Catching Up With 2006 First Rounders

With the 2007 draft less than a month away, we figured it would be
useful to take a look at how last year’s first-round picks are doing
now that they are a month into their first full pro seasons. It’s way
too early to give up on anyone from the Class of 2006 as players can
take a while to adjust to pro ball, but it is clear that several
pitchers, including the Giants’ Tim Lincecum, have quickly pulled away
from the pack.

Three members of last year’s first
round (Lincecum, Brandon Morrow and Andrew Miller) have already made
the majors. Two college draftees are currently in the majors, another
three are in Double-A, six are in high Class A and one is in low Class
A, while another two are on the disabled list.

Among
high school draftees, nine are in low Class A, another four are still
in extended spring training and one is on the disabled list. The lone
junior college first-rounder, Bryan Morris, is on the disabled list,
while college draftee Max Scherzer has not signed and is pitching for
independent
Fort Worth
.

If you were picking out the
stars less than a year into their pro careers, Lincecum would easily
stand out among college pitchers, while Evan Longoria has been nearly
as impressive as a college hitter. Clayton Kershaw’s results stand a
notch above the rest of the high school pitchers while Travis Snider’s
strong start to 2007 stands alone among the high school hitting
crop.

To see the stats for any of the players who
have played pro ball this season, simply click on their
name.

2006
FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK UPDATE
1. Luke
Hochevar
Royals Double-A Wichita
Is struggling
for the first time in short pro career
2. Greg
Reynolds
Rockies Double-A Tulsa
Is dominating at Double-A with
outstanding command
3. Evan
Longoria
Devil
Rays
Double-A Montgomery
Hasn’t had a home binge like last
year, but up to 215 pounds, slugging above .500
4. Brad
Lincoln
Pirates Disabled list
Won’t pitch again until 2008
after having Tommy John surgery on his
elbow
5. Brandon
Morrow
Mariners Seattle
Having command issues, but his
high-90s fastball has taken him on a rocket ride to big
leagues
6. Andrew
Miller
Tigers High Class A
Lakeland
Made majors last year, is
struggling recently in stint with Lakeland
7. Clayton
Kershaw
Dodgers Low
Class A Great Lakes
High schooler is dominating
Midwest League, making bid for midseason promotion to Inland
Empire
8. Drew
Stubbs
Dodgers Low
Class A Dayton
Strikeouts (every 3.1 at-bats)
still a big concern and isn’t dominating low Class A as you would
expect a three-year college vet to do
9. Bill
Rowell
Orioles Disabled list
After strong 2006 debut has
missed first month with oblique injury
10. Tim
Lincecum
Giants San
Francisco
His 0.29 ERA for Triple-A Fresno
nearly defies belief; quickly earned a spot in Giants
rotation
11. Max Scherzer Diamondbacks Independent Fort
Worth
Unsigned first-rounder makes his
official independent league debut on
Saturday
12. Kasey Kiker Rangers Extended spring
training
Expected to join low Class A
Clinton in the not-too-distant future
13. Tyler
Colvin
Cubs High
Class A Daytona
Poor strikeout-to-walk ratio is
only knock against former Clemson star
14. Travis
Snider
Blue
Jays
Low Class A
Lansing
Has hit from the get-go of his
pro career, and is in the running for Midwest League batting
title.
15. Chris
Marrero
Nationals Low
Class A Hagerstown
Move to left field means
he’ll have to hit a ton as he advances, and he’s starting to
16. Jeremy Jeffress Brewers Extended spring
training
Flame-thrower proved last season
(5.88 ERA) that he’s a long ways away
17. Matt
Antonelli
Padres High
Class A Lake Elsinore
Has handled move to second while
continuing to hit for average, power still a
question
18. Kyle
Drabek
Phillies Low
Class A Lakewood
Getting a rough introduction to
life in low Class A
19. Brett
Sinkbeil
Marlins Disabled list
Made two starts in Jupiter before
going on disabled list with forearm
tightness
20. Chris
Parmelee
Twins Low
Class A Beloit
Strikeouts (every 2.5 at-bats)
have been a problem
21. Ian
Kennedy
Yankees High
Class A Tampa
Polished college pitcher has
easily handled debut in Tampa
22. Colton
Willems
Nationals Extended spring training
Righthander
could be in Hagerstown at some point this
year
23. Max
Sapp
Astros Low
Class A Lexington
Power potential hasn’t turned
into power production yet; has thrown out 30 percent of
basestealers
24. Cody Johnson Braves Extended spring
training
Bad stint in Gulf Coast League
last year (.184/.260/.281) made it clear the Braves will have to be
patient
25. Hank
Conger
Angels Low
Class A Cedar Rapids
Is hitting for power, but
struggling to throw out runners (has caught 18 percent of
basestealers
26. Bryan Morris Dodgers Disabled list
Righthander
won’t be back until 2008 after Tommy John
surgery
27. Jason
Place
Red
Sox
Low Class A
Greenville
Strikeouts (every 2.5 at bats),
batting average (.188) are causes for concern, but he is a high
schooler in his first full season
28. Daniel
Bard
Red
Sox
Disabled
list
Nothing was working for him in
Lancaster before he headed to the disabled list with a strained
tricep
29. Kyle
McCullouch
White Sox High
Class A Winston-Salem
Safe pick has been solid but
unspectacular for Winston-Salem, which kind of fits his pre-draft
scouting report
30. Adam
Ottavino
Cardinals High
Class A Palm Beach
Ottavino’s plus fastball has
dominated Florida State League
hitters

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