MLB Draft 2007: Live Blog

The 2007 MLB Draft is finally here and OaklandClubhouse will be live blogging both days of the draft. Bookmark this page and refresh often to find out the latest draft information about the Oakland A's and around the league.

Note: Posts will be in reverse order, i.e. the first post of the live blog will come at the bottom of the page. Refresh or reload this page often to get the latest information. All times are Pacific Standard Time.

4:16 p.m.
And we can finally state that this year's draft is in the books! Congrats to all of the front offices for finishing up. Be sure to stay-tuned to OaklandClubhouse as we analyze, scout and interview the A's draft picks. - Melissa Lockard

4:15 p.m.
With their final three picks, the A's selected Adam Klein, a fifth-year senior out of Cal-State LA, Joshua Bowman, a HS RHP out of Florida, and Stephan Hagen, a HS 3B out of Washington State. - Melissa Lockard

3:35 p.m.
The A's are picking deeper into this draft than in recent years, I believe. In rounds 45-47, the A's selected the following players: Jeremy Wise (a draft eligible sophomore and 3B from LSU), Connor Bernatz (a HS CF from Mater Dei HS in Southern California), and Seth Blair. Blair was one of the top HS pitchers in Illinois. He sits i the mid-90s with his fastball, which also has good sink. He has committed to Arizona State and is likely to go there, but if he signed with the A's, he'd be a steal at this point in the draft. did an interview with Blair this past winter. It can be read here. - Melissa Lockard

2:50 p.m.
In the 40th round, the A's took catcher David Magnante from Campbell Hall HS. In the 41st round, the Angels took Mike Scioscia's son Matthew. The A's then follow with another high school player, lefty James Wernke. In rounds 42, 43 and 44, the A's take three catchers: Jonathan Johnston, a high school draft pick, and Stephen Cochrane, a switch-hitting catcher from Yavapai JC (Shane Keough's alma mater), and Ben Barrone, a college senior from Winona State. We are getting close to the end of the draft now. - Melissa Lockard

2:34 p.m.
The A's next pick is an interesting selection. Oakland took Kevin Rath, who is also a high-touted HS tight end. The Nevada native was one of the state's top two-sport high school players in 2007. He is 6'5'', 210, so he is a physical specimen, even at age 18. He was a first baseman and a pitcher in high school. The A's went back to the college ranks with their next pick (round 39) and selected Clemson SS Stan Widmann. Widmann played in only six games last season due to injury, but was a starting SS for Clemson before injury struck. - Melissa Lockard

2:22 p.m.
For their next two picks, the A's go young, selecting Trent Abbott, a right-handed pitcher from Fullerton College (JC) and Nicolas Longmire, an OF from Grossmont HS.

2:07 p.m.
In the 33rd Round, the A's take USF righty John Quine. A senior, Quine also played for College of Marin. Two picks after the A's, the Twins take Evan Danieli, a top HS prospect who dropped due to inconsistent performance and a strong commit to Notre Dame. In the 34th round, the A's took Rice right-hander Ryne Tacker. He was selected by the Mariners last season in the 49th round after missing all of the 2006 season after Tommy John surgery. He was a Conference USA Academic Honor Roll student. In the 35th round, the A's took Mt. San Jacinto JC OF Herbert Hudson. He was a first team all-conference player in 2007 after hitting .376 during conference action. - Melissa Lockard 1:18 p.m.
The Blue Jays have become the first team to elect to pass. That means their draft is now complete. Last year, the A's were the first to close their draft books, I believe. In the 31st round, the A's selected left-hander Rosalio Gomez out of Rockford College. In Round 32, the A's take Bryan Collins, a right-hander from Central Missouri State. Collins posted a 1.42 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Mules. He struck out 45 in 31.1 innings. - Melissa Lockard

1:02 p.m.
In the 29th round, the A's took Kentucky right-fielder Collin Cowgill. Cowgill is small for an outfielder (5'9'') and missed time this season after undergoing surgery on his hand. He has surprising power for a player his size and hit 16 homers as a sophomore at UK. In the 30th round, the A's took Delaware senior right-hander Chad Kerfoot. Kerfoot went 5-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 75 innings. He struck out 59 and walked 14. - Melissa Lockard

