Is Schwarber ready for showtime?

It seems like every other week this season the Chicago Cubs have been able to call up a blue chip hitting prospect that has been shredding minor league pitching. First, it was talented third baseman Kris Bryant who started the year at Triple-A to make a marginal improvement to his defence. Next was middle infielder Addison Russell, acquired in last summer’s Jeff Samardzija blockbuster. Could last year’s first round selection, Kyle Schwarber, be next? Schwarber, selected No. 4 overall in last June’s amateur draft, wasted no time making his impact…

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Aiken to be draft eligible in 2015

After being selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 amateur draft, Brady Aiken thought that he was about to become a member of the Houston Astros organization with a $6.5 million signing bonus. But an abnormality in his elbow showed up during his physical and the two sides wound up not agreeing to terms. It was unclear what the left-hander’s next move would be, but on Thursday we got an answer. According to ESPN’s Keith Law, Aiken will head to Florida and pitch for the postgraduate team at IMG Academy in Bradenton.…

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MLB Draft Day 1

Day 1 of the 2014 MLB Draft will consist of 74 selections — Round 1, plus Comp. Round A and Competitive Balance Round A — and it all starts at 7p ET/4p PT. It’s televised on MLB Network and you can listen to each pick on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. I’ll be chatting all day right here so if you have questions join me live and let’s talk MLB Draft. I will also be offering analysis for each pick with links to video and scouting reports when available. In…

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Mariners must nail No. 6 pick

Under GM Jack Zduriencik and scouting director Tom McNamara the Seattle Mariners have drafted well. Among the selections that have made some sort of contributions in the majors include starting third baseman Kyle Seager, regular left fielder Dustin Ackley, starting shortstop Brad Miller (No. 62, 2011) starting catcher Mike Zunino (No. 3, 2012), two frontline starting pitchers in James Paxton (Rd. 4, 2010) and Taijuan Walker (Comp A, No. 43, 2010), with Stefen Romero (Rd. 12, 2010) and Dom Leone (Rd. 16, 2012) also seeing big-league time. Others include Stephen…

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