Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Very Early 2014 MLB Draft Rankings

This is extremely early but I've went over my notes from the last two college seasons, summers and what I have seen of the high school talent so far. This list is very fluid and there will be players that pop up and others that slide down. Some of these guys I haven't sat down and really analyzed yet but this is where I will start. I'll update this several times before the 2014 MLB Draft but we have to start somewhere. This is just a list of names and some basic info at this point. Write ups will follow over the coming months, so be patient. I expect to produce more and higher quality reports and information this year than I have ever done in the past.

RankNamePOSPos. #2LevelBatsThrowsHeightWeightHometownHigh SchoolCollege
1Carlos RodonPJRLeftLeft6'2"210Holly Springs, NCNorth Carolina State
2Jeff HoffmanPJRRightRight6'4"183Latham, NYEast Carolina
3Tyler KolekP1BHSRightRight6'5"230Shepherd, TXShepherd
4Braxton DavidsonOF1BHSLeftLeft6'3"210Arden, NCT.C. Roberson
5Tyler BeedePJRRightRight6'4"200Auburn, MAVanderbilt
6Gregory Deichmann3B3BHSLeftRight6'1"180Metairie, LABrother Martin
7Trea TurnerSS3BJRRightRight6'2"160Lake Worth, FLNorth Carolina State
8Alex JacksonOFCHSRightRight6'2"215Escondido, CARancho Bernardo
9Luis OrtizPHSRightRight6'2"190Sanger, CA
10Jacob GatewoodSSHSRightRight6'5"180Clovis, CAClovis
11Derek HillOFOFHSRightRight6'1"175Sacramento, CAElk Grove
12Grant HolmesPHSLeftRight6'2"190Conway, SCConway
13Dylan CeasePSSHSRightRight6'1"170Milton, GAMilton
14Kodi MedeirosPHSLeftLeft6'185Hilo, HI
15Derek FisherOFJRLeftRight6'3"205Rexmont, PAVirginia
16Nick BurdiPJRRightRight6'5"215Downers Grove, ILLouisville
17Touki ToussaintPHSRightRight6'1"175Coral Springs, FLCoral Springs Charter
18Brandon FinneganPJRLeftLeft5'11"180Fort Worth, TXTexas Christian
19Luke WeaverPJRRightRight6'1"154DeLand, FLFlorida State
20Michael CederothPJRRightRight6'6"195Spring Valley, CASan Diego State
21Kyle Schwarber1BOFJRLeftRight6'215Middletown, OHIndiana
22Michael Chavis3BHSRightRight5'11"185Marietta, GASprayberry
23Jakson ReetzCPHSRightRight6'1"195Hickman, NENorris
24Ti'quan ForbesSS3BHSRightRight6'4"170Columbia, MS
25Chase VallotCHSRightRight6'205Youngsville, LASt. Thomas More
26Kel JohnsonOF1BHSRightRight6'4"205Palmetto, GA(home schooled)
27Michael ConfortoOFJRLeftRight6'1"190Redmond, WAOregon State
28Aaron NolaPJRRightRight6'2"170Baton Rouge, LALouisiana State
29Marcus WilsonOFHSRightRight6'3"180Los Angeles, CAJ Serra
30Dylan DavisPOFJRRightRight6'200Redmond, WAOregon State
31Nicholas GordonSSPHSLeftRight6'1"165Windermere, FLOlympia
32Zach ShannonOFPHSRightRight6'2"210Cincinnati, OHMoeller
33Hunter WilliamsPHSLeftLeft6'3"194Chesterfield, VACosby
34Jack Flaherty3B3BHSRightRight5'11"165Burbank, CAHarvard-Westlake
35Joey PankakeSSPJRRightRight6'2"190Easley, SCSouth Carolina
36Michael Gettys3BPHSRightRight6'2"195Gainesville, GAGainesville
37Justin Bellinger1BPHSLeftLeft6'6"226Weston, MASt. Sebastian's
38Bradley ZimmerOFJRLeftRight6'4"185San Diego, CASan Francisco
39Cobi JohnsonPHSRightRight6'2"160New Port Richey, FLJ.W. Mitchell
40Brady AikenPOFHSLeftLeft6'3"205Jamul, CACathedral Catholic
41Monte' HarrisonOFHSRightRight6'2"195Lee's Summit, MOLee's Summit West
