2014 Draft Open Thread: Day One

Heyman: Yankees asked Morales to hold off on signing
DotF: Cervelli begins rehab assignment in Tampa's loss

2014 DraftThe 2014 amateur draft begins tonight with the first round, the supplemental first round, the second round, and the two competitive balance rounds. A total of 74 picks will be made tonight, including the Yankees’ second rounder (55th overall). They don’t have a first rounder after signing all those free agents last winter. The Cardinals and Royals lead the way with four picks tonight while the Orioles are the only team without a selection on Day One.

The Yankees are said to be targeting a high school catcher or Indiana 1B Sam Travis with that 55th overall selection. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer also has a long history of selecting players from Southern California (Ian Kennedy, Ian Clarkin, Gerrit Cole, Gosuke Katoh, Austin Romine, Tyler Wade, Angelo Gumbs, etc.), plus we know the Yankees are willing to go off the beaten path with their picks.

All of our 2014 draft coverage can be found right here. Baseball America has a list of the top 500 draft eligible prospects while MLB.com has a great top 200 list that includes video and scouting reports, all for free. If you’re wondering what it’s like in a draft war room, read this FanGraphs article by former Mariners front office staffer Tony Blengino.

All of tonight’s action, all 74 picks, will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. Here’s the video link. You can also follow the entire draft with MLB.com Draft Tracker. The broadcast is scheduled to run from 7pm to 11pm ET, so the Yankees will probably make their selection sometime during that 10 o’clock hour. That’s just a guess though.

Use this thread to day about the draft or anything else tonight. Sorry, there won’t be any liveblog(s) this year, I just don’t have the time. The Yankees already won this afternoon, so there’s no game to watch. The Mets are playing and the NBA Finals start tonight.

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Heyman: Yankees asked Morales to hold off on signing
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  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Damn, if Kolek can stay healthy he will be a beast. That’s a huge if though.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Should be interesting when we get to No. 10 to hear if Gary Cohen announces on air who the draft pick for the Mets are.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    alex jackson looks pretty nice wearing that yankees hat. too bad we can’t trade up.

  • Daniel

    If the Yankees had the first pick who would they take between Kolek and Gordon? I really like Gordon.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Aiken. I think he is the best combo potential and health.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Gordon, like his old brother, I sense is going to an NL team.

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

      They’d probably take Aiken. Oppenheimer loves his SoCal guys.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Gammons looks like a corpse.

  • Daniel

    Why exactly are they looking for HS catchers? Could have just taken Denney last year when he was around.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I would think it’s whoever they can project as becoming a top prospect / big leaguer. Prospects can be valuable in trades, so if they think they are really good at developing catchers, they can always trade them. Is better that, than having many players that wash out.

      • Daniel

        Oh ok, I see.

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

      Google Jon Denney. That is a bullet dodged.

  • CashmanNinja

    I really hope we take a lot of guys who can be fast tracked to the majors in this draft. I realize the picks aren’t there, but I think they’ll go a lot of college guys since the lower level teams are so stacked. I guess I’m just sick of taking on the projects — guys who have tons of potential, but are soooo far from the majors. Thank god for last year with guys like Judge, since he’ll probably be moving up very soon.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      When you don’t have 1st rounder is harder to get fast trackers. I hope they really get some potential nice bats.

      • CashmanNinja

        There are always a bunch of college seniors available, but some do lack the potential of guys who would go in the 1st round (especially since they aren’t really well-rounded players). But there are *always* guys like that available if they look hard enough. I hope that’s what the Yankees finally start looking at a bit more this year. There should be some guys who could be had that could have an impact in the near future — aside from obvious bullpen arms.

  • Daniel

    If the Astros have not won their division by 2018, everyone should be fired and minute maid park should be demolished. It’s only right.

  • Daniel

    Losing Zimmer makes me a little more appreciative of Lasorda. Who knows how much longer he’ll be present for this stuff.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Like the astros really need 5 minutes to decide.

    • vicki

      milkin’ it. always. you can kind of forgive it at the nfl draft because they can trade down last minute. not so here.

      • Looser trader droids FotD™

        It’s their 5 minutes of fame, natch

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Houston takes Brady Aiken (LHP) with the overall number one pick.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    No surprise.