12:43 p.m.
After two successful selections from UNC-Greensboro last season (Jermaine Mitchell and Patrick Currin), the A's dip back into that pool and select right-hander Lee Land. Land was a late-inning reliever for the Spartans. - Melissa Lockard

12:25 p.m.
In the 26th round, the A's selected high school catcher Tobias Streich from PA. Tobias and his brother Seth were stars for Johsonburg High in 2007. He was ranked as the number 32 best High School player coming into the 2007 season. In the 27th round, the A's took U of Hawaii 3B Justin Frash. The A's have had a decent Hawaii pipeline going over the last few years, with natives Isaac Shane Komine and Kurt Suzuki and UH alums Isaac Omura and Stephan Bryant. - Melissa Lockard

12:11 p.m.
The draft is taking a little break. - Melissa Lockard

11:59 a.m.
The draft is moving at a rapid pace and we have now hit the half-way point. In round 23, the A's selected J.D. Pruitt, an OF from the University of Montevallo. He was a lead-off hitter during his career at UM and he hit .365 with nine homers and 45 stolen bases in 2007. His OBP was .535. In the 24th round, the A's took Raymond Rodriguez, an outfielder from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Oakland selected Angel Sierra from the same school last season. In the 25th round, the A's took Jareck West, a centerfielder from Delta State University. West hit .399 with 12 homers and 13 stolen bases for Delta State in 2007. - Melissa Lockard

11:33 a.m.
The 20th round, the A's took George Fox outfielder Daniel Wentzell. Wentzell was a D-III First-Team All-American this season and hit .387 with eight homers and a .686 slugging percentage. He is a college senior. In the 21st round, the A's took a draft-eligible sophomore from Oklahoma, Stephen Porlier. The right-handed pitcher played for Tulane before transferring to OU. He went 7-5 with a 4.18 ERA for the Sooners in 2007. In the 22nd round, the A's took Aaron Jenkins, a left-hander from Northern Iowa. The 5'8'' junior broke the Panthers single-season strikeout record with 126 on the year. He had three complete games for Northern Iowa. - Melissa Lockard

11:08 a.m.
In Rounds 18 and 19, the A's went with Middle Tennessee State senior SS Matt Ray and University of Iowa catcher/first baseman Dusty Napoleon. Ray began his career at UCF before transferring to Middle Tennessee. Ray hit .332 with three homers and 24 stolen bases this season. He is only 5'9'', so he might have to switch to second base in the pros. Napoleon set a Big Ten record with 32 walks in conference play this season. - Melissa Lockard

10:50 a.m.
In Round 17, the A's take HS lefty Stephen Hunt from Jesuit HS in Florida. He was a pitcher and a first-baseman in HS. He is committed to University of South Florida.

10:45 a.m.
In the 15th and 16th rounds, the A's take Brad Hertzler, a six-foot left-handed pitcher out of the University of Maine-Orono and Brent Lysander, a 6'7'' right-hander from Sonoma State. He is the first Sonoma State draft pick for the A's since Tom Everidge was taken in 2004. - Melissa Lockard

10:06 a.m.
Two highly-touted HS prospects go in round 14: Kentrail Davis to Colorado and Tanner Robles to the Angels. Both will likely be tough signs. The A's take catcher Matt Smith from Texas Tech University in this round. He is a power-hitting catcher who had 11 homers and a .508 slugging percentage for the Raiders in 2007. - Melissa Lockard

9:57 a.m.
The A's went back to the college ranks in round 13, taking OK State right-hander Justin Friend. He is the second Cowboy to be selected by the A's. - Melissa Lockard

9:49 a.m.
The A's bucked convention a little bit in the 12th round, taking Diamond Bar HS CF/SS Gary Brown. The MLB Scouting Service called Brown "arguably the fastest player in the draft." He is only 6'0'', 165, but he has some power and plus, plus speed. He has been described as a contact hitter with great instincts on the bases. He is committed to Cal-State Fullerton and could be a tough sign, but if the A's can ink him, he could be one of their most electric talents. - Melissa Lockard