42Sam Travis3BJRRightRight6'195Orland Park, ILIndiana
43Mac MarshallPOFHSLeftLeft6'2"180Lilburn, GAParkview
44Justus SheffieldPOFHSLeftLeft6'1"180Tullahoma, TNTullahoma
45Michael KopechPHSRightRight6'4"195Mt. Pleasant, TXMt. Pleasant
46A.J. ReedP1BJRLeftLeft6'4"230Terre Haute, INKentucky
47Montrell MarshallSS3BHSRightRight6'4"190Snellville, GASouth Gwinnett
48Chris EllisPJRRightRight6'4"192Birmingham, ALMississippi
49Cameron VargaPHSRightRight6'3"200West Chester, OHCincinnati Christian Academy
50Benton MossPJRRightRight6'1"170Enfield, NCNorth Carolina
51Matt ChapmanSSJRRightRight6'1195Trabuco Canyon, CACal State Fullerton
52Spencer AdamsPSSHSRightRight6'3"170Cleveland, GAWhite County
53Trevor MegillPJRLeftRight6'7"230Huuntington Beach, CAMarinaLoyola Marymount
54Max PentecostCJRRightRight6'2"191Winder, GAKennesaw State
55Nigel NootbaarPJRBothRight6'1"175El Segundo, CASouthern California
56Joseph GattoP1BHSRightRight6'4"200Hammonton, NJSt. Augustine C Prep
57Alex Blandino3BJRRightRight6'180Mountain View, CAStanford
58Trenton KempOFHSRightRight6'2"185Clovis, CABuchanan
59Mason McCulloughPJRRightRight6'3"235Shelby, NCNorth Carolina
60Ryan CastellaniP1BHSRightRight6'4"190Phoenix, AZBrophy Prep
61Justin SmithOFPHSRightRight6'2"200St. Johns, FLBartram Trail
62Mark ZagunisCJRRightRight6'1"190Delran, NJVirginia Tech
63Brandon MurrayPHSRightRight6'4"200Hobart, IN
64Jeff Harding, Jr.P3BHSRightRight5'11"165Cambridge, MD
65Travis RadkePJRLeftLeft6'4"200Thousand Oaks, CAPortland
66Kirvin MoesquitSSOFHSBothRight5'10"165Deerfield Beach, FLHighland Christian
67Sean Reid-FoleyPUTHSRightRight208Jacksonville, FLPaxson School
68Brett AustinCJRBothRight5'11"190Matthews, NCNorth Carolina State
69Dominic JoseOFJRBothRight6'2"180Lake Worth, FLStanford
70Jared Walker3BPHSLR6'2"185Powder Springs, GAMcEachern
71Mitch HartP1BHSRightRight6'1"170Granite Bay
72Josh DezseP1BSRRightRight6'4"205Powell, OHOhio State
73Bryce CarterCOFHSLeftRight6'1"195Tulsa, OKCascia Hall Prep
74Karsten WhitsonPSRRightRight6'3"195Chipley, FLFlorida
75Milton RamosSSHSRightRight150Hialeah Gardens, FL
76Aramis GarciaCJRRightRight6'2"195Pembroke Pines, FLFlorida International
77Grayson GreinerCJRRightRight6'5"195Lexington, SCSouth Carolina
78Keven PimentelPHSRightRight6'3"215Wading River, NY
79Sam CoonrodPOFRR6'2"180Carrolton, ILSouthern Illinois
80Liam SabinoSSHSRightRight6'1"175East Stroudsburg, PABlair Academy
81Gareth MorganOFHSRightRight6'3"195Toronto, ONNorth Toronto Collegiate
82Carson SandsP1BHSLeftLeft6'3"190Tallahassee, FLNorth Florida Christian
83Daniel MengdenPJRRightRight6'2"195Houston, TXTexas A&M
84Connor LynchCJRRightRight5'11"188Marietta, GAGeorgia Tech
85Donald "DJ" PetersOFHSGlendora, CA
86Senquez GolsonOFJRRightRight5'10"185Pascagoula, MSMississippi (FB)
87Cre FinfrockPIFHSBothRight5'11"155Jensen Beach, FLMartin County
88Hawtin BuchananPJRRightRight6'8"230Biloxi, MSMississippi
89Bobby Bradley3BHSLR6'2"225Gulfport, MS
90Branden KelliherPMIFHSRightRight5'10"160Lake Stevens, WALake Stevens
91Jacob LindgrenPJRLeftLeft5'11"180Kiln, MSMississippi State
92Benito SantiagoCHSLeftRight5'10"155Pembroke Pines, FLCoral Springs Christian
93J.D. Davis1BPJRRightRight6'2"235Elk Grove, CACal State Fullerton
94Khevin BrewerOFHSRightRight220Richmond, TXTravis
95Carl ChesterOFHSRightRight6'1"165Longwood, FLLake Brantley
