Hits and Misses in the Baseball Draft: What the Top Picks Teach Us About Selecting Tomorrow's Major League Stars

Alan Maimon, Chuck Myron

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Synopsis: If unpredictability is so much of what makes sports compelling, the baseball draft might be the best place to look. This book explores the intricate uncertainties of the draft and the people who face it. Since the modern draft began in 1965, major league teams have attempted, with varying degrees of success, to identify and develop stars of the future. Whether because of injury, poor performance or mental and physical struggles, a large percentage of the most ballyhooed prospects never reach the game's highest level. Though teams have improved in recent years at turning top picks into major leaguers, the baseball draft is still centered on educated guesswork. This book explains why.

About the Author: Alan Maimon started his professional writing career as a news assistant and sportswriter in the Berlin bureau of The New York Times. An investigator for Centurion Ministries, he lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Journalist Chuck Myron has written and edited works about baseball on every level from Little League to the major leagues. He lives in Naples, Florida.

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