Fun moments between picks at Draft
Lasorda, Brewers keep things loose during long three days
While the First-Year Player Draft is mostly a long and arduous process that spans 50 rounds, it doesn't mean there weren't some fun moments during the 2009 Draft.
And leave it to Dodgers legend and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda to provide one of the lighter sides of the Draft when he took the microphone in the third round to announce the Dodgers decision to draft the son of one of his former players, Tim Wallach."Hey, everybody, this pick is very special to me. I knew this pick when he was a baby," Lasorda said on the microphone. "His father was one of the greatest players of our generation. We select Brett Wallach, a pitcher from Orange Coast Junior College in Costa Mesa, Calif." Lasorda stole the spotlight and surprised everybody by making the pick as it was supposed to be announced by Major League Baseball's executive vice president of baseball operations Jimmie Lee Solomon. But Lasorda wasn't the only surprising person to make picks as the Brewers called on 12-year-old Aaron Ash, the son of Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash, to announce 16 picks for Milwaukee on the third day of the Draft. It was the second time that the youngster announced a Draft pick as he also announced the Brewers' 30th-round pick back in 2005. That pick, right-hander Omar Aguilar, has been a pleasant surprise for the Brewers as he is currently on the club's 40-man roster. "We figured we would try to ride Aaron's luck some more," Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid said. "Aguilar has been a good pick for us." It was simply part of a relaxed atmosphere in the Brewers' Draft room over the three days. "We have a good time," Seid said. "No nerves, no pressure. We all laugh and make jokes and have fun with each other." The Cardinals also got into the fun on Day 3 when their representative dropped into a deep baritone to inform everyone on the conference call that their 37th-round pick, Richard Racobaldo, a third baseman from Mt. Olive College, is known as "The Rock." It was a rare moment of levity in what can be a long and monotonous day for the MLB clubs making the last of their 50 picks. But one of the unintentional ways the Draft stays light is the announcement of some of the more unusual names that could someday join the Minors Moniker Madness.
Here are some of the best names of the Draft by position along with five pitchers:
Pitchers:Michael Monster, RHP, CIN (25)
Brooks Pounders, RHP, PIT (2)
Damien Magnifico, RHP, NYM (5)
Dexter Bobo, LHP, BAL (44)
Rutherford Shuman, RHP, TB (19)
Xorge Carillo, C, CLE (29)
Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg, 1B, ATL (16)
Connor Crumbliss, 2B, OAK (28)
Gianison Boekhoudt, SS, WAS (26)
Rawley Bishop, 3B, DET (19)
Seth Schwindenhammer, OF, BOS (5)
Sequoyah Stonecipher, OF, FLA (14)
ZeErika Hall, OF, NYM (29)
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com ] This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.