9:38 a.m.
In the 11th round, the A's take a shortstop, Prairie View A&M's Michael Richard. He is a senior who helped lead the Panthers to a SWAC championship this season. He led the conference in batting (.407 BA) and stolen bases (38). - Melissa Lockard

9:33 a.m.
Another unsigned pick from last year that I was hoping the A's would take again was Lamar catcher Michael Ambort. Unfortunately for Oakland, the Giants tabbed Ambort with the 194th pick. - Melissa Lockard

9:25 a.m.
In the 10th round, the A's re-draft Danny Hamblin, a power-hitting corner infielder whom the A's took on the first day last season. Oakland was very interested in signing Hamblin last season, but fell just short in negotiations. Hopefully the A's will be able to get him in the fold this year. - Melissa Lockard

9:17 a.m.
The A's stay with the University of Arizona in the ninth round, taking lefty Eric Berger. Berger was the ace of the Arizona staff as a sophomore, but he missed part of the sophomore campaign and all of his junior year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Berger may be a tough sign if he wants to go back to college and try to re-establish himself as a first day pick, but if he does sign, the A's could get a steal if he makes a full recovery from surgery. - Melissa Lockard

9:07 a.m.
In the eighth round, the A's take lefty reliever Dan Schlereth. He is a draft-eligible sophomore who throws from a three-fourths angle. His father is former NFL lineman Mark Schlereth. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005, but his elbow appears healthy now. His season was shortened with an oblique injury. He throws in the low-90s. - Melissa Lockard

8:57 a.m.
The A's finally take a lefty, Lance Sewell from San Diego State University. Sewell had a 3.16 ERA in 77 innings for the Aztecs this season. He struck out 74 and walked 33. - Melissa Lockard

8:53 a.m.
Cole St. Clair is finally taken in the fifth round by Cleveland. St. Clair began the year as a top prospect, but missed the first two months with shoulder troubles. He could be a good value if he signs with Cleveland. - Melissa Lockard

8:49 a.m
More on Hodsdon. He played SS in addition to pitching at Azusa (alma mater of current A's prospect James Shull). He hit .363 with 26 HR and 100 RBI this season and went 10-1 with a 3.17 ERA and seven saves. He struck out 116 and walked only 25 in 108 innings. The A's are loading up on pitchers with good control this draft. - Melissa Lockard

8:45 a.m.
The Tigers are having an interesting draft one slot behind the A's. After creating a buzz by taking Rick Porcello in the first round, they have nabbed Garth C. Iorg, son of Garth Iorg, who played for the KC Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. The younger Iorg spent the last two years on a religious mission and hasn't played baseball during that time. The Nationals also had an interesting fifth round pick, taking HS pitcher Jack McGeary. McGeary was talked about as a supplemental first rounder before the draft. - Melissa Lockard

8:42 a.m.
And the A's select Scott Hodsdon, a right-hander pitcher from Azusa Pacific. Hodsdon is a senior. More on him in a moment. - Melissa Lockard

Friday, 8:35 a.m.
Day Two begins in earnest. Expect today to go long into the night, as they need to get through 45 more rounds. The A's first pick is at number 210. - Melissa Lockard

5:38 p.m.
They snuck one more pick in at the buzzer: UNC reliever Andrew Carignan was taken by Oakland in the fifth round. Carignan has an excellent fastball, low-90s with movement. He'll need to improve his slider and his change-up to have a chance as a late-inning reliever in the pros. Carignan's family had a rough year, as they lost their family home to a fire. Thankfully no one was hurt in the blaze. - Melissa Lockard

5:08 p.m.
With likely their last pick of the day, the A's take Travis Banwart, a righty from Wichita State. He is a four-pitch pitcher: fastball (88-92), change-up, slider and curve. He was a preseason Top-100 player by Baseball America, so he is likely a good value at the 150th pick. Still no left-handed pitchers taken by Oakland this draft, which is a bit surprising. - Melissa Lockard

