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PostSubject: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Thu May 27, 2010 7:25 pm



Herndon will be Tigers' point man at Draft
Former player now an important developmental cog

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

05/26/10 10:46 AM ET

Former Tigers slugger Larry Herndon has been in charge of developing some of the Tigers' sluggers of tomorrow, including Brennan Boesch and Ryan Strieby two years ago. Come next month, he'll be on hand as Detroit tries to bolster its next generation of hitting prospects at the First-Year Player Draft.

Herndon will be representing the Tigers at MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., when the Draft gets under way at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, June 7. He'll be joined by Garrett Guest, part of the Tigers' scouting staff.

MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET.

MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.

Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.

Detroit doesn't have a pick in the first round, having surrendered that when it signed Type-A free agent Jose Valverde in January. However, the Tigers have two supplemental-round selections as compensation for losing relievers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon.

As the Tigers have shown the last few years, they can turn secondary-round selections into first-round talent. They drafted Boesch in the third round of the 2006 Draft and fellow slugging prospect Strieby a round later, both out of college, and have helped them climb the developmental ladder over the past few years.

Last year, Detroit took some chances drafting talented high school athletes and provided a talent infusion into its system, led by sixth-round selection and Detroit high school product Daniel Fields. He immediately joined the list of Detroit's top prospects and is now learning from Herndon at Class A Lakeland, where Herndon is the hitting coach.

Likewise, Herndon wasn't a first-round selection. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the third round in 1971 out of Douglas High School in Memphis and watched him make his Major League debut three years later. He was traded to San Francisco soon after and spent six seasons there before the Giants traded him to Detroit after the 1981 season.

Herndon blossomed with the Tigers in 1982, batting .292 with 23 home runs and 88 RBIs that season before hitting .302 with 20 homers and 92 RBIs the next year. He came into his prime in time to become a key cog on the Tigers' 1984 World Series championship squad.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sat May 29, 2010 11:21 pm

Crystal Ball: The Draft's top 20 picks

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

05/26/10 10:00 AM ET

Here it is, fewer than three weeks before the start of the First-Year Player Draft. Things should be starting to clear up in the first round, right?

Not so much.

There remains a general consensus that the top three, in whichever order, will be Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Jameson Taillon. After that, it seems like it's still anyone's guess.

That doesn't mean there isn't buzz about which teams like certain players and that's what this first crack at the top 20 picks of the Draft -- which can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, at 7 p.m. ET -- tries to reflect. It's still mostly whispers as most in the industry believe this Draft might not really take shape until right before it's time to get things started. That won't keep the prognostications from coming, as the first shot at all 32 picks in the first round will come next week.

1. Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper, C/OF, College of Southern Nevada
No change here, as it seems nearly certain he's the top pick. Going 6-for-6 with four homers and 10 RBIs in one postseason game certainly doesn't hurt.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates: Manny Machado, SS, Miami Brito HS, Florida
Switching things up a bit for this week, though the Pirates have certainly not made up their minds and they could still take Jameson Taillon. It could be a game-time decision between Machado and Taillon. Last week: Taillon

3. Baltimore Orioles: Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS, Texas
It's still looking like the Orioles are looking at the prep player the Pirates don't take, though there's always the chance for a wild card. For now, though, Taillon's the guy. Last week: Machado

4. Kansas City Royals: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
There are still many players, mostly collegians, the Royals are looking at, including hitters like Yasmani Grandal, last week's choice. Sale has arguably been the best pitcher performance-wise in this class, and that might be too much for Kansas City to pass up. Last week: Grandal

5. Cleveland Indians: Yasmani Grandal, C, University of Miami
With Sale off the board, the Indians could look for a college bat instead, with the Miami catcher and Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice in the mix. They'll be heavily scouting the ACC tournament, where they can watch Grandal and perhaps even Georgia Tech ace Deck McGuire. Last week: Sale

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
You don't want to put too much weight into one or two starts, but how Pomeranz throws in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday and then again in a likely NCAA regional appearance could stem the tide of what could be a slide based on some recent struggles. If he does that, he could still land in this spot.

7. New York Mets: Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech

Last week's choice, Bryce Brentz, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts with Mets GM Omar Minaya reportedly in attendance. He won't tumble too far, but the Mets could go for the solid college performer who could get to the big leagues in a hurry. Last week: Brentz

8. Houston Astros: Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas
A rib-cage injury has kept Cox largely out of action the past several games, but that shouldn't hurt his Draft stock, with many believing he's the best advanced bat in the country. A guy who can get to the bigs quickly and contribute might be just what the Astros are looking for. Last week: McGuire

9. San Diego Padres: Karsten Whitson, Chipley HS, Calif.
College or high school? It's difficult to know which direction San Diego's new group will take. There's been a lot of talk about the Padres wanting to make a splash with a high school arm, and after Taillon, Whitson is probably the top prep pitcher on Draft boards. Last week: Kolbrin Vitek

10. Oakland A's: Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State
It's still looking like the college route for the A's, though it's not a slam dunk. With Cox off the board, they could go with someone like Choice, Brentz or Vitek. Last week: Cox

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Michael Choice, OF, University of Texas-Arlington
It's extremely possible that Choice will be gone by the time the Jays make the first of their many early picks. Their new scouting staff could make a splash with a high school arm if they so choose, but Choice's power could look very good in Toronto's outfield.

12. Cincinnati Reds: Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State
Like with Choice, Brentz will get some interest from the teams above and might not be there when the Reds are on the clock. If that's the case, maybe they'll look for another college player who could help an improving team get better more quickly.

13. Chicago White Sox: Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
The White Sox have taken a college player, four of them pitchers, with their top pick in each of the past eight years. It looks like a good direction for them this year, with a few advanced arms that could fit here. Wimmers' hamstring injury won't hurt his Draft stock.

14. Milwaukee Brewers: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.
Just looking at the Brewers' big-league roster tells you they're pretty good at developing young hitters. Castellanos has garnered some interest with some top-10 teams, though some teams believe he's not quite ready. Milwaukee doesn't mind being patient with a potential big bat, though.

15. Texas Rangers: Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Cook County HS (Ga.)
This is the pick the Rangers got for not signing Matthew Purke last year, so there'll be no compensation if they can't sign this pick. If Cowart proves not to be an easy sign and they think he'll last, they could wait until pick No. 22. Allowing him to hit -- his preference -- rather than pitch, might help in persuading him to sign. If they need an easier sign, Canadian catcher Kellin Deglan might be a match.

16. Chicago Cubs: Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel
Last year, it was a college bat. The year before, it was a college arm. That arm, Andrew Cashner, is close to big-league ready. Adding an arm for Wojciechowski could give them another quick-to-the-bigs pitcher.

17. Tampa Bay Rays: Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edward's HS (Ohio)
The Rays haven't taken a high school arm with their top pick since 1997, but that doesn't mean they haven't had success with prep pitching (see Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson for examples). Allie's arm strength has generated some buzz above, but this looks like the first place he truly might land.

18. Los Angeles Angels: Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS, Calif.
It's likely the Angels don't think Covey will still be on the board, but if he is, they will likely jump at the chance to take him here. If not, there are several other California high school arms they'd be interested in, like Aaron Sanchez or Peter Tago.

19. Houston Astros: Delino DeShields Jr., OF, Woodward Park Academy (Ga.)
The buzz about Houston liking DeShields has been loud, to the point where some think the Astros would take him with their first pick to make sure they got him. In this scenario, they get the safe college guy up top and the high school toolsy guy here.

20. Boston Red Sox: Matt Harvey, RHP, University of North Carolina
Let's see: A North Carolina Tar Heels pitcher with some good stuff who started in college but might be a reliever at the next level. Sound familiar? Harvey doesn't throw as hard as Daniel Bard, but if starting doesn't work out for Harvey, he could be an effective bullpen piece very quickly.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sat May 29, 2010 11:30 pm



Breaking down the Draft's top outfielders
Plenty of talent but deeper digging needed to identify it

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

05/26/10 10:00 AM ET

In a perfect Draft, there are scores of hitters to be had, ones who can roam the outfield with speed, throw rockets and hit with power. Alas, there has never truly been a perfect Draft and there may never be one.

Some of that is because there are never enough impact hitters to go around and some of it is because it's a scout's job to be hypercritical. Even with those qualifiers, however, it seems like the Class of 2010 does not contain the most inspiring group of outfielders.

"Unfortunately, I don't know that there's any area group that's strong," one scouting executive said. "I wouldn't consider any of the outfielder groups strong, college or high school."

With no impact hitters like Dustin Ackley coming from one of the big college programs, there has been more attention paid to some at "smaller" schools. Players like Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee State) and Michael Choice (University of Texas-Arlington) lead this crop and neither calls a conference like the SEC or ACC home. That doesn't mean, however, that they should be considered huge surprises. And as every scout says, there will be Major Leaguers from this group.

"I wouldn't consider them smaller schools," the executive said. "Middle Tennessee is in a regional every year, and it's been on the scouting trail for years. Texas-Arlington is, too. They're not LSU or Fullerton, but those are guys from strong programs. Those guys would be there, period."

To find out where "there" is for any of the outfielders in the Class of 2010, be sure to check MLB.com, which will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9, on MLB Network and MLB.com. Here are some of the key names of players who one day could be big-league outfielders.

Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State: After a huge sophomore season and fine showing with Team USA, Brentz was slowed this year by an ankle injury. He's still managed to show a good amount of power and should be fine in an outfield corner. That should have him off the board at some point in the first round.

Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton: If a team is looking for a leadoff-hitting, center-field-playing speedster, Brown might be the guy. He's got plus speed on both sides of the ball and should get better in both stealing bases and playing center as he gains experience. He's picked a terrific time to have one of the better seasons in the college game during his junior year, and his skill set should have him gone by the supplemental first round, if not sooner.

Michael Choice, University of Texas-Arlington: Choice really put himself on the map with Team USA last summer and kept on improving his stock with his performance this spring. He's got as much power as anyone on this list while showing a good approach at the plate. There's a good chance he's the first outfielder taken off the board on June 7.

