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Orioles select 30 players on final day of Draft including Bonilla’s son

Posted on 07 June 2014 by WNST Staff

The Baltimore Orioles concluded their work in the 2014 Major League Baseball Entry Draft by selecting 30 additional players Saturday, selecting 38 total for the weekend.

The name that stands out the most from Saturday’s selections is 25th round pick Brandon Bonilla from Grand Canyon University. Bonilla is a left handed pitcher who began his college career at Arizona State and whose father is former O’s slugger Bobby Bonilla. (Of note, the younger Bonilla’s godfather is former MLB slugger and fellow former Sun Devil Barry Bonds-who played with the elder Bonilla for the Pittsburgh Pirates).

A complete list of the Birds’ third day selections can be found below courtesy of MLB.com.

11 331 Means, John West Virginia (WV) LHP L/L JR 6’3″ 225lbs DOB: 04/24/93
12 361 Nootbaar, Nigel USC (CA) RHP R/R JR 6’0″ 180lbs DOB: 03/24/93
13 391 Trowbridge, Matt Central Michigan (MI) LHP L/L JR 5’10” 175lbs DOB: 03/24/93
14 421 Grim, Gerrion Jefferson College (MO) RF R/R J1 6’2″ 190lbs DOB: 09/17/93
15 451 Juvier, Alejandro Doral Academy (FL) 2B L/R HS 6’1″ 180lbs DOB: 01/20/96
16 481 Chleborad, Tanner Washington State (WA) RHP R/R JR 6’5″ 190lbs DOB: 11/04/92
17 511 Cosme, Jean Colegio Sagrada Familia (Puerto Rico) RHP R/R HS 6’2″ 155lbs DOB: 05/24/96
18 541 Grimes, Matthew Georgia Tech (GA) RHP R/R SR 6’6″ 210lbs DOB: 09/04/91
19 571 Seabold, Connor Newport Harbor HS (CA) RHP R/R HS 6’2″ 175lbs DOB: 01/24/96
20 601 Albin, Zach University of Connecticut – Avery Point (CT) RHP R/R J3 6’2″ 195lbs DOB: 06/14/93
21 631 McLeod, John Wake Forest (NC) LHP L/L SR 6’4″ 220lbs DOB: 06/03/92
22 661 Walker, Josh New Mexico (NM) RHP R/R SR 6’2″ 175lbs DOB: 12/18/91
23 691 McGranahan, Zeke Georgia Gwinnett College (GA) RHP R/R 5S 6’4″ 215lbs DOB: 01/03/91
24 721 Long, Lucas University of San Diego (CA) RHP R/R JR 6’0″ 195lbs DOB: 10/07/92
25 751 Bonilla, Brandon Grand Canyon University (AZ) LHP R/L JR 6’4″ 215lbs DOB: 10/21/93
26 781 Burland, Gage East Valley HS (WA) RHP R/R HS 6’2″ 195lbs DOB: 06/27/95
27 811 Pfeiffer, Austin University of Arkansas – Little Rock (AR) SS R/R 5S 6’4″ 225lbs DOB: 05/25/91
28 841 Carter, James Chabot College (CA) RHP R/R J2 6’3″ 185lbs DOB: 03/10/94
29 871 Baker, Patrick Anne Arundel CC (MD) RHP R/R J1 6’3″ 215lbs DOB: 08/15/93
30 901 Burke, Mike University of Buffalo (NY) RHP R/R SR 6’2″ 200lbs DOB: 08/27/92
31 931 Palmer, Riley Southern New Hampshire (NH) 3B L/R SR 6’4″ 215lbs DOB: 11/15/91
32 961 Moquete, Jamill U Massachusetts Boston (MA) RF R/R SR 6’3″ 215lbs DOB: 02/13/92
33 991 Koch, Brandon Temecula Valley HS (CA) RHP R/R HS 6’4″ 210lbs DOB: 12/07/95
34 1021 Pearson, Garrett St John’s College HS (DC) RHP R/R HS 6’6″ 220lbs DOB: 03/21/96
35 1051 Gold, Tad Endicott Col (MA) CF L/L SR 6’1″ 195lbs DOB: 03/01/91
36 1081 Lee, Alexander Radford (VA) 1B R/R SR 6’3″ 205lbs DOB: 01/14/91
37 1111 Hart, Hunter St. Joseph Ogden HS (IL) RHP R/R HS 6’3″ 180lbs DOB: 09/03/95
38 1141 Ghidotti, Keegan Ouachita Baptist University (AR) RHP R/R SR 6’2″ 210lbs DOB: 04/04/92
39 1171 Simpson, Tucker Chipola College (FL) RHP R/R J1 6’5″ 229lbs DOB: 05/12/93
40 1201 Olesczuk, TJ Winthrop (SC) CF R/R JR 6’0″ 195lbs DOB: 02/05/92


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How did Barry Bonds get back in the game?

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

I had to rub my eyes when I saw the headline — “Bonds Returns To Giants” — yesterday.



As in, “welcomed back”?

OK then.

I guess his role in one of the great sports scandals of our lifetime, steroids in baseball, has been brushed under the rug out in San Francisco.

As we’ve seen with WNST’s own media credential saga, Major League Baseball doesn’t run the league when it comes to matters not involving on-field issues.  The teams run the league.  They tell the stuffed suits in MLB what they’re going to do and not do, so it makes sense that Bonds is back in San Francisco as a one-week “roving instructor” and Bud Selig hasn’t and can’t do anything about it.

So, the Giants have carved out a role for Bonds, albeit a brief one, and will allow him to mentor their players in spring training over the next week.

It would appear this move is paving the way for some sort of expanded/full-time role for Bonds, as long as some Giants minor leaguer we’ve never heard of doesn’t hit 55 home runs this year in his rookie campaign with the big league club after a May 23 call-up.

I don’t get it, honestly.

What has Barry Bonds done to deserve any sort of re-establishment with baseball and/or the Giants?

If you want to just make the simple argument that times heals all wounds, I’ll buy that I guess, but “time healing all wounds” and acting as if Bonds didn’t lie to the world and cheat the game of baseball are two different theories.

Perhaps he’s doing this to try and curry favor with Hall of Fame voters who see him in this new role and applaud him for giving back to the game.

Maybe he misses the sport and the friendships and the smell of the grass in the spring.

I guess there’s even a thought this is Bonds’s way of issuing an unofficial mea culpa of sorts for his transgressions of a decade ago.

And maybe, just maybe, the Giants have a soft spot for the guy who brought fame to their uniform but sullied it beyond repair while unseating the game’s all-time home run leader.

I don’t get it.

Then again, baseball has done a lot of things over the years I’ve never understood.

Add this one to the list.


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