4:58 p.m.
And the Cardinals step-in and take Kyle Russell. St. Louis has had a curious draft, reaching for players above slot in the early going, so they may have the money to sign Russell even though he fell from a first rounder to a fourth rounder. - Melissa Lockard

4:40 p.m.
As we enter the fourth round, Kyle Russell from Texas, who was rumored to be linked to the A's, has yet to go. The A's may nab him in this round if he is still available, although they have taken a few OFers thus far. - Melissa Lockard

4:30 p.m.
With the third round pick, the A's take their second right-handed pitcher. This time it is TCU reliever Sam Demel. Demel throws in the mid-90s with a plus slider. He also has a change-up that bites down hard in the 'zone. Like many of the A's picks today, he could move very quickly through the system. Perhaps after drafting a few young, raw players the last two years, the A's are looking to fill their system with fast movers to compliment those picks from the recent past. The A's have definitely surprised me by not taking a high school player thus far and I am surprised that they haven't taken a left-handed pitcher, as well. - Melissa Lockard

4:00 p.m.
The A's selected shortstop Josh Horton with their third pick in the second round. Horton, who played his college ball at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a left-handed hitter with some speed and good hands. I just got off the phone with UC-Riverside Head Coach Doug Smith. We spoke about the A's first pick, James Simmons, and I will have that interview up shortly. - Melissa Lockard.

3:35 p.m.
The A's go back to the college ranks with their second second round pick. This time they nab Grant Desme, a Cal-Poly outfielder whose season was ended early by a broken wrist. Desme is a five-tool talent who may have gone a bit higher had he not been injured. He is a switch-hitter and a smart, if not blazing, runner. He rates as an above-average defensive outfielder and he has some power potential, although he can be hurt by off-speed pitches. It isn't clear whether his injury will cause him to miss short-season ball. Desme played his freshman season at San Diego State for Tony Gwynn. This is the second season in a row that the A's selected a college player whose season ended early with injury. Last year, it was Christian Vitters who fell to Oakland after breaking his thumb at Fresno State. - Melissa Lockard

3:26 p.m.
Little more on the A's three picks thus far as we wait for the second round to ramp up. James Simmons, the A's first round pick, should be a fast-mover through the A's system. He comes to the A's with a good compliment of off-speed pitches, so he will fit in well with the A's system. He has good control and although his fastball is not over-powering, he can spot it well. He is similar to the A's Joe Blanton in that way, although Blanton threw harder coming out of college than Simmons does now.

Sean Doolittle had a solid career at Virginia as a pitcher and a first baseman. It is believed the A's will keep him at first base rather than the mound. He is an athletic first baseman along the lines of a Nick Swisher defensively rather than a Dan Johnson. As a hitter, he'll hit for more average than power and, like Simmons, should be a quick mover.

Corey Brown uses a slight upper-cut swing from the left-side that helped him hit 21 HR for OK State this season. He has a good eye, but is also prone to the strike-out. He also has some speed, serving at times as the lead-off hitter for OK State. He stole 23 bases in 26 tries this season. - Melissa Lockard

3:05 p.m.
Wes Roemer, a Cal-State Fullerton pitcher linked early to the A's, has been picked by Arizona at 50. The A's turn instead to left-handed hitting outfielder Corey Brown from Oklahoma State. - Melissa Lockard

2:38 p.m.
The supplemental round is underway and ESPN is apparently done covering picks completely even though their coverage is still running. Here are the players taken in the sandwich round so far:

31. Nationals: LHP Josh Smoker
32. Giants: SS Nick Noonan
33. Braves: SS Jon Gilmore
34. Red: SS/OF Todd Frazier
35. Rangers: OF Julio Borbon
36. Cardinals: RHP Clayton Mortensen
37. Phillies: C Travis D'Arnaud
38. Blue Jays: LHP Brett Cecil
39. Dodgers: LHP James Adkins
40. Padres: OF Kellen Kulbacki
41. Athletics: 1B Sean Doolittle
42. Mets: RHP Eddie Kunz

