Draft Day Reading
Draft Day is finally here, and in about six hours, we’ll find out who the M’s have selected with the 2nd pick in the draft.
To tide yourself over, here’s a series of draft related links to read until then.
I’ve got a Wall Street Journal piece on how various teams have done drafting pitchers in the last 20 years or so.
My FanGraphs post for the afternoon is called “The Case for Dustin Ackley”, where I argue that perhaps the Nationals should consider Ackley with the first pick in the draft. It’s going to get me called an idiot by a lot of people, but I think there’s a legitimate argument to be made for going the safe route. Their fans would riot, though.
Baseball America has a bunch of good stuff for their subscribers: Is Strasburg the best ever?, the poor track record of college arms, and Jim Callis’ latest mock draft. Their draft blog is free, and will be updated with news throughout the day as well.
Larry Stone does his thing summing up the news of the past few days.
And finally, don’t forget you can view reports and video on most of the guys drafted today at MLB.com’s draft central. They’ll also have live video of the draft as it occurs.
As a reminder, we’re not having a game thread tonight, since the draft and the M’s-O’s game run concurrently (thanks MLB!). I’ll have a draft reaction post up, though we might turn off comments if the load on the site gets too rough. I’ll also be live blogging the draft over at FanGraphs, so if USSM goes down, you’ll know where to find me.