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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by PepperJack View Post
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/colle...-carlos-rodon/


    BA's top 50.


    Maybe we could keep #30 wearing the same hat?
    Barely a SS or CF to be found on that list! Must've been 40 pitchers, 8 1b/3b types, 1 catcher and 1 SS.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Supposedly a strong crop. Good year to have an extra pick.
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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Supposedly a strong crop. Good year to have an extra pick.
    Get some veteran hitters. Draft pitchers. Looks like a good group of pitchers.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by Kc61 View Post
    Get some veteran hitters. Draft pitchers. Looks like a good group of pitchers.
    I agree with this. I believe that Boston beat Detroit because their veteran hitters were able to run up the pitch count on Detroit's superior starters and get into their relatively weaker pen. BTW, this won't work against the Cardinals because they have a strong, deep pen.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    For those that like to get familiar with lots of prospects before the draft, here is a list of some very early mock drafts. They will all be updated from time to time, and there will be lots of changes, but it can be a great way to learn the prospects, and develop favorites.

    http://dcprosportsreport.com/MLBMocks.htm

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    21. Cincinnati Reds — Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana

    Maybe the best power bat in college, the 6’-0”, 230-pound left-hander also has a great approach at the plate and should hit for a high average at the next level. His ability to remain behind the plate is still up for debate, but he wants to stay there and has been working hard on his defense. Over 61 games as a sophomore, he hit .366/.456/.647 with 10 doubles, 18 home runs and drew 42 walks to just 37 strikeouts. He then hit .308/.396/.436 over 21 games for the Collegiate National Team with 11 walks. We all saw the premium put on college bats in this year’s draft, and Schwarber should benefit from that next year.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    I take it Schwarber is actually right-handed since he's trying to make it as a catcher. I'm thinking he throws right and bats left.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Schwarber is not staying at catcher, unfortunately.
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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Schwarber may have the tools to stay behind the plate but his likely future is at first base. His college coach believes he can play left field at the next level, at least in the early years of his career. His body type (stocky, muscular) may limit him to first or perhaps catcher. He can hit - will take a walk, good contact skills, nice power. Some scouts think his bat is not quite good enough at first base, though, to be a first rounder. Others seem high on his hitting and think wherever he plays he will hit well. Had a solid Cape Cod. Catching the guy is a no doubt first rounder. Strength and power are real but could lack of athleticism make him similar to Winker? If I were an AL team I'd jump on him because he could always fall back to being a terrific DH if first base was blocked.
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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    The 13 players who were given qualifying offers. Their former teams will be listed first and new teams last.

    Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
    Robinson Cano, Yankees
    Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
    Nelson Cruz, Rangers
    Stephen Drew, Red Sox
    Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox to Yankees
    Curtis Granderson, Yankees
    Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
    Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
    Brian McCann, Braves to Yankees
    Kendrys Morales, Mariners
    Mike Napoli, Red Sox
    Ervin Santana, Royals

    The Yankees will forfeit their first round draft pick #18 overall. The Braves will receive a First Round Compensation Pick.
    Last edited by Gallen5862; 12-03-2013 at 08:51 PM.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    The Braves remained in discussions with McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, as recently as Friday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. However, they weren't invovled in the multi-year bidding for the catcher. The Braves will receive a draft pick after the first round becuase of the signing, O'Brien notes.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    Schwarber may have the tools to stay behind the plate but his likely future is at first base. His college coach believes he can play left field at the next level, at least in the early years of his career. His body type (stocky, muscular) may limit him to first or perhaps catcher. He can hit - will take a walk, good contact skills, nice power. Some scouts think his bat is not quite good enough at first base, though, to be a first rounder. Others seem high on his hitting and think wherever he plays he will hit well. Had a solid Cape Cod. Catching the guy is a no doubt first rounder. Strength and power are real but could lack of athleticism make him similar to Winker? If I were an AL team I'd jump on him because he could always fall back to being a terrific DH if first base was blocked.
    Winker is more athletic than this kind of guy. People seem to misunderstand what Winker is. Think Ryan Ludwick now, or Allen Craig. He won't excite you from a speed or athleticism perspective, but he isn't an clumsy mess out there. Yonder Alonso and Schwarber may be more comparable.
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Justus Sheffield looks interesting - prep LHP with three plus pitches. If his power continues to come along, Max Pentecost could be a sweet pick.
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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    If his power continues to come along, Max Pentecost could be a sweet pick.
    I can just feel the power! Let the people say Amen!

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    Re: Looking Ahead: 2014 Draft

    Quote Originally Posted by Gallen5862 View Post
    The 13 players who were given qualifying offers. Their former teams will be listed first and new teams last.

    Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
    Robinson Cano, Yankees
    Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
    Nelson Cruz, Rangers
    Stephen Drew, Red Sox
    Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
    Curtis Granderson, Yankees
    Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
    Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
    Brian McCann, Braves to Yankees
    Kendrys Morales, Mariners
    Mike Napoli, Red Sox
    Ervin Santana, Royals

    The Yankees will forfeit their first round draft pick #18 overall. The Braves will receive a First Round Compensation Pick.
    That should move the Reds from 21 to 20, correct?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...45866&c_id=mlb


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