Tag "MLB Draft"

Which 2019 draft pick will reach the majors first?

Yehuda Schwartz looks ahead to 2020 and predicts which 2019 MLB draft selections will have the quickest path to the majors.

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MLB Draft Review: Round One Grades

Now that the MLB Draft is over, let’s take a look back at the first round, grading every pick. Note that these are rough grades, as most, if not all, of these guys, won’t see the Majors for at least two-three years, if at all. It is hard to judge what they will do and things can always change.

Our writers giving grades: Alex Kielar (AK), Gio Damico (GD), Joey Ricotta (JR), and Jamie Gatlin (JG).

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2019 MLB Mock Draft

The Baltimore Orioles will make their first pick tonight to start off the First-Year Player Draft. The number of picks varies from the Arizona Diamondbacks having four in the first 34 to the Boston Red Sox not picking until #43. There are many things for teams to consider when deciding who to take. Signability based on commitment and/or bonus pool money is a key. Teams shouldn’t and generally don’t draft to need as in other sports because a need today may not be one a few years down the line when these kids will be ready to hit the Show. Here is a great article from Jim Callis which runs down each team’s pool money and the full draft order including compensatory picks.

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MLB Draft Preview: Quinn Priester

Quinn Priester, RHP (Cary-Grove H.S.)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 190 pounds
Age: 18
MLB Pipeline Grades: 60 Fastball | 60 Curveball | 50 Changeup | 50 Control |            50 Overall
Commitment: TCU

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MLB Draft Preview: Zack Thompson

Alex Kielar | June 3rd, 2019 Zack Thompson, LHP (Kentucky) Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 lb Age: 21 Bats: Left Throws: Left 2017 Stats: 3.45 ERA, 8-3, 96 SO, 38 BB, .187 BAA, 75.2 IP 2018 Stats: 4.94 ERA, 2-1, 42 SO,

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MLB Draft Preview: George Kirby

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 210 LBs
Age: 21
Bats: R
Throws: R
MLB Pipeline Grades: Fastball: 60|Curveball: 55|Slider: 55|Changeup: 50|Control: 60|Overall: 50 (I don’t understand their math on this one.)
2018 Stats: 10-3, 2.89 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 8.8 H/9
2019 Stats: 8-2, 2.75 ERA, 10.9 K/9, 0.6 BB/9, 7.5 H/9

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MLB Draft Preview: Jack Leiter

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 195 lbs
Age: 19
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
2018 Stats: 6-3, 0.64 ERA, 77 SO, 18 BB, 23 Hits, 54.1 IP
2019 Stats: 8-1, 0.54 ERA, 88 SO, 19 BB, 23 Hits, 52.1 IP
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55 Curveball: 55 Slider: 50 Changeup: 50 Control: 55

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MLB Draft Preview: Brennan Malone

Malone was born on September 8th, 2000. He started playing high school ball at Indian Trail Porter Ridge. After putting together a 1.36 ERA and striking out 76 batters in 51.1 innings pitched, Malone transferred to IMG Academy for his Senior year in Bradenton, Florida for more exposure. In 2018, Malone went 8.1 innings, collecting nine strikeouts, a 1.08 ERA, and a 2-0 record for the 2018 18U National Team. He helped lead team USA to clinch a spot in the gold medal game.

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MLB Draft Preview: Braden Shewmake

Braden Shewmake, SS (Texas A&M)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 190 lbs
Age: 21
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
2017 Stats: .328/.374/.529, 11 HR, 69 RBI, 31 SO, 15 BB, 11 SB
2018 Stats: .327/.395/.453, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 22 SO, 21 BB, 12 SB
2019 Stats (as of June 1, 2019): .315/.373/.481, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 27 SO, 23 BB, 9 SB
Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 Power: 50 Run: 50 Arm: 55 Field: 50

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MLB Draft Preview: Alek Manoah

Manoah was born January 9th, 2019 in Homestead, FL. He attended South Dade high school in his hometown of Homestead. During his senior year, he committed to West Virginia. After going undrafted in the 2016 draft, he went off to Morgantown to pitch for the Mountaineers.

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