Delino DeShields Jr., Norcross HS (Ga.): The son of the former big leaguer of the same name, DeShields has an intriguing combination of bloodlines and outstanding tools in his own right. He's got a great bat and his plus speed is a game-changer. He should be a good center fielder in the future, though he could probably handle second base -- his father's position -- if needed. DeShields has come on strong and has been mentioned in connection with certain teams that have multiple picks in the first round.

Reggie Golden, Wetumpka HS (Ala.): The proverbial raw, five-tool high school athlete, the emphasis with Golden should be on the word raw. He has the ability to do just about everything on the field, but simply needs to play and gain experience. He could be a find for a team willing to be patient and there was some buzz that there might be some teams as high as the end of the first round that might be.

Ryan LaMarre, University of Michigan: There were few hitters in this Draft moving up the charts more than LaMarre as college's regular season drew to a close. After returning from a thumb injury and performing well once strength returned to the hand, he's being mentioned in first-round conversations. LaMarre has improved hitting skills after a rough Cape Cod season, should develop some power, can run well and plays excellent outfield defense. As a former hockey player, he's got that kind of mentality, and that's a good thing.

Kyle Parker, Clemson: While most may know him as Clemson's quarterback, he's been making a strong name for himself as a hitter this spring. He's shown power in the past, but this year, he's put it all together with a better approach and an ability to hit for average as well. Some parts of his game are raw, but if he were to focus only on baseball, he could shorten the learning curve. He's got some signing leverage with years of football eligibility remaining, but that probably won't prevent a team from taking him in the first 50 picks.

Josh Sale, Bishop Blanchet HS (Wash.): Outside of that Bryce Harper fellow, there might not be another player with more raw power than Sale. He is extremely strong and can hit the ball a long, long way, though there is some concern about his ability to make contact consistently enough to tap into that power. While he's not awful defensively, it's his bat that will get him drafted and up to the big leagues one day. And it's probably enough to get him off the board before the first round is over.

Austin Wates, Virginia Tech: Wates doesn't fit a particular profile well because he's a college outfielder with tools and because it's not totally clear what position he should play. What he does consistently well is hit and run, though he doesn't project to have power. He could be an everyday left fielder or maybe play center, but he hasn't done that at Tech. He could be a fine pick for a team in the supplemental first round or the top of the second round when all is said and done.

Austin Wilson, Harvard-Westlake HS (Calif.): Big, strong and athletic, Wilson looks the part of a future, run-producing right fielder. He's got the power and the arm to profile extremely well there and he runs well for a guy his size. His work ethic and makeup are off the charts. The main issues with Wilson are that he's a little raw in his overall hitting approach and there are some concerns as to what it might take to sign him away from his Stanford commitment. Based on tools alone, he's a first-round-type player.

Others to watch:
Ryan Bolden, Maidson Central HS, Miss.; Chevez Clarke, Marietta HS (Ga.); Todd Cunningham, Jacksonville State; Gauntlett Eldemire, Ohio University; Ty Linton, Charlotte Christian HS (NC); Jarrett Parker, University of Virginia; Mel Rojas Jr., Wabash Community College.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sat May 29, 2010 11:59 pm



Breaking down the Draft's top catchers
Harper brings intrigue to unheralded class of backstops

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

05/27/10 10:00 AM ET

This year's group of Draft-eligible backstops is thin. There is only a handful of quality guys. However, there is always a market for catchers, so the good ones have the chance to have their Draft status inflated. But this might be the weakest group, in terms of depth, in quite some time.

Kellin Deglan, Langley Blaze, British Columbia
With strong showings during tours of Arizona and Florida, Deglan has a good chance to be the first high school catcher to come off the board. Scouts like his approach at the plate and he's got some raw power. He moves surprisingly well behind the plate and has the makings of a solid all-around, left-handed-hitting backstop. Previous Canadian prospects have helped their stock with strong showings in the Dominican. Deglan is there now and could move into the first round when all is said and done.

Micah Gibbs, Louisiana State University
Generally well-regarded for his defense, Gibbs has had a bit of an odd year. He's hit better than he ever has, with an average over .400. While he's caught fine, he's not been good at throwing out baserunners. Still, he's a switch-hitter who's put up numbers and catches a good game. The team that believes he's got an everyday bat will likely take him fairly early, perhaps in the supplemental first round.

Yasmani Grandal, University of Miami
After Harper, Grandal is presumed to be the next backstop who will go off the board, with his name figuring prominently in the top 10 picks. There's a good reason for it: Known since high school for his overall defensive work, he's been as good a hitter as there's been in this college season. Switch-hitting catchers who can play defense and hit will fly off Draft boards every year.

Bryce Harper, College of Southern Nevada
There's not a whole lot left to say about the top player in the Draft. He's hitting .442/.524/.986 with 29 homers and 89 RBIs in 62 games. In postseason play recently, he hit for the cycle in one game, then went 6-for-6 with four homers and 10 RBIs (they switched from wood to metal for the tournament) to make sure his team advanced to the Junior College World Series. The only question is whether he'll catch long-term, but he's likely to get the opportunity to at least give it a shot for a while.

Jake Hernandez, Los Osos HS, Calif.
Perhaps Hernandez is to this Draft what Grandal was to the one in 2007. He's got the chance to be a very good defensive catcher, with an above-average arm and at least the makings for excellent skills across the board. It's not clear how much he'll hit, though he does have some strength that might eventually translate into power. His defense is his calling card, but a team that thinks he might hit a little might take him.

Michael Kvasnicka, University of Minnesota
Until this year, Kvasnicka had largely been an outfielder at the collegiate level, but he got a lot of attention when Minnesota moved him behind the plate. He's got an outstanding arm, though his release is a bit slow, and as a converted player, he's got some catching up to do -- pardon the pun -- with the rest of his defense. But he's fairly athletic, which should help him, and he's got a decent bat from both sides of the plate. A team convinced the catching move will work will give him a shot in the first few rounds.

Justin O'Conner, Cowan HS, Ind.
O'Conner has the chance to be the best high school catcher in the class, which is saying something considering he hasn't played that much behind the plate. He's got a plus arm that would work just fine and he's got the kind of athleticism that should make him fairly agile. That being said, the team that takes him will have to be patient in letting his defensive skills develop. They may not have to wait as long for his bat, which projects to hit for average with plenty of power to all fields.

Cameron Rupp, University of Texas
Catchers from Texas typically do well in the Draft, and Rupp has had enough experiences in big situations to be well-evaluated. He's got power and some defensive abilities behind the plate, most notably his arm. He doesn't have a ton of bat speed and he may never hit for a high average, but a strong backstop, with good leadership, some power and a good arm should come off the board in the first few rounds.

Stefan Sabol, Aliso Niguel HS, Calif.
Sabol has been a "name" for quite some time and entered the spring after the summer showcase circuit as one of the first prep bats mentioned. He hasn't quite lived up to that advanced billing, which may have been too much to begin with. He does have some bat speed and a little pop, but not a ton. He's fairly athletic behind the plate, but some question his ability to be able to stay back there at the next level. Still, there's likely to be a team willing to take a shot that he can figure those things out.

Will Swanner, La Costa Canyon HS, Calif.
Swanner got good early grades on his overall hitting ability, with some projecting average and power to come from the prepster. His defense isn't quite as strong, but he's got some things to like, including good athleticism that should allow him to remain fairly agile behind the plate. He also could probably handle another position if that were to be deemed necessary.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sun May 30, 2010 12:06 am



Breaking down the Draft's corner infielders
2010 class of prospects short on depth, not on potential

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

05/28/10 10:00 AM ET

Corner infielders typically fit a profile. They should hit for power and be middle-of-the-order run producers. At least that's what teams would prefer them to be in a perfect world.

And that's what scouts look for each year in the First-Year Player Draft: Impact bats with power at first and third. They are in high demand and often in short supply. There isn't much depth in this regard in the Class of 2010, but there are some corner infielders who will generate plenty of interest in the first few rounds. Here are 10 to keep an eye on.

The Draft will be aired live by MLB.com and MLB Network beginning with the first round on June 7, and continuing live on MLB.com on June 8-9.

Kris Bryant, Bonanza HS, Nev.
Bryant has raw power and plenty of it. It's often on display in batting practice and he has a tendency to do well at showcases as a result. A home run streak late this spring certainly helped his stock, but there is concern about his overall hitting ability and whether he'll make consistent enough contact to tap into his considerable strength. He's not a good defender at third base and most believe he'll have to play first base in the future. Even with those questions, someone's liable to take a shot on his raw power.

Nick Castellanos, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fla.
Castellanos has established himself as perhaps the second-best high school hitter in this class, behind perhaps only Manny Machado from the Miami area. He's played shortstop this year for his high school team, but will slide back to third, his position for most of his amateur career, as a pro. Scouts like his overall athleticism and he's got more than enough skills to handle playing third base well. Most believe he should hit for average, though there's some debate over just how much power he'll grow into. There are enough teams, it seems, who think he'll have plenty, a reason why his name is being mentioned all over the first half of the first round.

Kaleb Cowart, Cook HS, Ga.
While many teams prefer Cowart as a pitcher, the word is that Cowart would rather hit. The old adage is it only takes one team for something like that to happen and it does appear there are a few in the first round that might consider it. Cowart's a switch-hitter with pop from both sides, though more of it shows right-handed. A shortstop in high school, he'd move over to third, where he'd be just fine. Because he's a switch-hitting third baseman type in Georgia, he's gotten some Chipper Jones comparisons. While those may be unfair, a team that thinks he can approach that potential will nab him early.

Zack Cox, University of Arkansas
Cox, a draft-eligible sophomore, is generally regarded to be the most advanced college bat in the class, with some thinking that he has the chance to one day compete for batting titles. He's got a great approach and makes consistent contact to all fields. There is some debate over just how much power he'll have, but even if he doesn't fit the profile perfectly, he should hit enough to make up for it. He's not great defensively, with some liking him better at second when Arkansas has slid him over there, but it's his bat that should have him off the board in the top half of the opening round.

