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Five Years Later: Reviewing the 2008 draft

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They say you have to wait five years before you can properly evaluate a draft class in baseball. Players need to be given an opportunity to climb the minor-league ladder and cut their teeth at the the club in 2009, Simon Weaver has transformed the fortunes of Harrogate Town AFC.The club, which were struggling for money and marooned towards the bottom of the National League North, are now on the brink of a historic promotion to the Football Le big-league level before we start declaring winners and losers. That hasn’t stopped us before, of course, and it won’t sty winger was withdrawn from England’s Euro2020 qualifier with Montenegro after clashing with teammate Joe Gomez.”We have moved on it,” said Hudson-Odoi on Thursday. “We have all discussed it as a team, we have had a little talk with each other, and mop us in the future.

The 2013 draft will begin on Thursday night, making this the perfect time to go back those five years to evaluate the 2008 draft. That class has already given us two Rookies of the Year, an MVP and a batting champion, so it’s off to a pretty great start. With some help from the incomparable , let’s break down the 2008 draft.

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— 14.3 WAR — 2010 Rookie of the Year, 2012 NL MVP, 2012 batting champ, two-time World Series champ … Posey isn’t just the best player from the 2008 draft, he’s one of the very best in baseball. The , , and all passed on him. — 8.7 WAR — Lawrie was drafted by the Brewers before being traded to the Blue Jays for Shaun Marcum in a one-for-one deal. — 8.2 WAR — Broke into the show barely one year after being drafted and hasn’t gone back to the minors. — 7.4 WAR — Arguably the most dominant reliever in baseball, Kimbrel went from hard-throwing but wild junior college pitcher to having a 2.1 BB/9 over the last two years. — 5.6 WAR — Chicago turned Hudson, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery at the moment, into Edwin Jackson at the 2010 trade deadline. — 5.4 WAR — Espinosa tried playing through injury and hasn’t hit much in 2013, but he was close to being a 20-20 player in both 2011 and 2012. — 4.9 WAR — Although he hasn’t become a star as expected, Beckham has done more than most from his draft class. — 4.7 WAR — Lynn spent some time going back and forth between the rotation and bullpen, but he’s a full-time starter now and a very good one. — 4.6 WAR — Very quietly, Crawford is one of the game’s more reliable shortstops. He can really pick it, and his offense is improving. — 4.4 WAR — No one from the 2008 draft class has hit more home runs than Davis, who has 63 career long balls to his name. — 3.8 WAR — Turning an eighth-round pick into a left-handed platoon outfielder is a pretty great return on the investment. — 3.5 WAR — The Phillies got nearly 300 above-average innings (114 ERA+) from Worley before sending him to the Twins for Ben Revere. — 3.4 WAR — Washington used Milone as part of the package to acquire Gio Gonzalez, so this 10th rounder has worked out spendidly. — 3.3 WAR — Miley was the runner-up for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year award. — 3.3 WAR — Arizona used Cook to acquire Trevor Cahill from the Athletics before last season.

Only two other players in the entire draft class have accumulated 3.0+ WAR in the big leagues: reliever (2/57) and catcher (1/10). They’re at 3.3 and 3.0 WAR for their careers, respectively. Now, let’s look at some late-round steals.

— The Athletics have benefited directly from both guys after acquiring them in trades during the 2011-12 offseason. –2.5 WAR — Phelps cracked the big-league roster as the long man last year and has since pitched his way into New York’s rotation. — 2.0 WAR — Campana, who has since moved on to the Diamondbacks, is your 2008 draft class leader with 54 stolen bases. — 1.7 WAR — The Dodgers turned this late-round pick into Hanley Ramirez (and Randy Choate) at the trade deadline last year. — 1.3 WAR — There might not be a more dominant or harder-throwing setup man in the game right now.

Every draft has some busts, and the 2008 class is no different. Obviously, some busts are much more spectacular than others. Here are five high picks who have yet to contribute to the big-league team in a meaninguful way and are unlikely to do so in the future.

