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June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
I'm not a draft guy, which is why Denny is here. I wasn't too upset about any pick, but that is moreso because I don't know anything about these guys and rely on insight from those like Denny and from any scouts I talk to.
Denny knows this stuff inside and out, and from his comments he likes Chisenhall's bat and potential, but felt it was an overdraft. This very well may be the case with the...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
Thinking about it last night I have the solution. If you believe, as I do, that these guys are really huge overdrafts then note this. Here are the bonuses that these guys are in line to get, based on MLB's slotting system:
Chisenhall $1.1 million
Haley $490,000
Phelps $360,000
Roberts $150,000
We will be spending a lot of money on these overdrafts in addition to...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: De La Cruz-ing In Lake County
"Minor Happenings" covers the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. While most of the information in this report is from my own research and through interviews I have conducted with organizational personnel, some information in this report is collected and summarized from the various news outlets that cover each team.
For those that missed it, draft extraordinaire Dennis...
June 6, 2008   (0 comments)
Big props to Denny today for the running live blog he did on the MLB Draft. Some great stuff, and good instant flash analysis. Now, yes, Denny is known to go over-the-top at times, but he knows his stuff. For those that missed all the comments, just scroll down the page. While I know a great deal about the minors, I knw very little about the draft since I don't follow anything leading up to it. Just...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Zach Putnam. Well, finally a pick that doesn't look like a monkey made it from a list of 2000 randomly selected names.
This guy actually has some upside. If the rest of the picks in the draft are like this then this draft may not be a total disaster.
Only problem with that logic: you make you living as a scouting director on the first 3 rounds of the draft because after the top 100...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
David Roberts, RHP Long Beach State - This guy is so unknown the MLB site doesn't even have a video or scouting report on him and he isn't even listed among the top 176 prospects in the freakin' state of California and he is good enough to be the 141st overall selection in the draft?
He pitched all of 27 innings as a reliever this year and yet he is worth the 141st selection in this draft....
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Melville and Brandon Crawford are still on the board as we approach the Indians' 3rd round pick. My suggestion for the Indians' 2nd round pick, Bryan Shaw, the closer for Long Beach St, went off the board in the second round at 73. I also had him as a possible 3rd round pick in my last post before the draft.
Ross Seaton, Alex Meyer still on the boards as tough to impossible signs. Isaac Galloway,...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Trey Haley, a HS pitcher from Central Heights HS in Texas. Following the first round theme the Indians used the 76th selection to pick the 126th best player in the country, per Baseball America. Here is the kid's scouting report from Baseball America:
Earlier in the spring, Haley had a chance to be the first pitcher drafted out of Texas. He generated buzz by touching 95 mph with projection...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
So far 3 picks not BA's top 200 prospects: Jordan Lyles (38), Jeremy Bleich (44), Johnny Giovatella (49) . Interesting when teams draft guys who are much lower ranked. And now you know why they call the draft a crapshoot.
Here are the guys still on the board as we approach the Indians selection with their overall national ranking in parentheses:
Tim Melville (15) - said he has to have...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
John Mirabelli and company hasn't given us a lot of winners in his years here and they ask us to buy into a guy who is clearly much lower rated than his draft slot being a good value at 29?
You know, if Mirabelli was a new scouting director or if our farm system was stocked or if he had given us a bunch of winners over the years this would be easy to justify with "Well, he does this for a living...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Lonnie Chisenhall????????????????????????????????
Well, we were set up for a bunch of guys I liked at this spot (Melville, Odorizzi, Gillaspie, Lynn and DeVall).
Here is a little information on Mr. Chisenhall courtesy of Baseball America. Odd choice for the Indians as he does not meet the image that this organization has said they strive for but this is not the first time a guy with...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Daniel Schlereth, a LHP pitcher from Arizona to the Diamondbacks at 26. Man, the coach at Cal I talked to raved about this guy but all I have read said Rafael Perez-like guy...and you don't take that guy in the first round of a draft unless you have lots of picks.
BTW, interesting at 25 that Christian Frederich fell to Colorado and they grabbed him when, all along, they had been linked to Jake...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
...a lot of the scary mock drafts are being debunked...thankfully.
No real surprises, just some mini-surprises so far. For example, Toronto drafting Cal first baseman David Cooper. If they are lucky he can stay at first base. If not, they spent the 17th pick on a DH. Jemile Weeks going at 12 is interesting as his is mostly a speed game as scouts don’t think his power will play in the pros....
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Jonathon Mayo, the minor league guru, updates his mock draft to today and has us picking Josh Fields, the closer from Georgia
Again, like Castro, a pick that makes me cringe as Fields went into an end-of-season funk very similar to his entire 2007. So, do we go on the majority of...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
When names start being called in the draft today you will here something like “re-draft 0001 John Smith”. This term re-draft means that the player has been drafted before and didn’t sign. If a team has drafted a player before they have to get his written permission to draft him again. This probably is required so as to avoid any potential bad blood between teams and players who they failed to...
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
BA just posted their latest mock draft
1. TAMPA BAY. TIM BECKHAM, ss, Griffin, Ga.
3. KANSAS CITY. ERIC HOSMER, 1b, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.
5. SAN FRANCISCO. JUSTIN SMOAK, 1b, South Carolina.
6. FLORIDA. BUSTER POSEY, c, Florida State.
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Well folks, it
June 5, 2008   (0 comments)
Just a quick reminder that today the MLB Draft commences. Dennis Nosco will be here throughout the day blogging and providing live updates and flash analysis on the Indians picks as they happen. Be sure to check in often for the latest on the draft.
Also, on Wednesday the Indians have extended their player development contract with Kinston through the 2010 season.
Bisons Score 6 runs...
June 4, 2008   (0 comments)
The Day Before Tomorrow
The draft is now one day away. Just wanted to add a few names and things I have heard before the draft.
· Updates on other guys who the Indians might draft:
o Conor Gillaspie had an excellent regional upping his worth maybe above the 29th spot where the Indians draft.
o Andy Dirks, the leadoff hitter and centerfielder played really well for Wichita...
June 4, 2008   (0 comments)
Lots of moves again today, the biggest being LHP David Huff being called up to Buffalo. This move is not official at the moment, but Huff is already en route to Buffalo. It is possible RHP Josh Tomlin will take Huff's vacated spot in Akron since he was only in Buffalo for a spot start tonight (7 IP, 3 ER....nice job).
Also, RHP J.D. Martin was promoted from Akron to Buffalo. With Jeremy Sowers...