Clint Frazier may have been a stretch at #1 overall but that was my choice for a few reasons. His power is immense and I just like the guy. It's hard not to cheer for him. He would also sign for under slot and I could use that extra money to add talent.
Justin Williams is a player that I expect very little out of, especially quickly. That may sound unusual, but he is a lotto ticket for me. He has 70 power and also mechanical issues he may or may not be able to figure out. Either way, he is worth the pick and patience. Next spring there are two very good hitters that I have seen. Jacob Gatewood and Greg Deichmann. Gatewood is just one month younger than Williams and Deichmann is three months older. That means Williams basically gets a free year in pro ball. He should be a 2014 pick due to his age, so that has to be factored in. The competition he would have got in Louisiana doesn't compare to what he will get in pro ball, so it should accelerate his development.
Denney has the tools of a 1st rounder but was inconsistent. The same can be said for my next five picks. Covey flashes great stuff out of the pen but in inconsistent as a starter. Wahl did very well in 2011,'12 but not as well this year and it seems like many wrote him off as a reliever. I see him as a better version of Justin Grimm.
Casey Shane did not keep up his conditioning in 2012 and into 2013 and regressed. I would think with pro conditioning, he will be a good pick. Driver seemed headed to UCLA but signed for much less than I expected and the Indians could have a steal in him. He could be a good #3/4 starter in the majors if he works out.
This may sound preposterous but I don't care. I think Terry McClure is a slightly lesser version of Byron Buxton. His speed is similar. His arm is a little less and he doesn't quite have the power or hit tools Buxton has, but they aren't dissimilar. He is also young for pro ball. Watch this guy. He will be talked about as a big time prospect soon.
Biondi is a catalyst. He can hit, work a walk and take good at bats and run like the wind. He has 70 speed and could be 80 if I felt generous. He also has a very good glove in center field.
Malik Collymore was better every time I saw him and could be a big leaguer in the 10th round and that's a win.
I saw Brentz hit 97. He's an atheltic lefty with a plus breaking ball and shows a curve. He is a first round talent in the 11th round. I'm ecstatic about this signing.
Nick Buckner is a toolsy OF that will take time but is worth the wait. His hit tool concerns me but he is a good athlete.
Elvin Soto flashed impressive tools and Rowdy Tellez has as much power as anyone in this draft.
Overall my bonus pool was $11,698,800 and my total signing bonuses were $9,165,000.
Adding the 4.99% that I can exceed the pool by with the amount I did not use I have $3,117,570 left over. I expected Martarano to sign and still play football with baseball as a hobby. I thought Sheffield would sign for low seven figures as well and that would have rounded out my draft well but that did not happen. Ryan Boldt floated a $2.5 million dollar figure and I would have the money to sign him to that but since he did not sign, I will lose him as well.
|1||Clint Frazier||OF||Cleveland Indians||$3,500,000|
|2||Justin Williams||OF||Arizona Diamondbacks||$1,050,000|
|3||Jonathan Denney||C||Boston Red Sox||$875,000|
|4||Dylan Covey||P||Oakland Athletics||$370,000|
|5||Bobby Wahl||P||Oakland Athletics||$500,000|
|6||Casey Shane||P||Cleveland Indians||$150,000|
|7||Dustin Driver||P||Oakland Athletics||$500,000|
|8||Terry McClure||OF||Colorado Rockies||$250,000|
|9||Patrick Biondi||OF||New York Mets||$10,000|
|10||Malik Collymore||SS||St. Louis Cardinals||$275,000|
|11||Jake Brentz||P||Toronto Blue Jays||$700,000|
|12||Joey Martarano||3B||Philadelphia Phillies||Did Not Sign|
|13||Jordan Sheffield||P||Boston Red Sox||Did Not Sign|
|14||Nick Buckner||OF||Pittsburgh Pirates||$135,000|
|15||Geno Escalante||C||San Francisco Giants||Signed|
|16||Elvin Soto||C||Arizona Diamondbacks||$100,000|
|17||Joseph Monge||OF||Boston Red Sox||Signed|
|18||Dan Child||P||Philadelphia Phillies||$100,000|
|19||Blake Hennessey||SS||Los Angeles Dodgers||Signed|
|20||Jackson Lamb||P||Texas Rangers||Did Not Sign|
|21||Luke Lanphere||P||Texas Rangers||$400,000|
|22||Ryan Boldt||OF||Boston Red Sox||Did Not Sign|
|23||Tyler Alexander||P||Detroit Tigers||Did Not Sign|
|24||Brett Morales||P||Cincinnati Reds||Did Not Sign|
|25||Ricky Jacquez||P||New York Mets||Signed|
|26||Cal Quantrill||P||New York Yankees||Did Not Sign|
|27||Zack Collins||C||Cincinnati Reds||Did Not Sign|
|28||Nick Zammarelli||3B||Boston Red Sox||Did Not Sign|
|29||Logan Shore||P||Minnesota Twins||Did Not Sign|
|30||Rowdy Tellez||1B||Toronto Blue Jays||$850,000|
|31||A.J. Bogucki||P||Minnesota Twins||Did Not Sign|
|32||Michael Shawaryn||P||Kansas City Royals||Did Not Sign|
|33||Tavo Rodriguez||P||Chicago White Sox||Did Not Sign|
|34||A.J. Kubala||1B||Oakland Athletics||Signed|
|35||A.J. Puk||P||Detroit Tigers||Did Not Sign|
|36||Andy McGuire||SS||Colorado Rockies||Did Not Sign|
|37||Alex Blackford||P||Los Angeles Angels||Signed|
|38||Javier Salas||P||Minnesota Twins||Did Not Sign|
|39||Ty Afenir||SS||New York Yankees||Signed|
|40||Taylor Johnson||2B||Los Angeles Angels||Signed|