By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
June 30, 2009
In the final days before the 2009 draft, Jake Marisnick worked out for the Angels, Yankees, Royals and Blue Jays. The Angels, Yankees and Blue Jays have a history of drafting athletic outfielders and paying to get them, so those teams seemed like a logical fit. But the Angels took two outfielders with their first two picks, the Yankees took an outfielder with their first pick, and the Royals went heavy on pitching.
Toronto took four pitchers with its first four picks, then used their second third-round pick on their first position player, taking the Riverside Poly center fielder with the 104th overall selection.
Marisnick told Baseball Beginnings that negotiations have started with the Blue Jays, but no agreement has been reached.
“It could be anytime,” he said. “It could be early and it could be late. I’m just kind of going about my business and letting it take shape on its own. I’m doing a lot of cage work and working out. If I don’t play this summer, then I’ll just look at it as the last summer off I’ll have in a very long time.”
Marisnick is part of a strong recruiting class for George Horton at Oregon. If he should slide to Oregon, there’s a possibility he could be paired with Capistrano Valley left-hander Tyler Matzek, the no. 12 pick in the nation by the Colorado Rockies who is also unsigned. Another player, Jack Marder, drafted in the 30th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks, is a likely candidate to play in the Pac-10. All played for Angels Elite.
When Gerrit Cole chose to pitch at UCLA rather than sign with the Yankees following the 2008 draft, it signified that just about any player has a chance to slide to the Pac-10 after the draft. Marisnick said he was surprised that Yuba City catcher Max Stassi slipped to the fourth round, 123rd overall, to Oakland. Stassi has the option of playing at UCLA.
Marisnick said he enjoyed seeing Norco right-hander Matt Hobgood become the fifth overall pick in the draft, chosen by the Baltimore Orioles.
“That was awesome and I was excited for him,” Marisnick said. “I shot him a text draft day to tell him how happy I was for him. I’m sure he got bombarded that day.”