With their first few regular-season starts in the independent American Association, Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers have solidified their position in the upper half of the first round.It's looking increasingly likely that Crow's big bet--to walk away from the Scats' $3.3 million and roll the dice on the 2009 draft--will pay off. Even with the economy, if he goes 3 or 4, he's going to come out ahead on the draft bonus. And he'll have the peace of mind of knowing that he's not going to the lousiest organization in baseball.
Crow hasn’t allowed a run in his first two starts for the Fort Worth Cats, striking out 13 in 11 innings and retiring 31 of the 38 batters he’s faced. His stuff has been nearly as good as it was when he starred at Missouri last spring—and good enough that he could go as high as No. 3 to the Padres or No. 4 to the Pirates. He’s believed to be seeking at least the $4 million his advisers, the Hendricks brothers, asked for at the Aug. 15 signing deadline last year.
"He looks just a tick behind 2008, almost like he’s in the middle of spring training," an American League front-office official said. "I’ve seen him flash 95 mph with his fastball, and I’ve seen him flash a hard, 87 mph slider. He’s just a little inconsistent, but he’s not far away. And physically, he looks better than ever."
Saturday, May 30, 2009
From Baseball America's draft blog:
Posted by Steven at 10:27 AM