Live Draft Coverage

Dave · June 7, 2007 at 10:53 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Okay, here’s a new thread for real time reactions to the draft picks. We have a few requests.

Please do not hit refresh constantly in order to find out who got picked. The server can’t handle it. MLB.com and Baseball America both have draft trackers that will update as the picks get made. Hit refresh on those bandwidth monsters.

Also, please realize that the server is taxed the most when everyone rushes to comment all at once. When 300 people all try to add their light to the growing firmament of discussion while 20,000 others are hitting refresh, we go offline. So, if you’re going to add a comment, have it be meaningful. Try to refrain from posting things like “WHAT?” or “YAY!”. They don’t really add to the discussion, and there’s a good chance you’ll help nuke the blog.

Edit: Comments have been turned off. Seriously, stop hitting refresh. I’ll provide commentary on the M’s pick in the post, turn comments back on afterwards.

So far, this has gone about as well as the M’s could have hoped – with Aumont and Dominguez both available, the M’s college arm fetish is going to be tested.

Hallelujah – Welcome to Seattle, Philippe Aumont. I’ve said for a week now that he was the guy I wanted. For the first time in years, the Mariners take the guy I like. Yipee!

Okay, comments are back on. Aumont now has his own post above.

Comments

95 Responses to “Live Draft Coverage”

  1. phil333 on June 7th, 2007 11:00 am

    Also if you happen to be home today, or your work has tvs or something, don’t foget the draft is on ESPN2. So you don’t even need to keep hitting refresh here or MLB.com, just turn on the tv :)

  2. Mr. Egaas on June 7th, 2007 11:02 am

    Is the draft starting to get more recognition? was it even on ESPN2 last year?

  3. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:03 am

    WHAT? YAY!

    2: First year on tv.

  4. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:05 am

    The ESPN2 feed is streaming on MLB.com unless it cuts off in a few minutes.

  5. tait644 on June 7th, 2007 11:06 am

    I’m preparing for inevitable disappointment…

  6. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:08 am

    Just root for Matt Dominguez to fall to #11. That’s the most likely way this could turn out well.

  7. Goob on June 7th, 2007 11:08 am

    I love how there’s a huge echo in the seemingly giant warehouse where the draft is being held. Maybe what makes the NFL draft so much fun to watch is all the screaming Jets fans in the background. :)

    That said, I’m thrilled MLB is finally opening up the draft like this and showing it live on TV. May this trend continue.

  8. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 11:13 am

    The Devil Rays have been “on the clock” since roughly July 2006. How come they haven’t made their pick yet?

  9. Gerald on June 7th, 2007 11:13 am

    In the past, they’d already be at like 23 by now.

  10. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:13 am

    Well here’s the cheering.

  11. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:15 am

    That Phillies ad was just horrible.

    Will teams be encouraged to take more time to pad it for advertisers?

  12. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:15 am

    I love how they put Tampa Bay on the clock and then go to a commercial break.

  13. Sports on a Schtick on June 7th, 2007 11:15 am

    That DRAFT 2007 logo on the podium looks really ordinary. Of course that makes it a million times better than the London 2012 Olympics logo.

    I’m surprised people didn’t boo Selig. This is a player draft! The commissioner always gets booed!

  14. Gerald on June 7th, 2007 11:16 am

    They have to take the 5 minutes so ESPN can do their oh-so-meaningful analysis and stupid interviews.

  15. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:17 am

    Yes, each pick will take five minutes so that ESPN can fill as much ad space as possible. The M’s probably won’t pick until about 12:15 or so.

  16. dw on June 7th, 2007 11:18 am

    The Draft 2007 logo looks like the Aussie Footie League logo.

    The Jays commercial with Overbay, that was funny.

  17. Goob on June 7th, 2007 11:19 am

    Wow, David Price looks absolutely thrilled to be drafted by Tampa…

  18. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:20 am

    Just think, if the draft weren’t televised, we wouldn’t have seen this enlightening interview.

  19. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 11:22 am

    You know why this won’t work as a TV show? You can’t trade picks in MLB. That’s what adds some drama to the NFL draft…you never know when a blockbuster deal will come down to let someone move up or down in the draft.

