Archive for Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Cubs select righty Chiasson from A’s

December 12, 2000


— The Chicago Cubs selected right-hander Scott Chiasson from Oakland on Monday with the first pick in the major league draft.

Chiasson, 23, went 11-4 with a 3.06 ERA last season for Oakland's Class-A Visalia team. He struck out 150 batters in 156 innings.

Ten players were chosen in the major league portion of the draft. Players drafted at a cost of $50,000 must remain on the active rosters of the teams that drafted them throughout next season or be offered back to their former teams for $25,000.

Teams occasionally find stars in the draft. Toronto picked George Bell and Kelly Gruber for bargains in the past. But only three players from last year's draft Johan Santana (Minnesota), Kory Dehaan (San Diego) and Derrick Turnbow (Anaheim) remained in the majors all last season.

Toronto was the only team to lose two players. Baltimore selected first baseman Jay Gibbons, and Anaheim took left-hander Rendy Espina.

Others selected were right-hander Brandon Knight by Minnesota from the Yankees; right-hander Ted Rose by Montreal from Cincinnati; outfielder Endy Chavez by Kansas City from the Mets; second baseman Jermaine Clark by Detroit from Seattle; shortstop Donaldo Mendez by San Diego from Houston; and right-hander Julio Santana by the Mets from San Francisco.

Eligible for the draft are players not on 40-man rosters who have three or four years of professional experience, depending on whether they were older than 18 when they signed.

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