96Keaton McKinney1BPHSRightRight6'5"210Ankeny, IAAnkeny
97Parker FrenchPJRLeftRight6'2"200Dropping Springs, TXTexas
98Austin CousinoOFJRLeftLeft5'11"170Dublin, OHKentucky
99Pat ConnaughtonPJRRightRight6'5"200Danvers, MANotre Dame
100Stone GarrettOFHSRightRight6'2"185Sugar Land, TXGeorge Ranch
101Casey TurgeonSSJRLeftRight5'10"155Dunedin, FLFlorida
102Joey SwinarskiOFHSRightRight190Winter Park, FL
103Josh MorganSSHSRightRight6'5"170Corona, CA
104Foster GriffinPOFHSRL6'5"190Orlando, FLFirst Academy
105Jon LittellOFHSRightRight6'3"185Stillwater, OKStillwater
106Keith WeisenbergP1BHSRightRight6'4"185Seminole, FLOsceola
107Adam RavenellePJRRightRight6'4"185Sudbury, MAVanderbilt
108Andrew ChinPJRLeftLeft6'2"175Newton, MABoston College
109Brigham HillPHSRightRight5'11"175Nacogdoches, TX
110Grant HockinPIFHSRightRight6'4"195Upland, CADamien
111Sean BouchardSSHSRightRight180San Diego, CA
112Roberto GonzalezOFHSLeftLeft6'2"185Orlando, FLUniversity
113Erick FeddePJRRightRight6'3"165Las Vegas, NVNevada-Las Vegas
114A.J. VanegasPSRRightRight6'3"205Alameda, CAStanford
115Brandon LeibrandtPJRLeftLeft6'4"180Atlanta, GAFlorida State
116Jonathan DucoffSSOFHSRightRight6'1"185Kingwood, TXKingwood Park
117Jack BenninghoffOFHSRightRight185Overland Park, KSRockhurst
118Tanner EnglishOFJRRightRight5'10"160Murrels Inlet, SCSouth Carolina
119Reese CooleySSHSRR6'1"180Flrming Island, FLFleming Island
120Jake ReedPJRRightRight6'2"180La Mesa, CAOregon
121Casey Gillaspie1BOFJRBL6'4"230Omaha, NEMillard North HS, NEWichita State
122Mike PapiOFJRLeftRight6'2"190Tunkhannock, PAVirginia
123Brandon WoodruffPOFJRRightRight6'4"215Wheeler, MSMississippi State
124Jesse LeporePMIFHSRightRight6'4"190Beverly Hills, FLOcala Trinity Catholic
125David PetersonPHSLL6'6"210Denver, CORegis Jesuit
126Justin TwineOFPHSBothRight5'10"195Hemphill, TXHemphill
127Taylor Sparks3BJRRightRight6'3"205Bellflower, CAUC Irvine
128Mason RobbinsOFPJRLeftLeft6'200Leakesville, MSSouthern Mississippi
129Bennett SousaP1BHSLeftLeft6'3"180North Palm Beach, FLBenjamin School
130Austin Davidson1BJRLeftRight6'180Oxnard, CAPepperdine
131Daniel GoodenP1BHSBL6'3"205Griffin, GA
132Devin SmeltzerPOFHSRL6'2"170Voorhees, NJBishop Eustace
133Taylor GushueC3BJRBothRight6'2"190Boca Raton, FLCalvary ChristianFlorida
134Joe Gillette3BHSRightRight6'3"185Scotts Valley, CAScotts Valley
135Bryce Montes De OcaPHSRightRight6'7"265Lawrence, KSLawrence
136Kyle MarshPIFHSRightRight6'2"177Port Orange, FLSpruce Creek
137Joe DunandSSHSRightRight6'2"195Gulliver Prep
138Spencer LevineCHSRightRight6'2"190Miami, FLKillian
139Ryan HarrisPJRRightRight6'1"185West Palm Beach, FLFlorida
140Alex VerdugoOFPHSLeftLeft6'1"190Tucson, AZSahuaro
141Ben WetzlerPSRLeftLeft6'1"212Clackamas, OROregon State
142Gerard HernandezOF1BHSLeftLeft5'10"190Phoenix, AZPinnacle
143Kevin Cron1B1BJRRightRight6'4"225Phoenix, AZTexas Christian
144Troy StokesOFHSRightRight5'9"155Baltimore, MDCalvert Hall
145Jace FryPJRLeftLeft6'1"190Beaverton, OROregon State
146JJ Matijevic3B1BHSLeftRight6'2"195North Huntingdon, PANorwin
147Jeremy Vasquez1BPHSLeftLeft6'1"190Palm City, FLMartin County
148Quinn BrodeyPOFHSLeftLeft6'2"195Glendale, CALoyola
149Jack GerstenmaierOFPHSRightRight6'1"185Richmond, VADouglas Freeman
150Michael CantuCHSRightRight6'4"190Corpus Christi, TXMoody

