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MLB Draft Betting Prediction - Needs Are Evident For Most Clubs

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 5/18/2011 6:57:11 PM
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In a majority of cases, the primary ingredients required for a winning Major League Baseball roster are nakedly apparent. This should dictate the various choices in the upcoming draft.

Major League Baseball Draft Predictions

The wisdom handed down by sports betting gurus is complicated on some occasions, but it’s not so hard to decipher in other matters. This is true in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft, which – especially in its first few picks – is not going to turn logic upside-down or throw curveballs to the baseball cognoscenti. When approaching this draft, the likely move should be expected, and the common-sense decision is the decision that will emerge on the draft board. This draft receives far less attention than the NFL Draft and the NBA Draft, but the laws of picking prime players don’t change overnight. Unless there’s a too-good-to-be-true prospect who is the best athlete on the board by a wide margin, teams should generally try to fill needs, and that’s what we’re going to see in this event when it actually unfolds.

Starting with the first pick of the draft, betting experts would be wise to follow the conventional wisdom and tab UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole as the man the Pittsburgh Pirates will select. Pittsburgh, like any other underequipped Major League Baseball franchise in search of an identity and a more formidable roster, needs to use starting pitchers as its cornerstone, its foundation. Cole’s live right arm is what scouts keep going back to in their evaluations of top-tier college baseball talent, so Cole should wind up going to the Steel City.

With the second pick in this draft, MLB baseball betting students would have to think that the Seattle Mariners won’t seek a shutdown starting pitcher. The Mariners already play in a pitcher-friendly ballpark – Safeco Field – and they had a notoriously difficult time generating runs in their miserable 2010 season. Therefore, the Mariners are almost certain to seek out a big stick and take a player who can radically improve their scoring production. Outfielder Bubba Starling would probably be Seattle’s preferred choice, but third baseman Anthony Rendon would also make a certain amount of sense. One thing to realize about the Seattle situation is that with Ichiro Suzuki holding the fort in right field, Starling could play left field, which is the least demanding outfield position to play. Starling could focus on his offense and not be too much of a defensive liability out in left field.

With the third pick, the Arizona Diamondbacks would likely seek pitching help and go with right-handed hurler Dylan Bundy. Since former ace Brandon Webb’s body just couldn’t hold up – a development that greatly hurt the franchise in recent years – the D-Backs need a new live arm in their starting rotation.

Pitching is usually the main building block for baseball teams, but the other club in the top six of the first round that will probably bypass a pitcher is the Washington Nationals at number six. Washington has a number of young arms it is developing, and the Nats have just not been a consistent scoring team in the National League East against the prime pitchers Philadelphia and Atlanta have thrown at them.



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