Previously on Beyond the Box Score
MLB Draft: The Hitchhiker's Guide by Ken Woolums - Beyond the Box Score
Just hours before Houston kicked off the first round, Ken brings us his all-inclusive look at the Rule 4 draft. He asks and attempts to answer some important questions such as what draft picks are worth, and if teams should draft based on need.
ESPN Franchise Player Draft: The Snubs by Andrew Ball - Beyond the Box Score
Now an annual tradition, the ESPN MLB Franchise Player Draft was held earlier this week. Yesterday, I looked at the players I felt for the most grievous omissions from the draft.
MLB Draft 2013: The value of compensation draft picks by Jeff Freedman Beyond the Box Score
Using historical data and some hypothetical scenarios, new BtBS writer Jeff Freedman sets out to value the new compensation picks.
Around the Sabersphere
9 Hot/Cold Starts We Don't Think Will Last by Baseball Prospectus - Baseball Prospectus
Just as it sounds, the BP team dissects the starts for Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Evan Gattis, and 6 more of the (not so) early season surprises.
Matt Carpenter, Developing Star by Dave Cameron - FanGraphs
For the last decade or so, St. Louis has run its farm system as well as any franchise in baseball, seemingly churning out quality players at an unbelievable pace. Once again, they have found a gem with Matt Carpenter who was signed out of TCU as a senior sign for $1,000. Dave Cameron takes us through Carpenter's journey from afterthought, to potential all-star.
Around SB Nation
Prospect or Dream Chaser by Brandon Sneed - SB Nation
A fascinating tale of Montaous Walton, a baseball player so determined to play professionally that spun an incredible web of lies to make it happen. The story is a great read from Brandon Sneed.
MLB Draft 2013: Best players in first-round history by Marc Normandin - SB Nation Baseball
On draft day, Marc gives us a look back at the best players select in the first round of the draft. The list is not quite as impressive as you might have assumed.
MLB Draft 2013: Mock draft and thoughts for draft morning by John Sickels - SB Nation Baseball
Take a look back at how John Sickels did projecting the first round of the draft last night.
A Roving Solution to MLB's Umpire Problem by Larry Granillo - Baseball Nation
Can MLB improve it's umpiring by taking a page out of youth baseball pages? It might not be a bad idea.
Outside the Sabersphere
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