  20. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:22 am

    So Price was drafted because he’s affordable? I guess the Price was right then…

  21. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:23 am

    19 – I agree with you, and I will also add I don’t think the ESPN MLB analysts will trash a team for their pick like the NFL analysts do.

  22. Mr. Egaas on June 7th, 2007 11:24 am

    Moustakas is a bit of a surprise, no?

  23. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:24 am

    yes

  24. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:25 am

    There’s been one televised pick in MLB Draft history and you’re already explaining why it’s a failure. Awesome.

    25 years ago, MLB would release an alphabetical list of players drafted a week after the draft ended, with no hint as to who was picked when. I think this is better.

  25. Max Power on June 7th, 2007 11:26 am

    Dave – would be great if you could post the pick & your 2 cents if possible.

  26. MedicineHat on June 7th, 2007 11:26 am

    22: If you read the previous thread by Dave and the “afternoon update” he gave, Moustakas was not a surprise at all, actually.

  27. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:27 am

    No, we’ve known Moustakas was going to KC for about 5 hours. It’s reported in the thread below this.

  28. Mr. Egaas on June 7th, 2007 11:27 am

    I think with salaries inflating there’s more and more interest in what prospects are coming up for teams, and this is definitely the premiere opportunity for teams to add talent to the system. I think it’s a great thing that’s it’s televised and seen as more of an event.

  29. msb on June 7th, 2007 11:27 am

    you know, AB’s look at the end of the doubleplay twins ad really makes it work.

  30. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 11:28 am

    But people with your level of interest represent what, a tenth of a percent of all baseball fans? Here’s another reason: people know college football players. They’ve mostly never heard of the high school and college players going into the MLB draft.

  31. hub on June 7th, 2007 11:29 am

    I believe the MLB draft will work on TV long-term. That is, if they don’t try to turn it into a 12-hour event. Nice and short (no longer than a typical MLB game) and it can be a solid program that we all look forward to every June.

  32. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 11:30 am

    Oh….one more thing. It’s feakin’ THURSDAY! If they don’t move this thing to a weekend they won’t have any viewers.

  33. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:30 am

    It’s going as per the below post. Not looking good for the M’s.

    The KC ad they showed in the last break was just depressing. It’s hard to pretend that that team is exciting.

  34. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:30 am

    As expected, Vitters goes #3 to the Cubs. The Pirates should take Detwiler, but they’ve done so horribly with college arms in the past 5 years, they might go another direction.

  35. MedicineHat on June 7th, 2007 11:31 am

    31: Also, it needs to be on an evening or weekend telecast, IMO in order to achieve long term success.

  36. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:31 am

    How far does anyone think Wieters drops?

  37. hub on June 7th, 2007 11:32 am

    Re #30: “They’ve mostly never heard of the high school and college players going into the MLB draft.”

    Which is precisely WHY the televised MLB draft is good. So the average fan can learn a bit of insight into the player(s) their team is calling ‘The Future’.

  38. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:32 am

    If you want something to root for, hope that Matt Wieters goes in one of the next three spots. All three teams could potentially draft him, which would likely push Aumont or Dominguez down to the M’s at #11.

  39. pygmalion on June 7th, 2007 11:33 am

    My guess is that you could make the MLB draft a successful television event if the analysts gave viewers some idea of who was who, and who needed what, beyond what the typical fan can find in the newspapers (which isn’t that hard to do). Also, 31′s suggestion to make it short seems like a real good idea. And trading draft picks just seems like a real good idea, although perhaps there are all sorts of well-thought out reasons against it that I’ve never thought of. It would be interesting to see how long it would take the Yankees to trade away all of their draft picks for “proven veterans”.

  40. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:34 am

    37 – Especially for Mariners fans to understand just how bleak the future really is with the M’s FO ability to construct teams…

  41. Dylan on June 7th, 2007 11:35 am

    Nice. No chances Moskos drops to us then.

  42. MedicineHat on June 7th, 2007 11:35 am

    So far going exactly as MLB.com’s projections had it:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070607&content_id=2011187&vkey=draft2007&fext=.jsp

    If it stays true, Philip Aumont should be next

  43. StinkyCheese on June 7th, 2007 11:35 am

    Wow, that seems a little high for Moskos, I guess the M’s wont get him. Lets hope Schmidt goes next!

