The Sandlot League: D1/PBR Staffers Draft Hypothetical Summer Dream TeamsFeatures
The sports world was turned upside down this spring with the coronavirus outbreak canceling seasons at all levels, not to mention the global crisis it has caused. With social distancing and isolation in effect for the foreseeable future, there are question marks around how the 2020 MLB Draft will go. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that the draft would take place no later than July 20 and consist of as few as five rounds, possibly 10.
It remains to be seen if players will be able to play any kind of games or even work out for teams before the draft happens, but last week’s agreement gives MLB the right to organize showcases or other competition between draft-eligible prospects. With that in mind, D1Baseball and Prep Baseball Report teamed up to create the Sandlot Collegiate Summer League—a hypothetical league that would provide draft-eligible players a chance to play in front of scouts one more time before being drafted. The emphasis is on hypothetical. This exercise was done for fun, to create conversation and some friendly trash talk.
So Aaron Fitt, Shooter Hunt, Nathan Rode, Kendall Rogers and David Seifert conducted a 25-round draft to put together their teams. The parameters are simple: build a team to win a summer league championship using collegiate players eligible for the 2020 draft. Assume all players selected will choose to play. If this were to happen in real life, it’s unlikely that elite arms like Asa Lacy (Texas A&M) would suit up. He has established his value and wouldn’t risk injury or hurting his draft stock. But for our purposes, Lacy and the other top arms are all full speed ahead for our imaginary summer ball season.
However, our imagination does not extend so far as making injured players healthy. A player who recently had Tommy John surgery, like Mississippi State’s JT Ginn, is still unavailable to pitch in our universe. But players who were previously scheduled to return from injury later this spring, such as Michigan’s Jesse Franklin or Coastal Carolina’s Parker Chavers, will be presumed healthy for our summer league.
Below you’ll find each team’s draft results, starting lineup and analysis. The analysis includes where the players came from, how each GM approached the draft and their feelings on the outcome. Each GM also pointed out an opponent’s pick they liked and one they questioned. There is also a scout’s take. A national scout for a major league organization looked over the rosters, provided his own analysis and ranked the teams.
You can also listen to the draft unfold in real time, complete with instant analysis and plenty of banter. Part One features the top 15 rounds. Part Two features rounds 16-25 and some post-draft quick takes.
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Draft Pick Deliberations: First 15 Rounds
Draft Pick Deliberations: Rounds 15-25
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