Following The Headlines

I know what you’re thinking, why look anywhere other than for draft analysis? Well, you’re right. But in case you want to get a little hometown flavor on the first day of the draft, here are a few links to stories and columns from newspapers around the country . . . Feel free to add any I may have missed in the comments section below.

• Let’s start with The Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell, who writes that the Nats’ selections of Ross Detweiler, Josh Smoker and Michael Burgess have Jim Bowden and company dreaming of playing in October‘"no, really. Not this October, of course, and probably not next year or the year after, but look out 2010.

• Our good friend Tracy Ringolsby writes that you should probably look to the later rounds to find stars in the draft.

• Curt Schilling almost throws a no-hitter? Theo wasn’t paying attention, the Globe’s Gordon Edes writes, because he was too busy picking the guys at the top of their draft board (it’s amazing how many teams got players they ranked at the top of their lists).

• George King wrote about this yesterday in our Yankees draft day org report, but one Yankee in particular is psyched about the team selecting N.C. State’s Andrew Brackman: A-Rod. Apparently, Rodriguez swung through Raleigh recently (and he didn’t pop by BA?) and got an early glimpse of the Wolfpack’s 6-foot-10 righthander.

• The Pirates draft’"gasp’"another pitcher, which the Post-Gazette’s Paul Meyer writes has Pirates fans wondering if he is due to get hurt (like most of the pitchers the team has picked over the years) and why they didn’t take Georgia Tech catch Matt Wieters.

• The Tribune-Review’s Kevin Gorman says that no one was more surprised with Pirates’ pick than Moskos himself. “I actually found out I was going to be a Pirate when I was watching the draft show with my parents,” Moskos said. “I couldn’t believe it. It was a big shock.” Moskos says he wants to start. The Pirates want him to close.

• A cheer erupted in the BA newsroom by our resident Orioles fan Greg Levine when the O’s selected Wieters with the fifth pick. Turns out Baltimore’s front office was pretty relieved to get him too, writes The Sun’s Roch Kubatko.

• Don’t the Brewers already have a first baseman, asks the Journal Sentinel’s Rick Braun?

• Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro says Jarrod Parker was a no-doubter for the Diamondbacks.

• The AJC’s Carroll Rogers says being a local has its privileges when it comes to the Braves.

• Chicago Sun Times reporter Gordon Wittenmyer says the Cubs could learn a lot from the Braves when it comes to building a winner through the draft’"a philosophy Chicago has ignored in building its 2007 squad.

• The Akron Beacon Journal’s Sheldon Ocker writes that Beau Mills is eager to sign.

• Oakland Tribune’s Andrew Baggarly says that Brian Sabean may be on his way out, but he didn’t look for any quick fixes in the draft by selecting a slew of prepsters.