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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2017 Draft Watch List - BaseballAmerica.com

How about next year’s draft?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

MLB Draft Day 2 has college feel | MLB.com

Is this a change? Are more collegiate players getting drafted earlier?

Hundreds of dreams were realized as Rounds 3-10 of the 2016 MLB Draft were completed on Friday, with teams around the league continuing the annual three-day process of organizational restocking in impressive fashion. After an exciting first day of the Draft, highlighted by a group of flame-throwing prep pitchers and euphoric reactions, 239 players were selected on Day 2.

College players were the main attraction, as they have been this Draft, outside the top picks of the first round. Of the 316 players selected through 10 rounds, 244 (77 percent) were either college or junior college players. Clubs are also incentivizing pitching, with 165 hurlers selected so far, compared to 151 position players.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Friday, June 10, 2016

MLB draft Round 1 recap: Cardinals make a few nice gambles - MLB Draft Blog- ESPN ($)

You’ll have to be an ESPN Insider to get Keith Law’s take.

Rutherford came out of last summer as a probable top-five pick, a corner outfielder who could really hit and projected to above-average or better power. He turned 19 in early May, which is a point against him—the track record of 19-year-old high school seniors taken high in the draft is poor—and he’s limited defensively, so you’re just betting on the bat. But we all loved the guy’s hit tool last summer, and there isn’t anything really new that should have soured anyone on the bat.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
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MLB Draft Room Power Rankings: Magnets, Man Buns, and More «

Ben Lindbergh’s take on draft rooms.

Sometimes the patience needed to see your draft picks pay off gets a GM fired.

So which players will be pleasant surprises and which will be busts? Which teams made the smartest selections? And which scouting directors deserve to be drawn and quartered in comments sections and on baseball Twitter?

We’ll be able to start answering those questions in just five or so short years! By then, the college draftees will be reaching their primes, and the most promising high school players will have made the majors. That’s the pulse-pounding pace of baseball’s player-development process, thrilling America with all the immediacy of a matchup between Boston and New York or a plate appearance against Joel Peralta.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Draft Day One Sees Several Surprises - BaseballAmerica.com

John Manuel’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 09:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Day 1 of Draft’s best moves, biggest surprises | MLB.com

More draft analysis by Jim Callis.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Murphy: Phillies need a dose of good luck with Moniak

This year was the second kind of year, so adjust your expectations for Mickey Moniak accordingly. The Phillies made the San Diego-area high school star the first overall selection in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday evening, and while they were thrilled to do so, they also realized that they were picking a kid who had not yet received his high school diploma (that will occur Friday). Moniak has a swing that enamored everybody from the organization who saw it, not the least of them Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel, both of whom bird-dogged Moniak during the recently completed high school season. He can run, he can play defense (he’s expected to stick in centerfield), and he can fill out his 6-2, 180-pound frame. But he is still just a kid. He looks like one, sounds like one, and texts like one (as he finished up his media rounds after his selection, he had 235 unread messages from well-wishers). Bryant was three years removed from high school when the Cubs drafted him. He was in the majors two years. That just won’t be the case here.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, mickey moniak, phillies

Red Sox draft pitcher Jason Groome in first round | Boston Herald

Red Sox get BA’s highest rated player with #12 overall pick. He dropped so far because of questions about his makeup.

After an eligibility issue following a transfer from the IMG Academy in Florida, where Groome spent one season, the lefty returned home and had a strong performance during his final year at Barnegat High School (N.J).

All the while, his stock was slipping.

By midsummer, Vanderbilt was no longer interested in having Groome attend, according to a source familiar with the situation. It wasn’t because of his talent, but a bigger issue.

Three days before the draft, Groome announced he was no longer planning on attending Vanderbilt and instead pledged his commitment to Chipola College, a junior college in Florida.

Questions about Groome’s makeup have not gone away. He’s reputed in the industry as someone who likes to have fun, perhaps too much fun at times.

While other MLB organizations and coaches at Vanderbilt had their concerns about Groome, Chipola coach Jeff Johnson did not.

“I don’t think so,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there’s anything to be concerned about. I think he’s a good kid. We all sometimes look back and wish we had done things a little different, certain situations we wish we could take back, but that’s just part of being a kid.”

The Red Sox have long tried to avoid drafting players with makeup concerns, but they have run into some trouble lately. Their first-round pick at No. 33 overall in 2014, Michael Kopech, has already been suspended for the use of illegal substances and this spring broke his hand punching his roommate.

In his description of Groome’s personality and makeup during a conference call late last night, Red Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Rikard was vague.

“We’re very comfortable we know who Jason Groome is,” Rikard said.

Rikard said the Red Sox were “hopeful” that they could sign Groome.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

MLB Draft: Pick-by-pick selections, analysis | MLB.com

Jim Callis breaks down the first day of the draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 09, 2016

2016 MLB Draft Primer - MLB Trade Rumors

Steve Adams does a great job putting together a primer of the amateur draft. .

