While it is hardly early for this sort of piece considering the 2010 draft took place over a month ago, I think it is time the Sombrero begins investigating some of the guys in 2011’s class. This first piece will examine the top three collegiate arms and the top collegiate hitter. They are all potential franchise guys with an enormous upside and the polish that first-round draft picks are expected to showcase. These guys are not typical, though. The hitter, and consensus top talent available, is 3rd Baseman Anthony Rendon of Rice, recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy and BA’s College POY. The arms are UCLA’s Garret Cole, UT’s Taylor Jungmann, and TCU’s Matt Purke. None of these guys should be taken outside of the first 10 picks, and none of them spend a lot of the game under 94 mph. None of them had an ERA over 3.40, and they all possess at least one 60 or above secondary offering. They are exceptional.
Articles from July 2010
Monday evening, fans at Ricketts Park saw the final two rounds of the Farmington Connie Mack City Tournament, a night closing out the most grueling and exciting week of New Mexican baseball each year (in this writer’s opinion). Still left on the final evening were the Strike Zone Cardinals of Farmington, the Four Corners Thunder of Durango, CO, and Naataanii, an academy located in Gallup, NM. These were the three teams most local baseball fans including myself anticipated being alive on the final night of the tournament.
Fantasy sports provide average fans a way to feel connected with their favorite pastimes in an above average way. Previously relegated to rooting on our home teams and beloved players in voiceless anonymity, we now have the pleasure of “owning” our own teams and “managing” them the way we see fit. While fans in some cities (Houston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, etc.) may seem doomed by poor front office management to remain perpetually pessimistic about their World Series chances, this frustration may be at least partially alleviated by one’s own participation in the fantasy baseball world. No longer do fans sit back passively and observe the games as they are played, they are now active participants making decisions that determine whether their team wins or loses. Obviously, such a scenario is bound to be obsessed over and today’s fixation on the supposedly pretend fantasy game now blurs the boundaries of reality.