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Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday. It has just been one of those weeks so far.

This post is a call for any suggestions you might have for draft coverage. I’m open to doing pretty much anything if it’s within the realm of drafting.

I’m going to have another book review up this weekend, this one on John Schuerholz’ Built to Win. That’s pretty much the only definite piece I have for this week, so if you want to see anything in particular, I’m willing to try it.

I’m in the middle of a study on re-drafts, the point being to see which teams draft players that turn into top prospects later on, getting re-drafted higher than they were drafted out of high school. I’m also putting together something about how draft position out of high school affects draft position out of college, and also the economics behind the decisions made there. It’s a lot of data entry and interviewing, but it should be a really good study once it’s done. I hope to really put together something definitive on a subject that’s only talked about in generalities.

It’s obvious that someone like a Matt Purke will have trouble finding a bonus amount that equals his best offer out of high school, but what about those players drafted in the 17th round who turned down $200K to sign? What are your chances of getting that much and more, along with inflation, your savings in college, etc.? See how many variables can be involved? It’s not as easy a decision as it can be made out to be.

That’s what is going on around here, in addition to report writing.

Post your suggestions in the comments, and I’ll get started on them for tomorrow.


March 31, 2010 - Posted by | Posting Schedule


  1. Maybe you can go into some peculiarities about scouting players that most people don’t know about.

    Like if and how weather matters: it seems like stats and performance for players playing in cold weather leagues isn’t taken at face value.

    Comment by DB | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • I like this. This will be tomorrow’s post.

      Comment by andyseiler | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • I agree, I have a son who is not “well” known but may be offered to draft. I would like to know more about being drafted and what to expect if he elects to go to college instead of entering the draft and so forth.

      Comment by Melissa | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  2. It might be a bit early for this sort of thing but I’d like to see a post on round 1 talents that may fall for whatever reason (money, injury, makeup, college commitment, etc)

    Comment by P. | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • This will probably be Friday’s post.

      Comment by andyseiler | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  3. The stock up/stock down posts are always enjoyable to read. Isn’t that what you had planned after the draft previews were finished?

    Comment by Jeff | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • They’re coming next week. I’m sure you’ll like them.

      Comment by andyseiler | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Agreed. Now that the college and HS seasons are underway, some things must’ve changed already. I’m particularly interested in your take on AJ Cole — he dropped a couple of spots on pgcrosschecker’s rankings, but I haven’t read anything about him so far.

      Comment by JP_Frost | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  4. Andy–This is a great blog and you have further motivated many of us to get ready for the draft.

    I am almost waiting to see you add a countdown (in terms of days, hours and minutes) clock for the draft….

    Comment by Stephen in the UAE | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  5. Maybe something about players that may have signability issues in June?

    Comment by David | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  6. A week before the draft have you thought of doing a mock draft with you being the commissioner and having blogs or reader for each team pick for the first 2 rounds?

    Comment by Jake H | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  7. You could also get some actual insider info from scouts instead of going off of the player ranking websites that are NOT the holy grail of the draft. These lists will change a thousand times due to signability,performance,tools progression and recession,physicality, competitiveness, make up , approach and etc. The draft averaging website was a joke. Be your own man, get real info instead of the same lists over and over and over.

    Comment by Mark | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Dude, that’s what he spends so much time going games and talks about the equipment that has has/needs. Haven’t you been paying attention to the blog?

      Comment by P. | April 5, 2010 | Reply

  8. Some players fail on lack of talent, some due to injuries. Many though, it is because they can’t properly throw (or hit) a curve ball. How (especially with Preps) can you judge if they will be able to, even though they’ve rarely needed to try to incorporate the skill?

    For pitchers, you could use “change up” instead on “curve ball.”

    Comment by Tim | April 1, 2010 | Reply

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