2003 Draft Coverage
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BaseballAmerica.com is the destination for the best information on the 2003 draft. Every day, Baseball America will provide comprehensive coverage of the events leading up to draft day, with the latest news and informative features to keep you up to date on the this years draft. From team-by-team analysis to predraft predictions to live draft coverage and chats, Baseball America will cover all the bases of the 2003 draft.
Baseball America has been known for its exhaustive draft content since the magazine was first published in 1981. This year, our coverage promises to be bigger and better than ever We'll have predraft coverage in two of our issues, with even more content leading up to the June 3-4 draft at BaseballAmerica.com.
We'll give you historical background, exclusive bonus information, team previews, comprehensive national and state rankings, scouting reports on hundreds of college and high school players, player features and early-round projections.
When the draft rolls around, we'll have same-day coverage, with all the picks as well as comprehensive reports on all 30 teams. You can also check in on regular chat sessions with BA draft experts leading up to and following the draft.
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This year were also bringing you something new, the Baseball America Draft Almanac. It all began with our seminal book, "The Baseball Draft: The First 25 Years," which covered the drafts from 1965-89 in amazing detail. Ever since the book was publishedand sorry, its long since sold outour readers have clamored for an update. The Draft Almanac is a collection of every draft list everincluding this years listas well as a brief overview of what happened each year and who the first-round picks were. You will get every draft pick ever made in one handy reference, and thats something our readers have been requesting for years. It will be available in late July.
DAILY DRAFT SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 8
THE GREAT DEBATE: High School vs. College
As major league teams make personnel decisions based more on performance analysis than raw baseball tools, more clubs are emphasizing college players over high school players in the draft. We'll explore this issue in detail, with analysis of how high school and college picks have panned out.
A general overview of the mechanics of the draft: when it is, where it is, who is eligible, as well as the 2003 order of selection.
Friday, May 9
All-time No. 1 overall picks
Fab Fives: The first five players selected, the first five to the majors and the best five from every draft
Top picks by state
Drafted player's chances of making the majors
Draft Chat: Allan Simpson
Saturday, May 10
Largest bonuses in draft history
Evolution of the draft bonus record
1989-97: First-round picks
1998: Top 100 picks
1999: Top 10 rounds
2000: Top 10 rounds
2001: Top 10 rounds
2002: Top 10 rounds
Sunday, May 11
TEAM PREVIEWS: National League East
Find out how each organization will approach this year's draft, based on club philosophy, tendencies and organization needs. We'll also provide a recent history of each team's early-round picks.
Monday, May 12
TEAM PREVIEWS: National League Central
Tuesday, May 13
TEAM PREVIEWS: National League West
A regular feature through June 3 that will give you a quick read on the latest draft skinny. Whose stock is rising or falling? What teams are scouting which players? We'll bring it all to you here.
Wednesday, May 14
TEAM PREVIEWS: American League East
Thursday, May 15
TEAM PREVIEWS: American League Central
Friday, May 16
DRAFT CHAT with Jim Callis
THREE YEARS LATER
A complete review of the 2000 draft, with report cards for each team (American League and National League), a look at the first-round picks and the most astute picks, and reports on which players have reached the majors and which players are still active. We also check on the top unsigned picks, as most unsigned high school players in the Class of '00 are eligible again for this year's draft as college players. The biggest story of the 2000 draft was the Matt Harrington saga, and you can revisit all the coverage in our recap.
Saturday, May 17
TEAM PREVIEWS: American League West
Monday, May 19
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: California
Our amazing region-by-region coverage starts with the state that produces the most talent, year-in and year-out. As with each region, we'll have all the top college and high school prospects in California, with rankings, projections and individual scouting reports.
DRAFT SPOTLIGHT: Delmon Young
A comprehensive look at this year's draft-and-follow process, including a list of draft-and-follow signings so far, the top 50 junior college prospects and the top 100 unsigned picks from 2002 who are eligible to sign. And if you're not sure what we're even talking about, we'll explain what draft-and-follow is.
Tuesday, May 20
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: West
We'll look at the rest of the West, with a breakdown of the top college and high school prospects in every state except California, including rankings, projections and individual scouting reports.