  • nycsportzfan

    Astros are gonna be sick for awhile very soon.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Eesh Brien Taylor on that MLB Network graphic. He’s due to be out of jail soon.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    Marlins pick Tyler Kolek with the second pick in the draft.

  • nycsportzfan

    Miami makes surprise pick and takes Nick Gordon. That kids a beast!

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      You really like that kid.

      • nycsportzfan

        I don’t know as much about these prospects as say the NFL, but i’ve hit it pretty hard this yr the past few weeks to really learn as much as I could. Yes, I think Gordon is gonna be awesome.

    • nycsportzfan

      Me wrong.lol Oh well, kids a freaking stud though! Huge potential! Way better then Dee Gordon if you ask me.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        I think he is going to the Twins. Everything is looking that way.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Kolek still good pick. I like his stuff. He has injury concerns, but you can say the same about Rodon, and he has much more wear on him.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    I wanna say Marlins go Jackson.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    3. White Sox – Carlos Rodon

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    These commercials are so annoying.

    • Daniel

      yeah, I’ve heard enough out of Adam Jones to last a lifetime.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        But you must know about RBI baseball

        • Daniel

          Never heard of it, and have no intention of ever playing it.
          I’m actually not sure if he’s more or less annoying than some guy named Jason Aldean. OMG. Stop. Please.

      • nycsportzfan

        Not only that, but even when the picks are in, it takes alittle time. These teams are using every drop of the clock as well. In baseball the 1st rd should be 3 and a half mins.

    • nycsportzfan

      Who are your hopefuls? If you had a dream scenario and then a couple other guys your maybe a bit more realistically hoping for.

  • nycsportzfan

    For some reason I keep thinking Cubs are gonna take Hoffman.. He just reminds me of a Cubs pick.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Would allow them to save a ton of money for later overpays. I think Jackson is the pick though. They took Bryant last year and is looking like a great bat to pair with him.

      • nycsportzfan

        I heard Bryan was tearing DoubleA up.

        • nycsportzfan

          Bryant

      • nycsportzfan

        Well they def took a kid to save some coin. Also a bit of a reach. Hoffman would of been the better pick I believe.

      • The Other Matt

        Yeah I think Alex Jackson seems like a smart pick there.

        • nycsportzfan

          One ranking list I use has Schwarber as the 28th best prospect

          Its a money thing but you can’t pass on Hoffman, when your probably losing Samardzjia.

          • Daniel

            What’s his timetable to the majors supposed to be?

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    What I thought. They will pair him with Sale.

    • nycsportzfan

      Good call

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Tons of stuff about him really reminded me of sale. It was just about him falling to them.

        • nycsportzfan

          They had to be hyped to get Rodon at pick3!

  • Daniel

    Rodon has that Phil Coke-esque annoying factor.

    • vicki

      in what way? i think the root of hughes’ annoying people is his california-ness. stay loose, man. like, you’d never see him punching himself in the balls when things went bad. rodon is a dude, but he’s east coast.

      • Daniel

        Coke not Hughes. But him too now that I think of it. I have always found Coke annoying. He interviews like a kid, and hes in his 30’s.

        • vicki

          wow, i see that now. i read “annoying” and “phil” and made the leap to hughes.

          i do miss sterling’s “aaand coke deals,” though.

          • Daniel

            Haha classic.

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Ti’Quan Forbes, make your way to the 50’s, please!!!lol Of course theres probably less then 5pct chance that happens. Love the size of that kid and he projects as a up the middle player who will likely stick at SS. All ready showing the ability to go opposite field and should have solid power as his wirey frame fills out over the yrs. Super athletic. Very exciting prospect.

  • The Other Matt

    I hate to say it, but in this day in age of arm injuries it’s impossible not to think Tyler Kolek will be in large risk of an arm injury with how hard he throws and the effort he puts into his motion. I think the plus is that he has a big sturdy frame, but I honestly hope for his sake that the kid can make it to the big leagues without having to endure any complications related to his arm.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I think he is a concern, but if he can stay healthy he could be absolutely dominant.

    • CashmanNinja

      Those violent deliveries do make one feel like it’s an injury waiting to happen, but now-a-days even those with the smooth, mechanical deliveries are winding up ruining their elbows. I think it’s from guys trying to overthrow and speed their arm up just a tad more than their lower half. It’s kind of scary how many guys are getting TJ surgery now. With that being said I’d still take Kolek in a heartbeat where he was taken because an impact arm is an impact arm.

