The Canadian high schooler is reportedly going to get the opportunity to catch as a pro. For now, he goes to Beijing for the Canadian Olympic Team as a Brewer. Here’s the statement from Lawrie that was included in the release:
“The signing is now complete and I am thrilled to be a Brewer. The team
was patient and supportive given my unusual summer with the Worlds and Olympics,
so I am thankful for that. I will be in Milwaukee shortly after the Olympics end
and am excited to see Miller Park and the city. As you can imagine, my sole
focus right now is the Olympics, yet it is so nice to know that I am now part of
the Brewer family and I look forward to meeting them all upon my return from
Wow, that was articulate… what do you think are the odds he actually said that? No matter — congrats to Lawrie and the Brewers for getting that done. Hopefully there will be more to come.
See what happens when I stay away from here for a little while? A few guys actually sign, though still relatively nothing to report from the Top 10 front…
No. 12 overall Jemile Weeks signed with the A’s. He was in Oakland on Tuesday, but got overshadowed by the big Rich Harden trade. Rickie’s younger brother will go to full-season Kane County in the Midwest League to begin his career. Reported bonus: $1.9 million.
The 19th pick in the draft, Andrew Cashner, has reportedly come to terms with the Cubs. He may workout with the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday. Reported bonus: $1.54 million.
No. 21 Ryan Perry has reportedly signed with the Tigers. He should start out in Class A Advanced Lakeland and could see Detroit’s bullpen in September. Reported bonus: $1.48 million.
Missed this one last week, but the Twins did sign No. 27 pick Carlos Gutierrez. The University of Miami closer will head to Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Reported bonus: $1.25 million.
A couple of big ones going down today:
No. 13 overall pick Brett Wallace was in St. Louis today with the announcement he had officially come to terms with the Cardinals. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report, the bonus was $1.84 million. He got to take BP at Busch Stadium this afternoon and it’s his bat that should carry him quickly to the big leagues. Interestingly, the Cards evidently think he’ll continue to improve at third base and will be able to stay at that position, an opinion that would be a minority one if you were to poll most scouting directors, I’m sure. Wallace will head to Quad Cities in the Midwest League to begin his pro career.
Anthony Hewitt, one of the fastest risers as the draft came around, ended up going No. 24 overall to the Phillies. There was some question about what it would take to sign him away from his Vanderbilt commitment. Evidently, it was $1.38 million. He’ll get to take the obligatory batting practice in the big-league park before heading down to Clearwater to get some Gulf Coast League time in. A shortstop in high school that no one really felt would play short, it seems like the Phils will let Hewitt play third (many felt center field might be the best place for him). But he does have some pretty impressive raw power and could eventually develop the kind of pop you like from a corner infielder if he can show he has the glove to stay at the hot corner.
More as they come in…
I thought I’d take this opportunity to scan through the latest headlines and find out what’s being written about the top picks from the draft. Consider it a first-round link dump — here’s what I dug up — all things draft or MLB-related:
1. Tim Beckham: Princeton’s newest Ray ready for diamond
3. Eric Hosmer: Drawn-out negotiations not what Royals want
5. Buster Posey: Giants willing to let their pick ‘catch’ his breath
6. Kyle Skipworth: Marlins sign first pick
9. Aaron Crow: Bowden disappointed in negotiations
12. Jemile Weeks: A’s top pick should be in fold soon
13. Brett Wallace: Cards hope to ink Wallace; Quad Cities likely start
18. Ike Davis: Mets sign Ike
22. Reese Havens: Strained elbow keeps Havens out of lineup
25. Christian Friedrich: Dust Devils get Rox first pick
26. Daniel Schlereth: Top D-Backs pick says he’s healthy, near signing
30. Casey Kelly: Draftees looking for big payday
It’s official — the Marlins have signed their first-round pick, No. 6 overall, SoCal HS catcher Kyle Skipworth. Skipworth and his family are in South Florida today and he’s expected to take BP with the big-league club before reporting for action with the Gulf Coast League Marlins on Thursday. The bonus is reported to be $2.3 mil and was basically agreed upon just prior to the draft, according to sources. The last couple of weeks were needed to figure out some of the smaller details of the deal, but it’s now done.
