Scouting Report: Jeremy Jeffress

June 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

by Kiley McDaniel

As you might guess, given his pedigree as a Dwight Gooden-comped first round pick, Jeremy Jeffress has loads of talent.

Jeffress also comes with off-field issues that some teams are concerned about, and there are, as you would expect, some rough edges to iron out on the field as well.

Come on in and take a look at the full scouting report and video, after the jump…

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Ask Us Draft Questions!

June 6th, 2008 · 17 Comments

By The Mailbag

As part our post-draft coverage, we thought the best approach would be to cover things that our readers wanted to hear about. We weren’t able to cover every player in our top 100 or get out all the content we wanted to before the draft started, but we still have that raw information.

Rather than let it sit, or do a cookie-cutter post-mortem you could find anywhere, we’ll field your questions and be the open source style resource we wanted for draft info when we started following the draft.

So, hit the new e-mail address we’ve set up for the mailbag, [email protected], and tell us what you want to know.

It could be breaking down some tools top 25 capsule style, maybe a mechanical look at someone (obviously won’t be too many of those given time considerations), breaking down how your favorite team approached the draft, or just sharing some dope we might have on signability and why-did-they-pick-him type stuff.

So, gather up all those questions and send them to [email protected] and we’ll try to answer as many as we can, and there may be a special surprise for you guys tomorrow, I just don’t want to jinx it yet. It may or may not include Matthew Lesko, the creepy question mark suit guy.

Okay it doesn’t include him. But that’s because he wouldn’t respond to our interview request to talk about the history of the question mark. Stay tuned!

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The Draft Liveblog

June 5th, 2008 · 18 Comments

By Kiley McDaniel

This is the place where I’ll yammer on and on about all kinds of stuff. Join me in the comments with some of your thoughts, or hit me at [email protected]

And if you’d like to talk to Frankie, he’s liveblogging this thing for here.

Join me after the jump for periodic updates and an updated stab at the mock draft just before we get started.

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The New and Improved SaberScouting Top 100

June 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

By Kiley McDaniel & Frankie Piliere

I’ve run out of ideas for an intro for the last minute update to the Top 100, so I’ll talk about other articles.

Looks like we won’t be able to get the top 100 capsules and spreadsheet up and running by draft time, but it might be something we’ll do blurbs of the reports for a post-draft thing, or certain ones on demand.

I’ll definitely be sharing some as the picks come off the board. It’s just a lot of writing for two guys.

That’s another thing: Frankie won’t be here for live draft blogging as he’s doing the same for, even now, right here.

After I post this, we’ll be coming back with a live draft blog with continuous updates and I might even take a stab at re-mocking the first round with what we know now.

As for now, here’s your list-version top 100 to keep handy, based on our evaluations and conversations with those in the game, suitable for framing. Enjoy it after the jump…

(Gerrit Cole photo: Orange Lutheran HS)

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Posey Requests Moon, Stars, Second Half of SaberScouting Mock Draft

June 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

By Kiley McDaniel & Frankie Piliere

We’ve got the second half of the mock draft here for you, but you might want to take it more in spirit rather than at face value, since there’s been a lot of developments in the past 24 hours that may make this attempt moot, but one particularly that will shake up the first round. We won’t be re-mocking the whole first round, at least not with a commentary on each pick, because we’re lazy, but we did give you backup options at each pick in yesterday’s top 15 mock, so go choose your own adventure with all those options at your disposal.

So, that big news? Kevin Goldstein was the first I saw report it: Buster Posey is asking for $12 million.

I’ll give you a minute to recover.

Here’s the funny part: I heard the same rumor earlier today, somewhat in passing, when I was talking to a team official and thought it was a joke, or like the Pedro Alvarez wants $15 million rumors. Turns out it wasn’t.

So this makes your fine writer (this is Kiley writing, by the way) irresponsible that I didn’t investigate that more, but didn’t most of you say “not a chance,” or something to that effect when you first read this? I thought so.

Catch the rest of my Posey logic, a hot Tanner Scheppers rumor, and the second half of the mock draft, including Kiley’s irresponsible and embarassing stab at projecting the sandwich round, all after the jump…

(Buster Posey photo: Richard C. Lewis/

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SaberScouting’s Mock Draft, Draft Eve Edition

June 4th, 2008 · 14 Comments

By Frankie Piliere & Kiley McDaniel

It is the eve of the most highly-awaited day for all of us weird people that follow the MLB Draft. Here at SaberScouting, we’ve decided to celebrate Draft Day Eve by breaking out our crystal ball and projecting the first 15 picks of Thursday’s draft. Why just 15, you ask?

Well, we were swamped with other work tonight, but wanted to get some projections out for the readers, so we’ll give you the top 15 picks now, and then later today will post the second 15 picks, and possibly the supplemental round if we’re feeling daring. Or if the readers show up at our doors with torches.