Joe Leonard, University of Pittsburgh

It's a solid year for hot-corner prospects in the Big East and Leonard has done nothing but help his Draft stock all season. The third baseman is smooth defensively and has shown the ability to hit for a high average with a good approach. He hasn't hit for a ton of power in college, but many believe that will come as he matures and fills out his frame. With the season he's had, he could hear his name called as high as the second round.

Chad Lewis, Marina HS, Calif.
Lewis looks the part of a future third baseman and should have the skills to stay there. He can flat-out rake and tends to come up big against top competition. He's got some pop, with plenty of room to grow into more. As a former shortstop who's already outgrown the position, he's got plenty of defensive skills to be a good third baseman. He's a tick or two below the top high school bats in this class, but he shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called.

Hunter Morris, Auburn University
A second-round pick of the Red Sox in 2007, Hunter didn't sign and opted to attend Auburn instead. He shook off a so-so sophomore season to put up very good numbers as a junior, both in terms of average and power, something he should be able to continue at the next level. A decent athlete, he's improved defensively at first and has even shown the ability to handle an outfield corner spot. In a year short on impact college bats, it wouldn't be surprising if Morris snuck in as high as the supplemental first round.

Michael Olt, 3B, University of Connecticut
Olt really fits the profile of a corner infielder, with plenty of raw and in-game power and a good approach at the plate. He shook off some injuries to put up some solid run-producing numbers this season and has worked hard to make his defense solid at third. His size, strength and bat speed could have him off the board with his Big East cohort Leonard as high as the second round.

Tony Thompson, Kansas University
Thompson reminds some of a young Paul Konerko-type and the team that takes him hopes he can follow that development path. A broken kneecap caused him to start slowly, but Thompson has plus power to all fields. He didn't have good range to begin with, as most saw a move to first base in his future even before the injury. But he should have the bat to profile well at that position.

Christian Yelich, Westlake HS, Calif.
Scouts rave about Yelich's smooth swing from the left side of the plate, one that generates plenty of line drives and should allow him to hit for a high average. There's also agreement that he's a good athlete with speed that you don't usually see in a first baseman, though his below-average arm should keep him there, and that his athleticism makes him a good defender at first. The one question is how much power he may have in the future, with some thinking he'll grow into some, though most see more of a John Olerud career path if everything works out. That should be enough to get him selected in the first few rounds.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sun May 30, 2010 12:14 am



Breaking down the Draft's middle infielders
2010 class of prospects may yield few shortstops

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

05/29/10 11:34 AM ET

Finding talent up the middle is a priority at every Draft. It's also easier said than done, particularly discovering someone who can stick at shortstop.

This year is no different. While there is some intriguing talent in the middle infield, it's unclear which prospects might be able to stay at short. But with high-ceiling talent like Manny Machado and advanced college players like Christian Colon, there does appear to be a mix for people to choose from in the first few rounds.

Yordy Cabrera, Lakeland HS, Fla.
Strong and lean, Cabrera looks the part of a ballplayer. He's got as much arm strength as anyone in this group, but at his size -- 6-foot-4, 190 pounds -- most feel he'll eventually move over to third. He's got the hands and ability to be fine there, and he might also be athletic enough to handle a corner outfield spot. He's got plenty of raw power, but the question is whether he'll make consistent enough contact to tap that power. The team that thinks he can will take him off the board fairly early.

Garin Cecchini, Barbe HS, La.
It's been hard to get a read on Cecchini. He came into the spring as one of the top high school bats, but he tore the ACL in his right knee and had surgery in May. It's not the kind of thing that's expected to be a long-term issue, though. He probably was going to move to third, anyway; the knee surgery might just hasten that move. He's committed to LSU, and it will be interesting to see if a team takes him early enough and/or offers a sufficiently enticing bonus to lure him away from honoring that commitment.

Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton
Colon got off to a very slow start in his junior season, but then really got it going, hitting for average and power and looking like the guy who was Team USA's best hitter over the summer. He's got good bat speed and rarely strikes out. Colon's individual tools don't grade out as better than average, but he's the type of player whose sum is greater than each of his parts. He plays the game the right way, and smartly. Though his range is limited, there are those who think he can stick at shortstop because of his instincts and positioning. A move to the right side of the infield might be better, where he can be a very good all-around second baseman.

Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia
Teams that like Gyorko do so because of his bat. He's got a generally good approach with good bat speed, which should allow him to hit for average and some power at the next level. He's the kind of hitter who shouldn't take very long to be big league-ready. The only question is which position he'll play. A shortstop at West Virginia, he won't stay there, with most feeling that second base is his most likely home. Even there, some question whether he's got the range and arm for it. Still, there aren't many advanced college bats, and Gyorko's should come off the board pretty quickly, as a result.

Jacoby Jones, HS, Miss.
Though he's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, some think Jones is athletic enough to stay at the position. He has enough range and good footwork, so there's a chance. He's got terrific bat speed, meaning he should hit for average and with plenty of power. Even if some day he had to move to third, he might have enough bat to profile well at a corner position. He won't be the first high school shortstop to go off the board, but he may not be that far behind.

Manny Machado, Miami Brito HS, Fla.
As the spring progressed, Machado had separated himself as one of the top two or three prospects in this Draft class, and clearly the best high school position player to be found. The Miami-area infielder has gotten comparisions to Alex Rodriguez for his size and where he's from, but in some ways, he's got more of a Derek Jeter look to him. Though he's big and some think he'll outgrow the position, there are just as many who feel he's got the arm and actions to stay at shortstop long-term. He can swing the bat, has plenty of power and is the type of athlete who can do everything on the field with ease. That's why he's likely to be selected within the first few picks on June 7.

Kellen Sweeney, HS, Iowa
The younger brother of A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney, Kellen is a fairly polished left-handed hitter who's been on radar screens for a while. He doesn't project to have much power, but is more the type who makes consistent contact and could be a No. 2 hitter. He's fairly athletic, and while his arm is average, there is hope he can stay at shortstop. If he has to move, he could end up being a very good second baseman. His value is obviously better if he can stay up the middle and with his bloodlines, he shouldn't have to wait for too long to hear his name called.

Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State
A combination of a lack of hitting depth at the college level and strong performances by Vitek had this second baseman moving up Draft boards as the spring progressed. He's one of the better pure hitters in the class and has some power. He's also got well-above-average speed and should be a basestealing threat as a pro. He's not great at second, defensively, and there have been some teams that have tried him out in the outfield, where his speed and athleticism should play well. Vitek's name has been mentioned as high as the top 10, and he should be gone before the first round is over.

LeVon Washington
A first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays a year ago, Washington didn't sign and instead went to Chipola Junior College. He got off to a very slow start, though, displaying a lack of energy that concerned some scouts. He started to warm up as the season wore on, showing the bat that made him a first-round pick last year. Washington can flat-out hit when he's locked in, and he's got plus speed. What he doesn't have is a true position. He's not a very good second baseman, and he might have to play center field, though his below-average arm might be a concern there. Washington has been a hard player to place in terms of Draft stock, though his package of tools will surely interest some.

Tony Wolters, HS, Calif.
A new rule in California that precludes high school players from trying out for a professional team while the high school season is going on had Wolters, who had worked out with the Toronto Blue Jays, sitting on the sidelines as his team hit the playoffs. Seemingly more a misunderstanding than anything else, the incident shouldn't hurt Wolters' Draft status much. A baseball rat, Wolters has the kind of offensive skill set that might be perfect for a No. 2 hitter, as he hits to all fields with moderate power. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's got the tools to stay at shortstop. There are some who think he's likely to move over to second, but even there, he's got the chance to be a dynamic player on both sides of the ball.

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sun May 30, 2010 12:24 am



First Round


  • 1. Washington Nationals
  • 2. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 3. Baltimore Orioles
  • 4. Kansas City Royals
  • 5. Cleveland Indians
  • 6. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 7. New York Mets
  • 8. Houston Astros
  • 9. San Diego Padres
  • 10. Oakland Athletics
  • 11. Toronto Blue Jays
  • 12. Cincinnati Reds
  • 13. Chicago White Sox
  • 14. Milwaukee Brewers
  • 15. Texas Rangers (Purke - unsigned)
  • 16. Chicago Cubs
  • 17. Tampa Bay Rays
  • 18. Los Angeles Angels (Figgins - SEA)
  • 19. Houston Astros (Valverde - DET)
  • 20. Boston Red Sox (Wagner - ATL)
  • 21. Minnesota Twins
  • 22. Texas Rangers
  • 23. Florida Marlins
  • 24. San Francisco Giants
  • 25. St. Louis Cardinals
  • 26. Colorado Rockies
  • 27. Philadelphia Phillies
  • 28. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 29. Los Angeles Angels (Lackey - BOS)
  • 30. Los Angeles Angels
  • 31. Tampa Bay Rays (Washington - unsigned)
  • 32. New York Yankees

Comp Round A


  • 33. Houston Astros (Valverde - DET)
  • 34. Toronto Blue Jays (Scutaro - BOS)
  • 35. Atlanta Braves (Gonzalez - BAL)
  • 36. Boston Red Sox (Bay - NYM)
  • 37. Los Angeles Angels (Lackey - BOS)
  • 38. Toronto Blue Jays (Paxton - unsigned)
  • 39. Boston Red Sox (Wagner - ATL)
  • 40. Los Angeles Angels (Figgins - SEA)
  • 41. Toronto Blue Jays (Barajas - NYM)
  • 42. Tampa Bay Rays (Zaun - MIL)
  • 43. Seattle Mariners (Beltre - BOS)
  • 44. Detroit Tigers (Lyon - HOU)
  • 45. Texas Rangers (Byrd - CHC)
  • 46. St. Louis Cardinals (DeRosa - SF)
  • 47. Colorado Rockies (Marquis - WAS)
  • 48. Detroit Tigers (Rodney - LAA)
  • 49. Texas Rangers (I. Rodriguez - WAS)
  • 50. St. Louis Cardinals (Pineiro - LAA)

