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June 6, 2013

Draft Coverage

What to Watch For

by BP Prospect Staff

This year, Baseball Prospectus has increased its coverage of amateur baseball and the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Over the past eight months, we’ve produced roughly 70,000 draft-related words, and you can find links to them all right here.

This offseason, Baseball Prospectus also joined forces with Perfect Game USA—the premiere baseball showcase/tournament provider in the world—and our newly forged partnership has provided the Baseball Prospectus readership with access to further MLB draft and amateur baseball content from the insightful team over at PG. Finally, both Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game will continue to roll out further draft content throughout the week (publishing schedule below), so check in regularly this week to make sure you’re teed up for the draft when it kicks off on Thursday evening.

Scouting the Draft—Summer Recaps
Our draft coverage began with a review of some of the top high school and college players to watch coming out of summer wood bat leagues and the prep scouting circuit. Here are links to each entry in the eight-part series:

High School Outfielders

College Outfielders

High School Infielders/Catchers

College Infielders

High School Right-Handed Pitchers

College Right-Handed Pitchers

High School Left-Handed Pitchers

College Left-Handed Pitchers

Scouting the Draft—Events
Our Baseball Prospectus Prospect Team also took in two large amateur scouting events, providing notes on, and video of, some of the top talent at the amateur ranks.

WWBA World Championship (hosted by Perfect Game USA): Last October, Dan Evans, Joe Hamrahi, Jason Parks, and Nick Faleris headed down to Jupiter, Florida for the largest scouting event on the calendar, returning with notes and video aplenty.

Coca-Cola Classic: At the end of February, Jason Parks, Jason Cole, and Nick Faleris headed out to Arizona for the four-team round-robin event featuring some top-tier collegiate talent.

Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game—Collegiate Coverage
Both Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game brought BP readers updates from the college ranks, from fall workouts in Wisconsin to live looks at top arms in the draft class:

Uhen Shines on Pro Scout Day (UW-Milwaukee)

UNC Building a Championship Team

Ace Showcase (Mark Appel/Austin Kubitza)

Red-River Rivalry (Jonathan Gray)

Scouting the Draft—Draft Preview
In this seven-part series, concluding this week, Nick Faleris provides scouting notes and video on nearly 100 of the top draft-eligible talents, broken down by position:


Corner Outfielders

Corner Infielders

Pitchers (Pt 1)

Middle Infielders

Pitchers (Pt 2)

Center Fielders

Dissecting the Draft
Nick takes a look at the draft process, stepping into the shoes of a front office and putting together a strategy for draft day:

Feature Pieces

A Mechanism for Evaluating Draft Strategy

Examining Kris Bryant

Identifying Our Tiers

Pairing and Parsing 1-7 Targets

Due Diligence

Three Roads From Which to Choose

Profiling Prep Arms

Assessing Day 1; Day 2 Options

Player Reports

Mark Appel

Braden Shipley

Jonathan Gray

Ryne Stanek

Clint Frazier

JP Crawford

Trey Ball (Pitcher)

Trey Ball (Outfield)

Kohl Stewart

Reese McGuire

Kris Bryant

Jon Denney

Dominic Smith

Unfiltered – Links to draft prospect videos

Perfect Game USA—Scouting Notes and Mock Draft
Earlier this spring, Perfect Game provided BP readers with its Top 100 Draft Prospect List as of April. This week, Perfect Game is bringing BP readers top-notch notes on their final Top 100 Draft Prospects, as well as their final mock draft on draft day. Below is the publish schedule; don’t miss this excellent draft content!

June 4, 2013: Allan Simpson’s draft prospects 51 to 100, with player reports
June 5, 2013: Allan Simpson’s 26-50 and 1-25 draft prospects, with player reports
June 6, 2013: Perfect Game provides their final mock draft to get you geared up for draft day

If your thirst for draft content is still not quenched, you can find class-wide rankings, state-by-state rankings, top prospect lists, draft chats, player profiles, mock drafts, and much more over at Perfect Game’s draft content link page. If you’re a draft fan and not already a subscriber with PG, please consider supporting our partners through one of their subscription packages.

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This is a terrific collection of resources to prepare for the draft. Thanks for providing them all in one location.

I was wondering, is there any way to provide data on the signability of a player or whether they are projected to ask for above, at or less than the slot recommended amount? It was about the only missing piece I could think of if trying to use these resources to try and follow along with the logic your team (or any team) is using when drafting certain players in certain situations.

Thanks again for the great work!

Jun 04, 2013 11:35 AM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
BP staff

Thanks for the kind words! I'll speak with my colleagues here at BP about how we'll handle this in the future. Personally, I prefer not to speculate as to signability of players, and to the extent I am privy to specifics I think it's important not to pass along that information in order to maintain the integrity of the process of negotiation.

The only time signability numbers leak is when one side believes it to be to their benefit. I prefer to avoid assisting either side -- be it intentionally or inadvertently -- and there are plenty of media sources who are happy to speculate or float rumors.

Perhaps a nice compromise would be to look at profile types that have generally proved difficult to sign and identifying the players that fit into that historical grouping. Would be an interesting research project, as well, so let's circle back up on that at a later date.

Thanks again, both for the feedback and for the kind words.

Jun 04, 2013 16:29 PM

Thanks for the response. That sounds more than fair. I was just looking for a way to understand certain draft selection strategies.

For example, inevitably a team will select a lower rated player and rather than engaging in the typical knee-jerk fan reaction of assuming the front office made a mistake by passing on more talented players I would love to know to the extent possible that perhaps the lower rated player was selected because maybe the team projects previous selections to require over slot to sign and so they took the best of those remaining predicted to be singable under.

I like the idea of studying this by breaking players in to similar groups to see what trends can be identified. I appreciate your work on this and hopefully it will help me understand why my team (NY Mets) do what they do.

Jun 05, 2013 18:52 PM
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dREaDS Fan

Is there a mock draft somewhere in those 70,000 words? Did I miss it somehow?

Jun 06, 2013 09:38 AM
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Agreed. I don't see the LINK to the PG mock.

Jun 06, 2013 10:13 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
BP staff

It's there now.

Jun 06, 2013 10:37 AM
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