Skipworth becomes the second top 10 pick to come to terms, after, of course, No. 1 pick Tim Beckham.
Did you miss me? Even if you didn’t, there’ve been a few more signings since last I updated… Nothing huge since the Tim Beckham signing, but figured I should be diligent in my attempts to keep you in the know…
Boston: Red Sox sign four
Chicago: White Sox sign 19 draftees
Florida: Marlins agree to terms with 27 players
Philadelphia: Phillies sign second-round pick Knapp | Phils ink sandwich pick Collier
Milwaukee: Brewers sign supplemental first-rounder Odorizzi
San Diego: Padres sign sandwich pick Decker
Colorado: Rockies sign first-round pick Friedrich
Don’t know if you saw it, but it’s now official: No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham has signed with the Tampa Rays. Below is the official release from the Rays:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL–The Tampa Bay Rays today signed shortstop Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. Beckham, 18, was drafted by the Rays out of Griffin High School in Griffin, GA on June 5. Beckham, who received a $6.15 million signing bonus, will report to the Rays Appalachian League affiliate in Princeton, W.V., to begin his professional career.
Baseball America ranked Beckham as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country entering the draft. The right-handed hitter batted .482 (53-for-110) with six home runs, 13 doubles, 41 RBI, 58 runs scored and 23 steals in his senior season, leading Griffin to the Region 4-A Championship and to its first state championship series since 1981.
“We are thrilled to add an athlete of Tim’s talent and character to our organization,” said Andrew Friedman, Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. “That we were able to conclude the signing process just two weeks after the draft is a testament both to the relationship that our scouting staff formed with Tim and his family, and of course to Tim’s enthusiasm for the game. He has true five-tool potential, and we look forward to helping him develop his unique abilities.”
Among high school prospects entering the draft, Beckham was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 2 “best pure hitter,” the No. 3 “best defensive player,” and No. 2 “closest to the majors.” ESPN.com and Baseball Prospectus ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in the 2008 draft.
Beckham hit .512 as a junior with six homers, six triples, nine doubles, 39 RBI and 20 stolen bases, earning honors as the 2007 Baseball America Youth Player of the Year. Last summer he was named the MVP of the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic in San Diego after leading the East to victory. Last August, Baseball America ranked him as the “best batting prospect” at the 2007 Area Code Games, held in Long Beach, Calif. Baseball America also tabbed him the No. 1 prospect in the East Coast Showcase in August 2007, “best batting prospect” and No. 3 prospect overall at the 2007 World Wood Bat Association tournament in Marietta, Ga., and the No. 4 prospect in his class at the 2006 WWBA tournament.
Beckham became the first No. 1 selection to be drafted out of a Georgia school since Mike Ivie (San Diego Padres) in 1970, and the third such player overall (also Ron Blomberg, New York Yankees, 1967).
The Rays also drafted Tim’s oldest brother, Jeremy Beckham, an infielder out of Georgia Southern University, in the 17th round. Jeremy signed with the Rays on June 10 and is currently playing for the Princeton Devil Rays.
Twenty-four of the Rays 50 selections have now been signed to contracts.
You miss a few days and look what happens. Signings a-plenty. As of now, it looks like four first-rounders — four of the top 30, that is — have come to terms.
No. 14 Aaron Hicks is the only guy in the top half of the first round to sign. He gets kudos, anyway, for being the only player with the, ahem, intestinal fortitude to show up in Orlando for the draft. All you other draftees, take note — you missed a great celebration. Terrific story by our Mike Scarr, so check it out. He’ll start out in the Gulf Coast League, in Ft. Myers, Florida.
We reported on No. 17 overall pick David Cooper signing in a previous post. As Jordan Bastian reported, he’ll be in the NY-Penn League to start, with Auburn. The Doubledays open at home against the Batavia Muckdogs tonight. Tune in and listen on MiLB.com Gameday Audio.
