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Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2014 at 01:12 PM | 79 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: June 05, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4719731)
Whose kids will be drafted this year? I know Tom Gordon's kid (Dee's brother) is supposed to be a good SS.
   2. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4719735)
Pat Mahomes son is a good prospect, but he's also committed to play QB for Texas Tech next year.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 05, 2014 at 01:46 PM (#4719741)
Whose kids will be drafted this year?


Not mine. I can't get my six-year old to stop standing on home plate while he hits.
   4. Accent Shallow Posted: June 05, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4719783)
Not mine. I can't get my six-year old to stop standing on home plate while he hits.

So he's not much of a hitter, but how's his breaking ball?
   5. Batman Posted: June 05, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4719823)
Not mine. I can't get my six-year old to stop standing on home plate while he hits.
It worked for Don Baylor.
   6. Comic Strip Person Posted: June 05, 2014 at 05:11 PM (#4719931)
It worked for Don Baylor.


I can't decide if this is a super-artful attempt to craft a Dusty Baker-Don Baylor analogy for Laurence Fishburne-Samuel L. Jackson.
   7. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: June 05, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4720000)
Er, Don Baylor got hit by a lot of pitches.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 06:50 PM (#4720019)
Is this going to be the draft thread for tonight? Sounds like Aiken and Rodon are going to go 1,2.
   9. starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:06 PM (#4720026)
Is this going to be the draft thread for tonight? Sounds like Aiken and Rodon are going to go 1,2.
yeah, sure, why not.

i haven't paid any attention to this until about 10 minutes ago, but in those 10 minutes, i've decided the phillies should draft kyle schwarber. put him in LF and push him to the majors as fast as you can.

i don't like drafting college pitchers because those guys are almost guaranteed to blow out their arms before they do anything interesting in the majors.
i'm not a huge fan of drafting HS pitchers in the first round because i think you can find plenty of good ones deeper in the draft.

and then when it comes to bats, i just want a guy who can mash, and it seems like schwarber is a guy who's gonna do that.
   10. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4720029)
I think I want the Mets to take Sean Newcomb after watching some video of all the pitchers. I'd also be happy with Nick Gordon or Trea Turner.
   11. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:16 PM (#4720031)
Aiken is the third HS pitcher after Clyde and Taylor right? Not exactly high bars to clear.
   12. Greg K Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4720035)
Looks like the Cubs beat the Phillies to the punch on Schwarber at #4.
   13. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:39 PM (#4720038)
i don't like drafting college pitchers because those guys are almost guaranteed to blow out their arms before they do anything interesting in the majors.

Agreed totally. I don't want to spend a high pick on an arm all the more abused by college coaches. I would rather draft for offense this year, even if it's toolsy or low-ceiling. Offense is just far too scarce these days. If I get a pitcher, though, I want him from high school. At least I would have some control over his workload and bring him along the way I want without the worry of extra miles.

Funny how preferring a raw high school pitcher over a polished established college pitcher would be blasphemous during the Moneyball era, but this is post-Moneyball. I think the pendulum has swung the other way.
   14. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:51 PM (#4720043)
Sarge rocking a stylish hat.
   15. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4720045)
The difference between MLB and NFL draft is jarring. Five minutes between licks is plenty.
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4720048)
The difference between MLB and NFL draft is jarring. Five minutes between licks is plenty.


In which way?
(note I don't know anything about the NFL draft other than looking at it on the ticker after the fact)

I always thought the last couple of MLB drafts have been plenty fast, almost too fast, but it's only been "public" for a few years now.
   17. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4720049)
Just painful to watch. The first round is insanely long.
   18. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4720050)
Surprised the Jays didn't take Hoffman with the pick that they can't recoup. Must have worried Mets would take him.
   19. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4720051)
That's earlier than I thought Hoffman would go.
   20. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4720052)
Two top eleven picks is the perfect kind of team to take a Tommy John guy.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4720053)
Just painful to watch. The first round is insanely long.


You mean the NFL? How much time between picks does the NFL have?
   22. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4720054)
How much time between picks does the NFL have?


15:00 in the first round.
   23. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:08 PM (#4720055)
Mayo just doesn't make any definitive statements. They really need to find a way to get Law involved.
   24. Greg K Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4720056)
So when did Hoffman have the surgery? Is he missing a chunk of 2015?
   25. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4720057)
So when did Hoffman have the surgery?


