Amateur Draft H-O-R-S-E(sh*t?)

As the Yankees gamble on the Derekness of a college-bound hoopster (vitals detailed below by YF), the Sox spent their time drafting guys who actually want to play baseball.  (Yep, that’s right, C.J. Henry, the Yankees’ first-rounder, has made a verbal commitment to play basketball at the University of Kansas).  I am so sure that Henry won’t take advantage of his interest in basketball to extort a few extra bucks from the Boss, but as Henry contemplates his future hobby Theo and the BoSox were busy angling for 5 of the first 47 picks, picking two first rounders and three supplemental round players.  Theo went for the following:

1 (23) Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, Oregon St.
1 (26) Craig Hansen, RHP, St. John’s
1A (42) Clay Buchholz, RF/RHP, Angelina JC
1A (45) Jed Lowrie, 2b, Stanford
1A (47) Michael Bowden, RHP, Wabonsie Valley HS

Prediction for success?  You won’t get one from my uninformed self.  History has shown the amateur draft to be worse than a total crapshoot, and I ain’t biting.  However, judging from the nerdish draftniks at SoSH Theo did just fine.  We’ll see, in around 2010.

6 comments… add one
  • Well, if the collegial brain trust that is SoSH says the Sox had a good draft, it certainly must be so. Can we guess what their estimation of the Yankees’ picks is? Gee, I wonder?

    Battingly June 8, 2005, 1:23 pm
  • It doesn’t take much more than a pre-school educated child to guess what the Yankees draft will net. Assuming it was done by the same monkeys with typewriters that have conducted the past 8 Yankee drafts then I’d be surprised if they get more than two bench-quality major league talents in the whole draft.
    “It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times… Stupid Monkeys!”
    -George Steinbrenner a.k.a Monty Burns

    mattymatty June 8, 2005, 1:42 pm
  • Now now mattymatty, that’s just not fair. In the last few years the Yankees farm system has produced more than its share of talent. Players like Alfonso Soriano. And Nick Johnson. And Brad Halsey. And Bradon Claussen. And that backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

    Earl June 8, 2005, 2:08 pm
  • If the Yankees are in the habit of drafting quarterbacks then ok, they’ve done well. Actually, I read (somewhere) that C. J. Henry is more interested in basketball than baseball. He’s agreed to play at Indiana or someplace like that. Maybe Steinbrenner is considering branching out into other sports. Not a bad idea considering the current state of his baseball team.

    mattymatty June 8, 2005, 5:36 pm
  • Wow, a guy named Jed, from Stanford, no less.

    MJL in L.A. June 8, 2005, 6:29 pm
  • Unrelated to the article above, all of those who are reading this please vote for Johnny Damon in the All-Star Ballot, the guy really deserves to be a starter and he is only 80k votes away from a starting spot. so PLEASE VOTE!

    JCacho June 9, 2005, 12:49 am

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