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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MLB.com: Five amateur players to attend 2012 First-Year Player Draft

Five amateur players are scheduled to attend Major League Baseball’s 2012 First-Year Player Draft, which will be held on Monday, June 4th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey. The players, including Gavin Cecchini, Carlos Correa, Clint Coulter, Courtney Hawkins and Andrew Heaney, will represent the largest group of amateur players to attend a single First-Year Player Draft. The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

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   1. asinwreck Posted: May 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM (#4143857)
Have teams tipped off MLB as to who the first 2-3 picks will be? Because this seems like a very volatile draft year and these guys might sit for a while...unless deals are already in place.
   2. Dan Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:08 AM (#4143886)
Was going to ask if Cecchini's the brother of the guy in the Red Sox system, and the article actually mentions it. Didn't realize his brother was a top draft prospect this year.
   3. MM1f Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:54 AM (#4143902)
Have teams tipped off MLB as to who the first 2-3 picks will be? Because this seems like a very volatile draft year and these guys might sit for a while...unless deals are already in place.


Correa, Cecchini, Hawkins and Heaney are, according to BA, sure-fire first rounders if they are signable. So, their invitations seem like smart moves without any MLB TV shenanigans.

The question-mark guy here is Coulter, he is ranked #48 on BA's pre-draft rankings. So, why was in invited? Did BA underrank him and the industry is sure he will go in the first round on talent or does MLB TV know he will go in the first round because he has agreed to an under-slot pre-draft deal with someone?

At any rate, it is underwhelming to have draft event where the top few picks will not be in attendence. It is anticlimatic to announce several picks as the #1, #2 and #3 overall picks in the draft and not be able to introduce a guy in person til the #5 pick or so (Correa).

I also wonder why Duke's Marcus Stroman is not there. One obstacle the MLB draft faces as far as getting elite picks to attend their draft show is that baseball's elite college talent often can not attend because their playoffs are occurring the same week as the draft. So, you have to look for the rare elite college talent from a team not good enough to go to the post season, like Andrew Heaney this year. But Stroman's team won't be in the postseason, and Stroman will easily be an early first round pick, so why isn't he here? Arizona State's Deven Marrero is in the same category. Now, maybe these guys turned down the invite, but I hope baseball at least invited several elite guys with nothing better to do next week
   4. God Posted: May 31, 2012 at 07:32 AM (#4143934)
Keep in mind that these guys all have to pay their own way there unless they want to lose their college eligibility and with it any negotiating leverage they might have.
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 31, 2012 at 08:16 AM (#4143950)
Was going to ask if Cecchini's the brother of the guy in the Red Sox system, and the article actually mentions it. Didn't realize his brother was a top draft prospect this year.


The brothers are Gavin and Garin? A little creativity can be your friend people!
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4143975)
Have teams tipped off MLB as to who the first 2-3 picks will be? Because this seems like a very volatile draft year and these guys might sit for a while...unless deals are already in place.


The first year they did this on TV, they had Mike Trout in studio IIRC, and he didn't get picked til like 20 or so.
   7. philly Posted: May 31, 2012 at 09:12 AM (#4143983)
The question-mark guy here is Coulter, he is ranked #48 on BA's pre-draft rankings. So, why was in invited? Did BA underrank him and the industry is sure he will go in the first round on talent or does MLB TV know he will go in the first round because he has agreed to an under-slot pre-draft deal with someone?


Just read Goldstein's Top 30 over at BP and he has Coulter at #29. Expected value is pretty flat from the late 20s to the 40s in general. They're televising through the supplemental round so he'll probably get picked, but there's a chance he won't. It only takes on team to beleive.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: May 31, 2012 at 09:16 AM (#4143985)
The first year they did this on TV, they had Mike Trout in studio IIRC, and he didn't get picked til like 20 or so.


I think Trout was there because he lived within driving distance of the studio. Not many first round picks are from the area.
   9. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: May 31, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4143986)
I can't wait for the MLB Network prime time special announcing each team's schedule for the following season!

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