2012 Draft Update and First 2012 Osprey

Just saw this information come across the wire and since it isn't yet up in da Pit, figured I would make an entry providing the latest on which of our draftees have signed and then a first glimpse of the 2012 Missoula Osprey!

2012 Draft:

The following is a copy of the latest Bird Droppings post from the official MLB Missoula Osprey Blog. Ben always does such a great job of writing these things up so why reinvent the wheel when it already rolls so good?

D-backs sign Trahan, 30 other picks

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have come to terms with 31 of their 40 picks in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including their top pick, catcher Stryker Trahan.

In addition, their top six picks, and 17 of their first 20 choices have agreed to contracts with the D-backs. The players will head to Phoenix to take physicals, then head to the club’s Spring Training facility in Scottsdale to attend mini-camp and get their assignments for the summer.

The announcements on where players will be place will be coming soon, and as we get information, we will post which players will be coming to Missoula to play for the Osprey.

Here is the list of signed players:

Round  No.  Player               Pos.   School    
   1   26     Stryker Trahan       C      Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.
   2   90     Jose Munoz           INF    Los Altos HS, Hacienda Heights, Calif.
   3   120    Jake Barrett         RHP    Arizona State University
   4   153    Chuck Taylor         OF     Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas
   5   183    Ronnie Freeman       C      Kennesaw State University
   6   213    Jacob Lamb           INF    University of Washington
   9   303    Jeff Gibbs           RHP    University of Maine – Orono
  10   333    Daniel Poma          OF     Hofstra University
  11   363    Ben Eckels           RHP    Davis HS, Davis, Calif.
  12   393    Alex Glenn           OF     Arizona Christian University
  13   423    Phildrick Llewellyn  C      Trinity Christian Academy, Deltona, Fla.
  14   453    Derrick Stultz       RHP    University of South Florida
  15   483    Michael Forslund     RHP    Liberty University
  17   543    Yogey Perez-Ramos    OF     Miami Dade CC
  18   573    Kevin Medrano        INF    Missouri State University
  19   603    R.J. Hively          RHP    University of Mississippi
  20   633    Jacob House          INF    Texas A&M University
  23   723    Mathew Dermody       LHP    The University of Iowa
  24   753    Mark Ginther         INF    Oklahoma State University
  25   783    Vincent Spilker      RHP    Lee University
  26   813    Christopher Capper   RHP    Brigham Young University
  29   903    Adam McConnell       INF    University of Richmond
  30   933    Shelby Stevens       RHP    Oklahoma State University
  31   963    Andrew Potter        RHP    Eastside HS, Lancaster, Calif.
  32   993    Daniel Watts         LHP    Jacksonville State University
  33   1023   Jonathan Pulley      RHP    Spartanburg Methodist College
  34   1053   Jared Ray            RHP    University of Houston
  35   1083   Robbie Buller        RHP    Houston Baptist University
  36   1113   Andrew Barbosa       LHP    University of South Florida
  37   1143   Breland Almadova     OF     University of Hawai'i
  39   1203   Rafael Garcia        C      Gilroy HS, Gilroy, Calif.

The list of unsigned players includes three which we have already reported on prior posts on Bird Droppings who will reportedly not sign. Evan Marzilli is currently playing with South Carolina in the NCAA Super Regional against Oklahoma, trying for a baseball title three-peat. The last three names on the list – Max Schrock, Cameron Gibson, and Zane Hemond – are the ones reportedly will not sign but instead head to their college commitments – Schrock at South Carolina, Gibson at Michigan State, and Hemond at Phoenix College. Of the three, Hemond would be the only one who will stay draft-eligible next year, since he is going to a junior college.

Round    No.  Player             Pos. School 
    7   243    Andrew Velazquez    INF   Fordham Prep HS, Bronx, N.Y.
    8   273    Evan Marzilli       OF    University of South Carolina
   16   513    Landon Lassiter     INF   North Davidson HS, Lexington, NC
   21   663    Rudy Flores         INF   Florida International University
   22   693    Holden Helmink      RHP   Willis HS, Willis, Texas
   27   843    Damion Smith        OF    Holy Names Catholic HS, Windsor, Ontario
   28   873    Max Schrock         INF   Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, NC
   38   1173   Cameron Gibson      OF    Grosse Pointe S. HS, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
   40   1233   Zane Hemond         RHP   Montrose HS, Montrose, Col.

2012 Missoula Osprey!

Justin Bianco, Ty Linton and Dexter Price will all be returning to start the year off with the Missoula Osprey! Here's the official press release. I'd expect we should get frequent updates this week on the players coming to Missoula.

Justin Bianco, a third-round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, is among three returning players who will be on the 2012 Missoula Osprey roster, the club, in conjunction with the D-backs, announced today. Bianco will be returning to Missoula along with fellow outfielder Ty Linton and right-handed pitcher Dexter Price.

"It is exciting to start building our roster for this season. Having Ty Linton and Justin Bianco cornerstone our outfield is a great start," explained Osprey Executive Vice President Matt Ellis. "Both players are great individuals with a ton of baseball talent and skill. I expect both to have solid years for the Osprey this season.

"Dexter Price had periods of success with us last year and we expect him to be a solid addition to our pitching staff in 2012. Our fans will be excited by these returning players."

Bianco hit .206 in 54 games with the Osprey in 2011, with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs and 20 RBIs, as well as five stolen bases. Bianco also made just one error in the field, and was named the top defensive outfielder in the Pioneer League last season. He was one of the mainstays in the lineup that helped Missoula win the North Division First-Half title and its fifth playoff appearance as a franchise last season.

Linton, a 14th round pick in 2010, has seen limited playing time in his first two seasons in Missoula. After signing late in the 2010 season, Linton was limited to just one plate appearance, in which he drew a walk. An outfield collision cost Linton over a month of playing time in 2011, but he bounced back to hit .257 in 39 games with seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 17 RBIs.

Price bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen early in the summer before becoming a mainstay in the starting staff by season's end. The right-hander out of Colorado Springs, Colo., a 30th round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, posted a 3-2 mark with a 4.96 ERA, but was 2-2 with a respectable 4.10 ERA in the second half of the season. He is expected to be in the starting rotation this season.

The Osprey will be announcing more players on their roster as the week progresses. The team is expected to arrive late Friday to Missoula, and will have workouts on Saturday and Sunday before the club leaves for its season opener in Billings.

The Osprey will open the 2012 season on June 18 in Billings, and open the home schedule on June 22 against Great Falls. Tickets are available now at the MSO Hub Box Office, located at 140 North Higgins in Downtown Missoula, online at and by phone (406) 543-3300.

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