Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2011 Draft: 4 Tigers, 3 recruits drafted

The 2011 MLB Draft is complete, and Mizzou saw 4 current players and 3 recruits drafted by major league organizations.

The signing deadline for drafted players is August 14th. We may not know for sure on some of the drafted players whether they're going to sign or not until close to that deadline.

Current Tigers Drafted

Matt Stites was drafted by the San Diego Padres organization as the 533rd overall pick in the 17th round of the MLB Draft.
It appears almost a certainty that Stites will sign with the Padres and move on to the next part of his career. On Twitter Tuesday night, he posted this: @MUBallaz: Off to the #Padres! Couldn't be happier! Thanks for all the good wishes!

Phil McCormick was drafted by the San Francisco Giants organization as the 957th overall pick in the 31st round of the MLB Draft.
Lafayette alum picked by Giants (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Lafayette grad Phil McCormick, a senior left-hander at the University of Missouri, was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the 31st round (No. 957 overall).

McCormick went 8-2 with eight saves and a 3.50 ERA, leading the Tigers in wins, saves and ERA, in 61 2/3 innings as a senior. He struck out 56 batters, walked 32 and allowed 53 hits.
Conner Mach was drafted by the New York Yankees organization as the 1409th overall pick in the 46st round of the MLB Draft.
Mizzou's Mach gets picked (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

The Yankees selected University of Missouri junior infielder and Parkway West High graduate Connor Mach in the 46th round (No. 1,409 overall).

Mach started a team-high 58 games for the Tigers this season and batted .288 with 12 doubles, one triple, 31 RBI, 30 runs scored, 11 stolen bases and a .383 on-base percentage.

Mach's older brother, Kyle, who also played at Missouri, was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 27th round in 2009.

Zach Hardoin was drafted by the Houston Astros organization as the 1420th overall pick in the 47th round of the MLB Draft
Draft updates: Familiar names part of Astros’ Day 3 group (Houston Chronicle)

While today is mostly about filling out rosters for their three short-season minor league clubs, the Astros won’t be against finding a ballplayer or two.

They may have found a few in their own backyard – or at least their own metropolitan statistical area – on Day 3.
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And they dipped into the local pool again in the 44th round, taking Lamar University righthander Blake Ford, a Lufkin High School alum and in the 47th round, taking Missouri lefty Zack Hardoin, who played at Klein Collins.

Mizzou Recruits in the Draft

Jeff Soptic, RHP, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox organization as the 110th overall pick in the 3rd round of the MLB Draft.
This was no surprise. Soptic was expected to be drafted high, and is expected to sign.
Brandon Platts, RHP,was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as the 392nd overall pick in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.
Some posts on Twitter seemed to indicate people who know him expect him to still go to Mizzou
Brett Graves, RHP, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as the 800th overall pick in the 26th round of the MLB Draft.
According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the other day, it looks like Brett and his father are prepared to take a careful look at which option provides the best long-term "opportunity" for him. It will be harder to choose since it was his hometown Cardinals that drafted him.

An article in this morning's Post-Dispatch quotes Graves: "I don't think I could go wrong either way," Graves said. "It's going to be with good coaching, good support, good facilities, good everything to make myself better. It will come down to what they can offer. ... As of right now I'm a Missouri Tiger."

■ I like this quote from a fan with close ties to the Tigers, @GoJL16 on Twitter
Can u say "Legion of Doom" RT:“@MUTigerBaseball: Tough choices for Soptic, Platts, & @BGraves05. Will be a stout staff if they make it to MU

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