June 3rd, 2019
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- What’s New
1. The Golden State Warrior even the series with the Toronto Raptors with a 109-104 victory. Now the series goes to Oracle Arena in California.
Photo: by Gregory Shamus (Getty Images)
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 25 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3pt FG) alongside 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Stephen Curry added 23 points (6-17 FG) and 4 assist.
Additionally for the Warriors, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, and Andre Iguodala became the first quartet of teammates with at least 5 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in an NBA Finals game since Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere and Dick Barnett did so for the Knicks in Game 1 of the 1970 Finals.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 34 points (8-20 FG, 16-16 FT) and 14 rebounds. Leonard’s 16 made free throws without a miss are a single-game NBA Finals record.
Game 3 is set to take place in Oakland on Wednesday, June 5th at 9:00pm ET on ABC.
2. Major League Baseball annual Draft is full of talent, which teams will make the right decisions? The right picks can give a franchise life over the next five years.
The 2019 Draft will take place June 3-5, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET on Monday. MLB Network will broadcast the first 41 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at noon ET.
The Baltimore Orioles will lead things off for the second time in franchise history, and first since it selected LSU pitcher Ben McDonald in 1989.
Adley Rutschman from Oregon State is a Golden Spikes Award finalist and the Pac-12 player of the year, has been linked to the Orioles at No. 1 for most of the college season.
Baltimore general manager Mike Elias said. “Any time you’re picking high in the draft, not just the No. 1 pick, but a top-10 pick, you’ve got a pretty good shot of really getting a franchise cornerstone. But it’s not a 100% shot by any stretch of the imagination. It’s probably more like 50-50 if you look at the historical records of it. So you feel a lot of pressure. There’s a big upside to the opportunity, but nobody has a crystal ball and it’s not easy to nail.”
Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the son of former major league pitcher Bobby Witt; Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn; Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday; and Georgia high school shortstop CJ Abrams are also possibilities to have their names called early by Commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.
- Here’s a capsule look at some of the top players eligible for the draft.
CJ Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity Catholic H.S. Georgia, 18 years old, 6-foot-1, 178 pounds. Abrams is a speedy shortstop that could play in the outfield and could be selected within first five picks. Lefty hitter batted .418 with eight home runs and 100 RBIs in high school career. Impressed teams last summer by hitting .297 with eight RBIs for Team USA’s 18-and-under national team while playing center field.
Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State, 20 years old, 6-5, 210, junior. Bishop is a slugging outfielder has powerful left-handed swing that has him ranked among national leaders in home runs (22), RBIs (63), total bases (165) and runs scored (65). He finished five homers shy of Sun Devils’ single-season record of 27 by Mitch Jones in 2000. Had 44-game on-base streak. Younger brother of Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop (3rd round, 2015).
JJ Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt, 21years old, 6-3, 205, junior. Bleday was a finalist for Golden Spikes Award given to country’s top overall player. Southeastern Conference player of year leads nation in homers with school-record 26, with quick lefty swing. Expected to be first college outfielder taken in draft.
Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside H.S. (Washington), 18 years old, 5-11, 161. Carroll is a speedster committed to play at UCLA, but expected to be top-10 pick. Lacks size of most premier prospects, but not tools. Gatorade’s Washington state player of year hit .540 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs from left side of plate while playing excellent defense in center field.
Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty H.S. (Florida), 18 years old, 6-1, 191. He is the Gatorade’s Florida state player of year hit .422 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and 38 runs scored as arguably country’s top prep outfielder. Projects as corner outfielder in pros with good pop. Was one of stars of Team USA’s 18-and-under national team, leading squad with 20 RBIs.
Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor, 21 years old, 6-foot, 190, junior. Langeliers was the outstanding defensive catcher threw out 14 of 25 would-be base stealers. Would be shoo-in for first catcher selected if not for Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman. Has a powerful smooth right-handed swing. Hit .308 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs. Set NCAA Tournament record with 11 RBIs in three-homer game.
Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU, 21 years old, 6-6, 185, junior. Lodolo is regarded as top pitching prospect in this year’s class. He is 6-6 with 2.36 ERA and has struck out 131 while walking just 25 in 103 innings for Horned Frogs. Was 41st overall pick by Pirates in 2016, highest selection to go unsigned that year. Expected to become school’s highest-drafted player, topping Lance Broadway (No. 15 by White Sox in 2005).
Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia, 21 years old, 6-6, 260, junior. He is the unanimous Big 12 pitcher of year, who had a school-record 144 strikeouts while going 9-4 with 2.08 ERA and just 27 walks in 108 1/3 innings. Imposing power pitcher slings fastball in mid- to upper-90s. Also mixes in solid slider and changeup. Went undrafted out of high school, but led Cape Cod League in strikeouts last summer. Had scoreless streak of 33 1/3 innings this season, span that included consecutive shutouts of Texas Tech and Kansas with 15 strikeouts in each game.
Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto J.C. (Texas), 20 years old, 6-8, 240, sophomore. Rutledge a big righty fires fastballs that sit in mid- to upper-90s late into games as part of five-pitch repertoire that includes solid slider and knee-buckling curve. Top junior college prospect in this year’s draft class went 9-2 with four complete games, 0.87 ERA and 134 Ks and 30 walks in 82 2/3 innings. Was considered a top high school pitcher in Missouri, but opted for college.
Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California, 21 years old, 6-foot, 214, junior. Vaughn is an outstanding overall hitter looking to become first repeat winner of Golden Spikes Award after being selected as country’s top college player as sophomore last year. Widely considered best all-around hitter in draft, Vaughn hit .381 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs with .544 on-base percentage that ranks among national leaders. Struck out just 74 times in three seasons.
Bobby Witt JR., SS, Colleyville Heritage H.S. (Texas), 18 years old, 6-foot, 180. Son of former big league pitcher Bobby Witt, who was selected No. 3 overall in 1985 draft. Would become seventh father-son combo of first-rounders, and first since Delino DeShields (1987) and Delino DeShields Jr. (2010). Could also become highest-drafted father-son duo, topping Tom Grieve (No. 6, 1966) and Ben Grieve (No. 2, 1994). Younger Witt considered top high school prospect this year. Five-tools shortstop has impressive power with smooth right-handed swing.
OTHER POTENTIAL EARLY FIRST-ROUNDERS: Florida high school RHP Matthew Allan; Texas high school 3B Brett Baty; California high school 3B Keoni Cavaco; Tulane 3B Kody Hoese; Elon RHP George Kirby; UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott; and Kentucky left-hander Zack Thompson
- Here is a look at each team’s bonus pool allotment from highest to lowest.
When the 2019 MLB Draft gets underway on Monday, the Atlanta Braves will have the sixth largest bonus pool allotment topping out at just over $11.5 million. The Baltimore Orioles hold the No. 1 pick in the draft but it is the Arizona Diamondbacks that have the largest bonus pool checking in at just over $16 million.
2019 MLB Draft Bonus Pools
|Kansas City Royals||$13,108,000|
|Chicago White Sox||$11,565,500|
|San Diego Padres||$10,758,900|
|Tampa Bay Rays||$10,333,800|
|San Francisco Giants||$8,714,500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||$8,463,300|
|New York Mets||$8,224,600|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||$8,069,100|
|Los Angeles Angels||$7,608,700|
|New York Yankees||$7,455,300|
|St. Louis Cardinals||$6,903,500|
|Boston Red Sox||$4,788,100|
- If that’s not enough here’s more…
Jay Bruce is going from last place to the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies. The former All-Star was traded by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday in a deal that will cost the Phillies just $2.75 million over the next 1½ seasons.
Commissioner Adam Silver says he has already offered presumed No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson advice on enjoying the process of entering the league.
Overcoming a four-stroke deficit at the start of the day, Patrick Cantlay, 27, recorded his second PGA Tour title and rose to No. 8 in the world by finishing at 19-under 269, one off the tournament record Tom Lehman set 25 years ago. Add his 64 in the third round and Cantlay also posted the second-lowest final 36 holes in tournament history, one off Curtis Strange’s 131 in 1988.
Kyle Busch matched Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace for ninth on the NASCAR Cup Series career victory list with 55. He won for the fourth time this season. And the season of JGR that already includes a Daytona 500 championship and a Hall of Fame nod for patriarch Joe Gibbs shows no sign of tapering off.
Scott Dixon won the Detroit Grand Prix, his first victory of the year and 45th of his career, just hours after being honored by Queen Elizabeth II.
Soccer star Neymar has responded to a woman’s allegation he raped her in Paris by issuing social media posts meant to show the accuser sent friendly messages following the alleged attack, and police turned up at a training session on Sunday to investigate.
Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade was a surprise guest speaker Sunday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s graduation ceremony, leading cheers and recalling how nervous he was to meet students following the on-campus shootings last year that claimed 17 lives.
Serena Williams lost 6-2, 7-5 to the 35th-ranked Kenin, ending her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam title with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years.
Alabama coach Patrick Murphy turned things over to a freshman in the most important game of the season, and she came through. Montana Fouts pitched a complete-game shutout, and Alabama defeated Arizona 2-0 in a Women’s College World Series elimination game.