2005 Draft: Draft Day Two Blog
The latest news, notes and rumors as the draft happens
Wednesday, 7:53 PM: Free At Last!
Righthander Matt Harrington is free at last. After being drafted in each of the past five drafts, Harrington went undrafted in this year's draft, which means he can sign with any team.
Wednesday, 7:45 PM: And Mr. Irrelevant Is . . .
With the final and 1501st pick in the 2005 draft, the New York Yankees selected catcher Blake Heym for Grayson Community College. Heym spent his freshman year as a red shirt at Auburn, but decided to transfer in order to get more playing time.
Wednesday, 7:38 PM: Even In The Final Round, There's Still
With their 50th-round pick, the Padres took a flier on shorstop Jason Ogata, the top-rated high school player in Oregon. Ogata, out of Portland's Westview High (the same high school as Indians first-rounder Trevor Crowe), has four average or better tools and is an excellent hitter--he struck out just once in his first 79 at-bats this season, while slugging .899. His only real shortcoming is his arm, a weakness that surfaced after he broke his clavicle playing football. Ogata is committed to Louisiana State and his high school coach said he is excited about playing for the Tigers, so he figures to be a difficult sign for San Diego.
Wednesday, 7:35 PM: Mets Take Jostock
Will Jostock's stock plummeted last spring during his senior year of high school in Michigan, and it hasn't recovered yet. The Mets drafted the projectable righthander in the 49th round, though he'll most likely require another year in junior college before garnering much of a signing bonus. Jostock showed potential for two plus pitches entering his senior season in high school, but was drafted in the 39th round last year by the Royals who did not sign him prior to this year.
Wednesday, 7:28 PM: Even In The 49th Round, There's Still
The Mariners' 49th-round pick, Dennis Raben, fell mostly based on signability concerns. He committed to Miami, and may wind up in the green and orange, after all. The Mariners would love to have his bat in their system, however. Raben has been inconsistent this spring but at times shows potential to hit for a high average from the left side of the plate.
Wednesday, 7:26 PM: Cubs Draft Track Star
The Cubs drafted one of the high school class' fastest players in the 44th round, outfielder Eddie Rush. Rush, a Georgia prep track record holder, has turned in 60-yard-dash times in the 6.36 second neighborhood as recently as January at Perfect Game's World Showcase. He hasn't made contact consistently, but has a quick bat and the speed making him worth taking a chance on.
Wednesday, 6:24 PM: Lincecum Finally Goes
Finally, in the 42nd round, Tim Lincecum is off the board. The hard-throwing righthander out of Washington is a draft-eligible sophomore and apparently put out a $1 million price tag to sign this year. Lincecum went 8-6, 3.11 for the Huskies with 131 strikeouts and 71 walks in 104 innings.
Wednesday, 6:17 PM: Braves Sign First Round Pick
The Braves' first-round pick, Joey Devine, has signed. The righthander out of North Carolina State is the first college pitcher the Braves have drafted in the first round since 1987.
Wednesday, 6:08 PM: Red Sox Nab Intriguing Arm
the Red Sox took an intriguing pitcher in the 40th round in 6-foot-5, 265-pound righthander Blake Maxwell. He pitched at Divisoin III Methodist College outside of Fayetteville, N.C., and was an all-star last summer in the Coastal Plain League. He was the CPL's No. 7 prospect and reaches up to 93 mph with his fastball; he also throws a solid slider.
Wednesday, 5:48 PM: A Name To Remember
Kurt Lipton's name isn't likely to pop up in minor league box scores this summer, but don't forget it. The Giants drafted him in the 40th round, though Lipton is expected to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt. Lipton is an athletic outfielder with tools scouts feel could help him blossom into a future high-round pick.
Wednesday, 5:28 PM: Angels Pop Stanford Recruit
The Angels popped Brent Milleville in the 39th round. A powerful catcher from Maize High in Kansas, Milleville committed to Stanford.
Wednesday, 5:08 PM: A's Are First To Bail
The first team to pass this year is the Oakland A's, who stopped in the 39th round
Wednesday, 4:38 PM: Putnam's Fall Could Be Wolverine's Gain
Zach Putnam chose to commit to Michigan over several other top college programs in November, and the Tigers would be tickled if the two-way standout opted to sign. Detroit took the Pioneer High of Ann Arbor, Mich., product in the 38th round, though his value should command a significant signing bonus.
