1) The Blue Jays draft haul
Ken Rosenthal has a piece up at Fox Sports touting the 2011 Blue Jays draft class, which he claims knocks off the Cardinals 2009 haul as the best recent draft.
What's interesting here is that none of the players he cites have star potential. Well, Aaron Sanchez (edit: and Noah Syndergaard) do, but the rest
But, he claims that even without the success of first-round pick Deck McGuire, the Blue Jays made an impressive haul.
I bring this up because the Astros 2014 class could be looked at the same way soon. Despite losing Brady Aiken, Houston hauled in three very solid college bats with the next three picks, added a couple interesting arms who could stick as starters and then have some lottery ticket-type position players who could outplay the round they were drafted in.
If Houston gets four players out of this class to the majors, it'll be a banner haul. If they get five, it could rival what the Blue Jays and Cards have done.
2) Astros 2014 bonus pool spending
Interesting note from Evan Drellich on the Brady Aiken/Jacob Nix situation
Those two players, according to Drellich's research,
Goedert, a 15th-round pick out of Neosho County Community College in Kansas, hit
Only six players in the Astros draft class received bigger bonuses than those given to Tanielu and Goedert.
3) Beards, '
fros and ' staches
Seriously, I'm using this one twice, because it's awesome! Baseball Reference added options today to add beards, mustaches or
It's pretty glorious, like the time that Chris Carter grew his hair out.
Or when Jose Altuve became a man and grew a beard.
Or when Collin McHugh embraced his inner hipster.
I can keep going all day.
All. Dang. Day.