It takes a bit more patience to watch the MLB draft than other professional drafts. After all, baseball's version lasts for three days and a whopping 40 rounds.
If you are well acquainted with the prospects on day three, well, tip of the cap to you.
And if you want to be better acquainted with the prospects on day three, you'll need to tune in for the entire selection process. Luckily, you can find a full schedule for the draft below (and a few storylines to follow, too) so you don't miss a thing.
|Thursday, June 5||7 p.m. ET||Round 1 to Comp. B||MLB Network; MLB.com|
|Friday, June 6||1 p.m. ET||Rounds 3-10||MLB.com|
|Saturday, June 7||1 p.m. ET||Rounds 11-40||MLB.com|
Storylines to Watch
Obviously, the big story to watch for will be which player goes No. 1 overall to the Houston Astros. Five players seem likely to be in the running for the pick, or at least have separated themselves from the rest of this draft:
- Brady Aiken: A left-handed prep pitching prospect with three plus pitches and solid control. He's the favorite to go No. 1 and may have the most upside of any player in this draft.
- Carlos Rodon: NC State's left-handed ace, he has nasty stuff and probably will have a short adjustment period in the minors before he's ready for the show.
- Tyler Kolek: He's 6'5" and weighs 250 pounds, towering on the mound. Oh, and he also throws 100 miles per hour. If he was a lefty he would probably be the locked-and-loaded No. 1 pick, more than likely, but he'll be off the board in the first five picks regardless.
- Alex Jackson: A good enough athlete that he could play catcher or in the outfield at the next level, though with his arm, he likely projects as a right-fielder. He's a future line-drive hitter and RBI machine.
- Nick Gordon: It's hard to find true shortstops through the draft, and Gordon isn't just a five-tool player, he's also the son of former pitcher Tom Gordon and the brother of current Los Angeles Dodger Dee Gordon.
And trying to find a shortstop in the draft is no easy task, as Jim Callis of MLB.com notes:
Of the 30 current big league regular shortstops, 16 were signed on the international market. Among the 14 draftees, two were born in foreign countries and half were taken in 2005 or earlier. If you're looking for new blood, just two of MLBPipeline.com's Top 10 shortstop prospects are American products of the Draft.
'I've always thought middle infielders are the toughest thing to find in the Draft,' an American League scouting director said. 'I've always felt like you're a little bit behind the 8-ball looking for shortstops domestically compared to the Dominican Republic. I don't know why, but I haven't seen enough of them around here. This year there's Nick Gordon and Trea Turner, and there really isn't a second college shortstop who stands out who's going to stay there.'
That makes players like Gordon and Trea Turner all the more valuable.
As always, MLB teams will have to decide if they want to go with less-proven but perhaps higher-upside high school players, or the more proven college options.
Other players to keep an eye on?
College pitcher Aaron Nola could crack the top five. Hartford's Sean Newcomb and Evansville's Kyle Freeland shouldn't be far behind him. And Oregon State's Michael Conforto could be the first college position player selected, though that distinction may also go to Turner.
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