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Detroit Free Press

Casey Mize was groomed to be Detroit Tigers No. 1 draft pick. Here's how

Casey Mize is the favorite to be taken No. 1 overall by the Detroit Tigers in the MLB draft, and after a quick trip to Alabama, it’s easy to see why.        


The 5 best Rangers draft picks of Jon Daniels' tenure as GM

As Jon Daniels prepares for the 12th anniversary of his first draft as the Rangers' general manager, we look back at his best picks of all-time. In rating drafts, particularly baseball drafts, a few things stand out.First, the first-rounder who is a home-run pick for the organization is a rarity. Second, the "best" picks seem to always be lower-round picks who succeeded. And the worst, high picks that failed. So with that in mind, here's our look at the best:Chris Davis, first baseman (fifth round, 2006)The Rangers had real foresight on this third baseman from Navarro Junior College. They...


MLB draft central: Everything you need to know about the Texas Rangers' picks, draft history

The one-stop shop for Texas Rangers fans on the upcoming MLB draft...MLB draft days (Time/TV TBD)Day 1: Monday, June 4Day 2: Tuesday, June 5Day 3: Wednesday, June 6(*draft will be shown on MLB Network/MLB.com)Rangers' picksRound 1: Pick 15Round 2: Pick 55Round 3: Pick 91Rounds 4-40: No. 15 pick of roundBonus pool moneyEach pick in the first 10 rounds of the draft has an assigned signing bonus value, and the total for each of a club's selections equals what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. Any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds...

Twinkie Town

Twins 2018 MLB Draft: Early mock drafts

Taking a look at who the media thinks the Twins could be drafting in the first round this year. Last year the Twins had the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft and the most Bonus Slot Money to spend on the players they drafted. The team was able to use those picks and that pool of money to have an exceptional draft, bringing in a high level of talent to their farm system including their first, eigth, and ninth best prospects according to MLB.com. This years draft will be slightly less exciting for the Twins, who are picking 20th overall in the first round. Still, there are plenty of...

Purple Row

Saturday Rockpile: King of the Hilliard

Rockies news and links for May 25, 2018 Minor League Matters: Six prospects who were found on the third day of the draft | The Athletic ($)Sam Hilliard (PuRP No. 17) was a 15th round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies back in 2015, on the third day of the draft. While some players drafted on the third day go on to productive Major League Baseball careers, it certainly isn’t the norm. However, Hilliard’s numbers in the minors suggest that he may be on the fast track to competing at the game’s highest level. The 24-year-old Hilliard has hit at every level of the minors, and is coming...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians Draft Rumors: Tribe targeting more outfielders

As we close in on the MLB Draft, we’re getting a clearer picture of what the Cleveland Indians might try to do with their multiple picks in the early rounds. Rumors are coming in now as to who the Cleveland Indians are targeting with their two first round selections. Despite going with an outfielder with […] Cleveland Indians Draft Rumors: Tribe targeting more outfielders - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 2018 Draft profile: Middle infield organizational depth

What do the Yankees have up the middle now that Gleyber Torres has graduated? If there’s one place the Yankees are pretty set right now, it’s the middle of the infield. Between Didi Gregorius evolving into an all-star caliber player before our eyes and Gleyber Torres getting off to the perfect start to his career, it’s hard to see them needing any depth in the foreseeable future. That being said, you can never have enough talent up the middle in the draft. Things look pretty good at Triple-A with Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada serving as double play partners right now. Both have...

River Ave. Blues

Saturday Links: Pettitte, Mock Draft, Jersey Deal, Juiced Balls

The Yankees and Angels continue their three-game series later tonight, but not until 7pm ET. Saturday night games are The Worst. Here are some notes to check out before first pitch. Pettitte to make Old Timers’ Day debut Andy Pettitte is officially an Old Timer. The Yankees announced the 2018 Old Timers’ Day roster earlier […] The post Saturday Links: Pettitte, Mock Draft, Jersey Deal, Juiced Balls appeared first on River Avenue Blues.


An in-depth review of the Rangers' 2011 draft: Poor class easy to judge based on its most productive player

Editor's note: This is an ongoing series examining recent Rangers drafts.An in-depth look at the Texas Rangers' performance in the 2011 major-league draft:STORY LINE: Before the 2011 season, the Rangers signed a premier free agent, third baseman Adrian Beltre, and lost a premier free agent, left-hander Cliff Lee.Boston received picks No. 26 and 40 as compensation for Beltre departing. The Rangers made up for that by getting picks No. 32 and 37 because Lee went to Philadelphia.The swap did not turn out well for the Rangers.Boston's selections have appeared in the majors: catcher Blake Swihart...

