The biggest day of the year for some 18 year old high schooler. A life changing moment for a college arm that can hit triple digits. Get ready for the 2009 MLB Draft!
I have to be honest this will most likely be the highlight of my 2009 from a sports viewing standpoint. Major League Baseball Network has taken hold of the draft and will be hosting it from Studio 42 in New Jersey. Each team will have a representative present and Selig will be announcing picks from a podium at home plate. I can only imagine the amount of in-depth coverage that will be present. Just being able to pry the coverage away from ESPN is a victory in my book.
With the immense amount of coverage available for the 2009 draft class I haven't even begun to crack the nut. We all know about Stephen Strasburg and his impending 1st overall pick to the Nationals - who will be represented by Devo White, but what about the Mariners who will then have 1 minute to decide who they will take? Follow that up with the Padres, Pirates and Orioles and the top 5 could be walking away with some decent talent. And seriously, when are the O's going to be good again? I certainly hope it's soon, so they can take advantage of Wieters, Jones and Markakis.
What about the 5 clubs that will have a pair of first-round choices: the Nationals, Mariners, Rockies, D-Backs and Angels? You expect to see the first 3 teams grabbing more young talent but a team like the Angels who seem to be a perennial contender these days grabbing 2 first rounders?
Who will come out with the best draft class? Outside of Strasburg who is the next big star out of this draft? And how many of you will be tuning in later this afternoon (5pm EST start) to take in the new and improved draft?