Sometime in May.
   26. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4720058)
Man I just love Bud Seligs "on...the...clock."
   27. Good cripple hitter Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4720059)
So when did Hoffman have the surgery? Is he missing a chunk of 2015?


Mid-May, so yes.
   28. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4720060)
Two top eleven picks is the perfect kind of team to take a Tommy John guy.

I was smelling the Royals or Indians for him a little later in the round.
   29. Greg K Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4720061)
My entirely uninformed hope is the Jays take Pentecost at 11.

Or Touki Toussaint, because his name sounds vaguely Finnish.
   30. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4720064)
Tousaint hasn't been playing very long. Relatively new to the sport. I wonder if they might be a bit more conservative with Hoffman already.
   31. Greg K Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4720065)
I look forward to being converted to pentecostalism!
   32. TerpNats Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4720067)
Damn, Greg, you beat me to the punch. There are going to be plenty of Pentecostals in Canada!
   33. TerpNats Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4720068)
Harold, the Rox haven't played at Mile High Stadium in 20 years. I'm not even sure the stadium still exists.
   34. starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4720069)
Looks like the Cubs beat the Phillies to the punch on Schwarber at #4.
yup. and jackson went at 6. kind of a worst case scenario, from my point of view.

i'm not a fan of nola personally (finesse righty + heavy workload = not a good time), but i can't get too mad about it since the guys i would have wanted were already off the board, and it's not like i've been paying too much attention to this thing anyway.
   35. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4720071)
The difference between MLB and NFL draft is jarring. Five minutes between licks is plenty.

You are going to finish that Tootsie Roll Pop sometime around Christmas, bro.

I wish MLB would do their draft like most of us do our fantasy drafts. Get all the GMs in a room, only 1-2 minutes between picks, and just get them drinking beer and talking s**t at each other all night. Put a few cameras in there and you've got TV gold.

I want to see some terrible decisions made as a result of the time pressure and increasing levels of intoxication.
   36. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:24 PM (#4720072)
That would be awesome Matt. Especially later in the draft when the ribbing gets nasty. I can see Hoyer saying to Cherimgtom "remember that skanky chick you hooked up with during 2006 spring training."
   37. TerpNats Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4720074)
Two Wuffies selected among the top 13. There's joy in Raleigh tonight.
   38. Gary Truth Serum Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4720076)
How much time between picks does the NFL have?

15:00 in the first round.

Not any more--the NFL switched to ten minutes a few years ago. And it's even quicker than that--now they start the clock after the pick is made instead of after the commissioner announces the pick. It's not uncommon to see a backlog of two or three teams who haven't had their pick announced yet.
   39. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4720081)
Thanks for the reminder guys. I had forgotten the Red Sox traded Bageell.
   40. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:47 PM (#4720082)
I wish MLB would do their draft like most of us do our fantasy drafts. Get all the GMs in a room, only 1-2 minutes between picks, and just get them drinking beer and talking s**t at each other all night


My experience with fantasy drafts is you have all the GMs spread throughout the country on their computers, one minutes max between picks (and people are encouraged to queue picks while other people are making theirs so often just a few seconds), some discussion of picks but no #### talking and when it's over everybody just goes back to their day. Your league sounds much more interesting.
   41. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4720084)
A couple of differences between the NFL and MLB drafts. First, the players in the NFL are expected (mostly) to make an immediate impact. This means that there's more discussion about what the team needs and what holes they're going to fill. So there's more for the announcers to talk about. Second, the teams can trade picks. So you also get discussion and anticipation for trades.

For MLB, virtually nobody drafts for current need and you can't trade picks. So it's usually just "Who do they think is the best player on the board?".

So you'd want more time between picks for the NFL where MLB should require very little time. I would think most MLB teams would practically just be picking off a list. "We're coming up, what's the next guy on our list?"
   42. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4720085)
Boy the Nats aren't scared of injured pitchers are they?
   43. McCoy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4720086)
All I can say is that the Cubs are loading up on a bunch of bats that should be ready soon but can only play very few spots.

Rizzo is blocking first, Bryant is a butcher at third so that leaves him right or left field, Soler plays right already, and now you got Schwarber who is likely to end up at one of the corner OF spots as well.
   44. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4720089)
Boy the Nats aren't scared of injured pitchers are they?

