Tanner Scheppers Rumors

Pirates Sign Pedro Alvarez

11:43pm: Great news for Pirates fans – they’ve signed Alvarez to a $6MM minor league deal.  So much for Boras demanding $10MM.

11:41pm: The Bucs failed to sign pitcher Tanner Scheppers, who slipped to the second round due to a shoulder injury.  Scheppers was looking for $2MM, and his audition wasn’t great.  GM Neal Huntington issued a statement on the Scheppers situation.

4:59pm: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette weighs in on the Pedro Alvarez negotiations.  He believes the Pirates have an offer on the table, and are open to a Major League deal.  However, Kovacevic says there is no chance of the Pirates approaching a $10MM Mark Teixeira-like contract.  The Pirates and Scott Boras have six hours to find a compromise.

Draft Roundup: Kelly, Scheppers, Inoa

Some draft notes for the morning…

Draft Roundup: Wallace, Alvarez, Scheppers

Here’s the latest draft pick signing info.

  • The Cardinals are close to signing their top pick, Brett Wallace.  The bonus is expected to be around $1.85-2MM.  What position is he going to play long-term?  Does left field make the most sense?
  • The Pirates are negotiating with Pedro Alvarez, but both sides are staying mum on the details.
  • The Bucs are also talking with Tanner Scheppers.  They’re still trying to gauge his health.

Draft Day Roundup

The draft is just four hours away.  We’ll be live-blogging it here at MLBTR.  Here are today’s draft links.

Draft Roundup

All kinds of draft links today. 

Rangers Leaning Toward College Pitcher In Draft

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers "would love to take a high upside college pitcher who could shoot through the system" with their 11th overall pick this June.  Sullivan suggests Shooter Hunt, Tanner Scheppers, and Christian Friedrich as possibilities.  Scheppers may be out of the picture given the stress fracture of his shoulder.

ESPN’s Keith Law ranked his top 60 for the draft on May 10th, and he considered the top college pitchers to be Aaron Crow, Brian Matusz, Scheppers, Friedrich, Josh Fields, and Hunt.  In their May 16th mock draft, Baseball America picked high school first baseman Eric Hosmer for Texas.

By the way, check out the June Amateur Draft link.  This will remain on the sidebar until after the June 5th draft takes place.

Scheppers Injury Will Affect Draft Position

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reports that Fresno State righthander Tanner Scheppers will be sidelined with a stress fracture in his shoulder.  Mayo suggests that the serious injury is likely to drop Scheppers out of the top ten picks.  The risk is increased, but now Scheppers will drop and could become a steal.

By the way, bookmark Mayo’s new blog, Geeking On The Draft.  I am pretty sure we have some draft geeks in this crowd.

Odds and Ends: Doue, Furcal, Kuroda

Here are today’s links.

Boras Demands For Alvarez, Hosmer Leaked?

Kiley McDaniel reports rumors of Scott Boras’ asking price for ’08 draftees Pedro Alvarez and Eric Hosmer.  He’s hearing a $9.5MM big league deal for Alvarez and a $7MM bonus for Hosmer – steep demands.

Hosmer, a high school first baseman, has been compared to Casey Kotchman by Baseball America.  He’s a top ten pick.  Alvarez, one of the top talents in the draft, plays third base for Vanderbilt but may end up at first.  He figures to go within the first four picks (Rays, Pirates, Royals, Orioles) for sure.

By the way, the Reds have the seventh pick, and BA’s Jim Callis thinks they’ll go for a pitcher.  He names Shooter Hunt, Tanner Scheppers, and Tim Melville as the main candidates.

Giants May Draft A Pitcher With Fifth Pick

The Giants have the fifth overall pick in the June draft.  It’s a shame teams can’t trade picks, because the San Francisco’s needs don’t really match up with the likely best available talent.

Jim Callis provided interesting speculation in issue 0808 of Baseball America‘s print magazine.  Callis suggested that the Giants may lean toward pitching in June even though the best available talent will be at first base.  This is because top prospect Angel Villalona is moving from third to first and the Giants may not want to create a future logjam.

Callis tossed out three possible pitchers for the Giants for the fifth pick: Tim Melville, Christian Friedrich, and Tanner Scheppers.