Among these picks I really like the Borbon pick, the D'Arnaud pick and the Cecil pick. The Doolittle pick by the A's is a head-scratcher. Why they need a first baseman who can't hit for power is beyond me. This is Doug Mientkiewicz or Dave Magadan and not even Daric Barton at the plate. -Todd Morgan

2:15 p.m.
A little break while we get ready for the supplemental round. OF Julio Borbon, LHP Josh Smoker, OF Corey Brown, RHP Nevin Griffith, RHP Matt Harvey, OF Kyle Russell, OF Michael Burgess are all still available. Harvey is probably the best pitcher left on the board, with Borbon probably the best position player left. Both Boras clients, which isn't a big surprise. Wondering what's happening with Borbon since he supposedly wasn't asking for much over slot money. Maybe the broken leg back in February is still an issue for some teams, maybe his skill set just didn't match up with any team that early. - Todd Morgan

2:05 p.m.
So the Yankees are on the board. I had them on Brackman... and that's who they took. Nice value for a team that doesn't have to worry about money at all. And just to toot my own horn, I predicted this would happen with Brackman and it did. Quite frankly he's lucky to have gone in the first round at all. - Todd Morgan

1:49 p.m.
Wendell Fairly to the Giants, which is one of the more interesting stories here. He has some makeup questions but should be given plenty of room to grow out of it. He's a great five tool talent and it makes sense after the Giants took two prep pitchers. Giants have really cleaned up today; their scouting department deserves a lot of credit for scouting the right guys and calling their names today. - Todd Morgan

1:41 p.m.
The Twins take Ben Revere so the Giants are next. Do they take Julio Borbon? - Melissa Lockard

1:40 p.m.
Detroit Tigers time, and since I had them on Matt LaPorta I really don't know which way they'll go. And they take Porcello! I guess that's a lot better than the Yankees getting him, but it's still frustrating to see them get another high-end pick despite being a very strong organization from top to bottom. Something stinks. Twins are on the board, and they always have fun picks because their scouting department is so strong. I have them on Nevin Griffith, but he may be a sandwich rounder in their minds. - Todd Morgan

1:35 p.m.
James Simmons, what a letdown. Sorry James, I'm sure we'll be glad to have you someday, but right now I'm feeling like a poor fan of a poor team. Budgets suck. Looks like the richest team in baseball is going to get the best prep arm in the draft. How disappointing. If there's anywhere where Ronald Reagan's ghastly trickledown economics theory should work it's in a pro sports league, but even here we're subjected to the insidious side of raging capitalism. Yuck. - Todd Morgan

1:31 p.m.
James Simmons from UC Riverside it is. Command pitcher with good off-speed stuff, not an overpowering fastball. - Melissa Lockard

1:30 p.m.
A's on the board, here we go. I have to think it's going to be a boring pick like Adkins or Simmons. Matt Harvey is still around, as is Josh Smoker and Julio Borbon. - Todd Morgan

1:27 p.m.
Oh my lord, the A's not only lose out on Poreda, who just got popped by the White Sox, but are now faced with the chance to take the best righthander in the draft. I have little faith that they'll take Porcello, but if they do it would give them the best value of any pick made so far today. - Todd Morgan

1:26 p.m.
Poreda goes to Chicago. Porcello to the A's? - Melissa Lockard

1:25 p.m.
Rangers take their second high school righty in Michael Main. Two picks from the A's selection and Aaron Poreda is still available. Will the White Sox pick Porcello to make their splash, or has Boras zeroed in on the Yankees for his freefalling client? I have to think it's one or the other, though I admit I'm crossing my fingers for the A's to take the risk with a a Porcello/new ballpark future in mind. - Todd Morgan

1:20 p.m.
College pitcher Nick Schmidt goes to the Padres, which is indeed a college pitcher pick. They have to be happy he was still on the board after being projected as high as #9. The Rangers and their relationship with Scott Boras could get Porcello here. Can you tell I'm fascinated with the way Porcello is sliding? This kid has the best righty arm in the draft, but teams are passing because he's going to cost $10 million. Even the A's gave Alan Embree $9 million and Mike Piazza $8 million a year. This guy has more upside than both of those contracts combined. - Todd Morgan

