LIVE 2006 Draft Day Notebook- INSTANT Updates
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Friday 1:00 p.m. ET
Ok, folks - Eyes just opened, phones are fully charged and we are ready for 4 days and 4 sleepless nights of draft coverage.
What we hear right now, and let me stress, it's VERY early in the process. Every time we make a call to an executive or scout we hear the conversation beginning with 'It's still early, but'...
The Royals are looking at three players to select number one. Andrew Miller, Luke Hochevar and Brad Lincoln, and in that order. Many feel Hochevar will occupy the number one spot as the draft gets closer.
Andrew Miller and his representatives are doing EVERYTHING they can to drop in the draft. Miller doesn't want to be drafted by the Royals. So will the Rockies take him them? Miller has told the Rockies he doesn't want to be selected by them either. This is an interesting scenario to follow over the weekend.
The Jays are looking at the following players: Matt Antonelli, Joba Chamberlain, Tim Lincecum, Billy Rowell ,Travis Snider, and one more name that we haven't been able to gather (we believe it's David Huff from UCLA). By the way notice those names are listed in alphabetical order.
Friday 3:30 p.m.
The Jays' scouting department is watching Joba Chamberlain's start this afternoon closely. Chamberlain is currently pitching against Manhattan in the Regionals. He has allowed two solo home runs and the No. 1 seed Nebraska is trailing the No. 4 seeded Jaspers 2-1 in the fifth inning.
Friday 4:45 p.m.
The Jaspers pulled off the biggest upset of the day so far in the NCAA Regionals by defeating the No. 6 overall seed Cornhuskers 4-1. Joba Chamberlain suffered the loss allowing 4 runs, on six hits, and two home runs, in 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out 8 and walked 2. More info on any possible effects of this start, and what scouts thought of his start soon.
Friday 7:31 p.m.
InsideTheDome was just informed that the Jays reached an agreement before the draft-and-follow deadline with St. Petersburg CC right-hander Michael Barbara. The Jays controlled his rights after drafting him in the 45th round of the 2005 draft.
Friday 8:31 p.m.
The Blue Jays have not made a decision about what player they will be selecting Monday. We are hearing they will be finalizing their Top 14 draft list late Sunday into Monday.
Friday 10:07 p.m.
The Royals have begun trying to get a pre-draft deal done with Luke Hochevar and Andrew Miller. Right now the club is split 50-50 on who they draft.
Friday 11:47 p.m.
The word from scouts in Omaha is that Chamberlain was "ok" in his start. "He pitched decent, but he didn't exactly face the best hitting team in the country," one scout told us. Another said "it looked like the first home run bothered him and he just threw a pitch down the middle." Chamberlain allowed back-to-back home runs for the first time since pitching for the Cornhuskers. "He tired out in the 8th inning. He threw 122 pitchers in total."
Saturday 3:01 a.m.
There have been several outlets that have Matt Antonelli falling, and not being drafted by the Jays. We have heard some things along those lines, but as of this second, we will rank Antonelli as the player the Jays select.
Saturday 8:07 a.m.
Good morning folks - We wanted to let you know to expect an InsideTheDome.com Mock Draft on Monday. It should be fun.
Saturday 1:36 p.m.
There was one story today about Antonelli possibly going to the Tigers at No. 6 or the Giants at No. 10. In our feature earlier this week on Matt, we mentioned the interest from the Tigers and the Giants. Although the interest is there, in the end, we believe those two clubs will go a different route. As mentioned this morning, we believe Matt Antonelli will be available when the Jays select on Tuesday, and will be the player selected, unless a Tim Lincecum drops down to No. 14 as mentioned in this feature.
Saturday 8:48 p.m.
We are still hearing Antonelli will be available when the Jays select Tuesday, however, strong indications late Saturday show the front office backing away from the Wake Forest product. It appears the Jays will once again be selecting a pitcher in the first round. Still too early to figure out the exact details.
Sunday 3:53 a.m.
InsideTheDome has learned that Toronto had Travis Snider in for a workout earlier this week.
Sunday 7:58 a.m.
As of late Saturday night the organization had not decided what player they want to draft. We are told Antonelli, Chamberlain, Travis Snider are all in the mix with three other players.
Sunday 6:38 p.m.
Been spending most of Sunday trying to get multiple confirmation on this tidbit. We will throw it out in the open. Some rumblings today have the Giants selecting Joba Chamberlain with the No. 10 pick. The Giants have been associated with Daniel Bard lately. Remember, our mock draft will be launched Monday.
Monday 3:38 a.m.
Our mock draft will be launched later today. The Royals have not decided on who the No. 1 pick will be. As more time passes it appears Luke Hochevar will be the name called, but Miller is the current favorite. The Rockies will be selecting Evan Longoria if Miller is taken by the Royals. The Devil Rays will be selecting Brad Lincoln, unless Longoria drops down. The Pirates have kept things very quiet, but we believe they will grab Greg Reynolds if Lincoln is off the board. At this point the Mariners will draft Tim Lincecum, unless, Luke Hochevar is available. The Blue Jays are still deciding between Matt Antonelli, Daniel Bard, Joba Chamberlain, David Huff, Travis Snider. Some believe the Jays will not select a prep player in the first round, but we keep hearing the association with Snider is legit.
Monday 11:40 a.m.
InsideTheDome was just told Matt Antonelli returned to the Northeast after working out for the Texas Rangers. He could be working out for Boston today.
Monday 12:05 p.m.
InsideTheDome has created a "mock Jays list." This is the order we believe the Jays are rankings players. We will leave out players that are expected to be draft No.1-13.
1) Travis Snider
2) Joba Chamberlain
3) Daniel Bard (slipping down)
4) David Huff
5) Matt Antonelli
If one of the big-named college pitchers drop (Lincecum, Morrow, Hochevar etc...) we believe the Jays would draft them.
Monday 11:35 p.m.
Our Mock Draft is up. Took a lot of work, and still nothing is certain.
Tuesday 6:12 a.m.
Draft Day is Here! There has been plenty of movement the past 8-12 hours (what sleep?). The first round is beginning to change shape...Nothing is guaranteed. The Royals are in full speed trying to reach a pre-draft deal with Luke Hochevar. The Jays are setting their targets on Travis Snider, and as InsideTheDome first reported last week, Tim Lincecum.
Tuesday 9:37 a.m.
It will be a heated and interesting debate at Blue Jays headquarters this afternoon if they have to choose between Tim Lincecum and Travis Snider with the No. 14 pick. Those two players are the draft day favorites to be selected by Toronto.
Tuesday 10:47 a.m.
Yes, we know Andrew Miller could slip down the draft board if Hochevar goes to the Royals. As mentioned in our Mock Draft, 'Camp Miller' wants to fall down to the 13th pick and go to Chicago. Some rumblings suggest Miller falls that much, and even further (depending on what happens with a few other top pitchers). Put it this way, if Miller gets his wish and if available at No. 13, it's not certain that Chicago will draft him!
More to come....
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