Could Gerrit Cole Make a Run at Number One?

The consensus top prospect in the 2011 draft is Anthony Rendon, the third baseman from Rice who was the college player of the year last year, and a favorite to win the award again this year.  In 2010, Rendon hit for a .394/.539/.801 line, with 26 homers in 226 at-bats, or a homer every 8.69 at-bats. Questions have been raised about Rendon’s health potentially hurting his value.  Last Summer he suffered a serious ankle injury,...

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A Tale of Projectability

We often hear about “projectability” with young pitchers.  The idea is that a tall, skinny kid will add velocity to his frame as he fills out and matures.  Often it seems that every tall, skinny kid has projectability.  However, not every player with projectability will end up throwing in the upper 90s.  It’s for that reason that top high school draft picks like Tim Alderson never see a velocity increase, while an...

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Stephen Strasburg and the Risk of Injury to Pitchers

The big news around baseball today is that Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will require Tommy John surgery, putting him on the sidelines for at least the next year.  The Nationals took Strasburg with the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, and signed him to a MLB record $15.1 M contract, which included a record setting $7.5 M signing bonus.  Strasburg was considered the consensus top prospect in the 2009 draft,...

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Pirates Notebook: Shaping up to be an interesting draft

I was in Charlottesville tonight, watching Deck McGuire take on the University of Virginia, and by the time I got home, the Pirates were down 8-0.  Since I didn’t watch much of the game after that point, I figured I would dedicate the main topic of the notebook to a subject I did follow tonight. Everyone knows about Bryce Harper in the draft this year.  Sports Illustrated called him “baseball’s LeBron...

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What would a worldwide draft have looked like in 2009?

I noticed a bit of talk yesterday about a possible worldwide draft in baseball’s future.  First, there was a mention in Dejan Kovacevic’s Q&A on the PBC Blog.  Then, Ben Badler of Baseball America tweeted that a draft expansion would include more than just the Dominican, and that it would be a true worldwide draft. There would need to be some kinks to work out.  For example, at the time of the draft,...

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