Quick view of first-round lessons


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

Ed.'s note: Keith Law is appearing on the 9 p.m. "SportsCenter Special" regarding the MLB Draft. His thoughts on the first round and sandwich picks will be available on ESPN.com's MLB page later on Tuesday night.

Jason Churchill:
With the first round in the books, several things stick out -- some are sore thumbs, and others pleasant surprises. The three big-money prep pitchers all went in the top half of the round despite belief that each could have made it to the bottom third, and even into Round 2 for LHP Matt Purke. Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, LHP James Paxton and catchers Max Stassi and Wil Myers highlight the best players still available. Others include LHPs Tyler Skaggs and Rex Brothers, catcher Tommy Joseph, 1B Rich Poythress and RHP Billy Bullock, any of whom could be sandwich selections.

Colorado did very well for itself with Tyler Matzek at No. 11 and getting CF Tim Wheeler to end the round. Anaheim's selection of OF Randall Grichuk and Seattle's pick of SS Nick Franklin were the biggest overdrafts in the second half of the round, but it's difficult not to notice Baltimore and San Francisco passing on Matzek, Shelby Miller and Aaron Crow. Signability/money concerns dominated the round, just not in the manner in which most expected.

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.