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2019 MLB Draft Results, First Round

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The 2019 MLB Draft will begin tonight at 7 PM ET on MLB Network. As a reward for being baseball’s worst team in 2018, the Orioles have the privilege of picking first in the 2019 Draft. The top-five will be rounded out with the Royals, White Sox, Marlins, and Tigers.

Many are expecting the Orioles to take Adley Rutschman (pictured), a catcher from Oregon State University, first overall. Bobby Witt, Jr., a shortstop from Colleyville Heritage High School, would then go to the Royals second overall. The two prospects are considered to be the obvious Nos. 1 and 2 in the draft. We won’t know for sure, of course, until the picks are locked in.

We’ll update you here as each team makes a pick.

1. Baltimore Orioles

C Adley Rutschman, Oregon State University

2. Kansas City Royals

SS Bobby Witt, Jr., Colleyville Heritage HS (Texas)

3. Chicago White Sox

1B Andrew Vaughn, University of California, Berkeley

4. Miami Marlins

OF J.J. Bleday, Vanderbilt University (Tennessee)

5. Detroit Tigers

OF Riley Greene, Hagerty HS (Florida)

6. San Diego Padres

SS C.J. Abrams, Blessed Trinity HS (Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds

LHP Nick Lodolo, Texas Christian University

8. Texas Rangers

3B Josh Jung, Texas Tech University

9. Atlanta Braves (Compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)

C Shea Langeliers, Baylor University (Texas)

10. San Francisco Giants

OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona State University

11. Toronto Blue Jays

RHP Alek Manoah, West Virginia University

12. New York Mets

3B Brett Baty, Lake Travis HS (Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins

3B Keoni Cavaco, Eastlake HS (California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies

SS Bryson Stott, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

15. Los Angeles Angels

SS Will Wilson, North Carolina State University

16. Arizona Diamondbacks

OF Corbin Carroll, Lakeside HS (Washington)

17. Washington Nationals

RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jacinto College North (Texas)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates

RHP Quinn Priester, Cary-Grove HS (Illinois)

19. St. Louis Cardinals

LHP Zack Thompson, University of Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners

RHP George Kirby, Elon University (North Carolina)

21. Atlanta Braves

SS Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M University

22. Tampa Bay Rays

SS Greg Jones, University of North Carolina Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies

1B Michael Toglia, University of California, Los Angeles

24. Cleveland Indians

RHP Daniel Espina, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Kody Hoese, Tulane University (Louisiana)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (Compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)

LHP Blake Walston, New Hanover HS (North Carolina)

27. Chicago Cubs

RHP Ryan Jensen, Fresno State (California)

28. Milwaukee Brewers

LHP Ethan Small, Mississippi State University

29. Oakland Athletics

SS Logan Davidson, Clemson University (South Carolina)

30. New York Yankees

2B Anthony Volpe, Delbarton School (New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers (Compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)

1B Michael Busch, University of North Carolina

32. Houston Astros

C Korey Lee, University of California, Berkeley

This Day in Transaction History: Padres pawn off James Shields

James Shields
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For a few years, starter James Shields was quite dominant. From 2011-14 with the Rays and Royals, the right-hander made a minimum of 33 starts each season with a 3.17 ERA. He peaked in ’11, finishing with a 2.82 ERA and finishing third in American League Cy Young balloting.

Shields leveraged that 2011-14 run into a four-year, $75 million contract with the Padres, inked in February 2015. It wasn’t an outright disaster of a contract for the Padres, but Shields did not live up to expectations. In his first year with the Padres, he posted a 3.91 ERA. Through the first two months of the 2016 season, Shields allowed 32 earned runs over 67 1/3 innings. The Padres, however, scored only 22 runs in his 11 games, so he was 2-7 after 11 starts. Shields also gave up one of the more memorable home runs in recent history on May 7, 2016:

On June 4, the Padres moved Shields and $27 million of the $58 million remaining on his contract to the White Sox. The White Sox gave up pitcher Erik Johnson and an infield prospect named Fernando Tatís Jr.

If the White Sox had a do-over button, they would have pressed it. Shields, 34 at the time of the trade, had a disastrous rest of the 2016 season, posting a 6.77 ERA in 22 starts for the White Sox. He finished out the remainder of his contract in Chicago, registering a 5.23 ERA in 2017 and a 4.53 ERA in ’18. Shields went into free agency but went unsigned and hasn’t pitched since.

Johnson flamed out after the 2016 season, yielding 20 runs in 19 2/3 innings in four starts for the Padres. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017 and spent the ’18 campaign between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso.

Tatís, as we know now, was the jewel of the trade. The White Sox signed Tatís as a 16-year-old as a free agent. A year later, before he ever appeared in a professional game in the White Sox organization, he was moved in a big trade. While it took him a couple of years to appear on top-100 prospect lists, his talent was readily apparent. In 2017, Tatís spent most of his season with Single-A Fort Wayne. He accrued 26 doubles, 21 homers, 29 stolen bases, 69 RBI, and 78 runs scored in 518 trips to the plate. Going into the 2018 season, Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus each ranked him among the top-10 prospects in the game.

Tatís was off to another great start in 2018. Through 88 games, he had a .286/.355/.507 line with 22 doubles, 16 homers, 16 stolen bases, 43 RBI, and 77 runs scored spanning 394 plate appearances. Sadly, in mid-July, Tatís broke his left thumb and suffered ligament damage while making a head-first slide. He recovered from the injury, playing in the Dominican Winter League and having another strong performance over 23 games. Tatís followed that up with a productive spring training, giving the Padres only one choice. He began the season on the Opening Day roster and jumped out to become one of baseball’s best players.

Over his first 84 games as a major leaguer, Tatís batted .317/.379/.590 with 13 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs, 16 steals, 53 RBI, and 61 runs scored over 372 plate appearances. Baseball Reference put him at 4.1 Wins Above Replacement. Sadly, similar to 2018, Tatís suffered a season-ending injury, a stress reaction in his lower back. At the time, he was neck-and-neck with Pete Alonso and Mike Soroka in the NL Rookie of the Year race. The injury allowed Alonso to win the award in a landslide while Tatís finished third.

While the White Sox would have loved to have Tatís at third base, they did end up finding some quality players in Yoán Moncada at the hot corner and Tim Anderson at shortstop. The White Sox and their young corps are close to being competitive again, but having Tatís in tow certainly would have sped up the process. And the Padres likely never would have gotten Tatís if they hadn’t inked Shields first.