Draft Tidbits

Early a.m. injury updates: A-Rod, IPK, JoPo
Jorge Posada to the DL

We’re now just over a month away from the draft, so here’s some nuggets to hold you over.

  • Strasburg Watch: 78.1 IP, 48 H, 1.38 ERA, 147-15 K/BB ratio. San Diego State isn’t expected to the make the NCAA postseason, so Strasburg has at most four starts left in the season, more likely three. He won’t get near Derek  Tatsuno’s single season record of 234 K, but he’s got a shot to break Ryan Wagner’s record of 16.8 Kper9.
  • Speaking of Strasburg, Katie Dowd wrote a piece about him for The College Baseball Blog.
  • Aaron Crow pitched last night for the first time since last spring, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits in an inning and two-thirds for the independent Fort Worth Cats in an exhibition game. With no one really stepping up and establishing themselves as the #2 prospect behind Strasburg, Crow could end up being the guy if he shows his old stuff over the next few weeks. It’s possible that the Orioles take Crow with the fifth overall pick, giving them the two best pitching prospects available in the ’08 class (Brian Matusz being the other).
  • Tanner Scheppers also made his 2009 debut last night, striking out six in four hitless innings in an exhibition game for the indy St. Paul Saints. Like Crow, he has a chance to go as high as second overall if he regains the form he showed last year before a shoulder impingement ended his season prematurely.
  • LSU shifted DJ LeMahieu to second base last week. I wrote about him as a potential first round target for the Yanks back in March, noting that there were questions about his defense at shortstop. Now that he’s moved off short, LeMahieu’s stock takes a hit and is more of a second or third rounder because of the less premium position.
  • MLB.com now has close to 70 scouting reports available on their Draft Page.
  • Amy K. Nelson put together a great piece on former Yanks’ draft pick Matt Harrington, who was drafted five times but never signed, costing himself millions.
  • In case you missed it, the draft is expanding from two days to three days this year, and will be broadcast on the MLB Network instead of ESPN. I don’t like it.

Remember, you can always see the draft order at our 2009 Draft Order Tracker. Unless someone signs Ben Sheets, Mark Grudzielanek, and/or Paul Byrd within the next five weeks, that’s the final order.

Early a.m. injury updates: A-Rod, IPK, JoPo
Jorge Posada to the DL
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Can Ben Sheets, Mark Grudzealphabet or Paul Byrd catch?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I bet ARod can catch.

      JUVENILE HOMOPHOBIC JOKE FTW!!!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        DBHOF would be proud of you.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          SUCK IT AROD YOU CREEPY EFFEMINATE PURPLE LIPPED PRINCESS!!!

          Wait, that came out wrong.

  • Voice Of Reason

    You ain’t kidding. I guess Cervelli gets the call ? If not then who gets dropped from the 40 man roster ? Get ready for the Salty rumors to start up shortly.LOL.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      So, I know he’s not really very good and it has 0 chance of happening, but what about Ramon Hernandez? He’s a
      FA after this season, and Baltimore does have this kid named Wieters in their system. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Ramon Hernandez is on the Reds.

        I was thinking about him as a possibility as well, but I’m going to see what the MRI says before worrying about Posada’s replacement.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Shows what I know. Least the idea wasn’t totally off base ~_^

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Ramon Hernandez is on the Reds now.

      • A.D.

        Ramon Hernandez plays for the Reds…cause of that Wieters kid.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          IETC.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Get ready for the Salty rumors to start up shortly.LOL.

      1.) Trade Hughes, Wang, Cano, and Melky for Salty, Kevin Millwood, and Vicente Padilla

      2.) Put Milwood and Padilla in the rotation, Salty at catcher, Miranda at DH, Matsui in LF, Damon in CF, Ramiro Peña at 2B, and Joba in the bullpen

      3.) CHAMPIONSHIP

      • jsbrendog

        kruk, that you?

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

          kruk steve phillips, that you?

          fixed

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Same diff.

