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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day Three

Coverage The draft reconvenes at noon today, and will cover rounds 11-40. I believe day three is strictly the conference call. The link is here. What to Expect For the most part, day three is filled with future “Org. guys.” The exceptions tend to be at the beginning (rounds 11-13) and the end. At the […]

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MLB Draft: Cubs Recap, The First Two Days

Cub Picks So Far As in 2012 and 2013, the Cubs loaded up on pitching on day two. After taking catcher Mark Zagunis in the third, seven straight pitchers were selected, three out of high school and four from the college ranks. RD PICK PLAYER POS Ht Wt B/T CLASS 1 4 Schwarber, Kyle C […]

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day Two *UPDATES*

The 2014 Draft continues today, with the 3rd-10th rounds starting at noon. MLBN has the coverage again; I believe it’s strictly experts today (Jim Callis, John Manuel, Jonathan Mayo, etc..), so that’s nice. We will be following along here at OV. The most probable scenario is that this thread will just be updated with the […]

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Series Preview – Marlins (32-28) at Cubs (23-34)

Here’s our active draft thread. Color me less than whelmed with the Cubs strategy so far. With their sweep of the Mets and the Rays ten game losing streak, the Cubs have lost their position at the top of the reverse standings. The Marlins meanwhile have been one of, if not *the* biggest surprises of […]

Cubs 7, Mets 4

Did the Cubs Win? OSS: Wood puts one 15 rows into the bleachers, Lake drives in 2 with a triple, and Rizzo hits a ball 700 feet. Three Up 1. Jesus Christ, is Anthony Rizzo good. He absolutely destroyed a ball in this game (20 rows up right-center field). Probably 415 feet on a pop […]

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Cubs Select Jake Stinnett; Scouting Reports and Video

For a few days now, speculation around the Cubs has centered on the possibility that they could save some money on their first round pick and use it on a high school pitcher, which this draft is loaded with. So naturally, the Cubs took the first college senior off the board, righty Jake Stinnett from […]

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Cubs Select Kyle Schwarber; Scouting Reports and Video

It looks like the rumors that leaked out yesterday were true, the Cubs have selected Kyle Schwarber, a catcher from Indiana University who profiles as a first baseman. This marks the second year in a row that an unexpected name came out as the Cubs’ pick the day before the draft, and turned out to […]

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day One *UPDATES*

Check out our previous coverage here. Coverage Watch: The countdown is on. Coverage has started on MLB Network, and the actual draft starts at 6. I’m streaming on MLB.com. The draft has never been a good TV event. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I have been a fan of Harold Reynolds’s going back to […]

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MLB Draft: Why The Cubs Like Kyle Schwarber, A Statistical Look

The MLB draft starts tonight at 6 pm CT. As all the mocks and rumors are being tied up, something of a consensus has been reached about the Cubs’ intentions with the fourth overall pick. The conventional wisdom runs something like this: High school lefty Brady Aiken won’t be available. The Astros are once again […]

2014 MLB Draft Day One ***UPDATED***

9:10 AM: I’ll update this thread as the day goes on. I don’t promise to update frequently, but I’ll try. GW and I have a friendly wager for $25 going to charity that if the Cubs take Micahel Conforto that it will be for no less than $100,000 under the slot value. Baseball Prospectus and […]

Cubs 5, Mets 4

Did the Cubs Win? OSS: Castro makes a bad error in the first, atones throughout the rest of the game. Three Up 1. Justin Ruggiano set the table pretty perfectly, with a 1-2, 3 BB, 2B, 2 R game. You can’t ask for much more (except maybe not getting caught stealing). 2. Anthony Rizzo had […]

Cubs 2, Mets 1

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Nate Schierholtz and Chris Coghlan earn their keep. Three Up 1. Nate Schierholtz drove in the walk-off winner, part of a 3-4 day. 2. Chris Coghlan hit his first Cubs HR, and it was a doozy, tieing the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th. 3. Brian Schlitter […]

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Series Preview: Mets (28-29) at Cubs (20-34)

I hadn’t taken a look at the Mets record this year, and am surprised to see that they’re pretty close to .500. It’s especially surprising considering how strong their division-mates are/have been this year (Phillies excepted). They’re coming off a 3-1 series win against the Phillies in which there were three extra inning games in […]

John Manuel and Jim Callis Mock Drafts

It’s mock draft time, or has been for awhile, but anyway, the latest for both Baseball America’s John Manuel and former Baseball America’s and current mlb.com’s Jim Callis are live. John Manuel Jim Callis Manuel has the Astros taking Brady Aiken first, followed by Alex Jackson to the Marlins, Tyler Kolek to the White Sox […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 9

The Waiver Wire team returns after a holiday weekend. Position Players Gregory Polanco Well, I was wrong about the Pirates sacrificing some arbitration dollars to boost their meager playoff odds when I recommended Polanco about a month ago. The super-two cutoff is on it’s way, though, so your chances to pick him up are slipping […]

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