so who is home watching the draft?

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Darren came around to our school today--kicking myself for forgetting to get a photo with him. The guidance counselor brought him around to my class, so the kids got to ask him a few questions, I got to remind him how I was constantly telling him to turn around in class (something he seemed to have curiously little nostalgia for), and he signed the team photo I still have on my bulletin board from the championship year.

I'm curious about what he might have signed for. I looked at a tracking list for the first 10 rounds last year. The 315th guy got $150,000 as the locked-in amount. Darren was picked 655th, so I'm guessing in the $75,000-100,000 range? Mookieproof?

clemenza, Monday, 15 June 2015 21:12 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Finally got around to doing some research into 22nd-round picks (in connection to Darren's chances of eventually making it to the majors). Best player out of 1,194 22nd-round picks ever to make the majors: John Smoltz. Worst: 1,102-way tie between those who didn't.

clemenza, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 20:53 (four years ago) link

whoa i didn't even know tripod still existed

signing bonuses remain ~mysterious~ to me. after the 10th round, anything over $100k counts against the bonus pool, so barring unusual circumstances -- like a long shot at getting someone to turn down a chance to play QB at LSU or something -- his bonus would be under that.

bonuses vary wildly, tho. insofar as anyone actually has leverage against a monopoly, high school kids can always decide to go to college university and wait three years -- or go to a junior college and wait one year. (no idea why the distinction.) most college players go pro after their third year, when they still have the option of staying in school and hoping next year's offer might be better. mark appel blew off the pirates' offer at #8 overall as a junior and became the top overall pick the following year. brady aiken spurned the astros' offer at #1 and blew out his elbow.

the most famous current 22nd-rounder i know is cody decker, who has carved out a nice quad-a career while also making himself an internet personality. he claims to have gotten a $600 signing bonus, but he was a fourth-year college player; it was pretty much take it or quit baseball.

based on his twitter it appears that darren signed with the reds? (still a jays fan tho!) he hasn't appeared in any 'real' games yet, and it remains unclear whether he's to pitch or hit, but he's also unusually young. having an offer from a reputable baseball junior college would suggest that his bonus was rather better than cody decker's tho.

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 August 2015 01:17 (four years ago) link

in any case, he'd be well advised to hoard whatever bonus he got, because even if he does well, his pay will not reach subsistence level for several years.

there are lawsuits in progress regarding minor league pay, but minor leaguers have no union and the MLB players union has proven very adept at pulling up the ladder.

there will also probably be some change to the draft system at some point. the draft currently only covers players from canada/usa/puerto rico and there are weird rules about the rest of the world, especially cuba. cespedes signing a big deal is one thing; he was major-league ready. yoan moncada signing a big deal as a 20-year-old while everyone else is figured into a rigid slot system is quite another. MLB would obviously like to have a worldwide draft, but everyone else would rather make all players free agents.

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 August 2015 01:32 (four years ago) link

I was amazed when I looked up what minor-leaguers were getting--the source I looked at said about $12-13 hundred a month, and $25 meal money a day (that can't be right). With the MLB minimum at $509,000 right now, getting your first call-up really is like winning the lottery.

Darren signed with the Reds, yes--as a pitcher. I think he's finished high school, but I'm not sure (and too lazy at the moment to go see what year I taught him).

The only two sites left on Tripod are me and a Spice Girls fan page.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 August 2015 02:57 (four years ago) link

should merge.

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 13 August 2015 03:04 (four years ago) link

about $12-13 hundred a month, and $25 meal money a day (that can't be right)

it's more when you reach double- or triple-a, but yeah. (MiLB home run king mike hessman probably makes a couple hundred grand? better than an office job + fun, but hardly extraordinary for a guy whose spent 20 years in a sport dripping with money.)

and yeah getting a callup is enormous for these guys, and i will be pissed if the tigers/padres, having nothing else to lose, fail to call up hessman and decker this september

mookieproof, Thursday, 13 August 2015 03:22 (four years ago) link

nine months pass...

still no

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 June 2016 20:20 (four years ago) link


― Leee, Thursday, June 7, 2007 6:53 PM (9 years ago

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 June 2016 20:21 (four years ago) link

lol amazing

sox drafted some project high schooler from new jersey with a purportedly mean-ass curveball so what i'm saying is they drafted mike trout 2.0, obviously

if young slothrop don't trust ya i'm gon' rhyme ya (slothroprhymes), Friday, 10 June 2016 02:25 (four years ago) link

