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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Diamondbacks Amateur Scouting Director Deric Ladnier discusses the first day of the 2019 Draft

“We were taking the top player on the board and phone calls between each pick, it was the most picks I’ve ever had, 7 picks. We have 8 picks tomorrow, so it’s almost overwhelming when you start thinking about the number of picks you have in Day 1 and going into Day 2 and you have 8 picks…....... “We weren’t taking guys because we thought we could sign them, we were taking guys because we know we can sign them. It’s the first time you look at your signability board and it’s not real big”

Jack Sommers Posted: June 06, 2019 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, diamondbacks, draft, scouting

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Can Brady Aiken save career from being worst MLB draft bust of all time?

A reminder that for most of the guys drafted yesterday, that first check is the only real money that they’ll make out of baseball.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: June 04, 2019 at 04:44 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, draft, indians, tinstaapp

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Anarchy, ingenuity and a lot to gain: How one team could blow up MLB draft

Before unveiling the plan, an important primer on how the draft works. Every pick in the first 10 rounds is assigned a dollar value. The sum of these values constitutes each team’s bonus pool. Teams can exceed these pools up to 5% without serious penalty. Between 5% and 10%, they lose the next year’s first-round pick, all of which come with at least $2 million in pool money. If they’re 10% to 15% over, they lose a first- and second-round pick. And anything above 15% means forfeiture of their next two first-round picks.

Which sounds pretty bad. It’s meant to. The disincentive is strong. Just not stronger than the plan.

Here’s how it works. Teams must be willing to spend significant amounts of cash, be able to engender trust from players and agents, and be able to keep secrets. Because in order to land five (or even 10) of the best talents in any draft, it’s going to take all of those things and more.

The plan starts a year in advance. It’s got to, according to a majority of the general managers, scouting directors, area scouts and agents who spoke about it with ESPN, because something so outside the norm would take meticulous planning and widespread buy-in. Team officials would start telling agents that the team wants to spend big on high school players in the draft the following year. Nothing specific. Just planting a seed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 02, 2019 at 08:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Report: Amateur prospect Carter Stewart opts for Japan over MLB draft

One of the top amateur baseball prospects is making a unique career decision, forgoing his chance to be selected in this June’s Major League Baseball draft to play overseas. 

Right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart, who was the No. 8 overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 draft, agreed to sign with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, according to The Athletic. Terms of the deal are unknown, but it is likely to be more than he was asking from the Braves.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Braves in 2018 over concerns about a wrist injury, Stewart enrolled at Eastern Florida State Junior College, which made him eligible for this year’s draft.

Instead, his decision to play in Japan will make his path to MLB a bit more difficult.

Any comments on the broader significance of this move?

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carter stewart, draft, japanese baseball, prospects

Pitcher Carter Stewart skips MLB draft for Japan deal

Nineteen-year-old pitcher Carter Stewart is in agreement with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League on a six-year contract worth more than $7 million, a groundbreaking deal that could have long-term ramifications for Major League Baseball’s amateur and professional sides, sources told ESPN.

Stewart, who was chosen by the Atlanta Braves with the eighth pick in the 2018 draft out of a Florida high school but did not sign after they reduced their signing-bonus offer due to an alleged injury, was expected to be chosen in the early second round of this June’s draft. By signing with Fukuoka, which has won four of the past five Japan Series, Stewart would guarantee himself significantly more money than he would have made with a major league organization—and could theoretically join the major leagues as a 25-year-old free agent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

One player, four drafts: The remarkable tale of Dave Winfield’s draft history

Imagine what would happen if a guy like Dave Winfield — a phenomenal athlete drafted by four (!) different pro leagues — showed up in 2019.

Zion Williamson and Kyler Murray would be afterthoughts. NBA Twitter would establish churches in his honor. NFL draft tape-eaters would look for the slightest sign he wasn’t Serious About Football. Baseball fans would praise him as the game-saving messiah. Knicks, Mets and Giants fans would tear New York apart. Sports talk radio and daytime talk shows would fire off takes hot enough to be seen from orbit. It’d be glorious anarchy.

Dave Winfield isn’t walking through that door, even though he’d probably still get drafted if he did. He remains one of the few athletes in American sports history to get drafted by more than one pro league, and as Thursday’s NFL draft tipoff nears, it’s worth considering just how far we’ve come … and just what a remarkable cat Winfield was.

A consideration of what kind of athlete Dave Winfield was, and (less directly) how much we lost when drafts became media events.

 

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: aba, dave winfield, draft, mlb, nba, nfl

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Baseball Savant MLB Draft Application | baseballsavant.com

More good stuff at the Baseball Savant.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 06:27 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Don’t look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June’s amateur draft.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players’ association are too complex to be put in place for this season.

Speaking Friday after an owners’ meeting, Manfred felt encouraged the union responded to management’s proposal for a pitch clock and a three-batter minimum for a relief pitcher unless an inning ends.

The Man of 1000 Ideas (None Of Them Any Good)

 

QLE Posted: February 09, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dh, draft, manfred is thinking about it

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Jeren Kendall, Buddy Reed And The Fourth Outfielder “Floor”

Inspired in part by Kendall and Reed, I looked at every player who served as a reserve or platoon outfielder in the majors the last four seasons (2015-18).

Short version: the average major league reserve outfielder hit .283/.357/.439 in his minor league career. Barely any hit below .260 or had a on-base percentage below .325.

At present, Kendall is a career .225/.303/.380 hitter in the minors and has yet to play above A-ball. Reed is closer, but he still falls below the average with a .256/.311/.403 career slash line.

Through the end of the 2018 season, based on precedent, neither crosses the minimum threshold of offensive production needed to actually project as a reserve or platoon outfielder in the majors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 01:08 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

 

 

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