If you have followed the 108 for a half decade or a half second, you know that we ain’t no fucking MLB Draft gurus….if you want comprehensive coverage, you gotta hit up our frents at FutureSox or our guy Josh Nelson that will be having a live show at SoxMachine.com on Wednesday. However, that don’t mean we don’t have any thoughts on the draft…..so lets just fucking GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Let’s be really real here, ain’t no minor league baseball starting for a while. The owners are gonna hold off on that shit like you trying to make it from that last Hardee’s on the Indiana toll road all the way to your homebase in Chicago. With that said, why not take some guys that may not be ready to play just yet? Two injured kids on the list would be JT Ginn from Mississippi State and Dax Fulton from Mustang HS. Both are young and coming off Tommy John. They are likely going to be picked below their value in this draft and with no money to hang onto for the later rounds, you can convince them to not spend any(more) time in college.
DON’T DRAFT HIGH SCHOOL PITCHERS HIGH IN THE DRAFT!!! I’ve heard that mantra a zillion billion times from everyone who talks about the draft, and guess what, they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about. Yes, I know all the data points to this and that data is accurate and High School Pitchers are too risky to be worth the reward…..EXCEPT, when you are patently terrible at drafting. Think about if you are playing Roulette, where you have a decided disadvantage (5.26% across all bets) are you more likely to having a winning session betting your entire $100 bankroll on one spin or betting $1 for each of 100 spins. You get the idea. So, let’s say you are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Los Angeles and you just fired everyone that’s ever graded a prospect, why not take the top prep arm. Remember, you aren’t trying to draft a guy who will net you a whopping 7 bWAR in your 6 years of control, you are tryna draft DWIGHT FUCKING GOODEN (sans yayo).
If you know us at all, you know we like a good gamble. And I think the easiest gamble would be to just “ctrl + F” every prospect writer’s list of players and look for “before the season ended”. You’ll see a whole lot of he had sucked forever, but showed a ton of promise in his 4 games “before the season ended”. Well F that, I want a bargain. Give me all those guys that were prospects, but then absolutely blew “before the season ended”. I will take those undervalued commodities a round later than they should have gone.
I’ve heard a lot of bellyaching about the draft being cut down to 5 Rounds and guess what…..who cares? When I was a little kid, the NFL Draft was 15 rounds, now it’s 7…NBA Draft was 10 rounds, now it’s 2 and the NHL Draft was…I have no idea, but it was probably longer. So it goes without saying that this was going to happen sooner or later and look, I know it screws the amateur players, but it is a pro sports tradition for the current veterans in that sport to fuck (without proper lubricant) the current amateurs that are entering the sport. Do you know that in 2010 Sam Bradford got drafted by the Saint Louis Rams (I bet you forgot they played in Saint Louis) and received $76M……this years’ top pick Joe Burrow is expected to make $36M, dats right, less than half. The players are a savvy bunch. Regardless, for you the casual fan, this shit is going to be much easier to track and the White Sox won’t be drafting random relatives of employees in the back of the draft any longer.
This is a unique draft and the players will likely age with little to no improvement for the next 6 months or so. With that in mind, does it make sense to draft players deemed as unsignable? Make your best effort to sign them, but in the case you don’t, take the comp picks. Imagine if no season is played this year, the Sox will have the same draft order with an additional pick at that spot. And if they are able to sign that player, you probably got a player later than they would have went because other teams pushed them off as unsignable.
SHOOT THE MOON!! I love shooting the moon in the card game hearts and if there was ever a year to shoot the moon in MLB Draft it is this year. When I say SHOOT THE MOON, I mean, spend way the fuck over the proposed cap and line yourself up as many questionable signs with YUGE talent as possible and just get them all signed. Yes THERE ARE PENALTIES, but if you are one of the good teams at using data and identifying talent via video instead of actual in person scouting, holy chit do you have a giant advantage this year, so why not blow it out. There might not be a horrifying virus to help you obtain this large of an advantage again, so why not press that edge in this once in a lifetime situation. I’m looking at the Houston Astros, specifically….embrace your heel roll and just clobber the bonus cap and tell the commish to piss off.
-BeefLoaf & Chorizy
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