    • vicki

      sliders kill.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    4 – Chicago Cubs – Kyle Schwarber (C)

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    I must say that is a surprise pick. That has to be a predraft deal to save money. Now Twins have to decide on Gordon and Jackson.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      They could always choose someone else.

    • CashmanNinja

      I’d personally go Gordon, but that’s just my opinion.

    • nycsportzfan

      Good call with Gordon. You were right on. I thought so as well when he made it to them. I thought someone might bite earlier is all. If I was Yankees GM and picking 1st, i’d of taken Nick Gordon.

      • nycsportzfan

        Bigtime arm on Gordon. Your talking Avg,SB, bigtime arm, who should stick at SS and is extremely athletic. Also ML bloodlines.

        • CashmanNinja

          Plus he seems to be very grounded, humble, and has a good head on his shoulder. I know some teams and fans may not value that as highly as others, but I personally think it’s such an underrated characteristic.

          • nycsportzfan

            Agreed. Tom Gordon was always a really proffesional player and looks like he was a heck of a dad as well. Must be one very proud father also.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        I generally thought he was the 5th best player so I’m not surprised. I think 1 would have been big stretch though.

  • Daniel

    This only means the Cubs will be less interested in a Smardja for a Yankee catcher lead package right?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      There has been some thoughts of him moving to a corner outfield long term. They drafted his bat.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Now has to be Jackson or Conforto. Seattle really needs power hitters.

    • The Other Matt

      I think it will be Jackson. Smart, safe pick.

    • nycsportzfan

      Good call and pick by M’s.. They are building alittle something offensively in Seattle. I like that Mike Zunino, and they also got Cano, and now Alex Jackson. Thats a middle of the order right there.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    5 – Minnesota Twins – Nick Gordon (SS)

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    There is your man nyc.

    • nycsportzfan

      Yup. I agree with you Seattle should go Jackson here. Twins on the other hand got themselves a heck of a SS down the line. I see him as a Jimmy Rollins type player with more consistency down the line.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    There Jackson goes. Highest potential bat in the class. Good pick by Seattle, they have tons of pitching, but they really need him, outfielder long term.

    • nycsportzfan

      Grant Holmes,Touki Toussaint, or Aaron Nola for Phils is my Guess.

  • Daniel

    Man, what a sweet left side of the infield the Twins could have with Sano and Gordon if it all goes right. Sano, another miss by the Yankees.

  • vicki

    watching the yankees lately has taken me to a dark place. but can you imagine what it must be like for tampa bay’s eleven fans?

    • nycsportzfan

      Dreadful. It must ache when fans think of there championship hopes going unfilled.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    6 – Seattle Mariners – Alex Jackson (OF)

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      lol Pudge idolization. Good choice of idol.

      • Daniel

        I was just laughing about that myself.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    7 – Philadelphia Phillies – Aaron Nola (RHP) (Hey it’s Wheels and Sarge!)

    • vicki

      they take a lot of shit but i thoroughly enjoy their broadcasts.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Enjoyed would be a better term, since they were shown the door. I loved Sarge, not a big fan of Wheels.

        • vicki

          i hadn’t heard, and have had little reason to tune into phils games this year. that’s too bad.

  • CashmanNinja

    I’m saying the Rockies go after someone like Freeland.

    • CashmanNinja

      Boom.

  • The Other Matt

    Interesting pick right here with Colorado. I assume they’ll continue to try and build their pitching. Who though?

    • The Other Matt

      Kyle Freeland. And he grew up in Colorado, has to be a tremendous feeling. Good for him.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    8 – Colorado Rockies – Kyle Freeland (LHP)

  • vicki

    seems a preponderance of 6’4″ lefties.

  • CashmanNinja

    Pentecost seems too good of a fit for the Jays. A catcher who can stay behind the plate. This has to be their pick, no?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Well, they have the benefit of having the 9th and 11th picks. If the Mets don’t take him, which I don’t think they will. (I want them to take Trea Turner personally.)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    9 – Toronto Blue Jays (1) – Jeff Hoffman (RHP)

  • Daniel

    The Angels are such trash. What a division that is. This is some “renaissance” that Pujols is having.

    • The Other Matt

      Are you trying to “imply” something here, sir?