Second Round


  • 51. Washington Nationals
  • 52. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 53. Atlanta Braves (Gonzalez - BAL)
  • 54. Kansas City Royals
  • 55. Cleveland Indians
  • 56. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 57. Boston Red Sox (Bay - NYM)
  • 58. Houston Astros
  • 59. San Diego Padres
  • 60. Oakland Athletics
  • 61. Toronto Blue Jays
  • 62. Cincinnati Reds
  • 63. Chicago White Sox
  • 64. Milwaukee Brewers
  • 65. Chicago Cubs
  • 66. Tampa Bay Rays
  • 67. Seattle Mariners
  • 68. Detroit Tigers
  • 69. Toronto Blue Jays (Eliopoulos - unsigned)
  • 70. Atlanta Braves
  • 71. Minnesota Twins
  • 72. Texas Rangers
  • 73. Florida Marlins
  • 74. San Francisco Giants
  • 75. St. Louis Cardinals
  • 76. Colorado Rockies
  • 77. Philadelphia Phillies
  • 78. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 79. Tampa Bay Rays (Diekroeger - unsigned)
  • 80. Toronto Blue Jays (Scutaro - BOS)
  • 81. Los Angeles Angels
  • 82. New York Yankees

Third Round


  • 83. Washington Nationals
  • 84. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 85. Baltimore Orioles
  • 86. Kansas City Royals
  • 87. Cleveland Indians
  • 88. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 89. New York Mets
  • 90. Houston Astros
  • 91. San Diego Padres
  • 92. Oakland Athletics
  • 93. Toronto Blue Jays
  • 94. Cincinnati Reds
  • 95. Chicago White Sox
  • 96. Milwaukee Brewers
  • 97. Chicago Cubs
  • 98. Tampa Bay Rays
  • 99. Seattle Mariners
  • 100. Detroit Tigers
  • 101. Atlanta Braves
  • 102. Minnesota Twins
  • 103. Texas Rangers
  • 104. Florida Marlins
  • 105. San Francisco Giants
  • 106. St. Louis Cardinals
  • 107. Colorado Rockies
  • 108. Philadelphia Phillies
  • 109. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 110. Boston Red Sox
  • 111. Los Angeles Angels
  • 112. New York Yankees

Comp Round B


  • 113. Toronto Blue Jays (Barrett - unsigned)
  • 114. Chicago White Sox (Morgado - unsigned)
  • 115. Los Angeles Angels (Spence - unsigned)

Fourth Round and up


  • 116. Washington Nationals
  • 117. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 118. Baltimore Orioles
  • 119. Kansas City Royals
  • 120. Cleveland Indians
  • 121. Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 122. New York Mets
  • 123. Houston Astros
  • 124. San Diego Padres
  • 125. Oakland Athletics
  • 126. Toronto Blue Jays
  • 127. Cincinnati Reds
  • 128. Chicago White Sox
  • 129. Milwaukee Brewers
  • 130. Chicago Cubs
  • 131. Tampa Bay Rays
  • 132. Seattle Mariners
  • 133. Detroit Tigers
  • 134. Atlanta Braves
  • 135. Minnesota Twins
  • 136. Texas Rangers
  • 137. Florida Marlins
  • 138. San Francisco Giants
  • 139. St. Louis Cardinals
  • 140. Colorado Rockies
  • 141. Philadelphia Phillies
  • 142. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 143. Boston Red Sox
  • 144. Los Angeles Angels
  • 145. New York Yankees


Compensation Picks

The former Club of a Player who became a free agent and ranks as a Type A or B Player shall be entitled to receive compensation in the form of a Draft choice in the First-Year Player Draft succeeding the Player's election of free agency.

A Type A or B shall be a Player who became a free agent and ranks as a Type A or B Player under the statistical system of ranking Players set forth by the Elias Sports Bureau, using statistics based on a two-year average for each respective position group. Type A and Type B players necessitate that the Player's former Club receive a sandwich pick in between rounds one and two. Additional picks in the second, third and fourth rounds are exchanged from one club to another for the losses of Type A free agents.

Type A Players now rank in the upper 20% of his respective position group by the Basic Agreement, instead of the upper 30% as was stipulated in the previous cullective bargaining agreement.

Type B Players now rank in the upper 40%, but not in the upper 20%, of his respective position group. Under the previous cullective bargaining agreement, Type B Players ranked in the upper 50% not in the upper 30%. Before the most recent cullective bargaining agreement took effect for the 2008 season, a Club would receive compensation for losing a Type C free agent. Under the new Basic Agreement, Type C free agents no longer call for a Draft pick as compensation.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Mon May 31, 2010 8:45 pm



Breaking down the Draft's top pitchers
HS arms may have more potential than college hurlers

By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com

05/30/10 11:38 AM ET

A year ago, exactly half of the first round of the First-Year Player Draft -- 16 of the 32 picks -- were pitchers. In 2008, it was 11 out of 30. Evidently, Major League teams take that whole, "You can never have too much pitching" idea seriously.

It should come as no surprise, then, if many of this year's 32 first-round picks also come on the mound. And while this year's overall Draft class has not gotten particularly high marks, there are some very interesting arms. And if there is a strength, it might be in the high school set.

With that in mind, here's a dozen names to know -- pitchers who could find themselves coming off the board in that opening round.

College pitchers

Matt Harvey, RHP, University of North Carolina
A highly sought-after prospect coming out of high school, Harvey opted for Chapel Hill instead. He struggled mightily as a sophomore, making many question just what kind of prospect he was. But he bounced back with a solid junior season, and while some think he might be a reliever when all is said and done because of his delivery and his stuff, he's definitely moved himself back into first-round discussions.

Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
Sometimes slow and steady win the race. It's not that the Georgia Tech ace doesn't have decent stuff -- he's got three good pitches with command. It's just that he's not the most exciting pitcher in the class, with a somewhat limited ceiling. That being said, for the most part, he's been the most consistent college arm in the class, doing what he needs to do to help his team win. He's been good in big situations throughout his career and should be quick to the big leagues. His consistency, especially while others have had question marks, has put him squarely in top 10 consideration.

Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
A stretch of four or so starts during which Pomeranz struggled with command and velocity had some concerned. A strong start in the SEC Tournament likely helped allay some of those fears. Though there's some worry about his arm action, he's got three above-average pitches when he's locked in and a strong track record of success. Talk of a slide likely stopped with his last outing, and he should be gone in the first handful of picks.

Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
Sure, he's from a smaller school and he's not the most physical pitcher in the world, but Sale put himself firmly on the map by dominating during the Cape Cod League and he really hasn't stopped pitching well. He's got three pitches that are above-average to plus and commands them all, coming from a funky arm angle. That concerns some, but it won't keep him from coming off the board early, as some think he might surpass Pomeranz as the first lefty to be selected.

Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
A hamstring injury kept teams from getting more looks at the right-hander for a while, but that shouldn't keep the advanced Wimmers from being taken early. He's got a nice three-pitch mix with good command, and while his stuff doesn't grade out phenomenally, he's a quick-to-the-bigs type of college arm. That's bound to draw some interest as the first round unfolds.

Brandon Workman, RHP, University of Texas
Pitching for a big program like the University of Texas, you're going to get noticed. Workman deserves the attention. While not thought of as being in the top tier of college arms being discussed in the top 10, he's not far off from that. He's got a good mix of pitches, commands them well, and has a bulldog mentality on the mound. There's a little effort to his delivery, but it's not something that's a major concern, so Workman should hear his name called at some point in the opening round.

Other first-round hopefuls: Jesse Hahn, RHP, Virginia Tech; James Paxton, LHP, no school; Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU; Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel.

High school pitchers

Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edward HS, Ohio
For much of the year, Allie was all about arm strength, with one of the better fastballs in the class to go along with a power slider. That repertoire, along with a lack of changeup, command and a tendency to not maintain his stuff deep into games, led some to think he might be a reliever when all was said and done. But Allie was commanding his pitches much better late in the season, giving teams high up in the first round reason to at least consider him.

A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS, Fla.
While Cole's stock seemed to take a small hit as the Draft approached, he still was very much in first-round discussions. That's because of his extremely projectable frame, which could lead to more ticks on the fastball, to go along with a power breaking ball. There have been some concerns about his arm action, but nothing too major. He's no longer considered at the top of the elite high school crop, but he's not too far behind at all.

Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS, Calif.
Once thought to be perhaps the second high school pitcher to be taken, Covey's status has come down a bit. Nothing's changed about who he is; rather, the industry has gotten a better feel for where he stands in this class. Covey's got a good fastball and a plus curve, along with the makings of a changeup. He's strong and sturdy, though he isn't as projectable as some would like a high school arm to be. Still, expect to see Covey gone at some point in the opening round of the Draft.

Kaleb Cowart, RHP, Cook County HS, Ga.
Also on the list of corner infielders -- some teams like him as a hitter -- most seem to prefer him on the mound. He does have an outstanding fastball with plus movement and he commands the pitch well. His secondary stuff lags behind, but the hope is that focusing on pitching would allow him to quickly improve those offerings. The only question is if he's willing to do that. There was some word coming from Georgia that he'd rather hit as a pro, which could make it very interesting if a team drafts him for his mound work.

Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands, Texas
It's easy to see why Taillon has separated himself as one of the top prospects in this class. At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, he's a beast on the mound. He's got three outstanding pitches, with the chance for four. Sure, he could improve his command, but what high schooler couldn't and Taillon has shown an advanced feel for pitching and off-the-charts makeup. It's generally expected that he'll be gone in the first three picks of the Draft.

Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS, Fla.
With an outstanding fastball, a nasty slider and even a solid changeup, Whitson was considered to be right behind Taillon on the high school pitching front. As is often typical with prep arms, an uneven start or two temporarily can hurt one's status, but Whitson never slid too far. He performed very well at the Florida High School All-Star Game in front of a ton of scouts and there's no way that hurt. His name has been mentioned as high as the top 10, with it seeming fairly certain he'll be off the board well before the first round is over.

