Friday, June 12, 2009

Cal and Stanford's First-Rounders

The MLB Amateur draft just ended yesterday, and both Cal and Stanford each had a player from their school get selected in the first round. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about those players and what can maybe be expected from them at the next level.

Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford: Storen was taken with the 10th overall pick by the Washington Nationals. The Stanford sophmore was considered the best closer available in the draft and was the first taken. In fact, it's rare to see a reliever-only go in the top-10, but the Nats felt that good about he Stanford flame-thrower. Storen has 7 saves in 2009 for Stanford, and had a 3.80 era spread out over 43 innings. In those 43 innings, he recorded 66 k's and only walked 8 while allowing 34 hits. Storen was often used for more than 1 inning at a time with Stanford though, and had a 7-1 record in 28 ballgames. I do expect to see him close as at the next level, and with that experience pitching under pressure for Stanford, he probably should be pretty prepared to move through the Nat's system pretty quickly.

-ESPN video on Storen.

Brett Jackson, OF, California: Taken by the Cubs with the 31st pick in the first round was the uber-athletic Brett Jackson out of Cal. Jackson can do a little bit of everything out on the baseball field and I was really hoping he would fall to the Giants in the second round, but that wasn't the case. At 6'2" and 210 pounds, he's got the size to drive the ball, but he's always been a leadoff hitter, so it's going to be interesting to see what happens to him in Chicago's system. He kind of reminds me of Travis Buck with the Oakland A's. Should eventually develop into a decent everyday big league outfielder that won't wow you, but will do everything pretty well. His teammate, all-around second basemen Jeff Kobernus, went just a handful of picks after Jackson to the Nationals at pick 50.

-Here is a video of Jackson roping fellow first rounder, Aaron Crow.
-Another video of a few Jackson at-bats. including a bomb to right.

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