— Yes, the top overall pick in the draft. Baseball America continues to rate Beckham as one of the top 10 prospects in Tampa Bay’s system, but it’s obvious he won’t live up to expectations that come with being a first overall pick. — Skipworth did actually reach the show this year and spent a few days on the roster as the backup catcher, but he’s a career .216/.279/.371 hitter in nearly 2,000 minor-league plate appearances. Yikes. — Wallace was considered one of the two or three best hitters in the draft class at the time, but he hasn’t hit in the big leagues at all (87 OPS+). The Cardinals wisely traded him as part of the package for Matt Holliday in 2009. — Along with Beckham, Martin is one of just two top-20 picks from 2008 to fail to reach the show. He has a 4.85 ERA in more than 500 minor-league innings, but Los Angeles was able to trade him to get Shane Victorino at the deadline last year. — Fields was the best reliever in the draft class, but he’s had trouble throwing strikes throughout his career. The Astros took him as a Rule 5 Draft this winter before he hit the DL with a forearm strain.

There are plenty more busts where those five came from, but not all busts are created equally. Some players fail to live up to expectations but remain solid contributors. Are they disappointments? Sure. Are they still useful players? Definitely.

— The 4.9 WAR has a lot to do with playing time — Beckham leads 2 Brann.The goalkeeper joined the Canaries on loan from German giants Schalke last summer, but played just 22 minutes of Premier League football for City, which came in a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in September.Fahrmann said: “Last summer, I moved008 draft position players in games (545) and plate appearances (2,102) by a lot — but the middle-infield bar is so low that he remains a rosterable player. — 2.0 WAR — Matusz tried and failed as a starter, then tried and failed again. And one more time after that. He has settled in as a very good lefty reliever. — 1.7 WAR — He leaves something to be desired on defense and against left-handers, but Alvarez has huge power and doesn’t exactly kill the Pirates at the hot corner. — 1.3 WAR — I was tempted to put Hosmer in the “Biggest Busts” category, but a 96 OPS+ in nearly 1,400 MLB plate appearances is hardly a disaster. — 0.3 WAR — The Rangers are thrilled because they turned Smoak into Cliff Lee, but a 92 OPS+ in over 1,600 plate appearances is only so useful for the Mariners.

Finally, let’s look at the players who got away. These are guys who were drafted in 2008 but declined to sign, only to go back into the draft in future years and become big-league players.

— 6.5 WAR — The Padres were unable to reel Kipnis in as their fourth-rounder, and the next year he went in the second round to the . — 2.5 WAR — Crow turned down Washington as the ninth overall pick only to come out as the 12th overall pick to the Royals in 2009. — 1.7 WAR — Scheppers had some injury concerns but still went 44th overall to the Rangers in 2009.

It’s worth noting that top prospects (1/28 to Yankees) and (27/820 to Braves) both decided to go to college rather than turn pro in 2008, then came out as first-round picks in 2011. Cole went first overall to the Pirates, Rendon sixth to the Nationals. They’re the ultimate “ones who got away.”

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third baseman , who is expected to remain on his rehab assignment from a strained lower back until he can get his swing right, appears to have his swing in the right direction, at least. 

Middlebrooks went 2 for 3 with a walk and a three-run homer with five RBI with Triple-A Pawtucket, the Boston Globe reports. Hlf as a club hero.The Belgian was rewarded with a brand new long-term contract on Wednesday after scoring for key goals in the Champions League, including the final win over Tottenham.Asked if Origi was a club hero, Klopp said: “Oh yeah, absolutely.”e’s now gone 3 for 5 with two walks and five RBI in two games with Pawtucket. 

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manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com Sunday that pitcher will not be removed from the starting rotation despite his recent struggles. Using Lincecum as a reliever would be “Plan C,” Bochy said.

However, a team source told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Sunday that Lincecum would be moved to the bullpen “,” if the club had a suitable replacement for him in the rotation. Lincecum is 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA in his last six starts.

More News 06/05/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 06/02/2018 • by RotoWire Staff ondon for the foreseeable future with the in-form Frenchman aiming to secure a new contract at Chelsea.”Yes. Yes. Y Aston Villa wanted to sign him last week.Kalou revealed the move emerged via Villa assistant manager John Terry, his former Chelsea teammate.”My good friend John Terry called me. He is an assistant there. At Chelsea he was my captain. I wanted to pleah, of course,” he told the Evening Standard. “There are a few months to go, games to win and maybe another trophy, and after, you kno 05/28/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/19/2018 was an overdue win for them against Manchester United on Sunday.The Hornets were 2-0 victors at home in a game that could kick-start their season under new boss Nigel Pearson.They were impressive last time around against Liverpool, but didn’t get a • by RotoWire Staff 05/13/2018 • by RotoWire Staff 05/08/2018 • by RotoWire Staff

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w Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta about his role.Ljun

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As a backup catcher, the ‘ doesn’t get much attention in Fantasy, but since starter Carlos Ruiz strained his hamstring May 19, Kratz is batting .310 (13 for 42) with five homers in 13 games.

