Mock drafts for the MLB Draft are fairly useless as they are normally all off after the first few picks. With that we decided to do one mock draft instead of going head to head. It provides a good level of conflict as the other person always takes the players you want in a spot. With that we both included our picks for each spot. We will be going to 50 picks to get the Phillies first two picks. At both #7 and #47 we will both submit our picks and reasoning. Now expect us to get no picks right. I have odds, Brad’s got the evens. -Matt
#1 Houston Astros select Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (California)
I think the Astros think a lot about Rodon or getting cute with another player on an underslot deal, but ultimately Aiken offers the most upside and is polished enough he could move almost as quickly as a college pitcher through the system. (Brad: Aiken)
#2 Miami Marlins select Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State
It sure will be fun to watch Rodon shut down Ryan Howard and Dom Brown, (among others), a couple times a year in a very short time. Keith Law had the Marlins in on a bat a couple weeks ago, (he’s since changed his mock pick to Rodon), so maybe Alex Jackson, but after a resurgence from his early season doldrums, I think Rodon will prove too good to pass up. With four early picks, this could be an underslot opportunity, but I don’t think so. (Matt: Kolek) Continue reading Brad and Matt do a Mock Draft: Part 1 (1-27)
We were treated to another pitchers’ duel today. Ethan Stewart and Bradenton’s Jason Creasy battled for 6 innings. Stewart blinked first allowing a 5th inning run. They completed the 6th inning with the Marauders protecting a 1-0 lead. After a short rain delay, the bullpens took over. Both pens combined to allow 6 runs in the 7th inning. They settled down and closed out the final two innings without any further scoring.
Ethan Stewart pitched a tough, gritty 6 innings. Continue reading Threshers; June 1, 2014
This should spur some discussion. All this is assuming continued production and health.
1. Jesse Biddle to Lehigh Valley–Its time. His control has been better and he is pushing 40 starts in AA, with an ERA under 3.20 and the opposition hitting under .230 against him.
2. Cameron Perkins to Lehigh Valley–The IronPigs OF at this stage has several AAAA players that will never make a contribution in the majors beyond possibly that of a 5th OF. WHile I don’t see Perkins as a Major League regular, I do think he has the potential to be a 4th OF with 300+ AB’s a year for a big league club. Challenge him.
3. Peter Lavin to Reading–It is not likely that Peter Lavin will ever make the major leagues but having him play three years at High A makes no sense. He is producing, so reward him. He will do a competent job in Reading.
4. Cody Forsythe to Clearwater– Forsythe is a 23 year old college draftee who is has been pitching very well for Lakewood. 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 8 saves; .216 opp avg…Again, challenge him. A new class of draftees will be here shortly which will replenish the rosters at the lower levels…
Move I wouldnt make yet–JP Crawford. Crawford has done everything asked and then some. I am of the opinion that losing is an attitude and I would be a little leery about putting him into the current environment in Clearwater. If I were king, I would let him play in Lakewood until the beginning of August and then consider giving him a taste of Reading, or in the alternative CLearwater for the final three weeks or so of the season.