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Draft Updates: Bonuses, Green, Sanchez, Epstein

The updates keep flowing in as the countdown to the draft continues...

Draft Update: Strasburg, Orioles, D'Backs

Here's the latest news on next week's draft:
  • Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Ben McDonald may meet Stephen Strasburg at the draft. It was 20 years ago, but McDonald was once the best pitching prospect anyone had ever seen and he had Scott Boras advising him, just like Strasburg. 
  • Check out the comparison chart at the bottom of Nightengale's article to see why McDonald was just as highly touted as Strasburg is today.  Also, check out our Boras Blast From The Past feature on McDonald from April.
  • According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles have scouted college shortstop Grant Green extensively, but it "appears likely" they'll pass and choose between the many high school and college arms that figure to be available when the O's select fifth.
  • To be as prepared as possible for the draft the D'Backs had their pro scouts look at amateur players and vice versa, according to's Steve Gilbert. Mike Leake and Bobby Borchering are two names to watch for the D'Backs.
  •'s Matthew Leach reports that the Cardinals could go for a younger player this year, as their upper-minors are well-stocked.
  • As Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Pitt infield prospect Chris Sedon will be in the dentist's chair getting a cavity filled during the draft because it was the only available appointment.
  • On ESPN radio Keith Law says "slot is dead" because ultimately the recommended bonuses from the commissioner's office are "just recommendations."
  • Even though Strasburg has leverage with the Nationals, Law says it's in his best interest to sign this year and predicts an eleventh hour agreement between the two sides. 

Odds & Ends: Braves, Peavy, Mets, Sabathia

Links for Tuesday...

Heyman On Lee, Martinez, Green

A look at the latest from's Jon Heyman...

  • Heyman addresses the issue of whether the Indians will trade staff ace Cliff Lee.  GM Mark Shapiro isn't thinking about it (not under consideration, according to Ken Rosenthal), and rival execs are divided.  Heyman says neither side made a contract extension proposal during the offseason.  The Indians will have Lee through 2010 once they exercise his option.
  • The Mets mulled calling up Fernando Martinez, but they'll stick to their plan of keeping him in Triple A until at least June.
  • The Orioles are "seriously considering" drafting USC shortstop Grant Green with their #5 pick.  However, the Padres are said to be eyeing Green at #3.

Possibilities For Padres At No. 3

The Padres have the third overall pick in the June draft, and ESPN's Keith Law has info on their preferences:

Keith Law has learned that the Padres, owners of the No. 3 overall pick, are high on Cartersville High School (Ga.) CF Donavan Tate, USC SS Grant Green, Missouri RHP Kyle Gibson and Fort Worth Cats RHP Aaron Crow.

In a mock draft released today, Baseball America projected Green as San Diego's pick.

Both articles linked in this post require subscriptions to read fully.  As someone who devours tons of baseball information every day, I highly recommend subscribing to both Baseball America and ESPN Insider.  You can get three months at BA for $26, and a year of ESPN Insider for $40.

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