2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

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Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Postby craig » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:35 pm

Thanks for Burl, stuff. That guy is a very good interview, very well spoken. Hope he's able to throw enough strikes to be effective in actual pro games and eventually big-league games.

But if he's as poised in games and controlled with his pitches as he is poised and controlled in his interviews, he's got a chance to be a big-stage pitcher.
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Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Postby Regular Show » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:33 pm

http://meadowparty.com/blog/2020/06/25/ ... t-6-25-20/

From the latest Klaw chat:

Jon: I read that Ed Howard was a possible Top 5 pick but for the HS season being entirely halted and therefore nobody seeing him play this year and a result was a lot of college prospects instead. Any truth to that or just Cubs homer-talk? What’s his ceiling?

Keith Law: Extreme homer talk. Arrant nonsense.


Dave C: When’s the last time u were as surprised during the draft as the Sox taking Nick York’s this year?

Keith Law: Hayden Simpson.


Joe: Any undrafted signings stand out to you as maybe being more than just filler?

Keith Law: Not really. $20K doesn’t get you a definite prospect. There were some good senior signs, though – Landon Knack (Dodgers, second round) stood out as one.


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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:45 pm

I noticed JT Ginn got nearly $3 million from the Mets (same for Kelley with the WS) as a second rounder. Those two ending up on rivals in the second round are the only thing about this year's draft that went "wrong" for the Cubs

The post-draft Mets farm is one of the more exciting in the sport, a bunch of high ceiling 20 and unders at the top...Ronny Mauricio, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Baty, Ginn, Mark Vientos, Francisco Alvarez, Isaiah Greene...

The Mets made the same mistake the Cubs did to lose the public, spent money with the $/WAR being nein effizient! Because of that I've developed a soft spot for them lately that could easily be gone from actually talking to a Mets fan but otherwise will stay until they all hit or miss...All I can ask is that Mauricio become a superstar and the Cubs eventually sign him as a FA
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:05 pm

https://www.cubsinsider.com/2020/06/30/ ... ew-slider/

Carraway makes another interview, interesting that he is the draftee making the media rounds..stating the obvious but I think the Cubs have extremely high hopes and alot of confidence in this guy...I like that he started his college career as a two way guy playing CF...

"Mr. Kershaw" btw...born 1988 lol
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Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Postby craig » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:49 pm

Thanks, Tom, that was a really good interview. More technical. Obviously a well-spoken guy who's conversant with pitch-lab and analytics concepts, and is happy to benefit from insights. Think that might be a great fit.

I was particularly encouraged by his interest in developing a slider, as a pitch with more side-to-side movement and a pitch that's easier to throw for strikes than the big curveball.

Having good spin and a big curveball is good; but the big curveball is probably the hardest pitch in baseball to throw for strikes. Living as a two-pitch fastball-curve guy may work great on days the curve is clicking.

But I think a lot of days big-league hitters will spit on the curve, sit on the fastball, and you'll be walking guys, pitching from behind, and the only strike you can throw is fastball to guys sitting fastball. Who needs a garbage-can to sit fastball on days when a fastball-curve pitcher can't throw his curve for a strike?

So *IF* Burl could hypothetically come up with something else he can get over, whether that be slider or cutter or whatever, it could help him a ton. Glad he realizes that and is looking towards figuring out something else that could work for him.
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