Saturday, August 13, 2011

Draft signing deadline Monday @ midnight

The signing deadline for players who were selected in the June 2011 MLB Draft is August 15th at midnight.

Here's what I know and what I think I know about drafted Tigers and MU recruits. There's really only 1 Tiger and 1 recruit still unknown.:

Current Tigers Drafted

♦ SIGNED: Matt Stites was drafted by the San Diego Padres organization as the 533rd overall pick in the 17th round of the MLB Draft.
Stites signed almost immediately and is currently pitching for the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League
♦ SIGNED: Phil McCormick was drafted by the San Francisco Giants organization as the 957th overall pick in the 31st round of the MLB Draft.
McCormick signed quickly and is currently pitching for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, also of the Northwest League.
♦ UNSIGNED: Conner Mach was drafted by the New York Yankees organization as the 1409th overall pick in the 46st round of the MLB Draft.
As of Friday, Mach has still not signed with the Yankees. No word yet on whether he will return to the Tigers.

If you look at the list of the Yankees announced signings, you'd think they've struck out all summer long with their draft picks. The real story, though, is that they like to hold their cards close to the vest and then announce them at the deadline. So there's really no way to know how likely it is they'll sign Mach.
SIGNED: Zach Hardoin was drafted by the Houston Astros organization as the 1420th overall pick in the 47th round of the MLB Draft
Hardoin signed quickly and has been playing for the Gulf Coast League Astros.

Mizzou Recruits in the Draft

♦ SIGNED: Jeff Soptic, RHP, was drafted by the Chicago White Sox organization as the 110th overall pick in the 3rd round of the MLB Draft.
Soptic signed with the ChiSox in mid-July, which was not a surprise to anyone.

♦ UNSIGNED: Brandon Platts, RHP,was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as the 392nd overall pick in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.
As of Friday, Platts has not signed. He suffered a minor injury early in the summer that limited his action in prep play and the post-season (which extends deep into the summer for Iowa prep baseball). Watching the whispers and rumors about Platts has been like a roller coaster this summer. Still waiting to see whether he'll be a Tiger or a Pirate.
August 11 on Twitter, posted by someone from Platts' hometown newspaper: "MCHS pitcher Brandon Platts one of 10 13th round MLB draft picks that remain unsigned. Deadline to sign is Aug. 15. #Pirates"
♦ UNSIGNED: Brett Graves, RHP, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals organization as the 800th overall pick in the 26th round of the MLB Draft.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this past week that Graves Chooses Mizzou. And Graves posted on Twitter that same day: "Mizzou it is."

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