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Old 04-06-2018, 09:18 PM  
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2018 MLB Draft Picks
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#33 - Compensation (Eric Hosmer)
#34 - Compensation (Lorenzo Cain)
#40 (Competitive Balance Round A)

018 Draft Names to Watch

RHP Kumar Rocker, N Oconnee HS, Georgia.
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OF Jarred Kelenic, Waukasha West HS, WI
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1B Triston Casas, American Heritage HS (FL).
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RHP Carter Stewart, Eau de Gallie HS (Ga).
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ANY Any, Any (Any). Any current top projected pick who slides for injury concerns. Includes current top prospect prospect SP Brady Singer, U of Florida.

Current Prospects to Watch:

OF Seuly Matias - Huge tools. Hit 2 HR in Lexington (A) season opener.

1B Nick Pratto - Top pick in 17 has advanced approach and good glove; needs to start tapping into power in first full year in minors. Also at Lexington.

OF Michael Gigliotti - Good defender in CF, good OBP skills, plus baserunner. Next mainstay in CF for KC, IMO. Advanced college bat also starting at Lexington.

OF Khalil Lee - Probably has highest upside in Royals' system. Could hit 30 HR in majors, could steal 30 bases. Plus defensive ability in RF. Nice test at Wilmington this year.

3B Emmanuel Rivera - Really nice approach and good contact skills. Power is still developing. Also getting a good test at Wilmington.

SP Foster Griffin - Made nice strides in 2017. Needs to continue to progress in 2018. Could be a lefty version of Jakob Junis (good breaking ball that he can really manipulate, OK fastball, good command).

1B Samir Duenez - Duenez still is intriguing, hoping for a step forward in his power production this year at Northwest Arkansas, which would turn him into a legit prospect.

Others to keep an eye on:
SP Gerson Garabito (Wilmington), OF Marten Gasparini (Lexington), C MJ Melendez (Lexington), RP Tyler Zuber (lexington), RP Richard Lovelady (Omaha), SP Dan Tillo (Lexington), SS Nicky Lopez (NWA), SP Scott Blewett (NWA), OF Brewer Hicklen (Idaho Falls),

In general, Lexington and Wilmington are the most interesting spots to watch. Nice depth and a lot of interesting pieces at both.
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:10 PM   #76
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You aren't going to get a return that will match what Salvy brings on the field, in the stands, or for the PR.

Also baseball isn't football or the NBA where you need to blow the bitch up to get the top pick to get the franchise QB or player in basketball. Draft wherever and still have a top farm system.
The whole idea of tanking actually started with the MLB. The Royals were (inadvertent) pioneers, followed by the Cubs and the Astros.

Drafting in baseball just has a lot of risk compared to other sports, and you're able to drastically increase your probably of "landing someone" when you pick higher up in the draft (I.E. college ready arms, star hitting prospects, etc). The further you slide in the first round, the more you're drafting the "toolsy potential" types.
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:17 PM   #77
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The whole idea of tanking actually started with the MLB. The Royals were (inadvertent) pioneers, followed by the Cubs and the Astros.

Drafting in baseball just has a lot of risk compared to other sports, and you're able to drastically increase your probably of "landing someone" when you pick higher up in the draft (I.E. college ready arms, star hitting prospects, etc). The further you slide in the first round, the more you're drafting the "toolsy potential" types.
It's cute you thinking that tanking is something new. There is a reason the NBA put the lottery system in the draft in 1985.
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:21 PM   #78
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It's cute you thinking that tanking is something new. There is a reason the NBA put the lottery system in the draft in 1985.
You don't have to be a dick.

I was referring to the contemporary trend that's gripping each of the major sports. Rany just wrote an entire article referring to how baseball is revolutionizing the trend - and it's something major writers across the board agreed with and supported themselves.
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:23 PM   #79
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Old 04-09-2018, 02:28 PM   #80
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Salvador Perez is untouchable to this franchise. No one since George Brett has been more of a face for this franchise. No team could offer near enough.
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:20 PM   #81
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Salvador Perez is untouchable to this franchise. No one since George Brett has been more of a face for this franchise. No team could offer near enough.

Yeah, it would have to be an enormous overpay by whoever was doing it, and I donít think that deal is out there.

The Yankees donít have a spot for him. The Red Sox donít really need that from the C spot.

The Dodgers are set at C. So are the Giants. The Angels have a great defensive guy back there.

Hard to find the combination of need and competition and farm system that could pay the piper. Just donít think it exists.

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Perez turns 28 in May. In two years ( 2020 ) he'll turn 30. In my opinion, catchers don't age well and he seems to be hurt a couple times a year as it is. Who is the best catcher in the minors that could replace him in 2020 or 2021?

MJ Melendez, who is four years away, minimum. Chase Vallot and Meibrys Viloria are both higher in the minors than him but neither is performing all that well.

You could probably roll with Gallagher as a stopgap for a year, but two would be a real big stretch.
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:35 PM   #82
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That's the same problem you had with Hosmer, Moose, etc. The "big money" teams are all developing their own position players now. This isn't 2002. You just aren't going to get the Yankees or Dodgers to trade 3 or 4 great prospects unless it's a very good starting pitcher.
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Old 04-09-2018, 05:40 PM   #83
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That's the same problem you had with Hosmer, Moose, etc. The "big money" teams are all developing their own position players now. This isn't 2002. You just aren't going to get the Yankees or Dodgers to trade 3 or 4 great prospects unless it's a very good starting pitcher.
There's still a chance with the Red Sox. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how well we match up with them.
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:14 PM   #84
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Keep Salvy as your Mike Sweeney except Perez is actually good but trade Duffy ASAP
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:23 PM   #85
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Keep Salvy as your Mike Sweeney except Perez is actually good but trade Duffy ASAP
If you donít think Sweeney was good youíre a ****ing retard.

And speaking of good, how about this Jake Junis? If he does this for another few games Iíll start the 2009 Zack Greinke comparisons.
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:56 AM   #86
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If you donít think Sweeney was good youíre a ****ing retard.

And speaking of good, how about this Jake Junis? If he does this for another few games Iíll start the 2009 Zack Greinke comparisons.
He doesn't seem to be the headcase that Greinke was.
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If you donít think Sweeney was good youíre a ****ing retard.

And speaking of good, how about this Jake Junis? If he does this for another few games Iíll start the 2009 Zack Greinke comparisons.

His 2000 season is in the discussion as the best offensively in Royals history.


I love the way/pace that junis works.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:15 AM   #88
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:34 AM   #90
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Very impressed with Junis so far. I wouldn't compare him to Greinke at all. Greinke could overpower people with his stuff. That's not Junis. More of a thinking, outsmart your opponent pitcher. Seems to follow more in the footsteps of a Greg Maddux (not comparing him directly to him) type . . . .
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