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Offline Slateman

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« Reply #125: June 07, 2013, 10:11:10 AM »
It's basically impossible to predict what this guy will become anyway. Guys that throw 99 always get a chance it seems.  8)

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« Reply #126: June 07, 2013, 11:01:34 AM »
Anyone else really feel like the draft should be serpentine? Sure, whatever, give us the 68th pick, but give us the 69th as well (or however it would work with compensations).

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« Reply #127: June 07, 2013, 11:03:15 AM »
Anyone else really feel like the draft should be serpentine? Sure, whatever, give us the 68th pick, but give us the 69th as well (or however it would work with compensations).
Not really.   We earned that spot.  I'll pick last ever year because it means we're in the playoffs and winning divisions.

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« Reply #128: June 07, 2013, 11:10:36 AM »
But we're already getting the last pick of the first round*, we're still getting the "worst" of the top prospects. Is that not equitable enough?

*theoretically

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« Reply #129: June 07, 2013, 11:15:05 AM »
It's plenty fair.

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« Reply #130: June 07, 2013, 11:59:55 AM »
A serpentine draft is designed for fairness.  The Rule 4 draft is not designed for fairness.  It is designed to be slanted towards the worst finishers from the prior year in order to even things out in the long run.  It does not really do that, but it would do less of it if it were serpentine.

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« Reply #131: June 07, 2013, 12:13:44 PM »
That comp round is really dumb.

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« Reply #132: June 07, 2013, 12:44:28 PM »
Do they have this level of coverage today or is this just a pre-show?

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« Reply #133: June 07, 2013, 01:03:41 PM »
Mayo and Callis FTW. Let's hope the Nats don't cheap out and draft a bunch of college seniors with no upside.

Let's get some catchers, middle infielders, CFers

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« Reply #134: June 07, 2013, 01:08:11 PM »
Emanuel Kent damn, I wanted him

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« Reply #135: June 07, 2013, 01:16:42 PM »
I heard a song about Emanual Kent . . .


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« Reply #136: June 07, 2013, 01:52:42 PM »
Drew Ward, 1B

Ht/Wt: 6’4/205

B/T: L/R

High School: Leedey HS (OK)

Draft Day Age: 18.5

College Commit: Oklahoma

Background

Ward has been hyped as a potential high first round pick since his high school freshman year, but much of that was due to his advanced age. His athleticism developed early and he was judged against players over a year younger than him at an age where a year is a huge difference. Ward is slightly older than the average prospect in this class, but he would’ve been one of the oldest players had he stayed in the 2014 draft class. He may have made some noise early in his high school career and he has early round tools, but he isn’t the Bryce Harper-type impact prospect that some publications hyped him to be.

Scouts will have to work from behind on their evaluations as it was uncertain which draft class Ward would be in until recently, even though rumors have been circulating for months. All summer and fall, scouts had plenty on their plates bearing down on 2013 draft prospects and while they’re familiar with Ward, they haven’t done full evaluations. With some indication his move would be approved, Ward has been working around poor weather in the Midwest and staging private workouts for MLB clubs in Houston and Oklahoma City recently. Oklahoma is loaded with prospects this year, but Ward faces poor competition in his small hometown and is well west of where the high-level prospects are based.

Ward’s performance in the WWBA Championships last October, where he hit with a wood bat against top prep pitching, was on par with his top three round 2013 draft peers, going 4-for-11 with three doubles, two walks and two steals. I saw him in Jupiter this past October and took video of one at bat that I’ve embedded below.

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« Reply #137: June 07, 2013, 01:52:47 PM »
Interesting pick.

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« Reply #138: June 07, 2013, 01:53:40 PM »
The Nats announced him as a 3B, we'll see where he ends up.

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« Reply #139: June 07, 2013, 01:55:04 PM »
I like it.

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« Reply #140: June 07, 2013, 01:55:21 PM »
Seems like there is some definite upside there

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Ward, 17, is rated as the 87th-best draft prospect in the 2013 Draft, according to Baseball America.

