Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
Most Basic Possible Guide to the Draft
Baseball’s amateur draft begins today and extends through Saturday. Below is a collection of the most basic possible information — like, totally elementary — concerning it.
Only the first two rounds of the draft will be conducted on Thursday. Rounds 3-10 will continue on Friday, with the remaining 30 rounds taking place on Saturday.
Here’s some of that same information, except also with start times and in the form of a table:
According to MLB.com, both that site (via video stream) and MLB Network will broadcast the first day of the draft. The second and third days (i.e. Friday and Saturday) will be available via MLB.com only, it seems. As of press time, no link to the MLB.com feed is available, although one assumes that pointing one’s browser to MLB.com around 7pm ET tonight, for example, would be some kind of start.
Here, very much courtesy Baseball America, is a table featuring the first-round draft order, with each pick’s assigned value per the terms of the current CBA:
|9||Pirates (for failure to sign Mark Appel)||$3,029,600|
|28||Cardinals (for loss of free agent Kyle Lohse)||$1,785,300|
|29||Rays (for loss of free agent B.J. Upton)||$1,758,300|
|30||Rangers (for loss of free agent Josh Hamilton)||$1,731,200|
|31||Braves (for loss of free agent Michael Bourn)||$1,704,200|
|32||Yankees (for loss of free agent Nick Swisher)||$1,677,100|
|33||Yankees (for loss of free agent Rafael Soriano)||$1,650,100|
Various Mock Drafts
Here are links to various and notable mock drafts, with each mock draft’s first pick noted:
Baseball America: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Univ. of Oklahoma
Bullpen Banter*: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Univ. of Oklahoma
Keith Law: Colin Moran, 3B, Univ. of North Carolina
Kiley McDaniel: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
John Sickels: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
*Note: not a mock draft proper, but rather a collection of top-50 draft prospects.
Rumors abound — or, at least one rumor is presently abounding — that FanGraphs’ own Al Skorupa will assist in real-time coverage of the draft later today.
Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Tampa Bay at Detroit | 13:08 ET
Roberto Hernandez (57.1 IP, 87 xFIP-, 0.2 WAR) faces Max Scherzer (76.1 IP, 69 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR). The latter is second only to Yu Darvish in terms of strikeout rate this season.
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Detroit or Tampa Bay Radio.
Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.1.
Note: the following table is entirely sortable.
|Rob. Hernandez||TB||6||7||8||7||10||DET||Max Scherzer||13:08|
|Mig. Gonzalez||BAL||3||9||3||3||2||HOU||Bud Norris||14:10|
|Shaun Marcum||NYN||5||6||5||2||6||WAS||Gio Gonzalez||19:05|
|Derek Holland||TEX||10||4||7||9||5||BOS||Jon Lester||19:10|
|Ian Kennedy||AZ||3||3||5||2||9||STL||Shelby Miller||19:15|
|Mike Pelfrey||MIN||0||3||3||5||5||KC||Wade Davis||20:10|
|Dan Straily||OAK||7||6||5||0||4||CHA||Jose Quintana||20:10|
|Tyler Cloyd||PHI||2||3||4||4||6||MIL||Wily Peralta||20:10|
|And. Cashner||SD||6||7||6||8||4||COL||Jhoulys Chacin||20:40|
|Tim Hudson||ATL||6||9||5||3||3||LAN||Zack Greinke||22:10|
|Phil Hughes||NYA||6||5||5||5||5||SEA||Aaron Harang||22:10|
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