First Round of ’10 Draft, Today
This isn’t nearly as exciting as last year, but I could say that and it could apply to a lot of different things at this point. As you may know, the MLB draft is starting up at 4 pm PDT today, 7 pm EDT, and the teams will make their first and supplemental first round selections and then call it quits until 9 am tomorrow, when they’ll go through round thirty. The Mariners will pick 43rd out of 50 when we get to that point.
After they make that pick, we might have a lot to say about who’s still on the board and where the team might go from here. Until we get there, we’ll have the usual exclamations of “I never expected (player) to go to (team) at (slot)!”, of both the good and bad variety, local product Josh Sale will come off the board, the Yankees and possibly the Red Sox will buy a promising but unpolished prep player out of his college commitment, and the Astros might do something stupid (they’re attached to Sale’s name at the moment, which is decidedly not stupid).
I’ve heard two names attached to the M’s so far, which is surprising given their usually clandestine dealings and how silly it is to project that far out. One of them is another sort of local guy in Langley B.C. catcher Kellin Deglan, who turned eighteen four days ago and I think went to the same high school as former farmhand Tyson Gillies. Deglan hits from the left side and has a good amount of raw power, though given the background, you can emphasize the rawness. He’s also regarded as a guy who’s nearly certain to stay behind the plate, as he has good pop times and his athleticism and arm strength are much praised. Baseball America has mentioned that Deglan worked out with Twins star and fellow Canadian Justin Morneau in the offseason, and his stock is definitely on the rise, but for those of you hoping to uproot Johnson or Moore from behind the plate, he’s more of a long-term option and would almost certainly take a few years to get going.
The other name that has come up a few times in the local and national media is Utah prep shortstop Marcus Littlewood. ESPN’s Keith Law claimed that the M’s were expected to take Littlewood with their first pick, which prompted a write-up from Larry Stone earlier in the week. The exact opinion you’ll get on him will vary depending on who it is you’re talking to. Some say that his stock is on the rise, that he possesses some of the best hands in the draft, that he’s a real gamer and a baseball kid through and through, and that he’ll hit at least fifteen home runs as a pro and is likely to stay at short. Others look at him and see the slow footspeed and less than ideal reactions and see him as a defensive-minded third baseman, without the rocket arm or the power to justify staying on. Any team that picks him up would have to be pretty confident in their ability to either get him to stick it out at short, hit for power, or both.