            Kruk = Steve Phillips with poor hygiene.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Given my (fairly limited) knowledge of the minor league system and the needs I see for the Yankees, I’d say the targets this draft should be middle infielders, outfielders, and (as always) starting pitchers

    • Joey

      As long as they’re the best player on the board I don’t see a problem with this

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I don’t care who we draft, as long as they’re not a clubhouse cancer with baggage who causes a huge distraction.

        Sincerely,
        Idiot Talk Radio Callers

        • Brooklyn Ed

          IETC.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Right, right. I think that’s the beauty of the baseball draft: you can just take the best player instead of an instant need like in the NFL/NBA.

        • Joey

          Yup, cause as long as your name isn’t Stephen Strasburg (damn you Natinals) you won’t be effecting the major league team for many years and who knows what the need will be then

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Or what position you may be playing then.

  • Reggie C.

    The article makes mention of DJ LeMahieu’s power output more so than his defense. He’s going to add weight as he gets older but his defense is prohibitively bad. In fact its not bad. Its already average. Angellini supposedly had all the defensive actions you want in a SS, but look at the number of errors he’s compiled … and without hitting a lick.

    I believe LeMahieu’s team is going to the playoffs. His numbers show that he can hit. With power being a projectable tool for a kid his age (21?), I still think LeMahieu is somebody the Yanks should heavily consider if he’s still available at the bottom of the 1st round.

    • Reggie C.

      I wish i read that first paragraph before hitting submit.

      Second sentence correction: “… his defense ISN’T prohibitively bad. …”

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Problem is, if he really can’t play SS, he may not have a home here. Cano doesn’t turn 27 until October, he may well be locked into 2B for the next, say, 7-9 years.

      Which means, for LeMahieu to see the field, he’ll need to move to 3B (when ARod moves) or the outfield.

      I wonder if his bat is good enough to play in 3B/RF/LF or if he’s athletic enough to handle CF (since he’s not really good enough to handle SS…)

      • Chris

        If he’s the best prospect available you pick him, I don’t care if we have Cano playing 2B and Pedroia on the bench backing him up. The worst case is that he develops and you trade him in a package when he gets to AAA.

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

          i think this whole “draft best player available no matter what and under any circumstances” argument is a little overdone

          i can understand if some badass prospect thats a starting RHP or 1B is there, but in this draft, those arent really the case

          most of the guys that wed be looking at with our pick are pretty close in overall talent, and i see nothing wrong with specifically targeting, say, OFers, if that indeed was the case

          the whole best player available thing should really apply when theres a significant gap in talent level

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          True, that’s not what I’m saying.

          I’m just forecasting the potential difficulties we may have if we do pick him.

          Maybe we pick him and he absolutely rip-shits it at 2B, becomes the white Joe Morgan and we promote him and trade Cano instead…

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Or, move Cano to LF…

            • tim randle

              That’s a shot at Jeter.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

    mike is there ANY chance donovan tate drops to us?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I think Atlanta picking ahead of us makes that highly unlikely.

      They love Georgia area bats. Always have.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

        those damn braves are just so….. utah jazzy

        theyre just always there… they dont cause a stir, but theyre always just….. there

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          Haha, IET Analogy.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Especially since Utah ? Atlanta.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      I’m hoping we can snatch up Kentrail Davis.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Me too… I’m hoping it doesn’t happen until the 6th round, though.

        COME ON, BIG BONUS DEMAND + BORAS CLIENT + DRAFT ELIGIBLE SOPHMORE FREEFALL!!!

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          /crosses fingers
          /throws salt over shoulder
          /knocks on wood

      • A.D.

        I would make my day.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Unlikely. The Braves would be all over him.

  • JohnC

    this is a very critical draft for the Yanks this year. They’ve been getting hammered alot lately in the papers about how the Red Sox have emabarrased them in developing and drafting better talent. Cash and Oppenheimer really need to get it right and draft as many high ceiling kids as possible and don’t shy away becuase of bonus demands. Knew it was a mistake drafting Kennedy instead od Daniel Bard 3 years ago as well as passing on Lars Anderson that same year. Just a sample.

    • Jake H

      Problem is the Sox pick before the Yanks a majority of the time so they get first crack at the high ceiling kids who fall because of signability issues. Also Bard has a ton of control problems and I wouldn’t sign a setup man in the 1st round of a draft. That is his ceiling.

