The third through 10th rounds of the 2014 MLB first-year player draft will unfold on Friday, but unfortunately none of the action will be seen on television. However, MLB.com will have live stream coverage throughout the day, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Friday's rounds offer a potential glimpse into prospective diamonds in the rough. This is the meat of the draft where the top-tier talent is gone, but a slew of promising players could still rise up to contribute in the major leagues sooner than expected.
Here is a look at the schedule for Day 2, along with further analysis of what's to come as the long draft process continues from MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
|Rounds||Date||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|3-10||Friday, June 6||1 p.m.||N/A||MLB.com|
2014 MLB Draft Analysis
Given the numerous 40 rounds there are in the MLB draft, this is still a time to tune in and see who franchises are investing in as potential stars of the future. With so many roles to fill in the minors, the MLB necessitates this many stages to place the incoming talent.
It's difficult for the fan experience, and it is a borderline logistical impossibility to televise even the Day 2 action, much less the 30 rounds that follow thereafter.
John Buccigross of ESPN noted how the Houston Astros have continued to languish in the MLB cellar despite the advantage of choosing atop the draft:
MLB draft is today. The Astros have the No. 1 overall pick for the 3rd straight year— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) June 5, 2014
Building through the draft is most difficult in professional baseball among the major North American sports. There are so many factors that go into developing prospects. Chosen from a massive talent pool, they have to go through multiple minor league levels just to have the opportunity to reach the MLB stage.
At the top of the draft, three pitchers in Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek and Carlos Rodon were selected by the Astros, Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox, respectively. Even they aren't guaranteed to make a big splash on pro baseball's biggest stage within the next year.
But Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow noted that Aiken is already polished despite coming out of Cathedral Catholic High School in California:
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Finding stellar starting hurlers will still be at a premium as the draft wears on. Having a strong rotation is the stuff that World Series champions are made of. Rounds 3 through 10 are also a good time to invest in high-upside picks that extend beyond the bump, too.
A lot of college commits will be difficult to drag away and into a farm system, but under the right circumstances, it can happen. Taking an occasional flier on a high school player even in the early parts of Day 2 is worth the risky investment. They can be groomed within the organization, and their paths to the big leagues can be expedited.
The draft boards among all the MLB front offices are as scattershot and diverse as any in the sports industry. This will lead to plenty of gambles, unforeseen draft picks and constant questioning of the value for certain selections.
It can be viewed as a portion of the shortcomings about the prolonged MLB draft, but it also creates a lot of the intrigue for appreciative fans of America's pastime.