M’s Come to Terms with Walker, Ten Others
Divish on the Twitter, pt. 1, pt.2. The second part also notes that Woodinville’s RHP Luke Taylor has spurned his commitment to Hawaii to sign with the hometown team. Considering we’ve poached three players off their incoming class, the Rainbows must really hate us now. A press release also lists RHP Tyler Burgoon (10th), 3B/1B Stefen Romero (12th), LHP Jason Markovitz (13th), RHP Jandy Sena (23rd), C Andrew Giobbi (32nd), OF Ethan Paquette (35th), RHP Joshua Krist (39th), C Billy Marcoe (41st), and RHP Tim Boyce (44th). Marcoe’s been long rumored as being on the way to Everett too. Walker will be at Safeco later today.
That Walker signed at all shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Certain people were concerned that with so much more press on him as a potential D-1 recruit for basketball, he was still more focused on that than baseball these days, despite his own comments in interviews to the contrary. Signing him was probably the easy part. Getting him to learn how to pitch like a natural will be a little trickier.
That brings us to another point, which is that of all the M’s vaunted top four picks, he was probably the easiest sign. Paxton, who’s tied to Boras, may take a little while, but given that he’s without much leverage, has an offer from his “hometown” team, and the track record is not great for indy league draftees, I’d say it gets done. More difficult will probably be Littlewood, who had agreed to play at San Diego, and Stanek, who has the commitment to Arkansas. I see Stanek as maybe being the toughest one. That’s not even touching on later picks like Jordan Shipers, who are wild cards at the moment.
We’re making progress, and still have a lot of work to do before August 15th.