Chicago White Sox so Far Are the Winners of the 2010 Draft – My latest for Bleacher Report

It may seem to be a bit early to judge who had the best draft in 2010. But the White Sox are surprise contenders thanks to a pair of arms drafted less than two years before opening day.

I discuss the effect of Chris Sale and Addison Reed in Bleacher Report.

You can read the whole article HERE.
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I hope Bryce Harper works out but…

If he flops, this whole Once Were Warriors war paint thing with his eye black will really come back to haunt him and make him look silly.

But I do hope he is all that he is advertised to be.

Having superstars in a market like Washington would be good for the game (if bad for the Orioles.)

But who knows what just happened in this draft?

The Red Sox drafted a hitter named Bryce Brentz.
Is he any good? Will he be a big leaguer?
Will he be the second best Bryce in the draft?

I don’t know and neither do you?

A few years ago Red Sox fans were told Craig Hansen was going to be a great closer. Now he can’t even make the Pirates team.

Will Jameson Taillon or Manny Machado be any good?
Or will people laugh at the Pirates and Orioles, knowing they could have drafted Peter Tago?

We’ll not know for a few years how anyone, including the Nationals, will do.

But I find it interesting Houston drafted Delino Deshields Jr.
I must be old becaue I remember when DeLino Deshields was a promising prospect… not a father of a pro player.

(I wonder if someone will trade one of Pedro Martinez’s kids for DeLino Deshields Jr?”)

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Can the Nationals have their cake and eat it too?

For the first time that I can recall, the Washington Nationals were a big topic on XM Radio baseball talk… and most of it was trashing the Nats management for keeping Stephen Strasburg in the minor leagues for financial reasons while the team is having a surprisingly strong start.

They are keeping him from the parent club until June or July to prevent his service time in the bigs from starting… and allowing the Nationals to have him for another year or so at a lower rate before he’s eligible for free agency.

It’s odd that they spend $15.1 million to sign him and THEN get frugal!

The critics point of view, that I happen to agree with, is the Nats might not be contending for very long… but having Strasburg plugged into the rotation could give the team another solid starter (arguably better than anyone they currently have) and the fans would have reason to get excited over the debut of the future and the surprising start. And of course that could also mean increased attendance, increased ad revenue and merchandise sales.

And if the Nationals tank in the second half, they can send Strasburg back down, claim it is to save his arm, when in reality it is to save some dough.

Well an interesting thing might be happening in Washington:
They might be able to have their cake and eat it too.

The Nats are continuing to win.
They’ve won 6 of their last 10 including today against Florida. And vulture reliver Tyler Clippard is now 5-0. He had 8 career wins before this year.

Matt Capps is closing out games and Ryan Zimmerman is the All Star worthy face of their line up.

I don’t think anyone thought Washington would have a winning record on April 8, let alone May 8. A 16-14 record won’t make people forget the Big Red Machine… but this is Washington.

This is the home of the most underrated suffering of any baseball fanbase.

They’ve been waiting since 1924 for a World Series title.

They’ve been waiting since 1933 for post season baseball.

That was three franchises ago!

Just imagine if they can have a .500 month, remain around a game or so above .500…
Then on June 7th, use the first pick in the draft to select their next big star (probably Bryce Harper)

Then a week later Strasburg gets called up and the hovering around .500 Nationals get a huge boost.

And the Nationals STILL get to save some money… which they can use to sign Harper… and then keep HIM in the minor leagues too long to save money.

It’s the circle of life.

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