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Drafted Beavers starting to sign

Pick

Player

Team

Position

Location of A teams

42

Eddie Kunz

New York Mets

RHP

Brooklyn, NY

Savannah, GA

St. Lucie, FL

57

Mitch Canham

San Diego Padres

C

Eugene, OR

Ft. Wayne, IN

Lake Elisnore, CA

127

Darwin Barney

Chicago Cubs

SS

Boise, ID

Peoria, IL

Daytona Beach, FL

254

Daniel Turpen

San Francisco Giants

RHP

Keizer, OR

Augusta, GA

San Jose, CA

292

Mike Stutes

St. Louis Cardinals

RHP

Batavia, NY

Davenport, IA

Juniper, FL

314

Joe Paterson

San Francisco Giants

LHP

Keizer, OR

Augusta, GA

San Jose, CA

950

Anton Maxwell

Texas Rangers

LHP

Spokane, WA

Clinton, IA

Bakersfield, CA

1297

Chris Hopkins

Kansas City Royals

CF

Surprise, AZ

Burlington, IA

Wilmington, DE

We have and will be talking a lot about drafts-- it's that time of year.

Oregon State won it's second consecutive National only four days ago, but some players are already busy with their pro careers. At the right, you will see a table of the eight Oregon State players selected in the MLB Draft. The last column of the table to the right shows the locations of the three A affiliates for each MLB team. It's kind of hard to read because there are no borders in the table separating each player's info. The main point I'm trying to get across with listing the teams is that some of our beloved Beavers could be playing in the Pacific Northwest.

Mitch Canham, in the Padres organization, could play his A ball in Eugene, then if he were to advance to AAA, he would be playing in Portland for the (other) Beavers. Daniel Turpen and Joe Paterson, the McMinnville connection, could both be playing on the same team down in the Salem-Keizer area. Darwin could be in Boise, and Anton Maxwell could be in Spokane.

Other Beavers didn't get as lucky, like Eddie Kunz. From hearing him talk on AM Northwest this morning, it sounds like he'll be playing in Brooklyn. Although he will be a long ways from home, he still sounds excited. After all, he grew up in Parkrose.

Mike Stutes, picked 292nd by the Cardinals, also looks like he'll be playing away from home, if he decides to go pro.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself. The players have to take care of some business before they get to play at the next level. Besides, not all of them will sign.

Mitch Canham has already signed with the Padres. The Oregonian reports that Mitch will report to the Eugene Emeralds next Thursday, then play his first game on Saturday. The paper also reports that Darwin Barney is working with the Cubs on his contract. He's scheduled to go to the Cubs training facility in Arizona for his physical, then start playing after that, maybe in Boise.

However, not all of the eight players selected in the draft will be leaving Corvallis. I expect Chris Hopkins to stay, and Joe Paterson and Daniel Turpen could wind up staying for their senior season. It really is hard to tell right now. The guys will make the decision that is best for them, and no matter what, they will always be Beavers.

--JB--