Posted by: bhyman | August 16, 2008

Posey, Smoak, Dykstra sign at deadline

With seconds to spare, the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres came to terms with their first round draft picks: Florida State catcher Buster Posey (Giants), South Carolina first baseman Justin Smoak (Rangers) and Wake Forest first baseman Allan Dykstra (Padres).  Posey signed a minor league contract with a draft record $6.2 million bonus, $500,000 more than 2008 first-overall pick Tim Beckham.  Smoak signed a minor league contract with a $3.5 million bonus, $1.5 million more than the MLB recommended slot bonus.  Dykstra signed a minor league contract with a $1.15 million bonus.  He initially agreed to a $1.4 million bonus with the Padres last month, but San Diego backed out when his physical revealed a degenerative hip condition.

Posey won the Golden Spikes Award as the top college baseball player. The Florida State catcher rewrote the Division I leaderboards, leading the nation in on-base percentage (.566), slugging percentage (.879), batting average (.463), hits (119), RBI (93) and total bases (226). Posey is extremely athletic; he was recruited to Florida State as a pitcher and moved to shortstop before catching as a sophomore.  He ranked seventh in our pre-draft rankings.

Smoak was arguably the best combination of offense and defense in a deep first base class (seven first basemen were drafted in the first round).  He was the third first baseman drafted, but he was our favorite.  His switch-hitting abilities and excellent defense draw comparisons to Los Angeles first baseman Mark Teixeira.  We ranked him sixth in our pre-draft rankings.

Although Dykstra was the last first baseman drafted in the first round, he may have the best power potential.  He hit 16 home runs and finished third in Division I with 62 walks.  The combination of power and plate discipline appealed to the Padres, who drafted him with the 23rd overall selection.  He ranked 16th in our pre-draft rankings.


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