The start to our 32nd season will be as memorable for the deals flying about the room during the draft as it will be for the picks themselves. (See photo gallery.)
Ken Crawford, left, reviews his moderator duties with commissioner Dave Renbarger.
A total of six deals were swung during the 5-hour, 20-minute draft, including Ike Davis being traded not once but twice. (Trade recap.)
The exciting first round highlight was the trade of Chatfield’s No. 5 pick to Margaritaville, which snapped up Jose Bautista for its power-laden lineup and shipped off former first-round pick Jay Bruce. (Full round-by-round draft board.)
The first round got off to a predictable start with Bismarck taking Jason Heyward and Bushwood taking Buster Posey. Chatfield followed with its first of many future star selections in catcher Carlos Santana.
South Grand Prairie’s intentions were finally revealed with the selection of Marlins slugger Mike Stanton, followed by Margaritaville’s choice of Jose Bautista.
Dan Wilson, left, and Ken Kuzdak map out first-round strategy.
Applegate went after Stephen Strasburg to the surprise of few, but Detroit’s selection of Starlin Castro at pick No. 7 did raise some eyebrows.
Hickory added a big stick in Aubrey Huff and Springfield added the lefty speedster it needed in Brett Gardner. Dazed to find Trevor Cahill still available, the Clips grabbed the A’s righty, forgetting all about their plans to draft Pedro Alvarez in this spot. Wisconsin then resorted to lefty reliever Hong-Chi Kuo and Margartaville closed the round with workhorse Brett Myers.
The second round saw Savannah select Ike Davis with the 24th pick, its first of the draft, only to immediately ship him off to Margaritaville along with pick No. 60 in exchange for Billy Wagner — whom the Volcanoes had taken with the 23rd pick — and pick No. 73.
"We like Ike?" Who didn't? Davis started with Steve Hart, wound up in Chatfield.
Ike Davis never even shopped for a plane ticket to Margaritaville though, as the Volcanoes flipped him to Chatfield along with pick No. 157 for pick Nos. 28 and 37.
Ken Crawford deftly managed the timekeeping, pick-keeping and Internet chat room, from which managers John McMillan, Steve Bizek and Garth Lewis/Rick Lackey made their selections.
At the conclusion of the draft, divisions were drawn to take effect with the 2012 season. They are:
Division A: Springfield, Savannah, South Grand Prairie, Hickory and one expansion team TBA.
Division B: Margaritaville, Bushwood, Wisconsin, Applegate and one expansoin team TBA.
Division C: Superior, Bismarck, Chatfield, Detroit and one expansion team TBA.
Springfield brought its mascot to the draft (on the left, to clarify.)
Prior to the draft, awards were presented for 2011 accomplishments, including divisional championship plaques to Steve Hart’s Savannah Scorpions and Jamie Turner’s Tropical Heat (accepted by Dave LaMont); and to Steve Hart for his World Series championship.
Three recent rule proposals (balks/wild pitches/passed balls; endurance and uncarded players) failed, but the proposal to eliminated a team’s ability to pinch-run or pinch-hit after failing to get a lead was approved 9-3.
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