What Have You Done For Me Lately?

ryan-perry All of the hoopla is about this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, but how are the players doing who were chosen in the first round of the 2008 draft?

TIGERS – RHP Ryan Perry – 23 IP with Detroit before assignment.
TWINS – CF Aaron Hicks – (14th) 27 RBI with the Gulf Coast Twins.
WHITE SOX – SS Gordon Beckham – (8th) promoted to Sox last week.
INDIANS – 3B Lonnie Chisenhall – (29th) 44 RBI in Kinston (A).
ROYALS – 1B Eric Hosmer – (3rd) 27 RBI at Burlington (A).

RED SOX – P/SS Casey Kelly – (30th) 2.31 ERA with Class A Salem.
YANKEES – RHP Gerrit Cole – (28th) chose UCLA vs. NYY minors.
BLUE JAYS – 1B David Cooper – (17th) at N. Hampshire (AA).
RAYS – SS Tim Beckham – (#1) at Bowling Green (A).
ORIOLES – LHP Brian Matusz – 4-2 at Class A Frederick.

RANGERS – 1B Justin Smoak – (11th) 25 RBI with Frisco (AA).
ANGELS – RHP Ty Chatwood – (74th) with Cedar Rapids (A).
MARINERS – RHP Joshua Fields – (20th) held out; with W. Tenn (AA).
A’s – SS Jemile Weeks – (12th) 3 HR with Stockton (A).

PHILLIES – 3B Anthony Hewitt – (24th) 9 RBI with GLC Phillies.
METS – 1B Ike Davis – (18th) 4 HR, 21 RBI with St. Lucie (A).
BRAVES – LHP Brett DeVall – (40th) 4-2 with Rome Class (A).
MARLINS – C Kyle Skipworth – (6th) 7 2B with Greensboro (A).
NATIONALS – RHP Aaron Crow – (9th) couldn’t negotiate a deal.

BREWERS – C Brett Lawrie – (16th) 39 RBI with Wisconsin (A).
CUBS – RHP Andy Cashner – (19th) 1.75 ERA in Daytona.
REDS – 1B Yonder Alfonso – (7th) moved to Carolina (AA).
CARDINALS – 3B Brett Wallace – (13th) with Memphis (AAA).
PIRATES – 3B Pedro Alvarez – (2nd) 40 RBI in Lynchburg (A).
ASTROS – C Jason Castro – (10th) 6 HR at Lancaster (A).

DODGERS – RHP Ethan Martin – (15th) 3-3 in Great Lakes (A).
GIANTS – C Gerald Posey – (5th) 41 RBI at San Jose (A).
PADRES – 1B Allan Dykstra – (23rd) 21 RBI at Fort Wayne (A).
ROCKIES – LHP Chris Friedrich – (25th) at Modesto (A).
DIAMONDBACKS – LHP Dan Schlereth – (26th) with Reno (AAA).

Best MLB Draft ever. Milwaukee opened the 1985 draft by picking B.J. Surhoff — who signed for $150,000, a paltry sum by today’s standards. Among those following Surhoff were Will Clark (2), Bobby Witt (3), Barry Larkin (4), Barry Bonds (6), Pete Incaviglia (8), Walt Weiss (11), Brian McRae (17), Joe Magrane (18), Gregg Jefferies (20), Rafael Palmeiro (22) and Joey Cora (23).

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