BA’s Draft Database is constantly being updated with signings, and the recent signing of Reds first-rounder Devin Mesoraco made him the ninth first-rounder to sign. The Reds gave Mesoraco $1.4 million cash, plus money for school, a deal that continued this year’s commissioner’s office-mandated downward trend of bonuses.
Mesoraco was picked 15th overall. Last year’s No. 15 pick, prep outfielder Chris Marrero, received a $1.625 million bonus from the Nationals, meaning Mesoraco received a little more than 10 percent less than Marrero did last year. That’s right in line with other first-round signings. Rangers first-rounder Michael Main received a $1,237,500 bonus as the 24th overall pick, while last year’s 24th pick, Braves first baseman Cody Johnson, got $1.375 million. I did the oh-so-difficult math, and Main received exactly 10 percent less than Johnson got, right in line with what we’ve been hearing all along on Major League Baseball’s recommended signing slots in the first round. [...] Continue Reading »
Reds correspondent John Fay checks in with news that the Reds have signed their top pick, Punxsutawney (Pa.) High catcher Devin Mesoraco. No details on the contract have been released, but Mesoraco will report to Sarasota tomorrow and is expected to play on the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate.
“We had a lot of predraft discussions,” scouting director Chris Buckley told Fay. “But he didn’t graduate high school until Friday. So he wasn’t eligible to sign until then.”
Mesoraco’s Punxsutawney High team ended up winning a state title.
The Twins pulled one of the biggest surprises of last week’s draft when they selected speedy prep outfielder Ben Revere with their first-round pick (28th overall), and they followed it up by being the first team to sign their first-round selection. The Twins announced Tuesday that they signed Revere for a signing bonus of $750,000, making him a potential bargain if their scouts are right.
Major League Baseball’s recommended bonus for the 28th overall slot is probably in the $1.1 million to $1.2 million range. In last yearâ€™s draft, the Red Sox signed North Carolina righthander Daniel Bard for $1.55 million with the 28th pick. [...] Continue Reading »
We’re still sifting through all the draft info this morning after the weekend, and one more fact has come to light. Rice had 14 players drafted, tying the record for most selected players off one roster. The record originally was set in 1982 by Arizona State, and Cal State Fullerton matched it in 2005. Other big draft contributors include Clemson, Oklahoma State and Texas (11), Cal State Fullerton and Georgia Tech (10), and Arkansas, Nebraska, Pepperdine and Texas A&M (nine).
Puerto Rico Baseball Academy had 12 players drafted, two fewer than 2005 and 2004.
The Yankees made the final pick of the draft shortly after 7:20 pm EDT, choosing Connecticut catcher Lawrence Day in the 50th round, concluding the 2007 draft.
Day was a four-year starter at Connecticut and a preseason coaches All-Big East selection, but he slumped as a senior to hitÂ .260/.351/.353.
It would have been understandable if the Yankees were unsure of how to announce the position of their 45th rounder. [...] Continue Reading »
It was almost 30 hours ago that the Devil Rays made David Price the No. 1 pick in the draft, and with their final pick in the 50th round, the Devil Rays chose another lefty, Mark Peterson from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla. [...] Continue Reading »
An injury derailed Dan Thomas’ season, but the Cardinals scooped up the righthander from South Florida in the 44th round. [...] Continue Reading »
For the hardcore seamheads still following the draft into the late rounds tonight, it might seem like a trivial task at this point. Rarely are these picks in the 30s and 40s signed, and without the draft-and-follow process, there’s no longer an ability to retain their rights if they choose to go to a junior college. [...] Continue Reading »
With the first pick in the 46th round, the Devil Rays selected Elliot Glynn, a lefthander form Wilson High in Long Beach, Calif.
The Padres made a couple of stabs at nabbing some players who fell in the draft because of signability in the later round. [...] Continue Reading »
The White Sox took a flier in the 41st round on Westwood High first baseman Devon Shines, son of big league third base coach Razor Shines. Devon, who also was a standout linebacker at the suburban Austin, Texas high school, is expected stick with football. Razor Shines has brought his son with him through the minors when he managed at high Class A Winston-Salem, Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.
â€¢ The Brewers took Canadian first baseman Cameron Robulack in the 20th round and already signed him for $75,000.
Preston Clark, Brad Suttle and Kyle Russell were all seeking signing bonuses that exceeded their perceived value, and Clark was the final of the University of Texas trio to be drafted. The Cubs took the strong-bodied catcher in the 33rd round.
Puerto Rico offered a bevy of talent this year, but almost all the top players were position players. The Rangers drafted one of Puerto Rico’s top pitchers in the 32nd round, taking lefty Gaspar Santiago.
Considering 31 was the jersey number of former Duke basketball all-American Shane Battier as well as future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, it’s fitting it’s been one of the more eventful rounds of the afternoon. [...] Continue Reading »
Yas Grandal entered his senior season with the tag of the nation’s top prep catcher. [...] Continue Reading »
The A’s may have popularized taking college players in the draft’s early rounds, and clubs like the Blue Jays, Cardinals and Indians have had their own college-centric phases, but no club emphasizes college players more than the Padres, under vice president and farm director Grady Fuson. [...] Continue Reading »
Due to Rob Rasmussen’s signability, UCLA will get the chance to see Rob Rasmussen’s big curveball that helped him fan 200 hitters in his senior campaign. The Poly (Pasadena, Calif.) HS southpaw overshadowed his size (he stands at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds) with his pitchability. There also doubts on the competition he was facing, but he gained more attention when he struck out 20 of 21 in an out of conference contest with Glendale (Calif.) HS.
Rasmussen finished his season with a 12-0 record and only surrendered two earned runs in 85 innings. He also carried a 3.4 GPA in the classroom. He plans to major in business/economics.
Atlanta has had a pipeline of prospects from Walters State (Tenn.) JC recently, and the Braves chose another product of the Juco power in the 27th round, popping raw, toolsy outfielder Adam Milligan. [...] Continue Reading »
The Dodgers again opted on a high-ceiling righthander who fell in the draft because of signability, with their 26th-round pick. Cole was up to 95 mph this season, and really took a big step forward in his development. He led Bishop Gorman High to Nevada’s Class 4-A title, and has committed to Brigham Young.
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