Peter Gammons: Agents, scouts, prospects, changing trends, and the MLB Draft

The Baseball Draft was changed in 2012 because the Commissioner’s Office felt that teams like the Red Sox could use their development revenues to sign players like Anthony Rizzo in later rounds for high round contracts. The idea was to restrict signing pools based on the previous year’s standings and allow losing teams better access […]

Videos: Peter Gammons and all things MLB Draft

Peter Gammons joins MLB Central on MLB Network to discuss some of the top names in the draft… Peter discusses the high upside for shortstop Logan Warmoth, comparing him to J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles > Peter on the Chicago Cubs selecting Brendon Little with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft

Newberg: The curious case of Heterochromia Iridum V. Bibens-Dirkx.

They were both chosen out of college in the 2006 draft, and that’s basically where the parallels end, unless you note the fact that each has pitched in the independent leagues and one has as many last names as the other has eye colors. Only Max Scherzer went 11th overall in that draft, and Austin […]

Peter Gammons: With respect to 1st rounders, winning takes a much wider collective

We understand the importance of Monday’s draft. Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Aaron Judge, C.C. Sabathia, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Paul Goldschmidt, Max Scherzer, Nolan Arenado, Buster Posey, Andrew McCutchen, Madison Bumgarner  and Corey Seager were draft choices who altered their franchises. Miguel Sano is changing the Twins, […]

Peter Gammons: The winding the road for a superhuman draft pick

In Chicago Saturday, there was a relieved cheer that echoed from Wrigley to The Gold Coast when Kyle Schwarber hit his grand slam to beat the Cardinals. There was the same sense across New England when Andrew Benintendi, who’d broken an 0-for-19 slump Saturday, went yard against Chris Tillman in Baltimore. Schwarber and Benintendi will […]

Peter Gammons: The reality of positioning for the MLB Draft

JUPITER, FLA.—The 2008 Angels set their franchise record—and, remember, this was a franchise that began playing in the Eisenhower Administration—with 100 wins. The following June, because of free agents lost. They didn’t pick until the 24th selection in the first round, but had five selections in the first two rounds. That first pick, at 24, […]

Newberg: Holding fourth.

When the Cowboys make their first selection in the draft on April 28, as long as they don’t trade out of the number four slot it will be the third time that they and the Rangers have called names in the same first-round position in adjacent drafts. In June of 1973, Texas took Houston high […]

Newberg: The awesomeness of drafting Michael Matuella

“I can’t think of a better day that I’ve had in my 24 years of scouting with the Texas Rangers.” So said Rangers Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Kip Fagg — after Day Two of the 2015 amateur draft. For the first time in his career, Fagg noted, Texas came away with four of the top 20 […]

Video: Peter Gammons on the importance of first-round draft picks, Mark Appel, and Bryce Harper

Peter Gammons joined The Rundown to talk about the upcoming MLB Draft and notable first-round draft misses in the past. He stresses the importance of first-round draft picks, especially for teams who cannot afford to tap into the international market. Peter also talks about the slow development of Astros’ Mark Appel and how Bryce Harper […]

Jameis Winston: Focus shifts to baseball

Friday, Jameis Winston may have played the last collegiate football game of his career, but it may not be the last time he puts on a Seminole uniform. While fielding questions regarding his NFL draft status, Winston had replies of “I’m not focused on that at all. I’m looking forward to next season and playing baseball.” and “I’m just looking […]