  44. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 11:36 am

    37: Which I agree is a good thing, but you’ll never get rich trying to enlighten people about anything in this country. At least not on TV. That’s why we hear more about Paris Hilton than Darfur.

    I’m not saying I don’t WANT the MLB draft on TV…just that it’s not going to get ratings anywhere near the NFL due to the lack of trades, players most fans didn’t obsessively follow during their college careers, and a weekday, mid-day time slot.

  45. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:36 am

    Whew…one college reliever down

  46. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:36 am

    This is why the Pirates are the worst orgnaization in baseball. Moskos at #4 is ridiculous, especially ahead of Detwiler.

  47. Evan on June 7th, 2007 11:37 am

    44 – That’s why it’s on a weekday. No one wants to broadcast this on a weekend if it’s not going to draw viewers.

  48. Matthew Carruth on June 7th, 2007 11:37 am

    42. I don’t care how accurate it is so far, that Doolittle projection is retarded.

  49. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:37 am

    Detwiler to Baltimore is almost a mortal lock. The Nationals pick is totally up in the air, but at this point, I’m betting the M’s get a shot at Dominguez.

  50. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:39 am

    42 – then the M’s take…Sean Doolittle…wtf, with Beaven, DOminguez, Bumgarner, Porcello all on the board still. That’s gotta be a joke.

  51. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:39 am

    The M’s aren’t taking Doolittle at #11.

  52. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 11:40 am

    47…and since it’s on a weekday their prophecy will be fulfilled. Hopefully there’ll be enough viewers to make them reconsider next year.

  53. dw on June 7th, 2007 11:40 am

    Almost a mortal lock.

  54. carcinogen on June 7th, 2007 11:40 am

    Dave…looks like Wieters was the “mortal lock.”

    Interesting stuff so far.

  55. msb on June 7th, 2007 11:41 am

    aw, Brian Fuentes has his own commercial.

    woohoo, Weiters is off the board

  56. StinkyCheese on June 7th, 2007 11:41 am

    Nice pick by the O’s, very ballsy. They got the best player in the draft (IMO)

  57. MedicineHat on June 7th, 2007 11:41 am

    Hey – all I said was it was right so far…lol. I didn’t write it! Besides, they missed that one at #5.

  58. wsm on June 7th, 2007 11:42 am

    The Mariners have probably already drafted. The problem with this TV format is that Bud is hoarding the announcements for the full 5 minutes behind the screen. If we didn’t have to sit through all this nonsense we’d know who our guy is by now.

  59. robbbbbb on June 7th, 2007 11:42 am

    Almost a mortal lock, but not quite. First surprise of the round.

    We can always count on Peter Angelos to do something to piss off Bud Selig. There’s no love lost there, IIRC.

  60. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:42 am

    Tremendous. That’s about the best break the M’s could have hoped for.

    With both Pittsburgh and Baltimore passing on Detwiler, it’s possible that he slides down to #11 – the M’s had heard that his agent was asking for big bucks, and they were hoping it would scare off teams at the top of the draft.

    This is a potential best case scenario in the making.

  61. Evan on June 7th, 2007 11:42 am

    Wieters will be expensive – I really thought he’d go to Washington, not Baltimore.

  62. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:42 am

    Yes, Wieters gone…Also Doolittle not even ranked in the top 200 prospects in BA, awesome, how in the hell did MLB find that guy.

  63. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:43 am

    Take that back, found Doolittle…

  64. msb on June 7th, 2007 11:43 am

    I love the notion of Steve Phillips discussing negotiating with Boras.

  65. StinkyCheese on June 7th, 2007 11:44 am

    If Aumont falls the the M’s we MUST take him!

  66. Mr. Egaas on June 7th, 2007 11:44 am

    Yes, Wieters gone…Also Doolittle not even ranked in the top 200 prospects in BA, awesome, how in the hell did MLB find that guy.

    Yeah, I expected the reasoning writeup to be something like: “Given the organizational follies throughout the last several years, this is only the next logical step.”

  67. DKCecil on June 7th, 2007 11:45 am

    And of course, Detweiler goes with the next pick.

  68. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:46 am

    Well, that dream was crushed quickly. Now we just hope for Aumont or Dominguez to get to #11.

  69. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:47 am

    No, that stupid MLB draft got it right at 6, NOOOOOO…I don’t want Sean Does-little.