1:15 p.m.
There is some insightful analysis going on at ESPN2. Steve Phillips was just asked: "What do you think about stuff?" - Melissa Lockard

1:12 p.m.
The Padres are almost guaranteed to bore us with a college pitcher, and my final projection had them taking UC Riverside righty James Simmons. Lots of surprises today, so maybe they'll do something fun. - Todd Morgan

1:09 p.m.
Well, my belief that the Jays might take advantage of the prep righthander depth proved to be unfounded. Instead they grab Tennessee catcher J.P. Arencibia, giving them a nice pair of hitters for their system. They'll need to focus on arms later. Now the Giants have a chance to turn their draft into the best one of all by taking Rick Porcello. Instead they take another excellent prep arm in Tim Alderson. I love Alderson and feel the Giants are leading the way even without taking Porcello. Hear that Alliya? - Todd Morgan

1:08 p.m.
The Giants take a player the A's liked, Tim Alderson from Arizona HS ranks. Great control and poise for a high school arm. Good draft for SF so far, I think. - Melissa Lockard 1:00 p.m.
Chris Withrow to the Dodgers, which makes a ton of sense. He's a definite dodgers guy and someone who jumped into the first round after some favorable late press. Porcello is really sliding, which makes me think he's being steered somewhere specific. I can see the Giants, Rangers or even the White Sox, who have been given a mandate to do something cool today, taking Porcello off the board. But don't be surprised if he winds up with the Yankees. - Todd Morgan

12:58 p.m.
Burgess is the guy the Phillies have followed closely, but several analysts around the Internets don't think they'll use the 19th pick on him. And they go with... Joe Savery, the Rice lefty who had surgery on his non throwing shoulder prior to the college season. I didn't expect him to go in the first round due to injury concerns - he really didn't pitch much or pitch very well this year - but the Phillies obviously feel he's getting back to his old form. He was projected as a top ten guy before the injury, so this could be a great value for Philadelphia. Now the Dodgers are on the board, and we'll see if they're really on Jack McGeary the way I kept hearing all spring or if they've got someone else in mind. Porcello here? Matt Harvey? Michael Main? Or will they break with the arms race and take a bat? - Todd Morgan

12:51 p.m.
The Phillies take a risk in taking a Rice arm in Joe Savery. He wasn't thrown out there as much this season, so he may have better health than former Rice alums have had in the pros. - Melissa Lockard

12:49 p.m.
Cards take prep SS Pete Kozma, who just doesn't grade out as more than a backup infielder for me. Worst pick of the draft so far. - Todd Morgan

12:40 p.m.
Nice pick by Toronto with Texas prep SS (soon to be 3B) Kevin Ahrens. The comp on him is Chipper Jones and I'm impressed that they went with a high school player. Rangers on the clock.... and take Blake Beavan, the towering Texas righty. Nice local pick who tore through senior season. Will the Cards be the team to bite on Rick Porcello? They have the money and the relationship with Scott Boras. - Todd Morgan

12:20 p.m.
Prep catcher Devin Mesaraco goes to the Reds, which had to break the hearts of the Blue Jays brass. The Blue Jays could go college catcher here with J.P. Arencibia, but if rumors are accurate it'll probably be a Nick Noonan-type middle infielder. I wouldn't go that direction after the Russ Adams fiasco, but what do I know? - Todd Morgan

12:17 p.m.
Mills it is. Nice pick for Indians and a smart pick by Shapiro and company. Definitely affects the A's and Giants, who were both rumored destinations for Mills. I'm very interested to see who the Braves take because they were all over Josh Smoker until he struggled in a start last week. Now they go with Jason Heyward, another Georgia prep player. I like the pick - he profiles as a Fred McGriff type at the plate and can play above average defense in rightfield. - Todd Morgan