      • Daniel

        Be more specific. I’m honestly just watching the score board and thinking about the state of all the divisions.

  • TheRealGreg

    The brilliance and luck of sucking at the right time. Blue Jays are running away with the division and have 2 top draft picks this year

    • Daniel

      It almost makes me wish the Yankees were 20 wins shorter last year and maybe even this year. If not for Rivera and now Jeter ending it at the moment it almost seems preferable to trying and failing to compete.

      • TheRealGreg

        Well this year might be the year we could get a medium or so draft pick. Last year, we drafted well (Judge and Clarkin are playing well and Jagielo (please be healthy) has also played well.)

  • CashmanNinja

    The Mets could certainly use the middle infield help…

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Trea Turner is a SS, which is why I want him. After Wilfredo Tovar, there is 0 depth.

  • CashmanNinja

    This *has* to be Pentecost now…

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    10 – New York Mets – Michael Conforto (OF)

  • Hall and Nokes

    Conforto being compared only to Italian guys

    • Looser trader droids FotD™

      Well his name does end in a vowel. I mean come on.

  • Tom

    Surprised by the Hoffman pick by the Jays. Not sure I would take someone that high coming off surgery. I know they had back to back picks, but that seems like a pretty big gamble/reach

    I think Jeff Zimmerman (?) did a study on time between 1st and 2nd TJ surgery and it was something like 400-600innings on average (obviously the data set was small and somewhat sketchy).

    I wonder if they have a below slot deal done with him

    • CashmanNinja

      I’d never make that move after the whole Andrew Brackman thing. Never again.

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    Can we please return Culver to the draft pool? Get the pick back?

    That’s a thing.

    Right?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    11 – Toronto Blue Jays (2) – Max Pentecost (C)

  • EndlessJose

    The Cubs are the future Orioles….great position players and no pitching to help them win.

    I hope a pitcher comes out for the Yankees in the minors because there are stacked with great infielders from Baez to Soler.

  • CashmanNinja

    I’m thinking Trea Turner here. Maybe Touki Toussaint.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    12 – Milwaukee Brewers – Kodi Medeiros (LHP)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    13 – San Diego Padres – Trea Turner (SS)

  • Yanksinfirst

    Evan Skoug? Seems like a future yankee

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    14 – San Francisco Giants – Tyler Beede (RHP)

  • nycsportzfan

    43more picks baby! Just a reminder Peter O’Brien, John Ryan Murphy were both 2nd rd picks, and Mason Williams, Adam Warren, and Mason Williams went well after that. Also Aaron Judge went only 23picks before our pick tonight.

    Point? Don’t tell me we cant get a difference maker at pick 56.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      We are 55.

      • nycsportzfan

        Even better. Brett Gardner(3rd rd pick), Dellin Betances(8th rd pick), Robertson(13th?). Figured i’d keep the momentum going. I’m just trying to get you guys hyped for the next baby bomber is all.

    • CashmanNinja

      There are tons of potential future stars in the draft. A lot of great players are obviously 1st rounders (and 1st round supplemental picks), but the MLB draft is more of a crap shoot than things like the NFL draft. Talent falls through the cracks because there are simply soooo many guys to scout and they’re all over the place. Some guys get more coverage than others. I’m confident we can get some talented guy in the 2nd round.

      • nycsportzfan

        Yeah Cashninja! Get hyped! I am!

    • The Other Matt

      You mentioned Mason Williams twice. Not to mention, he is terrible.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        nycsportzfan loves him some Mason.

      • nycsportzfan

        My bad. I’m baked. Your nuts thinking Mason sucks. So a guy who was raw coming out has a bad yr and a half, its over? Sure his stocks down but hes been picking it up lately and scored in like 10 or 11 straight games.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    15 – California Angels – Shawn Newcomb (LHP)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    16 – Arizona Diamondbacks – Touki Toussaint (RHP)

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ a

    others can’t post?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      seems better now couldn’t post at all.

  • nycsportzfan

    I think Twins and Mariners have made the best picks at this point(value taken into consideration). Cubs and Mets made worst picks so far. Obviously just guess.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      While I felt the Mets should’ve taken Turner, any reason why the Mets were worst?

