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  1. Draft no 'crapshoot' for Giants and Royals

    Keith Law

    When I pointed out on Twitter after Game 5 that the two most important players on the Giants' roster, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, were both high first-round picks (10th and fifth overall, respectively, in consecutive drafts), a few readers mi...

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  2. Mets' Matz impresses at Double-A

    Keith Law

    The New York Mets took left-hander Steven Matz in the second round of the 2009 draft out of a Long Island high school, using their first pick that year on him. But Matz, who had a violent delivery and some elbow issues as an amateur, blew out his elb...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  3. Scouting the Under Armour All-Americans

    Keith Law

    The Under Armour All-American Game took place Saturday at Wrigley Field, featuring many of the top high school prospects for the 2015 draft, with Bill Ripken and Sean Casey serving as managers. It was dominated by pitchers, as these showcase games us...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  4. Scouting a pair of all-star games

    Keith Law

    Here are some notes on a number of players I saw over the weekend. Lefty Kolby Allard of San Clemente (California) High School was the breakout star of this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic, played once again at Petco Park in San Diego. T...

    Blog | August 12, 2014
  5. Astros' failure to sign Aiken a total fiasco

    Keith Law

    In the story of the Houston Astros' failure to sign two of their top draft picks on Friday, there are neither villains nor victors, only victims left holding empty bags. The first overall pick in the draft, Brady Aiken, declined to sign with the Astr...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  6. Best tools in the MLB Futures Game

    Keith Law

    The 16th annual MLB Futures Game will take place Sunday at Target Field in Minneapolis, and yes, I'll be there, my ninth Futures Game. It's an event that brings some of the best prospects from around the minors together on one field for a nine-inning...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  7. Complete NL draft breakdown

    Keith Law

    Following up on my American League recaps from Saturday, here is my team-by-team draft breakdown for every National League club. Note: We often use the 20-80 scouting scale when discussing prospects. Arizona Diamondbacks I liked the D-ba...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  8. Complete AL draft breakdown

    Keith Law

    Law's winners and questions | Pick-by-pick analysis | Best, worst of Round 2 Here are my team recaps of the drafts so far, through 10 rounds, for all 15 American League teams. I'll have a similar piece up on Monday for the National League. No...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  9. MLB Draft: Day 1 winners and questions

    Keith Law

    Pick-by-pick analysis | Best, worst of Round 2 | Top 100 prospects The new slotting system in baseball has made Day 1 analysis more difficult, as many teams approach the draft with a more holistic, top-down approach designed to spread money around...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  10. Nola among top SEC tourney performers

    Keith Law

    The SEC tournament started on Tuesday this week with a day of play-in games to accommodate the conference's expansion, putting 12 teams in Hoover, Alabama, to start the event, with only eight surviving to the second day. I arrived Wednesday morning a...

    Blog | May 24, 2014
  11. Sean Newcomb solidifies top-15 status

    Keith Law

    STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- University of Hartford lefty Sean Newcomb is a likely top-15 pick in this draft, certainly a first-rounder, and made his final regular season start last Friday at Stony Brook, a 10 a.m. game that still had about 30 scouts in atte...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  12. Redrafting the 2004 first round

    Keith Law

    Continuing a tradition we started two years ago, I've gone back 10 years and redrafted an old draft class, this year going back to 2004. Once again the player taken first overall (Matt Bush) hasn't turned out to be among the 30 best players in the cr...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  13. The 'misses' of the 2004 first round

    Keith Law

    The draft is a time of hope and promise, and after it's all over, a scout sits with his scouting staff and marvels over all the players the team just picked. Well, sometimes they don't work out as planned, as is the case for these 20 first-rounders w...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  14. Bukauskus rising up draft boards

    Keith Law

    ASHBURN, Va. -- Right-hander Jake Bukauskus redefines the scouting term "pop-up guy," which normally just refers to a draft prospect who wasn't on the radar for the top few rounds until something changed the spring of his draft year -- better velocit...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  15. Kolek makes case for draft's top arm

    Keith Law

    Shepherd (Texas) High School right-hander Tyler Kolek is the top prep righty in the draft class this year. He's one of a handful of prep arms to hit 100 mph already, but he also brings unusual size and strength to the table. It's a combination that m...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  16. Coaches erred in Rodon decision

    Keith Law

    Those of you who follow me on Twitter saw me voice my displeasure over NC State's usage of left-hander Carlos Rodon, the best college player in this year's draft class, on Friday night. Rodon, who has pitched with a 50- or 55-rated fastball all year,...

    Blog | April 13, 2014