12:15 p.m.
And the Indians take Beau Mills. - Melissa Lockard

12:14 p.m.
The Marlins have to be on Jason Heyward here. Everything is surprising me today so maybe not, but he's the best position player on the board and I can't see them taking another pitcher in the first round. Well, Matt Dominguez works as a solid position player pick. As I wrote yesterday he's a younger version of Ryan Zimmerman with a projectable bat and top tier defense. Cleveland on the board looking at college arms (according to yesterday's draft chatter). I have them taking Beau Mills, but with Heyward still available along with Nick Schmidt and Blake Beavan there's really no telling who they'll take. - Todd Morgan

12:06 p.m.
Hey I got a pick right! He's not Porcello but he's still a solid pick here. Big lefty, great fastball with some life. They'll need to work with him a lot to develop his secondary pitch.... And since I lagged on that post, the Mariners take Phillippe Aumont, breaking from rumors that they were fixated on college arms. I like this pick for them, mostly because they're not going to be able to rush and ruin him the same way they're handling Brandon Morrow. - Todd Morgan

12:01 p.m.
Jason Heyward is the best hitter left if the Giants want a position player, and now we'll see if Brian Sabean is a draft believer thanks to Tim Lincecum, or if he just lucked into that pick last year. If he believes, he'll take Porcello. - Todd Morgan

11:59 a.m.
Another very interesting selection with the Rockies taking Vanderbilt closer Casey Weathers. What we've seen so far today is how fluid the draft is, and this draft in particular. Two of the best pitchers on the board, Rick Porcello and Jarrod Parker, are still available to the D-backs.... and they jump on Parker. Nice pick, and I wonder if Arizona shied away from Porcello because they just gave Max Scherzer a huge deal or if they really think Parker is better. - Todd Morgan

11:54 a.m.
The Rockies step up with another surprise, taking reliever Casey Weathers instead of a young starter such as Rick Porcello. I'm shocked a team would take a reliever this high. Even Huston Street would have been a stretch as a top-10 pick. The D-Backs make a sound pick with Jarrod Parker, who was thought to be going at number three earlier in the day. - Melissa Lockard

11:51 a.m.
Wow. Just wow. Prince Fielder isn't going anywhere as Milwaukee's first baseman and now they have a guy who will move through the minors pretty fast. Bigger reach than Moskos. Will he sign for slot money? As a Boras client I can't imagine he will, but the Brewers always try to toe the MLB slot recommendation line, so this is really interesting. I guess the baseball draft is like any baseball game - you never know what you're going to see. - Todd Morgan

11:49 a.m.
And the Brewers stretch for Matt LaPorta. Wow. Where is he going to fit with Prince Fielder at first? -Melissa Lockard

11:48 a.m.
There goes my boy Detwiler. I love this kid - tall, electric arm with room to get even better. Love him. Now we get to see what the Brewers want to do. Porcello and Jarrod Parker are the best players left, with Jason Heyward a possibility if they're looking position player. Devin Mesaraco would be the reach, but after seeing a video bundle on him yesterday I don't think it's as much of a reach as some might think. - Todd Morgan

11:43 a.m.
Now the Nationals, who have been on Moustakas and Wieters most heavily in the last few days. For me it comes down to Ross Detwiler and Rick Porcello, and if I was running the show for Washington I'd go with Detwiler because he's going to make it to D.C. more quickly. - Todd Morgan

11:41 a.m.
And they go with Wieters!!!! Great, great pick. Good for Peter Angelos for putting his ego in is pocket and allowing his baseball ops people make a good baseball decision. - Todd Morgan

11:40 a.m.
Orioles on the board with Ross Detwiler my predicition for them, but now they could bite the bullet on a Boras client and go Wieters or Porcello. -Todd Morgan
And Wieters it is. - Melissa Lockard

11:34 a.m.
The Pirates reeeeeeaaaaaacccccchhhhh for Clemson lefty Daniel Moskos, which probably means a predraft deal was cut. As Melissa said, first real surprise of the day. It also probably means that Moskos will wreck his shoulder by this time next year. I don't get this at all. Moskos is a #2 starter if everything turns out perfectly for him, while they left a legitimate catcher/cleanup hitter on the board. Terrible management of assets. Just terrible. -Todd Morgan