Wednesday, 4:18 PM: Signability Leads To Satterwhite's Fall
Cody Satterwhite was ranked in the top 40 among all draft-eligible prospects in BA's Draft Preview, but once again signability was the main reason he tumbled down draft boards. The Indians took a shot on him in the 37th round, however. Satterwhite's fastball was up to 97 mph this spring, though he's likely to take his heat to Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference.
Wednesday, 4:08 PM: Rangers Take A Shot At Shooter
The Rangers went with versatility and guile with their 34th-round pick. Shooter Hunt can catch and pitch, and though he's somewhat undersized, has good arm strength and has performed well on large stages. He will not easily be swayed from his commitment to Virginia.
Wednesday, 3:48 PM: Nats Take A Winner
Nationals' 30th-round pick, Brian Pruitt, a Stetson signee, helped his high school team, Florida Christian of Miami, win consecutive Florida Class 2-A titles.
Wednesday, 3:41 PM: Pirates Hope To Sway Sebastian From Bulldogs
The Pirates drafted Iain Sebastian in the 29th round, an intriguing high school prospect with two-way talents. Sebastian entered his high school season on the heels of leading his Columbus (Ga.) High team to a state title but did not maintain the mid-90s velocity he flashed as an underclassmen. If he elects to pass on the Pirates offer, he should fit into Georgia's lineup well as a pitcher and first baseman.
Wednesday, 3:30 PM: Hope He Has A Cellphone
It's not likely Reese Havens heard his name called when the Rockies chose him in the 29th round. Havens was reportedly on a fishing trip in Louisiana this week. He was a consensus top-five round pick entering the draft based on talent, but was a tough sign, with a strong commitment to South Carolina.
Wednesday, 3:30 PM: Angels Continue Trend Of Taking Injured
Last year the Angels signed a couple of high school pitchers who had arm trouble, but were otherwise coveted as prospects. In 2004 they picked up righthanders Nick Adenhart and Bobby Cassevah and this year the Angels drafted Blair Blejtfus in the 28th round. Blejtfus flashed low-90s heat last summer, but had Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss most of his senior season.
Wednesday, 3:20 PM: Tribe Takes Gerald Laird's Brother
Cleveland took Brandon Laird from La Quinta High of Westminster, Calif., in the 27th round. Brandon is the brother of Gerald, a catcher in the Rangers system. Brandon also played on USA Baseball's junior national team last summer, alongside No. 1 pick Justin Upton among other prominent high school players.
Wednesday, 2:51 PM: Royals Take McClintock As Pitcher
The Royals drafted San DIego State senior Jake McClintock in the 26th round and announced him as a pitcher. McClintock was a four-year starter for the Aztecs as a hitter but pitched eight times in his final two seasons. In 2005, he gave up three runs and four hits in two innings. He's always been noted for a strong arm and was a Freshman All-American before his career stalled.
Wednesday, 2:27 PM: Shefka To Nats
In the 20th round, the Nationals took Coastal Carolina righthander
Ricky Shefka. Shekfa went 12-2, 2.75 in 118 innings in his first season
for the Chanticleers after spending his first two college seasons
at Old Dominion.
Wednesday, 2:18 PM: Sleeper For Rangers?
Rangers fans should have perked up when the Rangers announced their 23rd-round pick. Steven Marquardt of Columbia Basin (Wash.) CC, has a thick frame, good arm strength and plus power potential. He was an AFLAC All-American in 2003.
Wednesday, 2:15 PM: Just Like Your Fantasy Draft!
In happens every year, but this year in the 23nd round, Boston was the first team to initially select a player who was already off the board.
Wednesday, 2:14 PM: Bristow Finally Off The Board
Justin Bristow was one of the highest-ranked players remaining on the board before going to the Royals in the 22nd round. Bristow, an intriguing player with skills as a pitcher and third baseman, has committed to Auburn and comes with a significant price tag.
Wednesday, 2:12 PM: Marrero's Brother Will Go Higher In '06
Broward (Fla.) CC outfielder Christian Marrero, the White Sox' 22nd-round
pick, was a 20th-round pick by the Braves out of Monsignor Pace High
in Opa Locka, Fla., last year.
