP (Clemson)
16. Matt Mangini, 3B (Oklahoma State)
17. Neil Ramirez, RHP (Kempsville (Va.) High School)
18. J.P. Arencibia, C (Tennessee)JAY
19. Tanner Robles, LHP (Cottonwood High School, Salt Lake City)
20. Madison Bumgarner, LHP (South Caldwell High School, Hudson N.C.)
21. Jack McGeary, LHP/1B (Roxbury (Mass.) Latin High School)
22. Mitch Canham, C (Oregon State)
23. Josh Fields, RHP (Georgia)
24. Casey Weathers, RHP (Vanderbilt)
25. Jake Arrieta, RHP (TCU)
26. Brett Cecil, LHP (Maryland)JAY
27. Julio Borbon, OF (Tennessee)
28. Nevin Griffith, RHP (Middleton High School, Fla.)
29. John Tolisano, SS/2B (Estero (Fla.) High School)JAY
30. Yasmani Grandal, C (Miami Springs High School, Hialeah, Fla.)
31. Eric Eiland, OF (Lamar High School, Houston, Texas)JAY

RhyZa - Monday, June 11 2007 @ 10:58 AM EDT (#169659) #

It's also shocking how low he has Ahrens rated, and how high Jackson is.

For what it's worth, whoever does the write ups on rotoworld think that both Ahrens and Arencibia were overdrafts.

Mylegacy - Monday, June 11 2007 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#169666) #
Scout.com now has interviews with 16 of our picks and one with Kevin Ahrens HS coach. I'm finding them all interesting. His coach is very high on him...good thing too...or I'd be really nervous.
Craig B - Monday, June 11 2007 @ 12:49 PM EDT (#169669) #

Craig, do you think that the pressure to play a position could have affected LeCroy's development as a hitter?  What if instead of trying to get him to catch, 1b, 3b, or OF, the Twins had simply said "hit". 

Sorry, didn't see this until now.  I absolutely do think this - Lecroy probably would have become a much more dangerous hitter if he hadn't had to play defense.  I think this is true of any player, but more so where a player is badly stretched defensively and has a lot of offensive talent.  Telling Lecroy to just worry about being a lifetime DH would have helped.

But with large modern pitching staffs, even for an AL team a single DH-only player squeezes the roster pretty badly.  There's also the emasculation of it... telling a kid he's hopeless in the field to the point that he may as well not bother is pretty damned humiliating.  (No matter how true, in the case of someone like Lecroy).

But I think that's a (small) part of the whole reason why non-athletes develop more poorly as hitters... they need to spend that much more time and effort becoming defensively adequate.

Ducey - Monday, June 11 2007 @ 04:15 PM EDT (#169678) #
I take your point Craig but I am not sure that LeCroy is a good example.  Having seen him around Edmonton in his AAA days, he was not exactly the picture of fitness...you have to figure this has held him back somewhat.
Pistol - Tuesday, June 12 2007 @ 06:30 PM EDT (#169718) #
A bunch of early signings - players in bold are signed - a couple of later round HSers are included in the signings.  It looks like McDade might be shifted to 1b now as that's the listed position at BA and the Jays signed the other HS catcher they took in the 13th round.







ayjackson - Friday, June 15 2007 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#169919) #

Trystan Magnussen's bio from the University of Louisville's media program for the 2007 College World Series.  (page 55)

ayjackson - Friday, June 15 2007 @ 12:51 PM EDT (#169922) #

Jonathan Runnels bio from Rice University.

He was a modestly successful JuCo starter before transferring to Rice this year.  He really didn't pitch at all this year at Rice and is not on their CWS Roster.  I'm not sure if he was injured.

wacker - Sunday, June 17 2007 @ 04:14 PM EDT (#170006) #
pistol, the other catcher from 13th round being jonny talley, big left hand bat, i believe jays fans gonna like him. I seen mcdade hit also, lots of power. looks to me jays went in search for big bats.
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