No. 22 Reese Havens came to terms with the Mets, as did No. 33 pick Brad Holt. Both will get early tastes of the NY life and the Mets-Yankees rivalry as members of the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Cyclones open their season tonight against the Staten Island Yankees out on Coney Island.
No. 29 Lonnie Chisenhall is ready to go for the Indians and he had one of the best quotes I’ve seen about the whole process, one I wish all draftees would make their own credo: “I don’t know why people hold out all summer. They’re
missing a lot of time when they could be growing and getting at-bats
under their belts.” Chisenhall will start in Mahoning Valley and the Scrappers open their season today at home against Williamsport tonight and you can listen to it live on MiLB.com Gameday Audio.
Other signing news:
Colorado: Rockies sign 19 draft picks
Detroit: Tigers sign 24
Los Angeles: Angels sign top pick, 26 others
Minnesota: Twins sign 10 others with Hicks
Oakland: A’s ink two more
Philadelphia: Phillies sign two picks
Pittsburgh: Pirates announce three more signings
Texas: Rangers come to terms with eight
Washington: Nats sign six more draftees
I’ll be blogging on debuts and the like over on my Minors blog (how’s that for synergy?), but will be back here later with more signings updates as well as stuff on the recent showcase at the Urban Youth Academy.
Hey guys, coming at you live from the Milk House with a last-minute update on the top 30. Here’s the latest, just with changes from my most recent mock.
13 — St. Louis — Could be Brett Wallace or Aaron Hicks, though Friedrich still in the mix
16 Milwuakee — Anthony Hewitt or Shooter Hunt, though Castro still in the mix
20 Seattle — Looking like it could be Lance Lynn, with Josh Fields as a possible backup.
23 — San Diego — Looking at a bat, not an arm, maybe Allan Dykstra
24 Philadelphia — Anthony Hewitt if he’s there.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Enjoy the coverage!!!!
or…What’s love got to Matusz with it?
This one comes from Dennis in West Springfield:
Since this is most likely the last start for each pitcher before the draft, I’m
curious as to which dominant CGSHO performance today would impress you more. I
know you probably didn’t see either in person,
Missouri IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
Aaron……… 9.0 3 0 0 5 10 29 35 122
Diego IP H R ER BB SO AB
Matusz, Brian……. 9.0 3 0 0 1 10
Crow was facing Ole Miss (37-25) while Matusz got California
I know that Crow was on the slide lately (but still in the top
10), but I’m wondering if this might get him reconsidered a little higher (maybe
KC or Baltimore)
p.s. — I couldn’t think
of an appropriate Schoolhouse Rock title for the email so I went with the old
Rocky and Bullwinkle double-barrelled alternative.
Dennis — First off, appreciate the effort with the title. Secondly, your comparison does bring up something interesting. Just how much can one last performance in a regional help or hurt someone? I don’t know that there’s a hard and fast answer to that. With Matusz, I don’t think it matters either way — he’s going to go where he’s going to go. That CG SHO isn’t suddenly going to make him the No. 1 pick.
For Crow, it might be interesting. I’d been hearing he was sliding, but perhaps not so much because of performance (though he had a mini-slump earlier). Word is he (well, his advisor) has been floating that they want a Major League contract and that’s why he’s dropped a few slots. Truth be told, though, I don’t see him dropping too far because of that and his regional start against Ole Miss (and Lance Lynn) certainly won’t hurt as teams in the top 10 (Cincy?) are considering him. That being said, I don’t see any teams higher than that taking him.
Some other interesting performances from possible top picks over the weekend of Regional play:
Buster Posey, FSU: 8-for-15, 5 HR, 12 RBI in four games (with one to play vs. Tulane tonight)
Justin Smoak, S. Carolina: 7-for-15, 2 HR, 6 RBI (USC season is over)
Yonder Alonso, Miami: 2-for-10, 4 BB as Miami advances
Gordon Beckham, Georgia: 8-for-18, 1 HR, 6 RBI (one to play vs. Ga. Tech)