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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

2008 draft

My move to Lancaster County has prevented me from working on this site outside of the weekly updates. Those have been bleak as of late anyway. Wayne Franklin was sold to Tijuana where he struggled through three starts before being released. Ian Snell is on the disabled list with elbow trouble. Kevin Mench was sent back down to Triple-A. Cliff Brumbaugh is having a lackluster season for him over in Korea.

I had a request for more information on Bill Johnson, formerly of the Cubs. I hope to schedule an interview with him, the first for the site. But that is still going to be in the future.

Meanwhile, here's a look at the native Delawareans who were selected in this year's amateur draft. Also, I finally figured out who the other player asked about in the comments was. More on that in a second.

Derrik Gibson, a shortstop out of Seaford High School, alma mater of Delino DeShields was taken in the second round of the draft by the Boston Red Sox. This was the highest a native Delawarean had been drafted since Randy Truselo was taken by the Rangers in the second round of the 2000 draft. Gibson has committed to the University of North Carolina and at this time looks as if he will be going to college rather than signing.

Truselo played a couple seasons of minor league ball for the Rangers before injuring his rotator cuff. He missed two seasons recovering and then tried to come back and play for the independent Lincoln Saltdogs. Unfortunately, his shoulder was not up to the task.

Returning to 2008, Brett Oberholtzer worked the Robert Bryson plan to a T. Both players were drafted out of high school, Oberholtzer in the 47th round by the Seattle Mariners, but went to Seminole Community College in Florida, a top-notch baseball program. Oberholtzer was deemed by many the best left-handed junior college pitcher in Florida this season and the Braves agreed, nabbing him in the eighth round.

Theodis Bowe was the next Delawarean to go in the draft, being taken in the 21st round by the Cincinnati Reds. He, like Oberholtzer, has signed.

Daniel Richardson graduated from the University of Delaware, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round, and signed.

Dean Laganosky, a 45th round selection by the Cleveland Indians, is a draft and follow. The Indians think he has enough potential to want to keep their eye on him. Laganosky is currently having a tough time, however, playing with the Kutztown Rockies of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.

Lastly, in the 47th round, the Seattle Mariners took Richard O'Donald out of Dickinson High School. O'Donald looks to be attending the University of Delaware in the fall and will likely not sign.

There you have it. Hopefully something to keep you interested until there is more for me to add.