Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rounds 31-50

31st Round - Matt Jackson, RHP from University of South Alabama

32nd Round - David Erickson, RHP from University of Connecticut

33rd Round - Jonathan Berger, RHP from San Diego State

34th Round - Joshua Cephas, RHP from Southern Nazarene

35th Round - Adalberto Santos, OF from Oregon State

36th Round - Dylan Tonneson, C from Cal Berkeley

37th Round - Gaspar Santiago, LHP from Ranger JC in Texas

38th Round - Kyle Loretelli, CF from Cal State Stanislaus

39th Round - Christopher Ahearn, SS from Catawba College

40th Round - Thomas Porter, RHP from Elon College

41st Round - Dane Hamilton, 3B from University of New Mexico

42nd Round - Ray Delphey, RHP from Alonso HS in Florida

43rd Round - Chadd Hartman, OF from University of Central Florida

44th Round - Ryan Skube, 2B from Mountain Ridge HS in Arizona

45th Round - Derek Landis, RHP from Iowa Western Community College

46th Round - Mykal Stokes, CF from Orange Coast College in California

47th Round - Zack Thomas, LHP from Cy Fair HS in Texas

48th Round - Andrew Ruck, CF from Sinclar SS in Ontario

49th Round - Brett Holland, RHP from University of Texas at Tyler

50th Round - Brett Basham, C from University of Mississippi

Sorry for not including individual info on all of these players (and my apologies to them), but I'm out of gas. Feel free to ask questions, and I'll tell you what I know.

I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of our picks in either Eugene or Peoria later this summer after sleeping for about a week.


Matt said...

Hey Paul, I've really appreciated all the updates. Some great info. I noticed all 30 teams used all 50 picks. How common is it that no team passes in a draft? In your personal experience do you usually use every pick you have?

Paul DePodesta said...


That's the first time I can remember every team using all 50 picks. Teams generally start dropping out in the 40's.

padscharg said...

I think this is the only year in the last 3 or so that we actually used all our picks. Is that because this was a particularly strong draft class or maybe because we may have trouble signing some of our picks or another reason?

Unknown said...


Last year you had 10 draftees not sign.

How much do you take into consideration their sign-ability when drafting players later (rd 20 and up)?

Does it make sense to draft someone late who is in HS when they would most likely go to college to improve?

Or do you just go ahead and draft whomever you deem to be the best available regardless of their situation?

Thanks and keep up the great job!

Anonymous said...

I could of swore I heard the the Dodgers representative drop out kind of early 39th - 42nd round.

field39 said...


Apoplectic? Don't you know, we are the great unwashed?

Thank you for keeping us informed and involved during the draft. It is a great primer for following guys through the farm system.

Sean said...

I've heard good things about Delphey. What can you tell us? Does he have a strong college commitment? Is he this year's late round shot (Ross Wilson, Hunter Ovens, Chris Wilkes)?

Unknown said...

Paul, two things

1) Is the fact that you didn't really take any SS except the two senior signs who look more like lower-level organizational guys an indication that you're looking at one of the higher-end July 2 kids? I know Galvez and Aristy both help with some upside, but otherwise, the org remains pretty barren at that premium position.

2)Assuming Gaspar Santiago is the kid who was at the PR academy a few years back, has he shrunk? He's listed now at 6'00" but was taller than that when he went to ODU...

Linus Pauling said...

Hey Paul;
any chance you could give us an update on where last year's draft picks are now? Last year's analysis was a great read.

Anonymous said...

Ray Delphey - Will he able to pitch in cape cod and such or is the ACL still a factor?

Paul DePodesta said...


We always have an idea about a player's signability. The last 25 rounds of the draft are usually a mix between players you expect to sign and players you don't expect to sign (but maybe hope to).

Paul DePodesta said...


Delphey has a commitment to the University of South Florida. He's on the smaller side (under 6'0") but has a very good arm with good secondary stuff. Despite his size, our scouts believe he creates good angle on his pitches.

The other potential hiccup here is that he tore his ACL (knee) during the season and probably won't be able to pitch until this fall.

If not for the injury, there is no way he would have lasted as long as he did in the draft.

Paul DePodesta said...


We had extensive conversations leading up to and during this draft about the position players on the board. Overall, it wasn't a terribly strong class, so we had to keep reminding ourselves that just because someone was the best available at their position that didn't necessarily make them a good prospect. Don't get me wrong, there were some interesting guys, but we also only picked three times in the first 100 picks so a lot of them weren't available to us.

Additionally, our SS situation organizationally has improved dramatically in the last year or two. We're excited about Everth Cabrera who is currently 11-27 (.407) with six stolen bases on his rehab assignment, and he's just 22 years old. Furthermore, Jesus Lopez is just 21 years old at AA, Beamer Weems (also 21) has a .450 obp in HA, Drew Cumberland (just 20) is one of the most electric athletes in our system and is hitting about .300 in LA, and Galvez will be the starting SS this year in Arizona.

Which one of these guys will be THE guy? I wish I knew, but we definitely like our choices.

Paul DePodesta said...

Linus Pauling,

I plan on doing that at some point next week.

Unknown said...

If a team fails to sign one of there first round picks, I understand that the team recieves a compensatory pick the following year. Where does that team pick. If the Nationals don't sign Strausberg do they pick first overall again?

Paul DePodesta said...


If a team does not sign any pick in the first three rounds, they receive the next pick in next year's draft. In other words, if we didn't sign our number 3 pick, we would get the 4th overall selection in the 2010 draft.

Sean said...

I've got a question about draft strategy in general. It seems that there is a real arbitrage opportunity in the draft given the ever increasing value placed on young talent by GMs (Poreda/Richard/+ for Peavy...really?).

Could you talk a bit about the economics of an all signability risk draft strategy? This year (as there are every year), there were some huge talents that fell. It seems that by specifically targeting these players (and paying them a $1+ mil bonus), you'd end up spending a budget approaching the "Strasburg price," but end up with 10-20 very high upside players, who would be very valuable on the trade market a year from now. Just wondering why this strategy isn't considered more by teams looking to control their longer term costs while maximizing their draft value?

PositivePaul said...

I know this is old news, but I wanted to ask someone more authoritatively knowledgeable than myself...

Can you clarify this comment - "If a team does not sign any pick in the first three rounds, they receive the next pick in next year's draft." -- does this include the "sandwich" comp picks between the first and second rounds? I've assumed that those picks are generally lumped with the first round picks (as they are on, so that allowance applies (i.e. if a team drafts a player in the sandwich round and he doesn't sign, that team gets to pick in the following year's sandwich round one spot lower than where that unsigned player was picked). Thanks!

wehttam said...

Do you know if Kendal Korbal signed with the Padres? I know he had a commitment with TCU and his girlfriend is having a baby this summer. I think he was drafted in the 20th or 21st round. Haven't heard if he has decided to sign or go on to TCU.