The signing deadline is come
and gone. Of the thirty-two first
round selections, all but two signed.
HS LHP Matt Purke, will attend Texas Christian University instead of
signing with the Rangers, and HS CF LeVon Washington will attend Stanford
University, turning down an
opportunity to play for the Rays.
RHP Aaron Crow decided to delay his career again. The twenty-nine first-rounders who
signed will each receive an average of $2.46 million in bonus money.
After the deadline passed,
Commisioner Selig stated that he has a plan for a revised draft, “There’s
no question in my mind, in 2011, certainly a [hard] slotting system and a
worldwide draft are things we will be very aggressive in talking about,”, said Selig.
The plan would be discussed at the next CBA (collective bargaining
Selig’s plan, if accepted at the next CBA,
would be put into action at the 2012 Draft, and could solve a large part of
baseball’s financial gap. While
the teams with the worst records are conceivably given the first chance at the
best players, their selections are often financially motivated, fearing that a
top player would not wish to sign with a bad team unless blown away with a
top-dollar offer. One example of
this is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ selection of RHP Brian Bullington first overall
in the 2002 draft, over players such as BJ Upton, Scott Kazmir, and Zack
Greinke. That is the problem that
a hard slotting system would help.
As for the world draft idea, it would be a blessing to poorer teams, as
they consistently lose out on top prospects in the international market because
of money demands. Selig’s two
ideas, if both approved by the MLBPA, could fix baseball’s broken draft. So I guess “Bud” Selig actually had a
good idea after all.
Today, I am going to examine the three leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award, but first…
- Another Day, Another Mets Injury
This was the Mets’ lineup last night, Angel Pagan CF, Luis Castillo 2B, David Wright 3B, Gary Sheffield LF, Fernando Tatis 1B, , Fernando Martinez RF, Omir Santos C, Ramon Martinez SS, Livan Hernandez P. Besides Daniel Murphy getting the night off, starters Brian Schneider (C), Carlos Delgado (1B), Jose Reyes (SS), Ryan Church (RF), and the newest starter to go down, Carlos Beltran, (CF).
- Early American League Cy Young Candidates
- RHP Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
Halladay matches up almost completely with another Cy Young candidate, the Royals’ Zack Greinke. Halladay is tied with Greinke in Wins (8), Winning Percentage (.889), and Innings Pitched (75.0). However, Halladay is second in ERA, WHIP, Complete Games, and Shutouts, in all of which he is second to Greinke. Halladay has Cy Young caliber numbers, and if Greinke fell over the edge of the Earth, Halladay would win easily.
2. RHP Justin Verlander, Tigers
Just one year after leading the league in losses, Verlander has seemingly rediscovered his strikeout power that enabled him to be the 2006 AL Rookie Of The Year, and one of the top 5 pitchers in the AL in 2007. Verlander even has a flukily high BABIP (batting average on balls in play) working against him, and has surely contributed to his 3.55 ERA. Verlander’s strikeout numbers will appeal to the average awards voter, but right now, this race is between Halladay, and Greinke.
3. RHP Zack Greinke, Royals
What is there to say about Greinke? Through 10 starts he has an ERA under 1, he leads the majors in every major statistical category; if voting was today, he’d win the Cy Young easily, and maybe the MVP award as well.