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Advisors For Players Selected In Top 10 Rounds Of 2009 MLB Draft

This week, BaseballAmerica released its listing of the players selected in the top 10 rounds of the 2009 MLB Draft and their advisors (if they used one).  Below are my notes.

  • CAA dominated all other agencies in the 2009 NFL Draft.  BDA Sports was king of the 2009 NBA Draft.  Scott Boras Corp killed it in the 2009 MLB Draft.  Boras is advising the top 3 picks of the draft, 6 of the 32 players taken in the first round, and 9 players through the end of the second round.  Dream about those commissions starting…now.  Luckily for the competition, Boras did not do much after the second round, but I am sure that the company does not mind after they finish bathing in stacks of $100s.
  • After Boras’s top 3 picks, the #4 overall pick, Tony Sanchez, was advised by Mike Zimmerman of ACES.  Aces is advising 9 players in the top 10 rounds, and none in rounds 7-10.  Not too bad.
  • Not many companies have big time success in more than one sport.  Don’t tell that to WMG.  Wasserman had 7 players taken in the top 5 rounds.  4 of those players were taken in the second round.
  • CAA destroyed the football draft, did very well in the basketball draft, and also had an amazing presence in baseball’s draft.  The company had 14 players drafted in the top 10 rounds, including 3 first rounders and 7 through the supplemental first round.  Boras Corp should make more money than CAA on commissions from advising, but not by all that much.
  • Congratulations to Career Sports who had 4 players taken in the top 10 rounds.  Keith Grunewald and Victor Menocal are class acts who taught me a lot in a short period of time.

By Darren Heitner

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.