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Posted on: June 7, 2011 9:10 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 10:55 am
 

Pepper: Royals hope to shake Pujols curse



By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY -- CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller, with his belly full of Kansas City barbecue, joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about the Red Sox and Yankees, as well as Dan Haren, Ubaldo Jimenez and more.

HOMETOWN BOY STAYS -- One of the more interesting picks in the first round of the draft last night was the Royals taking Bubba Starling with the fifth pick overall. Conventional wisdom going into the draft was the team would take a college arm to help supplement its incoming wave of talent. However, the team went with Starling, the top athlete in the draft. 

Don't discount the Albert Pujols factor here. Since 2001, Royals fans and others have been asking how the Royals could have missed on Albert Pujols, who went to high school and junior college in Kansas City (don't mind the fact everyone missed on Pujols, who wasn't drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 draft.) With Starling coming out of nearby Gardner, Kan., the Royals won't have to hear that criticism if Starling lives up to his potential.

BRUIN BONANZA -- UCLA baseball coach John Savage said he knew from the day Gerrit Cole stepped on campus that he'd likely be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. (UCLABruins.com)

Mets MAIN MAN -- Although he's best-known as the stat geek from Moneyball, the Mets' Paul DePodesta (who looks nothing like Jonah Hill), is the key to the Mets' scouting department. (Newark Star-Ledger)

SORIA'S BACK -- If you missed it, Joakim Soria is back as the Royals' closer, even though Aaron Crow never got a chance to close a game in his eight games as the team's designated closer. (CBSSports.com)

MINDREADER -- In addition to being a columnist, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is also apparently a mind-reader. The omniscient Cowley says Carlos Zambrano is a liar and really wants out of Chicago (or at least the North side), because Zambrano said he wants to move on from his comments that the way the Cubs are playing is "embarrassing." Even though, to be fair, Zambrano said he wanted to move on before another "embarrassing" loss in Cincinnati.

BLAME GAME -- Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan took credit for Monday's loss, even though he probably doesn't deserve it. (Seattle Times)

MOVING ON UP -- The Indians have promoted former Yankees first baseman Nick Johnson -- to Triple-A. Johnson played two games at Double-A and had one hit in nine plate appearances (with three walks). He's not on Cleveland's 40-man roster, so manager Manny Acta said not to expect him in Cleveland anytime soon. (MLB.com)

A'S SHUFFLE -- A's third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, hitting just .221. was demoted to Triple-A on Monday. Utility man Adam Rosales was activiated from the 60-day disabled list. Kouzmanoff wasn't just struggling at the plate; he also had nine errors, the second-most in the American League. (MLB.com)

ZIMMERMAN UPDATE -- The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman played seven innings at Class A Potomac on Monday, but manager Jim Riggleman said it's "unlikely" he will return before Sunday, when the team wraps up an 11-game road trip. (Washington Post)

PEAVY AVOIDS DL -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy will miss a start, but isn't expected to go on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a mild strain of his right groin. (Chicago Tribune)

FLASH GORDON -- Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon made his debut last night and his father, former pitcher Tom Gordon, was in the stands to see his son enter the game as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning. Gordon scored the Dodgers' only run. While his father was nicknamed "Flash," the name may be more appropriate for the son, because it describes his blazing speed.

CARTER STARTS TREATMENT -- Hall of Famer Gary Carter began his chemotherapy treatment on Saturday and will begin radiation treatment today. (ESPNNewYork.com)

VENTURA RETURNS -- Former White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura has returned to the organization as a special adviser to player development director Buddy Bell -- that's two pretty good defensive third basemen in the front office. (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Posted on: June 6, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Nationals not tipping hand on draft selection

By Evan Brunell

The last two seasons, the Nationals' draft picks were patently obvious the day the team finished with baseball's worst record: Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

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Done.

This year is a different story, as the Nats pick seventh and aren't tipping their hand, writes the Washington Post. Part of that is because of questions about who will be available, as players can drop because of signability and other concerns. The Nationals are expected to draft the best player available, but are expected to trend toward pitching if it's available. That means they could potentially pass up the top high-school bat in the draft in Bubba Starling to pluck someone such as Danny Hultzen, who is at risk for sliding down draft boards as a college lefty.

Speaking of signability, Starling is a Scott Boras client -- as are Strasburg and Harper -- but if the club wants to spread out the money in the draft, it could elect to draft Hultzen. That would allow the team to fill a priority by grabbing a college pitcher and then target more high-priced players in future rounds, as they appear to be leaning.

The draft is at 7 p.m. ET on Monday. You can follow the draft live on MLB.com and the MLB Network.

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:48 am
Edited on: June 4, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Report: Pirates to take Cole No. 1

Gerrit ColeBy C. Trent Rosecrans 

It looks as if the Pirates will take UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 pick in Monday's first round of the MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Dejan Kovacevic reports.

Cole had been seen by many as the top prospect available, but it wasn't as clear-cut as it had been the last two seasons when the Nationals took Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.

