It's the first major decision for new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, who was brought in from Cleveland this winter.
No current Georgia player is in the Baseball America top 500, but the Bulldogs could see junior outfielder Keegan McGovern, redshirt junior pitcher Chase Adkins and junior pitcher Andrew Gist - both SEC starters - get selected.
Even Callis seemed to think that the Pirates were unsure what they were going to do with their top picks.
Baseball America notes in their mock draft that the Pirates have also been connected to Michael Mercado, a right handed pitcher from Westview (CA) High School. The unknown comes from what may or may not happen for anxious draft-eligible players and also college coaches and their programs. "That's my favorite tool, I guess you would say, because it's always there and it never leaves you". "I'm different on the field than I am off the field". Everybody's going to be crushed.' And I remember thinking, man, we're going to run towards the roar.
McKay will become the sixth player to be selected out of the WPIAL in the first round of the MLB Draft and if he's selected No. 6 or higher, he'll eclipse Knoch's Scot Thompson as the highest-drafted former WPIAL baseball player.
"I was told that I wasn't allowed to get in the middle of it", he said, smiling. He's upped his game on both sides of the ball this year, tapping into his raw power (he clubbed 17 homers after hitting 10 in his first two seasons) and adding another weapon to his arsenal, a cutter.
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"I think honestly we need the best players possible", said Padres Director of Scouting Mark Conner.
"We feel really good about our recruiting class staying for the most part intact", Stricklin said.
"We felt Royce separated himself from those other guys just a bit, and we feel like he's somebody that we'll build around for the future", Falvey said. In some respects they made Lewis a compromise selection as they sought to stretch their available $14.16 million bonus pool and maximize three picks in the first 37 spots.
The rest of the top five are rounded out by the Cincinnati Reds at No. 2, the San Diego Padres third, the Tampa Bay Rays picking fourth, followed by the Atlanta Braves. McKay plays both ways for Louisville, but the Twins seems to prefer him on the hill. He was a Golden Spikes semifinalist and went 7-4 with a 2.34 ERA with 140 strikeouts compared to just 32 walks. He is just starting to play again after recovery. "That team was a lot of fun to watch, and it showed for sure". Poly Prep high school righty Nick Storz's stock fell after an injury-shortened senior year, and is expected to attend LSU rather than going pro. He's got that "it" factor that a No. 1 pick needs to survive and move forward and have success at the end of the journey. "Anywhere they select me will be a blessing". The allotted bonus pool is a semi-hard cap; if teams go over their pools in the first 10 rounds they are taxed based on the amount.
Additional Torero draft successes during Hill's coaching tenure include having Bryant, a third baseman, and five Torero pitchers now on major league rosters: A.J. Griffin (Texas Rangers, 13th round by Oakland, 2010), Sammy Solis (Washington Nationals, second round, Nationals, 2010), James Pazos (Seattle Mariners, 13th round by New York Yankees, 2012), Dylan Covey (Chicago White Sox, fourth round by Oakland, 2013) and Paul Sewald (New York Mets, 10th round, Mets, 2012).
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