05/07/2004 12:49 PM ET
Draft fever not just for NFL
Baseball's draft is coming, and we'll have you covered
By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com
Now that the NFL Draft has come and gone, it's time to concentrate on the real draft -- the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
|Last year's top pick, Delmon Young, is congratulated by his parents after being drafted. (Ben Platt/MLB.com)
Sure, the whole TV spectacle that is the NFL draft is fun, from watching to see who your team takes to wondering if Mel Kiper Jr.'s hair will move. But let us here at MLB.com remind you we run a pretty good show ourselves for baseball's First-Year Player Draft, being held this season June 7-8.
No one else on the planet provides the kind of draft coverage found on MLB.com and it's become the place for people to go to find out about their favorite baseball team's future. Each year, interest in the draft -- and MLB.com's all-inclusive coverage -- grows exponentially.
What's all the excitement about? Check out the newly launched 2004 Draft section.
The Draft Tracker, coming later this month, is perhaps the coolest part of the entire package. It will feature a sortable list of more than 1,000 draft-eligble players. Read scouting reports, courtesy of the Major League Scouting Bureau, similar to what the decision-makers in war rooms across Major League Baseball are looking at when they make their selections. Do your own scouting prior to the draft, then follow who your team takes as the draft unfolds.
Want to get to know some of these prospects better? This is the right place to come. MLB.com is planning even more in depth profiles of some of the amateur rank's best players. A partial list of planned features includes:
Jered Weaver. The younger brother of Dodgers' pitcher Jeff Weaver very possibly could be the top overall pick in this year's draft.
Justin Verlander and Justin Orenduff. Two pitchers, college rivals, Team USA teammates and good friends are both first-round talents.
Ross Ohlendorf and B.J. Szymanski. This pair of Ivy Leaguers could continue to put Princeton on the map as a source of draftable talent.
Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend and Philip Humber. Rice University has a trio of pitchers who all might go in the first round.
Stephen Drew. Younger brother of Atlanta outfielder J.D. Drew could go high as a strong hitting shortstop. And he's good enough defensively to stay at the position.
A series of first-person journals will get you even closer to the draft. Padres General Manager Kevin Towers, VCU pitcher Justin Orenduff and an anonymous scout will all let MLB.com readers "Inside the Draft" from different perspectives.
That's just a small sampling of what's in the works. And that's just the written word. MLB.com's coverage defines the term "multimedia." Last year, draft-day coverage included a video feature from No. 1 overall pick Delmon Young's home when he found out he was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Video packages on Weaver and the Princeton duo this year are already in the works. MLB.com will provide the only live video and audio (courtesy of MLB.com Radio) coverage of the draft, complete with round-by-round analysis.
If that's not enough, MLB.com will pool it's vast resources around Major League Baseball to provide the most in depth team-by-team draft coverage imaginable. From preview to draft day to aftermath, getting the draft low-down on any one of the 30 teams couldn't be easier.
So grab your radar guns, your stopwatches and your clipboards. Let the scouting begin!
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.