Toronto's second pick this year was Beverly Hills High outfielder Michael Moore, whose father is a real estate tycoon and whose uncle is broadcaster Ahmad Rashad. "He's the only kid I ever saw that arrived at games in a Rolls-Royce," says Boston scout Joe Stephenson. Indeed, you can see the Rolls in the Major League Scouting Bureau's videotape on Moore. Toronto's problem is not only that Moore's family is loaded but also that he plans to play wide receiver for UCLA this year. As a result, he told baseball scouts it would take an $800,000 package to get him to sign.
Another Toronto gamble is first baseman-pitcher John Olerud, who announced before the draft that he will return to Washington State next year instead of turning pro. Gillick picked him in the third round anyway and is hoping he can change Olerud's mind with a substantial offer. Gillick's three other risky picks are St. Lawrence (Ill.) High outfielder Brent Bowers, who is still considering three colleges; Scotch Plains ( N.J.) High centerfielder Jeff Hammonds, who currently plans to go to Stanford; and Eisenhower (Wash.) High pitcher Pat Leahy, who has signed with Notre Dame.
Here are some other interesting draft developments:
?The A's picked third baseman/ quarterback Rodney Peete again—this time in the 13th round—but it's uncertain whether they will be any more successful signing him this year than they were last year, when he turned down a $100,000 offer.
?The biggest surprise of the first round was the Rangers' selection of Texas Tech outfielder Donald Harris as the fifth pick overall. Harris was a second-team All-Southwest Conference safety as a sophomore last season and is expected to be an NFL first-rounder in 1991.
?The Dodgers made two selections based on bloodlines. With their third pick, they took Florida reliever Jamie McAndrew, son of former Met Jim. And in the second round they took Petal (Miss.) High outfielder Billy Lott Jr., son of former AFL running back Billy Sr.
? L.A. catcher Rick Dempsey's son, John, a catcher-third baseman at Crespi ( Calif.) High, was picked in the 10th round by the Cardinals. Will they become the next father-and-son combo in the majors?
ALL THAT JAZZ
Are this year's baseballs juiced up? Herzog seems to think so. "We unveiled the new [ National League president] Bill White-autographed balls for the first time on the last home stand, and balls were flying out of Busch Stadium," he said last week. "The Cubs hit six homers in one game. The balls are harder, and a lot of the seams are so low, pitchers can't grip them." Last year, by contrast, the Cubs hit only six homers in St. Louis.... Observers scoffed when San Francisco manager Roger Craig made Scott Garrelts a starter this season because he has had serious control problems as a reliever. But at week's end he was 5-1, with a 2.43 ERA. "When Scott was a reliever, he tried to throw too hard," says Craig. "That's why he was so wild. As a starter, he conserves his stuff better, and it turns out he's better throwing 92 than trying to throw 95." ...As the College World Series (page 71) progressed, Oriole officials became increasingly concerned that LSU coach Skip Bertman might have blown out the arm of their top draft pick, righthander Ben McDonald. Three nights after McDonald threw 138 pitches in a losing outing, Bertman warmed him up three times for a relief appearance. McDonald ended up losing two games and allowing 15 earned runs in 12 innings of postseason play. The O's plan to give McDonald three weeks off after he signs, then keep him in a five-man rotation in Double A to rest his arm.... The first indication that there may be problems between Yankee manager Dallas Green and owner George Steinbrenner came last week when Green told broadcaster Bill Campbell of Philadelphia's WIP, "I may be doing my radio show with you sooner than you thought. You never know what will happen with this guy [ Steinbrenner].
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