Oppenheimer’s Chat Wrap


Yanks’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer chatted with fans at MLB.com about last week’s amateur draft, and even though he obviously couldn’t say anything too groundbreaking, it’s still work checking out. Among other things, he mentioned that the Red Sox were very high on second rounder JR Murphy right after the Yanks, and that David Robertson‘s rapid climb up the ladder surprised him. It’s really worth a read, short but information. don’t miss it.

Categories : Asides, Draft
  • John

    The Sox wanted Murphy?!! This guy is going to be a star!

    • Mister Delaware

      That was my second cringe. First was “Obviously, our first pick, Slade Heathcott, we were excited to get, and our second pick, JR Murphy, we were also excited to get.” 9 year olds are more eloquent talking about their favorite birthday gifts.

      (I know, he was typing on the fly. I’m not serious.)

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

          Wait…that was the worst sketch I’ve ever seen.

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

            Really? I love that sketch.

            When they start freaking out when they’re multiplying and dividing at the end… that always cracks me up.

            “Do, um, 89 times 56.”

  • JohnnyC

    This implies that they thought more of Murphy than Renfroe because they passed on Renfroe and let the Red Sox select him in the 3rd round.

    • John

      and if we get Sano, Sano>>>Renfroe

      • whozat

        Sano’s 16. Supposedly. Odds of him being this generational talent are just as good as him being so raw that he never puts it together, or actually being 19 and thus has much less projection left than people think.

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

      That, and they were willing to bet that Renfroe wouldn’t back off his 3M demands, meaning that there was a good chance that nobody at #76 or lower was gonna be able to sign him, including the Yanks and Sox.

      3M for a prep shortstop in the 2nd round is pretty bananas.

  • cookie monster

    i wish all redsox prospects suffer career enders.

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

      That’s going way overboard.

      I don’t want Daniel Bard to get injured. I want him to be healthy, and crappy, so that we can tee off on him like he was throwing batting practice.

      • pat

        Exactamundo. That way there’s no excuses, they flat out get beat down.

        • pat

          Not to mention wishing career ending injuries on for foes is the quickest way to be on the receiving end of one.

      • JohnnyC

        Eh, if Daniel Bard turns out to be Kyle Farnsworth II, that’d be sweet.

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


          Not if, when.

          • whozat

            Really, though…should a team be UPSET if a reliever they draft turns in a ten-plus year major league career, largely avoids the DL, and has some years of brilliant performance sprinkled among years of mediocrity? Like…is that really a bust of a draft pick? For a pricey free agent signing it would be but…

            • Zach

              Bard was drafted in the first round as a starter, if he turns out to be Farnsworth then it would be a bust pick

              • whozat

                Sure, he was a starter in college…but the fact that they converted him after one shitty year in A/A+ ball makes me think that they were pretty sure he wasn’t going to stick as a starter when they drafted him.

                • Zach

                  I never heard them comment on his switch to bullpen but you’re probably right, it had to do with his 78BB in 75IP in A/A+ that year, and only 38K and being 22, not 18.

                  Regardless, if he turns out to be Farnsworth its tough to say thats a successful first round pick

                • whozat

                  Yeah, I guess that’s true. Though, I would say that people tend to have expectations that are a little unrealistically high for first-round baseball picks outside the top ten. Like, Farnsworth has put together a solid major league career. If you told a scouting department that you’d guarantee a 10+ year major league career for a first rounder, and that the guy would be league-average with flashes of brilliance…they’d take that.

    • whozat

      I’d rather have them just kind of suck. Like…it’d be kind of satisfying in a schadenfreude kind of way if Daniel Bard just never really develops much command or secondary pitches, because then the Gammonses of the world should eat some crow for being so ludicrously over-excited about him.

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

        Correct. I want them humbled, not turned into martyrs.

    • UWS

      You stay classy, Mr Cookie Monster.

      • jsbrendog

        mental ward guard: where’d that cokie dough come from?

        cookie monster: oh, uh, i dunno…its not mine.

        • Jesse


          Grover, Grover, Grover…. Calm down. And tell Cookie Monster that I’m not speaking to him until he’s out of rehab.

  • George from Jersey

    Did anyone archive the chat… the link does not appear to be working.

  • Andy

    No questions about his terrible draft in 08?

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

      Since it wasn’t terrible, no.

      Outside of Cole and Bittle, it was excellent. And, Cole and Bittle begot Heathcott and Murphy, so, the two bad parts of ’08 have become good parts of ’09.