And other thoughts about the June draft.
Recently, I listened to my first no-hitter of the season. Oklahoma City’s Bryce Milligan blanked Grand View (Iowa) in a seven-inning game, allowing merely a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Milligan is one of the basic types of pitchers that’s worth looking for in lower-rung college ball. He chose to play for the Stars out of high school, and has developed into a draft candidate come June.
A six-foot junior from Blanchard, Oklahoma, Milligan has a three-pitch arsenal, with a fastball that usually resides in the 88-92 range. Toss in a curve and a change-up, and Milligan has the mix needed to get hitters out in the minor leagues. Perhaps. Pitchers like this are perfectly valid draft selections from later in the second round to later in the third, if the numbers hold up as the season progresses.
You aren’t especially expected to get “excited” about these sorts of players, even if drafted. However, anybody with a uniform has a chance to improve. Second-and third-day talents can eventually be dealt in July, as many trades (as with free-agency signings) are about limiting the amount surrendered. Milligan is “on my list,” and I’ll check back with his …Read the Rest
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