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2011 Shadow Astros Draft

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Last year I did a shadow draft for the Astros, taking higher risk and higher potential picks than they typically do. Toward the end of the draft, I took guys I liked or saw video of thru the net or MLB's draft tracker.

This year I used my draft board. I typically took the highest player available, though there were some exceptions that I wrote about as the draft went on.

I didn't do this in real-time with the draft because I was working. I watched the first round and supplemental round and then I imposed a draft ban on myself until I did this.

The 1st round was easy, taking the #5 talent in the draft at #11. In the 2nd round, Daniel Norris and Austin Hedges were both available and I didn't think either one would be. I thought about it a little but I had to go with Norris. In the 3rd round, Osich has too much potential to let slide, even with some tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.

In the 4th, Kyle Winkler is the highest rated player, but with 3 pitchers taken and one with an injury issue, I can't see adding another one right now. I'll take a look at him around the 8th if he's still there. Josh Tobias was next. I love his bat but with his commitment to Florida, he'll slide. I'll look back at him after Winkler.

Dillon Maples was next on my list in the 5th round but he has signability issues as well. I'll look at him after Tobias if he's still there. I need to get a decent catcher into the Astros shadow system. Curt Casali could be an above average defender and have enough bat to get by.

Really excited to get Cave in the 6th. In the 7th, Carson Baranik was next. He had injury issues this spring and would likely slide, but he could develop into an Anthony Ranaudo kind of player in 3 years at LSU. I think he'll end up there so I'll look back in the 20th round if he's still there. Dylan Davis is next and he has a strong commit to Oregon State. I'll take him after Baranik. I looked down the list for a top college talent but Winkler is the best out there, so I'll take him. I took Tobias and Maples next.

In the 10th, Andrew Murray is the highest on my list but has a strong commit to Georgia Tech. Billy Flamion is likely headed to Oregon, so I'll slot both of these guys in the 20's as well. Amir Garrett really intrigues me and I wouldn't have been surprised to see him go as high as the supplemental round, so I have to take him here. Great athleticism in a lefty is hard to come by. That's the main reason Kevin Matthews was taken this year in the 1st round and I prefer Garrett to him.

11th:Nick Burdi was next but I'm a little pitcher heavy. I should get a couple more of these top high school arms in the 20th or later, so I'll slot him down with the "sliders" list.

13th: Add Hawtin Buchanan behind Burdi.

15: Damn, I missed Rookie Davis. I was hoping I'd get him.

16: I see that Preston Tucker is still available. He must have a big number to sign. I'll roll the dice.

18: Mooneyham had an injury this season, but he has a lot of potential.

20: Over to the "sliders" list.

32: I'm really, really high school heavy here. I'm going off the list to take some collegiate players I like watching the last couple years that are still available.

41: Back to some high school talent that I like.

