MLB Draft: Two U-M Juniors, Three Signees Selected

MLB Draft: Two U-M Juniors, Three Signees Selected

Submitted by Raoul on June 7th, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Two Michigan juniors and three Michigan signees were selected on day three of the MLB draft. Junior right-hander James Bourque was the first picked, going in the 14th round (#424 overall) to the Washington Nationals. Erik Bakich had gone into the draft expecting Bourque to be drafted and to sign, and he indicated that again in an MLive article today. 

"He is a hard-thrower," Bakich said, in a phone interview Saturday. "He got his fastball up to 96 miles per hour by the end of the season, and he has stuff with his fastball and curveball that from a professional standpoint is really good."

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"Any where a player gets drafted on day three of the draft gives them a good opportunity to start a professional career," Bakich said.

Bakich expects Bourque to sign with the Nationals.

But in a Freep article, Bourque sounded more uncertain:

Bourque has no idea of his plans, whether he’ll sign or return for his senior year at Michigan, but the uncertain part is over.

“I’m definitely more relieved,” he said. “The whole draft process gets old and you don’t really get any news until you see your name on the draft board... I’m just more relieved and glad it’s done and I can focus on what I’m doing now and talk to them.”

The Tigers drafted junior southpaw Trent Szkutnik in the 20th round (#610 overall). As with Bourque, Bakich had been anticipating that Szkutnik would go pro. That still seems to be the case given that he's a local product, who went to high school at Temperance Bedford and is a Tigers fans. Here's a quote from an MLive article:

"It is great to see the team from our state take Trent," Michigan baseball coach Erik Bakich said. "Everyone is extremely excited about him getting a chance to play professional baseball here in Michigan."

The first Michigan signee drafted was Drew Lugbauer, a 6-4 catcher out of Arlington H.S. in New York, selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in round 21 (#624 overall). A local news article indicates he's still planning on coming to Ann Arbor:

"We spoke to the Blue Jays before the draft and they knew I was going to school. I'm really thankful they selected me,'' Lugbauer said.

"I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing and try to develop as a player to the best of my ability (at Michigan).''

With Cole Martin graduating this year, Lugbauer could be a key member of the 2014 class.

Taken in round 26 (#786 overall) by the Texas Rangers was another signee, Jayce Vancena, a right-handed pitcher out of Lake H.S. in Millbury, Ohio. The Rangers had expressed serious interest in Vancena heading into the draft, even summoning him down to Texas for a pre-draft workout and forcing him to miss a playoff game in the process (according to this article).

The Tigers drafted a second Michigan signee in round 31 (#940 overall)—Grant Reuss, a left-handed pitcher from Cranbrook Kingswood H.S.

Note that July 18 is the deadline for drafted players and teams to reach deals.

OT- Rangers draft paralyzed outfielder

OT- Rangers draft paralyzed outfielder

Submitted by BiSB on June 8th, 2011 at 9:31 PM

The Texas Rangers drafted a kid named Johnathan Taylor , a junior outfielder from the University of Georgia, in the 33rd round.  Thing is, Taylor was paralyzed in an on-field collision with a teammate in March. 

Classy move, Texas.  Well played.


Baseball: LaMarre projected 1st round by Baseball America

Baseball: LaMarre projected 1st round by Baseball America

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on May 18th, 2010 at 1:21 PM

The information is behind the BA paywall, but Jim Callis of Baseball America did his first round mock up late last week, and draft eligible junior Ryan LaMarre is his 23rd overall pick going to the Marlins ($). While specific draft order is never a given, LaMarre as a 1st rounder is definitely a high possibility.

(HT: Jackson Citizen Patriot - College Baseball: University of Michigan's Ryan LaMarre a top prospect)

Michigan Baseball Prospects MLB Draft

Michigan Baseball Prospects MLB Draft

Submitted by MGoAndy on June 11th, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Just to update Brian's earlier post about baseball recruits and the draft:

Dan Fields went 180 overall to the Tigers. His 6th round selection would have nearly guaranteed a decision to attend Michigan, but the Tigers will get extra consideration as the hometown team. I've personally seen Dan play numerous times this season, and the guy is a stud. Beautiful swing, good power, plus speed, a rocket arm, and a good glove on this kid. He's also huge, like break my bones with his bear hands huge. I'm sure it will be a tough decision between the Tigers system and Michigan.

Derek Dennis went 319 overall to Tampa. His statement about probably going to play for Michigan might have scared teams away - he intended to do this - because he was projected much higher than the 10th round. However, don't count out Tampa. He said they're talking second-round money, and he was looking for around $1.5 million as a signing bonus. Interesting to see how this plays out too.

Pat Biondi went 1050 overall to the Tigers. I'd assume this is far too low for him to consider signing, but again, you can't count out the hometown Tigers. That said, I think it's pretty safe he goes to Michigan. I've seen Pat play too this year and he has good pop, great speed, and an absolute cannon of an arm in the outfield.