Traveling scouts and employees in baseball operations spend millions of dollars each year on scouting and signing players from the annual First Year Player Draft. I spend thousands of hours each year (used to be like a like a second job) and hundreds of dollars for the personal satisfaction of becoming the local baseball expert everywhere I go.
I made the first ten picks for my hometown Twins. The Twins got an extra pick in round four for the loss of free agent Jacque Jones. Here are the results for my draft. Since I had no direct knowledge of high school signability, I drafted nine college players and one high school player. In real life, I would more 50-50 in the first ten rounds. This year I would have actually been more high school in rounds 1-10, then heavy college in rounds 11-20. If everyone in the first ten rounds signs, there are some total steals live HS OF’s Devin Shephard, Jared Mithcell, and Riley Cooper just to name a few
Regarding the first pick, the Twins brought Chris Parmelee to Minnesota and he wowed them with multiple upper deck home runs. With that knowledge, he would have been my first pick as well. This was a great draft to get one of the top high school hitters in the first round. But instead with my first pick, I chose the best and most advanced high school lefty in the country.
- Brett Anderson LHP High School
- Wes Hodges 3B Georgia Tech
- Mark Melancon RHP U of Arizona
- Harold Mozingo RHP Va. Commonwealth Shane Robinson OF Florida State
- Luke Gorsett OF Nebraska
- Andy D’Alessio 1B Clemson
- Tim Norton RHP UConn
- Christian Vitters SS Fresno State
- Keoni Ruth 2B San Diego
If you follow the draft, let me know how you think your team did.