The major league draft doesn’t come with the fanfare of that of the NFL or NBA. No endless combine video clips and (force-fed) live studio analysis. Baseball’s draft doesn’t even offer creased Starter caps and a glitzy New York stage, complete with David Stern’s artful pronunciation of seven-syllable names of 7-footers from Eastern Europe. Here it is 2007, and Major League Baseball is just now getting around to putting its draft on TV (though the deal still hasn’t been officially announced). Since 1981, Baseball America has attempted to fill the vacuum, and we will increase our coverage with this year’s expanded Draft Blog. We’ve designed the blog to serve, not only as a venue to detail all the dope (aka news) of this year’s draft, from now until the final pick is made this June, but also offer insight and analysis of all 30 major league teams’ objectives in this draft, as well as the players in it.
The draft is always an inexact science, but this year’s version will be as unpredictable as any in recent memory, starting with whom the Devil Rays will pick at the No. 1 overall spot. There is a rich amount of talent available, both from the college and high school classes, and a variety of players to choose from. Our staff will be there every step of the way as usual, and the BA Draft Blog will give us a new way to bring you our brand of informed, opinionated draft news.
Last week in our Draft Notebook, we wrote about the dearth of college righthanders for this year’s draft. Major league organizations might have more success searching for college RHPs in the Midwest. While one touted Midwestern righty, Akron’s Tom Farmer, is out until April as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery, another has come back strong from Tommy John surgery.
Kent State righty Chris Carpenter, an unsigned seventh-round pick out of high school in 2004, came back strong Sunday in his second outing of the year. Carpenter worked three innings against Louisville, and the Golden Flash flashed a golden arm, with a fastball that sat in the 92-96 mph range, according to one evaluator. Carpenter, who threw three shutout innings Sunday against the Cardinals, has the size (6-foot-4, 210 pounds), track record (having been highly drafted) and arm to move up draft boards if he maintains his stuff and proves durable this spring.
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