Category Archives: 2008 Top Players

Gillaspie called up to Giants

Conor Gillaspie has become the first 2008 draft pick to make it to the Major Leagues as he was called up after the Giants September 6th game. He had an outstanding career with the Wichita State Shockers where he was selected by the Giants with the 37th overall pick. He ended up spending only 91 days in the minors. I talked with The Giants Baseball Blog back in June and said the following about Connor: Continue reading

CBB Editorial: The Pedro Alvarez Situation

Assistant Editor Mark Rafferty sent me a link to a Fanhouse post about the Pedro Alvarez situation. Alvarez is currently refusing to take a physical or take part in a press conference under the advice of his agent Scott Boras.

Boras is stating that the contract signed by Pedro is void because it came after the midnight deadline on August 15th. Boras did not raise any issues when he negotiated the contract, but since has gotten the MLBPA on his side. They have filed a grievance on behalf of Mr. Alvarez claiming that the contract was signed after the deadline thus making it illegal. Continue reading

Baseball Digest Daily checks in with Aaron Crow

Baseball Digest Daily Podcaster Eric SanInocencio recently talked with current Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow who recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals. He was the ninth overall selection in the 2008 draft but could not come to terms thus the reason why he will be playing with the independent league Fort Worth Cats. Crow has picked up many national awards including being named the 2008 Roger Clemens award winner as the top collegiate pitcher. Crow’s stock skyrocketed last summer with an impressive Cape Cod League All-Star game where he hit 98 MPH and an impressive junior season which saw him go 13-0 with a 2.35 ERA. He also struck out 127 batters in 107.1 innings of work. Continue reading

Great article about the 2009 MLB Draft

We recently ran across an article out of the Seattle Times that talks about some of the best prospects for the 2009 draft. Larry Stone wrote the article where he talks with a CBB reader in Keith Law of ESPN and John Manuel of Baseball America. Both of them clearly state that Stephen Strasburg is the top player in the 2009 draft after competing on the 2008 Olympic team and lighting up radar guns during the 2008 collegiate season. They also talk about Kyle Gibson, Dustin Ackley, and Alex White among other players. Continue reading

Brian Matusz Signs Four-Year Contract with the Baltimore Orioles

Brian Matuzs
Brian Matusz
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

SAN DIEGO, Calif. ­ Former University of San Diego All-American Brian Matusz has come to terms with the Baltimore Orioles, signing his first Major League Baseball contract.

Matusz, the fourth overall pick by the Orioles in the 2008 MLB draft and the consensus best pitcher available, received a $3.2 million bonus and a four-year major league deal as part of his contract with the Orioles. That bonus is the second-highest in this year¹s draft, trailing only the $6.15
million the Rays gave No. 1 overall selection Tim Beckham. The total value of the deal has yet to be reported.

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CCBL MVP and Batting Champ Stories

The Cape Cod Baseball League has put out two great articles on the MVP of the league which was AJ Pollock of Notre Dame and the Batting Champ in Jimmy Cesario of Houston. Pollock finished the season leading the league in hits, doubles, and slugging percentage while finishing second in the league in batting average behind Jimmy Cesario. Continue reading

Could Jordan Danks be headed back to Texas?

#15 Jordan Danks- Picture by Donald J Boyles
#15 Jordan Danks- Picture by Donald J Boyles

The last day a MLB team can sign one of their draft picks is this Friday August 15th by Midnight. Jordan Danks and the Chicago White Sox are at a standstill over bonus money. (Baseball Prospectus reported that he signed a contract which was posted on this very site. The report was erroneous.) Jordan wants 2nd round money and the White Sox are hesitant to give him 2nd round money. Alan Trubow of the Austin American Statesman has written an article this evening talking with the Danks about this very subject.

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Bored at Work? Check out the Cape Cod Western League Finals

The Cotuit Kettleers are currently leading the Falmouth Commodores in the 7th inning 3-1.  If you’re not at the game, it is being streamed online here.  Also, Nate Sandals of the Cape Cod Times is updating everyone with a live blog.  The game is moving along fast, so be sure to check out the action.  The winner of this game will face Harwich, the winner of the Eastern League, in a best-of-3 series starting tomorrow.

Pitchfork Nation Checks in with Brett Wallace

The guys over at Pitchfork Nation check in with Golden Spikes Nominee Brett Wallace, who is currently tearing up the Class A Midwest League for the St. Louis Cardinals Single-A affiliate Quad City River Bandits.  Brett is hitting .346 with 5 homeruns so far.  Here’s an excerpt from the interview: Continue reading