Random draft tidbits

Are ya ready for the draft? 2pm EST on ESPN2; Karl Ravech hosts, Peter Gammons and Steve Phillips (erg) will be in the house, RAB fav Keith Law will be on from Bristol via satelitte, as will BA’s Jim Callis from Chicago.

Just like every year, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning, except today the rich kid’s presents may fall due to signability.

  • The Yanks first pick comes at #30, the last pick of the first round. They didn’t pick up any sandwich picks as compensation for losing a free agent, so they don’t pick again until number #94, the last pick of the second round. The new CBA changed compensation for FA losses, so the sandwich round is a record 34 picks long this year. The Yanks are basically losing out on 2 rounds of action between their first and second selection.

[Read more…]

Why does this always happen after they leave the Yanks???

So who leads professional baseball in RBIs this year?

A-Rod? Nope…
Magglio Ordonez? Nope…
Prince Fielder? Ha, not even close…

How about former Yankee farmhand Mitch Jones, who’s got 60 RBI in 53 games for Triple-A Las Vegas (Dodgers). This is the same Mitch Jones that struck 602 times over the last 4 years with the Yanks organization, a span of 522 games.

 Funny game, ain’t it?

Down on the Farm

Fabian says Tabata is out with minor bumps and bruises. It seems like every minor injury this year ends up being…well…anything but minor. 

Triple-A Columbus (7-2 loss to Buffalo)
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 K
Andy Phillips: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 K – 19 K in his first 18 games, only 7 K in 26 games since…
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 2 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 4 – 7 for his last 36…
Jamal Strong: 2 for 3 – picked off first
Tim Lavigne: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 10-4 GB/FB
Ben Kozlowski: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K – he really deserves a Sept. callup, he’s been a HORSE for Dave Miley…

[Read more…]

More draft info from our buddy Keith Law

You need an Insider subscription to read the latest from Law, but I’m going to pick a few bits to discuss as they relate to the Yankees.

Law says that the Tigers, holding the 27th pick, aren’t hot an Matt LaPorta. Teams are stuck on where to take the righty/righty University of Florida first baseman because of injury concerns. I’m guessing he won’t even make it to Detroit’s pick. He’s a senior, so he has no leverage to demand more than slot value. A smaller market team could definitely swipe him. If for some reason he falls to 30, it’d be tough for the Yanks to pass on him.

The White Sox look to be jumping in on Brackman’s impending fall from the top. Mike and I have made no mistake about our adoration for Brackman’s superb potential. Can’t blame the White Sox if they want to assume that risk.

In the same paragraph, he mentions Rick Porcello slipping to the Yanks. With the new rules in place for this year’s draft*, it seems unlikely he’d free-fall through the first round. Still, the possibility is quite exciting.

For some additional (Insider only, unfortunately) reading, check out Law’s article on the 2002 draft, aka the Moneyball draft. Specifically, look at the best high school players taken and the best college players.

* If a team fails to sign a player by August 15, he re-enters the draft next year and the team receives the pick directly after their pick in the current year. For example, if Kansas City drafted Porcello at No. 2 and failed to sign him, they’d get the No. 3 pick in the 2008 draft. This means there is much more incentive to take the top talent rather than take someone on signability.

Pregaming for Draft Day

We love the draft here at RAB, and strive to provide you with some of the best amateur draft coverage on the blogosphere (let’s face it, we can’t compete with the great writers at the Scout.com network). We’ll have plenty of scouting reports, links, photos, analysis, opinions, and just some random musings leading up to the big event, which kicks off Thursday at 2pm EST. Just as I did last year at IGWT, I’ll be liveblogging the Yankees picks, and probably chiming in on some of the other picks as well.

Here’s the links to some of our more substantial draft features from this year, but you can access all our draft coverage by clicking here.

Looking at some College Players
Looking at some High School Players
College Q&A (featuring Brian Foley of the College Baseball Blog)
Mock First Round (featuring DA Humber)
Interview with ESPN’s Keith Law

Here’s a poll question to sort of “kick off” the draft festivities:

If he falls to the Yanks at #30, should they draft Andrew Brackman out of NC State?
View Results

Oh yeah, we signed somebody yesterday

Though I have to wonder why. After he exercised his opt-out clause with the Red Sox, the Yanks picked up pitcher Runelvys Hernandez. Dude had some mildly impressive minor league numbers in his early 20s, but his milb.com profile makes that look a bit inaccurate. It has him at 29 years old, while The Baseball Cube has him at 26. I’m guessing the former is correct, which would mean he put up decent numbers in the low minors in his mid-20s.

I’m going to throw a brick through my bay window if he makes the MLB roster.