Martedì, 23 Gennaio, 2018

MLB Draft: Day One Thoughts

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Pammachio Corsino | 18 Giugno, 2017, 04:20

High school pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene received recognition from current big leaguers, as well as TV and radio host Larry King, after the Cincinnati Reds selected him with the No. 2 overall pick. The 18-year-old shortstop and outfielder, who was California's Gatorade Player of the Year this season, has great athleticism, can hit for both average and power, has plus speed, can field and has an average arm that can improve in time.

"But before he becomes a face of baseball, he is going to need a position, and on that subject you will find a wide swath of opinions about Christian Hunter Greene".

The first of four prospects in attendance at the draft site to be selected, Greene was asked to give a scouting report on himself as a pitcher. According to MLB.com, his fastball has been clocked at 102 miles per hour, a record for an amateur pitcher.

With the Reds still immersed in a full-scale rebuilding effort, landing the player with the highest ceiling in the draft No. 2 overall is a huge win for the franchise.

Falvey said the Twins' choice came down to the waning minutes and the decision to pass on Greene was "really tough". Yes, the pick was reportedly in large part because Brendan McKay's number on the table was deemed too high, but keep in mind that Minnesota just landed the most talented high school player in the country.


Schmidt underwent Tommy John surgery in early May. The all-time strikeouts leader in Louisville history, McKay was announced as a first baseman at the podium by commissioner Rob Manfred, but in a conference call, he said he'd get a chance to both hit and pitch as a pro. UC Irvine second baseman Keston Hiura went ninth to Milwaukee even though he was limited to DH duties this season and is expected to have surgery once he signs. Minnesota has a Draft pool of $14,156,800 for the first 10 rounds. The Cardinals also took LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson, son of Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey, in the fourth. He is the cousin of former Marlins outfielder Cody Ross.

The Tar Heels saw ace righty J.B. Bukauskas fall a bit; the No. 6 overall player on the BA 500 fell to Houston with the No. 15 pick, a good fit for the slider-heavy righthander considering Houston's big league staff, which ranks last in the majors in fastball usage.

Daily sports headlines from across Gwinnett County, including high school, professional and college news. The opening round included 18 pitchers (12 right-handers), six outfielders, four first basemen, three shortstops, one second baseman and one third baseman. A pair of Florida junior college pitchers - Brenden Little of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (Cubs) and Nate Pearson of the College of Central Florida (Blue Jays) were picked 27th and 28th, respectively.

He played third base and outfield until his senior year when he moved over to shortshop. That interval shrinks to zero on Wednesday, with no time in between picks for rounds 11-40 on the draft's final day.

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