2007 Round 1: Scott Olsen...the 22 year old lefty showed much promise back then but has never shined at Haymakers Grounds. The game start leader never had an ERA under 5.00 and his win loss percentage was even worse. Anger issues and falling velocity finally landed him on the DL, and now back in the FA pool.
2007 Round 2: Clay Hensley...posted a 11-8 record in his only season on the Haymakers. Injuries and poor pitching led him to be released the following year.
2008 Round 1: Hunter Pence...drafted with the 7th pick overall, he has shown flashes of promise, but has been streaky throughout his career for Troy but has slowly been getting better. Pence will likely finally see a full time role in RF in 2010.
2008 Round 1: John Maine...the Haymakers traded up to get Maine 14th overall in the draft. Posted a solid 4.15 ERA in his one season on the team, and was traded in the offseason for Adrian Beltre. Beltre, still on the team, has likely lost his job to the 2010 first round pick.
2009 Round 1: Geovanny Soto...the second pick overall in the draft came highly touted but posted sub-par stats in spacious Haymaker Grounds in his first season and injuries will keep his stats down in 2010. Has come to camp this season trimmed down and healthy while Troy's camp is expecting a big comeback.
2009 Round 2: Rick Ankiel...the former pitching prospect and star had a high profile fall from grace and an even amazing return as a power bat. Ankiel posted solid stats in his first season as a Haymaker, but shoulder injury keep him off the field and now is back in the FA pool hoping for another return, with a different team.
2010 Round 1: Pablo "Kung-Fu Panda" Sandoval...this young bat has been compared to Vlad Guerrero, but plays 3B and can catch in a pinch. An exciting player with great team presence, the Haymakers faithful are hoping he can man the hot corner for years to come.
2010 Round 2: Max Scherzer... the 6 foot 3 power arm has a career 9.5 strikeout/9IP in his short stint for the minor league Diamondbacks and has great poise on the mound. Has the tendency to give up the gopher ball, but the spacious Haymaker Gounds should help with that. Should fill in nicely as the 2 starter behind ace Jered Weaver.
The excitement of these two young start should surely fill the grandstands in Troy and hopefully bring a championship to the team soon enough.