Cespedes for MVP is lazy analysis

  A few days ago, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports suggested that Yoenis Céspedes – based on his performance since being traded to New York Mets by the Detroit Tigers – could be a contender for National League Most Valuable Player (MVP). Since his article was published, several of Morosi’s peers have stoked the flames of the “Céspedes for MVP” fervor by rationalizing how a player with only 36 games with his new team could potentially be a serious MVP candidate. Although I have the utmost respect for Morosi…

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Draft Watch: Regionals Weekend

Corvallis: Oregon State, UNLV, UC Irvine, North Dakota State The top-ranked Beavers were rewarded with a pretty soft field of competition, and getting to the Super Regionals should be a cakewalk for them. Michael Conforto is the clear top prospect in this pool, and arguably the best pure hitter in all of college baseball, although he cooled off a bit at the end of the season. If UNLV’s Eric Fedde had not gone down with Tommy John this would have been a lot more interesting matchup, but the Fedde-less Rebels…

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Draft Watch: College bat battle

For much of the amateur season the draft chatter has very much been about the arms, and rightfully so. North Carolina State lefty ace Carlos Rodon, Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede, LSU horse Aaron Nola, prep lefty Brady Aiken and flamethrowing righty Tyler Kolek each serve as surefire first-round talents, possibly all in the top 10 come June. Pitching is where it’s at for the class of 2014, and the majority of the intrigue regarding everyday players is centered around prepsters such as Alex Jackson, Jacob Gatewood and Michael Gettys, though…

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Top of draft remains unsettled

As soon as last June’s draft ended — perhaps even well before — the conversation about the class of 2014 started and ended with North Carolina State southpaw Carlos Rodon. He was the clear pre-season No. 1 and entered the season with the best chance to be taken off the board first when the Houston Astros select first for the third straight year. We’re about beyond the halfway point of the amateur season and only one thing is clear and that’s that the top of the draft is far from…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Hoffman vs. Fisher

Entering the D-1 season’s second week it seems most of the country came away wanting more from the top prospects. While it’s obviously far too early to make any assessments, the anticipation still runs wild and that’s not bound to change this weekend. The weather generally plays a significant role for half the season, depending on what part of the country your’re in, and it wiped out a lot of what North Carolina State had scheduled. That didn’t stop shortstop Trea Turner from putting up numbers nor southpaw Carlos Rodon…

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Draft Prospect Watch: Aces draw soft landings

It’s opening weekend of college baseball and that means the “draft season,” if there really is such a thing, is under way, too. And yes, there really is such a thing. D-1 schools generally play four games per week — occasionally five — with three coming over the weekend and one coming mid-week. You’ll hear the term “Friday starter” a lot in college ball, which is another word for an ace. That pitcher isn’t always the best draft prospect, but he is the anchor of the staff and usually the…

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