Yesterday's 2008 MLB Draft aka First Year Players Draft or Rule IV Draft covered six rounds. As expected, Baseball America has the most thorough coverage with sortable databases by team and by round. FWIW, Day One covered the first six rounds, and today's action will cover seven through 50.
Keith Law of Scouts, Inc looks at the Tigers drafting of three college relievers in their first three picks and speculates the team could replace their major league bullpen quickly. He also likes Arizona Diamondback 1st rounder, Daniel Schlereth, to move quickly - not that the D'backs are hurting in the pen.
Here is what the New York Yankees did on the first day of the draft. The player that intrigues me most is second round selection Scott Bittle, a reliever from Ole Miss. In 70.2 relief innings, he struck out 130 hitters. Even more interesting, Bittle lead the SEC in strikeouts with teammate, and supplemental 1st round pick, Lance Lynn finishing second with 110 Ks. I can't help thinking Bittle will be fast-tracked to New York. Those numbers in the best college baseball conference make confident this is the intention.
|1||28||Gerrit Cole||RHP||Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS|
|4||140||Corban Joseph||SS/2B||Franklin (Tenn.) HS|
|5||170||Chris Smith||OF||Centennial HS|
|6||200||Brett Marshall||RHP||Sterling HS|