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2nd round pick - Mychel Givens - SS - HS

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Chris Smith baby.

Na, I actually like Givens. Was hoping for a hitter here though.

Freaking Mariners took Poythress.

I would bet he would have been our pick...

Givens is interesting. Haven't heard much about him.

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The 2009 Major League Baseball first-year player draft takes place today through Thursday, and the Plant High standout is expected to be the first local player selected. A shortstop and right-handed pitcher, Givens is rated the nation's No. 46 prospect by Baseball America, so there's a good chance he will be taken among today's first three rounds.
Baseball ended up taking Givens around the country - and even outside the U.S. borders. He has participated on the U.S. youth and junior national teams, playing tournaments in Venezuela and Mexico. Last summer, he played in national high school all-star events at Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field. And the benefits have been enormous.

In addition to opening the doors for lasting friendships with other players, Givens has garnered top-rate exposure. He has also earned numerous accolades and awards, from gold and bronze medals playing for the U.S. squads to the 2008 Jackie Robinson Award, which is given annually to the nation's top rising senior high school baseball player.

Plant coach Dennis Braun said some scouts see Givens as an everyday shortstop, while others like him as a pitcher who throws a low-to-mid-90s fastball. And that has presented somewhat of a conundrum regarding Givens heading into the draft.
There's no question Givens will continue playing baseball. If things don't transpire as he hopes with the draft, he has signed a baseball scholarship with Oklahoma State. Givens said last week he doesn't have a preference whether his next stop is at the college or professional level, and that he's prepared to wait to see how the draft unfolds before making a determination.


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