With the internet it's easier to look up the prospects that your team drafted, and how they are faring in the minors, but it's not the same thing as the instant gratification of the kids drafted in the NFL starting right away.
Anyway, I read up a little on the MLB draft, and there are some interesting players being chosen. I guess it's a draft that is top heavy, but lack a lot of great players.
For any Reds' fans out there, the Reds pick 27th.
Some of the top prospects:
Mark Appel Was selected 8th last year but returned to school because he wanted more $ than you get as #8 overall. Gamble worked out as now he looks to be a top 2 or 3 pick if a team is willing to pay him.
Amazing stuff. Fastball has hit 100mph. Has tested positive for Adderral though.
Kohl Stewart Top high school pitcher
Kris Bryant A man among boys who crushed 31 HR's this year. Most elite power hitters hit 15~20 in a season, and some TEAMS don't even hit 20. He hit over 30!
Clint Frazier Top high school hitter
Colin Moran Signable college 3B with a great bat
I'm trying to guess what the primary reason is why the MLB draft just doesn't generate nearly as much excitement from MLB fans as the NFL draft does from NFL fans.
Here are some thoughts...
Because it's so long. 30~40 rounds of 30 kids per round. That's over 1,000 draftees!
Becuase we don't know who any of them are. Half of them are high school kids that nobody's heard of, and the other half are college kids who aren't any better known because nobody watches college baseball.
Becuase it takes them so long to reach the majors. The average kids wallows in the minors for half a decade after the draft until we ever see in in the big leagues.
Because the draft is so confusing. There are sandwich picks, and competitive balance picks. And teams can lose a pick, but can't trade a pick. What gives?
What do you think?