Debuts aplenty

I love the time right after the Draft. Not only do we have the College World Series and the Cape Cod League going on for those wanting to continue to follow amateur ball. And all those draftees start signing and start embarking on professional careers.

We’ve already talked a bunch about No. 10 pick Drew Storen. He’s now pitched twice for the Hagerstown Suns.

Joining him among the first-rounders to play is No. 4 pick Tony Sanchez. He made his debut over the weekend for short-season State College and I got to talk to him this morning about it. I have to say I was very impressed with how he carried himself, at least in our conversation. Here’s the story that came out of that interview: First-round pick Sanchez makes debut.

And there’s more to come:

No. 24 pick Randal Grichuk is slated to be in the lineup for the rookie-level Arizona League Angels tonight.
No. 26 pick Eric Arnett will pitch for Helena, the Brewers’ affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League on Wednesday.
No. 32 pick Tim Wheeler is in Tri-City, the Rockies’ club in the short-season Northwest League.

And how about this for fate. No. 17 pick A.J. Pollock has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks. He’ll have a physical in Arizona tomorrow (Tuesday), sign his contract and then be assigned to… that’s right, South Bend. In case you’ve forgotten, Pollock played his college ball at Notre Dame, which, if you didn’t know, is in South Bend. I wonder if he got to keep his college digs for the rest of the summer.

More tomorrow, including answering an email question about the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.


Nice to see some of these guys getting settled in. Good luck to them and all the draftees.


Here is a summary for Donnie Joseph, taken at #88 by the Reds, from his debut:

“About the only bright spot for the Mustangs was the effort of relief pitcher Donnie Joseph, the Cincinnati Reds’ third-round draft choice in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month.

Joseph, a left-hander from the University of Houston, threw two perfect innings, striking out five. He even attempted to make a barehanded play on a sharp bouncer up the middle, which he knocked down and fired to first base for an out in the top of the seventh inning.

Joseph is the Mustangs’ highest-drafted player currently on the roster. He made the most of his professional debut.

“My main thing was to not get ahead of myself, to not get caught up in the moment,” Joseph said. “I got my fastball down in the zone and that was helping me. My slider was working. I was fortunate to have lefty hitters come up, and I was able to use my slider a lot with them.”

“Joseph was so dominant that after he struck out Kenneth Gilbert swinging in the seventh, Gilbert broke the bat in frustration on the dirt outside the batter’s box.”

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