Seattle Mariners 

Brady Aiken bows out early in first start

For a young man who is just 18, Brady Aiken has already had a lifetime’s worth of drama. After being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, Aiken’s negotiations with the Houston Astros evolved into one of the major story lines in baseball last summer. At one point it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Aiken had reached a deal with Houston’s brass, but things got sticky after an issue with Aiken’s elbow came up during his final medical evaluation. To be clear, the issue was not an…

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State of the Systems: AL West

Houston Astros When you stack their prospects up on a list this system won’t look all that impressive, especially given how bad they have been over the past five years. But that can be a little misleading given their recent graduations and their failure to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken in last year’s draft. Houston’s farm will look a lot stronger next June when they have two of the top five picks in the draft. At the top however, Houston still has elite talent. Correa is in a class with only…

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State of the Systems: AL Central

Chicago White Sox While their crosstown rivals have been getting all the buzz lately, the transformation on the South Side has been equally impressive. The additions of Jeff Samardzija, Melky Cabrera, and David Roberston have bolstered the big league club, but their farm has also had an overhaul from the past few drafts. Just two years ago their system was easily the worst in baseball, but now it is very respectable. They have landed two premium talents with their past two Round No. 1 picks, but also have been aggressive by getting high-ceiling prep…

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State of the Systems: AL East

Baltimore Orioles       For the past several years the Orioles system has been very top heavy, but with the graduation of Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop and the departure of Eduardo Rodriguez, it has been skimmed down a little bit, exposing its lack of depth. The O’s also punted their first two picks in the 2014 draft to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, so there are not a lot of reinforcements on the way. After Bundy and Harvey there is a very steep decline and not any definite…

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Draft Watch: High-profile matchups

While the weather is still chilly in some regions throughout the country, college baseball will have a postseason feel on Friday night. This is in large part due to two epic pitching matchups that will take place, featuring four of the top five collegiate arms in the country. North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon will square off against ACC foe Florida State and their ace Luke Weaver. In the SEC, two titans, Vanderbilt and LSU, will battle with their top starters on the bump, right-handers Tyler Beede and Aaron Nola. College…

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The risk of Jacoby Ellsbury

There is no denying that Jacoby Ellsbury is one of the premium talents in this winter’s free agent class. This season Ellsbury posted a .396/.355/.422 line while playing elite defense and stealing 52 bases. He is probably in line to receive the largest payday of any free agent not named Robinson Cano. Unlike Cano however, it is unlikely that Ellsbury will return to his current team. Excluding Ellsbury, the Boston Red Sox already have three viable options in the outfield in Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, and Daniel Nava, not to…

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Rodon could match Strasburg, Price

You know you are a big deal when you are college pitcher and you are being talked about in the live broadcast of the World Series. Carlos Rodon, the early front-runner to go first overall in next year’s amateur draft, got a shout out from the Fox booth in Game 1 of the Fall Classic. And while there is no such thing as a slam dunk in any Draft, especially under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Rodon is just about as close as it gets. Rodon’s trek to this point,…

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