Robert Stephenson (Cincinnati Reds) – Matt Sosnick (Sosnick/Cobbe)
Sean Gilmartin (Atlanta Braves) – Ryan Gleichowski (Sports One)
Joe Panik (San Francisco Giants) – Andrew Lowenthal (Proformance)
Levi Michael (Minnesota Twins) – Creative Artists Agency
Mikie Mahtook (Tampa Bay Rays) – Creative Artists Agency
Jake Hager (Tampa Bay Rays) – Paragon
Kevin Matthews (Texas Rangers) – Bobby Barad
Greg Genske and Legacy Sports Group had the same amount of clients taken in the first round (5) as Scott Boras. The two of them account for almost one-third of all players selected in the first round (both companies also had superb offseasons). Creative Artists Agency was next in line with a total of 3 clients selected, followed by Wasserman Media Group, SFX, Jet Sports Management, and Franklin-Frye Sports, each with 2 advisees drafted in the top 33 picks.
Speaking of Creative Artists Agency – the company does not seem to be taking a hit in recruiting after the departure ofCasey Close…or is it too soon to make such a statement? No one knows just how much of an influence Close had in recruiting Mikie Mahtook, Levi Michael, and/or Danny Hultzen over the years, but they all have stayed with CAA.
Back to Genske vs. Boras. While Genske tied Boras with regards to the number of clients selected in the first round, no one compared to Boras when it came down to signing bonuses negotiated. Combined, Gerrit Cole ($8 million), Bubba Starling ($7.5 million), Anthony Rendon ($7.2 million), Chris Reed ($1.589 million), and Alex Meyer ($2 million) received a total of $26.289 million. Genske’s clients – George Springer ($2.525 million), Jed Bradley ($2 million), Tyler Anderson ($1.4 million), Taylor Guerrieri ($1.6 million), and Blake Swihart ($2.5 million) – received a total of $10.025 million, which is absolutely nothing to scoff at.
Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.
Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.