|All eyes were fixed on Bip Roberts before the start of the draft for he owned the first overall pick. Such decisions for the Bipster have not been easy or without cost. In 1934, Bip arrived in Staten Island early with the No. 1 pick but was forced to sit and watch and drink (beers) as 150 players were cut. His moment arrived at last. “Chase Utley,” cried Bip. And then he dashed to the men’s room like he was trying to steal home plate. He was not seen until the 5th round.
That was the last time that player cuts were announced at the owners meeting.
Fortunately for Bip, LES Nation kindly recalls the Utley pick for the stud would lead them to the World Series two years later. But not so of their next No. 1 pick, in 1940, when Bip selected starter Doug Fister. “To be fair, Fister was 27 and had a career year,” notes BVL scribe Slick Rhodes. “But his promise faded fast.” Pause. “At least he didn’t pick Jeff Francoeur!”
Yu Darvish, Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer were some of the talented starters drafted in 1940.
With pitching a priority, Bip selected starter Dinelson Lamet with the first pick. LES Nation breathed a sigh of relief.In Brooklyn, hopes are very high this season, almost giddy. With the No. 2, the Bruisers selected starter Corbin Burnes. The righty became part of a talented staff with Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish. They will go as far as this trio can take them.
Toronto, without any hesitation, got Charlie Hayes’ boy, Ke’Bryan Hayes, at No. 3.
Other draft notes:
New York drafted the first prospect, Bobby Witt Jr., in Round 4. The clubs drafted 12 others.
New England waited until Round 6 to make its first pick, starter Zach Davies.
The Brick Church selection of 1B Jared Walsh in Round 2 annoyed Knights ownership.
* Rebuilding a career is Banksville’s intention. They drafted Nicholas Castellanos in Round 9.
* Randy Arozarena, at No. 18, already has 5 fan clubs in NYC.
Homestead brass are hopeful the promise of Julio Urias, No. 47, will reveal itself this time.
* Carlos Rondon was the last player selected, by Brick Church.
Dated July 8