The college baseball season is entering its third month, and last weekend still saw a lot of weather issues. This has made it impossible for any player or team to keep a consistent schedule so far, especially for those who play in the dread cold weather states. The upside to April, besides hopefully improved weather, is that a lot more games are easier for fans to watch. ESPN starts showing a lot more games this weekend on ESPN3 and ESPNU will be 29 games Friday through Sunday. Read more »
PNW scouting notes
One of the best conference match-ups of the college baseball season took place last weekend, as the Oregon Ducks traveled to Seattle to take on the current Pac-12 leaders, the Washington Huskies. I was able to attend Saturday’s game in person (you may have seen me and my big head freezing to death behind home […]
The Board 2014: Volume III
Here we are, just a little more than 50 days until the 2014 MLB Draft gets started and we still have a ton more questions than answers. If I’m being honest, the top 11 or so wasn’t difficult for me to fill out; these guys have separated themselves as the best players in the draft […]
The Rundown — April 11
Received sage advice from my fortune cookie today. It said “borrow money from a pessimist. They won’t expect to get it back.” My fortune cookie is a better joke writer than I am, folks. Here’s your Rundown for Friday’s slate of college baseball action. Carlos Rodon — LHP NC State — One of the most […]
What To Watch For — April 11-13
We find ourselves deep into the college baseball season. Not long from now, it seems, we will be starting conference tournaments. There, as always, is plenty of great college baseball to watch this weekend. Let us quickly touch on some of the names you will see in the upcoming draft. Derek Fisher, Brandon Downes, Mike […]
Top 14 in ’14: San Diego Padres
The 2014 Draftbook is available for $1.99. Order now. Just a few years ago, this was ranked as one of — if not the — best systems in baseball, and with good reason. While this is still a top ten system, some of the shine has been lost, thanks in some part to natural attrition/promotion, […]
Sabermetrics, the shorthand name for advanced statistics in baseball, burst onto the national stage with the 2011 debut of the Oscar-nominated film Moneyball, making even casual fans aware.
This new wave of thinking crashed against the shores of traditionalists in the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player vote when Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, favored by traditional stats, defeated Los Angles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout, who rated out much better in advanced stats. The Cabrera/Trout debate brought out vitriol on both sides, but despite this new-school-versus-old-school, science-versus-religion environment, the best use of sabermetrics comes when teams weave in advanced statistics with traditional scouting. Read more »
I usually don’t put out my second mock draft until later in the season, but I thought it was poignant to put one out now for two reasons.
1. The draft order was no longer correct, as Ervin Santana’s signing took away the Braves first-round selection, thus taking away my chance of having a perfect mock draft.
2. You people eat this stuff up.
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