The 2018 MLB Draft takes place from June 4-6 in Secaucus, N.J. The Detroit Tigers, who finished 2017 with a record of 64-98, will make the first selection in this year’s draft.
Braves: The Braves are in a situation similar to the one in Philadelphia. They’re going through a rebuilding process, and they’re likely (hopefully?) entering the upswing portion of that process and heading toward legitimate contention by next year at the latest. And they, too, have a lot of solid, high-upside young pitchers who could become rotation-impact guys. But Archer offers a lot more certainty, and he’s the type of star a team can build a playoff contender around. Plus, having Archer in their rotation would be the kind of drawing card a team playing in a still-new stadium would crave.
Brewers: Milwaukee is a better team now than it was at the start of the offseason, no doubt. But that rotation still needs work. The Brewers reportedly made an offer to Yu Darvish, which shows they’re serious about improving the pitching staff. At this point, after sending a nice prospect package to Miami in the trade for Christian Yelich, it seems more likely that they’d spend money on a free agent (Arrieta, Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb) than spend more prospect capital on Archer. But don’t count them out.
Asked if the dugouts got on her at any point, she replied with a laugh, “Not that I could hear.”
It marked the first time Pawol, 41, had worked a game involving a major-league team. “Discovered” at a baseball clinic in 2015 after more than a decade of umpiring NCAA Division I baseball and softball, she worked last season in the Single-A New York-Penn League. (According to CBS Sports, Emma Charlesworth-Seiler, who spent last summer calling rookie-level Gulf Coast League games, is the other female umpire in organized ball.)
“Unbelievable,” Pawol said afterward. “Just really excited now that I got through it. It took like three years’ worth of professional work to get here. I went out there pretty confident and I feel pretty good how the day went. … I just told the guys (on the umpiring crew) to go have fun today and we will be there for each other, and that’s what happened.”