Wednesday, 2:05 PM: Tribe Takes Multi-Sport Star
The Indians' 22nd-round pick, Clinton Storr, could shape into a solid draft-and-follow pick if they don't sign him this summer. Storr spent much of his high school career playing both football and baseball. He was Key West (Fla.) High's all-time leader in tackles as a line-backer, but plans to focus on baseball. He has good speed and power, though he lacks polished baseball instincts. He committed to St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC.
Wednesday, 2:02 PM: Mets Find Offensive Catcher To Pair With
The Mets' 22nd-round selection, switch-hitting catcher Preston Paramore from Allen (Texas) High, is quite a contrast to their fifth-round pick, catcher Drew Butera. Paramore has a powerful bat. Butera is known for his catch-and-throw skills.
Wednesday, 1:58 PM: Arizona Gambles Continue
The Diamondbacks added to their list of high risk, high reward arms by drafting Cuban defector Maels Rodriguez with the first pick of the 22nd round. Rodriguez was once one of Cuba's top pitchers, with a fastball that was clocked at 100 mph in a game against Team USA in the 2000 Olympics, and he threw a perfect game during Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2002 . But back problems sapped his velocity, and a workout that was hoped to bring him a contract fizzled when he struggled to throw 87 mph. Rodriguez has kept a low profile since the 2004 workout while trying to get healthy.
Wednesday, 1:22 PM: Do-Over!
The Cubs briefly made University of Georgia righthander Michael Hyle their 21st-round pick. But the pick was quickly voided because the Cubs had selected Hyle in the 37th round of last year's draft and didn’t sign him. That meant he had to grant them written permission to draft him again. After MLB officials checked on that, the Cubs selected catcher Peter Farina instead.
Wednesday, 1:02 PM: Adams Finally Hears Name
David Adams, the Tigers choice in the 21st round, was considered one of the nation's top-hitting high school players entering the season. He performed well against poor competition much of the year, but slipped in the draft based on signability concerns. Unless the Tigers pony up a significant signing bonus, Adams could shape up to be the next Ryan Zimmerman at Virginia, where he has commited.
Wednesday, 1:02 PM: Division II Erskine Produces Three Draftees
Erskine College, a Division II program in South Carolina, had its third player drafted Wednesday. Two Erskine players went Tuesday: first baseman Casey Smith to the Padres in the ninth round, and outfielder Antonio Sabatini to the Royals in the 14th round. Smith has present power and hit .448-18-83 in earning all-America honors. Sabatini, a transfer from Louisiana Tech, has solid all-around tools and batted .436-19-69 with 30 doubles and can play center field. Wednesday, the Reds drafted catcher Ben Blumenthal in the 21st round; the Limpscomb transfer has decent catch-and-throw skills and batted .400-13-53 for the Flying Fleet.
Wednesday, 1:02 PM: Mariners Take Author Of No-No
With their 21st round pick, the Mariners nabbed a pitcher that made some national headlines this year. Nick Allen, a second team all-Big East selection, was one of two Villanova pitchers to throw a no-hitter earlier this season. The two gems came only four weeks apart.
Wednesday, 12:59 PM: Astros Take Mitchell
The Astros popped Ryan Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 righthander from Magnolia (Texas) High in the 20th round. In September of 2003, Prospects Plus ranked Mitchell the No. 10 high school prospect in the Class of 2005. He has not picked up much velocity since then, though he still possesses a good breaking ball and a sturdy frame.
Wednesday, 12:53 PM: A's Sign First Round Pick
The A's began the day by announcing the signing of their first round pick, infielder Cliff Pennington from Texas A&M. The 21st overall pick got a bonus of $1.45 million.
Wednesday, 12:53 PM: Ryan High (Dallas) Has Third Player
Cody Railsback, the Mets' 20th-round selection, was the third player from Ryan High in Denton, Texas taken this year. Austin Jackson (Yankees, eighth round) and Ryan Delaughter (Nationals, fifth round) played alongside Railsback at the Dallas-area school.
Wednesday, 12:42 PM: Diamondbacks Take Another Wild One
With the first pick of the 20th round, the Diamondbacks drafted a hard-throwing Stanford pitcher, New Jersey native Pete Duda. However, Duda has pitched just four collegiate games for the Cardinal because of his inability to throw his mid-90s fastball for strikes.