    • Stryker

      a mistake drafting kennedy instead of bard? i’d take a polished college arm over a guy who the red sox eventually converted into a bullpen guy any time.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Knew it was a mistake drafting Kennedy instead od Daniel Bard 3 years ago as well as passing on Lars Anderson that same year. Just a sample.

      Taking IPK over Bard was the absolute right decision. You make that pick 10 times out of 9.

      And Lars Anderson went in the 18th round. Everybody “passed” on him.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

        you make that pick 10 times out of 9

        you just blew my mind

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          SHAKE AND BAKE, BABY!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Oh yeah? Well I make it eleven times out of ten. Bam.

        • kSturnz

          ten times out of nine is greater than eleven times out of ten.

    • Clayton

      I would take Kennedy before Bard any day of the week. A 4/5 starter is better than an 7th inning reliever who cant work his way out of AAA.

      And complaining about Lars Anderson? An 18th round pick, who either the Yanks didn’t like or thought wanted more money than he was worth. Dellin Betances was the major signability guy they drafted, which is looking like a smart pick.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      If you want to complain about taking Kennedy over someone else, complain about Kennedy over Adrian Cardenas, not Kennedy over Bard.

      You know who Daniel Bard is? He’s Jose Veras.

    • A.D.

      I’m pretty sure that finger issue aside the Yankees could get more on the trade market for IPK than the Sox could for Bard.

      Plus if they both realize their full potential IPK would be a 3-5 starter & Bard would be a closer. If that happens its pretty much a wash, and IPK has much less floor than Bard.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        “Plus if they both realize their full potential IPK would be a 3-5 starter & Bard would be a closer. If that happens its pretty much a wash IPK by a landslide since 3-5 starters >>>>>>>>>>>>> closers, and IPK has much less floor than Bard.”

        Fixed.

      • JohnC

        Considering the state of our bullpen right now and the fact that Bard is dominating AAA and hitting 100mph regularly on the gun I’d say Bard would have been the better choice. Kennedy is a fringe MLB pitcher at best who has to have pinpoint control to succeed. I just don’t see it. Teams passed on Lars Anderson becuase they thought he wasn’t signable, yet the Red Sox were able to sign him without breaking the bank. The Yanks, with their endless supply of cash, couldn’t afford him? I doubt it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Considering the state of our bullpen right now and the fact that Bard is dominating AAA and hitting 100mph regularly on the gun I’d say Bard would have been the better choice.

          You’d still be wrong.

          Kennedy is a fringe MLB pitcher at best who has to have pinpoint control to succeed.

          So is Bard. Problem is, Kennedy’s control is way more pinpoint than Bard’s, and Kennedy can and has pitched deep into MLB games and Bard can’t stop walking people to the point where he doesn’t scare the Sox shitless to put him in an actual game.

          If Cashman called Theo and offered Kennedy for Bard, Theo would say yes so fast your head would spin, because he knows IPK still has a much, much, much, much better chance of ever contributing towards a team’s success than Bard does. Bard is Jose Veras or Kyle Farnsworth at best. He throws hard but still gets hit hard.

          Kennedy >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Bard, both then and now.

          • JohnC

            Can I have some of that crack you’re smoking please? If Cash offered Kennedy for Bard, Theo would laugh so hard he’d drop the phone.

            • Rick in Boston

              So you’d rather have a guy who has one pitch yet can’t harness it instead of a guy who could be a back of the rotation starter? Thank God you’re not in charge of the Yankees.

              • JohnC

                What do you mean can’t harness it? Have you seen his numbers this season so far? He has been absolutely dominant in AAA, and will be called up very soon. Guy has clser stuff and has learned to harness his stuff. Kennedy has been lit up each time he has been given a chance. As I said, he is another Tyler Clippard, a guy who has to be absolutely perfect to succeed. Are you guys that blind? Ask any GM in this league which pitcher they’d rather have right now. I bet you 90% of them say Bard.

