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Friday, May 22, 2015

Remembering How Mike Trout’s Road to the Red Sox Was Detoured

“I got into a discussion with a random fan at a game and they were saying, ‘How smart can you guys be? You missed the best player on the planet,’ ” said the Red Sox’ Northeast region scout. “I just said, ‘You want to hear the real story?’
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It was simply more comforting getting the chance to see a player play more baseball. Both Red Sox scouts had seen him a bunch. (“He was a kid who was fun to watch. He was fun to scout,” Fagnant said. “I never dreaded that 5 1/2-hour drive to Millville because you always saw something good. it was fun to spend time with him.”)

But there was a definition in seeing a kid like Fuentes, who was excelling in the year-round baseball-playing climate of Puerto Rico.

“We just had less of an opportunity to scout Trout,” Haas said. “Some of us thought we had more of a powerful outfielder in [Ryan] Westmoreland than we probably did. And you’re sitting there watching Jacoby Ellsbury steal 40-50 bags in the big leagues and totally impacting the success of the organization and you would like to get that again. A lot of people probably thought here’s the next Ellsbury.”


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Duke’s Matuella Done For Season, Will Require Tommy John Surgery - BaseballAmerica.com

Duke righthander Michael Matuella, who entered the season as the top draft-eligible college pitcher and a projected top-five pick despite a back condition that was discovered in the fall, will miss the remainder of the college season due to a completely torn ulnar collateral ligament. Tommy John surgery will follow.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 02, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: draft

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Commissioner Rob Manfred wants international draft

New Commissioner Rob Manfred, who visited Indians players Tuesday morning, said the situation has convinced him for the need of a worldwide draft. Manfred talked about that and several other subjects Tuesday.

Manfred believes MLB leveled the playing field regarding the amateur draft in the last negotiations with the players association when a slotting system was introduced for the first 10 rounds of the draft.

“It re-established the principal purpose of the draft, in that the weakest team had the ability to get the best talent at an affordable price,” said Manfred. “Frankly, we thought we made progress on the international side in terms of caps and penalties we put in place.

“Two years into the deal we felt pretty good about where we were. So what happened?”

The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba happened.

“With the relaxation that’s taken place with respect of Cuban players it has put a stress test on that international system,” said Manfred. “Frankly, it’s proved wanting. I am of the view that at some point, for the good of the game, for the good of competitive balance, we are going to have an international draft.”


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Solution to MLB draft dilemma: Don’t have one | FOX Sports

This will never happen. What’s he’s essentially suggesting is a fixed salary cap.The owners might go for it because it will fatten their wallets. The union won’t go for it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2015 at 05:50 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: draft, economics, international draft

Monday, December 15, 2014

Astros and Nix, a top draftee whose deal was canceled, reach settlement

The Astros and unsigned pitching draftee Jacob Nix have quietly and confidentially come to a monetary settlement over the team’s decision not to follow through on an agreed-upon $1.5-million deal with Nix that was negotiated but never signed following last June’s first-year player draft.

Nix and the Astros by all accounts had the agreement, but in a very unusual case, the Astros decided they couldn’t sign the deal with Nix after they failed to sign No. 1 overall pick, lefthander Brady Aiken. Since the Astros failed to sign Aiken, they no longer had the slot money to sign Nix—a top righthanded high school pitcher out of the Long Beach, Calif. area. Under MLB’s rules, signing Nix after failing to sign Aiken to Aiken’s under-slot deal would have required the Astros to forfeit future top draft choices, so instead they chose simply to pass on the deal for Nix, a talented fifth-round selection accorded an unusually high bonus designed to get him to pass on a UCLA scholarship.

The financial settlement between the Astros and Nix, the amount of which isn’t known, was agreed to after the players union, on behalf of Nix and agent Casey Close, filed a grievance citing the unfairness of Nix losing his deal over something that allegedly came up in Aiken’s physical. The monetary payout helps the Astros avoid having to forfeit the picks, which was a possibility had an arbitrator ruled against them and ordered them to sogn Nix. It isn’t known whether he preferred to pitch for them, anyway, bu this point.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 05:07 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, draft, jacob nix

 

 

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