Other first-round hopefuls: Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Henderson HS, Texas; Zach Lee, McKinney HS, Texas; Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Barstow HS, Calif.; Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills HS, Calif.; Taijuan Walker, RHP, Yucaipa HS. Calif.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:32 am



Draft Preview: Tigers have lots of flexibility
For first time in years, Detroit has no first-round pick

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

06/04/10 10:00 AM ET

DETROIT -- The Tigers knew this would be the time when they paid the price for signing free agent Jose Valverde and forfeiting their first-round pick in the process. They'll gladly pay it, but they believe there's still premium talent to be found with the 44th and 48th picks, sandwich selections they gained for losing Brandon Lyon and Fernando Rodney to free agency.

The 2010 First-Year Player Draft will mark the first time in years that the Tigers won't technically have a first-round selection, but their history of investing big in Draft signings gives them the ability to make up for dropping in the order. Moreover, they've put in a heavy scouting effort to try to prepare themselves for any possibility.

"But I'll tell you what," scouting director David Chadd said. "I'll take Valverde [and give up the pick] all day long."

MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft from Monday to Wednesday on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, beginning with the Draft preview show at 6 p.m. ET.

MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.

Coverage for rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live. Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.

Here's a glance at what the Tigers have in store as the Draft approaches:

In about 50 words
If the Tigers could choose a year not to have a first-round pick, they might not have had better timing. Many label this year's as a good Draft, but maybe not a great one. The depth in the opening rounds revolves around high school pitching that presents buying opportunities should signability issues cause players to fall. The Tigers believe there's deep enough talent to get the right guys.

The scoop
"Strategically, you've got to look at different things. At 44 and 48, you have to talk strategically about what-ifs. You look at that with the two picks that close together, and you throw things around. It goes back to grinding it out all the way to 7 o'clock Monday." -- Chadd

First-round buzz
The fact that the Tigers have two picks, five selections apart, gives them a ton of flexibility. It would not be a surprise to see them go for at least one high school arm with their sandwich picks, and maybe even two if some highly touted talent falls. But they're also leaving open the possibility for hitting talent.

Shopping list
Detroit has a slew of pitching talent, both starters and relievers, but they'll always look to add to those ranks. With their top hitting talent generally concentrated toward the top level, they could look to replenish in the middle rounds. And even with Alex Avila considered their catcher of the future, the Tigers could use more backstops.

Trend watch
The Tigers had considerable success last year selecting high school players and then signing them. The depth of prep pitching in this year's Draft gives them ample opportunity to do that again, especially in the early rounds.

Recent Draft History

Rising fast
Daniel Fields, last year's sixth-round pick and a Detroit native, was expected to open his pro career at a lower level, but needs opened a chance for him early at Class A Lakeland, well ahead of schedule. He's trying to find his way at the plate while also learning center field for the first time in his life, but his athleticism and his grasp of the game is helping him along the learning curve.

Cinderella story
Giovany Soto went in the 21st round of last year's Draft, but he has so far been the pitching star at Class A West Michigan, where he owned a sub-2.00 ERA entering the weekend along with a complete-game shutout and 48 strikeouts over 49 2/3 innings. The lanky left-hander has dominated hitters since making his pro debut in the Gulf Coast League last summer.

In the Show
Few teams have benefited from players in recent Drafts rising quickly quite like the Tigers, who have a front-line starter (Rick Porcello), a setup man (Ryan Perry) and a catcher (Avila) from their past three Drafts. Porcello and Perry were top picks from 2007 and 2008, respectively, and Avila went in the fifth round in '08. Rookie sensation Brennan Boesch and Opening Day second baseman Scott Sizemore were 2006 Draft selections. Sixteen Detroit Draft selections since 2005 have played somewhere in the Majors.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:28 pm

Leyland knows importance of scouts

By Samuel Zuba / MLB.com

06/05/10 7:45 PM ET

KANSAS CITY -- Manager Jim Leyland thinks the scouts know best.

As hundreds of scouts across the country pour over thousands of Draft prospects and prepare for the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Leyland said their job is crucial for the success of Major League ballclubs.

"The amateur scout, to me, is the most important ingredient you got in your organization. He's the most important," Leyland said.

Amateur scouts study college and high school stars to see whether or not they will evolve into big league superstars.

"I'm my opinion, those guys that can look at a 17- or 18-year-old kid and can project what he's going to be, and have the courage to put their neck on the line for him, they're the backbone of the organization," Leyland said.

Leyland stressed that although draftees come from all different types of leagues with different talent levels, if they have what it takes to make it to the Majors, they will.

"I don't think it makes any difference," he said. "If you see the ability and the talent and the reflexes and all that stuff -- they'll catch up with the league and the competition if they're good."


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:42 am

Prep slugger falls to Tigers at No. 44
Castellanos club's first pick; closer Ruffin taken four picks later

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

06/08/10 12:30 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Nick Castellanos was a high-school star in South Florida, but he already has a following in Detroit, where his mother's family calls home. With any luck, he'll be making that trip himself sometime soon.

The Tigers' first Draft without a traditional first-round pick since 1991 didn't change their tactic of going after highly rated talent. Detroit used its first selection in Monday's First-Year Player Draft, the 44th pick overall, on the highly touted infielder Castellanos from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The selection didn't come until the compensation round, but it gave the Tigers the highly ranked hitter they say they coveted going into the Draft.

"Just to see Nick Castellanos at our pick at 44, I was ecstatic -- maybe as ecstatic as any pick that I've had," said Tigers scouting director David Chadd.

Castellanos, a shortstop and third baseman in high school who is projected to play third professionally, batted .542 in high school this season with six home runs, 41 RBIs, 34 runs scored and 22 stolen bases. He was honored as the Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year and competed with the under-18 squad for USA Baseball that won a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship in Venezuela last fall.

"It really was amazing the amount of people that came to see him play this year," Archbishop McCarthy coach Rich Bielski told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel last week. "He has really handled all the attention and stayed focused. He has so much determination to hone his skills and improve. We feel confident he's going to do very well for whatever team selects him."

For all of the high-school honors Castellanos garnered, he hit the Tigers' radar last summer on a big league stage. He put on a hitting display at Wrigley Field, of all places, for the Under Armour All-American Game, in which he went 4-for-4 with four doubles and three RBIs. He won Most Valuable Player honors, but he also earned Detroit's attention.

"Nick Castellanos was someone that we as a group thought an awful lot about," Chadd said. "He was somebody we targeted since last summer. Just his tool set and the complete package was impossible for us to pass up at No. 44."

At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Castellanos already has a big frame and has the hitting potential to go with it. His power potential has been well discussed and projected as he advances in the Minor Leagues. However, he is also projected to have the arm strength and athleticism to become a good defender with time.

"His hitability, for me, is plus," Chadd said. "I think he's going to have plus power down the road. I see him more as a third baseman for us. He really shined in all of the summer showcases in the summer. This is a young man we all had seen since last summer -- we regard him in a very high manner. And to go along with it, he's an average runner."

So how did Castellanos fall out of the first round? He was widely considered to be a first-round talent but has committed to attend the University of Miami. The fact that the Tigers weren't scared off by signability only fits their history; they've taken chances on similar high-school players in recent years with Rick Porcello in 2007 and Jacob Turner and Daniel Fields last year. All three signed.

Castellanos becomes the first position player taken with the Tigers' top Draft pick since Cameron Maybin in 2005. Assuming he slots in at third base in the Tigers system, he would immediately become Detroit's best prospect there. The Tigers have had a dearth of young talent at third base for nearly a decade since drafting Scott Moore with the eighth overall pick in 2002. Detroit drafted former Ohio State infielder Ronnie Bourquin with its second-round pick in 2006 and slotted him at third, but he had mixed results before Major League Baseball suspended him for 50 games this past winter for violation of MLB's drug policy.

Four picks after selecting Castellanos, the Tigers added to their bullpen depth by drafting University of Texas closer Chance Ruffin with the 48th overall selection. The son of former Major League reliever Bruce Ruffin, the right-hander boasts a fastball that has topped out at 95 mph while closing for the Longhorns, and he complements the fastball with a quality slider.

Compensation round: Chance Ruffin, RHP, University of Texas
Ruffin began his collegiate career as a starter for the Longhorns two years ago but was highly effective as the team's closer in his junior season. Beyond his 14 saves, he has struck out 96 batters over 61 2/3 innings. His last outing was a solid performance in which he earned the final four outs to seal an NCAA regional title.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:49 am

Tigers draft Ruffin's son with 48th pick
University of Texas closer Monday's third-to-last selection

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

06/08/10 1:00 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Four picks after selecting prep third baseman Nick Castellanos with the 44th pick overall in Monday's First-Year Player Draft, the Tigers added to their bullpen depth by drafting University of Texas closer Chance Ruffin at No. 48. The son of former Major League reliever Bruce Ruffin, the right-hander boasts a fastball that has topped out at 95 mph while closing for the Longhorns, and he complements the fastball with a quality slider.

Tigers scouting director David Chadd tabbed Ruffin as a pitcher with an opportunity to move through the farm system quickly, adding him to an already deep relief corps that includes former first-round pick Ryan Perry, recent picks Robbie Weinhardt and Cody Satterwhite, and trade acquisition Daniel Schlereth.

"His performance numbers on the year are just unbelievable," Chadd said. "I had a chance to see him twice, and he just dominated while I was there. I know they commented. He's very similar to Huston Street for me, and we like him a whole bunch."

The Tigers lost what would've been their first-round selection, the 19th pick overall, to the Astros as a price for signing Type A free agent Jose Valverde in January. However, Detroit gained sandwich picks at Nos. 44 and 48 as compensation for losing Type B free-agent relievers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon. That left Chadd looking at different spots from which to approach this Draft, but he has said repeatedly that it was well worth the price for adding Valverde to Detroit's bullpen.

Chadd said last week that the Tigers' approach wasn't going to change; they would still look for the best overall talent at their picks without regard to positions up top, then look for depth later in the Draft. In the end, the club got the talent it wanted.

"You don't prepare any differently," Chadd said on Monday. "You line up your boards up in preferential order. I think there's a lot more tension in the room, especially when you have your players and you're waiting and waiting and waiting."

