Debuts and signings

The Cubs’ first-round pick, Brett Jackson (No. 30 overall), has signed with the club. It looks like Boise is his destination once he passes a physical, though since he hasn’t played in a game since the end of May, don’t be shocked if he goes to Mesa for a few games in the rookie-level Arizona League just to get his timing back a little.

ESPN’s Keith Law said he heard Jiovanni Mier has agreed to terms with the Astros. I’m trying to find out details. If true, perhaps you’ll see the No. 21 overall pick head to the Gulf Coast League or perhaps the Appalachian League.

Angels’ top pick, Randal Grichuk, No. 24 overall, has played in two Arizona League games to date. He’s gone 1-for-8 in the two games.

Marc Krauss, D-Backs’ 2nd-round pick, is in South Bend and has begun his pro career with a five-game hitting streak. He’s 5-for-17 in those five games.

Best debut thus far, though, has to go to Cameron Garfield, the Brewers’ second-round pick. The No. 74 overall pick played in his first game on Tuesday, with Helena in the Pioneer League. All the young catcher did was go 5-for-5 with 3 RBIs.

Other debuts:

Matt Davidson, the HS 3B taken by the Diamondbacks with the No. 35 pick (supplemental first round), has gone 4-for-15 in his first four games with the Yakima Bears in the short-season Northwest League (Interesting that the D-Backs didn’t send him to Missoula in the Pioneer League. I love it when guys get challenged). He hit his first professional homer yesterday.

Reds’ second-rounder Billy Hamilton made his pro debut yesterday in the Gulf Coast League. The athletic shortstop went 2-for-4 against the GCL Orioles hitting in the two-hole.

Cards’ second-rounder Robert Stock, the catcher-RHP out of USC, went 0-for-3 in his first game yesterday, with Johnson City in the Appalachian League. He caught and threw out a would-be basestealer. He’s still just 19 because he finished high school early to get to college early.

The Brewers’ other second-round pick, Max Walla (actually taken one pick before Garfield), is off to a 3-for-8 start in the AZL.

The No. 75 pick, Phillies’ second-rounder Kelly Dugan, went 0-for-3 in his GCL debut yesterday. He did walk and score a run.

3B Wade Gaynor, third-round pick of the Tigers, has started off his pro career 4-for-14 with a double and an RBI in three games with Oneonta in the short-season NY-Penn League.

OF Keon Broxton went in the third round to the D-Backs and he made his debut yesterday for Missoula in the game that saw Garfield go 5-for-5 for Helena. Broxton went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Astros’ third-round pick Telvin Nash got one AB in the GCL yesterday and struck out.

Josh Prince went in the third round to Milwaukee and the Tulane shortstop is on that Helena club as well. He went 0-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

I think that takes you through the debuts of the top three rounds (not including Drew Storen, who we’ve written about quite a bit). Today, look for Eric Arnett, the No. 26 pick overall, to pitch for Helena. I don’t think he’s starting, however. No. 32 pick Tim Wheeler could be in the lineup for the Rockies’ affiliate in the short-season Northwest League, the Tri-City Dust Devils.

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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.

The Voyagers failed to get a hit or draw a walk in either of Joseph’s innings, the sixth and the seventh.

“There’s no telling what can happen in an inning,” Joseph said. “My main thing was to come in and hold them. With our hitters, there’s no telling what we can do.”

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