Major signings continuing through the first couple of days and the later rounds are starting to rack up signings as well. The Cardinals have signed 27 of their 44 selections so far. The details of the draft are still murky and we’re waiting on more clear numbers to bonus to slot to see where we actually stand. But as we have the past couple of days, we’ll be updating this all night as the news comes in. So stay tuned and refresh once in awhile. While you’re at it head over to Facebook and join the Instinct page.
The Nationals came to terms with Tony Renda, their 2nd round pick at #80. Renda is a 2B for the Cal Bears and hit .370 with 5 HR this season after leading the Cal team to a trip to Omaha in 2011. He’s a solid middle infielder even though he’s undersized at 5’8″ and 175 lbs. He doesn’t project to have a lot of HR power but he does a lot well which could lead to a career as a utility infielder. He really doesn’t have the range or athleticism to be an everyday player. His selection at #80 had a lot to do with how much money the Nationals will need to have float up from the 2-10 round picks in order to cash in on #16 and top talent Lucas Giolito RHP.
The Nats also signed Samford’s Brandon Miller OF, their pick from the 144th slot and catcher Spencer Kieboom (#174) out of Clemson.
The Cardinals have signed both Steve Bean C and Patrick Wisdom 3B from St. Mary’s. Bean was inside our top 75 at pick #66. Here’s the pre-draft take on Bean:
66. Steve Bean C Rockwall (Texas) HS – One f the top High School backstops in the nation, Bean has a plus arm ranking out in the top quarter of the scouting scale and he’s growing a receiver. He swings it from the left side and project to have average power.
Our Instinct – Bean is going to need some time to develop but projects well as a catcher long term. He swings it well from the left side making his profile a premium one. If his power develops as projected he could be a full time catcher in the majors some day.
Wisdom was outside our Top 75 so the 1st round Supp pick was out of, as they say, left-field. He’s more known for his defense but could have an average bat. He’s not a big tools guy that we like to see inside the first round.
The Cards signed a bunch of others to this point. Mostly college guys, but one JuCo talent named Yoenny Gonzalez, might be a sleeper. Taken in the 8th round at pick 270, he’s a switch-hitting speedster OF. He’s 5’11″ and 170 lbs and hit .317 with 7 HR this season with Central Florida JC.
The Diamonds backs have come to terms with the #1 catcher available in the draft. Stryker Trahan. Who also happens to have the coolest name. No numbers were disclosed but slot is $1.7mm and it’s that it would take at least slot to get him. Not all high school catchers make it to the show as catchers. But we think Trahan has the goods to do so. Here is our pre-draft take:
14. Stryker Trahan C Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. - The top High School catcher in the draft class, Trahan has excellent power and speed potential. Posting sub 6.50 time in the 60 and showing above average power at the showcases. Defensively he’s athletic and has an above average arm. Swinging it from the left side, he just has tools that most catchers do not employ.
Our Instinct - When a High School catcher has the tools to be a pro, one thing needs to be at the forefront. He needs to have a clean swing path so the learning curve is shorter. Once you tack on turning pro, traveling and then learning to be a professional catcher, the hitting development can become a secondary and simple raw power is not going to translate. Trahan can hit. His swing path is clean, his power though raw is evident and he’s an athlete that can be molded into a pro catcher. He’s dropping on draft boards because his catching ability is being questioned. He’s a high school senior. Catchers don’t tend to mature at age 17.
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