The 2009 Major League Baseball draft was serious business with many teams feeling the urgency of getting some high-quality, dependable and focused players who can help their teams win as soon as possible. A lot of effort went into this year’s draft and all eyes will be on the teams to see if they made the right picks.
Zach Wheeler and the San Francisco Giants
If there was one thing the Giants did not need, it was more pitchers. They already had Barry Zito, Randy Johnson, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, so they would go for an outfielder, right? No. Instead, they used the #6 overall pick and chose another pitcher, Zach Wheeler, from a small high school in Georgia. He had a remarkable high school season in 2009, finishing 9-0 with 151 strikeouts in just 13 games.
Maybe the Giants thought he was the best player available at the sixth pick in the draft and maybe they felt they had no other choice to pick him because if they didn’t then another team would get him. Yes, a lot of other teams would have snatched up. Well, the Giants could do worse than have the best pitching rotation in the National League.
Grant Green and the Oakland A’s
The A’s finished second to last in their division last year so they needed help on nearly every position. They selected shortstop Grant Green with the 13th overall pick of the draft. With a .374 batting average with his time University of Southern California, Green should bring an immediate lift to the A’s. Given that the A’s are stuck in last place in the American League West, we shouldn’t have to wait too long to see Grant Green in action in Oakland.
Jorge Sanchez and the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh finished last in the National League Central division in 2008 so they certainly needed a spark. With the #4 overall pick of the draft, they chose catcher Jorge Anthony Sanchez, aka Tony Sanchez. The Boston College player set a BC school record with 63 runs in his last college season so he certainly knows how to score, and scoring is sorely needed now in the Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse. He will be called up rather quickly from his training in the minor leagues.
MLB 2008 Final Standings
MLB Draft Results
Meet the Giants’ newest pitching phenom, Examiner.com, June 9, 2009.
Athletics pick USC’s Grant Green, USAToday.com, June 9, 2009.
Fourth-overall pick of BC’s Sanchez frees up options later, MLB.com, Jennifer Langosch, June 9, 2009.