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February 25, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects


Kevin Goldstein

Long overstocked with arms to the exclusion of hitting talent, they finally have an elite bat atop an improving system.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Angel Villalona, 3B/1B
Four-Star Prospects
2. Henry Sosa, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
3. Tim Alderson, RHP
4. Madison Bumgarner, LHP
5. Wendell Fairly, OF
6. Nick Noonan, SS/2B
7. Nate Schierholtz, OF
Two-Star Prospects
8. John Bowker, OF
9. Pablo Sandoval, C
10. Clayton Tanner, LHP
11. Charlie Culberson, SS/2B

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August 19, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Slotto Bonanzas, Part Two


Nate Silver

Nate turns his attention to the individual big bonus players from the last decade, and determines whether their teams would do it all over again.

What follows is a comprehensive roster of all players between 1998 and 2006 who were drafted with one of the first 100 selections and who also went for at least $500,000 over slot, considering both their signing bonus and any guaranteed MLB money. I've used the 2006 slot values for all seasons from 2000-2006, as MLB has generally been very successful at containing draft inflation during this period (in fact, the draft slots went down in 2007). The slots do appear to have been a little lower in 1999 and 1998, and so I've scaled those back by five percent and 10 percent respectively, rounding off to the nearest "big" number. I've also indicated those cases where the player's alternative careers in football or basketball could have influenced his signing bonus. Finally, I've posed a simple question: If the team had perfect knowledge of what that player was going to do, would they commit the same money again?

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June 6, 2007 12:00 am

Mock Draft 2007


Kevin Goldstein

Kevin gets inside thirty skulls at once, and pegs his top picks for all thirty teams.

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays

It's the worst-kept secret in the game. David Price came into the season as the top prospect in the draft, and then went out and pitched as well, if not better than expectations. The D-Rays have insisted that Price is just part of a three-player mix that includes California prep third baseman Josh Vitters and Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters, but that's just a cover-your-ass move. It's Price, and it has always been Price.

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