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The baseball industry knew in the fall that Drew Ward would try, and rumors circulated a month ago that he had gone and done it. But now his father has confirmed that the Oklahoma high school shortstop, previously a member of the Class of 2014, is reclassifying as a member of the Class of 2013, which would make him eligible for the draft come June. The family received instructions from Major League Baseball detailing what he needs to do in order to enter the 2013 draft, according to his father Gregg Ward.

"We got an e-mail that had four different things he had to go by to be eligible," Ward's father Gregg said. "He classifies in each one of them, so all he has to do is graduate. His age was on his side because he just turned 18 and when he graduates he won't have any eligibility left."

Graduation for Leedey is on May 17. Leedey is a tiny town of less than 500 people in western Oklahoma and the high school's student body doesn't crack triple digits. When Ward was a freshman, there were 12 kids in his class—eight boys and four girls.

Ward made another move for his baseball future a few weeks ago by verbally committing to Oklahoma. "We can't sign the letter until April 1 because he's coming out early," Gregg Ward said.


Ward has a big, strong frame and has a sweet swing from the left side. He plays shortstop for his high school, but fits best at a corner position because of his below-average speed. Because he wasn't a member of the 2013 class, he wasn't included in the High School Top 100 ($). If he were added now, he would probably fit in the 30s as he carries similar profiles to players like infielders Cavan Biggio and Ryder Jones and outfielder Billy McKinney. With that in mind, lining Ward up with other members of the 2013 class will be a difficult task between his reclassification and level of competition. On the showcase circuit last summer, he was considered an underclassmen, so scouts may not have been bearing down on him like they would for other prospects. However, this has been a rumor for several months, so it's very possible teams have taken appropriate measures.

"He fits with those guys for me," one scout said. "He's a power guy at the corner. But we won't know what he really is until he faces better competition."

Leedey is a Class B school, the smallest division in Oklahoma. The next step up is Class A and the Sooner State goes all the way up to 6-A. While his competition in the spring can be easily panned, the scout noted that his looks in the summer may not be a fair assessment either. He faces one extreme at home, but his summer at-bats come against pitchers that are amped up for one or two innings, which would be a big jump for any prospect.

The video below was shot by Alycat Photo & Video Services at USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in 2011.

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« Reply #141: June 07, 2013, 01:58:36 PM »
He's definitely signable if he was jumping through all those hoops to be eligible for this draft.

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« Reply #142: June 07, 2013, 02:02:24 PM »
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Not close. Chat time now... RT @Deegswire: @keithlaw Opinion on Drew Ward to the Nats at #105?  Was he close to your 100 best prospects?

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« Reply #143: June 07, 2013, 02:02:45 PM »
He's got pop, size, and upside.  I like this pick a lot

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« Reply #144: June 07, 2013, 02:02:58 PM »
He's definitely signable if he was jumping through all those hoops to be eligible for this draft.

Probably. Players are starting to do this around here as well, even if they are going to college. Get your two years in at college sooner and hit the draft.

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« Reply #145: June 07, 2013, 02:12:50 PM »
Like this pick.

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« Reply #146: June 07, 2013, 02:36:57 PM »
Nick Pivetta Juco RHP with their 4th round pick.

Above avg curve and a low-mid 90s fastball. Callis/Mayo said more of a bullpen arm.

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« Reply #147: June 07, 2013, 02:45:35 PM »
we seem to be going signability while still getting upside

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« Reply #148: June 07, 2013, 03:31:36 PM »
166  Voth, Austin Washington (WA) RHP R/R JR 6'02" 210lbs DOB: 06/26/92 | Scouting video
Since going undrafted out of high school, Voth has gained 25 pounds and improved his performance each year in Washington's rotation. He finished second in strikeouts in the Pac-12, behind only Mark Appel. Voth relies on his fastball, which sits in the low-90s. He commands it well, which helps compensate for its lack of life. Voth also throws a slider and changeup. He has a methodical delivery, but repeats it well and has good arm action. At 6-foot-1, 209 pounds, Voth is built like an innings eater, but could also fit in a Major League bullpen.

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Re: 2013 MLB Draft
« Reply #149: June 07, 2013, 04:06:33 PM »
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#Nats take another 3B, Cody Gunter out of Grayson CC with the 196th pick in the 6th round. #MLB #NationalsTalk

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