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1952 BVL Draft

Yamamoto, Skenes clinch arms race for lovable Knights

 
Marathons are won with a sprint near the finish line, not in the first 500 yards. Well, Adam Goldberg and the New York Knights weren't waiting for any of that. In fact, they weren't waiting for the starter gun to pop. Hell, they weren't waiting for the owner of the starter gun to even show up.

And so, with three first-round picks, the Knights assembled a pitching staff they hope will be the envy of the BVL. Welcome to New York, Yoshinobu Yamamoto (overall #1), Paul Skenes (#5), and Kutter Crawford (#9).

Brick Church entered the draft with the most picks, 19. Foy scouts predicted New York City and Toronto, which had the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, would pick starters. "We knew—everyone knew—the available starters after the first round all sucked," said a Foy scout before the draft. "We're getting Yainer Diaz.” Pause. "He's the guy we want more than anyone else—and he's Diaz.”

Following the Yamamoto selection, Andy Wong upended Brick Church and their dream when the NYC Scrappers announced catcher Yainer Diaz at No. 2. “This is a business,” explained Slick Rhodes. “It’s no surprise. The Scrappers covet knives—big, sharp, shinny knives. Diaz is a big, sharp, shinny knife.”

There's a buzz in Toronto. “They might be this year’s surprise team,” predicted Rhodes. “They’ve drafted well the last two years.” SP Kodia Senga (#3) and OF Nolan Jones (#8) are the two newcomers wearing the Monarchs colors this summer.

Banksville's selection of 2B Zach Gelof (#7) raised eyebrows. On WBAN, a Queens fan cried out, "What in the hell is a Gelof? Is he Irish? Is he related to Madoff? Will he rip us off and bat .188?” The current champs hope RP Tyler Holton (#10) will anchor a bullpen in need of repair.

The other first-round selections: SP Kyle Bradish, #4 (LES); OF Jorge Solar, #5 (BCF).

Notes from the draft:

* New England waited until the 49th pick to make its first selection, SP Shota Imanaga.

* Of the 142 players drafted, the highest total in recent history, 31 went to Single A and 7 to Double A.

* Two drafted players, SP Yusei Kikuchi and C Freddy Fermin, declared themselves free agents; Jake Cronenworth signed with Banksville.

* Donovan Solano, one of five players who were cut and drafted, was the last player selected, by Banksville.

Dated May 28, 1952
 

 
ROUND 1
 
ROUND 9
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
1
Yamamoto, Yoshinobu SP# 3 NYK    
81
Turnbull, Spencer RP# 1 NYK  
2
Diaz, Yainer C 3 NYC    
82
Stratton, Chris RP 1 NYC  
3
Senga, Kodia SP 3 TOR    
83
Morel, Christopher OF 1 TOR  
4
Bradish, Kyle SP 3 LES    
84
Smith, Will RP 1 LES  
5
Soler, Jorge OF 3 BCF    
85
Alvarado, Jose RP-a 1 BCF  
6
Skenes, Paul SP# 3 NYK BKL  
86
Skubal, Tarik SP* 1 BKL  
7
Gelof, Zach 2B 3 BAN HOM  
87
Wells, Austin C# 1 HOM  
8
Jones, Nolan OF 3 TOR IND  
88
Candelario, Jeimer 3B 1 IND  
9
Crawford, Kutter SP 3 NYK NEG  
89
Cabrera, Edward SP 1 NEG  
10
Holton, Tyler RP 3 BAN NYK  
90
Rodriguez, Eduardo SP 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 2
 
ROUND 10
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
11
Langford, Wyatt OF# 2 NYK    
91
Strahm, Matt RP 1 NYK  
12
McLain, Matt SS 2 NYC    
92
Kerkering, Orion RP# 1 NYC  
13
Tovar, Ezequiel SS 2 BCF  TOR  
93
Bernardino, Brennan RP 1 TOR  
14
Paredes, Isaac 3B 2 LES    
94
Fraley, Jake OF 1 LES  
15
Milner, Hoby RP 2 BCF    
95
Foley, Jason RP 1 BCF  
16
Neris, Hector RP 2 BKL  
96
Abel, Mick SP# 1 BKL  
17
Abbott, Andrew SP 2 HOM    
97
Leclerc, Jose RP 1 HOM  
18
Miller, Bobby SP 2 BCF IND  
98
Leiter Jr., Mark RP 1 IND  
19
Graterol, Brusdar RP 2 BKL NEG  
99
de los Santos, Enyel RP 1 NEG  
20
Fairbanks, Pete RP 2 BAN    
100
German, Domingo SP 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 3
 
ROUND 11
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
21
Harvey, Hunter RP-fa 2 HOM NYK  
101
Payamps, Joel RP 1 NYK  
22
Lewis, Royce SS* 2 NYC    
102
Sims, Lucas RP 1 NYC  
23
Sale, Chris SP 2 TOR    
103
Meyers, Jake OF 1 TOR  
24
King, Michael RP 2 LES    
104
Manaea, Sean RP 1 LES  
25
Jankowski, Travis OF 2 IND BCF  
105
Winn, Masyn SS* 1 BCF  
26
Friedl, TJ OF-fa 2 BCF BKL  
106
McMillon, John RP# 1 BKL  
27
Bailey, Patrick C 2 HOM    
107
Campusano, Luis C* 1 HOM  
28
Langeliers, Shea C 2 TOR IND  
108
Acuna, Luisangel 2B# 1 IND  
29
Siri, Jose OF 2 BKL NEG  
109
Mayer, Marcelo SS# 1 NEG  
30
Poche, Colin RP-fa 2 HOM BAN  
110
Fermin, Freddy C-XX 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 4
 