The 2016 Rule 4 Amateur Draft will begin tonight at 7pm ET, when the Phillies will be on the clock with the first overall pick. For those who haven’t followed the draft in prior seasons or simply would like a refresher on the intricacies of the system, we’ll provide a quick recap in this post followed by a roundup of some of the top draft resources available to fans online.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 02:31 PM | 138 comment(s)
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Searching for Biases in the First Round of the Draft – The Hardball Times

Interesting, even it doesn’t really tell us much.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Pirates have pivoted away from pitching in recent draft selections | TribLIVE

Because of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in the professional game and the increased amount of pitching prospects with medical red flags — many believe the trends are tied to sport specialization and the showcase circuit — have the Pirates made a turn in philosophy?

Have they elected to reduce risk and target position players over pitchers with premium picks?

“It’s simply how the board has played out, the players we felt had the best potential impact to us,” Huntington said. “It just so happened (it’s been) position players recently, with pitching going prior to that. It’s not a lean one way or the other.

“We’re seeing more and more injuries with position players as well as pitchers. A lot has been made of pitchers, 14- and 15-year-olds that are having Tommy John, and ‘What is the shelf life of a Tommy John surgery?’ But there are an awful lot of position players that are coming through and getting beat up. High school position players that are beat up. College position players that are beat up. It’s not just pitching. … There are many more position players that are coming through with medicals that are getting your attention (than) in the past.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 09:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
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New blood hopes to change Rays’ fortunes in draft | Tampa Bay Times

I just hope the Red Priestess Melisandre didn’t get hired by Tampa. If she did, things could get ugly.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 21 comment(s)
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2016 MLB Draft News | MLB.com

I know what I will be doing tonight.

Day 1 coverage begins Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Opening-round picks in 2016 MLB mock draft | MLB.com

They agree on 1) Moniak, 2) Senzel, 3) Ray, and 4) Puk.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Scouts Get Defensive Projecting Future Roles - BaseballAmerica.com

Work ethic and desire don’t show up in amateur stats.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 01:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Perez, Shelby Fail MLSB Drug Tests - BaseballAmerica.com

How far will Delvin Perez drop?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Phillies should draft Corey Ray with top pick | MLB.com

Cutting a good deal could turn a few players into the 1/1.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Fernandez a Pirate? Redrafting the 2011 picks | MLB.com

This guy still gets overrated.

21. Blue Jays: Austin Hedges, C, JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
(Actual pick: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass./did not sign. Hedges: second round, Padres.)
The best defensive high school catcher to come out of the Draft in years, Hedges signed for $3 million in the second round, which would have been a record if not for the guy redrafted two choices after this. He still has to prove he can hit, and if he does, he’ll move considerably higher on this list. Beede turned down $2.4 million and headed to Vanderbilt, where he won a College World Series and became a Giants first-rounder three years later.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 02:15 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Rutherford’s Ready to Take the Next Step: How High Will He Go in the Draft? | 2080 Baseball

20/80 has been doing some interesting stuff, like this article.

While some evaluators, and even Blake himself, compare his game to fellow southern California prep product Christian Yelich (OF, Marlins), Rawnsley sees Rutherford ending up more like Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, projecting him as a plus hitter with plus power if he reaches his ceiling.

Outside of the bat, Rutherford shows five-tool potential, with a chance for average speed, defense and arm strength at maturity. Rawnsley grades his present speed as above average, noting he’s likely to lose a step once he fills out physically, while Faleris grades it a tick lower, projecting a below-average runner once he has fully thickened. While Rutherford’s arm strength and defense presently grade out as average, the variable nature of his projected mobility leaves his ultimate home in the outfield up for debate, with many projecting an eventual shift to a corner outfield spot.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Bowden’s Big Board: 2016 MLB Draft - The GM’s Office- ESPN ($)

If you have ESPN Insider, you can read Bowden’s top 50 and Keith Law’s Mock Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Monday, June 06, 2016

Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting

TB: Clearly drafting is difficult, and you mentioned things coming back to burn you. It seems that no matter how good a draft is, there’s always that one pick you could have made. How difficult is it to deal with that regret looking back? Do you get over it quickly or are there things that stick with you?

JM: I think a little of both. It depends on the process that you have which led to the other pick and how good you felt about that pick at the time. Certainly, gosh, every scouting director’s closet is littered with, ‘Man, I should have taken that guy. I should have listened to my cross-checker. We had this guy teed up and I went with my gut instead.’ I know a lot of us have that. There might be one or two that bug me to this day, and it’s probably more process-related and the reason why I made the other decision than the one that could have been made.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Uncertainty Reigns With Draft Just Three Weeks Away - BaseballAmerica.com

This year’s draft sounds even riskier than normal.

“There’s more comfort this year with the high school class than the college class,” one scouting director said. “It’s not a clear-cut Top 10 group . . . not as high-end a group as you would have hoped for this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 14 comment(s)
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