Did It Work Out Well For Your Team ?
I don’t know about you but I had to be reminded that the MLB Draft actually took place . It seems as if the hierarchy of Major League Baseball is simply intent on making this something of a non-event . It may well be televised by the MLB Network but given that the league in terms of marketing the sport has at times covered the areas that would encapsulate the sublime and the ridiculous . Is anyone still sold on the World Baseball Classic ? Well I guess that we’ll just have to wait and see for the next scheduling of that particular event in 2013 .
Slide show for your perusal .
Well the Pittsburgh Pirates took number one overall —- Gerrit Cole a right handed pitcher out of UCLA . He would be followed by the Seattle Mariners taking Danny Hultzen (LHP/1B/OF) out of Virginia and given the proclivities of the Mariners they indeed will need all the help that they can for the foreseeable future . From my own perspective I know that with many of the players taken we are not liable see them playing in the majors for perhaps two or three years at best . But as always there’s always an exception to any rule. The Tampa Bays in light of their financial instability and the mere fact that principal partner Stuart Sternberg and GM Andrew Friedman have made it known of their intent now is to simply build this organization from the draft and rely little if any on the pursuing of free agents unless it is to their economic advantage .
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By Spencer Fordin , MLB.com
SECAUCUS, N.J. — One college program became the face of baseball’s future Monday, when two UCLA arms made history by pacing a pitching-rich haul at the top of the First-Year Player Draft.
Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer were both selected in the first three picks of the Draft, setting a trend that started early and carried through the rest of the night. The first four players selected were all pitchers for the first time ever, and 12 arms had been taken by the time the Draft pulled through 20 picks.
The choices of Cole and Bauer, respectively selected by Pittsburgh and Arizona, marked the first time since 1978 that two college teammates had been taken in the top three picks of the Draft. Arizona State had earned the honor last time, with Bob Horner and Hubie Brooks taken first and third overall.
Cole, who went 6-8 with a 3.31 ERA for UCLA as a junior, gives the Pirates another potential high-impact arm in the farm system to pair with fast-rising Jameson Taillon, last year’s second overall draftee.
And by doing so, he validated a bet that he had made on himself. Cole was taken 28th overall by the Yankees out of high school in 2008, but instead chose to attend UCLA and further mature as a player. Now, he comes out of school with some inherently valuable experience and with vastly improved Draft stock.
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Rays’ manager Joe Maddon and his coaching staff had the pleasure of knowing that they had 10 of the top eighty nine picks in this year’s draft and I’ve no doubt that the fans in general will be pleased with that . With that asides it appears with all of the outside controversies concerning the team they are now playing with a great deal of candor as they look to make their presence felt within the AL East . And given the sensitivity of the competitiveness within the division this could be a <a href=”http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=tb”> season of make or break for the Tampa Bay Rays . And mark my words this could be a forbearing of either doom and gloom or extreme joy for this ball club and its loyal but ever seemingly emotional band of followers . Given the fallibility of both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees I do believe that if the Rays are fortuitous they could at best win the division or at the very least be the wildcard entrant within the AL ! But much of that will be predicated upon the performances of the team throughout the remainder of the season and in particular the month of June .
With the team owners and general managers alike looking for diamonds in the rough and to the long term future of their respective organizations . This much we are certain of when it comes the MLB Draft absolutely anything is liable to happen . With agents such as Scott Boras , Arne Tellem and Leigh Steinberg all looking to garner the best compensatory packages for their clients I am sure that the general managers and owners will no doubt have to be prudent in terms of their expenditure on the players they choose to pursue and sign . If anything what we have seen recent years doesn’t seem to reflect that at all but this is simply what the game has become about , chasing after the ‘almighty dollar’ without there actually being a certainty of actual success.
As a newly entrenched fan of the Atlanta Braves I am curious to see what GM Frank Wren and the scouting staff at his disposal led by Tony DeMacio and Kurt Kemp with will come up with by way of this year’s draft . The farm system and prospects are in place with the organization apparently set for the future . And with manager Fred Gonzalez and his coaching staff seemingly having got the players to buy into his philosophy there is a great deal that a Braves’ fan has to be pleased with at present . Jason Heyward is proving everything that one might have expected out of a a very talented five tool player .
This season within the NL East the Atlanta Braves know that they are in a dog fight . And with both the Florida Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies now playing at a very high level it will be very interesting to see how things pan out as the season progresses . The Braves have simply been prudent in their draft choices over the years . But this season with there being a some very talented college and high school players in this draft there’s a great deal on the line for the organization. If with the picks made in this draft and the players being signed successfully then things ought to bode well for the Atlanta Braves and their foreseeable future . As with the any of the other 29 teams that in total make the thirty teams in MLB , each seeks the same thing and that is to win a World Series title .
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I for one am not about to now second guess Frank Wren as to the choices that he will make but given that he will also take under advisement any knowledge that can be provided by his predecessor John Schuerholz I am pretty certain that he will come to decisions that will be of great benefit to the Atlanta Braves . Do you feel that the came can be said of the team that you support and the decisions that will have to be made by the general manager there ? Simply chime in with a comment and thanks as always for the continued support as it’s greatly appreciated !
Alan aka tophatal ……………………..
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(1) Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (12) of the UCLA Bruins pitches against the South Carolina Gamecocks during Game 1 of the men’s 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. Christian Petersen / Getty Images North America …
(2) Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (12) of the UCLA Bruins prepares himself before pitching against the South Carolina Gamecocks during Game 1 of the men’s 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. Christian Petersen / Getty Images …….
(3) The Mariners haven’t made many headlines in recent years, but did so today by selecting University of Virginia southpaw pitcher Danny Hultzen with the No. 2 overall draft pick. Courtesy of Seattle Times / Chris Marsden ….
(5) : Ronny Paulino (9) of the New York Mets reacts after popping out in the fifth inning with no outs and the bases loaded as Brian McCann (16) of the Atlanta Braves looks on on June 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4 . Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images ……
(6) Diory Hernandez (24) of the Atlanta Braves celebrates his ninth inning pinch hit three-run home run against the New York Mets with teammates Martin Prado (14) and Eric Hinske (20) on June 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Photo Getty Images/ Jim McIsaac ….
(7) John Schuerholz, left, addresses reporters about the announcement he will become president of the Atlanta Braves baseball team and be replaced as general manager by Frank Wren, right, during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, in Atlanta. AP Photo/John Amis …….