Missouri center fielder Evan Frey and second baseman Brock Bond had their names called on Friday, Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Frey in the 10th round. Bond, the 734th overall pick, went in the 24th round to the San Francisco Giants.
Frey and Bond found time to talk about the draft process over the phone.
“Before the draft, the Orioles called,” Bond said, “and asked, ‘Will you sign?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll sign for sure.’ They said they expected me to go between the 10th and 20th rounds.”
Bond and Frey watched the draft online. Frey went when he anticipated, but Bond’s wait was a little longer.
“When I got drafted, one of the Giants’ scouts called me immediately,” Bond began. “He wanted to say congratulations, and to make sure I knew I was drafted. He said, ‘Let’s start getting the contract worked out.’ They said they’d call me Saturday to start working on the contract.”
“I watched online, and when I saw my name pop up, a scout from Arizona gave me a call,” Frey said. “He congratulated me, and said he’d talk to me soon.”
Bond said he was excited to get drafted, even though he expected to go earlier.
“I was a little disappointed because it was later than I expected,” said Bond. “But it’s still exciting, though.”
New to the draft process, and still awaiting a follow-up phone call from the Giants and Diamondbacks’ front offices, Bond and Frey explained what happens next.
“They’ll tell me where I’m supposed to go,” Bond said. “They’ll offer me whatever bonus money they can, but it probably isn’t much at the round I got drafted in. It isn’t too important, though, to me. I’ll sign with them, and then they’ll probably send me to Oregon (Giants’ Class A affiliate Salem-Keizer Volcanoes). We’ll discuss when the league starts, and we’ll go from there.”
“We’re going to talk about a contract pretty soon,” Frey said. “Then I have to go down to Phoenix and take a physical. I’ll probably be sent to Washington or Montana to start playing minor league ball after that.”
Both said their phones were busy after word spread about their selection.
“My parents called me first,” Bond said, “saying they were happy for me. They talked about it a little bit, to make sure I’ll sign and asking other questions. I got phone calls from old friends, a lot of phone calls to congratulate me.”
“Coach Pratte called and Coach Luke (Cassis) text messaged me to congratulate me,” Bond said about his former team. “I’ve heard from Evan (Frey), Jake (Priday), (John) McKee, and Dan (Quinn).”
“A lot of my teammates called me,” Frey said. “Probably at least half of them.”
Though a bit disappointed about his place in the draft, Bond sounded grateful for his future.
“I’m just glad I got my foot in the door, and a shot to play professionally. It’s always been my dream.”
Frey couldn’t contain his excitement.
“I can’t be happier. I’m really excited about the club. It worked out well.”