11:32 a.m.
The Pirates surprise everyone with Daniel Moskos at number four. This is the first super wrinkle in the top part of the draft. Baltimore is on the clock with a lot of options. - Melissa Lockard

11:24 a.m.
So the Cubs take Josh Vitters, which could mean that rumors about a deal with Jarrod Parker were part of a ploy to bring Vitters's bonus expectations down a bit. This puts the Pirates in position to take Matt Wieters, the best hitter in the entire draft. Will they spend the money? My hope is yes, my guess is no. -Todd Morgan

11:15 a.m.
The Cubs nab Josh Vitters, younger brother of Kane County's Christian Vitters. Josh was one of the best HS hitters in the country. The Cubs now have drafted brothers of A's prospects in each of the last two years. The Cubs now have Josh Lansford and Josh Vitters and the A's have Jared Lansford and Christian Vitters. -Melissa Lockard

11:10 a.m.
The Royals take Mike Moustakas, which answers what has been the biggest question for all draft analysts heading into the day. They really wanted Rick Porcello, but could not work out a predraft deal within their budget. Interesting that they ended up going with a different Boras client. Now the Cubs are free to take either of their top targets - 3B Josh Vitters or RP Jarrod Parker. Matt Wieters is also a remote possibility. -Todd Morgan

11:07 a.m.
No surprises with Price and the Devil Rays. He's the best blend of talent, upside and polish in this draft. The fact that he's a lefty is one heck of a bonus. -Todd Morgan

11:05 a.m.
Here we go. Bud Selig standing at the podium, more interested in amateur ballplayers than the guy who is about to break Hank Aaron's homerun record. Quite frankly, I'm surprised he was able to decide to be at the draft. Okay, enough snark. I'm actually very glad MLB seems to be taking their draft seriously. In an age when personality branding and marketing is the foundation of popularity among the masses, the draft is a perfect jumping-off point for MLB if they're going to get in on the fun. -Todd Morgan

11:00 a.m.
Time to start the show.

9:39 a.m.
As our Boston Red Sox's counterpart at Diehard first reported on June 1, Lewis & Clark State star Beau Mills will be watching the draft from a luxury suite at the Oakland Coliseum. Mills is a California native and his father is a coach on the Red Sox staff. The Red Sox will be playing the A's at the Coliseum starting at 12:35 p.m. today. With the A's and Giants both reportedly expressing interest in Mills, there could be an interesting subplot to today's A's game should the announcement be made that Mills was drafted by a local team.

Mills and Florida 1B Matt LaPorta have the most power of any collegiate players in the draft and power is a definite need in the A's system right now. Both have had their injury troubles in the past and both come with questions regarding their defense, but either would fit a big need for the A's system. It was expected as late as yesterday that Mills would be gone by the time the A's picked at 26, but late-night shifting may have dropped Mills out of a few teams' early draft plans, giving the A's a shot to grab him. - Melissa Lockard

8:51 a.m.
The A's have the following picks through the first three rounds of this year's draft:
Number 26
Number 41 (supplemental first)
Number 59 (supplemental first)
Number 74 (Giants second rounder, comp for Zito)
Number 90 (A's own second rounder)
Number 120 (A's own third rounder

Based on my conversations with A's front office personnel and the A's draft patterns the last two years, I look for the team to go with a mix of projectability and polish with their first five picks. The A's have selected a number of players based more on upside than polish the past few drafts and while the jury is out on the success of those picks, I think the A's are more open to adding high ceiling players who may carry a risk than they were in 2002, 2003. Revenue sharing has allowed the A's some more financial flexibility the past few years and that may be playing a part in their willingness to risk some money on rawer talents. - Melissa Lockard

6:01 a.m.
T-minus five hours until the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are on the clock! Should be an interesting first day with the coverage on ESPN2. They are expected to get through only a few rounds at most today rather than the 17 or so they normally get through, so more than a few draft eligible players will have a long night tonight waiting to hear their names called.

As of now, all signs still point to David Price as the number one pick. - Melissa Lockard

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