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2013 MLB Draft: The Cubs and Kris Bryant are Not Close to an Agreement

  Jon Heyman is hearing that negotiations between the Cubs and second overall pick Kris Bryant are not progressing well. Bryant, the slugging junior third baseman out of the University of San Diego, is said to be seeking in excess of $6.7 million to sign, which is the slot value allotted for the pick, whereas […]

Cubs Draftee Profile: Kris Bryant

Welp, that was a bit of a surprise. As had been predicted by a few folks (notably, Aisle424), the Cubs passed over one of the big college arms and selected Kris Bryant at #2 overall. I think we can be more confident in their candidness regarding their preference for position players over pitchers in general […]

2013 MLB Draft: Live Draft Thread- Surprise! Cubs Take Kris Bryant

Draft Coverage The 2013 MLB Draft kicks off at 6pm on MLB Network. The first two rounds are tonight. Pre-draft coverage is already underway. Unfortunately, Greg Amsinger is hosting rather than Brian Kenny. And as always, it seems, the guys who really know what’s going on are more or less marginalized. Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds, and John Hart […]

2013 MLB Draft: Pre-Draft Rumor Mongoose-ing Thread

Schedule The 2013 MLB Draft starts at 6 pm CT, with coverage on MLBN kicking off an hour before that. The first two rounds take place today, with 3-10 coming tomorrow, and the remainder on Saturday. If this year is anything like last year, top players will go in the first few rounds, followed by a […]

2013 MLB Draft: Jonathan Gray Tests Positive for Adderall

Does Adderall Add to the Fastball? Two days ago, the news broke that Jonathan Gray was one of two players to test positive for Adderall in tests administered by MLB to the top 200 propects in the draft. Adderall is an amphetamine. There is a decent chance (I would say in the neighborhood of one in […]

OV Daily Facepalm 5.21.13

Matt Garza returns tonight Garza is back and ready to go tonight, bumping Villanueva to the bullpen. The Cubs say Villanueva will be used in long relief, but given how their late inning options have sucked lately I'd rather see him in the late inning mix with Fujikawa and Transformed Kevin Gregg. Suddenly the Cubs […]

2013 MLB Draft: who do you take?

The first round of the 2013 MLB Draft is on June 6th and we haven't written much about it lately. A few days ago in the comments, jtsunami (think it was him) mentioned that he might lean more toward Kris Bryant because of his 80 power. For those not familiar with the scouting scale, players […]

2013 MLB Draft: Could the Cubs Force the Astros to Pass on Appel?

Kiley McDaniel has posted his first mock for the 2013 MLB Draft and passes along some potentially interesting machinations from behind the scenes. Dmick has previously addressed the possibility that the Astros could once again pass on Mark Appel, but McDaniel doesn’t think it will happen: Last year, there was a large top group of talent with […]

2013 MLB Draft: Could the Astros pass on Mark Appel again?

The 2013 MLB Draft is set to begin June 6th and we're going to try and provide at least one or two things per week between now and then. The Astros had the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and they again have the top pick. Last year, Mark Appel was rated by some […]

Mark Appel Could Pitch in the Majors This Year

Keith Law, ESPN super-scout, has been talking 2013 draft lately. I happened to hear him on two podcasts today; he spent a few moments talking specifically about Mark Appel (at approximately the 40′ mark). Appel has been discussed around here of late. If I had to bet on who the Cubs will end up with at #2, he would […]

Mark Appel and leverage in the draft

Last year when Mark Appel turned down the Pirates offer, which was well below what he was expecting to get, it seemed like Appel would not have any leverage in the 2013 draft. The reason for this is that he really has no other alternative. Unlike last year, he can't return to Stanford. He could […]

Cubs short list for 2013 MLB Draft

The 2013 MLB Draft gets under in under 2 months now. The draft is held June 6-8 and the Cubs have the 2nd pick in the draft. It appears the Cubs may have narrowed their choice down to 6 players according to cubs.com. The Cubs have narrowed the list of players they're looking at for […]

Pirates fail to sign first round pick, Mark Appel

The Pirates failed to reach an agreement with their first round pick today. Mark Appel was considered a possibility to be taken first overall, but instead dropped to 8th when the Pirates drafted him. Here is what Neal Huntington said about the Pirates decision. “Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was […]

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