I take my annual sojourn to the 2017 Winter Meetings, and write up the selections in both phases of this year’s Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft.
Grady Fuson (Athletics), Todd “Tiny” Thomas (Giants), and Russ Bove (Blue Jays) were selected by a vote of their peers, and celebrated at the annual scout’s gala held at the Winter Meetings.
Why was the Astros’ drafting of Gose from the Rangers unique? They specified that they selected him as a left-handed pitcher, not as an outfielder.
In my wrap-up column for 2017, I take a unique look at the 262 players who made their MLB debut this season.
Splitting time between Class A South Bend and High A Myrtle Beach, the Cubs’ 2016 10th-rounder relied on a deceptive arm action and deep release point to keep hitters off balance this year. The results were impressive.
In Episode 26 Dave DeFreitas and Nick Faleris discuss the 2017 MLB Playoffs, including outlooks for the final four clubs, then hit the mailbag to discuss abolishing the MLB Draft and the relative importance of international signings.
In Episode 25 Dave DeFreitas and Nick Faleris welcome John E. Gibson (Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast) to the show for a deep dive on Shohei Otani and to discuss several other NPB names to know.