He wasn’t nearly as good when Ruiz was serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but this latest run isn’t the first time he’s opened eyes in Fantasy. As a fill-in for Ruiz in the second half last year, he had a 25-game stretch in which he hit .271 with six home runs. He faded into obscurity soon afterward, but the attentive Fantasy owner got some benefit out of it.

I’m not suggesting you should drop a legit option like Jason Castro or J.P Arencibia for Kratz, but if you’ve been trying to make do with a Tyler Flowers or Alex Avila at catcher, consider riding the hot Andrew Robertson is being hurt by Scotland’s lack of quality. Redknapp last night highlighted how the Scotland captain had struggled to impose his usual game during his country’s Euro 2020 qualifying defeats to Russia and Belgium in the last internathand instead.

More News 12/20/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/08/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/07/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/31/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 05/16/2019 start of the season at Liverpool due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder has returned to Liverpool with his Africa Cup of Nations dream in tatters, after aggravating groin and thigh injuries during a brief appearance for his country Guinea.Reds • by RotoWire Staff me to signing Barcelona star Leo Messi and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.Wenger revealed how Arsenal missed out on Ronaldo and Messi during his time at the club.When asked if he ever tried to sign Ronaldo, Wenger explained: “Yes, you have to l 05/13/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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The are starter  on Tuesday to take Brandon McCarthy’s spot in the rotation , .com reports Saturday.

McCarthy hit the disabled list Saturday with shoulder problems. Randall DAC Milan goalkeepr Pepe Reina hopes to earn a late career return to the LaLiga.But he concedes it’s a long shot.”I think it’s hard for me to finish my career in Spain,” the former Barceloio Graziani is backing Bologna’s move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Bologna sports chief Marco di Vaio has held talks with the off contract LA Galaxy striker about a return to Italy.Bologna are battling Ibra’s former club AC Milan for the Swede and Grazianina keeper admitted.”If God wants it and everything goes well, maybe I can coach there.”I want to stay connected to football and I will live there, but as a player it’s hard to see.”elgado was called up to give the bullpen an extra arm, but the club is planning to use Skaggs as McCarthy’s replacement. Skaggs pitched six shutout innings with nine strikeouts Monday against Texas in his only start of 2013.

More News 07/01/2019 • by RotoWire Staff ourinho has heaped praise on Jorginho.While criticised by some pundits, Mourinho isn’t having it after seeing the midfielder help Chelsea defeat Watford yesterday.He told Bein Sport: “For me Jorginho is the best midfielder in Europe. “The world in 06/30/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/19/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/14/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 06/12/2019 • by RotoWire Staff

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ach Antonio Conte.Named new Inter coach last week,

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pitcher threw 45 pitches over 3 1/3 innings in extended spring training Tuesday but was hit on the left shin by a line drive, .com reports.

Francis is recovering from a left groin strain, and has no timetablve that being gay would negatively impact a footballer’s career.Many point to the fact that not a single Premier League player has come out regarding their sexuality as proof of football’s backwards attitude towards homosexuality.However, Dyche beliee for return. He’s ple of play will not drastically change his role in the team.With Frank Lampard taking over from Maurizio Sarri, it is expected that Jorginho will have more freedom to venture forwardurgen Klopp has slammed RB Salzburg filming coach Jesse Marsch at Anfield during his half-time team talk against Liverpool.Klopp made no jokes when asked if he would ever allow camera to film him giving a team talk at half-time and said he would “lea and create chances for the team.But the Italian central midfielder osted a 6.00 ERA in 36 innings this year while striking out 31 batters.

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first baseman ended a 21-game homerless streak Wednesday with his fourth of the season in a 6-3 win over the Rocktheir performance in defeat at home to Crystal Palace.The Cl of an emotional return to Barcelona this summer could be hit by the coronavirus outbreak.It’s been suggested Koeman is in line to replace Quique Setien after the Euros.However, with talk of UEFA delaying the tournament 12 months due to coronavirus carets fell to goals in either half from Wilf Zaha and Jeff S plan to sell the England international at the end of this season and replace him with a LaLiga defensive addition.Villarreal stopper Pau Torres is City’s No1 target.And the Sky Blues plan to use the cash raised from Stones’ sale to buy the young cenchlulpp – and lost Charlie Taylor to a hamstring injury early in the contest.“Frustration is the right word because I wasn’t oies. It was Pena’s only hit in the game, though he did add a walk.

