The last two remaining compensation free agents still haven’t signed. But there has been a reshuffling of the draft order, as Major League Baseball has announced a change in the sequence of supplemental first-round picks.
In the past, the supplemental first round mirrored the order of the other rounds, with no distinction made between the quality of free agents lost. Now all the compensation picks for Type A free agents (among the top 30 percent at their position) will come before those for Type B free agents (the best 31-50 percent). Choices for failure to sign a first-rounder from the previous draft will continue to come at the end of the first round.
The revised order:
|1. Devil Rays|
|16. Blue Jays (Frank Catalanotto, A, to Tex)|
|17. Rangers (Carlos Lee, A, to Hou)|
|20. Dodgers (Julio Lugo, A, to Bos)|
|21. Blue Jays|
|22. Giants (Jason Schmidt, A, to LAD)|
|24. Rangers (Gary Matthews Jr., A, to LAA)|
|25. White Sox|
|29. Giants (Moises Alou, A, to NYM)|
|Supplemental First-Round Picks|
|31. Nationals (Alfonso Soriano, A, to ChC)|
|32. Giants (Alou)|
|33. Braves (Danys Baez, A, to Bal)|
|34. Reds (Rich Aurilia, A, to SF)|
|35. Rangers (Lee)|
|36. Cardinals (Jeff Suppan, A, to Mil)|
|37. Phillies (David Dellucci, A, to Cle)|
|38. Blue Jays (Justin Speier, A, to LAA)|
|39. Dodgers (Lugo)|
|40. Padres (Woody Williams, A, to Hou)|
|41. Athletics (Barry Zito, A, to SF)|
|42. Mets (Roberto Hernandez, A, to Cle)|
|43. Giants (Schmidt)|
|44. Rangers (Matthews)|
|45. Blue Jays (Catalanotto)|
|46. Padres (Dave Roberts, A, to SF)|
|47. Mets (Chad Bradford, A, to Bal)|
|48. Cubs (Juan Pierre, B, to LAD)|
|49. Nationals (Jose Guillen, B, to Sea)|
|50. Diamondbacks (Craig Counsell, B, to Mil)|
|51. Giants (Mike Stanton, B, to Cin)|
|52. Mariners (Gil Meche, B, to KC)|
|53. Reds (Scott Schoeneweis, B, to NYM)|
|54. Rangers (Mark DeRosa, B, to ChC)|
|55. Red Sox (Alex Gonzalez, B, to Cin)|
|56. Blue Jays (Ted Lilly, B, to ChC)|
|57. Padres (Alan Embree, B, to Oak)|
|58. Angels (Adam Kennedy, B, to StL)|
|59. Athletics (Frank Thomas, B, to Tor)|
|60. Tigers (Jamie Walker, B, to Bal)|
|61. Diamondbacks (Miguel Batista, B, to Sea)|
|62. Red Sox (Keith Foulke, B, to Cle)|
|63. Padres (Ryan Klesko, B, to SF)|
|64. Diamondbacks (have yet to sign 2006 first-rounder Max Scherzer)|
|67. Nationals (Soriano to ChC)|
|69. Braves (Baez to Bal)|
|71. Cardinals (Suppan to Mil)|
|74. Athletics (Zito to SF)|
|77. Mets (Hernandez to Cle)|
|81. Padres (Williams to Hou)|
|88. Blue Jays (Speier to LAA)|
|99. Mets (Bradford to Bal)|
|104. Reds (Aurilia to SF)|
|107. Phillies (Dellucci to Cle)|
|134. Padres (Roberts to SF)|
|Remaining Compensation Free Agents|
|NYY: Ron Villone (B).|
|SD: Chan Ho Park (B).|
- Defensive proficiency aside, how much difference, if any, is there in the hitting abilities of Alex Gordon, Evan Longoria and Ryan Braun? I realize they’re almost always ranked in that order, but how different are their ceilings?
Interesting question. Not only are Gordon, Longoria and Braun three of the elite third-base prospects in baseball, they’re three of the elite prospects, period. I ranked them No. 2 (Gordon), No. 12 (Longoria) and No. 23 (Braun) on my personal Top 50 Prospects list in the 2007 Prospect Handbook.
All three figure to hit for average and power, say .300 with 30 or more homers on an annual basis once they get acclimated in the majors. Gordon figures to produce for a little higher average and a little more power than Longoria or Braun for a few reasons. He’s the lone lefthanded hitter in the group, he has better patience at the plate and he has a little more natural strength.
Gordon is the only player ever to win BA’s college and minor league player of the year awards, accomplishing that feat in the last two seasons. He hit .325/.427/.588 in his 2006 pro debut last year, with 19 of his 29 homers coming in the final two months. He, Longoria and Braun all could be starting for their big league clubs by the all-star break, if not sooner.
- How does Michael Burgess stack up against Justin Upton, Cameron Maybin and Andrew McCutchen coming out high school? Is he a five-tool talent or is his power way ahead of everything else?
Burgess is the latest phenom from Hillsborough High in Tampa, which also produced Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijah Dukes. In our Early Draft Preview, we project Burgess to be the first high school position player drafted in June, eighth overall.
However, he’s not quite as well-rounded as Upton, Maybin and McCutchen were at the same stage of his career. Burgess’ calling cards are his bat speed and huge power. He has average speed and a strong arm that will play well in right field. His swing can get out of control at times and he doesn’t project as a center fielder, so he lags behind Upton, Maybin and McCutchen in those regards.
Yet Burgess could wind up getting drafted higher than two of them. The Diamondbacks took Upton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, while Maybin went 10th to the Tigers and McCutchen went 11th to the Pirates.
- Though he signed as a nondrafted free agent in 2005, Ryan Doherty had an amazing season in the Diamondbacks system last year. How much of a prospect is the 7-foot-1 righthander?
Doherty was old for the low Class A Midwest League last year at age 22, but his numbers still stood out. He went 9-1, 2.59 with five saves in 39 appearances. He had a 76-20 K-BB ratio in 63 innings, while holding opponents to a .214 average and two homers. He did his pitching at South Bend, where he had a decent if unspectacular three-year career at Notre Dame.
Despite his impressive statistics last summer, Doherty is still most notable for his size. He doesn’t have a standout pitch, working with an 86-90 mph fastball, a slurvy breaking ball and an undistinguished changeup. His height gives him some deception, but he struggles to repeat his mechanics. Scouts who saw him in both college and pro ball did note that he has seemed a lot more confident after signing.
Doherty would be the tallest pitcher in major league history if he makes it that far. While he has a chance, it’s still a longshot at this point.