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Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players

Jun 11, 2015 7:34 AM

Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

UC Santa Barbara was second with 10 players selected from Monday to Wednesday.

Arizona State, Florida, Illinois and Vanderbilt each had nine players drafted.

Nine schools produced eight players each, including LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston, Maryland, UCLA, USC and North Carolina.

 

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Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks

Jun 11, 2015 7:28 AM

The 2015 Major League Baseball Draft ended on Wednesday after the 1,215th pick was made.

Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

Here's the breakdown by position:

109 catchers

53 first baseman

51 second baseman

102 shortstops

53 third baseman

211 outfielders

one utility player

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Executive: Now Might Be Best Time For Rockies To Trade Tulowitzki

Jun 10, 2015 4:16 PM

One of the biggest storylines this summer will be whether or not the Colorado Rockies commit themselves to trading Troy Tulowitzki.

"If you're going to move him, now might be the best time to do it," one high-ranking executive with another team said. "He's healthy, you've got contenders that need shortstops, and he's not too old yet."

Tulowitzki, who turns 31 in the fall, is hitting .311 in 52 games and has been a mainstay in trade rumors.

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Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft

Jun 9, 2015 10:29 AM

The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but overall position players were a hot commodity.

Twenty-one of the 36 first-round picks were position players, including seven of the first 10 selections.

There was a run on pitchers in the middle of the round. There were just three left-handed pitchers taken in the first round.

In 2014, 20 of the 34 first-round picks were pitchers and seven south paws were selected.

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First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players

Jun 9, 2015 10:18 AM

The first round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft was nearly split between college and high school players.

Nineteen of the 36 selections, which included several compensation picks, were out of college. If you include Brady Aiken, who was pitching for IMG Academy before undergoing Tommy John surgery, there were 17 high school players selected in Monday night's first round.

College players dominated the top 10. Seven landed among first 10 players drafted.

 

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2015 MLB Draft Slot Values

Jun 8, 2015 6:03 PM

Here are the slot values that Major League Baseball has assigned to each of the first round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft:

Each team was informed of that values back in April.

1. Diamondbacks — $8,616,900
2. Astros (Brady Aiken) — $7,420,100
3. Rockies — $6,223,300
4. Rangers — $5,026,500
5. Astros — $4,188,700
6. Twins — $3,889,500
7. Red Sox — $3,590,400
8. White Sox — $3,470,600
9. Cubs — $3,351,000
10. Phillies — $3,231,300
11. Reds — $3,141,600
12. Marlins — $3,051,800
13. Rays — $2,962,100
14. Braves — $2,842,400
15. Brewers — $2,692,700
16. Yankees — $2,543,300
17. Indians — $2,393,600
18. Giants — $2,333,800
19. Pirates — $2,273,800
20. Athletics — $2,214,000
21. Royals — $2,184,200
22. Tigers — $2,154,200
23. Cardinals — $2,124,400
24. Dodgers — $2,094,400
25. Orioles — $2,064,500
26. Angels — $2,034,500
27. Rockies (Michael Cuddyer) — $2,004,600
28. Braves (Ervin Santana) — $1,974,700
29. Blue Jays (Melky Cabrera) — $1,944,800
30. Yankees (David Robertson) — $1,914,900
31. Giants (Pablo Sandoval) — $1,885,000
32. Pirates (Russell Martin) — $1,855,000
33. Royals (James Shields) — $1,825,200
34. Tigers (Max Scherzer) — $1,795,100
35. Dodgers (Hanley Ramirez) — $1,756,100
36. Orioles (Nelson Cruz) — $1,711,900

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First-Round 2015 MLB Draft Results

Jun 8, 2015 5:40 PM

We have dispatched Andrew Perna to Studio 42 in New Jersey to cover the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Follow along here for news, rumors and selections as the action unfolds.


1. Arizona Diamondbacks - Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt

2. Houston Astros (Aiken) - Alex Bregman, SS, LSU

3. Colorado Rockies - Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)

4. Texas Rangers - Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara

5. Houston Astros - Kyle Tucker, OF, Plant HS (FL)

6. Minnesota Twins - Tyler Jay, LHP, Illinois

7. Boston Red Sox - Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas

8. Chicago White Sox - Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt

9. Chicago Cubs - Ian Happ, OF, Cincinnati

10. Philadelphia Phillies - Cornelius Randolph, SS, Griffin HS (GA)

11. Cincinnati Reds - Tyler Stephenson, C, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA)

12. Miami Marlins - Josh Naylor, 1B, St. Joan of Arc (Canada)

13. Tampa Bay Rays - Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (NY)

14. Atlanta Braves - Kolby Allard, LHP, San Clemente HS (CA)

15. Milwaukee Brewers - Trent Clark, OF, Richland HS (TX)

16. New York Yankees - James Kaprielian, RHP, UCLA

17. Cleveland Indians - Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG Academy

18. San Francisco Giants - Phil Bickford, RHP, College of Southern Nevada

19. Pittsburgh Pirates - Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona

20. Oakland Athletics - Richie Martin, SS, Florida

21. Kansas City Royals - Ashe Russell, RHP, Cathedral HS (IN)

22. Detroit Tigers - Beau Burrows, RHP, Weatherford HS (TX)

23. St. Louis Cardinals - Nick Plummer, OF, Brother Rice HS (MI)

24. Los Angeles Dodgers - Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt

25. Baltimore Orioles - D.J. Stewart, OF, Florida State

26. Los Angeles Angels - Taylor Ward, C, Fresno State

27. Colorado Rockies (Cuddyer) - Mike Nikorak, RHP, Stroudsburg HS (PA)

28. Atlanta Braves (Santana) - Michael Soroka, RHP, Bishop Carroll HS (Canada)

29. Toronto Blue Jays (Cabrera) - Jon Harris, RHP, Missouri State

30. New York Yankees (Robertson) - Kyle Holder, SS, San Diego

31. San Francisco Giants (Sandoval) - Chris Shaw, 1B, Boston College

32. Pittsburgh Pirates (Martin) - Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Concordia Lutheran HS (TX)

33. Kansas City Royals (Shields) - Nolan Watson, RHP, Lawrence North HS (IN)

34. Detroit Tigers (Scherzer) - Christin Stewart, OF, Tennessee

35. Los Angeles Dodgers (Ramirez) - Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville

36. Baltimore Orioles (Cruz) - Ryan Mountcastle, SS, Hagerty HS (FL)

 

