+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 15 of 28
Thread: Baseball America chat
02-11-2008 03:46 PM #1
Baseball America chat
Jim Callis is chatting about the draft right now on BA.com.
I'll look at posting some comments he makes here. Feel free to join in.
First one... Callis mentions some guys he thinks could be sleepers.
As for guys who aren't household names but could jump into the first round, a few are UCLA lefthander Tim Murphy, Alabama high school outfielder Destin Hood and California prep lefty Bill Mooneyham. Also, keep an eye on Fresno State's Tanner Scheppers. He looked great in fall ball after taking the summer off, and if he's for real, I think he'll be the third college pitcher drafted.
02-11-2008 03:51 PM #2
Callis' responce when asked if high school catcher, Kyle Skipworth, would be a possible pick for KC, since they're lacking good catchers.
I think No. 3 (where the Royals pick) is a little rich for Skipworth, but he is the top catcher in the draft and I could see him moving up to the 6-10 range with a good spring.
02-11-2008 03:52 PM #3
Nothing new here, but the best shortstop prospects who will stay at that position:
The top shortstop prospects in both high school (Tim Beckham) and college (Georgia's Gordon Beckham, no relation) both can play shortstop at the next level.
02-11-2008 04:08 PM #4
I agree with Callis, thinking that this won't happen, but it looks like it could just take the Pirates not following through on their word for the O's to be able to grab Alvarez.
Q: Joe from Easton, MD asks:
If the Rays decide to go pitching with the #1 pick, the Pirates refuse to go over slot and pick another ho-hum college pitcher, and the Royals go pitching is it possible that Alvarez could slip to 4 or 5? It seems ridiculous to me given his hitting ability but I could see something strange like that happening.
Jim Callis: Well, I don't think the Pirates are going to refuse to go over slot. I think they would jump on Pedro Alvarez, but I'll play along. The Royals have taken Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas (who looks like a 3B to me), so they could pass on Alvarez for pitching. Alvarez could slip to No. 4--and he'll be advised by Scott Boras as well.
02-11-2008 04:13 PM #5
Hopefully this doesn't influence things too much, since that would mean the O's are looking at more than just talent when making picks, but here's some of the "Boras" guys.
Q: david from maryland asks:
who are the scott boras client for the 2008 mlb draft besides eric hosmer?
A: Jim Callis:
It's still early, and not everyone is locked up. Confirmed Boras advisees include Vanderbilt 3B Pedro Alvarez, Florida HS 1B Eric Hosmer (the best bat in the HS class), California RHP Gerrit Cole and Georgia RHP Joshua Fields.
02-11-2008 04:15 PM #6
Most directly related O's question so far, and a relief to hear:
Q: James from North East, MD asks:
In your opinion, how much influence will Andy McPhail have on Joe Jordan when it comes to who the Orioles pick? McPhail came in last year AFTER the Orioles picked Wieters but BEFORE they signed him, and we know how that almost turned out. Was that a coincidence? After the Townsend draft pick debacle in 2004, Jordan has come in and has done real well. Will McPhail disrupt that?
A: Jim Callis:
I think MacPhail mostly will leave Jordan alone, and I agree that Jordan has done a good job. Remember too that Jordan had to clear the Wieters pick with Peter Angelos, regardless. And the Cubs weren't afraid to go way over slot for guys like Mark Prior and Jeff Samardzija while MacPhail was around.
02-11-2008 04:23 PM #7
Bunch of stuff:
Q: Keith from Lincoln asks:
Matusz or Crow? Why?
Jim Callis: Matusz, just barely. He's a lefthander, he has a deeper repertoire and he's better built for durability.Q: Mike Marinaro from Tampa,FL asks:
Hi Jim. Thanks for taking the time for the chat today. Are there any prep pitchers that are clearly top-of-the-rotation prospects in this draft, similar to Homer Bailey in 2004, Vostad in 2005, Kershaw in 2006, and Jarrod Parker in 2007?
Jim Callis: Missouri HS RHP Tim Melville is the clear No. 1, though I don't think his buzz is quite as great right now as it was for the other guys you've mentioned.
Q: ScottAZ from Phx, AZ asks:
Is Aaron Hicks going to be popped as a Pi or OF? Seems he has tools, but is very raw with the bat. Doesn't seem he it would be a surer thing on the mound with his 97mph heat and maybe the best curve in his class?
Jim Callis: Scouts are torn . . . they really don't know right now. I agree, he'd be a safer bet on the mound with his pure stuff. But if you believe in his bat, you'd probably go that route.
Love getting more info on (esp. good info) on Tim Beckham.
Q: Mike Marinaro from Tampa, FL asks:
B.J. Upton was a pure shortstop in the 2004 draft. Not any more. Brandon Wood was a pure shortstop in 2003, but the Angels have considered moving him third base. In 2004, we had Matt Bush. In 2005, we had Justin Upton, now an outfielder. In 2006, Adrian Cardenas was a top-drafted prep shortstop. He's now a second baseman. Why is it so difficult to make the jump to shortstop in the pros, and what makes scouts believe that Tim Beckham will be any different than these former highly-regarded prep fielders?
Jim Callis: Beckham is a legit athlete with the arm, range and hands to stay at shortstop. A lot of times, a high school shortstop is the best athlete on his team if not a pro shortstop. That was the case with Cardenas. B.J. Upton had the tools to play shortstop, but throwing accuracy became a problem. Wood could play shortstop, but the Angels may have a bigger need at 3B. Bush can definitely play shortstop, but he couldn't hit at all.
02-11-2008 04:29 PM #8Q: Steve from Las Vegas asks:
If you needed a first baseman, and wanted the guy with the higher ceiling, and the guy most likely to reach it, Hosmer or Smoak? andy why?
Jim Callis: Smoak. It's nitpicky--that's the only way to separate top prospects--but Smoak has proven himself at a higher level and he's a switch-hitter.
Q: Louis from Dallas, TX asks:
Is Christian Friedrich the next Barry Zito or the next Rich Hill?
Jim Callis: Rich Hill is the better comp. Friedrich has more fastball than Zito had.
02-11-2008 04:33 PM #9Q: dave from columbia,md. asks:
Which of your consensus top4 picks do you think the Orioles would hope to have slide to them?
Jim Callis: I don't think the Orioles are going to complain about getting Alvarez, Matusz, Crow or Beckham.
Q: David from Colorado Springs, CO asks:
How does Beckham's signability look? Any red flags on that front?
Jim Callis: Nope, no red flags right now.
02-11-2008 04:38 PM #10Plus Member Hall of Fame
- Join Date
- Sep 2003
- New Jersey
Tanner Scheppers sounds familiar. I believe he was out of the 2005 draft. We drafted him - the guy who threw too hard for any catcher on his HS team so he had to dial it back. I wanted that guy signed - or maybe I have the wrong guy.
02-11-2008 04:43 PM #11
02-11-2008 05:00 PM #12
02-11-2008 05:17 PM #13
I don't remember anything about him, throwing too hard for his catchers or anything, but it does look the guy the O's drafted in the 2005 draft. It was the 29th round, so it looks like they knew they wouldn't be able to sign him, but took the chance on him late in the draft.
02-11-2008 05:19 PM #14
02-11-2008 05:44 PM #15Plus Member since Mar 2008 Major Leagues
- Join Date
- Jun 2007
I would love to get a solid prospect at SS, and if you have to decide between the 1bmen, I'd go with the more sure thing. Also, Smoak will be on the same timeline as Weiters meaning he will help us in the near future.
Of course the Miami 1b could be in the picture as well.
I can't wait for the draft. We are getting a top notch player no matter what.