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Monday, June 15, 2015

Economics take toll on talent pool in MLB | TribLIVE

“We like two-sport athletes, and we absolutely covet three-sport athletes,” General Manager Neal Huntington said. “We think they are a much better athlete. We believe in our developmental system. We feel there is a little bit more ceiling.”

Jacoby Jones, a third-round pick in 2013, played outfield and second base at LSU. But the former prep football player has played shortstop in the Pirates’ system.

“The mobility, agility stuff, quick short-yardage stuff,” Jones said of football actions that help him at shortstop.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, pirates

Friday, June 12, 2015

DIRK HAYHURST » The Road Ahead

Some advice for recent draftees.

No one is saying you can’t enjoy the good days—you totally should. But you’re not an awesome person because you played well, or play at all, and you don’t suck at life because you stunk today. Simply put; you get paid to play a kid’s game, and somedays the ball will bounce in your favor and others it won’t. All you can do is train to give yourself more chances at success than the standard distribution calls for. What happens after that is just an outcome, not a definition of your worth.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Take a look at how the MLB Draft breaks down state-by-state | MLB.com

Jim Callis picks the best players by state. I’m not sure how he selected the state. Just looking over the list, I see Jerry Remy is listed in Rhode Island. He was born and raised in Massachusetts.

Edit: I just noticed the writer said, “Note: The states listed here refer to the school the player was drafted out of, not the state in which he was born.” That’s wonky. So, a person who lived his entire life in one state gets misclassified if he goes away to college. In Jerry Remy’s case, he signed out of high school and didn’t even play for Roger Williams University.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

2015 Draft: Best Available For Day Two - BaseballAmerica.com

BA’s best available for day two.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Tulo, CarGo leading Rockies’ resurgence | MLB.com

Much to my disappointment, I was just too tired to make it through the second round. Still some good players available for day two.

The top 10 players, according to the MLB.com rankings, still on the board, are:
23. Donny Everett, RHP, Clarksville HS (Tenn.)
28. Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke
31. Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (Calif.)
33. Dakota Chalmers, RHP, North Forsyth HS (Ga.)
39. Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG Acadamy (Fla.)
41. Jalen Miller, SS, Riverwood International Charter School (Ga.)
45. Riley Ferrell, RHP, TCU
47. Blake Trahan, SS, Lousiana-Lafayette
54. Luken Baker, RHP/1B, Oak Ridge HS (Texas)
55. Cole Sands, RHP, North Florida Christian HS (Fla.)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft


Monday, June 08, 2015

2015 MLB Draft News | MLB.com

If you can’t watch the draft on the MLB Network, you can watch it online at MLB.com.

Watch LIVE: Coverage begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET, Round 1 at 7 p.m.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 05:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Draft Evolves, Grows In Spite Of Little Fanfare - BaseballAmerica.com

A great look at the history of the draft by Allan Simpson.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
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On eve of draft, Astros say they’ve moved on from Brady Aiken debacle - Ultimate Astros

A review of the Brady Aiken/Astros issues last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, astros

Shortstops remain headliners of latest mock Draft | MLB.com

The top of the mock drafts has changed a bit over the last month. No more mock drafts after today, though.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Do Puerto Rican ballplayers belong in a stateside or potential international MLB draft?

“The biggest problem in Puerto Rico is lack of dedication,” Posada said. “In Puerto Rico there is less of a need to play baseball. But the draft also makes it tough. You have kids here who are 16 and 17 competing against kids in the states who are already in junior college. So we just try our best to give them a good start, help them develop the tools, bodies, arms and the rest will come.”

But what about the big elephant-in-the-room question? Isn’t asking Caribbean scouts to find Puerto Ricans for the stateside draft a little like asking the goat to guard the lettuce?

As a scout, there is much more incentive to discover (and hone) young talent in neighboring Dominican Republic, Venezuela and now Cuba, and sign them to the club the scout works for. There’s much less impetus to develop or find hidden gems in Puerto Rico and then serve them up to a new player draft for rival clubs.

“The only incentive a scout in Puerto Rico has to find talent is the pride of wanting to pick the best for Puerto Rico,” Big League Team Elite coach Rodríguez said.“I have seen scouts who will say about a kid with good potential: ‘I’m going to hide him.’ But in Puerto Rico that is not possible.”


Why Yankees have failed in the draft — and why that may change | New York Post

Joel Sherman writes about the Yankees drafts.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, yankees

For MLB draftees, college-or-pro decision still not easy | TribLIVE

During the two years before the Phillies again drafted him — in the third round rather than the 20th — Worley played at Long Beach State and learned about a drawback of college athletics: self-financed health care.

While bouncing back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen as a sophomore, he missed time with an elbow injury.

“You always go see a specialist,” Worley said. “But at least with Major League Baseball and the minors, you’re getting covered by the team. In college, it’s, ‘All right, do I believe (one doctor’s opinion)? I don’t know if I can afford to see a specialist and then afford to have a surgery if I need it.’ It’s a guessing game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 07:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Handicapping No. 1 Draft pick candidates | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo throws out two new Tyler “darkhorses” for the Diamondback’s first pick, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Jay.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Friday, June 05, 2015

Toolshed: 2015 Major League Baseball Draft preview | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Listing the top prospects. Here’s an explanation of how the slot system works.

