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OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-9-2014

Happy Arismendy Alcantara Day! Of all the strange consequences for prospects under the current CBA, perhaps the strangest is this: the less potential a prospect has, the quicker he is likely to make the majors. If your goal as a prospect is to get to the “Bigs” as soon as possible, the sweet spot is […]

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Are the Cubs Being Cagey About Signing Bonuses?

The Cubs appear to be making steady progress in signing their most recent draft class. Updated information can be found here.* Top pick Kyle Schwarber is in Boise, and no less than 15 others have given strong indication in one form or another that they have agreed to terms. Notably absent, though, is any indication […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

2014 MLB Draft: The Premium Arms

Draft season is starting to heat up, so it’s worth paying attention to some of the rumblings that are emerging. The consensus seems to be that there is a top tier of pitchers consisting of about five players: three from college and two from the high-school ranks. On the whole, observers are frustrated that there […]

Better Know a Cub: Mike Olt

Mike Olt is a strong man. He's a patient man. He's a man with a good glove. And he is a man almost wholly written off in some parts. He's a man with undeniable warts and undeniable talents; this is a quality he shares with everyone in baseball not named Mike Trout. Most importantly to […]

Better Know a Cub: Ryan Kalish

Theo Epstein knows Ryan Kalish as well as any GM in the minors. Kalish was drafted by the wonderkid in the 9th round of the 2006 draft; one pick before Mark Melancon. Quick Aside: Look at the 2006 Red Sox draft. It's pretty great. Epstein drafted Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Josh Reddick, Brandon Belt (who […]

2014 IFA: Yankees Double Down, More Names Emerge

A surly Kiley McDaniel has followed up his original scoop about the Yankees' plans to to binge on this year's by putting some names out there: Dermis Garcia (3B, Dominican) is believed to have a deal for $3 million, Nelson Gomez (3B, Dominican) is also believed to have a deal for $3 million, Juan De […]

Best Moves of the MLB Offseason

There are probably places on the Internet where one can freely complain about the Cubs without pushback; Obstructed View is not one of them. Being an astute bunch, any mindless grumbling here is likely to be met with some pointed questions: Do you really want an aging corner-outfielder like Shin-Soo Choo on the roster for […]

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