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:15 am

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The Tigers' first draft without a traditional first-round pick since 1991 didn't change their tactic of going after still yielded some highly-rated talent. Detroit used its first selection, the 44th pick overall, on highly-touted infielder Nick Castellanos from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Castellanos, a shortstop and third baseman in high school who is projected at third professionally, batted .542 this season with six home runs, 41 RBIs and 34 runs scored. He was honored as the Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year and competed with the under-18 squad for USA baseball that won a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championship in Venezuela. He was widely considered as a first-round talent but has committed to attend the University of Miami.

At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Castellanos already has a big frame and has the hitting potential to go with it. His power potential has been well-discussed and projected as he advances in the Minor Leagues. However, he also is projected to have the arm strength and athleticism to become a good defender with time.

Castellanos becomes the first position player taken with the Tigers' top pick since Cameron Maybin in 2005.

Four picks later, the Tigers added to their bullpen depth by drafting University of Texas closer Chance Ruffin with the 48th overall selection. The son of former Major League reliever Bruce Ruffin, the right-hander boasts a fastball that has topped out at 95 mph while closing for the Longhorns to go with a quality slider. He has earned some comparisons to another former Texas closer, Huston Street.

Like Street, Ruffin has a chance to advance quickly, further bolstering a Tigers system already deep in relief prospects.

The Tigers lost what would've been their first-round selection, the 19th pick overall, to the Astros as a price for signing Type A free agent Jose Valverde in January. However, they gained sandwich picks at 44 and 48 as compensation for losing Type B free-agent relievers Fernando Rodney and Brandon Lyon. It left scouting director David Chadd looking at different spots from which to approach this draft, but he has said repeatedly that it was well worth the price for adding Valverde to Detroit's bullpen.

Chadd said last week that the Tigers' approach wasn't going to change. They would still look for the best overall talent at their picks without regard to positions up top, then look for depth later in the draft.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:16 am

Family ties highlight Tigers' final picks
Club selects 26 position players, 25 pitchers

By Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com

06/09/10 7:27 PM ET

Tigers manager Jim Leyland was a happy man Tuesday afternoon.

His son, Patrick, had been drafted by the Tigers in Round 8 (No. 253 overall), a highlight-reel moment for any father. On Wednesday, in Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, he was able to share that proud feeling with others on his coaching staff.

Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon's son, Bo, was drafted in Round 39 from Valparaiso University and pitching coach Rick Knapp's son, Ricky, was taken in Round 44 from Port Charlotte (Fla.) High School.

"He was real excited and happy and fired up and ready to move on to the next step," Knapp said of his son's reaction. "I don't know if he's going to sign. I don't think so. But it's way too early to even think about that yet. It was really harrowing there for a while. We were sitting on pins and needles waiting. But he's real happy."

"I'm excited for him," McClendon said of his son, who was more of a football player in high school. "The experience was really good for him. We'll see where it takes him. You never know. It's another door that's opening for him. You open up doors and you go with opportunities. We'll see what happens."

With Knapp's son being a pitcher, and Leyland's a catcher, there's a possibility that Patrick could one day catch for Ricky at Comerica Park.

"To hand that combination down to another generation would be kind of scary," Knapp joked.

The bloodlines theme was the story of afternoon for the Tigers on the final day of the Draft. Ace pitcher Justin Verlander saw his brother Ben, a fellow right-handed pitcher, selected by the club in Round 46. Verlander said his younger brother has a scholarship opportunity to go to his alma mater, Old Dominion.

The Tigers also drafted shortstop Pete Miller in Round 40, the son of Tigers scout Barney Miller.

With 51 picks during the three-day Draft, the Tigers selected 26 position players and 25 pitchers, with 37 coming from the college ranks and 14 from high school.

Early in the Draft, the Tigers stuck with established college talent, for the most part, and took a slew of pitchers and catchers. Seven of the team's first nine picks were either a slinger or a backstop.

As the Draft began to wind down, the Tigers opted to roll the dice and try their hand with high school talent. Detroit went on a streak where they selected seven straight high school players from Rounds 42-48.

The Tigers selected three players from a highly-touted University of Arkansas squad and double-dipped from Texas, Georgia Tech, Cal State Fullerton, and Central Arizona College.

Lefty pitchers Christopher Joyce (Round 29) and Jake Dziubczynski (Round 38), teammates at Central Arizona College, are hoping a familiar face in the organization pays dividends.

"There was a little rivalry there between us towards the end of last season because we are both lefty starters," Dziubczynski said. "It's unique that both us were drafted by the Tigers. We push each other pretty well."

Jacob Morton was the lone Tigers pick from the state of Michigan. Morton was selected in Round 45 from Hudsonville High School. For the converted catcher, there's nothing like being drafted by your hometown team.

"I've always gone to Tigers games," Morton said. "My first baseball game was at Tigers Stadium. I've always been a Tigers fan, and when my name popped up on the screen I just froze. I immediately called my dad and we were definitely both hollering. Ever since then I think my phone has gone down about two batteries with calls and texts. There's really no words to describe how excited I am."

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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:27 am

2010 DETROIT TIGERS' DRAFT TRACKER

PLAYERS IN BOLD BLUE ARE SIGNED

Pick_Team______Player_____________School_________Pos__B/T__Ht___Wt____DOB___Class__
44Castellanos, NickArchbishop McCarthy HS (FL)3BR/R6'04"1951992-03-04HS
Comments: With an athletic frame that looks like it has room for some added strength, Castellanos has become one of the more talked about high school bats in the class. Whether he's worthy of that kind of high consideration remains to be seen, but he does swing a pretty good bat and shows decent raw power. The question is if he'll be able to translate that to in-game pop down the line. That becomes more important considering that most feel he'll move to third base at the next level, where run production is often a requirement. The team that feels he will indeed reach that potential is likely to take him off the board early on.
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48Ruffin, ChanceTexasRHPR/R6'00"1851988-09-08JR
Comments: He's started and he's relieved for Texas and it seems like the latter is the better role for Ruffin. His stuff won't blow you away outside of a pretty live fastball, but he has the right mentality and makeup to make his stuff play up. He's also got Major League bloodlines as the son of former big leaguer Bruce Ruffin, and that invariably helps, as does pitching in big spots over the course of his college career. He may not close at the next level, but he could be a setup type who moves quickly through a system.
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68Smyly, DrewArkansasLHPL/L6'03"1901989-06-13JR
Comments: Brett Eibner gets most of the pub for arms coming from Arkansas, but Smyly's a viable prospect in his own right. The lefty has a four-pitch mix with a fastball he can run up to 93 mph, an average curve (74-76 mph), a cutter he throws 84-86 mph that grades out as average and a 78-80 mph changeup. He's the type who could fit nicely at the back end of the rotation or as a quality lefty specialist on a big league staff.
100Brantly, RobUniversity of California - RiversideCL/R6'02"2051989-07-14SO
Comments: Brantly was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 46th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign.
133Green, ColeTexasRHPR/R6'01"2101989-05-04JR
163Burgos, AlexanderState College of Florida Manatee-SarasotaLHPL/L5'11"1990-12-01J2
193Holaday, John (Bryan)
Texas ChristianCR/R6'00"2051987-11-19SR
223Jones, CoreyCal State - Fullerton2BL/R6'00"1901987-09-14SR
253Leyland, PatrickBishop Canevin HS (PA)CR/R6'02"1991-10-11HS
283Plagman, TonyGeorgia Tech1BL/L6'02"2151987-08-14SR
313Nelson, ColeAuburnLHPL/L6'07"2331989-07-14JR
343Dupra, BrianNotre DameRHPR/R6'03"2001988-12-15JR
Comments: Dupra was selected in the 36th round in 2007 by the Texas Rangers, but did not sign.
373Ryan, KyleAuburndale Sr HS (FL)LHPL/L6'05"1801991-09-25HS
403Polk, MichaelU TennesseeLFR/R5'09"1701988-12-12JR
433Cooper, PatrickBradley UniversityRHPR/R6'03"2041989-08-25JR
Comments: In 2009, Cooper earned All-American, All-District and All-Conference honors and was named the Conference and Region XI Pitcher of the Year. He was the Arizona Diamondbacks' 34th-round selection in 2009 but did not sign.
463Kuhn, CollinU Arkansas FayettevilleLFR/R6'00"1901988-11-27SO
493Pratt, JordanU Arkansas FayettevilleRHPR/R6'03"2151989-09-25JR
523Gagnier, DrewOregonRHPR/R6'04"2251988-09-21SR
553Ashenbrenner, JoshLewis-Clark St Col2BL/R6'00"1901987-08-29SR
583Rowland, JeffGeorgia TechOFL/L5'10"1851988-04-01JR
613White, TylerAlabamaRHPR/R6'03"2051989-08-08JR
643Meador, JamesU San Diego1BR/R6'00"2001987-12-09SR
673Hernandez, JakeLos Osos HS (CA)CR/R6'01"2101992-06-05HS
Comments: Hernandez stood out at the Major League Scouting Bureau showcase held at the Urban Youth Academy in February, mostly with his work behind the plate. The California backstop is capable of doing everything well defensively. It's unclear, however, just how much he'll hit. There's not a ton of catching in this class, particularly from the high school ranks, and Hernandez might have the best catching skills available. That sort of distinction could make a team overpay somewhat to acquire his services.
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703Ficociello, DominicFullerton HS (CA)SSS/R6'02"1651992-04-10HS
733Clark, TylerMissouriRHPS/R6'02"2011989-01-04JR
763Teufel, ShawnLiberty UniversityLHPL/L6'03"2151986-07-165S
793Ferrell, JeffPitt CCRHPR/R6'03"1851990-11-23J1
823Smith, LeslieSt. Louis CC MeramecRFL/R6'01"1901989-12-24J2
853Duffey, JackThe Heritage School (GA)LHPL/L6'02"1901992-04-18HS
883Joyce, ChristopherCentral Arizona CollegeLHPL/L6'00"1951989-12-25J2