Cole is 6-8 with a 3.31 ERA for the Bruins this season, striking out 119 in 114 1/3 innings, walking 24. Despite his good, but not great numbers, he throws 100 mph and stands 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and has no injury history.

The Yankees took Cole with their first-round pick in 2008, 28th overall. Instead, he chose to go to UCLA.

Friday, I took a look at nine other names you should know for Monday's first round of the draft.

Most expect the Mariners, with the No. 2 pick, to take a position player. That will likely be Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon -- or they could surprise and take Kansas high school outfielder Bubba Starling.

The Diamondbacks pick third and seventh, in what may be their most important draft in years.

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Posted on: June 3, 2011 6:29 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 10:44 pm
 

10 names to know for MLB draft

Gerrit Cole

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The baseball draft is certainly a different animal than its football or basketball counterparts. There's not a lot of hype leading up to the draft. It's being televised for just the fifth time this season, and chances are you've never seen any of the top prospects play.

There are plenty of negatives to the way the baseball draft goes, but there are plenty of positives, too. While in three of the past four televised drafts, the No. 1 pick has been a slam-dunk, sure thing, three days out from this year's first round (Monday, 7 p.m. ET on MLB Network), the question of who the Pirates will take is still just that -- a question.

The last two seasons, the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper -- two no-doubt, easy picks. In 2007, the first year the draft was on TV, there was little to no doubt that David Price would be selected by the Rays. In 2008, Tampa took high school shortstop Tim Beckham over the likes of Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer and Gordon Beckham.

This year is more like 2008 than the others in the TV era, and not just because Gerrit Cole will be selected in the first round of both drafts.

Cole, taken No. 28 overall by the Yankees in 2008, is considered the most likely choice of the Pirates on Monday, but others could be considered.

So, starting with Cole, here are the 10 names you need to know leading up to this year's draft, which starts Monday:

Cole, RHP, UCLA -- Cole throws 100 mph, which is something that's pretty special and tough to pass up. 

Matt Barnes, RHP, UConn -- Barnes dominated in the Cape Cod League last year. At 6-foot-4, he has an ideal build to go with a mid-90s fastball and a hammer of a curve. 

Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA -- UCLA's other starter has drawn comparisons to Tim Lincecum because of his unorthodox motion. He's a devotee of long-toss, which could scare off some teams.

Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS -- Bradley has signed a scholarship to play quarterback at Oklahoma, but a top-10 signing bonus can certainly change that.

Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso (Okla.) HS -- The top high school pitcher in the draft has what some are already calling a major-league ready fastball and curveball. His 6-foot frame is about the only knock against him.

Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia -- The Diamondbacks drafted the lefty three years ago out of high school in the 10th round and most expect them to do so again on Monday with the third overall pick.

Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas -- A 6-foot-6 right-hander who went 13-0 for the Longhorns this season. He had a 0.95 ERA in 15 starts, striking out 116 in 122 2/3 innings.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde (Fla.) Academy -- The top high school infielder doesn't have the great power that others have, but he's a very good defender at shortstop and is a switch hitter.

Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice -- If the Pirates don't take Cole with the top pick, they could take Rendon, who was relegated to DHing this season because of a shoulder strain. Still, when healthy, he has a plus arm to go along with plus power and a plus hit tool. A solid defender at third base, he played just eight games in the field this season.

Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) HS -- Starling may have as much potential as anyone in the draft, but he may be the biggest risk. Like Bradley, he's also a quarterback and there are reports that he will go to Nebraska in July regardless of where he's drafted. 

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Posted on: May 26, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Draft prospect Starling reporting to college

By Evan Brunell

StarlingPerhaps the best high school baseball player in the country, Bubba Starling has made public that he will be reporting to classes on July 10th at Nebraska, as Eye on College Football writes.

Starling, also a top quarterback recruit that will be a major part of the Cornhuskers' attack should he stay in school, isn't foregoing baseball with this decision. Rather, he's doing what's common sense, as negotiations between Starling and whichever team drafts him will likely drag to August 15, the signing deadline for players selected in the amateur draft. Starling is going to school to ensure his eligibility to play sports and continue his education if he's unable to come to an agreement to play baseball.

Given that Starling's agent is Scott Boras, teams that draft him know he'll command a hefty price. A team that drafts him is going to be serious about affording and committing the financial outlay for him (which is why he's been most linked to the Cubs at No. 9), so the likelihood that Starling will leave Nebraska is still high. Of course, if Starling prefers football and believes he can be a top-flight NFL quarterback, he could decline the move. Here's Tom Fornelli:
I don't care how much you like a school, or enjoy playing football, when you're fresh out of high school and somebody offers you $5 million to do something you love like playing baseball, it's not easy to turn that down. Especially when you consider that Nebraska baseball coach Mike Anderson, whom Starling had a good relationship with and was a big reason he chose the school, was fired on Sunday.

Starling told the Lincoln Journal Star that Anderson's firing won't influence his decision, but it's a lot easier to say that than it is to mean it. I can't put myself in Starling's head, but I know that if I were in his shoes and I were offered $5 million to play baseball, I'd take the money and give it my best shot.
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