Wednesday, May 21
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: East
Our scouting reports turn to the top college and high school prospects in New England and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, with player rankings, projections and individual scouting reports
Thursday, May 22
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: North
Find out the top college and high school prospects in Virginia, Kentucky, the Great Lakes states and Canada, with player rankings, projections and individual scouting reports
DRAFT SPOTLIGHT: MAC earns scouts' respect
DRAFT NOTES: Adam Loewen, Matt Harrington, Padres DFE bonanza
TOP 100 PROSPECTS
HANDICAPPING THE FIRST ROUND
Find out which players the Devil Rays and other teams at the top of the draft order are considering, and how they are approaching this year's draft. We'll also give you a team-by-team look at who will go in the first round and why.
Friday, May 23
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: Florida
A breakdown of the top college and high school prospects in the most talent-rich state in the Southeast, with player rankings, projections and individual scouting reports.
HOLDING THE LINE: Teams consider bonuses carefully
SENIOR SIGNINGS: Fifth-year seniors signed before the draft
DRAFT-AND-FOLLOW UPDATE: More DFEs sign on the dotted line
DRAFT CHAT: Allan Simpson, 3 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 24
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: South
After visiting Florida, we'll go state by state through the rest of the South, as well as Puerto Rico, with player rankings, projections and individual scouting reports.
DRAFT SPOTLIGHT: Landon Powell
Sunday, May 25
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: Texas
The last of the Big Three baseball states, Texas, gets its own day in the sun. Texas has plenty of powerhouse high school and college teams this year, and we'll tell you what kind of players those teams are producing, with player rankings, projections and individual scouting reports.
Monday, May 26
REGIONAL SCOUTING REPORT: Midwest
After visiting Texas, take a spin around the rest of the Midwest to find the top college and high school prospects, with player rankings, projections and individual scouting reports.
DRAFT SPOTLIGHT: Ryan Sweeney
Tuesday, May 27
TOP 200 PROSPECTS
Check out our in-depth scouting reports on the top 200 prospects in this year's draft, with video clips for many of the players as well as up-to-date statistics.
Find out which of the draft's elite players are the best athletes and closest to the big leagues, as well as the best in power, speed and more.
DRAFT DISH Adam Loewen signs
Wednesday, May 28
Find out the players in this year's draft class who have a relative who has made a mark in the game.
Padres sign two draft-and-follows
Take a look inside the Oakland A's 2002 draft with this chapter from Michael Lewis' new book.
Thursday, May 29
We begin our look at the draft's top prospects, by position, with an overview of the overall strengths and weaknesses of each position.
Friday, May 30
Following the start of the closed period a week before the draft, find out which junior college players and fifth-year seniors signed and where.
DRAFT CHAT with Jim Callis
MOCK DRAFT, PART 1
Live on MLB.com Radio from 3-5 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 31
Sunday, June 1
We'll let you know what we're hearing as every big league club goes into its final predraft meetings, formulating their approaches and drawing up their master follow lists.
Monday, June 2
UPDATE: HANDICAPPING THE FIRST ROUND
On the eve of the draft, we'll give you our final thoughts on how the first round will unfold.
MOCK DRAFT, PART 2
Live on MLB.com Radio from 3-5 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 3
LIVE COVERAGE ON MLB RADIO
For the third year in a row, Baseball America will anchor MLB.com Radio's coverage of the draft, from the No. 1 overall pick to the last pick of the 50th round. Will Lingo and John Manuel are your hosts, and they'll be joined by other BA experts as well as players, coaches and executives.
TEAM DRAFT REPORTS
Baseball America correspondents will give you a rundown of the top picks and analyze the events of the draft's first day for each team, with comments from scouting directors and first-round picks.
Wednesday, June 4
MORE LIVE COVERAGE
We continue to anchor MLB.com Radio's coverage as the draft moves into its second day, while bringing you breaking news from the draft and complete coverage of the picks, by organization. As soon as the draft is over, we'll assemble the complete draft list, by organizations, and give you expert draft analysis.
Thursday, June 5
ON THE CLOCK: BA DRAFTS THEIR OWN TEAM
Executive Editor Jim Callis proves that drafting isn't as easy as it looks.
Friday, June 6
Wrap up the week as we focus on significant player signings, trends and other developments.
Monday, June 9
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
A look at how the draft plays out for the top two college pitchers, Richmond's Tim Stauffer and Wake Forest's Kyle Sleeth
We'll wrap up our coverage by focusing on player signings, with a complete list of those who have signed so far. Of course, we'll continue to update signings and significant draft stories throughout the summer.