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Friday, May 26, 2017

Big League Talent Harder to Find in 2017

An area scout was discussing his region. But based on conversations with scouts around the country, he may as well have been talking about the whole 2017 draft class.

“I feel like a beachcomber with a metal detector,” he said, “and all I keep finding is a broken earring here or there.”

Scouts do not expect to look back at the 2017 draft with fondness. But they will look back and find big leaguers, even impact big leaguers, who came out of this class.

They’re just harder to find, and a bit less obvious.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: May 26, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cubs promote 2015 No. 1 pick Ian Happ

The Cubs promoted 2015 No. 1 pick Ian Happ for Saturday’s game against the Cardinals in the wake of various ailments to several players.
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“His spring training was fabulous,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He got off to a good start at Triple-A. We needed him. He’s here.

“How long is he going to stay? I have no idea. It could be short. It could be longer than that. I don’t know.”
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“We love the way he plays second base, but we want to get him reps all over the place, and I think there’s a strong likelihood if he does come up at some point he’ll be moving around, and he knows that,” Hoyer said.

General feeling is he’s only up for a few days to cover injuries. But of course, that could delay his eventual true debut if the Cubs feel like Bryant-ing him.

Announcers on the game today pointed out that the Cubs last 5 first round picks are on the current roster (Happ, Schwarber, Bryant, Almora, Baez). That can’t be too common, I wouldn’t think.

Greg Pope Posted: May 14, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, draft, ian happ

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Mock Draft: Twins grab McKay, Greene to Reds

1. Twins
Callis: Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville. While Minnesota is considering as many as seven candidates, most teams at the top of the Draft believe McKay will be the pick. Whether it’s as a first baseman or a left-handed starter remains to be seen.
Mayo: McKay. It’s still unclear whether he’ll be drafted as a hitter or a pitcher, regardless of what team takes McKay, but it does seem almost certain he’ll go in the top few picks.
2. Reds
Callis: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). He may not become the first high school right-hander ever taken No. 1 overall, but Greene won’t get past the first three selections.
Mayo: Greene. He’s still very much in the mix at No. 1 and likely still very much desired by the Padres at No. 3, though it’s hard to see Cincinnati passing up the opportunity to add Greene’s arm and athleticism.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, hunter greene, jim callis, mock draft, reds, twins

Saturday, April 08, 2017

MLB teams missed boat on Mike Trout in Draft | MLB.com

New Jersey ballplayers discriminated against. When and where is the rally?

“If there had been even one great prospect to come out of New Jersey in a while, it would probably have been different,” Royals assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said. “But there really hadn’t been. One thing we look for as scouts, like it or not, are patterns. I can assure you that after Mike Trout, there won’t be another New Jersey prospect who gets missed like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 07:35 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Thursday, April 06, 2017

For every Mike Trout in the draft, there are hundreds of swings and misses by the scouts - LA Times

Mission accomplished.

“People doubted me,” he said this spring. “A lot of teams passed on me. I always told myself to try to prove everybody wrong.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, draft, mike trout

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The Glory Days of Baseball and Beer Marketing

Beer, is there anything it can’t do?

Anheuser-Busch led a major offensive to boost Budweiser’s presence in the Chicago market. How did they accomplish that? By being a major sponsor of Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV and enlisting Harry Caray in the marketing efforts. When WGN-TV started broadcasts Cubs games nationally on cable, Wrigley Field was presented as a sun-drenched nirvana, paving the way for the party atmosphere that exists today. Producer Arne Harris never missed a chance to show an attractive young woman in the bleachers drinking a Bud—shots always appreciated by Caray. Today, Budweiser is the major beer sponsor for Wrigley Field.

RTFA and you’ll really want a cold one. Lots of beer and some old-time photos at the link.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cubs’ Theo Epstein’s Draft strategy paying off | MLB.com

Missing with the very top picks gets you fired.

Having acquired pitchers Sean Newcomb and Touki Toussaint in previous trades, Atlanta now has three of the first 16 players taken in the 2014 Draft. That’s impressive. But I’m pretty sure every executive would rather have Trea Turner (drafted 13th from North Carolina State, by the Padres), Schwarber or Conforto.

One of Joe Maddon’s operating principles is “Do Simple Better.” Epstein did that when he went with Bryant and Schwarber over college arms and high school bats, and the Cubs won a World Series because of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 02:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, draft, theo epstein

 

 

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