Thursday, June 11, 2009

Draft: Day 3

Expect some interesing picks, tough signs, along with some org guys today. BA has a best available list up. Top guys still on the board:

Austin Maddox, c, Eagle’s View Academy, Jacksonville (National Rank: 81): Look for Maddox to go to college. In early May, when we were making out our first Top 200, there was still talk that Maddox would go high. By the time Conor went to the Florida all-star stuff in Sebring, there was no chance. Hope Maddox enjoys The Swamp; he’s going to be a Gator.

Reggie Williams Jr., of, Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate HS, Tampa (National Rank: 119)

Scott Griggs, rhp, San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif. (National Rank: 135)

Christian Jones, lhp, Monte Vista HS, Danville, Calif. (National Rank: 142)

Hoby Milner, lhp, Paschal HS, Fort Worth (National Rank: 152)

Miles Hamblin, c, Howard JC (National Rank: 168)

Kyle Hansen, rhp, St. Dominic HS, Oyster Bay (National Rank: 176)

Tanner Poppe, rhp, Girard HS (National Rank: 185)

They have already made one interesting selection, 19yo (he'll play 2010 at 20yo)HS OF Reggie Williams. He could be signable due to his age but he will be draft eligible next year so he has some leverage. In terms of physical talent, this kid is a boderline first day pick, but had value in the 5-10 range, so a terrific value if you believe in his tools particularly his hit tool, his most suspect skill. In terms of his development, it makes the most sense to start his pro career now:

Williams' father Reggie spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Angels and Dodgers and played pro ball until 2001. The younger Williams has been a baseball enigma in some ways, as he didn't play high school baseball as a sophomore and junior. Instead, he focused on playing for his father's travel team, the Tampa-based Dawg Pound. This spring, he and his brother Jadamion (J.D.), a top 2010 prospect, suited up for Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate HS, a first-year charter school program in North Tampa founded by NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks and NFL ownership family the DeBartolos, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. No matter where he played Williams' speed and bloodlines attracted interest, as he committed to Miami. Long and athletic at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Williams is a switch-hitter with speed, rating as a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale for most scouts. He's shown some 80 times as well such as running a 6.2-second 60, according to his high school coach, and 3.9-second times to first base. He led the state of Florida with 59 steals this spring in just 20 games while hitting .604. Williams' bat will be the question, as he's drawn some Gary Matthews Jr. comparisons both physically and in terms of his future potential. He hasn't shown much present power despite being an older prep senior (he'll turn 20 in the fall) as he hit only one home run this spring. The Yankees and Blue Jays worked Williams out this spring, and he even got hitting tips from Toronto manager Cito Gaston.


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