The comp is more to do with them having similar stances, slightly pull heavy swings, and profile than production.
I googled Mookie Betts as a prospect and his scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55
Here is Martin's scouting grades from the same place:
HIT: 65 POWER: 50 RUN: 55 ARM: 50 FIELD: 55
Pretty similar profiles. Of course 95% of players with those scouting grades don't produce like Mookie Betts will.
On this day in 1970, the Orioles defeated the Indians 5-4. Dick Hall was credited with the win for his 1/3 of an inning of work in relief of Jim Palmer: Hall got Ray Fosse to pop out to second to end the 7th inning. The Birds scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th which led to Hall's victory.
Palmer hit his first homerun of the season leading off the third inning. Don Buford went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI as well.
For the record, Pete Richert recorded the save for the Orioles.
No, but the salary cap makes things very wonky in the NBA and NHL. While the NFLs system really screws over the players.
The only way I see the MLBPA giving into a salary cap is if they cut the years of control right in half. Which would basically change strategy away from developing home grown talent.
I'm over the moon if Tork is available at 2. I get the defensive and athletic upside is limited, but that is such a special bat. .285 and 30 HR annually? Absolutely. Realistically, I wouldn't be upset with either Martin or Lacy at 2. Martin might not project the upside as a traditional 1-2, but there is something to be said for his tools across the board. Pitchers this high make me nervous as well, but a Rodriguez-Lacy-Hall top of the rotation sounds formidable, health permitting.
So, former GM Jim Bowden is now writing for the Atlantic. According to his research, there were 42 players taken among the 80 players selected in the first five picks of the 16 MLB drafts between 2000 and 2015 and only five of the 42 have justified the selection - Verlander, Price, Strausburg, Cole and Bauer. Two of those pitchers, Verlander and Strausburg, were "no-brainer" decisions. It is a hit rate far below WC's opening post.
Just keep chucking talent into the firebox and hope that coaching, video, personality tests, wearable tech, organizational philosophy, and the mysteries of the universe squirt out some rare nuggets at a reasonable pace.