Results tagged ‘ Drew Storen ’

Ex-Stras-aganza

OK, so maybe that title was weak. They can’t all be winners.

It’s now been a few days since the big Strasburg debut in Altoona on Sunday. I’m sure the nation and beyond has caught its collective breath, at least in time for his home debut in Harrisburg on Friday (by the way, Aroldis Chapman’s on the same schedule).

Reports had it that there were 70+ credentials handed out for the game on Sunday. There were 10 TV stations in attendance, five radio stations (not including the broadcasters for the game) and tons of newspapers and websites there to chronicle it all.

I thought it’d be fun to try and link to a bunch of the subsequent reporting here. Of course, we’ll start with my story on the Strasburg start as well as a side story on fellow first-rounder Drew Storen.

As for others… (some of these require subscriptions, just so’s you know):

The list goes on and on. Needless to say, a good time was had by all and I must admit, it was fun to be a part of all of that, the packed house, the hoopla, the media frenzy and watching him pitch. I saw his no-hitter against Air Force a year ago, so seeing him take that next step was fantastic.

I know everyone was all excited to see Strasburg in action, but I kind of hoped more would’ve been written about Storen. The guy was the No. 10 overall pick in the Draft, after all and should get to the big leagues just as quickly, if not faster, than Strasburg. He seems to get that he’s going to be painted as the sidekick, the Robin to Strasburg’s Batman, if you will, but man, was he lights out on Sunday. And seeing the Strasburg starting, Storen finishing formula in action must get Nats fans excited.

OK, onward and upward. I’ll be back soon, I hope, with some Draft tidbits for the class of 2010.

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.

B3 Draft Top 10 Signing Game!

That’s right, folks. I know everyone’s been clamoring for such a contest. No? Too bad, you’re getting it anyway.

Here’s how it works. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to guess the date and signing bonus of the aforementioned top 10. And guess what? Thanks to Tony Sanchez and Drew Storen, everyone starts out with two correct! Just download this file:
 
Top 10 signings.xls

Fill it in and email it back to B3 headquarters at jonathan.mayo@mlb.com. Let’s see who can do the best job predicting how the signing period will go down! Good luck and have fun!

Whither Scheppers and other tidbits

It can be a little difficult to keep tabs on the indy league front, what with all the college regional action and the end of the high school playoffs. Obviously, there’s an interest in knowing what’s going on in St. Paul and Fort Worth, the temporary homes for Tanner Scheppers and Aaron Crow.

Scheppers hasn’t pitched since May 27, a game in which he was still lighting up the radar gun, but scuffled a bit with command (though he settled down). He was supposed to pitch on Monday, but it got rained out. Imagine my confusion when I didn’t see his name in the reports for either game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Here’s, evidently, what happened:

The Saints are on the road and after his Monday start was rained out, they realized that whenever he made his next start, it would be his final one with the Saints. There was a desire, from all parties, it seems, for that last start to be at home. Obviously, the Saints want to reap the benefits of one more outing from the potential first-rounder and the Scheppers camp liked the idea of it as well. So a plan was made to have Scheppers make his final indy league start on Friday at home. A few big-league teams asked if it could be moved to Saturday — I guess to make it more feasible for some to make it to the start for one final look-see — and the Saints and Scheppers were amenable. So Scheppers will make his final pre-draft outing on Saturday.

Some other bits of information and rumor. Keep in mind that rumors can be just that.

  • Zach Wheeler was in Baltimore yesterday for a
    private meeting/workout, but my understanding was that they didn’t talk
    money.
  • The O’s did, it seems, have a
    conversation with Alex White‘s advisor about whether he would sign for slot if
    they took him at No. 5. I haven’t heard what the response was.
  • Matt Hobgood and others were in  Baltimore for a
    separate workout. No idea who else was there.
  • Drew Storen and Chad Jenkins threw in
    Washington
    today. I heard both threw pretty well. They
    also had a bunch of HS SS in for later-round consideration – Stephen Perez, Nick Franklin,
    Billy Hamilton were all there and all performed well.
  • Latest word on the Royals’ pick at No. 12 is that they might be honing in on a college position player, with a bent toward a premium position. That would make the rumors of BC catcher Tony Sanchez make some sense. So would USC shortstop Grant Green, if they feel they can afford that. Wil Myers has come up here, and while he’s not a college guy, he would fit the “premium position” part of the deal and he supposedly impressed in workouts.
  • Speaking of workouts, they’re one of those funny draft-related things that can be over-valued from a rumor standpoint. Just because a guy goes to a workout doesn’t mean the team is going to take him in the first round. Case in point: Hobgood going to Baltimore shouldn’t make him the front-runner to be a sleeper pick at No. 5. Could they consider him? Maybe. Are they taking him, not necessarily. That being said… Cameron Garfield has reportedly been tearing it up at workouts for a number of teams, including the Angels, Diamondbacks and the Astros. Not sure what that means yet, but he could be erasing any doubts based on his up-and-down senior season in high school.

That’s it for now, but trust me. There’s going to be much, much more

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