Giants draft USF catcher Sim in 27th round
In poring over 1,500-plus names this week, I managed to overlook another USF draft pick on Wednesday, as junior catcher Eric Sim was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 27th round of the MLB draft.
Sim is the fourth Bulls junior to be picked, following outfielder Stephen Hunt and pitchers Andrew Barbosa and Randy Fontanez. He started 40 of USF's 57 games at catcher, though his .252 average was the lowest among the Bulls' regular starters. He drove in 19 runs, scored another 19 and finished the year with eight doubles. We wrote about his long, unusual path to USF back in March.
USF coach Lelo Prado now faces the potential loss of 10 players from his 2011 roster to the draft, including six recruits -- outfielders Kyle Waldrop, Ozzie Guillen and James Ramsay, left-handers Kyle Ryan and Nick Gonzalez and second baseman/outfielder Austin Knight.
-- Former USF receiver Amarri Jackson only lasted two days with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, as they announced his signing on Tuesday, then announced his release on Thursday morning. Jackson was given jersey No. 76 by the Ti-Cats, which never bodes well for a receiver. Looks like he missed one of Wednesday's practices with an injury, which may have factored in Hamilton's decision.
-- With J.R. Reed leaving Skip Holtz's staff to play for the UFL's Florida Tuskers, Holtz has an opening for a defensive graduate assistant, who will work with the Bulls' defensive backs. No decision has been made, but one name to remember is Glenn Davis, who had the first interception in USF history and played defensive back in the Bulls' first four seasons from 1997-2000. Davis has been around the program for years while working as an assistant at local high schools and coached last spring at Division II Stillman College in Alabama.
-- Former USF guard Dominique Jones continues to be busy in pre-draft workouts with NBA teams, and while he's a strong candidate to be taken in the first round in two weeks, he still hasn't cracked the first round of the mock draft from ESPN's Chad Ford. Ford's fourth mock draft of the spring (it's Insider premium content) still has Jones as one of the first five players to be taken in the second round.
-- Congrats to El Toro for posting the 60,000th comment in this blog's five-year history. Another cool milestone, and thanks to everybody for contributing toward that total.