The first two rounds of the 2017 MLB Draft are in the books, which brings us to day two to get through Round 10.
After getting television treatment on Monday on MLB Network, the remainder of the draft is available to watch online at MLB.com. On Tuesday, that coverage includes expert analysis and commentary from Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo. Second-day coverage begins with a half-hour pre-show at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by the draft itself at 1 p.m.
There are one-minute intervals between picks all day Tuesday, through Round 10.
There are no more compensatory picks left, not for free agents lost or previously unsigned picks, so the remainder of the draft has the same order for Rounds 3-40. That starts with the Minnesota Twins each round after their 103-loss season, and ends with the Chicago Cubs, who won 103 games in 2016 en route to their first World Series championship in 108 years.
Joe Mauer might not make the Hall of Fame, but he came closer than 99 percent of the players to put on a baseball uniform.
This pick didn’t come with the same clear dilemma, but the Twins did have a choice to make. It just might pan out.
It’s a baseball truism, though, that if the catcher is the field general of his team, the shortstop is the lieutenant general of the infield. A team that finds a good shortstop, much less a franchise-defining shortstop, has an instant advantage that most teams don’t.
These are the teams that have been good at finding shortstops for the last 20 years. And, because it’s not that interesting to point out that Derek Jeter was excellent for nearly that entire time, we will also look at the teams that haven’t been good at finding shortstops. At least two of them have been comically bad.