Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mizzou Baseball 2010 Draft

Two Mizzou Recruits and 5 current Tigers were selected in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. will continue to cover the draft in the coming weeks and months as news filters in on which Tigers and MU Recruits sign professional contracts and which will be in Black & Gold this fall. The signing deadline for players selected in the 2010 draft is August 15th.

Jason Adam, RHP, 149th overall pick,5th round, Kansas City Royals. Adam is from Blue Valley Northwest High School in the Kansas City area.

Royals' second-day picks include BV Northwest pitcher Jason Adam (Kansas City Star)
Adam represents proof of general manager Dayton Moore’s stated intention to ensure the Royals don’t get scooped on prospects in their own backyard.

Scouts say Adam, a Missouri recruit, possesses the tools desired in a big-league starter: Good size with a consistent delivery and a repertoire consisting of a low-90s fastball, a plus curve and an improving changeup.

Adam seemed a likely pick for the first three rounds until caution surfaced late this spring when his performance dipped slightly. But he was too good to pass up in the fifth round.
2010 Royals Draft - Jason Adam P - Blue Valley NW (
He has a lot of room to grow and can improve his power dramatically over the next couple of seasons in the minors. The consensus amongst most baseball scouts was that Adam would be a second round selection, so the Royals may have caught a huge break by him falling to the fifth round and can get him to sign.
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Comment from reader: I heard signability. Apparently his parents have some money and so he’s only going to sign above slot. He’s a legitimate 2nd-3rd round talent.
Quick recap of Royals picks, rounds 1-10 (
Round 5--Jason Adam--Blue Valley NW pitcher who has a Missou commitment. Has a decent FB but is projected to add velocity. Work in progress. Keith Law says we'll sign him for about $1 million
■ Brett Nicholas, Catcher, 196th overall draft pick,6th round, Texas Rangers

Texas likes what it sees in MU battery (Columbia Tribune)
The Texas Rangers selected Nicholas in the sixth round and Tepesch in the 14th round yesterday on the second day of the Major League Baseball first-year players draft.

“I texted him earlier today and told him that I looked forward to continuing to be his teammate,” Nicholas said. “The chance to continue playing with a guy you’ve been working with all year is a big upside, and just the type of guy he is, it would be a blessing to team up with him.”

Nicholas leads five Missouir baseball players selected (Columbia Missourian)
Junior Catcher Brett Nicholas was the highest Tiger selected, taken in the 6th round by the Texas Rangers. Nicholas led the team in RBI's with 64 and was second in home runs with 12.
Rangers Draft Roundup (Dallas News)
Just like Ian Kinsler and Doug Mathis before him, Nicholas is an Arizona kid (he's from Phoenix) who wound up at Missouri. And while the Rangers' have changed area scouts in Missouri, Mike Grouse, now the regional crosschecker (middle manager in the scouting operation), saw him just like he did Kinsler and Mathis. Nichols started his college career at Gonzaga (Kinsler started at Arizona State), transferred to a junior college in Arizona (as did Kinsler) and wound up at Missouri. This season, he hit .352 with 12 homers and a team-high 64 RBIs. He's listed as a 3B-C. He hits left-handed. A left-handed hitting catcher? The kid's got a future.
■ Aaron Senne, 1B, 317th overall pick, 10th round, Florida Marlins

■ Nick Tepesch, RHP, 436th overall pick, 14th, Texas Rangers

■ Michael Liberto, SS, 629th overall selection, 21st round, Kansas City Royals

Major League Baesball Draft: Louisiana on Day 2 (
Missouri infielder Michael Liberto was selected by the Kansas City Royals as the 629th overall choice.

NOTE A Rummel product, Liberto also played at Delgado where his coach Joe Scheuermann called him the smartest player he has ever coached. A native of Harahan, Liberto (5-9, 165) was part of the 2006 American Legion national championship team.
■Tyler Clark, RHP, 733rd overall selection, 24th round, Detroit Tigers

Catholic graduate drafted again (Springfield News-Leader)
Former Catholic High School star Tyler Clark has now had his name called at the Major League Baseball draft on two occasions.

Clark was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round (733rd overall pick) today. He was drafted in the 46th round by the Chicago Cubs following his seniors year of high school in 2007.

He chose to take a scholarship to the University of Missouri. This season, Clark worked primarily out of the bullpen with just two starts in 26 appearances. He was 2-2 with a 4.97 ERA and struck out 43 batters in 38 innings.
■ MU Recruit RHP Matt Stites, 1000th overall pick, 33rd round, Chicago Cubs.

Draft Chat with Jim Callis (Baseball America)
Golden was one of the better athletes in the draft. I didn't mind Micah Gibbs in the third round, VG receiver and leader, should hit decently. They got a fine pair of in-state sleepers in Eric Jokisch (11th) and Ryan Hartman (16th). Matt Stites (33rd) is one of my favorite third-day picks so far.

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