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Old 06-06-2006, 09:40 AM  
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Royals plan to take Hochevar with first pick
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
SEATTLE | The Royals plan to select former Tennessee right-hander Luke Hochevar with the first overall pick in today’s draft, The Star has learned.

Club officials spent Monday night in negotiations with Scott Boras, who represents Hochevar, in an attempt to reach an agreement. But plans are in place for the club to select Hochevar even in the absence of a deal.

The Royals turned to Hochevar as a staff consensus Monday as the best-available talent among a pool of three finalists that also included North Carolina left-hander Andrew Miller and Houston right-hander Brad Lincoln.

Hochevar, 22, re-entered the draft pool this year after failing to reach agreement last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is currently pitching for the Fort Worth Cats in the independent American Association, where he is 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA in four starts.

The draft begins at noon and is conducted through a conference call from the Commissioner’s Office in New York. The Royals have the first overall pick because they finished last season with the worst record among the 30 teams.

Hochevar was generally regarded as the second-best pitcher in last year’s draft after going 15-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 19 starts at Tennessee. But he fell to the 40th pick because of signability concerns arising from his connection to Boras.

The concerns proved valid when Hochevar sought a $4 million bonus – the same amount the Royals gave to Alex Gordon, the second overall pick in last year’s draft. The Dodgers’ top offer was $2.8 million.

The Royals had Miller atop their draft board as late as Monday afternoon but showed increasing interest in Hochevar once he re-entered the draft pool.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:42 AM   #2
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I don't know what to think about this. I had pretty much accepted that it was going to be Miller. But looking at the mock on mlb.com this morning, they had him falling all the way to #11.

Also, they didn't have Max Scherzer going in the first round. It'd be really cool if we got him in the second.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:44 AM   #3
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I still think it's going to be Brad Lincoln. Just a hunch....
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:44 AM   #4
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I'd like to think he'll be in either Wichita or Burlington by Friday, but until proven otherwise, this is still the Royals.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:49 AM   #5
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I'd like to think he'll be in either Wichita or Burlington by Friday, but until proven otherwise, this is still the Royals.
Well according to the article, they're already in negotiations. I suppose the wouldn't draft him unless they thought they had a chance of signing him. But then again, it is Boras.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:51 AM   #6
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I would be pleased with this pick. He is supposed to be the closest to being major league ready. Maybe throwing Boras a bone will help the Royals in future dealing with him.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:53 AM   #7
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Fine by me IF it is Moore making the call rather than Dan Glass. Miller is the consensus number one pick, and it's hard to imagine the Royals having better scouting than a composite of MLB scouts.

It isn't a promising development, though. It could be Moore wants to spend money in other areas. If so, fine. If it is the Glasses saying they aren't going to pay that much...well that shouldn't be their ****ing call...just give Dayton the money, and let him spend how he wants to.

And, whether officially or unofficially, Moore is running the draft. All he has to do e-mail Ladnier or Jackson the cheat sheet with the picks. If x is available in this round, take him, if not take y.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:58 AM   #8
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Fine by me IF it is Moore making the call rather than Dan Glass. Miller is the consensus number one pick, and it's hard to imagine the Royals having better scouting than a composite of MLB scouts.

It isn't a promising development, though. It could be Moore wants to spend money in other areas. If so, fine. If it is the Glasses saying they aren't going to pay that much...well that shouldn't be their ****ing call...just give Dayton the money, and let him spend how he wants to.

And, whether officially or unofficially, Moore is running the draft. All he has to do e-mail Ladnier or Jackson the cheat sheet with the picks. If x is available in this round, take him, if not take y.
Awesome. People are already bitching about Moore and he hasn't even taken over yet.

And if you'd have read the thread starter, you'd see that Miller is far from a concensus #1. Again, mlb.com has him going #11, to the Diamondbacks I believe.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:59 AM   #9
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Great!

Hochevar is an excellent pick.
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Old 06-06-2006, 09:59 AM   #10
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Dealing with Boras always turns out bad. I say pick someone else.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:00 AM   #11
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Miller is the consensus number one pick
False. That's simply not true.

And anyway, I heard someone from Scouts, Inc on the radio yesterday say that Miller only has 2 pitches, and that most teams feel he projects to closer more than starter.

I'm fine with this pick. In fact, going with a player who is a Boras client may signal that the culture is changing in the Royals' front office.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:03 AM   #12
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i just hope whoever it is pans out, we need starting pitching.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:07 AM   #13
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False. That's simply not true.

And anyway, I heard someone from Scouts, Inc on the radio yesterday say that Miller only has 2 pitches, and that most teams feel he projects to closer more than starter.

I'm fine with this pick. In fact, going with a player who is a Boras client may signal that the culture is changing in the Royals' front office.
Consensus An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole.

Miller is most certainly the consensus #1 pick. Is he the unanimous #1 pick? Perhaps not, but he's close to being.
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:21 AM   #14
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What is this guys K to BB ratio?? Miller has been iffy lately, we need MLB ready arms, lets hope this guy is it!
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Old 06-06-2006, 10:22 AM   #15
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Consensus An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole.

Miller is most certainly the consensus #1 pick. Is he the unanimous #1 pick? Perhaps not, but he's close to being.
I have also heard that Miller may be trying to conceal an injury. Haven't seen it printed anywhere, just a rumor thus far.
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