And while we’re in the festive mood, I’ll ask for two things for my second televised draft experience.

Here’s to hoping Chris Berman doesn’t gets on camera and spill the picks 10 seconds before they’re announced. And here’s to hoping Keith Law or Jim Callis step up and make a draft day trade to give us some vintage TV helmet hair that the draft so richly deserves.

For reference’s sake, here’s our first mock draft.

So, follow us down into the rabbit hole of projection, hitability and fringiness, all after the jump…

(Yonder Alonso Cape League picture: The College Baseball Blog)

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SaberScouting’s Draft Top 100

June 2nd, 2008 · 21 Comments

By Kiley McDaniel & Frankie Piliere

Bad news first: there’s going to be a delay with the formal draft capsules and downloadable spreadsheet, but look for those later today or early tomorrow.

The good news? The SaberScouting Top 100 is hot off the presses, and while it will change as information comes to our attention, the final one should look pretty close to this.

We just wanted to get this edited version of our top 25 to the readers, and went ahead and tacked another 75 on to give you a few days to digest it, with Thursday’s draft quickly approaching.

This ranking also sets the stage for our updated mock draft, and various prospect profiles, scouting reports, statistical breakdowns, buzz updates, all that kind of stuff will be coming at you.

In these rankings, you’ll find the top 100 with just the ranking, name, projected position, and school. Anything else you’d want to know is probably on the way. Take a look at what we’ve got so far after the jump…

(Jemile Weeks photo: Eric Francis, AP)

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Prospect Profile: Pedro Alvarez

May 29th, 2008 · 9 Comments

By Kiley McDaniel

The first in Saber-Scouting’s series of prospect profiles will start out of order with our #2 draft prospect, much-ballyhooed Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez has been on the prospect radar since entering his senior year in high school in the Bronx at Horace Mann High. He was a 14th round pick by the Red Sox in the 2005 draft and was considered a 3rd-to-5th round prospect as a power hitting corner infielder with limited experience that most thought was bound for first base. His asking price with a Vanderbilt scholarship in hand was higher than teams wanted to offer and he went to school.

The rest is well-publicized, as Alvarez was one of the top hitters in college baseball in his freshman year, hitting .329 with 22 home runs and winning Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year award, along with being honored to BA’s All-American First Team. Also, due to his athleticism and work at the position, Alvarez’s defensive ability now allows most scouts to project him as a major league third baseman.

Alvarez is represented by super-agent Scott Boras (just a super-advisor for the draft’s purposes) and we’ve reported at Saber-Scouting that Boras has floated a $9.5 million big league deal asking price, while some insiders have been told the price is as high as $15 million.

Catch the rest of the in-depth Pedro Alvarez prospect profile after the jump…

(Alvarez photo credit: USA Baseball)

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Introducing SaberScouting’s Draft Coverage

May 27th, 2008 · 10 Comments

by Kiley McDaniel & Frankie Piliere

We’ve been gearing up for draft season for quite some time around here, and this is the next phase of our draft information bonanza—all of which will be completely free. The latest update of our top prospect rankings and mock draft can be found on the links at the top of the page.

Today we’ve unveiled a top 25 that will swell to a top 100 in the coming days.

In the coming days, we’ll be rolling out player profiles for each of the top players with in-depth scouting information, stats, related videos, and links.

We’ll also have a few mock drafts and draft buzz updates, along with a few statistical looks at the college crop, some first-hand reports we haven’t posted yet, and a few mailbags/chats before and after the draft. Don’t hesitate to wear out our e-mail addresses listed on the About Us page.

We also will make a sortable spreadsheet version of our prospects list available for download. For the time being, here’s a screenshot of the top 25 spreadsheet.

And, of course, keep the Scouting Tutorial nearby for further explanation of our methods. All of the coming draft coverage updates will be noted on the front page.

(Pictured right: Florida prep first baseman Eric Hosmer, SaberScouting’s #10 draft prospect)

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Scouting Report: Jeremy Hellickson

May 23rd, 2008 · 16 Comments

By Kiley McDaniel

I got a chance recently to see one of the more intriguing breakout prospects of the young 2008 minor league season, Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

He has some out of this world numbers this season in the High-A Florida State League for Vero Beach (61-to-3 K/BB ratio in 51.2 IP), and has the pedigree to back it up, as an over-slot 4th round pick out of an Iowa high school in the 2005 draft.

As with most young Rays arms, the organization has wisely taken it slow with Hellickson development-wise and he’s now in High-A in his 3rd full season, but he is now primed for a season of 130-140 innings and a likely promotion to Double-A Montgomery at some point, as he has little left to prove at this level.

Hellickson has also obviously caught the eye of the Rays front office, as top team executives GM Andrew Friedman and Senior VP Gerry Hunsicker were in attendance and were visibly and audibly enthused about Hellickson’s encouraging performance.

Take a closer look at a pitcher that should be rocketing through the best minor league system in the game, after the jump…

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