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Here are a few Draft-related questions to even further whet your appetite for Thursday, when the Phillies will get things rolling with the No. 1 pick.
Two former players with lasting MLB legacies will retake the field in July to manage some of the players with the brightest futures in baseball.
The Brewers traded Jed Bradley to the Braves organization on Friday for a player to be named later or cash.
To everyone else, Jameson Taillon's last Triple-A outing looked like another quality start in his comeback season: six innings pitched, four hits, one earned run, three strikeouts. To him, it wasn't good enough. Regardless of opponent, his thought lingers: "What if this was Game 7 of the World Series?"
Though the Braves are set to make their earliest selection since they took Chipper Jones with the top overall selection in the 1990 MLB Draft, the fact that they own the No. 3 pick this year is trumped by the reality that they own five of the first 80 selections in a Draft that will not feature a once-in-a-generation talent like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.
Tyler Beede stole the show, but he was just one of many top prospects to standout on Thursday.
Dodgers lefty Julio Urias was left wondering where he'll make his next start after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits, including three home runs, over five innings in a 7-2 loss to the Cubs on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
The Nationals have added blazing speed to their roster. Shortstop Trea Turner joined the Nationals on Friday for their game against the Reds, while Ryan Zimmerman, whose wife gave birth to the couple's second child on Thursday, was placed on the paternity list.
After getting word he'd earned a callup to the Major Leagues, Jacob Barnes' first telephone call was to his mother. The 26-year-old Brewers reliever's eyes welled with tears Thursday while talking about that call.
A little over a month ago, MLBPipeline.com expanded its Top 50 Draft Prospects list to 100. A week before the Phillies announce who they are taking with the No. 1 overall pick, the deck is being reshuffled and 100 more cards are being added. That effort results in the new and improved Draft list just launched: The Top 200 list.
Less than a week from Day 1 of the Draft, the first four selections in Jim Callis' first-round projection match those from his previous mock two weeks ago. But those picks are far from locks.
In A.J. Preller's eyes, preparation for the Draft is a year-round process, no matter where his club's selections may fall. When San Diego owned just one of the first 85 selections a year ago, the Padres' general manager treated the endeavor as a potential franchise-changer.
High school pitchers, led by New Jersey's Jason Groome and Kansas' Riley Pint, are the strength of this year's Draft class. But drafting prep hurlers early is a risky proposition. From 1965-2015, 100 high school hurlers have been taken in the top 10 picks, and 38 of those never reached, or have yet to reach, the big leagues.
Alex Reyes' 11 strikeouts led the way, but he was just one of many top prospects to standout on Wednesday.
Manager Jeff Banister had an obvious goal as the Rangers went into extra innings against the Indians on Wednesday night. Banister was trying to pull off a sweep against the Indians without using his prime-time relievers. So he went with right-hander Luke Jackson and left-hander Alex Claudio. Banister said both threw the ball well, but the Rangers didn't get the results they wanted as the Indians walked off with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings.
Following Daniel Wright's 3 1/3 innings of relief in the Reds' 17-4 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday, manager Bryan Price did not rule out returning the rookie to the rotation soon. But Price also tipped his hand on Wednesday that other young arms could be brought in as well.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect, was working on a no-hitter Wednesday afternoon until rain intervened at Victory Field. Glasnow pitched five scoreless, hitless innings, walked four batters and struck out three in Triple-A Indianapolis' 2-0 win against Rochester.
One of the cornerstones of the Reds' rebuilding process is an aggressive investment in the amateur player market via the Draft. That could be a little easier to do this year, because Cincinnati has Major League Baseball's largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds.
A day after center fielder Byron Buxton joined the Twins because of a hamstring injury to Danny Santana, fellow top outfield prospect Max Kepler was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday with Miguel Sano placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
The 2016 plan for Tim Anderson seemed fairly straightforward: Let the White Sox No. 2 prospect per MLBPipeline.com play the full season with Triple-A Charlotte in the International League and gain valuable experience before truly thinking about his Major League career.