Draft Notebook: Bard, Chamberlain Sign
Diamondbacks hire new scouting director to replace Rizzo
Two of the highest-profile holdouts of the 2006 draft class ended over Labor Day weekend, as the Red Sox signed first-rounder Daniel Bard, while the Yankees agreed to terms with supplemental first-round pick Joba Chamberlain.
Bard had not gone to class at North Carolina this year, which essentially had ended speculation that he would go back to school for his senior season. There had been speculation that Bard would go back to school and pitch his senior season as a teammate of his younger brother, Jared.
Bard went 24-13, 3.92 over his college career with the Tar Heels and saved his best for last, pitching well in a loss to Oregon State in the College World Series finale. While he gave up three runs in getting the loss, only one was earned, and his last 42 pitches were fastballs, several of which hit 98 mph. Terms of his deal were not released.
The Yankees signed Chamberlain to wrap up their impressive draft haul, giving the former Nebraska ace a $1.1 million bonus. That brings the total bonus expenditure for the Yankees to more than $6.22 million, as they went over the MLB recommended slot on five players: Chamberlain, fellow righthanders Ian Kennedy, Dellin Betances and Mark Melancon and outfielder Colin Curtis.
Chamberlain got $275,000 over his slot after a stellar career for the Cornhuskers. While he went just 6-5, 3.93 in 2006, Chamberlain still struck out 102 in 89 innings this season while walking just 34. His K-BB ratio over his two seasons after transferring from Division II Nebraska-Kearney was 232-67 in 208 innings.
Clubs did have health concerns with Chamberlain entering the draft, as he required surgery to trim his tibia to correct an odd curvature in one of his knees, and he missed a few starts in 2006. However, MRIs showed his arm to be in good shape.Allison Tabbed To Replace Rizzo
The Diamondbacks hired Tom Allison, 38, as their new scouting director. Allison spent the last seven seasons with the Brewers, first as an area scout in the Midwest, then as their West Coast crosschecker.
A former Mets player and scout, Allison replaces Mike Rizzo, who left the Diamondbacks to become assistant general manager of the Nationals. Allison inherits the draft's only unsigned first-round pick in Missouri righthander Max Scherzer, though Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes is handling negotiations between the club and Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras.
"He'll be absolutely terrific," Brewers scouting director Jack Zduriencik
told the Arizona Republic. "I thought it was only a matter of time before somebody gave him an opportunity. Josh has a good one there."