Saturday, 26 July 2008

Minor League Draft

Minors Draft 84 Players; Post War Low
ATLANTA, Dec. 1—The Spokane Indians were the only Western International League team affected by the minor league baseball draft today preceding the National Association convention here.
Houston of the Class AA Texas League grabbed southpaw George New, 24, who had a 5-12 record with Spokane last season and is on the roster of Schenectady of the Class AA Eastern League; while pitcher Bob Nemes, 24, from Salt Lake City of the Class B Pioneer League, had a 6-5 record with Spokane.
Fort Worth of the Texas League picked pitcher Clyde DeWitt, 24 from the Indians, who had a 19-8 record for Salt Lake City last year. He had been 0-3 in the WIL before being sent down.
Grayle Howlett, president of Tulsa in the Texas League, tried to draft DeWitt in the second round, failing to note he had already been selected.
Conversely, no WIL teams took players in the draft.
Clubs from all Class A leagues paid $54,500 in drafting 27 players, 17 from B, four from C and six from D. They also selected the most players taken by any classification, 27, two less than last year, with the Sally and Western each drawing 11 and the Eastern five.

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