ROUND 12
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
31
Turang, Brice 2B 2 NYK    
111
Vest, Will RP 1 NYK  
32
Ginkel, Kevin RP 2 NYC    
112
NP   NYC  
33
Waters, Drew OF 2 TOR  
113
Wacha, Michael SP 1 TOR  
34
Dominguez, Jasson OF#-a 2 LES    
114
Lorenzen, Michael SP 1 LES  
35
Steer, Spencer 1B 2 BCF    
115
Winn, Cole RP# 1 BCF  
36
McCormick, Chas OF 2 BKL    
116
Jung, Jace 2B# 1 BKL  
37
Crews, Dylan OF# 2 HOM  
117
Julien, Eduardo 2B 1 HOM  
38
Hicks, Jordan RP 2 NYK IND  
118
Garrett, Braxton SP 1 IND  
39
Heyward, Jason OF 2 IND NEG  
119
Alexander, Blaze SS# 1 NEG  
40
Olson, Reese SP 2 HOM BAN  
120
Ober, Bailey SP 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 5
 
ROUND 13
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
41
Eflin, Zach SP 2 BCF  NYK  
121
Slaten, Justin RP# 1 NEF  
42
Brasier, Ryan RP 2 NYC    
122
NP   NYC  
43
Vierling, Matt OF 2 TOR    
123
Sabol, Blake C 1 TOR  
44
Castro, Willi OF 2 LES    
124
Finnegan, Kyle RP 1 LES  
45
Cosgrove, Tom RP 2 BCF    
125
Doyle, Brenton OF 1 BCF  
46
Hoffman, Jeff RP 2 NYK BKL  
126
Aleman, Franco RP# 1 BKL  
47
Gore, MacKenzie SP 2 HOM    
127
Williams, Jett SS# 1 HOM  
48
Pivetta, Nick SP 2 TOR IND  
128
Lugo, Seth SP 1 IND  
49
Imanaga, Shota SP# 2 NEG    
129
Verdugo, Alex OF-a 1 NEG  
50
Merrill, Jackson OF-fa# 2 BCF BAN  
130
Kahnle, Tommy RP 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 6
 
ROUND 14
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
51
Wong, Connor C 1 NYK    
131
Romero, JoJo RP* 1 NYK  
52
Moniak, Mickey OF 1 NYC    
132
NP   NYC  
53
Burger, Jake 3B 1 TOR    
133
Topa, Justin RP 1 TOR  
54
Nardi, Andrew RP 1 LES    
134
NP   LES  
55
Bello, Brayan SP 1 BCF    
135
Thaiss, Matt C 1 BCF  
56
Matz, Steven SP 1 BKL    
136
Caballero, Jose 2B 1 BKL  
57
Jansen, Danny C 1 HOM    
137
Oviedo, Johan SP 1 HOM  
58
Dubon, Mauricio 2B-fa 1 NEG  IND  
138
Kikuchi, Yusei SP-X 1 IND  
59
Duran, Jarren OF 1 NEG    
139
Hence, Tink RP# 1 NEG  
60
Benson, Will OF 1 BAN    
140
Senzel, Nick 3B 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 7
 
ROUND 15
pick
player pos s club from  
pick
player pos s club from
61
Busch, Michael 1B# 1 NYK    
141
Wade Jr., LaMonte OF 1 NYK  
62
Wood, James OF# 1 NYC    
142
NP   NYC  
63
Blanco, Ronel SP# 1 TOR    
143
Gibaut, Ian RP 1 TOR  
64
Jones, Spencer OF# 1 LES    
144
NP   LES  
65
Detmers, Reid SP 1 BCF    
145
Fortes, Nick C 1 BCF  
66
Westburg, Jordan 2B* 1 BKL    
146
Montgomery, Colson SS# 1 BKL  
67
Loperfido, Joey 1B# 1 HOM    
147
Stephenson, Robert RP 1 HOM  
68
Mayza, Tim RP 1 IND    
148
NP   IND  
69
Assad, Javier SP 1 NEG    
149
Bader, Harrison OF 1 NEG  
70
Cowser, Colton OF* 1 BAN    
150
Solano, Donovan 3B-a 1 BAN  
         
       
ROUND 8
 
       
pick
player pos s club from  
KEY
a - Player drafted after being cut: 5
* - AA player: 7
# - A player: 31
fa - Free agent compensation: 5
X - Declared a free agent
XX - Declared a free agent; Jake Cronenworth resigns with club.
71
Jones, Jared SP# 1 NYK     
72
Houck, Tanner SP 1 NYC    
73
Chapman, Aroldis RP 1 TOR    
74
Rogers, Jake C 1 LES    
75
Kjerstad, Heston 1B# 1 BCF    
76
Manning, Matt SP-a* 1 BKL    
77
Matsui, Yuki RP# 1 HOM    
78
Kiermaier, Kevin OF 1 IND    
79
Lee, Jung Hoo OF# 1 NEG    
80
Moreta, Dauri RP 1 BAN  


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