Revamping the MLB Farm Structure

MLB is in need of a change. I know I'm just a blogger but I have a lot of thoughts. Many of them are crazy, many are intelligent and some fall in the middle. This is a crazy one and one that is likely to never occur unless I become commisioner. Maybe if I could talk to Bud Selig about it, it would happen (it could save owners money) but I don't think I'll be chatting with him anytime soon, since he doesn't have email...

This is radical and not fully thought through, so feel free to comment on how you think it could be done or rate my insanity 2-8 in the comments, if that suits you, I don't care. I just need to get this idea out of my head.

MLB has a monopoly. They often ignore players not involved in the MLBPA, yet they control their interests. This is not fair. They sign them for a fraction of their potential value, control their rights for a borderline ridiculous amount of time and then overpay players that are past their prime, while the young players in the minors live off nothing and get treated poorly in many ways. Much of this is because of the depth and breadth of the minor leagues. So lets look into changing that.

MLB needs a pipeline for the best talent. Now, that is AA and AAA. AAA is essentially the taxi squad for the majors, as a very high percentage of AAA players are either former or future big leaguers along with a handful of unluky s.o.b.'s who will just never make it. This isn't a great place for prospects as many of these players have flat out shitty attitudes toward the young punks who will blow past them. Many of the players have glaring weaknesses the others exploit and can't adjust to eliminate them, so it is a constant struggle. Many of these players have MLB skills that could be used in one way but they aren't worth a spot on the 25 man roster.

Let's fix that problem. MLB rosters are now 40 man rosters with 25 man active rosters that are submitted each day. A 25 man roster with 15 additional spots. We can argue how frequently this roster can be adjusted, how each is limited and so on, but that is the granular portion of this.

That move essentially eliminates the need for AAA. If you don't see where I'm going yet, my goal is to eliminate the minor leagues as we know it. I'll be honest, I don't know what having MiLB affiliates really does for major league teams, other than give them a place to play. MLB shouldn't be dependant on others to function. That is inefficient.

Each year, teams draft 40 players or more in the past, and sign 20-40 of them.



Thursday, July 18, 2013

MLB Draft Results by Percentages

Future Major Leaguers in the 1st 10 rounds for each team based on historical percentages.

Team MLB Players
Miami Marlins 6.9189
New York Yankees 5.2911
Colorado Rockies 4.7992
Oakland Athletics 4.7687
Detroit Tigers 4.3694
Seattle Mariners 4.3577
Cincinnati Reds 4.1973
Kansas City Royals 4.1745
Tampa Bay Rays 4.152
Baltimore Orioles 3.9863
Los Angeles Dodgers 3.9347
Pittsburgh Pirates 3.8663
Chicago White Sox 3.8124
Atlanta Braves 3.7443
Arizona Diamondbacks 3.7316
San Francisco Giants 3.6867
St. Louis Cardinals 3.6786
Chicago Cubs 3.6072
Texas Rangers 3.5823
San Diego Padres 3.4754
Philadelphia Phillies 3.394
Houston Astros 3.3676
Minnesota Twins 3.3531
Cleveland Indians 3.2226
New York Mets 3.0774
Milwaukee Brewers 2.9828
Toronto Blue Jays 2.7789
Boston Red Sox 2.7212
Washington Nationals 2.3763
Los Angeles Angels 2.3558


and based on pre-draft rankings

Team MLB
Colorado Rockies 5.6483
Oakland Athletics 5.3442
Kansas City Royals 4.9512
New York Yankees 4.8893
Chicago Cubs 4.6054
Detroit Tigers 4.5289
Boston Red Sox 4.4574
San Diego Padres 4.1396
Atlanta Braves 4.0563
Baltimore Orioles 3.9926
New York Mets 3.9714
San Francisco Giants 3.8816
Cleveland Indians 3.8794
Philadelphia Phillies 3.8234
Minnesota Twins 3.6797
Cincinnati Reds 3.6273
Pittsburgh Pirates 3.6134
Chicago White Sox 3.594
Seattle Mariners 3.249
Miami Marlins 3.199
St. Louis Cardinals 3.182
Arizona Diamondbacks 3.1407
Tampa Bay Rays 3.1404
Toronto Blue Jays 3.0252
Texas Rangers 2.9983
Washington Nationals 2.8627
Houston Astros 2.4992
Los Angeles Dodgers 2.1815
Milwaukee Brewers 2.1352
Los Angeles Angels 1.7321