Former No. 1 Pick Brady Aiken Had Tommy John Surgery

Well, this is a bummer. Pitching prospect Brady Aiken, whom the Astros selected with the first overall pick in last year's amateur draft and who was then dicked out of his money by some lowballing, just underwent Tommy John surgery. » 3/27/15 10:17am Friday 10:17am

How A Career Ends: I Was The No. 1 Pick In The MLB Amateur Draft, And…

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today, with the MLB amateur draft beginning in a matter of hours: Pitcher David Clyde, the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft and now an object lesson in how not to handle young talent. » 6/04/12 5:20pm 6/04/12 5:20pm

This Is What The NCAA Asks Baseball Recruits When They Are Drafted

The MLB Amateur Draft is unique in that sometimes, the players ignore that they've been drafted and head off to college for three years. That doesn't mean the NCAA doesn't suspect these kids of breaking the rules. » 8/23/10 2:20pm 8/23/10 2:20pm

Suddenly, Everyone's Saying Mean Things About Bryce Harper

Kevin Goldstein talked to some baseball-types about Chosen Person Bryce Harper, and good lord do they sound like a couple high school girls passing around a slam book. » 4/23/10 5:50pm 4/23/10 5:50pm

Nationals Sign Strasburg At The Buzzer; Anti-Boras Demagoguing To Begin…

The Nationals locked up the best pitching prospect ever with 77 seconds to spare, and Scott Boras once again nudged the whole draft right up to the point of going tilt. » 8/18/09 11:45am 8/18/09 11:45am

America's Verdict On Bud Selig's Draft Performance: "Boring LOL"

Poor Bud Selig can't walk in front of a camera without inspiring a visceral sort of loathing among, well, everyone. Case in point: last night, the baseball amateur draft's primetime debut. » 6/10/09 2:45pm 6/10/09 2:45pm

Tigers Draft What's Left Of Austin Wood

With the 150th pick, Detroit selects Austin Wood, the kid who threw 169 pitches in an NCAA regional. He will be optioned immediately to Dr. James Andrews' waiting room. [MLB.com] » 6/10/09 12:45pm 6/10/09 12:45pm

Why Scott Boras Isn't As Evil As You Think He Is

Tomorrow, Scott Boras begins the process of jimmying a record bonus out of the Nationals on behalf of Stephen Strasburg. Let's dispense with the usual frog-raining about baseball's superagent and see him for what he is: Scott Boras, labor revolutionary. » 6/08/09 4:00pm 6/08/09 4:00pm

Why Rick Porcello Matters

Rick Porcello won his fifth straight start yesterday, which ensured the 20-year-old a long season of being inaptly compared to Doc Gooden. He'll probably finish the year reminding everyone of Zach Duke instead, but there's a reason to hope he doesn't, and it has to do with the amateur draft. » 5/28/09 5:45pm 5/28/09 5:45pm