I recently came across this tweet:
Matt Miller has the Bears taking Cole Kmet and Jalen Hurts with picks 43 and 50 in his latest mock draft and I have no idea how to feel about it— Chris (@ChrisNano10) March 2, 2020
The name rang a bell. Not Hurts, but Kmet. I’m not going on the four-deep on NFL tight ends, but his name ended up Top 200 on the Fangraphs list. Kmet is not only among the best college tight ends for the draft, but he’s a realistic left-handed pitcher.
TE Cole Kmet (Notre Dame, 6’ 5”, 250 lbs). Could be one of the best TE in this class as he’s well rounded, blocking, routes, toughness.... Stats: (23 games) 60 Receptions, 691 Yards, 11.5 Avg & 6 TD. #ColeKmet #4EDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/3LzFy4KC77— 49er_Edits (@49er_edits) March 2, 2020
It’s tougher to find a video of him pitching, but he’s a valid reliever, one of two the draft-worthy ones Irish have. How should a player who’s a second-round (or so) football player or a fourth-round baseball player go about deciding which sport? Rob Manfred has, effectively decided. Major League Baseball has very little interest in competing for talent. The Oakland Athletics selected Kyler Murray, who signed. However, once football came a-calling, he gave his signing bonus back, and the A’s were left with nothing.
Baseball teams have their draft bonus spending pools tightly regulated. This might be of great benefit to smaller market teams trying to keep up with the Yankees, as the elimination of affiliates might be useful for some cost-suppressionist types. However, it tends to defer talent to other sports. Or other careers outside of sports.
Had a convo with a baseball official the other day who said baseball isn’t just pricing out the black kids, “but also the white, and the children of divorce. There’s no money, and I’d never say this publicly but the talent drop is obvious. Yesterday’s 8th rounder is a 5th today.”— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) March 3, 2020
“But, I’ve never heard of him. His opinion is moot.”
How about this guy?
Draft slot money is a mistake. @hbryant42 I know you agree. Also lack of scholarships in baseball is why kids aren’t playing. There are great baseball players who are good not great FB players and they pick FB because baseball won’t pay full tuition. https://t.co/T6s87kacXZ— Preston Wilson (@PrestonWilson44) March 3, 2020
Limiting costs on players seems to have won the MLB-based tug-of-war on player development salaries. It hasn't bettered the quality of the on-field product.
Pitchers shredded this weekend. You’ll see that here and below.
I value Mason McRae’s opinion on the draft. His dossiers are more numerous and in-depth than mine. As a Blue Jays fan, he’s trying to figure out what the Jays should do if the four expected names (as of now) go top four. Which is a useful tool for assessing for the Cubs pick at 16.
“If the Big 4 Go as Planned?” So, 1. Martin — 2. Hancock — 3. Torkelson 4. Gonzales ?— Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) March 7, 2020
I think Lacy will go in the top 4 now, but ignoring that — I’d take Whoever wants the least $ between Veen, Mitchell, Detmers (?), and PCA (?).
1) Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
Emerson Hancock's 12 K's vs. UMASS last night. pic.twitter.com/k0XeuDRFaY— James Weisser (@JWeisser88) March 7, 2020
2) Austin Martin, SS, Vanderbilt
No Austin Martin for Vanderbilt today. He was lifted for Spencer Jones after two at-bats yesterday. https://t.co/O2jCkPCGem— Joe Healy (@JoeHealyBA) March 7, 2020
Quick update on @VandyBoys Austin Martin. He was lifted from the game yesterday and is not in the lineup today due to a hamstring injury. At this time, there's no timetable for his return.— Joe Healy (@JoeHealyBA) March 7, 2020
3) Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State
Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson, likely one of the top picks in this summer’s MLB Draft, just absolutely annihilated a baseball. pic.twitter.com/RgnkHI4uh8— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 4, 2020
Spencer Torkelson with a double down the line in his first AB tonight. pic.twitter.com/hfCz8OVcOe— Tigers Minor League Report (@tigersMLreport) March 7, 2020
4) Nick Gonzales, IF, New Mexico State
5) Garrett Mitchell, CF/RF, UCLA
6) Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
.@NMStateBaseball HC Mike Kirby told me that A&M’s Asa Lacy is one of the best pitchers he’s ever seen in college baseball. Period.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) March 7, 2020
Some good stuff coming later tonight.