  70. ConorGlassey on June 7th, 2007 11:47 am

    Mr. Egaas – Doolittle is actually ranked #91 by BA.

  71. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:48 am

    Excellent Detweiler, already knows how to lie to the media…”Yes I’m excited to got to the Nationals and lose for the next 200,000 years”

  72. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:48 am

    A pro strength and conditioning person to put on bulk? That just sounds bad…

  73. lokiforever on June 7th, 2007 11:48 am

    Dave – But won’t Detwiler ask for above slot fees? The M’s refuse to do this. COuldn’t this be Andrew Miller all over again>

  74. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:49 am

    70 – That’s much better

  75. frenchonion on June 7th, 2007 11:50 am

    -39

    The Yankees *do* trade their draft picks all the time for “proven veterans”…it’s called free agent compensation.

  76. ConorGlassey on June 7th, 2007 11:51 am

    Now – THAT’S what the M’s needed! Thank you Brewers!!!!!

  77. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:51 am

    Wow…Laporta that early

  78. StinkyCheese on June 7th, 2007 11:51 am

    La Porta, now thats a suprise!

    Aumount falling, get M’s!

  79. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:52 am

    Holy crap. Matt LaPorta? He can’t play the field and the Brewers don’t have a DH. Plus, they have this guy named Prince Fielder.

    That’s a shocking pick.

  80. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:52 am

    My pipe dream wish…the M’s select with the 11th pick Jarrod Parker…but that’s gonna be crushed.

  81. jamesllegade on June 7th, 2007 11:53 am

    So I have hit refresh about 5 times and am now posting a fairly worthless post (though I did not say Yay or Boo)…

    How is the site holding up??? are we about to go dark or will we not know that until the M’s pick and the place goes apesh!t?

  82. tait644 on June 7th, 2007 11:53 am

    If Aumont gets past Colorado, we have a great shot.

  83. huhwhat on June 7th, 2007 11:54 am

    79 – Maybe the Brewers feel sorry for the M’s and plan to trade Fielder to them for Weaver, but then again maybe pigs really do fly.

  84. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:54 am

    I’m pretty close to shutting off comments. Seriously guys, be kind to the server.

  85. zzyzx on June 7th, 2007 11:55 am

    Wow, ESPN is killing the Brewers on this.

  86. DKCecil on June 7th, 2007 11:57 am

    This draft is breaking almost too perfectly so far.

  87. Dave on June 7th, 2007 11:58 am

    This has played out about as well as the Mariners could have possibly hoped.

  88. L. Jacob on June 7th, 2007 11:58 am

    Thank heavens. Weathers and Moskos are gone. It’s an embarassment of riches for the M’s, with Parker, Aumont, and Dominguez as possibilities. Somebody please take Schmidt.

  89. StinkyCheese on June 7th, 2007 11:58 am

    Waethers gone now!!!

    Come on Aumount~!

  90. hub on June 7th, 2007 12:29 pm

    Always a bit early (and a crapshoot), but is there an early estimated timetable of progression for Aumont? Will it be 2010-12 before we see this kid in the bigs? Or a bit sooner?

  91. shortbus on June 7th, 2007 2:38 pm

    Hey our pick is coming up soon…I see that Doolittle went 41 to the (frackin’) A’s.

  92. Evan on June 7th, 2007 2:40 pm

    Doolittle to the A’s?

    That blows my theory that he’ll suck. He’ll probably be amazing.

  93. Ben Ramm on June 7th, 2007 3:41 pm

    #75 is Denny, not DANNY, Almonte:

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=7

  94. Mike G. on June 7th, 2007 4:58 pm

    Scouting report isn’t to kind to our 5th round pick. Although it appears it’s based on watching one start.

  95. joser on June 7th, 2007 6:30 pm

    The MLB Draft doesn’t have to be better than the NFL draft to make it as a telecast. It doesn’t even have to be as good. It just has to be better than whatever ESPN would normally broadcast in the middle of a June Thursday. It may not have a huge reach, but it’s going to attract a very dedicated and passionate demographic, and well-defined demographics are something advertisers like (not as much as huge shalllow demos, but still). Which is why they probably feel no pressure to move it to a weekend where it would have to deliver higher ratings. I mean, what else would they have on today? Yet another Around the Horn? A PTI re-run? World Championship Paintball?

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