Getting close to the deadline now, so I’ll try to throw up some updates as I get them…
Expect the Royals to come to terms with their top pick Eric Hosmer, but don’t
expect too soon before the deadline. They’ve been through this before, and last
year’s negotations with high school hitter Mike Moustakas is particularly
similar. Don’t be surprised if Hosmer signs for a bonus figure north of
Moustakas’ $4 million…
No, the Giants signing isn’t Buster Posey. I think all those college bats up top are waiting to hear what the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez are planning… Word is they’ve come to terms with fourth-rounder Brandon Crawford. The UCLA product was once thought to be one of the better college shortstops, but a poor Cape season last summer lead to a subpar junior season, sliding him to the fourth round. No confirmation on the bonus amount, but a source told me it was in the $375,000 range.
Greetings from Orlando. I’m here at the Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports and preparations for tomorrow’s draft are on-going. It’s amazing how much you can feel out of the loop when you spend several hours flying…But I’m catching up and starting to get some info. Here’s a little of what I’ve been hearing.
- It appears fairly certain the Reds will be taking University of Georgia shortstop with the No. 7 overall pick. They’ve long been associated with a variety of college players, mostly bats (Yonder Alonso) and also RHP Aaron Crow, but it’s looking like the middle-infielder who’s had a monster season for the super-regional bound Bulldogs (.397, 24 HR, 65 RBI, 1.286 OPS, 17 SB) will be joining the Reds organization tomorrow.
- This time of year, bonus demand rumors are flying around. Some of them are actual demands. Some are not. Some can be floated to try to get specific players down to specific teams. Whatever the reason, the biggest rumors in this regard are surrounding FSU catcher Buster Posey and Miami 1B Yonder Alonso. Whether that affects either’s draft status reamins to be seen.
- How about a double-deal? While the Royals’ interest in Eric Hosmer at
No. 3 overall gets most of the attention, they might have an interest
in one of Hosmer’s teammates at American Heritage High School in
Florida. Catcher Adrian Nieto has been on their radar for a while with
later picks. The Royals have a pick in the sandwich round (36) and at
the top of the second round (49) and perhaps may want to make it an
American Heritage perfecta. Who knows, maybe taking Nieto will help
make sure they can get the Scott Boras-advised Hosmer in the fold.
That’s it for now — it’ll be a long night and I’ll try to check in periodically.