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Tulowitzki Grooming Nolan Arenado To Become 'Face Of The Franchise'

Jun 3, 2015 5:02 PM

Troy Tulowitzki has become a mentor to teammate Nolan Arenado as the Colorado Rockies embark on the 2015 season.

Tulowitzki, who is six years older than Arenado, has heard his name in trade rumors for a few years and is expected to continue to be put in that position.

For the time being, Tulowitzki is the "face of the franchise," but the pair recognize that could change suddenly.

"It's about coming to the park every day and helping your team win a game and being a good teammate," Tulowitzki said. "As a veteran, I never realized how valuable your word can be even if you're playing bad. If I pat a young kid on the back and say, 'I liked your swing in [batting practice] today,' that goes a long way. I didn't know that when I was young, but when Todd told me something, it stayed with me longer. If he told me to grind out an at-bat, it stuck with me more than everybody else. My grind was there. It made me realize my word meant something."

Arenado is appreciative of Tulowitzki's guidance.

"He shows me the way," Arenado said. "Obviously, you have to be your own player and do your own things. But if this is how the best shortstop in the game does it, there's no reason I shouldn't be doing it."

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Walt Weiss Isn't On Hot Seat In Colorado

May 24, 2015 9:20 AM

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss' job is safe for now, according to general manager Jeff Bridich.

Bridich told the Denver Post that he has "no issue" with Weiss' performance during the club's disappointing play.

"There's no issue there," Bridich said. "Throwing around blame is a very dangerous thing to do. The manager and the coaches don't step on the field and take a bat and step into the batter's box, and they don't take the ball to stand on the mound."

The Rockies are 16-25 this season after splitting a doubleheader Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.

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Kyle Kendrick Received Mixed Messages From Phillies

May 19, 2015 7:45 AM

Kyle Kendrick, who spent his entire professional career with the Philadelphia Phillies before this season, says he received mixed messages from Ruben Amaro, Jr. upon his departure.

The 30-year-old signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies.

"Would I would have liked to come back? Yeah, why not," Kendrick said of the Phillies. "It's the only place I know. But I was also excited to go somewhere else. These guys were interested -- very interested. You always want to be somewhere you're wanted. That was the main thing. Philly didn't want me, and these guys wanted me. That's the way it worked out."

Kendrick knew early in the offseason that he wouldn't be returning to the Phillies.
 
"Ruben called me about a week after the season and said we're going to go in a different direction, we're going to go younger," Kendrick said, "and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, (huh). That's the way it is. Honestly I think it's just part of the game and wanted some different faces. That's the way it goes."

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

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Rockies Place Justin Morneau On Concussion DL
The Rockies have recalled Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Albuquerque.

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Tulowitzki Aware Of How Trade Demand Would Be Received
Troy Tulowitzki has insisted that he won't request a trade from the Rockies, but that doesn't necessarily mean the shortstop wouldn't welcome a change of address.

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Tulowitzki Won't Demand Trade From Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki says he won't demand a trade from the Rockies amid reports that he might be considering such an action.

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Tulowitzki Unsure About Future Amid Trade Rumors
Troy Tulowitzki is once again involved in trade rumors and the Rockies shortstop admitted he's unsure what his future holds.

Patrick Saunders/Denver Post

Report: Tulowitzki Could Ask For Trade
Troy Tulowitzki will meet with his agent, Paul Cohen, for breakfast on Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Are The Rockies Getting Close To Dealing Tulowitzki?
The Rockies are more than eight games out of first place in the National League West, bringing to light rumors about a Troy Tulowitzki trade once again.

Dave Cameron/Fan Graphs

Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect
Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

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Eddie Rosario Homers On First Major League Pitch
Eddie Rosario became the first Twins player to homer on his first big league pitch and just the 29th player in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Rockies Comfortable With Axford As Closer
The Rockies are comfortable with John Axford as their closer with Adam Ottavino possibly done for the season with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament.

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Rockies Go With Adam Ottavino As Closer
Walt Weiss praised Adam Ottavino's stuff as well as his maturity and experience to take on the ninth-inning duties.

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Rockies Take Closer Job From Hawkins
The Rockies have removed LaTroy Hawkins as their closer, but Walt Weiss isn't ruling out a return to the position for the 42-year-old.

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Axford Leaves Rockies To Tend To Young Son
The Rockies have placed John Axford on the family medical emergency list, allowing the right-hander to tend to his young son, who was bitten by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona.

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

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Rockies Tie Record With 12 Doubles Through Two Games
The 1912 New York Giants also had 12 two-base hits through two games.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Carlos Gonzalez Pain Free After Knee Scare
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez felt pain in his left knee and panicked during Friday night's game.

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Tulowitzki On Rockies: 'I Want To Win Here'
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez signed huge contract extensions with the Rockies four years ago, but the duo has struggled to remain healthy and Colorado has struggled to contend.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Rockies Release Jhoulys Chacin
After going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA last year, Chacin had a 6.52 ERA in four appearances in Cactus League games.

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