2013 Draft LiveBlog – Day 2

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Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 15:39 Read about the top canuck drafted last night in a great piece by Todd Devlin: www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
Canadian Baseball Network 07/06/2013 15:50 CBN Draft Podcast: Scouting Canadians - We talk to Jamie Lehman, the Blue Jays scout responsible for Canada
Canadian Baseball Network 07/06/2013 16:05 New Podcast: The Final Scouting Report - Allan Simpson, founder of BA and Bob Elliott review the top CDNs in draft 
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:09 And we're back to live action ... shortly.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:10 A year ago they did 1/2 of the remaining rounds on Day II, the rest on Day III
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:10 My guess is Tyler O'Neill (Langley, BC) is the first Canuck to go
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:11 ALLAN SIMPSON -- ROB ZASTRYZNY, lhp, University of Missouri. Zastryzny (pronounced ZAS-tres-ny) qualifies as a Canadian for future international competition because he was born in Edmonton in 1992. But the 6-foot-3, 195-pound southpaw left Canada with his family at an early age, and attended high school in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he went 17-1, 0.20 with 198 strikeouts as a senior. Though he went just 9-24 in three years as Missouri's Friday starter, including 2-9 this spring as a junior as the Tigers struggled in their first year in the rugged Southeastern Conference, Zastryzny caught the attention of scouts with his 82-228 walk-to-strikeout ratio over that period, and a fastball that has steadily climbed from the upper-80s as a freshman to a pitch that now tops out at 94-95 mph with excellent sinking and running life. He effortlessly adds and subtracts from his fastball. Zastryzny's best secondary pitch is a low-80s changeup that has good arm speed; it matches his fastball in terms of life and his ability to spot it low in the strike zone. Zastryzny's third pitch is a curve that is useful in setting up hitters, but not as a swing-and-miss pitch. He throws strikes, but will need to refine his command at the pro level.NATHAN RODE, BASEBALL AMERICA -- Tyler O'Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) ranked 11th best talent available on Day II ... behind 25 (BA's pre-draft rank). Jon Denney, c, Yukon (Okla.) HS34. Connor Jones, rhp, Great Bridge HS, Chesapeake, Va.35. Kyle Serrano, rhp, Farragut (Tenn.) HS37. Bobby Wahl, rhp, Mississippi42. Cord Sandberg, of, Manatee HS, Bradenton, Fla.48. Rowdy Tellez, 1b, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS49. Trey Masek RHP 4YR Texas Tech50. Andrew Mitchell RHP 4YR Texas Christian58. Ryan Boldt OF HS Red Wing (Minn.) HS61. Kent Emanuel LHP 4YR North Carolina63. Tyler O'Neill C Maple Ridge, BC, Langley Blaze GLENN MACDONALD -- Thibideau hoping for MLB callINF Chris Thibideau (Cole Harbour, N.S.) hopes for his phone to ringthechronicleherald.ca JOSH ALDRICH -- Cody Chartrand, Darren Kolk VIBI Mariners hope to be calledChartrand dominated on the mound, while Kolk remains a line-drive machine www.canada.com
BASEBALL AMERICA, scouting report -- Jays second pick sounds like a tough pick.Clinton Hollon [HS, Versailles, Ky. Hollon started throwing in the mid-90s after his sophomore season, establishing himself as a potential first-round pick for 2013. Elbow tendinitis sapped his arm strength toward the end of last summer, but he has bounced back this spring to work at 90-93 mph with a peak of 95. He's athletic and has good arm speed, but the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder also throws with some effort. That costs him command and consistency, though at his best Hollon can display a sharp slider that projects as a plus pitch and a changeup that projects as average. Questions persist about his maturity, which could knock him down to the third round. Though he has committed to Kentucky and may not get selected as early as once expected, teams consider him signable. Opposing scouts say the Jays mandate from is to submit upside college seniors to be drafted between rounds 4-to-10 to pay each $1,000-5,000 in order to save a cash in rounds 1-to-3 to land an impact player.
