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Paying Minor League Players Fairly

Charlie Drysdale at Minor League Ball wrote this excellent article. I posted this in the comments but I thought posting it here would get a different set of eyes on it.
As someone who is obsessed with all things baseball and considering I studied finance, I have a strong interest in how this lawsuit shakes out. I have thought about this a lot and have thought of many scenarios to fix this. The dangling of the MLB carrot isn’t enough to mistreat people who have chosen this as their profession. The best step MLB could do to cut costs is to cut minor leagues. They could cut down to two minor league levels, carry around 50 players on each roster and reduce costs greatly. IF MLB loses this lawsuit, it could change the minors drastically. In all honesty, I would be in favor of this. I see it as a way of marketing the future of baseball better but that’s a whole different idea. The cost of paying players in underrated in the comments above. Last year, more than 6400 players played in the mi…

MLB Draft Prospects

I'm working on migrating draft info over to my new site, MLB Draft Prospects. I didn't like the format at blogspot for the draft info so I'm moving the information there. If you click on any of the draft links to the right, you will be directed there. Check it out, browse around and I'll be grateful if you come back. I'll be posting much of my draft information there as well as Minor League Ball and will continue stat analysis and prospect stuff here. In time, if I like WordPress, I may migrate this site to it as well but one step at a time.
Thanks for the support.

MLB 2014 Draft Top 300 Prospects Early List

We are just under four months from draft day. Here is how my top 300 prospect list looks right now. This is still a fluid list and there will plenty of change between now and June.
Some top prep players have already started their season and college games will start very soon. This is a good way to kick off the start of the baseball season.




Here is a link to the current (I think) draft order as well.



RankNamePOSLevelHometownCollege/Commitment1Carlos RodonLHPJRNorth Carolina State2Tyler KolekRHPHSShepherd, TXTCU3Alex JacksonRFHSEscondido, CAOregon4Luis OrtizRHPHSFresno, CAFresno State5Tyler BeedeRHPJRVanderbilt6Grant HolmesRHPHSConway, SCFlorida7Max PentecostCJRKennesaw State8Touki ToussaintRHPHSCoral Springs, FLVanderbilt9Jeff HoffmanRHPJREast Carolina10Trea TurnerSSJRNorth Carolina State

Baseball America Top 100 Comparison

Here is the full list if you hadn't checked it out yet. If so, why are you here and not there? Haha..

I did a side by side comparison of my top 300 pro prospects to see how it stacks up against BA. I know I am more fond of certain prospects and this sheds some light on that.

At the top, I'm much higher on Lucas Giolito at 10, compared to 21 for BA. Albert Almora is at 12 for me, 36 for them. Clint Frazier at 19 compared to 48. A few other notables were Max Fried 21/53, Marcus Stroman 28/55, David Dahl 30/94, Dom Smith 36/92.

BA is much higher on Maikel Franco at 17 where I have him at 56. I'm low on Jameson Taillon 22/48, CJ Edwards 60/28, JOc Pederson 34/63, Kyle Zimmer 23/70, Aaron Sanchez 32/97, Kyle Crick 33/100, and Billy Hamilton 43/193.

2016 Draft Prospects

Considering we are a few months away from the 2014 MLB Draft, this is kind of a shot in the dark. There will be a lot of change to this list between now and 2016 but this gives you an idea about who the top names are and to keep an eye out for. The letter is where I see them as a prospect. Here is a quick primer as to what they mean. After the letter is the players name, then position, then age as of the '14 draft, then their level they are currently playing at, then team if available.

a | A.J. Puk | P | 19 | FR | Floridaa | Alec Hansen | P | 19 | FR | Oklahomaa | Anthony Molina | P | 16 | HS | Miamia | Austin Bergner | P | 16 | HS |a | Ben DeLuzio | SS | 19 | FR | Florida Statea | Bo Bichette | SS | 16 | HS |a | Brett Morales | P | 19 | FR | Floridaa | Chandler Eden | P | 18 | FR | Oregon Statea | Chase Strumpf | SS | 16 | HS | UCLAa | Chris Okey | C | 19 | FR | Clemsona | Connor Jones | P | 19 | FR | Virginiaa | Derik Beauprez | P | 19 | FR | Miamia | Garrett Williams | P | 19 |…

2014 Draft Prospects

We are just under four months from draft day. Here is how my top 300 prospect list looks right now. This is still a fluid list and there will plenty of change between now and June. Some top prep players have already started their season and college games will start very soon. This is a good way to kick off the start of the baseball season. Here is a link to the current (I think) draft order as well.
RankNamePOSLevelHometownCollege/Commitment1Carlos RodonLHPJRNorth Carolina State2Tyler KolekRHPHSShepherd, TXTCU3Alex JacksonRFHSEscondido, CAOregon4Luis OrtizRHPHSFresno, CAFresno State5Tyler BeedeRHPJRVanderbilt6Grant HolmesRHPHSConway, SCFlorida7Max PentecostCJRKennesaw State8Touki ToussaintRHPHSCoral Springs, FLVanderbilt9Jeff HoffmanRHPJREast Carolina10Trea TurnerSSJRNorth Carolina State11Nick GordonSSHSWindermere, FLFlorida State12Sean Reid-FoleyRHPHSJacksonville, FLFlorida State13Braxton DavidsonRFHSArden, NCNorth Carolina14Brandon FinneganLHPJRTCU15Brady AikenLHPHSJamul, CAUCLA16De…