Pena is batting .232 on the season, with four home runs and 13 RBI in 168 at-bats.  

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The dropped shortstop from first to third in the lineup during Monday’s contest against the Red Sox.Rollins responded well, as he reby the prospect of emulating his agent Mino Raiola.Former Ajax captain De Ligt was interviewed by France Football after he won the Kopa Trophy for Milito insists Lionel Messi hasn’t peaked.Messi’s future is again being questioned after Argentina’s disappointing Copa America campaign.However, Milito has scoffed at claims his friend is past his best.He told Marca: “Noooo. There’ll be Leo for a w best under-21 player in Europe of 2018-19.“If I hadn’t become a footballer, I would’ve become an agenached base three times. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk in a 9-3 defeat. He is hitting .261/.307/.392 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 199 at-bats.

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Harry Maguire about leaving Leicester City.Neville

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The are expected to with , who is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list Thursday. According to .com, the Marlins will need another starter Friday against the Mets, and Eovaldi should take the ball.

Eovaldi threw his first rehab assignment Saturday at Class A Jupiter, after sitting out the entire season due to right shoulder inflammation. 

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outfielder was forced out of Sunday’s contest against the Braves after fouling two pitches off his lower left leg in the seventh.X-rays on his leg came back negative, according to .com. Van Slyke finished 0 for 3 in a 5-2 defeat. He has gone 4 for 14 with three home runs and four RBI in his last five games played before getting hurt.

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For a franchise that has never had a perfect game, ‘s start Friday was about as close as they have ever come. And at least by one metric, his one-hit complete game Friday was the best outing in  history.

Miller’s 98 game score, a stat sabermetrician Bill James came up with to quantify pitcher performance in a given outing, is the highest in franchise history in a nine-inning game according to the . Manager Mike Matheny said he received a number of phone calls about Miller’s start, praising hn the Premier League.City suffered a significant blow to their title aspirations against Liverpool during the past weekend.They endured a 3-1 defeat at Anfield, which leaves them nine points off the table toppers.But Jesus thinks they can claw the gais 22-year-old’s masterpiece.

“That was something many of us may never see. Very, very impressive,” Matheny said. “The more you think about it the more you respect what he pulled off. That was almost like a no-hitter.”

Miller struck out 13 batters and walked none, while retiring 27 straight batters after allowing a leadoff single.

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catcher had a productive return to the lineup Friday against the Reds. Hanigan, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, collected a pair of singles in the 4-3 win. He also made a diving cord transfer fee to sign Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners paid Lille £72 million in order to secure the Ivory Coast international.”Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” said Arsenal boss Unai Emercatch on a Jean Segura sacrifice bunt attempt and finished 2 for 4 at the plate. Hanigan is batting .119/.208/.119 with two RBI over 42 at-bats.

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Whether it’s Willie Blair or J.A. Happ, you’ll never forget that sound

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Doug Brocail knew why I was calling.

“Willie Blair,” he said.

Yes. Willie Blair.

Sixteen years later, gets hit by a line drive and leaves the ballpark in an ambulance. Sixteen years later, Brocail was thinking what I was thinking.

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If you’ve ever been there, and you’ve ever heard that sound, that awful sound, you don’t forget it.

It doesn’t have to be Willie Blair, who had his jaw broken by a Julio Franco line drive in 1997 in Cleveland. It could be Bryce Florie. It could be Brandon McCarthy. It could be Chris Young.

If you’ve been there, if you’ve heard it, if you’ve felt it, it stays with you.

“I thought Willie was dead,” Brocail said Wednesday.

Fortunately, Willie wasn’t dead. Doctors told him that had the ball hit a fractid-leave-Burnley-free.html”>Daily MailLille-told-leave-Burnley-free.html”> says Hart is on the shortlist at French Champions League club Lille should they sell current No 1 Mike Maignan.Hart, 32, has been told by Burnley he can leave on a free in ordeon of an inch from where it did, he could have died, but fortunately it didn’t.

Amazingly, he was back on a major-league mound less than a month later. He spent four more years in the big leagues and ishley admits they face a “challenge” to stay up this season.The Toon are currently just a point and a place outside the bottom three, with just two wins from their first ten games.Ashley has spelt out his biggest fear in the published financial acco now the bullpen coach with the Padres.

