What will the future hold for the players selected in the draft the past two days?
In the first draft in 1965, the Kansas City A's made Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday the first overall selection. The Cubs would draft left-hander Ken Holtzman in the fourth round. A few years down the road, the two would be traded for each other, setting off a chain of events that The Common Man explores in his latest trade tree. It's a fun one that ends up including three Hall of Famers.
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Brien Jackson over at It's About the Money says the Yankees are done. After all, they've lost four straight to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 1986. OK ... maybe they're not really done.
The Yanks' first pick in the draft was Dante Bichette Jr., a selection roundly criticized by many. The Yankees' recent draft is not good. Most of their top prospects -- Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, Gary Sanchez -- were international signees, as were 2011 contributors Ivan Nova and Eduardo Sanchez. Since taking Derek Jeter in 1992, the only significant major leaguers the Yankees have drafted in the first round or supplemental first round are Eric Milton (traded to the Twins in the Chuck Knoblauch deal), Mark Prior (didn't sign), Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain. Granted, the Yankees are never picking high, but it's not a good track record.
Stephanie Liscio wrote this about the Indians before Tuesday's 1-0 victory over the Twins, but she asks: Is it time for drastic measures in Cleveland?
The Mariners surprisingly took Virginia LHP Danny Hultzen with the second pick, but our Mariners blog, Pro Ball NW, says the pick makes sense.
Baseball Time in Arlington points out that Ron Washington has rested Elvis Andrus eight games this year ... but Michael Young only once. Guess who is in a slump right now?
Logan Burdine at Blake Street Bulletin writes that this has become the most frustrating season in Rockies history. More frustrating than that 1999 club that posted a 6.01 ERA?
With Dan Uggla struggling to hit his weight, Ben Duronio wonders what might have been if the Braves had just kept Kelly Johnson two years ago.
Bill Baer wrote the other day that Chase Utley still isn't back in top form.
Over at FanGraphs, Chris Cwik points out that Alex Rodriguez has passed Mike Schmidt in its version of WAR? Is A-Rod the greatest third baseman of all time?
ESPN Insider's Ben Jedlovec looks at Tampa Bay's dominant defense.
Also at Insider, Jonah Keri asks: Should teams consider pitching their ace less often?
Jay Jaffe at Baseball Prospectus writes that the Twins' collapse isn't necessarily a surprise.