Thanks for checking out "The 51st Round".
Chances are, if you're here, you already have some idea what the site is about. But I want to give you some insight on what you'll find here at The 51st.
My mission is to provide a source for baseball fans to track and follow the MLB Amateur Entry Draft in an efficient manner. There is an almost overwhelming amount of information out there on prospects and potential draft picks, and with as many as 50 rounds in the draft, it can be a lot to digest. I hope to make it easier and simpler to follow. After all, which fan doesn't like to be informed?
My approach to this project is largely inspired by MLBTradeRumors.com - THE prime source for all information on trades and signings in Major League Baseball. I will try to take the mass amounts of information available and summarize it down into something simpler and less time-consuming for the on-the-go fan.
This will take a number of different forms from a quick list of daily links, to comparisons of experts' draft boards, to my own personal evaluations of various scouting reports on some of the top players. Ultimately, I'll be trying to give you as much information as I can in as efficient a manner as possible.
I'll be pulling information from a ton of sources, though some that I highly recommend are Andy Seiler's MLB Draft Blog, John Sickels's Blog "Minor League Ball", Baseball America, and Project Prospect. I'll do a post soon profiling these sources so you can get more familiar with them.
One note: I strongly encourage you to visit each and every site mentioned that you can afford to. I will never post an entire article or post from one of these sources, but will give a brief summary and then provide a link to that piece. These people work extremely hard on their sites and deserve all the credit in the world. I am simply the facilitator, bringing you a summary of the information and the means to access it.
I hope you enjoy the site. I welcome any and all questions you may have. I am currently in the process of establishing a Facebook page and Twitter feed, which I encourage you all to interact with. Suggestions, comments and questions will only help to make this a better and more useful tool for all baseball fans!