                • Rick in Boston

                  Starting pitchers are always >>>>>>>>> relievers, especially in the minor leagues. The worse case scenario for IPK is that he ends up in the pen. Where else can Bard go? And as great as his numbers are this year, his K:BB ratio is still almost 1:1.

                  And Kennedy hasnt been “lit up every time” he’s been up. He got hit hard last year, but faired pretty well two years ago. At least he’s made it to the majors, unlike Bard, who failed in A+ and had to start at the bottom and work his way up.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Bard is only a year younger than IPK, but he’s only just getting to AAA this year. IPK was in the majors two years ago now.

                  Also, Bard’s K rate this year is phenomenal, yes, but his BABIP is an unsustainably low .155 and his BB rate and HR rates are Farnsworthian. There’s a reason the Sox traded away their good centerfielder for a relief pitcher and signed Saito off the scrap heap: They don’t have confidence in Bard being any better than Farnsworth or Armando Benitez or Jose Mesa, which is likely the BEST he’ll ever be. If you think Bard is a legit future closer, you must enjoy K-Rod’s walk-the-bases-loaded antics.

                  I’d say maybe three or four GM’s in the league TOPS would take Bard over IPK. The dumb ones. IPK is probably going to be a 5th starter somewhere. Bard is an inconsistent middle reliever.

                  Like I said,

                  IPK >>>>>>>>>>>> Bard, both then and now.

                  89-91mph with command >>>>>>>>>> 100mph with no command

    • steve (different one)

      holy shit, if the Astros picked Daniel Bard NO ONE would ever make a comment like this. nor would anyone give a crap about Daniel Bard.

      how about this:

      the Red Sox drafted Daniel Bard over Joba Chamberlain.

      OH NOES TEH BACKLASH!!!!

      • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        You get my vote for the Axl Memorial Comment of the Week Award.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Shouldn’t Axl be dead before the comment is the Axl “Memorial” Comment of the Week Award?

          • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Yeah I knew that was coming… FINE. Maybe the “Comment of the Week Award, presented by Axl?” Or “‘The Axl Award’, presented to the best RAB comment of the week?”

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              How about the “Crazy Axl” Memorial Comment of the Week Award, since Axl’s crazy multiple personality mood swings are dead and gone?

              That seems fair…

              • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Yeah, but I don’t think we have any assurance that “Crazy Axl” won’t return at some point. I vote for “‘The Axl Award’, presented to the best RAB comment of the week.” “The Axl,” for short. Simple, classic, contextual.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Even better, they drafted Kris Johnson ahead of Joba too.

        • Brendo

          We’ve drafted a lot of crappy guys before all stars too. The Yankees draft record the past 15 years is a train wreck of epic proportions.

  • Nady Nation

    Sorry for the off-topic news, but Jorge’s going to the DL, per wfan.com.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Aysh

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

      sigh…..

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      (Insert English and Italian curses here)

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Innuendo.

        h/t to Mike Axisa

  • Billy

    San Diego State is the #23 ranked team in the Nation, how is it that they are not expected to make the post season?

    Why is it that all the pubs that follow College Baseball has SDSU in the NCAA tournament but you think they are staying home?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      What rankings are you looking at? They’re not ranked in the coach’s poll or by BA:

      http://tinyurl.com/8esumq (coaches)

      http://tinyurl.com/dlfnpe (BA)

      I also checked BA’s projected Field of 64, and they didn’t have SDSU making it. Granted it’s just a projection, but still.

    • Rick in Boston

      Eh, it depends on which poll you’re looking at. There are four ‘major’ polls involved. They’ve got the #38 RPI according to Boyds World’s RPI’s, aren’t in the Top 25 of CBI’s composite polls, and sit fourth in the Mountain West which isn’t a top tier league that gets four teams into the tourny (only conference-leading TCU is ranked). What also isn’t in their favor is a week out of conference schedule.

  • rally caps

    is strasburg a lock to go #1 overall?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yep, the Nats already said they’re taking him.

  • kSturnz

    i like david renfroe from Miss

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    are there any good mocks out there?

  • Brendo

    Too bad Strasburg isn’t a free agent. He’d have his pick of places to play and he’d probably end up with 85 million.