Round

Overall

Name

Position

Team

1

11

Sonny Gray

RHP

Oakland Athletics

2

69

Daniel Norris

LHP

Toronto Blue Jays

3

99

Josh Osich

LHP

San Francisco Giants

4

130

Derek Fisher

CF

Texas Rangers

5

160

Curtis Casali

C

Detroit Tigers

6

190

Jake Cave

CF

New York Yankees

7

220

Kyle Winkler

RHP

Arizona Diamondbacks

8

250

Joshua Tobias

SS

Washington Nationals

9

280

Dillon Maples

RHP

Chicago Cubs

10

310

Amir Garrett

LHP

Cincinnati Reds

11

340

Matt Dean

3B

Toronto Blue Jays

12

370

Shon Carson

CF

Cincinnati Reds

13

400

Phillip Evans

SS

New York Mets

14

430

Ricky Jacquez

RHP

Chicago Cubs

15

460

Dominic Jose

CF

Los Angeles Angels

16

490

Preston Tucker

1B

Colorado Rockies

17

520

Austin Slater

SS

Los Angeles Dodgers

18

550

Brett Mooneyham

LHP

Washington Nationals

19

580

Austin Urban

RHP

Chicago Cubs

20

610

Carson Baranik

RHP

Cincinnati Reds

21

640

Dylan Davis

RHP

Not Drafted

22

670

Andrew Murray

C

Houston Astros

23

700

Nick Burdi

RHP

Minnesota Twins

24

730

Patrick Connaughton

RHP

San Diego Padres

25

760

Eric Arce

1B

Toronto Blue Jays

26

790

Kyle Robinson

1B

Chicago White Sox

27

820

Brandon Sedell

C

Not Drafted

28

850

Dakota Freese

RHP

Chicago White Sox

29

880

Geno Escalante

C

Not Drafted

30

910

Grayson Greiner

C

Not Drafted

31

940

Philip Pfeifer

LHP

Texas Rangers

32

970

Kash Kalkowski

3B

Kansas City Royals

33

1000

Tyler Rahmatulla

2B

St. Louis Cardinals

34

1030

Adrian Morales

3B

Kansas City Royals

35

1060

Joseph Loftus

OF

Arizona Diamondbacks

36

1090

John Coy

1B

Toronto Blue Jays

37

1120

William Argo

CF

Pittsburgh Pirates

38

1150

Tyler Hanover

SS

New York Yankees

39

1180

Zac Elgie

1B

Not Drafted

40

1210

Khiry Cooper

OF

Not Drafted

41

1240

Spenser Linney

LHP

San Diego Padres

42

1270

Rouric Bridgewater

1B

Not Drafted

43

1300

Drake Roberts

2B

Minnesota Twins

44

1330

Chase Williamson

SS

Not Drafted

45

1360

Jay Baum

SS

Not Drafted

46

1390

Breshon Kimbell

C

Not Drafted

47

1420

Blake Burrell

P

Not Drafted

48

1450

Drew Stiles

OF

Not Drafted

49

1480

Max Homick

OF

Not Drafted

50

1510

Daniel Mengden

RHP

Not Drafted

In this draft, I assume I sign all the players. Last year it would have cost in the $30 million dollar range most likely and this year it could be more. I will keep the lists of signed by MLB teams and players that did not sign seperate.

Contract Negotiations:

Overall

Name

Position

Team

Initial Offer

Max Offer

Actual Bonus

11

Sonny Gray

RHP

Oakland Athletics

$1,863,000

$4,000,000

69

Daniel Norris

LHP

Toronto Blue Jays

$2,000,000

$3,900,000

99

Josh Osich

LHP

San Francisco Giants

$150,000

$500,000

130

Derek Fisher

CF

Texas Rangers

$1,500,000

$2,250,000

160

Curtis Casali

C

Detroit Tigers

$150,000

$500,000

190

Jake Cave

CF

New York Yankees

$500,000

$1,000,000

220

Kyle Winkler

RHP

Arizona Diamondbacks

$150,000

$500,000

250

Joshua Tobias

SS

Washington Nationals

$1,000,000

$3,000,000

280

Dillon Maples

RHP

Chicago Cubs

$1,000,000

$3,000,000

310

Amir Garrett

LHP

Cincinnati Reds

$500,000

$1,000,000

340

Matt Dean

3B

Toronto Blue Jays

$150,000

$500,000

370

Shon Carson

CF

Cincinnati Reds

$500,000

$1,000,000

400

Phillip Evans

SS

New York Mets

$150,000

$500,000

430

Ricky Jacquez

RHP

Chicago Cubs

$150,000

$500,000

460

Dominic Jose

CF

Los Angeles Angels

$150,000

$1,000,000

490

Preston Tucker

1B

Colorado Rockies

$150,000

$500,000

520

Austin Slater

SS

Los Angeles Dodgers

$150,000

$1,000,000

550

Brett Mooneyham

LHP

Washington Nationals

$0

slot

580

Austin Urban

RHP

Chicago Cubs

$0

slot

610

Carson Baranik

RHP

Cincinnati Reds

$150,000

$1,000,000

640

Dylan Davis

RHP

Not Drafted

$150,000

$1,000,000

670

Andrew Murray

C

Houston Astros

$150,000

$1,000,000

700

Nick Burdi

RHP

Minnesota Twins

$150,000

$1,000,000

730

Patrick Connaughton

RHP

San Diego Padres

$150,000

$1,000,000

760

Eric Arce

1B

Toronto Blue Jays

$0

slot

790

Kyle Robinson

1B

Chicago White Sox

$0

slot

820

Brandon Sedell

C

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

850

Dakota Freese

RHP

Chicago White Sox

$0

$150,000

880

Geno Escalante

C

Not Drafted

$0

slot

910

Grayson Greiner

C

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

940

Philip Pfeifer

LHP

Texas Rangers

$0

$150,000

970

Kash Kalkowski

3B

Kansas City Royals

$0

slot

1000

Tyler Rahmatulla

2B

St. Louis Cardinals

$0

slot

1030

Adrian Morales

3B

Kansas City Royals

$0

slot

1060

Joseph Loftus

OF

Arizona Diamondbacks

$0

slot

1090

John Coy

1B

Toronto Blue Jays

$0

slot

1120

William Argo

CF

Pittsburgh Pirates

$0

slot

1150

Tyler Hanover

SS

New York Yankees

$0

slot

1180

Zac Elgie

1B

Not Drafted

$0

slot

1210

Khiry Cooper

OF

Not Drafted

$0

slot

1240

Spenser Linney

LHP

San Diego Padres

$0

$150,000

1270

Rouric Bridgewater

1B

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1300

Drake Roberts

2B

Minnesota Twins

$0

$150,000

1330

Chase Williamson

SS

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1360

Jay Baum

SS

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1390

Breshon Kimbell

C

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1420

Blake Burrell

P

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1450

Drew Stiles

OF

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1480

Max Homick

OF

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000

1510

Daniel Mengden

RHP

Not Drafted

$0

$150,000