Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Drop to 15th Spot No Downer for Drew

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Drop to 15th Spot No Downer for Drew

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Byline: Bob Thomas, The Times-Union

TALLAHASSEE -- As the brother of two former Major League Baseball first-round draft picks, Florida State junior shortstop Stephen Drew has a better understanding of the fickle business than most. Perhaps that's why he refused, at least publicly, to get overly excited prior to Monday's draft.

Given the 11th-hour turn of events, it was a wise decision.

Despite being rated by many as the top position-playing prospect in the draft and a potential No. 1 pick overall by the San Diego Padres, Drew slid all the way to No. 15, where he was snapped up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I'm not disappointed at all," Drew said. "You never know what's going to happen once the draft starts. I'm going to get a chance to play a game I love, hopefully for a long time. To get drafted in the first round is an honor."

Drew is represented by Scott Boras -- who also represents brothers J.D. and Tim Drew -- which had the Padres concerned about his signability. J.D. Drew was the second player selected in the 1997 draft by Philadelphia, but never signed after the Phillies refused to meet Boras' signing bonus demands.

The current Atlanta Braves' right fielder sat out the year, re-entered the draft and was the fifth pick overall by St. Louis, where he began his major league career.

Stephen Drew wasn't the only Boras client whose draft-day stock slipped. Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver, projected as a top-three pick, was taken 12th overall by Anaheim.

"We were a little surprised that he (Drew) fell to us," Arizona scouting director Mike Rizzo told "Obviously, we understand that there are reasons that that happened. Those kind of players don't come along every day. He's got solid tools. He's a great player, and we felt it would be hard to pass him up."

During a Monday radio interview, ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons ripped Boras for making excessive signing bonus demands for his clients. …

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