Daily Draft Video Weekend Flashback takes a look at today's top prospects before they were pros.
Gerrit Cole and Josh Bell were two of the top prospects featured in this year's Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects here at Baseball Prospectus. Today’s Draft Video Weekend Flashback features these top two picks in the 2011 draft (signed for a combined $13,000,000) in pre-draft action.
Kevin Goldstein, ear to the ground, tells you how he hears the draft will go down.
1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA. Upgrade this call from “lean” to “heavy lean.” It seems clear that Anthony Rendon is out of the picture, so it's between Cole and Danny Hultzen, who did himself few favors by throwing out a big bonus number over the weekend. With no inexpensive option to turn to, Cole is the guy. Last Mock: Gerrit Cole.
Kevin's official Mock Draft will come Monday, but here is the ashcan version, complete with raw notes so you can see how the pieces come together.
What you see below is my current mock draft. Instead of big write-ups, which I’m saving for my final mock draft on Monday, these are the notes from calls and texts in my latest mock worksheet with source names removed. I hope it's a fun look at how the sausage is made.
What's actually involved when you're a prospect and get traded in-season?
This year's trade deadline might have been the craziest ever, not in terms of actual trades, but in terms of the talk about potential deals. Between all of the various outlets generating the rumors, those that simply aggregate them, and social networking sites like Twitter, trying to figure out everything that was happening became a 24/7 operation, while also requiring a sizeable filter to find the nuggets of truth. After the trade is done, everyone in the media chimes in once again to talk about who 'won' a trade, or what the prospects might become, but what about the prospects themselves. What happens when you are suddenly dealt?
Placed LHP Rich Hill on the 15-day DL (shoulder inflammation), retroactive to 7/28; purchased the contract of RHP Chris Tillman from Norfolk (Triple-A); transferred RHP Alfredo Simon from the 15- to the 60-day DL. [7/29]
Traded LHP George Sherrill to the Dodgers for 3B-S Josh Bell and RHP Steve Johnson. [7/30]
Placed RHP Bradley Bergesen on the 15-day DL; activated RHP Chris Ray from the 15-day DL; recalled RHP Kam Mickolio from Norfolk. [7/31]
The Diamondbacks left themselves thin in the outfield. The Royals' off-season moves could pay off in the standings. The Phillies need to get Chase Utley in the lineup. These and other news and notes out of Arizona, Kansas City, and Philadelphia in today's Prospectus Triple Play.
We're Using Battle in the Loosest Sense of the Word: You know spring training is coming to a close when starting pitchers are going five or six innings, top prospects are being sent down after their cursory taste of big league camp, and position battles are getting way too much hype, for the wrong reasons. For example, the last spot on the Diamondbacks' bench is coming down to the wire, with Donnie Sadler duking it out with Chad Tracy and Julio Ramirez. Pop quiz: Which team did Julio Ramirez play for last year? No cheating. Yeah, didn't think you knew that.