Detroit Free Press

Top pitching prospect Casey Mize, parents discuss his MLB future

Auburn junior pitcher Casey Mize is one of the top pitching prospects in this years MLB draft, in which the Detroit Tigers have the top overall pick.        

South Side Sox

2018 MLB Draft Profile: Jonathan India

The SEC MVP third baseman who can hit and field his position would be a sneaky Sox choice Who is Jonathan India? Before the season, India (six-foot-one, 185 pounds) was projected to be a fifth round pick. However, India has exceeded expectations by slashing .368/.506/.725 during 182 at-bats this year. He has walked 45 times while striking out the same amount, and has been successful in 11 of 13 steal attempts. Thirty of his 67 hits have gone for extra bases, with 16 of them homers. India’s fielding percentage is .947, which is far better than his fellow first round peer, Alec Bohm...

Fish Stripes

Nick Wittgren: Valuable trade chip?

Will the Marlins cash in on the righty’s strong 2018 campaign? Stats updated entering 5/26/18 Major League Baseball has doubled down on The Age of the Reliever so far in 2018. Dominant bullpen arms are a necessity for true contenders, and accumulating several insures them against the inevitable injuries of a long season. Meanwhile, such specialists make for awkward fits on rebuilding teams. If the Marlins, for example, were to lose five more games in 2018 because the pen blew a lead, is it a huge deal? The preferable draft position resulting from those losses might actually outweigh the...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies MLB Draft pick becoming clearer with latest mock draft

Who the Phillies pick in the MLB Draft could be one of the best bats in college baseball Next Monday night the Philadelphia Phillies will be on the clock with the third overall selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, and one player is catching a lot of eyes of late. Nearly all mock drafts in […] Phillies MLB Draft pick becoming clearer with latest mock draft - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

New Jim Callis mock draft out

Jim Callis’s latest mock draft has the Rangers going prep pitcher at #15 2018 MLB Mock Draft: Jim Callis’s latest mock draft is out, for those of you keeping up on MLB draft rumors, and Callis has the Rangers going with Florida righthanded high school pitcher Carter Stewart at #15. We did a write-up on Stewart, a big, hard-throwing righty with a big time curveball, a couple of weeks ago. Callis says Stewart shouldn’t drop that far given his stuff, but the league is leery of prep righthanders, so he could be an option. Callis also has Texas high school righty Grayson Rodriguez,...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: 3 catching prospects to know for the MLB Draft

The MLB Draft is fast approaching and our position preview series continues with a look at some of the top catchers in this year’s draft class that could interest the Cleveland Indians. There are some very interesting catching prospects this year. The best of the bunch, Joey Bart, will not be on the board when […] Cleveland Indians: 3 catching prospects to know for the MLB Draft - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

2018 MLB draft preview: Mason Denaburg scouting report

Taking a look at potential Texas Rangers draft pick Mason Denaburg 2018 MLB Draft preview: Mason Denaburg scouting report. With the 2018 MLB Draft just ten days away — the first round kicks off on June 4, 2018 — its time to start offering capsule looks at players the Texas Rangers could select with their top picks. The Rangers’ first round pick is at #15 and their second round pick is at #55 — they have no compensatory picks this year. Leading up to draft day, we will be doing writeups of some of the players who could end up getting selected by the Rangers with one of their first...

Lookout Landing

MLB Draft 2018: Reviewing the Mariners’ past drafts - 2017

“You have youth, confidence, and a [minor league deal],” the older waiter said. To me, the Draft is like a novel you’ve just started reading. You begin get involved with the characters and might even feel emotionally invested in them. but before you even get a quarter of the way through the story, you get distracted and have to put the book down. Then new draft emerges with new characters, and you’re left wondering what ever happened to the old ones. Then the movie comes out and you realize, “Oh... that’s what happened to Ryan Yarbrough.” The thing about MLB drafts, as...