I think it's circumstances as much as philosophy. They're pretty well set at the big league level with a good young rotation, so they can afford to wait a little longer on a Giolito or a Fedde and see if they get an impact arm post-rehab.
   45. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4720090)
All I can say is that the Cubs are loading up on a bunch of bats that should be ready soon but can only play very few spots.

Maybe they think it's easier to trade from strength to fill holes rather than try to develop the right guy for each hole themselves.
   46. RJ in TO Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4720091)
I wish MLB would do their draft like most of us do our fantasy drafts. Get all the GMs in a room, only 1-2 minutes between picks, and just get them drinking beer and talking s**t at each other all night. Put a few cameras in there and you've got TV gold.

I want to see some terrible decisions made as a result of the time pressure and increasing levels of intoxication.


And what will be the penalty for drafting a player someone else has already drafted?
   47. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4720093)
Bradley Zimmer looks a bit like Gareth Bale.
   48. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4720094)
And what will be the penalty for drafting a player someone else has already drafted?

SHOTS!
   49. RJ in TO Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4720096)
I approve of your plan.
   50. madvillain Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4720097)
I guess I shouldn't be shocked that the Marlins went with Kolek, but I'm still a bit shocked. Oh well, worked out perfectly for the Sox. Get Rodon on the Chris Sale plan.
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4720098)
I think that it would kinda suck being a prospect in the studio who is a "late" first rounder.
   52. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4720100)
I think that it would kinda suck being a prospect in the studio who is a "late" first rounder.

Or worse, a non-first rounder like Jon Denney last year.
   53. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4720101)
That's an interesting pick. If I'm a Pirate fan I'd rather they be talking about his ability than hoe much if a baseball rat he is.
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4720102)
The Pirates drafted a guy named Cole Tucker, and the analyst goes, "power will never be part of his game.".... the guy is 6'3" and 17 years old.... what makes them think that power would never be part of his game? He may not be Arod, but it's hard for me to believe that he is completely incapable of developing into a 20 hr hitter.
   55. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4720103)
Just what you want to see in your first round pick's draft description: "Has drawn comparisons to Andy Fox."
   56. cardsfanboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4720106)
These interviews are just painful to watch.
   57. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4720107)
So, this Bradley Zimmer interview is the most awkward thing ever.
   58. cardsfanboy Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:42 PM (#4720108)
At least one mock draft had Chavis going to the Cardinals, was kinda hoping he would be the guy we get. Oh well.
   59. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4720109)
Not a huge fan of Chavis. Really would have liked the Sox to have taken Harrison there.
   60. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4720112)
Man, I would have bet all kinds of money that the Reds would go for a Monte Harrison type player over Blandino.
   61. JJ1986 Posted: June 05, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4720123)
Bud Selig thinks it's the year 20014.
   62. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 05, 2014 at 10:31 PM (#4720128)
Every time I hear someone pronounce the current year "two-oh-fourteen" I'm filled with an almost overwhelming desire to burn the world.
   63. starving to death with a full STEAGLES Posted: June 05, 2014 at 10:39 PM (#4720130)
Every time I hear someone pronounce the current year "two-oh-fourteen" I'm filled with an almost overwhelming desire to burn the world.
don't you live in pittsburgh? how would you even know the difference?


also, these competitive balance picks are complete bullshit. a better idea would be to give the 12 extra picks to the 12 teams with the worst combined records over the previous 3 years.

   64. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 05, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4720135)
Did Harrison kill a man just to watch him die or something ?
   65. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 05, 2014 at 10:50 PM (#4720138)
No, I live on the Philthadelphia side of the state, where burning the world would improve the air quality.

The Pennsyltucky side of the state probably can't be burned; it rains too much.
   66. Mattbert Posted: June 05, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4720140)
White Sox get Rodon and Adams. That's a friggin steal.
   67. billyshears Posted: June 05, 2014 at 11:04 PM (#4720142)
I think I want the Mets to take Sean Newcomb after watching some video of all the pitchers. I'd also be happy with Nick Gordon or Trea Turner.


