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Draft pick update

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From ChicagoSports.com: Texas junior outfielder Jordan Danks, the Sox's seventh-round pick in the amateur draft, took batting practice in front of several high-ranking executives. The 6-foot-5-inch Danks, younger brother of Sox pitcher John Danks, relished taking batting practice with Paul Konerko four hours before Tuesday night's win over Cleveland. Danks was selected in the 19th round by the Sox in 2005 but elected to attend Texas. He is three semesters short of graduating. "I feel a lot more comfortable now," Danks said. "I got some schooling [and three years of college baseball] under my belt. I have all this to start my pro career and get rolling with that and hopefully make it up here as soon as possible." Danks is confident he will sign before the Aug. 15 deadline. Meanwhile, the Sox plan to take another shot at Kyle Long, a 6-8, 285-pound left-hander they drafted in the 23rd round out of St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va. Within the next 10 days, the Sox plan to visit Long, the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long. He throws in the mid-90 m.p.h. range and has committed to play at Florida State.

College Baseball Splits

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As we did last year, Kent Bonham and I have made available splits and situational statistics on nearly every college player selected in the first day of the draft. [THT] 2 (PIT) - Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt 3 (KC) - Eric Hosmer, American Heritage HS Plantation Fla. 4 (BAL) - Brian Matusz, San Diego 5 (SF) - Buster Posey, Florida State 6 (FLO) - Kyle Skipworth, Patriot HS Rubidoux Calif. 7 (CIN) - Yonder Alonso, Miami 8 (CHW) - Gordon Beckham, Georgia 9 (WAS) - Aaron Crow, Missouri 10 (HOU) - Jason Castro, Stanford 11 (TEX) - Justin Smoak, South Carolina 12 (OAK) - Jemile Weeks, Miami 13 (STL) - Brett Wallace, Arizona State

mlbtraderumors says the Sox looking at Jason Castro at #8 in the draft

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I'd be unthrilled with another overdraft of a "solid" Stanford catcher. It's from a Keith Law ESPN Insider article -- maybe someone with access can comment further.

Baseball-Intellect: Gordon Beckham Compares to...Alex Rodriguez?

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Continuing our 2008 Major League Baseball Draft Preview, we look at college shortstop Gordon Beckham. The 21 year old from the University of Georgia is regarded as the second best shortstop in this year's draft. Not to be confused with the draft's top rated shortstop, Tim Beckham, Gordon's game is much more different than the raw, but extremely talented high schooler of whom is also from Georgia. You'll hear a lot of the cliches associated with Beckham given his small size; scrappy, hard-working, and other intangible-oriented descriptions. While they may be true, Beckham can also play a litle bit too. Beckham possesses some pretty good pop at the plate; maybe not as good as his college numbers indicate, but above average overall. Let's take a look at his swing: ...

Rick Porcello Makes Baseball Rethink How Teams Acquire Talent

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WSJ article 5/30/08. Pre-Thursday's draft musings about bonus money.

2008 Draft Notebook from BP

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Tim Beckham's draft stock rising. Goldstein says Alvarez, Crow, and Beckham all should be getting consideration by the Rays. Also previews the college hitters, who dominate the draft this year. [Update by The Cheat, 4:57 PM]: Saber-Scouting, my favorite new site, has a mechanical breakdown on Crow. Part 2: Last week's Draft Notebook had a section touching on the plethora of one-dimensional slugging first baseman at the college level. On the flip side of things, this year's college class is incredibly shallow up the middle. That positional scarcity, as well as some impressive early-season performances have two such college players moving way up on draft boards, and making a strong case for consideration among the Top 10 picks.

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