Red Wings could get closer look at European prospects ahead of NHL draft
DETROIT — This already has been a wacky NHL season given the pandemic, the fact playoffs haven’t even begun yet, and now an undetermined playoff-caliber team has won draft lottery.But get ready for more subtle twists and turns.For instance, in September and October, just weeks before the NHL Entry Draft, many of the European prospects in this draft class will be playing hockey again.With the pandemic easing in Europe, at least for now, most of those leagues should be up and running in the autumn.The North American junior leagues likely will not be.So, for Red Wings’ general manager Steve Yzerm...
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Dieter Kurtenbach: Who should the Warriors draft? How about no one?
While the majority of the NBA heads toward the “bubble” in Florida to finish out the regular season and play in the postseason, it appears that the Warriors will continue their tremendously long offseason.A summer training camp looks unlikely. Free agency won’t be until late October. No one can say when the next season will start. In fact, it appears that the next big event on the Warriors’ calendar will be the NBA draft lottery in late August, followed by the draft in October, just before free agency opens. The Warriors, who had the worst record in the NBA, share the best odds for the No. 1 o...
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'They've got the elite arms': Mariners keep improving pitching with each MLB draft
Now the waiting begins for the Mariners, their six recent draft picks and their fans. Under normal circumstances, the annual amateur draft provides minimal instant gratification for those involved.Only a very select few, usually pitchers, can provide an immediate impact to an organization’s big league club in the same year as being selected. Unlike the NFL and NBA, where top draft picks are expected to fill needs and contribute, top MLB picks are destined for at least two seasons minor league baseball before being ready to compete at the MLB level.It’s why teams should never base draft selecti...
The Seattle Times
Reviewing Braves' solid but unexciting 2020 draft
Fans’ mood surrounding the Braves’ draft Thursday night: underwhelming.The Braves’ haul (or rather, basket) included four college players: Lefty Jared Shuster (No. 25), outfielder Jesse Franklin (No. 97), righty Spencer Strider (No. 126) and righty Bryce Elder (No. 156). The Braves were down a pick (second round) in the already trimmed draft, but they feel like they made the most of it.“These guys are pretty much mastering their craft,” vice president of scouting Dana Brown said. “Not only do they have talent, they’ve been able to develop the skill which we think is going to lead to something ...
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5 takeaways from the 2020 MLB draft for the Chicago Cubs
CHICAGO — The coronavirus pandemic caused a unique Major League Baseball draft, forcing the Chicago Cubs and the 29 other teams to adjust from 40 rounds to five — not to mention shortening or canceling the high school and college seasons, which stopped teams from being able to evaluate prospects in person this spring.Here are five draft takeaways for the Cubs.1. Ed Howard joins a crowded group at shortstop.The Cubs are well-stocked at shortstop with Javier Baez, Nico Hoerner, minor league prospect Pedro Martinez and likely international signee Cristian Hernandez providing depth.That should buy...
5 takeaways from the 2020 MLB draft for the Chicago White Sox
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox landed two of the top 20 prospects in the 2020 MLB amateur draft in pitchers Garrett Crochet and Jared Kelley.The Sox selected Crochet, a left-hander from Tennessee, with the No. 11 pick on Wednesday. He entered the draft as the No. 18 overall, No. 11 college and No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect, according to MLB.com, and Baseball America rated him as having the best fastball among college pitchers.The Sox drafted Kelley, a right-hander from Refugio High School (Texas), in the second round (No. 47 overall) on Thursday. MLB.com ranked him as the No. 12 overall...
As MLB draft continues, the Royals select high school pitcher Ben Hernandez at No. 41
The Kansas City Royals selected high school pitcher Ben Hernandez with the 41st overall pick of the 2020 MLB draft Thursday afternoon.Hernandez, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander, played at Chicago’s De La Salle High. He throws 94-95 mph.He was ranked as the 73rd-best prospect in the country by MLB.com and was slotted as the 86th-best prospect by Baseball America.He impressed with his performance against some of the nation’s top amateur players at the Prospect Development Pipeline, a joint venture between MLB and USA Baseball.———©2020 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.)
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How the San Francisco Giants are doing on day two of the draft
The Giants’ first four picks from the 2020 MLB Draft are in as day two of this year’s five-round draft rolls along.After taking North Carolina State star catcher Patrick Bailey with the 13th overall selection in Wednesday’s first round, the Giants kicked off day two by tabbing third baseman Casey Schmitt with the No. 49 pick out of San Diego State.With two additional picks in this year’s draft after free-agent pitchers Madison Bumgarner (Diamondbacks) and Will Smith (Braves) turned down qualifying offers from the Giants to sign elsewhere, San Francisco chose left-handed pitcher Nick Swiney out...
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Marlins add pitcher Daxton Fulton in second round of MLB draft
There appears to be a clear focus in the 2020 MLB draft for the Miami Marlins: pitching.One day after selecting Minnesota right-handed pitcher Max Meyer with the No. 3 pick, Miami doubled down on arms, taking Daxton Fulton out of Mustang High School in Oklahoma with the No. 40 selection.Fulton, listed at 6-foot-6, 225-pounds, brings a mature arsenal of pitches, with a fastball that sits in the low-90s to an above-average curveball.Jim Callis on MLB Network called him, “the best high-school lefty in the draft.”Fulton is still recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in the Fall, one of t...
Mariners select Texas A&M outfielder Zach DeLoach to start Day 2 of MLB draft
The Mariners started Day 2 of the MLB draft on Thursday by staying in the college ranks, selecting left-handed-hitting outfielder Zach DeLoach out of Texas A&M with their second-round pick — No. 43 0verall.DeLoach’s draft stock rose from nonexistent to a top-100 ranking after winning the batting title in the prestigious Cape Cod League last summer. He hit .353 with a .428 on-base percentage, a .541 slugging percentage, eight doubles, a triple, five homers, 23 RBI and eight stolen bases in 37 games in the wood-bat league that attracts the top college players in the country.It was a stunning per...
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