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OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-9-2014

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Happy Arismendy Alcantara Day! Of all the strange consequences for prospects under the current CBA, perhaps the strangest is this: the less potential a prospect has, the quicker he is likely to make the majors. If your goal as a prospect is to get to the “Bigs” as soon as possible, the sweet spot is being good enough to contribute …

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Are the Cubs Being Cagey About Signing Bonuses?

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The Cubs appear to be making steady progress in signing their most recent draft class. Updated information can be found here.* Top pick Kyle Schwarber is in Boise, and no less than 15 others have given strong indication in one form or another that they have agreed to terms. Notably absent, though, is any indication about signing bonuses for most …

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day Three

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Coverage The draft reconvenes at noon today, and will cover rounds 11-40. I believe day three is strictly the conference call. The link is here. What to Expect For the most part, day three is filled with future “Org. guys.” The exceptions tend to be at the beginning (rounds 11-13) and the end. At the beginning, teams that have some …

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MLB Draft: Cubs Recap, The First Two Days

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Cub Picks So Far As in 2012 and 2013, the Cubs loaded up on pitching on day two. After taking catcher Mark Zagunis in the third, seven straight pitchers were selected, three out of high school and four from the college ranks. RD PICK PLAYER POS Ht Wt B/T CLASS 1 4 Schwarber, Kyle C 6’0″ 235 L/R JR 2 …

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day Two *UPDATES*

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The 2014 Draft continues today, with the 3rd-10th rounds starting at noon. MLBN has the coverage again; I believe it’s strictly experts today (Jim Callis, John Manuel, Jonathan Mayo, etc..), so that’s nice. We will be following along here at OV. The most probable scenario is that this thread will just be updated with the Cubs’ picks, since they come …

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Cubs Select Jake Stinnett; Scouting Reports and Video

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For a few days now, speculation around the Cubs has centered on the possibility that they could save some money on their first round pick and use it on a high school pitcher, which this draft is loaded with. So naturally, the Cubs took the first college senior off the board, righty Jake Stinnett from Maryland. In case you don’t …

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Cubs Select Kyle Schwarber; Scouting Reports and Video

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It looks like the rumors that leaked out yesterday were true, the Cubs have selected Kyle Schwarber, a catcher from Indiana University who profiles as a first baseman. This marks the second year in a row that an unexpected name came out as the Cubs’ pick the day before the draft, and turned out to be true. In case you …

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day One *UPDATES*

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Check out our previous coverage here. Coverage Watch: The countdown is on. Coverage has started on MLB Network, and the actual draft starts at 6. I’m streaming on MLB.com. The draft has never been a good TV event. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I have been a fan of Harold Reynolds’s going back to his days on Baseball Tonight. …

John Manuel and Jim Callis Mock Drafts

In Minor Leagues, MLB Draft, News And Rumors by dmick89

It’s mock draft time, or has been for awhile, but anyway, the latest for both Baseball America’s John Manuel and former Baseball America’s and current mlb.com’s Jim Callis are live. John Manuel Jim Callis Manuel has the Astros taking Brady Aiken first, followed by Alex Jackson to the Marlins, Tyler Kolek to the White Sox and Carlos Rodon to the …