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  • #20190
    Bison137
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    Can’t remove yourself from consideration – and no player would want to. Why limit yourself to being drafted once – when you have no leverage whatsoever – if you have a chance to get drafted twice, once with some leverage in the negoatiations.

    Baseball America’s top 500 does not have much correlation with who gets drafted or where, once they are past the 2nd round. There are players in their top 150 still not taken. You can see what a crap shoot the rankings are if you compare the BA list to the MLB list. Huge differences.

    #20194

    TMH
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    Very strange Bison137
    Nick Lovullo, SS, Holy Cross was taken in the 35th round

    Lovullo, also a rising senior hit .218, .266 and .278 with 4 homers over 3 years. He did lead the Crusaders in HBP with 11. Why would all those teams pass over the District 1 POY to get to him unless Garz got the word out that he is not coming our early?

    #20196

    TMH
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    The company we keep
    As noted before, Mike Garzillo was named District 1 POY. There are 9 Districts, one of which had co-winners and another whose winner, Mike Shawaryn was not draft eligible (1st All American pitcher). That brings us back to 9 winners who were draft eligible.

    Dansby Swanson #1 Pick
    Tyler Jay #6 Pick
    Andrew Benintende #7 Pick
    Carson Fulmer #8 Pick
    David Berg 6th Round
    Michael Freeman 7th Round
    Conor Panas 9th Round
    Ryan Howell 15th Round

    and Garzillo

    #20197
    Bison137
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    Quote: Very strange Bison137
    Nick Lovullo, SS, Holy Cross was taken in the 35th round
    Lovullo, also a rising senior hit .218, .266 and .278 with 4 homers over 3 years. He did lead the Crusaders in HBP with 11. Why would all those teams pass over the District 1 POY to get to him unless Garz got the word out that he is not coming our early?

    MLB scouts are not influenced a whole lot by college stats and awards. It’s not uncommon to see something like this happen, since it’s more about tools and how a team’s scouts view potential. The teams passed on him because they thought there were other players with more potential. In any event, Garzillo did get drafted – by the Yankees on the 38th round. I would expect to see him get a very low offer and return for his senior year.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by Bison137 Bison137.
    #20198
    Bison137
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    One other thing I forgot to mention is that shortstops are generally viewed as better fielders and better athletes when it comes to the draft. A player who field well enough to stick at SS has much more value than a 2B. That is one reason there were 8 SS’s taken in the first round and no 2B. Also more than twice as many SS’s were drafted overall. Lovullo is viewed as a good fielder and he did have an OBP above .400 this year – which may have convinced a team to draft him. In any event, he is “organizational depth” and is unlikely to advance above A ball if he signs with someone.

    #20202
    StablerBum
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    Lovullo is also the son of the Red Sox bench coach, and he was drafted by the…Red Sox. Not sure he should be used as an example of anything related to position or performance.

    With the 38th round pick, I hope Garzillo comes back for his senior year. Hopefully Garzillo plays well this summer in the Cape League (he’s on the Bourne roster for now) and continues to raise his (and the program’s) profile. If he has a big summer and sr year he should get another shot, and the money will be minimal wether this year or next so might as well get your degree.

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 5 months ago by StablerBum StablerBum.
    #20210

    TMH
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    It appears that Mike Garzillo will forego his senior year to follow his dream to be a Yankee. Best of luck to both Mike and Justin at the next level of their career.

    http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/06/2015_mlb_draft_lehighs_mike_ga.html#incart_river

    Side note: Not a bad year for Lehigh athletics with 4 All Americans, 2 HM All Americans and 2 players selected in the MLB draft.

    #20216

    TMH
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    Slight correction to the side note:
    There were 3 HM All Americans (Kempton, Taylor and Mahalsky)

    #20217

    TMH
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    Another correction:
    Make that 5 All-Americans, 3 HM All American and 2 Players selected in the MLB Draft

    Mike Garzillo was just named 2nd Team All American. He’s in some pretty heady company.

    http://lehighsports.com/news/2015/6/11/BB_0611154625.aspx

    #20252
    sundayamqb
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    How often do 38th-round picks skip their senior years? I guess there are lots of variables, academics included.

    Has he graduated? Close to graduation? Really far away from it?

    I can’t imagine trying to play college baseball nowadays (or most other sports) and studying at Lehigh. Gotta be insane

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