I was hoping for Newcomb as well. Conforto was probably my second choice, though I also would have been happy with Toussant, Holmes or Hoffman. Turner was my worst case scenario. For one, we just drafted Cecchini. For another, in the history of the Mets, I don't think a highly touted good glove, light bat draft pick whose offense is based on the fact that he is fast has ever worked out.
   68. TerpNats Posted: June 05, 2014 at 11:08 PM (#4720144)
Glad to see a Terp drafted. Too bad for him it's on the North Side of Chicago.
   69. VCar Posted: June 06, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4720270)
At least a Terp got drafted. Hopefully he helps us knock off UVA and get to Omaha. Never thought I'd see that in my lifetime, though moving to the Big10 next year will help our chances.
   70. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 06, 2014 at 10:27 AM (#4720297)
I watched a fair amount of this with one eye while unpacking boxes and cooking dinner, and I found it only mildly interesting, mostly because I only knew a handful of the guys, mostly college players who made a big splash and/or played for or against the Beavers & Ducks. I think this is the main problem with trying to market the MLB draft: Nobody is going to know who most of the players are. The NFL and NBA drafts pick up dudes who have already played on a huge stage, some of whom have already played in a bigger game, on just as big a stage, as they'll ever be offered in the pros. Because amateur baseball is simply not a high-viewership sport, except the occasional Harper or Strasburg or Prior, the casual fan isn't going to know who is who at all. Even I, a fairly intense fan, don't know who a lot of those guys are, or didn't before I read writeups on them after the fact.

I don't think this is a bad thing, per se. If the CWS were nearly as big a deal as BCS games or the basketball tourney, you'd get all kinds of bad knock-on effects for MLB, not least the further shredding of arms by managers with no incentive to look after the health of their pitchers beyond this season. I do think it means the MLB draft is never going to be as interesting to most people as the NFL and NBA drafts.
   71. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 06, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4720329)
I think that it would kinda suck being a prospect in the studio who is a "late" first rounder.


While generally an annoying blowhard, Don Cherry has always said that unless you are a potential #1 to #10 pick in the first round of the NHL draft, do NOT attend the draft in person. He says it kills him to see all these kids sitting in the stands with their family/friends for the entire day, and then not get picked by anyone.
   72. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 06, 2014 at 12:49 PM (#4720410)
I had never heard of Braxton Davidson, the Braves' first pick, before yesterday, and I won't pretend to be able to evaluate him. But the smart people who write about prospects for a living like him, and if there's a glaring need in the Atlanta system it's left-handed power. Drafting for need is usually not a good idea, but it's not a bad idea to try and address an organizational weakness.
   73. madvillain Posted: June 06, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4720463)
White Sox get Rodon and Adams. That's a friggin steal.


According to BA I believe they had Rodon #2 and Adam #25. FWIW the Sox' scouting guy said "we aren't used to picking this high...but we feel we got two first round talents".

Rodon immediately becomes the Sox' best prospect and as of right now Tim Anderson, last years 1st rounder, is probably their 2nd best. Anderson is playing well and his bat will almost certainly play in MLB, but can he stick as an up the middle defender?
   74. madvillain Posted: June 06, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4720486)
double post,thanks Obama.
   75. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 06, 2014 at 02:59 PM (#4720509)
Orioles drafted two sport star Pat Connaughton from Notre Dame. A good friend coached his 8th grade basketball team and has stayed in touch. He says Pat's a really good kid.
   76. esseff Posted: June 06, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4720529)
Shane Zeile, Todd's nephew and also from UCLA, goes to the Tigers in the fifth round.
   77. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 06, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4720653)
So now that that is over... When is Morales going to sign?
   78. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 06, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4720756)
Justin Smoak's OPS+ is 86. I'm just sayin'.
   79. Mattbert Posted: June 06, 2014 at 11:53 PM (#4720825)
I had never heard of Braxton Davidson, the Braves' first pick, before yesterday, and I won't pretend to be able to evaluate him. But the smart people who write about prospects for a living like him

I am not a smart person who writes about prospects for a living, but I like him a lot too. I think the Red Sox did just fine with their early picks, but pre-draft I was hoping they'd end up with Davidson and Adams.

There were no chairs thrown in my living room when the Braves grabbed Davidson at #32, one pick ahead of the Sox, but I believe Billy Beane would have approved of my draft day tantrum nonetheless.

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