I’m still trying to figure a go-to source that’s both easily used and accurate to give letter grades to “spin rate” numbers. Admit it when you don’t know.
.@AggieBaseball LHP Asa Lacy rock solid through three innings. Mixing his 93-97 mph FB well with that 88-90 mph SL that has more electricity than last season. FB spin topped out at 2281 that frame, SL at 2330. #mlbdraft— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) March 7, 2020
Here are all of (Potential Fifth Overall Pick) Asa Lacy's 15 Strikeouts via the Slider, hitters have reached base just once (HBP) in 20 PA. He's thrown his SL 50 times, for a strike 64%, with 28 swing-and-misses. Enjoy 94 seconds of the best pitch in the entire 2020 Draft. pic.twitter.com/Ow8bLi1PLg— Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) March 7, 2020
7) Zac Veen, OF, Port Orange HS (FL)
Zac Veen (2020) UNLOADS on a pitch and hits a line drive HR. The @PGAllAmerican does this with two strikes on him to open up the game. Huge crowd of scouts here to see the first match up between Veen and and fellow #PGAA Dylan Crews. #PGHS pic.twitter.com/nV8eGM7mRn— Perfect Game Florida (@Florida_PG) March 5, 2020
8) Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
9) Jordan Walker, 3B, Decatur HS (GA)
10) Ed Howard, SS, Mt. Carmel HS (IL)
11) Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina
12) Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East HS (PA)
13) Austyn Hendrick, RF, West Allegheny HS (PA)
14) Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (OR)
Plus 1 Cole Wilcox right-handed pitcher Georgia
Plus 2 Garrett Crochet left-handed pitcher Tennessee
Top #MLBDraft prospect Garrett Crochet with a good season debut: 3.1 IP 2 H 6 SO 0 BB. Tall, lanky lefty with long arms and a nice fastball/slider— Backyard Boys: A Baseball Podcast (@BackyardBoysPod) March 7, 2020
Plus 3 CJ Van Eyk, RHP, Florida State
Plus 4 Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
Bryce Jarvis will probably get a full-length soon. Perhaps an article, or a podcast. (“Pre-arb excellence” available on most podcast outlets.) He has some non-believers, but his was quite impressive on Friday afternoon.
Jared Kelley is the annual hard-throwing right-hander from Texas.
Video of our top-ranked prep prospect, RHP Jared Kelley. Through two starts this season Kelley has thrown 7 innings with 20 strikeouts & just one walk. Most recent outing he was up to 98-99: #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/N3yfWAnykL— Carlos Collazo (@CarlosACollazo) March 4, 2020
Pete Crow-Armstrong is a center-fielder from the prep ranks that I’m not sold on yet. A Mets fan on Twitter hopes the Cubs agree with me.
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder & this does it for me. #MLBDraft Prospect @petecrowarm @hwbaseball & @VandyBoys signee goes bridge, Grand Slam variety. #PBRBombSquad #BackUpTheTruck @prepbaseball @PBR_California @NathanRode @ShooterHunt @USABaseball @Halp24 @MLBNetwork pic.twitter.com/MdSui4pkLi— Steve Doherty (@SteveDoherty643) March 7, 2020
A little 436 ft nuke to bless your timeline pic.twitter.com/dH0VgKYIg3— College Baseball Hub (@cbaseballhub) March 7, 2020
Ginn is who I mocked to the Cubs in my first ever mock.
JT Ginn has had elbow surgery and is out for the year.— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) March 5, 2020
Tanner Allen has had surgery and is out indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/eFUTriqGUU
Last year, Ball State had a first-round arm in Drey Jamison. They have another first-day likely (first two rounds) in Kyle Nicholas this time. If you’re anywhere near Muncie, Indiana, check him out.
The Cubs might draft a first baseman this season. Alex Toral wouldn’t have been realistic prior seasons, when selecting first basemen was discouraged.