      • nycsportzfan

        Don’t think the Bat is all that for where he was taken and don’t think hes good enough defender in monster sized Citi Field. Hes got power but some of that will be zapped by Citi field even lessening his overall value. This is just a hunch by the way.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Conforto was looking to go as high as 4. I don’t think that Met’s pick is that bad. Cubs I don’t think picked the best player, but it really seems they picked someone they can save a ton of money on.

      • Tom K

        The biggest problem with the Mets pick is that he has a poor defensive reputation. In Citi Field, it is very tough to hide an outfielder. And when you can’t play defense, your bat has to be special, not just very good. It seems like a typical kind of Alderson pick – a kid known for his plate discipline and power with limited defensive value. The upside on these types of kids is typically not very high.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Really surpised how far Touki fell. He is a really good talent, and had been connected to the Jays by far. If they can get him close to slot that’s a great pick.

  • nycsportzfan

    I was only one pick off on Beede. Thought Pads would snatch em up but SF did. Sick pickup! Reminds me of Matt Cain a bit.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    17 – Kansas City Royals – Brandon Finnegan (LHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Probably is someone they rush to the majors. I think he will eventually burn out, but they should be able to provide some value. Being so small you would worry about him long-term, but I think is good chance he provides some good years early on.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Might have been a bit of a reach, but KC might be looking to save some money for later rounds.

      • nycsportzfan

        Justus Sheffield is small as well. A LH Chris Archer if you will. I like Sheffields pitching motion, but he has been hurt all ready.

        • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

          Smaller guys you tend to worry about burning out long term. For KC though I don’t think it’s a huge concern, because they won’t have him in his 30’s to begin with.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    18 – Washington Senators – Erick Fedde (RHP)

  • nycsportzfan

    6 LHP’s within first 17picks.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      LHP always biased in favor.

      • nycsportzfan

        I know I like em. But I like em good.lol

  • Daniel

    Who’s the biggest threat to not get signed this year?

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Anyone else’s stream went offline?

  • nycsportzfan

    Fedde ranked 70th on one board I use.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Good stuff.
      It depends how much you want to drop him based on the TJ surgery recently.

      • nycsportzfan

        All ready a bunch of guys going who were predicted to go a bit higher. That means guys drop. Could be interesting group on board for Yanks at 55.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    19 – Cincinnati Reds – Nick Howard (RHP)

  • nycsportzfan

    36 more picks to go till Yanks are on the Clock.(cincy pick in)

    CINCY takes Nick Howard RHP Virginia

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    20 – Tampa Bay Devil Rays – Casey Gillespie (1B) – Brother of Conor

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Gillaspie*

    • nycsportzfan

      From a value standpoint it was a good pick. Don’t know much about the player just from Rankings standpoint. They obviously were going offense. My guess is hes really advanced with the bat.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    21 – Cleveland Indians – Bradley Zimmer (OF)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Great pick. Brother went 5th last year, some had him going in the top 10. Has a ton of potential.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        Well, I was betting 12-15 on Zimmer. 21 is a surprise.

        • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

          For sure. I’m surprised so many teams passed on him. He could very well flame out, but he has huge ceiling.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

            Well, the first round is always overrated most times. :)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    22 – Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers – Grant Holmes (RHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Pretty decent pick, nice pick for 2nd half 1st round.

      • nycsportzfan

        You know your shit ALZ. I like chatting with you.

  • nycsportzfan

    Sick pick by Dodgers. Holmes was highly ranked on a ranking list I like.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Yea, some places had him lower, some had him top 10. Has a really nice curveball, but can also back it up by pushing mid 90’s heat, but sitting 92.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    23 – Detroit Tigers – Derek Hill (OF)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      All on potential. Most likely flames out, but if he can get his bat then very well could work out. Potential.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

        His cousin is the Straw Man. You never know.

  • nycsportzfan

    Is Michael Chavis still out there?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      Yes.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    24 – Pittsburgh Innocents – Cole Tucker (SS)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Not a big fan. They really reached. I would rather be looking for a big bat, or a top starter with some questions. Sure there are some questions that Chavis sticks at ss, but could also go with Gatewood. I’d rather go that than someone who probably won’t hit enough.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    25 – Oakland Athletics – Matt Chapman (3B) (Ray Fosse on the pick!)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Yet another guy based on tools. Bit surprising based on BB and his moneyballs.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    26 – Boston Red Sox – Michael Chavis (SS)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      nice. He may not have all those tools, but I really think he will make it. I think this pick fit really well for the Sox.