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:51 am

Pick__Team____Player_______School______________Pos____B/T__Ht____Wt____DOB____Class_
913Hoch, LoganWichita St ULHP___L/L____6'02"_185____1987-05-05__5S
943Little, MatthewKentuckyRHPR/R5'11"1801988-03-19SR
973Jones, ClayU Alabama Tuscaloosa1BR/R6'03"2201987-11-11SR
1003Smith, BrennanBowling GreenRHPR/R6'03"2001989-08-04JR
1033Sanburn, NolanKokomo HS (IN)OFR/R6'00"1751991-07-21HS
1063Hall, CodySouthern U A&MRHPR/R6'04"2301988-01-06SR
1093Soares, RyanGeorge Mason USSR/R6'01"1951987-07-10SR
1123Lopez, CarlosCal St Fullerton1BL/R6'01"2101989-07-16FR
1153Dziubczynksi, JakeCentral Arizona ColLHPL/L6'00"1801991-01-28J1
1183McClendon, BoValparaiso ULFR/R5'10"2151987-10-04SR
1213Miller, PeteTrinity International USSR/R5'11"2001987-03-10SR
1243Perry, MattCol of The Holy Cross3BL/R6'02"1821987-07-17SR
1273Grant, KevinMillard West HS (NE)OFR/R6'00"1751991-10-17HS
1303Bell, BlakeBishop Carroll Catholic HS (KS)RHPR/R6'05"2121991-08-07HS
1333Knapp, RickyPort Charlotte HS (FL)RHPR/R6'00"1851992-05-20HS
1363Morton, JacobHudsonville HS (MI)CR/R6'02"1751992-04-03HS
1393Verlander, BenGoochland HS (VA)RHPR/R6'03"1701992-01-31HS
1423Triplett, ChristopherSandy Creek HS (GA)SSR/R5'10"1801992-05-12HSVideo
1453Marincov, TylerTimbercreek HS (FL)OFR/R6'02"1901991-10-20HS
1483Kendrick, TysonTabor ColCR/R6'01"1951988-02-08SR
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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:36 pm

06/16/2010 2:51 PM ET


Tigers announce signing of 16 draft selections



DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with 16 players selected during the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Additionally, the club today announced the signing of three non-drafted free agents: righthanded pitcher Patrick Lawson from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, lefthanded pitcher Lance Baxter from the University of South Alabama and outfielder Ryan Enos from Dallas Baptist University.

The list of drafted players signed follows:

Rd____Player_____Position_Ht.__Wt.__B/T__Age__School
9Tony Plagman1B6-2215L/L22Georgia Tech University
12Kyle RyanLHP6-5180L/L18Auburndale Senior HS (FL)
13Michael PolkOF5-9170R/R21University of Tennessee
18Josh Ashenbrenner3B6-0190L/R22Lewis-Clark State College
19Jeff RowlandCF5-10185L/L22Georgia Tech University
24Tyler ClarkRHP6-2201S/R21University of Missouri
25Shaun TeufelLHP6-3215L/L23Liberty University
26Jeff FerrellRHP6-3185R/R19Pitt Community College
30Logan HochLHP6-2185L/L23Wichita State University
31Matthew LittleRHP5-11180R/R22University of Kentucky
33Brennan SmithRHP6-3200R/R20Bowling Green State University
36Ryan SoaresSS6-1195R/R22George Mason University
39Bo McClendonLF5-10215R/R22Valparaiso University
40Pete MillerSS5-11200R/R23Trinity International University
41Matt Perry3B6-2182L/R22College of the Holy Cross
49Tyson KendrickC6-1195R/R22Tabor College


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:35 pm

Leyland's son close to making deal official

By Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com

06/16/10 8:50 PM ET

DETROIT -- Patrick Leyland, the son of Tigers manager Jim Leyland, is a physical away from signing with the club.

Leyland was drafted in the eighth round (No. 253 overall) by the Tigers in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He is scheduled to fly Thursday to Lakeland, Fla., for his physical.

By signing the deal, Leyland is opting not to accept a scholarship to the University of Maryland. His career will likely begin in the Gulf Coast League.

Leyland is a catcher, just like his father, and was drafted out of Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh.

Along with Leyland's likely inking, the Tigers officially announced the signing of 16 players selected during the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Detroit signed seven pitchers: Kyle Ryan (12th round, No. 373), Tyler Clark (24th round, No. 733), Shawn Teufel (25th round, No. 763), Jeff Ferrell (26th round, No. 793), Logan Hoch (30th round, No. 913), Matthew Little (31st round, No. 943) and Brennan Smith (33rd round, No. 1,003).

The club also signed nine position players: Tony Plagman (ninth round, No. 283), Michael Polk (13th round, No. 403), Josh Ashenbrenner (18th round, No. 553), Jeff Rowland (19th round, No. 583), Ryan Soares (36th round, No. 1,093), Bo McClendon (39th round, No. 1,183), Pete Miller (40th round, No. 1,213), Matt Perry (41st round, No. 1,243) and Tyson Kendrick (49th round, No. 1,483).

The Tigers also announced the signing of three undrafted free agents: Pitchers Patrick Lawson and Lance Baxter and outfielder Ryan Enos.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:44 am

FROM THE DETROIT NEWS:

The free agents are RHP Patrick Lawson from North Carolina-Charlotte,
LHP Lance Baxter from South Alabama and OF Ryan Enos from Dallas
Baptist.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100616/SPORTS0104/6160411/1129/sports0104/Tigers-agree-to-contract-terms-with-16-drafted-players#ixzz0r4upY4u5


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:14 am

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Tigers announce signing of four draft selections

DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with four players selected during the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Additionally, the club today announced the signing of righthanded pitcher Daniel Gentzler from the University of Maryland as a non-drafted free agent.

The Tigers have now agreed to terms with 20 players selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The list of drafted players agreeing to terms today follows:

Rd Player Position Ht. Wt. B/T Age School
8 Patrick Leyland C 6-2 200 R/R 18 Bishop Canevin HS (PA)
17 Drew Gagnier RHP 6-4 225 R/R 21 University of Oregon
21 James Meador LF 6-0 200 R/R 22 University of San Diego
27 Les Smith OF 6-1 190 L/R 20 St. Louis Community College


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:50 pm

Tigers sign three picks, including third-rounder

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

06/23/10 8:14 PM ET

NEW YORK -- The Tigers announced three more signings among their selections from this month's First-Year Player Draft, including another highly touted young catcher in third-round pick Rob Brantly from Cal-Riverside.

Also signed were 20th-round pick Tyler White and 32nd-rounder Clay Jones. Both played for the University of Alabama -- White a right-handed pitcher, Jones a first baseman.

The Tigers have now agreed to terms with 23 of the players they drafted, with Brantly being the highest pick.

Detroit also announced agreements with two non-drafted right-handers out of college, signing University of Tennessee pitcher Steven Crnkovich and Western Michigan's Tim Mowry.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:20 pm



06/30/2010 12:58 PM ET
Tigers announce signing of two Draft selections

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with two players selected during the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Additionally, the club today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jeff Barfield from the University of Florida as a non-drafted free agent.

The Tigers have now agreed to terms with 25 players selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The list of drafted players agreeing to terms today follows:

Rd Player Position Ht. Wt. B/T Age School
14 Patrick Cooper RHP 6-3 204 R/R 20 Bradley University
16 Jordan Pratt RHP 6-3 215 R/R 20 University of Arkansas


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:07 pm



07/07/2010 10:58 AM ET
Tigers announce signing of three Draft selections

DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with three players selected during the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Bryan Holaday was named the 2010 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award recipient, the award given annually to the top catcher in collegiate baseball.

The Tigers have now agreed to terms with 28 players selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The list of drafted players agreeing to terms today follows:

Alexander Burgos: State College of Florida, Manatee
Bryan Holaday: Texas Christian University
Corey Jones: California State University, Fullerton


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:08 pm



07/16/2010 1:55 PM ET
Tigers announce signing of 28th round draft selection

The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with lefthanded pitcher Jack Duffey from The Heritage School in Georgia, selected in the 28th round during the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The Tigers have now agreed to terms with 30 players selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:55 pm

Tigers likely to go to deadline with picks

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/06/10 7:51 PM ET

DETROIT -- The Tigers remain optimistic that they'll be able to ink deals with their unsigned picks from the First-Year Player Draft. Getting them signed without having to go up to the deadline later this month is another matter.

Major League teams have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 16 to sign their selections, or lose their rights. The Tigers still have four of their top five picks unsigned, including first-rounders Nick Castellanos and Chance Ruffin. While vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said he was upbeat on signing them, his gut feeling was that it would "probably" go right up to the deadline.

As team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski put it, "I think that's the way the process works in today's game."

As a sign of how important the deadline plays in negotiations, the Tigers haven't had extensive talks with their top picks or their advisers. Top picks have historically used the deadline as leverage to try to get the best deal they can above slot, whether it involves a Major League contract or a bigger signing bonus.

"I'm guessing in the next week, things will pick up," Chadd said.

Castellanos, a power-hitting infielder out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has to choose between professional baseball or a scholarship to play at the University of Miami. Indications so far suggest he's open to either option. Ruffin must decide whether to turn pro or go back to the bullpen at the Unviersity of Texas.

Also yet to sign are second-rounder Drew Smyly, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Arkansas, and right-hander Cole Green, Ruffin's teammate at Texas and Detroit's fourth-round selection.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:12 pm

Tigers headed to the wire with Draft signings
Top picks remain unsigned into Monday deadine

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/15/10 9:05 PM ET

CHICAGO -- The Tigers have given up trying to bemoan going to the deadline to sign their Draft picks. For them, it's the process.

If it's mid-August, it's time for the process to take them into the wee hours of the night. Barring something surprising, it'll most likely be time for them to sign their top picks again as well.

As Monday night's midnight deadline looms, the Tigers have stepped up negotiations with four of their top five picks who remain unsigned from June's First-Year Player Draft. But while nobody wants to say much at all in the final hours, there's a quiet optimism that they'll again end up signing their top talent, from compensation selections Nick Castellanos and Chance Ruffin to second-rounder Drew Smyly and fourth-rounder Cole Green.

