Admittedly, I know nothing about the MLB Draft or the players that are in it. Because players usually take 3+ years to go from being drafted to appearing at the major league level, it’s difficult for a non-scout such as myself to be able to see the raw talent that these high school and college-age players have on film or in their stats.
This is one of the reason that I look forward to hearing from the geniuses over at Madfriars every year after the draft. For those that don’t know, they run a site that is entirely focused on the San Diego Padres’ prospects and minor-league levels. They are about as close to actual baseball scouts as we’re going to get to talk to us.
That’s why Craig Elsten and myself invited John Conniff, who runs the site, to join us for a phone interview after he had enough time to look into all of the players that joined the organization over the past week.
While we had John on the phone, we also had him dig into the Padres’ current 40-man roster crunch, the 2018 draft class, and how a former high prospect at shortstop could be turned into a relief pitcher (Javy Guerra).