Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plant's Givens a second-round pick; former Pasco standout drafted by Mets

Mychal Givens says hearing his name called by the Orioles was a relief, and the team’s scouting department said drafting the Plant standout was “a no-brainer.”


Mychal Givens says hearing his name called by the Orioles was a relief, and the team’s scouting department said drafting the Plant standout was “a no-brainer.”

TAMPA — When the Baltimore Orioles saw that Mychal Givens had slipped into the second round of Tuesday's opening rounds of the MLB Draft, the choice was easy.

"A no-brainer," Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan told the Baltimore Sun. "That's how we viewed it. It was a really good pick for us in the second round.

"It would not have shocked me if somebody took him at the back of the first round. That was value for us."

So with the fifth pick in the second round — the 54th selection overall — Baltimore selected Givens, ending weeks of speculation as to where the bay area's top prospect would land and possibly finding its shortstop of the future.

"It was tough waiting it out," Givens said. "I fell off the map in the first round and didn't go in the sandwich round. But when I saw the Orioles come up in the second round, I had a feeling they might take me.

"They stuck with me," he added. "I'm proud to be an Oriole."

The summer before his senior year, Givens was one of the top high school prospects in the country. He won the 2008 Jackie Robinson Award, given to the country's top rising high school senior. He was also the MVP of the Under Armour All-American Game and played in the Aflac All-American Game, the top showcase games for players entering their senior season.

Entering the draft, however, Givens was ranked just the 46th-best prospect by Baseball America.

"It's a relief," Givens said. "I've been working hard for a long time with the dream of becoming a major-league ballplayer. Now it's just a job and I'm going to do what I've been doing ever since I started playing ball."

Givens led the Panthers to their first state tournament appearance since 2004, going 8-4 with a 1.71 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 78 innings. He also led the Panthers with a .374 average, four homers and 31 RBIs.

The Orioles plan to develop him as a shortstop, the position his high school coach, Dennis Braun, said he preferred to play as a pro.

"He threw 96, 97 off the mound," Jordan said, "but because of the position he plays, (shortstop) is something we'll definitely try first and we'll see what happens."

Even though one of the knocks on Givens was how his bat would adapt to the pro game, the Orioles say they believe he will hit well and develop power.

"We think there is potential for both," Jordan said.

Mets take former Pasco standout

Former Pasco High power-hitting shortstop Robbie Shields, who recently finished his junior season at Division II Florida Southern, was taken by the New York Mets in the third round of the first-year player draft.

Shields, the 103rd overall selection, hit .329 with 22 home runs and 122 RBIs in three seasons with the Mocs. This past year, he hit .345 with five homers and 37 RBIs.

"I don't even know how to explain it," said Shields, who followed the draft online with family and friends from Cape Cod, where he had planned to play a little summer ball. "Sixteen years of hard work paid off. When my name got called, I just dropped my head and was excited. I thanked the Lord."

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Plant's Givens a second-round pick; former Pasco standout drafted by Mets 06/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:22am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Chris Archer knocked out early as Rays lose to Orioles (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Another short outing by Chris Archer led to another long afternoon for the Rays in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

    Chris Archer has not gotten past four innings in four of his past five starts. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  2. Bucs-Vikings report card: Where's this explosive offense we heard about all offseason?


    O NO

    True, the Bucs defense looked pretty leaky in the 34-17 loss to the Vikings. But you know what needs to happen when the defense is getting torched? The offense needs to step up. In games such as these, with defensive players seemingly getting hurt every play, the offense needs to outscore the other …

    Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) intercepts a Jameis Winston pass intended for wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Bucs-Vikings: Instant analysis from Tampa Bay's 34-17 loss


    MINNEAPOLIS — Here's Rick Stroud and Tom Jones' instant analysis from the Bucs' 34-17 loss at Minnesota Sunday. More to come from Rick & Tom — and Greg Auman —- from Minneapolis later today.

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) dives over the pylon for a touchdown as  Bucs cornerback Ryan Smith (29) defends. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Worst-Case scenario: Case Keenum, Vikings hand Bucs 34-17 loss


    MINNEAPOLIS — With key defensive starters out with injury, the Bucs were dominated by the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, with fill-in quarterback Case Keenum beating Tampa Bay for the third year in a row, …

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  5. Bucs-Vikings: A by-the-numbers look at the Bucs' 34-17 loss


    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) hits Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) as he passes during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times