Canadian Baseball Network 07/06/2013 16:15 Read the archive of Bob Elliott's liveblog for day 1 of the #MLBDraft 
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:15 Top Canadians drafted year by year www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:22 Canuck Ron Totenson (Kelowna, BC) former Jays scout was in on top Canadian selected LHP Rob Zastryzny ... as was former Blue Jays scouting director Tim Wilken, now special assistant to Cubs pres Ricketts and GM Epstein. www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:30 Now, the big question ... will 43. Ron Tostenson move up on our annual Most Influential Canadians in baseball list. He was No. 43 last year .... in strong on both first rounder, outfielder Albert Almora, a Hialeah Gardens, Fla. high school and right-hander Duane Underwoood, a Marietta, Ga. high schooler. Almora was paid $3.2 million while Underwood’s signing bonus was $769,600.The former Blue Jays scout from Kelowna, B.C. cross-checked before the draft, covered Canada, Japan and Latin America. www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
Anon 07/06/2013 16:35 he should move up as he carries an international presence. But more importantly, have Quantrill and Seabrooke bought themselves out of a higher pick with the letters of intent to their respective schools.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:36 Totenson did a go job here and does a good job with the Cubs. Think he was with Sea in between
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:37 Don't think we'll know for sure on Quantrill & Seabrooke until the end of the day ... if you r drafted Sat, most u can get as a bonus is $100,000. Both deserve more of a bonus than that
Nasty Duece 07/06/2013 16:44 I agree Quantrill may deserve more, but Seabrooke did go backwards a bit before the DR trip. Quantrill may have handcuffed teams with Stanford, as they say, if you gotta take a kid heading to so cal, stay away from the Stanford guys.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:45 Seabrooke might have backed up before the Dominican but he was in the helium lane vs. all the best 16 yr old who could be signed July 2 in front of a ton of scouts: 5 IP, 0 R, 7 Ks at the big yard in Santo Domingo
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:46 First game I ever saw there was Licey ... None out, man on third ... Fly ball to RF ... Moises Alou throws the runner out at the plate ... Who comes out of the other dugout to argue? His father Felipa Alou
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:47 Don't recall if Felipe was tossed but I remember guys throwing rum bottles onto field. One guy near me had just bought a new one ... he was so angry he threw the full one on the field and was left with the empty ... he didn't like it when the kid bat boy would not give him his bottle back #switch sections
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:51 My guess is Tyler O'Neill (Langley, BC) is the first Canuck to go. He went to pre-draft private workouts with the Diamondbacks, Mariners, Rangers and the Astros (at the Big A in Anaheim).
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 16:53 LARRY MILLSON, Baseball America -- RHP Phil Bickfrod, Jays No. 1 www.baseballamerica.com
Anon 07/06/2013 17:05 enough for a team to risk him actually going school.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:07 I think teams -- the Jays included who took Kellogg in the 12th -- didn't think Kellogg was signable for worth at $600K ... name the last 5 Canadian freshmen to make 1 bullpen appearance and then go 10-0 with a major program like Arizona State. And Quantrill, according to scouts, is more of a finished product today than Kellogg was a yr ago
Anon 07/06/2013 17:07 What about the watch list guys, any of them creep in as a dark horse today, like Garton a few years back
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:07 Teams seem to like Forcier's speed
Anon 07/06/2013 17:07 thats a waste of good Rhum by the way
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:08 Had it once ... in grade 12 ... never more
anon 07/06/2013 17:11 cant name the last 5 canucks who did that, but are Quantrill and Kellogg really that comparable? One has a vastly greater game management approach. You guess which one.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:12 Comprable by school offer is what I meant, yes most say Quantrill is more advanced
Dturc 07/06/2013 17:20 Thanks for the insight this Blog is great!
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:20 Thanks to you for tuning in ...
Dturc 07/06/2013 17:20 Canadian Players are very under rated.From Baseball Americawww.baseballamerica.comDraft Day Chat With BA EditorsNote: This page will refresh itself automatically every two minutes. Moderator: Baseball America's Conor Glassey, Nathan Rode, John Manuel and others will answer your draft questions beginning at 4 p.m. ET.Dave (Toronto Ontario Canada): Why r the scouts so high on Bickford? What is the difference between Bickford and Cal Quantrill ?Conor Glassey: 97 mph fastballs usually get scouts pretty excited. So, Bickford has more now stuff. That said, I absolutely love Quantrill. He's one of my favorite guys in this year's draft and if someone (most likely the Blue Jays) can pry him away from Stanford, I wouldn't be surprised if he wound up as the better starter long-term.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:21 Don't think Morneau (3rd round), Votto (2nd), Lawrie (1st), Aumont (1st), Thorman (1st) were under rated
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:23 Seattle selects Tyler O'Neill with 85th pick
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:24 O'Neill listed as an RF (he caught last year in London at Canada Cup after a hernia injury and then played SS this spring
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:26 Slot $$$ for RF Tyler O'Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) $692,200
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:44 Tyler O'Neill didn't hear his name called on draft broadcast ... he was attending a grad function ... slot $$$ is $631,100
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:45 Tyler O'Neill drafted by Tom McNamara ... same scout who drafted Brett Lawrie in the 1st round with the Brewers
Dturc 07/06/2013 17:45 How much did O'Neil not having a "true" position hurt his draft status?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 17:47 I'd say 3rd round is better than 37 other rounds ... not hurt that much. He was a C. Then, when injured he played SS and went back to C this season. Sea wants him to play OF ... along Mike Saunders some day?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:07 ALLAN SIMPSON, Perfect Game on Tyler O'Neill -- . TYLER O'NEILL, c/ss, Garibaldi HS, Maple Ridge, B.C. O'Neill's ability to swing the bat both for average and power is what sets him apart from almost any high-school hitter in the 2013 draft. But his inability to lock in on a set position probably has him on the outside of the first round looking in. Scouts still have hopes that the short, powerfully-built O'Neill, whose father is an 11-time Canadian weight-lifting champion, will find his way as a catcher, but a hernia that prevented him from squatting comfortably a year ago impaired his development behind the plate, and a sore elbow this spring while with Canada's junior-national team on a barnstorming tour to Florida relegated him to mostly a DH role. Even when healthy, the 6-foot, 215-pound O'Neill never has shown a willingness to catch, and scouts have essentially determined that his actions may always be a little too stiff to continue in that role, though he has the raw arm strength desired in the position. The versatile O'Neill settled in as an all-star shortstop when unable to catch as a junior, but his lack of flexibility and grinder-like approach in the field makes him a better fit as an offensive second baseman (along the lines of stocky Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla), or corner outfielder, if all else fails. In British Columbia baseball circles, O'Neill has drawn constant comparisons to another former top Langley Blaze prospect, Brett Lawrie, an offensive-oriented player who enhanced his first-round candidacy in 2008 by moving behind the plate though that experiment ended early in his pro career, and Lawrie has since settled in as a third baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays. Scouts who saw both players as high-school seniors say O'Neill is more advanced than Lawrie in most areas. Not only is he stronger and faster, and also possesses a stronger arm, but O'Neill had a much better year with the bat. With a short, quick, compact swing, O'Neill handles wood with ease; his raw power, in particular, has emerged this spring, especially with his ability to drive balls long distances to the opposite field. On the Blaze's ambitious 23-game exhibition trek to spring-training bases in Arizona in March, where 40-60 scouts typically gathered for most games, O'Neill hit a resounding .714 with five homers. O'Neill committed to Oregon State, but his growing stature as a prospect this spring makes it increasingly unlikely that he will ever play a game at the collegiate level.
anon 07/06/2013 18:10 Seattle will try to save some dough on this pick
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:10 I don't think so, he committed to Oregon State, which is an excellent program
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:13 So Hank White (Henry Blanco) catches a shut out, probably Dickey's best game of the year ... and gets whacked for Josh Thole ... INF Andy Laroche also promoted from Buff
anon 07/06/2013 18:16 good call bob
Dturc 07/06/2013 18:16 Nice Canadian outfield.. :)
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:17 Bay in LF, Saunders in CF and O'Neill in RF ... in a few yrs
Dturc 07/06/2013 18:17 Wade Boggs found a position I am sure O'Neil will too!
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:17 It's like the old line ... what's his best position? "The batter's box." O'Neill can hit.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:25 BASEBALL AMERICA -- RF Tyler O'Neill, Langley Blaze.While O'Neill draws comparisons to Brett Lawrie, it's mostly because he's a muscular Canadian who recently converted to catcher and has some similar mannerisms. Calling O'Neill muscular is an understatement. With a father who was a Canadian bodybuilding champion, O'Neill has a bulky, square build at 6 feet and 215 pounds and likely has a position change in his future. He doesn't like catching, and his build makes him too stiff to stay behind the plate. He has above-average arm strength but missed time this spring with a sore elbow. If he doesn't get more flexible, he might not even be able to remain in the infield. O'Neill's bat will profile wherever he winds up. There's no fastball he can't turn around. He has premium bat speed and projects to be an average hitter with above-average power. O'Neill is committed to Oregon State, but was getting some first-round buzz, so it's unlikely he winds up in Corvallis.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:54 And don't forget area scout Wayne Norton (Port Moody, BC) who signed O'Neill, as well as Saunders out of Pensecola JC and Italy's Alex Liddi
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 18:59 Third Canucks 4th round (136th) Nationals -- RHP Nic Pivetta Victoria, BC New Mexico Jr. College/C-University of New Mexico105th on BA top 500 list138th (down from 111th) on PG’s top 500 list ... Ranked 3rd Was 91-94 MPH, peaking at 9623 BBs, 56 Ks in 83 IPs, 9-2, 3.36Wins vs. Frank Phillips, NMMI, Blinn, Otero, Clarendon, Midland, Howard, Odessa, LunaFB 95-97 MPH range in fall ball
Canadian MLB Fan 07/06/2013 19:05 Bob, do you see Quantrill or Seabrooke still going top 10 rounds?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:05 Yep
John 07/06/2013 19:05 Think the Jays missed the boat by not taking the Mazzilli kid. Do you think the O'Neill kid from Michigan was an over draft?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:06 Don't know anything about O'Neill from Mich. Know papa Mazilli and if he's anything like the pop they got a good one
dan 07/06/2013 19:06 do you think only drafting pitchers, and not hitters, or position players, is the right direction to go?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:07 Ah, think a few have been getting injured ... plus they dealt a bunch this winter ... re-stocking
dan 07/06/2013 19:07 its like constantly drafting quarterbacks. ur going to need a wide receiver, running back, and other pieces
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:07 If you don't have 5 QBs because they keep getting injured, u look for more
Chris 07/06/2013 19:07 Nic Pivetta just went to the Nationals, end of the 4th round
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:08 Congrats to Nic ... was on the phone sorry
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:10 ALLAN SIMPSON, Perfect Game -- 4. NIC PIVETTA, rhp, New Mexico JC (Victoria, B.C.)The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Pivetta was just another arm as a freshman at New Mexico JC in 2012, when he went an undistinguished 4-1, 4.83 with 22 walks and 29 strikeouts in 54 innings. But with an extra year under his belt after sitting out his senior season of competition in 2011 while in high school in Victoria, with what was determined to be a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Pivetta was a different pitcher when he returned to school last fall for his sophomore year. All of a sudden his fastball consistently registered 91-95 mph, peaking at 97, and he had little trouble reaching those elevated levels with a clean delivery and easy arm action, or hitting his spots while also getting solid-average sinking action on his fastball. He also flashed an average curve after being predominantly a fastball/changeup pitcher as a freshman. Almost overnight, Pivetta became a marked man for this year's draft and he has done little or nothing this spring but enhance his reputation as one of the elite arms in the junior-college ranks. In 13 starts on the season, he was 9-2, 3.36 and walked just 23 in 83 innings, while striking out 58. With one or two minor exceptions, he has been solid every time out, working at 91-94 and peaking at 96 while generally holding his velocity deeper into starts. With his school's location in remote eastern New Mexico, Pivetta wasn't the easiest player to scout, but a delegation of upwards of 100 scouts was on hand when his team travelled to Phoenix in March, and he didn't disappoint with a fastball that was still at 95 mph on his 93rd pitch in the seventh inning.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:11 Orioles take LHP Travis Seabrooke (Peterborough, Ont.) in 5th round (159th). Congrats to scout Tyler Moe
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:12 PERFECT GAME 4th. (136th) Nationals -- RHP Nic Nic Pivetta, New Mexico JC, Victoria, BCPivetta is a Canadian who spent time with the country's junior national team and went undrafted out of high school. He has blossomed at New Mexico JC and intrigues scouts with his 6-foot-5, 215-pound build and a fastball that has been clocked as high as 97 mph. As a starter, he pitches more in the 90-93 mph range. His slider and changeup show flashes of being above-average but have been inconsistent this spring. Pivetta has some funk to his delivery, as he's a bit of a short strider with a low 3/4 arm slot. A team will take a chance on Pivetta around the fifth round because he's seen as a fresh arm with potential. He has committed to New Mexico.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:25 Slot $$ Pivetta, $364,300, Seabrooke $291,800.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:31 5th (159th) Orioles -- LHP Travis Seabrooke, Peterborough, Ont. Ontario Terriers/Canadian Junior National Team/C-Boston CollegeReally jumped with 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 7 Ks vs. Dominican prospects in Santo Domingo5 BB, 14 Ks in 10 IPs, 3.60 in D.R.4 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K vs. Jays in D.R.86-91 MPH at Connorvale camp ... 338th on PG list441st on BA listSigned by Ex-Jays scout Gary Rajsich, now Baltimore Orioles scouting director and area scout Tyler Moe (Oakville, Ont.)
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:32 ALLAN SIMPSON, Perfect Game -- TRAVIS SEABROOKE, lhp, Crestwood HS, Peterborough, Ontario.Seabrooke has obvious athleticism in his lanky 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame, and chose at an early age to pursue a baseball career, rather than follow in his father's footsteps. As a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1985 National Hockey League draft (21st overall), Glen Seabrooke had a brief, injury-marred career in the NHL, collecting one goal and seven points in 19 games, before sustaining a severe shoulder injury after colliding with a goal post while playing for the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey, Pa., in 1989. Seabrooke underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery, and later sued Flyers team doctors, claiming they improperly rushed him back from rehabilitation, causing him permanent damage to his left arm. Though his hockey career was over at age 21, he received a $5.5 million settlement in 1995. Seabrookes son wont be a first-rounder in this years baseball draft, but he has considerable upside in his tall, projectable frame and plenty of quickness in his loose, easy left arm. Mostly a two-pitch pitcher at this point in his development, Seabrooke can reach 90-91 mph with sinking action on his fastball, but the pitch is also prone to dipping into the mid-80s. He'll also flash the makings of a plus breaking ball, while his changeup remains a work in progress. Not surprising, given his upbringing in a hockey household, Seabrooke is very competitive in his approach to pitching, and not afraid to challenge hitters. Along with his close friend Cal Quantrill, Seabrooke has enjoyed international success with Canada's junior-national team, but typical of most young Canadians, he is a late bloomer who might have been best served in the draft had the since-disbanded draft-and-follow rule still been in effect. The rule provided for a team to draft a player and follow his progress for a year before having to make a commitment to sign him. But with a scholarship offer from Boston College hanging in the balance, scouts will have to almost immediately weigh the merits of taking Seabrooke in a signable round to warrant buying him out of college.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 19:32 BASEBALL AMERICA -- Travis Seabrooke [-] LHP HS Crestwood SS, North Monaghan, Ont., Ontario Terriers Seabrooke's father Glen Seabrooke was a first-round pick in the 1985 NHL draft and spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. Travis is bigger than his father with a lean, 6-foot-5, 182-pound build. He'll have time to fill out, as he's one of the youngest players in this year's draft class and won't be 18 until September. Seabrooke uses his size to his advantage, creating good plane to the plate on an 87-89 mph fastball that tops out at 92. His secondary stuff needs work, as he mixes in a big-breaking curveball from an over-the-top arm slot and an occasional changeup. Seabrooke has effort in his delivery, but he doesn't have a lot of mileage on his arm and is a fearless competitor on the mound. He is committed to Boston College.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 20:02 How the circle in baseball continues: In 1996 Boston Red Sox scout Gary Rajsich was instrumental in drafting Chris Reitsma out of Calgary, 34th over-all in North America. Now Rajsich, a former Blue Jays scout, is the scouting director of the Orioles. Reitsma doubles as pitching coach of Team Canada ... and the Orioles took LHP Travis Seabrooke (Peterborough, Ont.) in the fifth round.
John 07/06/2013 20:02 How will John Farrell feel about his son not being selected by the team in the mecca of baseball?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 20:02 It's his son's dream team.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 20:44 A year ago 4 Canuck picks in the first 10 rounds (Pirates, 6th, 3B Eric Wood, Pickering, Ont., Blinn College, Brewers, 7th David Otterman LHP, Coquitlam, BC, University of British Columbia, Cardinals, 9th Rowan Wick C North Vancouver, BC, Cypress College; Diamondbacks; 9th Jeff Gibbs RHP East York, Ont.). This year 4 to date
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 20:50 Only 366 days until the 2014 draft ... top Canadians list www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 21:19 Now, that 2014 list is posted .... Doubt we'll be around to see it but we have an entrant on our 2025 draft list Adyn Davidi, he project as a line-drive gap-hitting left-handed first baseman. And yes, he is the eldest son of SportsNet's Shi Davidi.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 21:57 MARTY LEHN, Big League Experience on graduate -- Tyler O'Niell bigleagueexperience.com
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:10 Could Collymore be next Canuck?
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:11 Abidextrious or Amphibious
Captain obvious 07/06/2013 22:11 If Mississippi State has an abidextrious pitcher, my bet is the Jays take him next round.
Atomic Frog 07/06/2013 22:11 What is your view on Jays picking P Bickford? Thx
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:12 Out of scouting directora I have emailed (who will come up for air to talk on Sunday) it's 6-for-6: a good pick.
Dturc 07/06/2013 22:36 About time Thole came up Too bad Dickey doesn't pitch more games in San Fran..
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:37 Thole played his way onto the team ... but we seem to remember people telling us Blanco was Dickey's all-time fave with the knuckleball
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:40 Speedy Malik Collymore (Mississauga, Ont.) goes to the Cardinals in the 10th round
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:40 Collymore plays for the Ontario Blue Jays where Jamie Pogue (Guelph, Ont.) used to instruct. Pogue now bullpen C with St. Louis
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:49 ALLAN SIMPSON, Perfect Game -- INF MALIK COLLYMORE
Collymore has always flashed considerable raw speed and power potential in his powerful, compact, well-defined 6-foot, 190-pound frame, but his performance at Perfect Game's pre-draft showcase, in Iowa in mid-May, may have legitimately pushed him into the early rounds of this year's draft. He ran the 60 in an event-best 6.54 seconds, homered in three of 10 batting-practice swings and went deep again in game competition. As Canada's representative at the Power Showcase Home Run Derby in Miami in January, Collymore launched one ball that went a reported 472 feet; during speed training on a fast indoor track at Toronto's York University a short time later, he ran the 60 in a lightning-fast 6.22 seconds. Though Collymore has obvious speed, scouts say he needs to use it more efficiently on the bases and in the field under game conditions. Balls will also jump off his bat, but he’ll struggle making consistent contact with breaking pitches. With his simple hitting approach that emphasizes consistent contact, Collymore projects to hit more for doubles-power rather than true home-run power. His greatest challenge is on the defensive side of the ball, no matter where he eventually plays. He has plenty of arm strength to play on the left side of the infield and is capable of occasionally making the spectacular play at shortstop, but his hands and footwork appear best-suited for second base.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:51 BASEBALL AMERICA -- 2B Malik Collymore Mississauga, Ont. (Ontario Blue Jays)Collymore stands out for his tightly wound 6-foot, 195-pound build and power/speed combination. He started to translate his tools into performance more this spring, hitting a home run against the Astros when the Canadian junior national team was on its tour of spring training bases in Florida in April, and had late helium as the draft approached. He's also the type of player who could impress executives at a predraft workout. A good athlete who is built like a running back and has a quick righthanded bat, he has the tools to hit for average and power but will need to continue to improve his pitch recognition and plate discipline. He is an above-average runner in the 60-yard dash, but his speed doesn’t show itself out of the box or at second base. He is raw at second and a team could also try him in center field, though his arm is below-average. Scouts like Collymore's makeup and work ethic. He has not committed to a college and is considered signable.
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 22:52 Collymore's slot $$$ $135,300
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 23:09 5 Canadians were selected in the first 10 rounds the same as 2009 and the second most since 2007
Bob Elliott 07/06/2013 23:33 Thanks for joining in ... manyana