      • Mike

        He’ll be another overrated Boston prospect, just like their entire lot.

  • nycsportzfan

    29picks to go!

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      and lots of our looks are still available.

  • nsalem

    Two more hits tonight one being a double from you know who in Trenton.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Mason Williams?

      • nycsportzfan

        Refsnyder and O’Brien.

  • John C

    So much for my hopes of Weaver falling

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    27 – St. Louis Cardinals – Luke Weaver (RHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      And Cards add yet another really nice pitcher.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      That avid bird watcher comment is ridiculous. Really makes you think though that he is calm and probably will play good emotionally in the majors.

    • vicki

      he’s pretty funny.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    28 – Kansas City Royals (2 – Santana Comp) – Foster Griffin (LHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Good pick, but you do wonder if he could be a tough sign. He is one that could really fly up if only pitches in college.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    29 – Cincinnati Reds (2 – Shin-Soo Choo Comp) – Alex Blandino (SS)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Like this pick better than Tucker of the Pirates, because of the bat, but odds are he ends up at 2B, not ss.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    30 – Texas Rangers (Nelson Cruz Comp) – Luis Ortiz (RHP)

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    We can sign Morales now.

  • TheRealGreg

    Are we sure that we pick tonight?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

      55 – We’re doing 74 tonight.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    31 – Cleveland Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez Comp) – Justus Sheffield (LHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Well there goes NYC’s 1st pick.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Think he should have fell out of the first round. Cleveland really should be saving some on this.

        • nycsportzfan

          Hes awesome though and young.

      • nycsportzfan

        My 1st hopeful is actually Ti’Quan Forbes SS Miss(HS). Hes my dream pick. Sheffield was my 2nd guy.

        • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

          He is someone I would like, especially more than Sheffield. If he can add power and stick at short could be great. Some 6’4″ guys have trouble sticking though.

          • nycsportzfan

            Huge upside. When you talk athletic, with potential for power, strong arm, uses all fields, and has speed, i likes.

  • nycsportzfan

    NOOOO!!!! There goes one of my main Hopefuls Sheffield about 20 some odd picks before ours.lol

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    32 – Atlanta Braves (Brian McCann Comp) – Braxton Davidson (OF)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Fantastic pick. Great approach especially for a hser. Great potential, and should be very good middle order hitter.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        Really like picking great bats in the late first round, and I think this was a really good pick. Wasn’t on tools pick, it was about him being a great future production.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    I know Bud Selig’s old, but it’s not 20014 yet, Commish.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    33 – Boston Red Sox (Jacoby Ellsbury Comp) – Michael Kopech (RHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Will probably have future injury problems, but they went pure potential here.

      • Mike

        He’ll be hyped up to be the next Roger Clemens. Then traded for an all-star player.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    34 – St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Beltran Comp – Final of 1st Round) – Jack Flaherty (RHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Cards are just loading up on nice starters.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Nice, the speed rounds coming up. Get up to that NYY pick.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Reid-Foley should be coming off the board really soon.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      also surprised Gatewood is still on the board. I doubt he is a shortstop long term being 6’5″, but still he has some nice power.

  • The Lime

    RBI Baseball 14 – good lord. I’m not sure what excited me more, the ps2 graphics or Adam Jones and Michael Wacha playing grabass.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    36 – Miami Marlins (Comp. Balance A) – Blake Anderson (C) – Selected by Andre Dawson

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    It’s Selig’s bedtime.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    35 – Colorado Rockies (Comp. Balance A) – Forrest Wall (2B)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Still really don’t like this competitive balance thing. I’m fine giving them money to balance it out, but come on their is all this tv revenue coming in, and small market teams are locking their players up, and you want give them more picks, but attack big spenders.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    38 – Cleveland Indians (Comp. Balance A) – Mike Papi – Selected by Charles Nagy

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    37 – Houston Astros (Comp. Balance A) – Derek Fisher (OF) – Selected by Adam Everitt

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Well. There goes Papi. I like his plate approach.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    39 – Pittsburgh Pirates (Comp. Balance A) – Connor Joe (OF) – Selected by Jack Wilson

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I really don’t like the Pirates draft. Both picks have been overreaches on not really that good players.