Puckett's Pond

Minnesota Twins 2017 draft class has a star in Royce Lewis and great depth

The Minnesota Twins believed they had a strong draft after making their selections in 2017. A year later at that belief continues to be affirmed. The Minnesota Twins had the most exciting draft position for fans, and probably also scouts and front office personnel, number one. In sports, we as fans love to obviously cheer […] Minnesota Twins 2017 draft class has a star in Royce Lewis and great depth - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Rays 2018 MLB draft preview: Corner bats

If the Rays are looking for power potential, they should have some options with their first three picks. The MLB draft is a week and a half away from beginning, and to continue our draft preview series, we’re shifting our attention to some bats. We decided to split hitters into two groups: the one you see here, which is comprised of players who will likely play corner infield (first base and third base) or corner outfield (left field and right field) positions as professionals. Some have a shot to stay in the middle of the diamond, but it’s not a guarantee. Some of these players have...

River Ave. Blues

2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Noah Naylor

? Noah Naylor | C/3B Background Naylor, 18, attends St. Joan of Arc High School in Ontario. He is the younger brother of Padres prospect Josh Naylor, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Naylor is committed to Texas A&M. Scouting Report Noah is a different type of prospect than older brother. Josh is […] The post 2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Noah Naylor appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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Milwaukee Brewers 2018 MLB Draft Preview: College Hitters

A look at potential Brewers prospects. College bats are a popular commodity in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Drafting a college hitter can result in an asset that can quickly rise through the system, becoming a valuable trade piece or contributor on the big league club. The Milwaukee Brewers have gone back-to-back first round picks with college bats. In 2016, they drafted Corey Ray and followed that up in 2017 with Keston Hiura. College bats in the middle-first round tend to be less exciting than those two players, but can still offer a lot of value. Let’s take a look at some the...

Fish Stripes

Fanpost Friday: What Marlins player were you most wrong about?

Believe it or not, trying to guess the future isn’t easy Prompt: Who were you the most wrong about? What was a player you believed in that never panned out? Who were you down on that proved you wrong? Trying to make predictions on who will actual pan out in the big leagues is borderline impossible. Every fan has those players that they just have a feeling about. It can be a first round draft pick or the MLB version of Mr. Irrelevant, and there will always be someone out there that thinks they’ll be a megastar. I mean, there were 24 players drafted before Mike Trout back in 2009. Every...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees 2018 Draft profile: Corner infield organizational depth

After Greg Bird and Miguel Andujar, things get pretty shaky. Looking at the corner infield depth within the Yankees organization is a lot like looking into the desert. You can see for miles around, and any scrap you can find looks particularly amazing. Unfortunately, when looking at it from a more comprehensive angle, we can see just how sparse the Yankees are right now. Any conversation about first base in the Yankees organization starts with Greg Bird. The first baseman has been injured a few times too many, but he’s the best shot they have of nailing down the position for years to...

South Side Sox

2018 MLB Draft Profile: Shane McClanahan

McClanahan has received comps to Chris Sale, so naturally some experts see the Sox as an option at four Who is Shane McClanahan? Like Chris Sale, McClanahan also attends a second-tier baseball college in Florida. He is a redshirt sophomore at South Florida, because Tommy John surgery sat him down his freshman year. In his sophomore season, McClanahan had an ERA of 3.20, with 36 walks and a staggering 104 strikeouts in only 76 innings. However, he has fallen in mock drafts and rankings because of his command this year: In 71 1⁄3 innings, he has an ERA of 3.41, with 44 walks and 117...

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: momentum toward drafting a hitter?

It’s now 11 days until Draft Day 2018, and a consensus is developing toward who the Braves might choose with their first pick on June 4th. Who to choose?  Who will they choose?  Those are the questions for fans of the Atlanta Braves as their 8th overall pick could garner them a player with a […] Atlanta Braves: momentum toward drafting a hitter? - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Royals Review

The Royals are about to have on the most important nights in their franchise’s history

The importance of starting a rebuild off right cannot be stressed enough. In today’s current balance of baseball, being a small market team like the Kansas City Royals is hard. Being a small market that doesn’t draft well, like the Royals, is an even tougher hill to climb. You’ve heard the names heard the names drafted and the names not drafted a thousand times. Aaron Crow, Christian Colon, Bubba Starling, Kyle Zimmer, Hunter Dozier, Brandon Finnegan, Foster Griffin, Nolan Watson, Ashe Russell. The failure to bring impact talent to the organization through early selections in the...