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Houston Astros Shadow Draft

If I owned the Astros and was the GM, this is what I would have done. I say owned, because GM's have to follow a budget. If I were owner, this goes without seeing the financial statements for the club, I would take a loss this season to turn the franchise around.
I think a lot of teams put thier money into the MLB team, which makes sense, but when a team is futile on the field as Pittsburgh and KC and others have been for so long, sometimes you need to do something drastic to turn this around.
While I was doing this, I was not thinking about money really, but looking at it now, the Astros Payroll was projected to be $10 million less than last season. The trades of Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman open up at least $30 million of salary over the next 2 years. They didn't get a lot prospect wise in the trades, so why not invest it in the future of the team.
As the Owner, I would seriously anger MLB by doing this, but I would open the checkbook in this draft and send out press releases…

Did clubs focus on HS or College?

Signings by team

Signings by class

First Round pick diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes

Dylan Covey will not sign with the Brewers and will attend the University of San Diego where he can stay closer to home and learn to live with the disease. It isn't a disease that can be cured by taking a pill or even chemo like cancer. It is a life long disease that will cause a lifestyle change. Only 5-10% of Diabetics have type 1 or juvenile diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes should really have a different name. Most poeple think that diabetes is a disease of the fat, overweight and lethargic. That's type II diabetes, not anywhere near the same disease. It causes a similar symotom, that is all. It is not known what causes the disease but it is caused by the failure of the pancreas and can be fatal. I am thankful Covey had the bloodowork done during his physical and I hope it is very early on in the onset. From here on Covey will likely have to wear an insulin pump and stab himself routinely to insert sites to pump in insulin along with checking his blood. It is not something that mak…

Signing deadline day

The Red Sox have opened the check book and made their very deep farm system even deeper. Garin Cecchini signed for 1.31 million. He was a sure fire 1st rounder until he tore his ACL this spring. Brandon Workman had a very good season for Texas this spring and signed for 800k. Sean Coyle looked like he would be heading to UNC, but he receved 1.3 million and signed on the line. They also signed their 8th rounder Matt Price, who I thought would go back to Virginia Tech. They also signed their 11th rounder Lucas Leblanc.
There have been many other overslot signings. Luke Jackson to Texas and Tyrell Jenkins to St. Louis in the supplemental round were well over slot. Jenkins was a QB recruit at Baylor.
Washington has had a great week signing Sammy Solis and AJ Cole to deals that were 1 and 2 million respectively. Now they need to decide on how much to pay Bryce Harper. He will sign, the question is what kind of deal. He may get a 4 year MLB deal worth 8 million or so along with a 7 or 8 mil…

2011 draft eligible High Schoolers

This is a big week for the 2011 draft eligible high schoolers. The Area Code Games held in Long Beach, started on Thursday. These teams have some of the best high school players from across the nation facing each other.
Coming up on Saturday the 14th, some of these players will be playing at Wrigley Field in the Under Armour game. On Sunday the 15th, more of the best players in high school ball will be playing in the Aflac All American game at Petco in San Diego.
Last year, this is where I got some of my best looks at the high school picks that just went in the 2010 draft. Where Jamison Taillon cemented his spot at the top of the draft and Bryce Harper, oh wait, he sucked in that game.
It will be interesting to see who distinguishes themselves as the elite players eligible for the 2011 draft.