  • nycsportzfan

    Were almost there! Ti’Quan Forbes is still on the board!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    41 – Milwaukee Brewers (Comp. Balance A) – Jacob Gatewood (SS) – Selected by Greg Vaughm

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Really good pick. He probably goes overslot, but many had him going way higher. They got a fantastic deal for going this low. I would say signability is biggest concern, just because he fell so much.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    40 – Kansas City Royals (Comp. Balance A) – Chase Vallot (C) – Selected by Willie Wilson

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      solid. Sure there are questions if he can catch, but they went offensive potential. Like him alot more than the Pirates pick, just due to offensive ceiling.

  • Joe

    Anyone like Gettys?

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      I would be really tempted. He is a shoot big type player, that most likely flames out or is a top prospect.

  • CashmanNinja

    I was hoping Gatewood would fall to us, but oh well. Most think he’s a 3B, but who cares because he has a ton of power potential. I’d love TiQuan Forbes, but I highly doubt he lasts to us. He could very well stick at short stop and yeah…I doubt he falls to 55.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      If he did fall to us, I really doubt they could afford him. He should have gone way higher, and I hope Brewers saved some money.

  • nycsportzfan

    AJ Reed is a cool prospect.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    44 – Chicago White Sox (2nd Round) – Spencer Adams (RHP) – Selected by Carlos May

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    42 – Houston Astros (2nd Round) – AJ Reed (1B)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    43 – Miami Marlins (2nd Round) – Justin Twine (SS)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Really passed on some better developed hitters.

  • nycsportzfan

    Matt Imhof LHP Cal Poly is another player out there I like. Is Mac Marshall still available?

    • CashmanNinja

      Yep. So is Monte Harrison.

      • nycsportzfan

        Forbes might make it to us!

  • EndlessJose

    Could the Yankees trade for one of those Compensation picks like the Pirates did last year?

  • nycsportzfan

    I can see Grayson Griener C South Carolina being our pick..

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    45 – Chicago Cubs (2nd Round) – Jake Stinnet (RHP) – Selected by Fergie Jenkins

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Really have to wonder how their picks will go tomorrow. They have had save money picks both picks so far.

  • EndlessJose

    Can’t believe Nick Burdi fell so far.Hopefully we don’t get another Katoh this year.

  • Yanksinfirst

    EVAN SKOUG!!!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    46 – Minnesota Twins (2nd Round) – Nick Burdi (RHP)

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Probably liked that he fell to them in 2nd round. Could get to the majors really quick.

  • nycsportzfan

    Matt Imhof LHP Cal Poly
    Mac Marshall LHP GA(HS)
    Ti’Quan Forbes SS Miss(HS)
    Marcus Wilson CF Cal(HS)

    There goes Imhof

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    47 – Philadelphia Phillies (2nd Round) – Matt Imhof (LHP) – Selected by the great Sarge Matthews.

  • nycsportzfan

    Andrew Suarez LHP Miami U is another guy i’m very high on. May be a tad early but i’ve seen him ranked in the 65-75 range on many boards. Hes rising.

  • CashmanNinja

    There’s still some talent left:

    Monte Harrison
    Marcus Wilson
    Joe Gatto (NJ guy)
    Michael Gettys
    Jakson Reetz
    TiQuan Forbes
    Taylor Sparks
    Milton Ramos (terrific defensive SS)

    • nycsportzfan

      Mac Marshall LHP GA(HS) is really good as well.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    48 – Colorado Rockies (2nd Round) – Ryan Castellani (RHP)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    If Monte Harrison makes it to 55, take him.

  • nycsportzfan

    Personally i’m sticking with Grayson Greiner C S.Carolina as my guess pick. Not who I hope for, but who I think Yanks will draft.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    49 – Toronto Blue Jays (2nd Round) – Sean Reid-Foley (RHP) – Selected by Paul Quantrill

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Im really surprised he fell this low. Have to question him signing, since he is a hs arm.

      • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

        If they can sign him, it will be a great pick. Especially since they had 2 picks in the top 11, and could save some money on those.

  • Yanksinfirst

    Jakson Reetz maybe? nice pick if he falls

    • nycsportzfan

      Yeah, between Reetz and Greiner, the Yanks will have a chance to grab a C if they so desire.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Do we really need another surefire catcher? I guess that is right up their alley though.

