How do you improve 39 spots in the Amateur Draft? By remaining unsigned and playing for peanuts with the indie Fort Worth Cats. And throw in some client-stealing allegations by feuding agents for good measure. P Luke Hochevar failed to come to terms with the Dodgers after being selected as the 40th overal pick a year ago, but was taken at no. 1 a few hours ago in this year’s draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Some other early highlights :
2) RHP Gregory Reynolds (Stanford) – Colorado
3) 3B Evan Longoria (Long Beach State) – Tampa Bay (and he’s already signed)
4) RHP Brad Lincoln (Univ. Of Houston) – Pittsburgh
5) RHP Brandon Morrow (Cal Berkeley) – Seattle
6) LHP Andrew Miller (North Carolina) – Detroit
7) LHP Clayton Kershaw (Highland Park High, TX) – Los Angeles Dodgers
8) CF Drew Stubbs (University Of Texas) – Cincinnati (Stubbs has told Radio that he’s already made a deal with the Reds)
9) 3B William Rowell (Bishop Eustace Prepatory) – Baltimore
10) RHP Tim Linecum (Univ. Of Washington) – San Francisco
21) RHP Ian Kennedy (Southern California – New York Yankees
27) RHP Jason Place (Wren High School, SC) – Boston
28) RHP Daniel Bard (North Carolina) – Boston
29) RHP Kyle McCulloch (Univ. Of Texas) – Chicago White Sox

62 RHP Kevin Mulvey (Villanova) – New York Mets
232 LHP Chris Cody (Manhattan) – Los Angeles Dodgers