Like all other Baltimore sports crazed fans I watched the MLB draft today. It’s definitely a work in progress. It reminded me of 1980 when ESPN first televised the NFL draft. ESPN has developed and refined the NFL draft and so will MLB. One would have thought that 30 yrs later there wouldn’t be such a learning curve but than I reminded myself Bud Selig was in charge. MLB will need time to pull it all together.
One thing that really annoyed me was Selig announcing the picks. Couldn’t he just say …..and with the fifth pick in the 2009 MLB draft the Orioles select….. The part about first year player eligible spiel just wasn’t necessary. MLB needs to get game tape of the top 200 prospects and show the videos of the players in action after they are selected. The broadcast needs less commentary from Harold Reynolds and John Hart.
I liked the Orioles selections. We added some arms and a very nice bat. I thought the Orioles would take Tyler Matzek with the #5 pick. His rhetoric and demand for a 7-10 million signing bonus slid him out of the top 10.
First Round: Matt Hobgood looks like he should be playing LB at USC. A cut stud who is still growing. This week he won the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He says he isn’t afraid of any hitter and that is an attitude I love to see in a young pitcher. He doesn’t mess around and goes after the hitters. Another nice arm with potential to grow and add to the stable. Baseball beginnings has a video of him throwing at Camden Yards and more videos and a scouting report. http://baseballbeginnings.com/2009/06/09/matt-hobgood-video-2/
Second Round:Mychal Givens is a natural athlete who is still developing as a player. He is a two way prospect who can play SS and pitch. In 2008, he won the Aflac National High School Player of the Year Award and 2008 Jackie Robinson award as the top junior baseball player in the US. He won the award over higher drafted players Donavan Tate and Tyler Matzek. He has a sidearm deliver that has reached 97/98 MPH. The Orioles will have to decide if he is their SS of the future or another arm to add to the core of young pitchers. With that type of velocity my hunch is Andy McPhail will keep him on the mound.
Third Round: Tyler Townsend a college first baseman who has a sweet swing. He hit was named an All American by Collegiate Baseball and by Louisville Slugger after hitting .426 with 24 HR and 77 RBI. Another sharped eyed left handed hitter for Camden Yds. I couldn’t find any videos or links for him but I’ll keep looking.