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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech threw 90 mph at age 14, 94 mph at 17, 99 mph at 21 and now not at all at age 22. The rookie right-hander blew out his elbow and will miss virtually all of next year while trying to come back from Tommy John surgery.

If you are even a little bit surprised, you haven’t paid attention to what’s happening with high school pitchers over the past decade. They keep throwing harder and harder—and in more competition. And major league teams keep wasting first round picks on 18-year-old kids who throw harder than major league pitchers, which is kind of like hitching a ride with a kid with a learner’s permit behind the wheel of a Formula One racecar and hoping nothing goes wrong. Their still-developing bodies just aren’t equipped to handle the forces of extreme velocity over and over again.

A consideration of aspects of the game as it currently stands, and the consequences thereof.

 

QLE Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school, pitching, tommy john surgery, velocity

Drafting high school pitchers is a suckers game

Drafting High School Pitchers Is a Major Problem for MLB, Health of Young Prospects

SI article with a look at the diminishing success over time of pitchers drafted out of high school

charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 20, 2018 at 05:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, high school baseball, prospects

Monday, October 01, 2018

Tigers will draft No. 5 in 2019; history says there will be gems available

For the third time in four years, the Tigers will have a prime pick in the Major League Baseball Draft.

While 64-98 in 2017 was good for the first overall pick in 2018, 64-98 in 2018 has secured the Tigers the fifth overall pick in 2019.

The American League Central actually will have three of the first five picks, with the Royals going second and the White Sox going third.

Let the draft discussions begin!

 

QLE Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
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