Five biggest draft storylines
February, 20, 2014
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN.com
AP PhotoCarlos Rodon is considered the best amateur pitching prospect since Stephen Strasburg.
If there is such a thing as a draft season for MLB, we are officially in it. College baseball has begun play, and the vast majority of high schools begin their seasons within the next couple of weeks. As valuable as the summer can be for both the prep and college class, now is when the separation really begins, with just 3½ months for clubs to evaluate players and determine who fits best in their respective organizations.
With things just about to start heating up, let's take a look at the five most intriguing questions heading into the draft year:
1. Just how good is Carlos Rodon?
Let's just assume for a moment that you haven't been living under a rock and you have heard of Carlos Rodon, who enters the year as the most prohibitive favorite to be the No. 1 pick since Bryce Harper was in 2010. With two plus-plus pitches and an above-average change, Rodon is the most hyped pitching prospect since Stephen Strasburg was at San Diego State. After striking out 184 batters as a sophomore and dominating for team Team USA over the summer, could we be looking at one of the best amateur pitching prospects of the past 20 years?
"He's a notch below [Strasburg] for me, but I think he could enter that discussion," an American League scout said.