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Sabersphere 06/03: Prospects, Coello & Thunder

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The SaberSphere takes you around baseball, looked into the best analysis of the sport we know and love. Topics today include the Padres, prospects, roster makeup, weather, and the LA Dodgers.

Scrap the Draft, or Keep it Going Strong?

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Does the MLB draft have inherent deficiencies that make it obsolete and in need of a major overhaul? It's possible, but would it actually change anything or merely change some aspects with similar...

Are teams rebuilding fairly?

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Are teams in repair abusing the current system, and thus hurting their fan base and angering big market teams that spend their money? One baseball pundit thinks so.

Draft Picks and Expected Wins Above Replacement

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Every person named Sky that I've known of is a sabermetrician. The non-BtB Sky finds the average career WAR by draft pick and expected WAR values by type of player. Sets up realistic expectations of the picks selected over several rounds of the draft.

Graph of the Day: Draft Pick Value Chart, Take One

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Here's an early look at the relative value of first round MLB draft pick slots.

A Word On Drafting High School Pitchers

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I'll post more on this at BtB, but after hearing the annual clamoring for a high school pitcher for a while at my site and other Cardinal related sites, I ranted a little bit at my blog, Future Redbirds. The fact is, high school pitchers are lousy gambles. Between 1990-1999, only 3% of all high school pitchers drafted in the first round starred for their team while under team control. Including those players, only 8% became regulars for their team, in other words pitchers who produced around 2 wins above replacement per season or better. 70% of all first round high school draft picks busted. On a whole, they were worth an average of .438 WAR per year. Hitters on the other hand - college or high school - had an average nearly double that.

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