Fortunately,s they can finish in the European places.The Blues have been in impressive form since Carlo Ancelotti succeeded Marco Silva in December, with only Liverpool picking up more points in the Premier League since the Italian’s arrival. “We’re looking to Happ survived when he was hit by a Desmond Jennings line drive Tuesday night in a game at Tampa Bay. Fortunately, Happ was released from the hospital by midday Wednesday.

Brocail, who pitched in the big leagues for 15 years and is now the Astros pitching coach, was Blair’s teammate with the 1997 Tigers. He knows Happ from Happ’s time with the Astros.

He and Blair were as close as brothers, but the one subject they never discussed was that Julio Franco line drive. He cares very much about Happ, but the one thing he did Tuesday night was avoid any sports shows.

“I just did not want to see it,” Brocail said.

To pitch, and especially to pitch in the big leagues, you have to know that it’s possible you’ll be hit, but you have to convince yourself it’s so rare that you can put it out of your mind.

Brocail knows he wasn’t always able to. Late in his career, knowing that most comebackers are hit on pitches on the outside part of the plate, he concentrated even more on keeping the ball inside.

He’s heard the talk about how baseball wants to better protect pitchers, to possibly put Kevlar liners inside caps. He’s not opposed, but he also knows it won’t take away the risk. It wouldn’t have saved Blair’s jaw, and may not have helped Happ, either.

“I just don’t know how you would [protect against any head injuries to pitchers],” Brocail said.

He knows he’ll never forget that afternoon in Cleveland, when Blair was lying on the mound. He knows he’ll never forget that sound, which he and others have described as ball hitting bat — and then hitting a bat again.

He won’t forget watching Franco squatting down at first base, looking away, not able to watch as Blair was being attended to. He won’t forget the looks on the faces of his teammates, on the faces of the Indians players, on the faces of everyone who was in the ballpark that day.

Watching on television Tuesday night, I saw those faces again, saw them on the and the Rays, on the fans at Tropicana Field.

They won’t forget. They’ll remember the sound. They’ll remember the feeling.

Sixteen years from now, it still won’t go away.

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starting pitcher has been a surprise in the early part of the season, and Al Melchior thinks he can continue to impress heading into Fantasy Week 6 (May 6-12). Al has Tepesch ranked 54th in for the week, thanks to a two-start week.

Tepesch does not have overwhelming, swing-and-miss stuff, so his success so far in his major league career has come as something of a surprise. Despite strikd they’re in talks to sign permanently Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.Smalling is on a season-long loan with Roma.De Sanctis said, “It is well known that we are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy. “We are in no rush, we waing out just 5.79 batters per nine innings with a sinker that averages 90.6 miles per hour, Tepesch has emerged as a viable Fantasy option after his first five starts.  He is succeeding thanks to a heavy dose of groundballs and pinpoint control, a combination that has worked for him.

It would not be a surprise if Tepeschare “purely speculation”.14-year-old Bobby is one of the highest rated youngsters at Newcastle United’s academy, with first-team manager Steve Bruce already aware of his potential.He made history at Toon this season when he became the youngster playe regresses through the rest of the season, but I wouldn’t expect it this week. He faces a pair of bottom-10 offensive teams, so he should be worth starting in the upcoming scoring period.  

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made his second start and third appearance of 2013 aton Orient.The 39-year-old left his role as loan manager at Bournemouth to take up the managerial post with the League Two outfit back in October.But he was sacked after just five games in charge and told talkSPORT: “I know the average (time period) third base Sunday against Washis season.But the Gunners are still wading through numerous offers to decide where to send their budding young star, says the Independent.Smith Rowe played only 28 minutes for RB Leipzig while on loan for the second half of the season, yet impressed ington.

Martin made his first start at the hot corner April 20. He also started eight games and appeared 11 times at the position for the Dodgers in 2008. Martin’s flexibility gives the an alternative to left-hander Pedro Alvarez when they face a tough lefty (such as Washington’s Gio Gonzalez on Sunday). 

Martin is hitting .270/.356/.539 in 101 plate appearances.

More News 10/05/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/04/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 09/02/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff 08/27/2019 • by RotoWire Staff erling insists he’s happy in the Northwest.Sterling originally kicked off his career with QPR.He told the Daily Mail: “At the end of a day, I don’t want to be talking about football when I get home. I just want to chill out.”If you’re with three or f 08/24/2019 • by RotoWire Staff