Ahead of the 2012 Draft, Major League Baseball instituted a slot system to put a limit on how much clubs are allowed to spend in the first 10 rounds. A designated amount is assigned to each pick (greater amounts for higher picks), and the collective amount for an organization’s total picks is considered its cap. The more or higher picks you have, the bigger your pool. For instance, the Astros, who have two top-five picks, have the biggest pool this season at $17,289,200. The Mets, who don’t have a pick until No. 53, have the smallest at $3,587,800.

Teams can go above or below slot to sign any player, adding or subtracting to their amount they can give other draft picks but lose the slot value of a pick in their pool if they don’t sign that player at all. (For example, if the Rockies don’t sign the No. 3 pick at all, they can’t spread that $6,223,300 around to other picks.)

There are penalties for an organization for going over its allotted pool on a particular Draft class, and those penalties not exactly just slaps on the wrist. If a team goes 0-5 percent over their allotted pool, it’s taxed 75 percent of the overage. If it goes 5-10 percent above, it’s taxed 75 percent and loses a first-round pick the following season. If it goes 10-15 percent above, it gets a 100 percent tax on the overage and loses a first- and second-round pick. Anything more than that and the organization gets taxed 100 percent and loses first-round picks in the following two Drafts.

The system has worked from an ownership point of view. In 2011 before the slot system went into play, six players signed for bonuses higher than $5 million. In the four Drafts since then, only five (Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Carlos Rodon, Mark Appel) total have done so. 

Baseball America has the breakdown of released slot values by pick and total pools by organization.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Caught in the Draft | Baseball Hall of Fame

Some Hall of Fame draft history.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, hall of fame, history

Monday, June 01, 2015

Video: Draft Special: Dansby Swanson | MLB.com

I missed the MLB Draft Special. Here’s a look at one player.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 11:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Diamondbacks draft: ‘Dynamic’ Dansby Swanson could be pick at No. 1

Swanson hit .333/.411/.475 with 27 doubles and three homers in 282 at-bats as a sophomore; he was at .350/.438/.654 with 21 doubles and 13 homers entering NCAA Regional play. Last year, he took home College World Series MVP honors as Vanderbilt won its first men’s title of any kind in school history.

“The thing that is noticeable about Dansby and guys like him who play at that level, is that they rise to another level when things matter,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “When something is on the line or there is a moment, he thrives in it. He’s got an extra gear. … He has that ability in so many different ways.”

Like Garciaparra, Swanson has a unique first name rooted in family tradition; “Dansby” is his mother’s maiden name.

“Both of her brothers either didn’t have kids or they had girls,” Swanson said, “so it’s kind of keeping the name going, I guess.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

Friday, May 29, 2015

MLB.com 2015 Prospect Watch | MLB.com

The MLB Pipeline just expanded their draft list to 200 players.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Monday, May 25, 2015

College Seniors Find Little Leverage - BaseballAmerica.com

Good stuff about senior draft picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pipeline Inbox: Who should D-backs select? | MLB.com

Jim Callis answers some questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mock draft version 1.0 | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Mock Draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Monday, May 11, 2015

Baseball Prospectus | Some Projection Left: 2015 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

BP’s first mock draft.

1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (N.Y.): The Diamondbacks haven’t come close to finalizing this decision, as I’ve been told they’re debating names like Dansby Swanson, Dillon Tate, and even Tyler Stephenson. Right now I believe the choice is Whitley though—for a number substantially lower than the $8.6 million dollars the slot comes with, and with three potential 60 tools, it’s not as massive a reach as some might believe.

2. Houston Astros – Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt: Assuming Swanson doesn’t go at no. 1—and there’s a strong chance he will—this will come down to Swanson vs. Brendan Rodgers. While there’s no doubt that Rodgers has the most upside of the two, Swanson offers more safety as the more likely player to stay at shortstop along with a plus hit tool. Dillon Tate is also a possibility here, but it’s more than likely we see a shortstop go with this pick.

3. Colorado Rockies – Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (Fla.): I haven’t actually heard Rodgers associated with this pick much, but I assume that’s mostly due to the belief that he wouldn’t be available. As the best player in the class, I would be very surprised if he was still on the board after this pick. If he goes before, Tate is the pick. If Tate and Rodgers are gone, they jump on Swanson.

4. Texas Rangers – Dillon Tate, RHP, UC-Santa Barbara: The two names I hear most commonly associated with this selection are Tate and Alex Bregman, and Bregman may actually be in the lead here. At the end of the day, the pitcher with the potential for two 70-plus pitches is the choice, assuming he’s still on the board.

5. Houston Astros – Alex Bregman, 2B, LSU: Yes, Houston has one of the better middle infields in baseball. Yes, the Astros have the best shortstop prospect in baseball already. Yes they took a shortstop three picks earlier. I still think Bregman is the pick if he does get past Texas, as the LSU standout has as high of floor as any player in the class. While it’s a somewhat lazy comp, there is some Dustin Pedroia here, and it’d be a major upset if he wasn’t taken in the top seven.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Friday, May 08, 2015

A Far-Too-Early 2015 MLB Mock Draft | FanGraphs Baseball

Kiley McDaniel’s first mock draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 05:35 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Two-Sport Star Murray Opts Out Of The Draft - BaseballAmerica.com

How does he benefit from this move?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft

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