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2008 Draft Thread
« on: June 05, 2008, 07:10:20 am »
Here is your draft war room to discuss picks, share info you have about players picked.  Enjoy
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2008, 09:43:59 am »
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/mock-draft/2008/266271.html

Callis seems more non-commital on his projections than at any time I can remember.  He has Skipworth at 10 with Crow at 9 but is equivocal.  If he's even close to right the Astros could end up with either.  My feeling is they would kill to get Skipworth.  Of course he's no help for the immediate future.  If he's wrong on Beckham to the Rays this entire projection goes out the window.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2008, 09:44:41 am »
Mentioned on the pre-draft thread, but BP says it will indeed be Beckham to the Rays, b/c of $$$.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2008, 09:54:43 am »
That article say Posey wants 12 million.  After some quick googling, it looks like the biggest contract to date was the $7.28 million that Rick Porcello got from Detroit last year.  I'd say the article is right that Posey and his agent don't want to be picked by Tampa, so they floated an outrageous number.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 10:04:48 am »
If you want to watch the draft on your windows media player, paste this link in the "Open URL" of the player:

rtsp://a1503.l1086932070.c10869.g.lm.akamaistream.net/D/1503/10869/v0001/reflector:32070 

The show is hosted by Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley (former head of Houston Astros scouting).
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2008, 10:08:13 am »
If you want to watch the draft on your web media player, click on this link to view it: MLB Channel.  The show is hosted by Jonathan Mayo and David Rawnsley (former head of Houston Astros scouting).

One note.  If you *watch* the draft on mlb.com tv, this afternoon starting at 1pm central, it will be behind.  I'll be sitting at my desk listen on mlb radio which is only a few seconds behind rather than about a minute behind.  At least it was a minute behind last year.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2008, 10:09:49 am »
That article say Posey wants 12 million.  After some quick googling, it looks like the biggest contract to date was the $7.28 million that Rick Porcello got from Detroit last year.  I'd say the article is right that Posey and his agent don't want to be picked by Tampa, so they floated an outrageous number.

Funny, Callis has him going to the Marlins.  Not exactly deep pockets there.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2008, 10:27:55 am »
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008, 10:31:45 am »
Very good news.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008, 10:32:56 am »
One note.  If you *watch* the draft on mlb.com tv, this afternoon starting at 1pm central, it will be behind.  I'll be sitting at my desk listen on mlb radio which is only a few seconds behind rather than about a minute behind.  At least it was a minute behind last year.

And the BaseballChannel.tv is also not used to large hits for streaming, so sometimes it gets quirky.

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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2008, 10:37:08 am »
Beckham confirmed at #1.
The little blurb at the end of that article shows that even the top pick is very much a crap shot as are all picks in the MLB draft.  (granted not all the TB picks were #1, but most if not all were top 5-7, I think).

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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2008, 10:43:49 am »
even the top pick is very much a crap shot as are all picks in the MLB draft. 

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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2008, 11:18:45 am »
The little blurb at the end of that article shows that even the top pick is very much a crap shot as are all picks in the MLB draft.  (granted not all the TB picks were #1, but most if not all were top 5-7, I think).

A pre-draft show is on now on BaseballChannel.tv (MLB.com) and they've got Steve Berhardt of Baseball Factory (the showcase for high school and college kids) saying that this is the deepest draft in a very long time.  He said it compares to the 2005 draft.  They did a segment on the 2005 and reminded everyone of the talent that is already in the majors from that draft.  Man, if this is the true, some very good first rounders are going to come out of this draft.  Berhardt claims that with the high school talent in this draft, this is a deep draft (kids like Hewitt and Collier with all their tools).  He claims that even some second rounders will be great major league prospects.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2008, 11:20:23 am »
Johnathan Mayo still claims Aaron Crow to Houston at #10.

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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2008, 11:35:42 am »
Johnathan Mayo still claims Aaron Crow to Houston at #10.

That pre-draft show is old.
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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2008, 11:37:01 am »
That pre-draft show is old.

Yup, my bad... the pre-draft show for today isn't on yet.  BTW - they really like pointing out today the unpredictability of the slots.  Guys like Hewitt, a high school shortstop, are making scouts wonder just how good or a bust he can be.  "Anywhere from 8 to 88" is what some scouts say.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2008, 11:45:40 am »
Yup, my bad... the pre-draft show for today isn't on yet.  BTW - they really like pointing out today the unpredictability of the slots.  Guys like Hewitt, a high school shortstop, are making scouts wonder just how good or a bust he can be.  "Anywhere from 8 to 88" is what some scouts say.

The live pre-draft show is at 12:30 following the Negro League draft that starts at noon.

BTW with the 10th pick I expect Houston to not be on the clock until about 1:30 so if you're a few minutes late to the party no worries.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2008, 11:50:51 am »
While we're waiting, given Astros management offered arb to the FA eligible last Dec, I thought I'd have a look at what might be there this Dec.  Here is the list of players who, right now, would stand to be FA after this season: Ausmus, Chacon, Cheito, Erstad, Loretta, and Moehler.  Chacon could sneak into the Type B range.  Moehler would be iffy but would have to stay in the rotation.  I don't think the rest will get enough playing time to make it into compensation territory.  It is the Dec 2009 group, as it stands today, that looks very interesting.
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2008, 11:51:30 am »
A pre-draft show is on now on BaseballChannel.tv (MLB.com) and they've got Steve Berhardt of Baseball Factory (the showcase for high school and college kids) saying that this is the deepest draft in a very long time.  He said it compares to the 2005 draft. 

It blows my mind with the variation in opinion on talent from 'the experts'.  I listened to a podcast yesterday with a scout saying this was going to be the weakest draft in quite some time
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Re: 2008 Draft Thread
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2008, 11:58:09 am »
It blows my mind with the variation in opinion on talent from 'the experts'.  I listened to a podcast yesterday with a scout saying this was going to be the weakest draft in quite some time

I suppose they have to define weakest or deepest...

It has been put to me like this.  There are few guys you can point to today that you would say that guy is going to be an all-star.  There are a lot of guys you can point to today and say that guy can contribute in the majors either as a starter or reserve.

I have not heard this year's group being as bad as 2001.
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