Today is draft day, which means it’s time for my annual FKing cameo. With so little baseball and so much going on in the world, other than shitty behaviour by owners, the draft is about all the baseball we have to talk about.
MLB has cut the draft to just 5 rounds and teams will be making decisions based on much less information than usual. The draft class is reportedly quite deep, especially in college pitching (including a record number of draft eligible sophmores) and shortstops. Also at play is the likelihood that there is a significant reduction in the number of minor leage teams before the 2021 season. There’s all kinds of speculation about what this all may mean. There’s even a rumour that a team may choose to punt the entire 2020 draft. But that seems both dumb and unlikely. Long story short: I expect there will be some wacky shit going on, but it’s hard to even know what kind of wacky shit.
A’s pick 26th and given all the uncertainty I wouldn’t read much into the various reports. That said I have read that they have been tied mostly to college pitchers and middle infielders, both HS and college.
Draft starts at 7pm ET, picks 1-37 happen tonight and the remaining 4 rounds tomorrow.