Introducing SaberScouting’s Draft Coverage

May 27th, 2008 · 10 Comments

by Kiley McDaniel & Frankie Piliere

We’ve been gearing up for draft season for quite some time around here, and this is the next phase of our draft information bonanza—all of which will be completely free. The latest update of our top prospect rankings and mock draft can be found on the links at the top of the page.

Today we’ve unveiled a top 25 that will swell to a top 100 in the coming days.

In the coming days, we’ll be rolling out player profiles for each of the top players with in-depth scouting information, stats, related videos, and links.

We’ll also have a few mock drafts and draft buzz updates, along with a few statistical looks at the college crop, some first-hand reports we haven’t posted yet, and a few mailbags/chats before and after the draft. Don’t hesitate to wear out our e-mail addresses listed on the About Us page.

We also will make a sortable spreadsheet version of our prospects list available for download. For the time being, here’s a screenshot of the top 25 spreadsheet.

And, of course, keep the Scouting Tutorial nearby for further explanation of our methods. All of the coming draft coverage updates will be noted on the front page.

(Pictured right: Florida prep first baseman Eric Hosmer, SaberScouting’s #10 draft prospect)

Tags: 2008 MLB Draft · Prospect Lists

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 R.J. // May 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    This site is like cocaine.

  • 2 Jared // May 28, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Been jonesing for this for a while and I love the list so far, but I gotta ask why Yonder Alonso’s plate discipline isn’t considered a standout tool.

  • 3 Chase // May 28, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Excellent work fellas. You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting for this coverage!

  • 4 kileymcd // May 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    It is standout, but technically isn’t a tool. It factors into the bat grade, and makes him just short of standout for me. If he’s anywhere other than 1B, then it would be standout.

    The Adrian Gonzalez comp works for me, maybe a little less AVG and a little more OBP, like .275/.360

  • 5 Jared // May 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Oh yeah? Well you’re a tool!

    Kiley I hate it when we fight. I guess I should have read the scouting tutorial again.

  • 6 Doug Gray // May 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Few things

    1. Love the new banner for the site.

    2. The Hosmer picture needs compressed, 900 KB for a 350×450 (guess) picture is way too much and causes scrolling issues for me at least.

    3. https://www.saberscouting.com/drafttop100/ go there, your old banner still applies for that page. Its likely an issue with this blog layout, I use a similar one for my site and it actually has 5 different header banner options depending on a search, a page, tags and something else, so check into that one.

    4. Great stuff across the board though, love this place.

  • 7 kileymcd // May 28, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    1. Thanks
    2. Got it, thanks #2.
    3. The two banners are on a randomizer, roughly 60/40 to the old one I think, just to change things up some. What do you think about that approach? We’re looking for some banner feedback.
    4. Thanks. I love the new crispy mint M+Ms. And also baseball.

  • 8 Doug Gray // May 28, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Re: Banner

    Like them both, with the newer one a little better than the old one. From a marketing standpoint, dual banners probably isn’t the best idea, as some are going to relate a specific image in their mind to the site…. but I don’t think its a big deal really since I am sure you aren’t making a living off the site (and if you are, shoot me an email and tell me what I am doing wrong lol).

  • 9 Mike // May 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Cocaine is a helluva drug

  • 10 dan // May 29, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I liked the colors of the old banner more…. And if you take away the Mulder image then it looks like a hockey site. This look is cleaner than the old one, but maybe a glove or bat or something baseball related would ease my worries. I realize that those masks are what most catchers use, but they are still referred to as goalie masks (at least on the YES network)

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