There are certain high schools that come to mind when the term sports "factory" is employed. Football has Long Beach Poly and St. Thomas Aquinas. Basketball has DeMatha and baseball has a slew of schools in Texas and Mater Dei. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a school turning out baseball talent with the regularity of Lakewood High School outside of Los Angeles, California. More »Philadelphia Phillies Nab Pedigreed Shortstop J.P. Crawford Early in the MLB Draft
COMMENTARY | The 2013 MLB first-round draft results are in. The Houston Astros didn't balk this time; Mark Appel was chosen as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Good things come to those who wait in Major League Baseball. Appel passed on the Pittsburgh Pirates previously and the Astros got their man this time around. More »2013 MLB First-Round Player Draft Results Announced
COMMENTARY | With the 17th pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected East Central Community College's Tim Anderson. Anderson is a speedy shortstop who led NJCAA Division II baseball in batting average and on base percentage at .495 and .568, respectively. His .879 slugging percentage placed second in the league while his 41 stolen bases placed fifth. More »Meet Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox First Round Draft Pick
COMMENTARY | For the Los Angeles Dodgers, desperate times are calling for desperate measures. More »Are the Los Angeles Dodgers Rushing Yasiel Puig's Development?
COMMENTARY | Taking a quick glance at the first-round picks of the Cleveland Indians in the MLB draft over the years, one thing is clear: The Tribe have generally been lousy in the area of drafting talent. More »The Five Biggest First-Round Busts in Cleveland Indians Draft History
COMMENTARY | It's time for the Major League Baseball draft, and that means it's also time for all the experts to expertly guess which players each team needs to build for its future -- but more likely just to squander millions of dollars on. More »Top 5 First-Round Draft Busts of the Los Angeles Angels
COMMENTARY | The New York Mets organization and its fans have witnessed a lot of heartbreak over the years. More »New York Mets: The 5 Biggest First-Round Draft Pick Busts
COMMENTARY | We are a little more than a week from Father's Day and at this writing the Philadelphia Phillies had finally reached the .500 plateau, something which had eluded them since mid-April. They've won four straight games with some excellent pitching and some timely hitting, two components of the game they haven't performed with any consistency at all in 2013. More »So What the Heck Do the Philadelphia Phillies Do Now?
COMMENTARY | The Texas Rangers are hanging on to first place in the American League West by a thread. And now they are facing the possibility of a long suspension of their home run and RBI leader, right fielder Nelson Cruz, who is currently being investigated for using performance-enhancing drugs. More »The Time for the Texas Rangers to Prepare for a Nelson Cruz Suspension is Now
COMMENTARY | Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann notched the 1,000th hit of his career on June 3 and now finds himself climbing higher and higher up the club's all-time record book. The sad realization many Braves fans may have to come to is that McCann's $12 million salary could make him a cap casualty next season -- particularly since Evan Gattis remains waiting in the wings. If this truly is Mac's last season playing with the Tomahawk Chop in the background, will he leave as the best catcher to ever don a Braves uniform? More »Atlanta Braves: Is Brian McCann the Greatest Catcher in Franchise History?
COMMENTARY | The Los Angeles Dodgers have had their fair share of first-round picks not pan out. They've had so many that compiling a list of the top five to falter would have so many iterations that coming to a consensus would be extremely difficult. More »Los Angeles Dodgers’ Top 5 First-Round Busts
COMMENTARY | Few trades in New York Mets history elicited as much negative reaction as the one that sent 20-year-old Scott Kazmir to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in July 2004. More »Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano: Revisiting One of the Worst Trades in New York Mets History
COMMENTARY | It's no secret that Major League Baseball is in the process of suspending several players that were linked in the Biogenesis scandal involving clinic founder Anthony Bosch. There are several big names on the list provided by Bosch, including Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. More »The Detroit Tigers Will Miss Jhonny Peralta If Suspended, but It's the Right Decision by MLB
COMMENTARY | By virtue of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates consistently have earned the right to pick near the start of the draft. More »The Five Worst First-Round Busts Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers' Draft Picks Who Didn't Sign Include Paul Goldschmidt, David Price and Tom SeaverYahoo! Contributor Network - Thu, Jun 6, 2013 12:22 PM EDT
COMMENTARY | The Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft is a crapshoot -- more than any other draft. There are hidden gems all over the place. When there are 40-plus rounds, that'll happen. More »Los Angeles Dodgers' Draft Picks Who Didn't Sign Include Paul Goldschmidt, David Price and Tom Seaver
COMMENTARY | Chris Perez's season just went from bad to worse. More »Cleveland Indians Closer Chris Perez’s Value Is Plummeting
COMMENTARY | The national media can say what it wants about the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry but west of the Appalachians, the over-hyped matchup has become the latest example of East Coast interests pushed on the rest of the country. Aside from being forced to watch when it's the only game available on Fox's game of the week, we just don't care anymore. More »Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals Best Rivalry in MLB
COMMENTARY | ESPN is reporting that Major League Baseball is about to come down hard, very hard, on as many as 20 players implicated in the Miami performance-enhancing drugs scandal. More »Nelson Cruz Implications Put Texas Rangers in a Quandary
COMMENTARY | In their brief two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels (26-34) the Chicago Cubs (24-33) saw a little bit of everything: Reminders of their recent past but also of their hopeful future. More »Chicago Cubs See Ghosts of Past and Glimpse of Future Against Los Angeles Angels
COMMENTARY | The Cincinnati Reds are 36-24 and are 2.5 games behind first place in the National League Central division. Starting pitching has been good (3.24 ERA, second best in the NL) and so has the offense (279 runs, third best in the NL). So what's the problem with this team? Not much. If the Reds do have a problem, 60 games (37%) into the season, it might be the bullpen. More »The Cincinnati Reds' Bullpen Woes
COMMENTARY | In June 2012, the Minnesota Twins had one of the most important MLB drafts in team history. The team was languishing in last place for the second straight year while the farm system had few prospects in the upper levels. More »Minnesota Twins Have Opportunity to Load Up in MLB Draft
COMMENTARY | Over the past couple seasons, Minnesota Twins fans have eagerly awaited the debut of Miguel Sano. The 19-year old third baseman has drawn comparisons to Miguel Cabrera and would be able to hit an asteroid out of the sky with a baseball if it were hurling toward Earth by taking a mighty swing. More »Byron Buxton Has Overtaken Miguel Sano as the Top Prospect for the Minnesota Twins
COMMENTARY | In recent years, the Milwaukee Brewers have had some bad luck with their first-round draft selections, especially when it comes to pitching. But even though some of those picks have yet to pan out, it's still too early to label players like Eric Arnett, Jed Bradley or even Mark Rogers as busts. More »The Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 5 First-Round Busts in MLB Draft History
COMMENTARY | Buster Posey. Brandon Belt. Brandon Crawford. Matt Cain. Madison Bumgarner. Tim Lincecum. Ryan Vogelsong. Brian Wilson. Sergio Romo. More »Top Five First Round Draft Busts in San Francisco Giants History
COMMENTARY | According to Harry Nilsson, "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do." Apparently, no one told the Atlanta Braves. It seems the front-runners of the NL East are perfectly happy being the one, very lonely team at the top of the divisional standings. Will any other club even threaten to join the Braves in -- what has quickly become -- baseball's most one-sided race? More »Will the Atlanta Braves Run Away with the NL East Title?