Their signings will most likely go over slot recommendations, but that continues the Tigers' strategy of going for talent more than budget.

Castellanos and Ruffin are two of six sandwich-round selections who remain unsigned. They went 44th and 48th, respectively, but the Tigers drafted Castellanos with full knowledge of contract expectations and with the belief that his talent exceeded his slot.

The sweet-hitting infielder from Archbishop McCarthy High School in South Florida has a scholarship offer to attend the University of Miami, but expressed a healthy interest in pro ball with the team his family followed after he was selected two months ago.

Mariners pitching prospect Taijuan Walker, who went immediately ahead of Castellanos, agreed to an $800,000 signing bonus when he signed with Seattle in June. With the deadline looming, Castellanos could draw considerably more than that.

The same could go for Ruffin, the University of Texas reliever and son of former big league pitcher Bruce Ruffin. He has a year of eligibility left to return to the Longhorns if he so chooses.

Smyly, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Arkansas, is a Draft-eligible sophomore. Talks with him picked up this weekend. Green is a teammate of Ruffin at Texas.

If the Tigers are unable to sign Castellanos, Ruffin or Smyly, they would get compensation selections in the same general area of next year's Draft, but that isn't their goal. As vice president of amateur scouting David Chadd said, they selected the players with the hope of signing them.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:34 am

Tigers sign Ruffin before deadline
Detroit continues talks with first-rounder Castellanos

By Jason Beck / MLB.com

08/16/10 8:45 PM ET

NEW YORK -- At least one part of the Tigers' long night on this Draft signing deadline has a happy ending. University of Texas reliever Chance Ruffin, the second of Detroit's two compensation-round selections, agreed to terms with the club on a contract that includes a $1.15 million signing bonus.

The Tigers would not confirm a done deal, as is their policy before the deadline. Ruffin, however, confirmed an agreement after it was first reported by the Austin American Statesman.

Meanwhile, the Tigers went into the late hours Monday evening still in contract negotiations with top pick Nick Castellanos and second-rounder Drew Smyly, but still with strong signs that they'll reach deals with before the midnight ET deadline.

There's an equally strong possibility that the Tigers won't officially announce their last-minute Draft deals until sometime Tuesday. They handled last year's many final-day deals in that fashion.

Ruffin was the 48th overall pick in the June Draft, but he went just four picks after Castellanos. The son of former Major League pitcher Bruce Ruffin, his negotiations took longer than some might have expected as he weighed whether to return to a talented Longhorns squad or start advancing towards the big leagues now.

The Tigers have been expected to reach some sort of last-minute deal with Castellanos for some time, having known the reported contract expectations going into the Draft before taking him with the 44th overall selection.

The Austin American Statesmen reported Monday afternoon that the Tigers were advancing in contract talks with Ruffin, the University of Texas reliever selected with the 48th overall pick, and are expected to reach an agreement with him in the coming hours. Whether the Tigers can reach an agreement with Ruffin's Longhorns teammate, Tigers fourth-round selection Cole Green, wasn't clear as of late Monday afternoon.

Smyly, the University of Arkansas left-hander who was a Draft-eligible sophomore following an outstanding season for the Razorbacks, has an intriguing decision to make. He could go back to school and come back out for the Draft after his junior year, or he could capitalize on his 2010 collegiate campaign. Smyly and his adviser picked up talks with the Tigers over the weekend.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:39 am

Last Updated: August 17. 2010 1:42AM
Tigers agree to contract with top pick Nick Castellanos
Lynn Henning / The Detroit News

With their perspiration running at the same pace as a rapidly expiring midnight deadline, the Tigers apparently made good late Monday on signing their top draft pick, Nick Castellanos, as well as two prized college pitchers.

The contract is for a record $3.45 million and is themost money ever paid toa draft pick not selected in the first round. But the deal is contingent on Commissioner Bud Selig's office verifying that an agreement was reached by midnight. No final word had been granted as of 12:30 a.m.

It raised the specter, however remote, of avoided deal that would be viewed as catastrophic by the Tigers.

Castellanos, 18, is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound, right-hand hitter and infielder who was coaxed from a scholarship at the University of Miami by way of the enormous bonus. It is a whopping sum of cash almost $3 million more than the $776,700 that Selig's office "recommended" that a team pay for the 44th overall selection in June's draft.

The Tigers, however, had other ideas when they drafted a player whom they considered to be one of the top 10 amateur hitters in America in 2010. His price tag for turning down Miami was known to be in the millions, which enabled the Tigers to grab him at 44.

"He's following his trade, it's something he wants to do," said George Castellanos, a doctor and pulmonary disease specialist from Hialeah, Fla. "He knows the Tigers needs hitters."

The Tigers scored ahead of the witching hour Monday on a pair of top-tier college pitchers, signing their second overall pick, Chance Ruffin, to a reported $1.15 million contract, and then adding University of Arkansas left-hander Drew Smyly for $1.1 million.

Ruffin, a right-hander from the University of Texas, was the 48th overall pick in June's draft. He was grabbed by the Tigers with a supplemental pick, an area between the first and second rounds reserved for teams that lose players to free agency.

Smyly was the Tigers' second-round pick, the 68th overall.

Ruffin is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and the son of former big-league pitcher Bruce Ruffin. Although the Tigers are not commenting until after midnight's deadline, multiple sources reported that Ruffin had signed for $1.15 million, which is significantly higher than the $728,100 slot recommended by Commissioner Bud Selig's office.

Smyly essentially doubled the $537,300 recommended for his draft spot.

Ruffin was a closer for the Longhorns in 2010 and is expected to be a fast-track, back-end reliever for the Tigers. He had a 0.77 earned-run average in 34 games, striking out 89 batters in 58 1/3 innings, while walking 18. He allowed 37 hits.

Smyly is 6-foot-3, 190, and projects as more of a back-end rotation starter. He had extra leverage in dealing with the Tigers because of his atypical status as a 21-year-old sophomore who could have used his ensuing seasons as Arkansas as an investment for future drafts. But, in the end, the Tigers prevailed and Smyly got his money.

The Tigers signed all of their top 10 selections, except for their fourth-round pick, right-hander Cole Green of the University of Texas, who will apparently return to Austin for his senior year.

Castellanos was the draft's gold coin for a Tigers team that did not have a first-round pick, which was forfeited last winter when Detroit signed free agent Jose Valverde.

Any voiding of a deal the Tigers and the Castellanos family believed had been reached by 12 would be certain to unleash enormous bitterness between Selig's office and the Tigers, two parties that have had their tense times in recent years as the Tigers have chosen to sign players for more than the recommended slot.

It was known all along that the Tigers had two advantages in courting Castellanos:

His mother, the former Michelle Beard, grew up in East Detroit and graduated from East Detroit High School. She met Jorge Castellanos when he was a medical student at Wayne State.

"Our first game together was a Tigers game," Jorge Castellanos said Monday. "Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker."

The Castellanos family were also Florida Marlins fans when the Tigers' current front-office team of Dave Dombrowski and Al Avila were with the Marlins.

"We have a long history with Dave and with Al," Jorge said. "I was going to every single game for a while."

The combination of money that was right, an organization they trusted, and an opportunity to move up the chain, finally led to a contract Monday night.

A contract, anyway, that the Castellanos family and the Tigers were each counting on Selig's office to approve.

lynn.henning@detnews.com

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100817/SPORTS0104/8170370#ixzz0wrirQK4c


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PostSubject: Re: 2010 DRAFT NEWS   Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:57 am

Last Updated: August 17. 2010 7:32PM
Fourth-rounder Cole Green picks return to Texas over Tigers
Lynn Henning / The Detroit News

Not all those dramatic, down-to-the-wire negotiations ended happily for the Tigers ahead of Monday night's deadline for 2010 picks to sign with clubs.

The Tigers struck out on one of their top-10 picks: Cole Green, a right-hander from the University of Texas, who decided to return for his senior season rather than accept fourth-round money.

Green was quoted in the Austin American-Statesman, saying: "I felt a degree from Texas and winning a national championship were worth more than $300,000."

David Chadd, director of scouting for the Tigers, disputed Green's claim Detroit had offered only $300,000, saying it was "not the appropriate amount" and implied the Tigers had offered significantly more, although Chadd would not specify a figure during a Tuesday conference call.

The Tigers did better with the two pitchers they selected ahead of Green.

• They snagged right-hander Chance Ruffin, Green's teammate at Texas and who signed for $1.15 million.

• They also got their second-round pick, Drew Smyly, a left-hander from the University of Arkansas. He signed for $1.1 million.

The Tigers had earlier signed their other top 10 picks: catcher Rob Brantly (third round) from the University of California-Riverside; left-hander Alex Burgos (fifth) from State Junior College of Florida; catcher Bryan Holaday (sixth) from TCU; second baseman Corey Jones (seventh) from Cal State-Fullerton; catcher Patrick Leyland (eighth) from Pittsburgh and son of Tigers manager Jim Leyland; first baseman Tony Plagman (ninth) from Georgia Tech; and left-hander Cole Nelson (10th) from Auburn.

The Tigers failed to sign 11th-round pick Brian Dupra, a right-hander from Notre Dame. Neither were they able to recruit their 15th-round selection, Collin Kuhn, an outfielder from Arkansas.

The Tigers gambled with their 22nd and 23rd picks, taking two high schoolers who would have been drafted early had they not committed to colleges and all but ruled out any possibility of signing a pro contract.

Jake Hernandez, a catcher from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will follow through with his scholarship to USC, and Dominic Ficociello, a shortstop from Fullerton, Calif., will enroll at Arkansas.

Two picks with Tigers ties also will opt for college: Ben Verlander (Old Dominion), brother of Tigers starter Justin Verlander; and Ricky Knapp (Florida Gulf Coast), son of Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100817/SPORTS0104/8170432/1361/Justin-Verlander-calls-6-2-loss--worst-I-ve-ever-felt-on-the-mound-/Fourth-rounder-Cole-Green-picks-return-to-Texas-over-Tigers#ixzz0wvTfLbqh


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