Yeah, okay. I've got to stop paying attention to the draft and pay more attention to work.
If you were stuck in meetings during the first few rounds, here's what's up:
- The Mariners selected Brandon Morrow at #5, which is sort of what people figured would happen, though most figured it would happen because Miller would be gone
- Luke Hochevar went #1 overall to the Royals (btw, pronounced HO-chay-vur according to that article; within the space of a minute three people pronounced it three completely separate ways)
- Dave Cameron is sad that the Tigers got Andrew Miller at #6
- UW funky pitcher Tim Lincecum goes to the Giants at #10 overall
- After the Pirates passed on him, the Phillies took Kyle Drabek at #18.
- Preston Mattingly, Donnie Baseball's son, went at #31 overall to the Dodgers.
- The Mariners took RHP Chris Tillman with second-round pick #49, LHP Anthony Butler with third-round pick #81, and RHP Enrique Orta with fourth-round pick #111.
More on Morrow:
- Conor Glassey interview with Brandon Morrow
- mlb.com article on Brandon Morrow
- Baseball Prospectus interview with Brandon Morrow
- Brandon Morrow player page for the Cal Bears
I have just a few brief thoughts:
It bugs me that the draft doesn't get the best players to the teams that need it the most due to the whole signability and money issue. I realize that first-round picks expect a decent signing bonus, but if the Royals seriously couldn't afford Andrew Miller, I see that as a problem.
Second, Brandon Morrow actually seemed pretty intriguing to me when I read Conor's interview with him a while back, and I'm not really that unhappy with the pick. He sounds like a pretty nice guy, and I don't see his diabetes as an issue; as it's been pointed out, Jason Johnson, currently of the Indians, is also a diabetic and has been pitching in the majors since 1997. So, let's hope this works out, and I look forward to trekking up to Everett to see these guys in a few weeks like I did for Jeff Clement last year.