Wednesday, 12:42 PM: Quigley's Drop Could Be Crimson Tide's
Miers Quigley was drafted with the final pick of the 19th round
by the Cardinals. Quigley was tabbed as one of the nation's top lefthanded
pitching prospects as an underclassmen, though he has suffered nagging
tendonitis as a senior, causing his stock to slip.
Wednesday, 12:37 PM: White Sox Take 'Unsignable" Danks
The White Sox are not likely to sign their 19th round pick, though if they did it would be quite the coup. Jordan Danks, a talented lefthanded-hitting outfielder from Round Rock (Texas) High, and his family informed teams about a month before the draft that he had intention of honoring his commitment to play for University of Texas.
Wednesday, 12:35 PM: Phils Sign First Pick
When announcing their 19th-round pick, the Phillies announced they have signed their first pick, second-rounder Mike Costanzo out of Coastal Carolina. Costanzo was an effective closer in college with a low 90s fastball and hard slider, but most scouts liked his lefthanded power and plate discipline better for pro ball. Costanzo played first base in college to save his arm for pitching, but the Phillies intend to try him as a third baseman.
Wednesday, 12:32 PM: Nats Take Chance On Clark
With the fourth pick of the 19th round, the Nationals selected righthander Bradley Clark from Tampa's Sickles High. Clark, who was a second-team preseason All-American, had a solid senior season but was inconsistent, especially with his slider, which at times shows potential to be a plus pitch and at others is well below average. Clark was academically ineligible to pitch for the first three years of his high school career but built a reputation as a hard thrower with scouts during showcase events.
Wednesday, 12:31 PM: It's Time For The Grand Prize Game!
We like to have the complete background for every significant player in the draft, but we missed this one: Trevor Bell, who went 37th overall to the Angels, is Bozo’s grandson. Bell’s father Craig is the son of Bob Bell, a Chicago legend who spent 24 years on morning and afternoon television as Bozo the Clown. The family now lives in Shadow Hills, Calif. "I never really realized the effect my grandpa had on kids in Chicago until I started doing reports on him for school and learned that there would be a six-year wait for tickets to the show," Trevor told the Chicago Tribune. "He was just my grandpa, but he was also Bozo, and we don't ever forget that. We can sit around the house for hours telling stories about him."
Wednesday, 12:20 PM: Son Of Ron
The Devil Rays took Ike Davis, the son of ex-big league pitcher Ron Davis, with its 19th-round pick. Davis was No. 119 on BA's Top 200 after helping lead Chaparral (Ariz.) High to a third straight championship. The Rays asked for Davis to be listed as both a first baseman and lefthanded pitcher, but the consensus is that he has more upside on the mound. He's an Arizona State recruit.
Wednesday, 12:15 PM: Sliding Down The Bannisters
The Mariners selected righthander Brett Bannister with the third pick of the 19th round. The righthander out of Southern California is the son of Floyd Bannister, the top pick in the 1976 draft, and younger brother of Brian Bannister, the Mets' 2003 seventh-round pick who already has reached Double-A. Brett Bannister has had arm problems throughout his college career since his 8-3, 3.56 freshman season. He missed the '03 and '04 seasons after a strained ulner collateral ligament and then Tommy John surgery in 2004. Bannister is 4-3, 4.98 this season in 47 innings heading into super-regionals for the Trojans.
Wednesday, 12:11 PM: And We're Off, Part Two
The second day of the draft has begun with Arizona kicking off the 19th round by selecting righthander Kyle Wright from perennial NAIA power Lewis-Clark State in Idaho
Wednesday, 11:18 AM: Braves Expect Quick Benefits From Devine
How important is it to the Braves to find fast bullpen help? Joey Devine, the North Carolina State reliever they took with the 27th overall pick, represents the first four-year college righthander the franchise has ever taken in the first round of the regular June draft. Braves scouting director Roy Clark told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it’s possible Devine could reach the big leagues this season: "I think stuff-wise, he's certainly good enough. Obviously, he's close. How close? That depends on him."
Wednesday, 9:43 AM: SEC, Pac-10 Could Benefit
Schools in the Southeastern and Pacific-10 Conferences could be
the big winners in this year’s draft.