August 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Draft, Prospects, Transactions
I know it’s stupid to name winners and losers this early. These kids just got drafted. Most of them haven’t played an inning of professional ball and none of them have made an appearance in MLB. But I’m going to do it anyway, because most of what I do here is similarly pointless. I do it because it entertains me. Hopefully it entertains you in the process.
So here we go. Winners and losers. 1st round of the 2009 MLB first year player (rule 4) draft.
Stephen Strasburg. Gets $15.1 million guaranteed before he’s thrown a single professional pitch. If he blows out his arm in his first professional inning, he still gets $15.1 million.
Washington Nationals. They got their guy, the obvious one. And they paid less than most people expected them to. Rizzo really wants (and should get) that GM job. Plus, and this gets overlooked, they got a really interesting relief prospect in Drew Storen for only $1.6 million.
Cincinnati Reds. They get a polished college pitcher with a 4 pitch mix for a bonus of $2.27 million. Real Baseball Intelligence had Leake ranked one on their board. Yes, ahead of Strasburg.
Colorado Rockies. They selected arguably the 2nd best available player, Tyler Matzek, at pick number 11. And signed him for only $3.9 million. He was supposedly demanding “Rick Porcello money” pre-draft. He not only got about $3.1 million less than that, he got a bonus rather than a deal.
Oakland A’s. Grant Green! At pick number 12! For only $2.25 million (bonus)!! Yes, please!!!!
Jacob Turner. $5.5 million out of high school. The three comparable prep arms got $3.9 million, $2.9 million, and didn’t sign.
St. Louis Cardinals. If other teams knew Shelby Miller would sign for $2.9 million no way he makes it to pick #19.
Minnesota Twins. Kyle Gibson at $1.8 million is a steal. Despite the stress fracture.
Tampa Bay Rays. Levon Washington, who they failed to sign, isn’t anything too special for a first rounder and next year’s draft should be deeper.
San Diego Padres. Donavan Tate has Jeff Francoeur written all over him.
Atlanta Braves. No doubt in my mind that if they knew some of the prep arms would lower their bonus demands they wouldn’t have taken Minor. This was the year to take a flyer on someone. For them. They haven’t had a pick that high since 1991 and likely won’t for awhile.
Aaron Crow. Dude, just sign. You’re not that cool, you’re just a guy. Now just sign so you can play baseball and quit with all the bullshit. (Note: Crow is not subject to the deadline, so he can still sign. And I expect him to.)
Cleveland Indians. Going over-slot on Alex White seems like a bit of a reach. Granted, they didn’t go way over-slot.
Texas Rangers. They took their guy, a Texas native and one of the top prep arms with a great deal of upside. Then failed to sign him. Purke is a special kind of talent and when you have a regional advantage you’ve gotta find a way to make it work.
Matt Purke. OK, good job, idiot. You’re now going to go to college and have some clueless pitching coach have you maxing out on squats daily and throwing 165 pitches the day after throwing an inning of relief. Thinking you’re going to increase your stock in 3 years of college is stupid. You may, but the chances are much higher that you won’t.