Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Sports Published 12:58 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 They scouted him, analyzed him, debated over him, and a few teams actually spoke directly to him. But, in the end, no one would touch him. Forty rounds passed in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. Some 1,214 players were taken, many with inferior talent. Luke Heimlich’s name was never called. Now, with Oregon State in the super regionals of the NCAA playoffs, and Heimlich’s collegiate eligibility expiring after the tournament, this could be the final month of his pitching career. Major League Baseball has provided countless opportunities to players with drug and alcohol problems, performance-enhancing drug violations, and arrests for everything from armed robbery to domestic violence charges. Still, no one was willing to take a chance on Heimlich, one of the finest left-handers in the draft, afraid of the repercussions and fallout for drafting a Level 1 sex offender. It doesn’t … [Read more...] about MLB renders verdict on Luke Heimlich, but will it be a life sentence?
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This is an important draft for the White Sox. Having traded most of their veteran players for prospects from the 2016 offseason through August of last year and having spent a big chunk of their international pool money on outfielder Luis Robert, the Sox need this year’s draft to continue stockpiling young talent. The first 10 rounds are in the books, and the Sox couldn’t be happier with the early haul. “We were really excited about the quality of players we got,” said Nick Hostetler, the Sox’s director of amateur scouting. Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal was the Sox’s first-round pick Monday, No. 4 overall. It’s not a stretch to say the Sox instantly added their leadoff hitter of the future, perhaps as early as 2019. “We got who we felt was the best baseball player in the draft this year,” Hostetler said. “He is a high-contact, high-on-base guy, he plays with tremendous energy. The makeup is second to none. It’s a … [Read more...] about White Sox use draft to load up on top-end talent
As Nick Madrigal talked on a conference call Monday night, there was frequent frantic cheering coming from his end of the phone. It was fitting background music. Not only is the 21-year-old Oregon State infielder excited about trying to help the Beavers win their third College World Series in the past 13 years, but Madrigal is even more pumped about being drafted by the White Sox with the No. 4 overall pick. “This is a special moment,” Madrigal said. “We still have some postseason games, we’re not done yet, but we’re definitely going to enjoy the next couple days.” If Madrigal lives up to his potential, Sox fans are going to be enjoying his play a lot longer than that. “Nick is recognized as one of the best hitters in college baseball, and we’re excited to add him to the organization,” amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. “He possesses tremendous baseball skills, character and makeup, and we look forward to watching … [Read more...] about White Sox draft Oregon St. infielder Nick Madrigal with No. 4 pick
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Sports Published 6:12 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It was the baseball draft that was supposed to rejuvenate veteran agent David Sloan’s career, representing a premium high-school pitcher who’s a top prospect today, only to wind up taking on costly legal fees, ongoing court battles, and leading him right out of the business. Sloan, a baseball agent since 1974, says he is leaving the industry, enraged at New York Yankees top prospect Justus Sheffield, furious at the state of Tennessee, and exasperated with the Major League Baseball Players Association. “I didn’t get out of the agent business because I was a bad agent,’’ Sloan tells USA TODAY Sports, “I got out of the agent business because I was tired of swimming in a sewer. It’s a horrible (expletive) business. I probably should have walked away 10 years ago. You sweat blood for these 18-year-old kids who have so much smoke blown up … [Read more...] about Why a baseball agent is leaving the industry over $33,000: ‘Tired of swimming in a sewer’
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Sports Published 1:44 p.m. UTC May 29, 2018 Two shopping months remain before the non-waiver trading deadline, but with one-third of the teams already out of playoff contention, Major League Baseball is about to unleash its own Black Friday sale. There’s no need to wait until July 31 with teams desperately wanting to unload high-priced talent for prospects or to simply to dump payroll, with nine franchises already down by at least 100,000 in attendance than a year ago. It’s going to be a buyer’s market, and once the amateur draft is over, it could start a free-for-all. The Baltimore Orioles should get three pitching prospects for prized shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado, but likely only one among a team’s top 10. MORE MLB NEWS The brawl that ended a MLB career Ugly knee injury lands Acuna on the DL The Toronto Blue Jays, whose attendance has plummeted a major-league worst 320,854 from a year ago, and already are 11 games … [Read more...] about MLB trade targets: Top 20 players who could move by the deadline