9 (283): @Royals select Stetson U RHP Walker Sheller.… #MLBDraft

mookieproof, Friday, 10 June 2016 22:12 (four years ago) link

4th (No. 115) - @Tigers select @UofLBaseball RHP Kyle Funkhouser. No. 58 on Top 200:

Andy K, Friday, 10 June 2016 22:34 (four years ago) link

the ol' funker

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 June 2016 00:12 (four years ago) link

"Overpowered by Funk" has gotta fit into his life somehow -- walkup music, post-strikeout stab on the PA, something.

pleas to Nietzsche (WilliamC), Saturday, 11 June 2016 00:33 (four years ago) link

33 (979): @Braves select Northwest Florida State C Handsome Monica.!ft=team&fv=atl … #MLBDraft

there it is

mookieproof, Saturday, 11 June 2016 21:11 (four years ago) link


johnny crunch, Saturday, 11 June 2016 21:41 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

from 2011 by rany j, sad lol

In the 2011 draft, we had the rare circumstance where two highly-touted high school players, drafted close together, were widely separated by date of birth. With the #5 overall pick, the Kansas City Royals took the first high school hitter in the draft, world-class tools goof Bubba Starling. Three picks later, the Cleveland Indians took the second high school hitter off the board, Florida shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Dozens of articles were written on Starling and Lindor leading up to the draft, but to the best of my knowledge, not one of them made mention of this simple fact: while Starling was born on August 3, 1992 (he actually turned 19 before the signing deadline), Lindor was born on November 14—November 14, 1993. Lindor is more than 15 months younger than Starling and will be younger at the end of next season than Starling was on the day he was drafted.

There are many reasons to think that Starling, despite his advanced age, will meet the formidable expectations placed on him. And speaking as a Royals fan, I hope he does. But if these numbers are even close to being correct, the younger player should have been drafted first. It wouldn’t be the first time.

mookieproof, Monday, 12 June 2017 21:11 (three years ago) link

The Reds have selected shortstop Jeter Downs.

Andy K, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:46 (three years ago) link

third overall pick MacKenzie Gore has a leg kick

mookieproof, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 19:12 (three years ago) link

in the 22nd round the new york yankees select, out of seattle university, RHP Janson Junk

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:42 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...


mookieproof, Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:25 (three years ago) link

Hey, David Clyde. Still remember the Sports Illustrated account of his debut--thought for sure he was on the cover, but no, George Allen.

Looked up the
boxscore of that first start. I remembered that he'd only given up the one hit (5 IP), had forgotten the seven walks and eight strikeouts. He walked Carew all three times. No pitch counts then, but the SI article has him down for 112. Run Luciano behind the plate.

clemenza, Thursday, 13 July 2017 19:55 (three years ago) link

all the Mets names make me shiver still, except Sidd Finch

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 July 2017 20:05 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...

In the 32nd round the #Yankees select shortstop Sincere Smith out of East Bladen HS.

— StatenIslandYankees (@SIYanks) June 6, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 21:11 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

anyone have thoughts about the draft tonight? looks like there's consensus on the top three picks and than anyone's guess after that.

i've been reading about the Jays likely pick at #11 and Jackson Rutledge seems to be the favourite (as far as these things go). sounds like another Nate Pearson, which is pretty exciting. but then i went and read about how the Jay's other top picks have gone and I got sad. again.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 3 June 2019 16:20 (one year ago) link

setting records for selecting college players over high schoolers

mookieproof, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 18:19 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

The only two players in the first 10 rounds who failed to sign pro contracts were Rangers seventh-rounder Brandon Sproat and Cubs ninth-rounder Wyatt Hendrie. A right-hander from Pace (Fla.) High, Sproat is committed to Florida. Hendrie, a catcher from Antelope Valley (Calif.) JC, would play at San Diego State next spring.

mookieproof, Friday, 12 July 2019 21:16 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

ya, the fuck else am i going to do this evening

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:03 (one month ago) link

Gotta say I’m pretty pumped Austin Martin fell to the Jays!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 11 June 2020 00:35 (one month ago) link

really missing sports, huh

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 June 2020 00:47 (one month ago) link

Who on earth is Heston Kjerstad????

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 11 June 2020 00:56 (one month ago) link

really like Milwaukee's pick

frogbs, Thursday, 11 June 2020 02:54 (one month ago) link

Yes I miss sports, I watched fucking marble racing with a friend a few days ago!

FRAUDULENT STEAKS (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 11 June 2020 03:24 (one month ago) link

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