December 9th, 2013
And here it is, our very first non-draft prospect list. I decided to go in reverse order of the MLB standings because 1. Boston and St. Louis are systems are fun to write about and 2. repeat step 1.
If you’re curious about if I have any rules about what qualifies someone as a prospect or not: I don’t. I think qualifying someone as a prospect based on arbitrary numbers is a bit silly, and so you’ll see some guys who have exhausted their rookie rights that will make these lists. Probably.
I’ve been a big fan of what Boston has done in the draft last few years, and those drafts and quality scouting (as usual) by their international team has created a system that may not have a superstar in it, but they have as much depth in their system as any in baseball. There’s a lot of pitching depth, and while they’re light on power bats they have a ton of guys who can get on base and run. The quality of the Red Sox front-office has been talked about to death, but there’s no denying their previous success and they look to have more quality impact players on the way. Read more »
December 4th, 2013
Draftbook. $1.49. Great deal. You’ll like it.
Here we go, the first way too early board of 2014. If you want full scouting reports of these guys, check out the draftbook that I am asking you to buy, which will be out mid to late January. Please keep in mind it’s extremely early, so expect a ton of changes in the next edition. I know, you’re sick of that warning. I’m still going to keep doing it.
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November 15th, 2013
I tweeted on Monday that MLB Draft Insider would soon become a misleading name, and many guesses came. Most of them involved me foraying into other sports — or something along those lines — but while I do enjoy the other professional offerings, baseball is pretty much everything to me.
But while we’re not venturing into the other sports, we are venturing into an area that we haven’t covered before.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Another prospect website? I need that like I need another hole in my head?” And I get that. There are plenty of prospect websites out there and a large portion of those websites do a great job.When I started MLB-DI, I did it because 1. it’s something that I love and I’m passionate about and 2. I saw a market that wasn’t being explored enough and I jumped on it.
So why the switch?
Well, several reasons, but it mainly comes to that I wanted an outlet to give me a chance to scout on the professional side, and I can’t afford to start another website. I take every dime I get from this website — which isn’t much — and put it into my scouting trips and improving the website. Last year, I believe the website made a total profit of about $300 dollars when including hosting and domain fees. I’m not exactly striking it rich. So we’ll still do the best job — in my opinion — of covering the MLB Draft of any website on the web, and we’ll also have a chance to give you more content over the summer as well. I have as many contacts on the professional side as I do on the amateur side, and I feel confident that my writing staff can provide the same kind of coverage on both sides as well.
If you’re wondering what the split will look like, I’d still say the focus will be on the MLB draft, but I’d like to have about a 60-40 split on professional/amateur.
I’m really excited to bring you more of this. I’ll start putting out some of my top prospect lists — in a different format — starting in the coming weeks, and put out my top 50 for the 2014 draft as well. Oh, and again, don’t forget about the draftbook.
These are exciting times. I cannot thank you enough for your support and patronage.