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Second round: A look at picks 50-80

6/9/2009

You can find the entire 2009 MLB draft pick-by-pick selections here.

The second round of the draft boasted several intriguing selections, highlighted by Seattle taking Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress at No. 51, San Francisco getting Horizon High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.) catcher Tommy Joseph at 55 and Detroit getting Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Oliver at 58. Boston's selection of right-hander Alex Wilson out of Texas A&M is interesting, too, regardless of what role the Red Sox decide is best for Wilson, who had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2008.

Poythress, a right-handed hitter, was considered a potential first-round pick, as was Joseph. Oliver was once thought to be a top 15 possibility, but had a down year after winning the right to pitch in court over the winter.

Other picks of interest include Cleveland tabbing Arizona State center fielder Jason Kipnis, who might make the move to second base per rumors that the Indians at least considered Kipnis at No. 15 as a second-sacker. Right-handed pitcher and shortstop Mychal Givens of Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) went No. 54 overall to Baltimore. It's unclear whether the Orioles prefer Givens as a bat or an arm, but the consensus on Givens is that he might not hit enough to be a regular anywhere, and might have to move off shortstop immediately. He reaches the upper 90s with his fastball, but his low arm slot -- nearly sidearm -- might prevent him from starting in the big leagues.

Arizona took another college performer, taking outfielder Marc Krauss from Ohio University at No. 64 after selecting A.J. Pollock in the first round. The Diamondbacks have eight total picks on Day One.

You will be able to find continued analysis and expectations for each team's selections in the MLB draft by going to the MLB Draft Blog and ESPN.com's MLB page for the rest of the week.