Tuesday, June 9, 2009

MLB Draft

■ The MLB Amateur Draft begins Tuesday, June 19, at 5PM CT, Live on MLB Network. If you don't have access to the MLB Network, there will undoubtedly be coverage on various college baseball message boards, including CollegeBaseball.Rivals.com. After the 1st round, live coverage moves to MLB.com Draft Central.

■ To be eligible, a 4-year college player must have completed 3 years or have turned 21 by the day of the Draft. The following Mizzou players are eligible for the draft:
Ryan Allen
Ian Berger
Trevor Coleman
Greg Folgia
Ryan Gargano
Kyle Gibson
Steve Gray
Scooter Hicks
Austin Holt
Michael Liberto
Ryan Lollis
Kyle Mach
Phil McCormick
Andrew Mueller
Aaron Senne
In addition, former Tiger pitcher Aaron Crow, who did not sign with the Washington Nationals after being drafted in the first round a year ago, will re-enter the draft this June, and is expected to be a first-round pick again.

Missouri baseball players wait for MLB Draft results (Columbia Missourian)
Gibson, despite being 11-3 with a 3.21 ERA this season, might fall farther than he would like, but has no intention to follow the path of former Fresno State pitcher Tanner Scheppers, who faced a similar situation to Gibson’s a year ago and was drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scheppers did not sign with the Pirates, instead opting to pitch for the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association, hoping to increase his draft status for 2009. Scheppers is expected to be a early pick on Tuesday.

“The best thing for me is to play with the team that drafts me, and to prove people who passed on me wrong,” Gibson said. "I’ve had to prove people wrong before. I’d like to do it again."
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Tigers catcher Trevor Coleman should also be selected over the course of the draft. A switch-hitter, Crow missed three weeks with a broken throwing hand in 2009 and experienced a season long funk at the plate before the injury. But he has always been solid defensively and was a Baseball America preseason second-team All-American in 2009 with a .295 batting average in 2008. Coleman has been predicted to go as high as the third round, but is far more likely be selected on the second day of the draft.

It is unknown precisely where 2009 Tigers like Michael Liberto, Ryan Lollis, Kyle Mach and Aaron Senne, as well Tiger recruits Eric Garcia, Eric Anderson and Dane Opel, will be selected in the draft, but each could be chosen in any of the 50 rounds over the draft’s three days.

Topekan gets mulligan in MLB draft (Topeka Capital-Journal)

"I was down for a few days afterward,'' Crow said Monday from his family home in Wakarusa. "But after awhile I realized it was up to me to move on and make the best I could out of the situation. Once I did that, I've been all right."

He'll be even better Tuesday evening if, as some baseball experts project, he is drafted even higher in the 2009 baseball draft, which begins at 5 p.m. (CDT) with live coverage on the MLB Network.
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Scouts generally agree that Crow's fastball, slider and effective change make him the same solid pitching prospect today that he was a year ago.

"Is he going to go higher than 10? Yeah. Absolutely,'' predicted analyst Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. "But that's not necessarily what it's about. The final offer from Washington was somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.5 million. You need to figure out how much more money he gets, and after that, there's a whole balancing act you need to worry about. He'd be a year further along in his development (had he signed with the Nationals). Let's say he gets four-something (million) this year -- maybe the 3.5 would have better for him, because he would have been a free agent sooner.''

"Right now I have no idea where I'll be taken,'' said Crow, who will watch the draft from his parents' home as he did last year. "There's a chance I could go higher than I was last year, and that would be a relief.

"But I do know I'm happy with the way things turned out.''

No crystal ball for Major League Scouts (American Chronicle)

This year in the metro-east, both O'Fallon High senior catcher Nick Tindall and Edwardsville senior outfielder Dane Opel have been assured they will be taken in the draft.

Opel, a Missouri recruit and left-handed hitting outfielder, hit .447 with 18 homers, 62 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

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