Friday, September 30, 2016
“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”
Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is Kenny Gonzales has spent seven years on Bo Jackson, and he knows him and his family better than anyone. We have to believe in Kenny.”
That Saturday afternoon, Jackson and Woods arrived at Royals Stadium and sat down with Schuerholz, Stewart and Gonzales. The general manager wasted no time. “Bo,” he said, “do you really want to play baseball?”
Jackson was young and green and raw but haltingly sincere and steadfast. “Mr. Schuerholz,” he replied, “that’s why I’m here.”
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Boston followed several baseball bloodlines, taking five players with big league ties: Nevada high school shortstop Nick Quintana (11th round), brother of Atlanta minor league pitcher Zach Quintana; Holy Cross shortstop Nick Lovullo (20th), son of Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo; Illinois high school shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (30th), son of former Cardinals first baseman Mike Fitzgerald; Georgia Southern outfielder Jordan Wren (36th), son of Red Sox executive Frank Wren; and California high school shortstop Carter Aldrete (37th), nephew of Oakland first base coach Mike Aldrete.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Says Kershaw: “I don’t remember what I was thinking in the fall. But if you had told me I’d have been drafted in the first round, I’d probably have been a little surprised, for sure.”
Part of it was that Kershaw didn’t become dominant until his senior season of high school, as both his fastball and curveball developed at warp-speed rates. When the season started, Baseball America ranked him as only the 34th high school player in the nation….
At the time, the Dodgers still owned the rights to Hochevar. They had drafted him in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft, No. 40 overall, but could not agree to terms. Unsigned, the Dodgers would lose their rights to Hochevar with the ‘06 draft, which, at one time, was viewed as a Los Angeles fumble.
“Hochevar re-entering the draft turned out to be a blessing for us because it increased the number of high-quality arms that might have been drafted ahead of Clayton,” Colletti says.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
A pair of draft prospects have tested positive during Major League Baseball’s Scouting Bureau’s pre-draft testing.
Industry sources have told Baseball America that shortstop Delvin Perez, the Puerto Rican shortstop who ranks No. 8 on the BA Top 500 Draft Prospects, failed the drug test administered by the Major League Scouting Bureau. Perez’s positive test was first reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Kentucky third baseman/second baseman JaVon Shelby tested positive for Adderall, a stimulant that is classified as a performance enhancer.
Perez failed the test for an undisclosed performance enhancer, according to sources. Perez has been linked to teams throughout the first 10 picks, as high as Cincinnati at No. 2 and also including the Brewers at No. 5, the Marlins at No. 7 and the White Sox at No. 10. A positive test does not affect a player’s eligibility to be selected.
Posted: June 08, 2016 at 12:19 AM | 11 comment(s)
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
It’s crunch time, and two days out, the draft remains unsettled.
That’s not unprecedented. In 2014, the Astros went down to the last minute before deciding on Brady Aiken at No. 1 over Carlos Rodon or other choices such as Colin Moran. That one didn’t work out that year, but the Astros didn’t have a locked-down pre-draft deal with Aiken, as history shows.
The Phillies, picking first this year for the first time since 1998, also don’t appear to have a set pick. Philadelphia appears to have settled on a group that includes outfielders Mickey Moniak and Blake Rutherford, preps from Southern California; colliegians Kyle Lewis (Mercer) and Corey Ray (Louisville); prep lefty Jason Groome; and lefty A.J. Puk of Florida.
Groome and righty Riley Pint out of Kansas still are wild cards among the top 10 picks, as is Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez, who is sliding down draft boards in the last week. Here’s BA’s best information—and, yes, guesswork—of what will happen Thursday night at 6 p.m. on MLB Network. We’ll try to have a quick and dirty mock Thursday morning or afternoon from MLBN studios in Secaucus, N.J.
Friday, April 29, 2016
The Draft is just six weeks away and we’re kicking up MLBPipeline.com’s coverage a few notches today by updating and expanding our Top Prospects list to 100. I also wrote an overview of the top talent available, and Jonathan Mayo will break down options for the Phillies with the No. 1 overall pick Friday. On Monday, we’ll both speculate as to how the first 10 choices could unfold. Then on Tuesday, I’ll detail the prospects whose stock has risen and fallen the most since the start of the year.
Posted: April 29, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 1 comment(s)
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