      • nycsportzfan

        I hope not but word is they are interested in Catchers.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    side note: Rays have joined the RS in 10 loss streaks.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    51 – San Diego Padres (2nd Round) – Michael Gettys – Selected by Randy Jones

  • CashmanNinja

    Damn…the Brewers are cleaning up with this draft.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      They really saved a ton of money by picking Medeiros so high. He was expected at least 2nd half 1st.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    50 – Milwaukee Brewers (2nd Round) – Monte Harrison (OF)

  • CashmanNinja

    Trace Loehr is also available. Great defense and solid bat (could be a terrific #2 hitter). Great speed, great defense, and very “gritty”. Only problem is his arm is seen as average so he may have to move to 2B instead of SS, but yeah…intriguing to say the least. If he had the arm he’d probably be a top 10 pick.

  • dicka24

    So who are the best remaining players?

    • nycsportzfan

      Marcus Wilson CF Cal(HS)
      Ti’Quan Forbes SS Miss(HS)
      Mac Marshall LHP GA(HS)
      Dylan Davis RF Oregon St.
      Jackson Reetz C Neb(HS)
      Grayson Greiner C S.Carolina

  • CashmanNinja

    I’d be happy with Trace Loehr, Marcus Wilson, Milton Ramos, or TiQuan Forbes right now. We’re bound to get someone good.

  • CashmanNinja

    What is it with the Angels taking Jersey guys?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    53 – California Angels (2nd Round) – Joe Gatto (RHIP) – St. Augustine Prep

  • nycsportzfan

    There goes on of the Catchers I forgot about in Garcia

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      s

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek Roadgeek Adam

    52 – San Francisco Giants (2nd Round) – Aramis Garcia (C)

  • nycsportzfan

    And people were hell bent on telling me Forbes woulden’t last till our pick.lol I actually didn’t think there was much a chance, but a small one.

  • The Lime

    With the 55th pick of the 2014 first year player draft, the New York Yankees pick Dante Bichette Jr. Jr.

    • UWS NYY

      -shudders-

  • John C

    Forbes, Marcus Wilson, Milton Ramos still thete

  • vicki

    nellie!

  • nycsportzfan

    Jacob Lindgren LHP Miss St. is actually pretty good. Forgot about him.

  • vicki

    fuck luis gonzalez.

  • dicka24

    Yanks are on the clock. What about Bukauskas here?

  • Jimmy

    Kid looks like he has nasty stuff but picking a reliever with your first pick?

  • TheRealGreg

    Screw end of the year, come up right now.

  • EndlessJose

    Luis Gonzalez should have put some of that HGH in his Rogaine.

  • CashmanNinja

    I know I said I wanted the Yanks to get a guy that could fast track to the show…I didn’t mean a reliever. The guy has electric stuff, but we do well with relievers. We draft them in spades (or convert failed starters to them). With a pick that early I’d rather get someone who would help fill out our farm.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ
  • D$1184

    Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State, lefty reliever, fastball touches 95 mph, very good slider, 21 years old, some say he’s the best reliever in the draft, could move fast through the system.

  • EndlessJose

    Well the Yankees first pick is still a second round pick.Sucks but the Yankees will make up by ging big in the international market.

  • EndlessJose

    Not a horrible pick but the Yankees will make up by going big in the international market.

    • nycsportzfan

      Exactly. Thats why I got English and Pankake on my hopeful list tomorrow. I know they’ll load up on young toolsy developmental prospects in the international signing period. We should stack up on safe, gritty, play the game hard type guys now. English, Pankake, and Fry should move fairly quickly with any luck.

  • nycsportzfan

    I knew Suarez was on the rise. He went like 2picks after ours. He reminds me of Gio Gonzalez. A

    I gotta see who drops to our 3rd rd pick, but i’m thinking Pat Connaughton RHP N.Dame, Jace Fry LHP Oregon St.(starter), Joey Pankake 3B/2B S.Carolina, and Tanner English LF S.Carolina.

    English and Pankake will both make and help ML clubs, mark my words.

  • nycsportzfan

    Watch this catch by Tanner English in a 8-0 game(leading). Unreal!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf7qV2eF_I8

  • nycsportzfan

    Joey Pankake go ahead HR vs Vandy. I like that swing.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYgDmeIyUE8