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Monday, June 07, 2004
The Red Sox chose WSU lefty Tommy Hottovy in the 4th round of the draft today (125th overall pick). Last night I sent Bill James an email hyping Hottovy, and Bill wrote back that the Sox had already zeroed in on him. Boston's scouting director is David Chadd, who is actually from Wichita (WSU pitching coach Brent Kemnitz is the godfather of Chadd's kids).
Needless to say, I'm elated that Hottovy went to the Sox. For one, my favorite college player went to one of my favorite MLB teams. More so, though, I know that the Red Sox can be trusted. They'll neither abuse Hottovy's arm nor overlook his skills. They appreciate how good he is, and he'll be given every opportunity to excel in the Red Sox organization. So, yeah, I'm pumped.
Two other Shockers have gone in the (relatively) early rounds of the draft -- outfielder Nick Blasi and lefty starter Steve Uhlmansiek (who actually was injured for the last few weeks of the season). Blasi went to Oakland, where his on-base abilities will be appreciated. Uhlmansiek went to Seattle... I'm actually not particularly high on Uhlmansiek (at least, not as high as the scouts have been). His ratios are mediocre, but scouts seem to love him. I'm obviously rooting for him, though.
Tommy Hottovy, Boston Red Sox. Very cool.
Postscript: One other Shocker got picked in the earlier rounds of the draft -- slugger Drew Moffitt, by Baltimore in the 10th round. Moffitt finished the year 2nd in the NCAA in home runs. He also draws a lot of walks, but he strikes out too much and doesn't hit for a high average. You'd expect a guy like that to be slow of foot, but Moffitt runs alright (13 steals this year). I'm hoping he turns out like Jeromy Burnitz, who had a similar skill set in college.
The MLB Draft is starting up in a few minutes and I just thought I'd share my major thoughts before it starts ...
- Word is that Jered Weaver and Stephen Drew, if not chosen first by San Diego, will freefall down the draft board thanks to their bonus demands. I'm a little surprised that San Diego, with their new ballpark, contending team and new revenue, would not be willing to shell out the big bucks for the guy they really want at the top of the draft. Of course, it's very possible "the guy they really want" is neither Weaver or Drew.
- If Jered Weaver slides all the way to the Yankees, as Baseball America is now projecting, I quit (or at least that's what I told Larry Mahnken when he asked me if I'd seen BA's projection). That's just not how the draft should work, although I'm not entirely sure how you can "fix" it. The best players should go to the worst teams, which is why the worst teams have the highest picks. Weaver dropping to the Yanks (or the Dodgers or the Red Sox, or whatever rich team) just stinks.
- For my favorite team, the Twins, I'm hoping they can nab U of Minnesota hurler Glen Perkins with one of the billion picks in the first two rounds, and I'm also hoping the front office goes through with their talk about drafting a few middle infielders (although it would be nice if one were from college and somewhat close to the majors).
- And here's one prediction: The A's will take at least one high school player in the first two rounds.
For more on the draft, check out Craig Burley's NCAA adjusted stats, including his Top 250 Hitters and his complete database of NCAA pitchers and hitters.