Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department say the body of a 5-year-old female was found about 60 feet from the shoreline in five feet of water in Hidden Valley Lake Saturday.After receiving the call around 9:11 p.m. officers and bystanders found the body at 9:30 p.m. The child was immediately transported to the Dearborn County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Reports indicate the child was not wearing a personal flotation device.Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage citizens to use extreme caution when around waterways and the use of personal flotation devices. Officers encourage residents to never swim alone.The original story:Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a child drowning at Hidden Valley Lake.Reports indicate police were called to the public beach off Longview Drive around 9 p.m. Saturday. Police found the body of the 5-year-old female child within an hour of arrival.Out of respect for the family the public beach was closed Sunday.The tragedy remains under investigation.
Career WAR: N/AWheeler was a two-sport athlete and was well regarded by Baseball America, rocketing up the Rockies’ organizational charts. Despite being a solid bat, Wheeler never broke through to the next level, reaching Triple-A but never making the majors.Wheeler was considered to be a solid-not-great player, and at 32 was a good pick. He just never developed the way the Rockies wanted, especially after breaking his hand in the minors in 2012. The MLB Draft is basically like a 40-round lottery drawing.All 30 teams enter in a chance to win, but as you’ll see below, there’s no rhyme or reason why guys pan out or why they don’t. With the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 MLB Draft upon us — the Trout Draft, if you will — it’s time to take a look back to see how other teams fared in the first round. Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNEditor’s note: All WAR numbers are through 2018 and courtesy of Baseball Reference. This also does not include first-round supplemental picks.1. Stephen Strasburg, pitcher, Washington NationalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 26.3The “How good is Stephen Strasburg?” debate will rage for a long time, but in nine seasons Strasburg has generally either been good or hurt. Entering 2019, he had a career ERA of 3.14 and a 10.6 K/9 mark.Those marks are both great, but consider this: Strasburg has only made 30-plus starts twice in his career — 2013 and 2014 — and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting just once, in 2017. Aces don’t grow on trees, and Strasburg’s stuff and numbers certainly feel ace-like, but does he live up to No. 1 overall billing? Hindsight is 20/20, but at this point he’s not necessarily on a Hall-of-Fame arc.2. Dustin Ackley, outfielder, Seattle MarinersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 8.7Ackley’s agent, Scott Boras, didn’t agree to the Mariners’ deal with Ackley until 15 minutes before the deadline after he was drafted. The UNC product had a somewhat nondescript career despite being one of college baseball’s most polished players coming out of college.Ackley was given ample opportunity to break out with Seattle, playing in 584 games between 2011 and 2015 before being traded to the Yankees in 2015, but hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2016.3. Donavan Tate, outfielder, San Diego PadresHighest level reached: High-ACareer WAR: N/ATate was a super athlete coming out of high school; he was an All-American in both baseball and football in Cartersville High School in Georgia. Unfortunately, injuries and personal demons derailed Tate’s minor league career, as he hit just .226 in six seasons in A-ball. After unsuccessfully trying to revive his career with the Dodgers, Tate would leave baseball and go on to play college football at the University of Arizona.4. Tony Sanchez, catcher, Pittsburgh PiratesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.1Sanchez was considered one of the best hitters coming out of Boston College in 2009, ranking high in many of the Eagles’ offensive catagories in his tenure behind the dish.On Sanchez’s way up, he flashed some power through Triple-A, eventually resulting in a call up to Pittsburgh in 2013. Sanchez played in just 22 games with the Buccos in 2013, seemingly losing his offense along the way, striking out at a high rate. Sanchez only played in 52 major-league games across four seasons in The Show.5. Matt Hobgood, pitcher, Baltimore OriolesHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/AWhen Hobgood was drafted, he made some waves by saying he would have loved to strike out A-Rod in order to bring glory back to the Inner Harbor. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for Hobgood, who couldn’t really strike out anyone, let alone A-Rod, in his minor league career.In six minor league seasons, Hobgood pitched to a 4.98 ERA across 110 games. He started early on in his career in the minors before transitioning to the bullpen, where he continued to have difficulty getting guys out. Before the draft, some thought Hobgood would fall to the second or third round, so it was a bit of a surprise that the Orioles took him at No. 5 in 2009. Hobgood hasn’t played professionally since 2017.6. Zack Wheeler, pitcher, San Francisco GiantsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 6.2The flamethrowing righty rocketed up the minors, eventually being traded in a deal for Carlos Beltran in 2011. Wheeler made his debut with the Mets in 2013 and has dealt with injury issues since. In 2018, Wheeler seemed to come into his own and live up to the top-10 prospect billing: He pitched to a 3.31 ERA across 29 starts — one of the first seasons he was almost fully healthy — and acrrued a 3.9 WAR during the season as part of a very talented Mets rotation.Wheeler entered his Age 29 season in 2019, and is a free agent after the season. There’s a good chance he won’t be a Met, and it’s going to be interesting to see how he finishes out the year and how much he gets in free agency.7. Mike Minor, pitcher, Atlanta BravesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 10.1Minor was a highly touted lefty pitching prospect for the Braves, rocketing up Atlanta’s farm system and debuting in 2010, a year after he was drafted. Then 22, it took a little bit for Minor to find his groove: He came into his own in his Age 25 season, pitching to a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts, helping the Braves win their first division title since 2005.Minor dealt with shoulder injuries, not pitching in the majors for two seasons (2015-2016), eventually finding a home — and his fastball — in the Royals’ bullpen in 2017. Now 31, Minor is in the midst of his best season as a starter for the Texas Rangers, and is on pace to have his best season (by WAR) yet.8. Mike Leake, pitcher, Cincinnati RedsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 12.6Leake was originally drafted by the Athletics in 2006, but chose not to sign and instead attended Arizona State University. A serviceable starting pitcher, Leake pitched with the Reds for six seasons before finding himself with the Mariners, Cardinals and Giants his last three seasons in the majors.9. Jacob Turner, pitcher, Detroit TigersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -2.5Another Scott Boras client, Turner signed for a hefty $5.5 million and never quite lived up to his top-prospect billing. He was a top 50 prospect by many publications and was also considered the best prospect in the Tigers’ system before making his major league debut.After tearing up the minors in the months after the draft, Turner was added to the Tigers’ 40-man roster in November 2009. Making his major league debut in 2011, the 20-year-old pitched to an 8.53 ERA across three starts, and was subsequently traded from the Tigers to the Marlins in 2012 for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante.Turner spent time with the Nationals, Marlins and both Chicago teams before signing with the Kia Tigers of the KBO before 2019.10. Drew Storen, pitcher, Washington NationalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 4.9The relief extraordinaire was drafted as a reliever and stayed a reliever throughout the duration of his career. He pitched to a 3.45 ERA, with his best season coming in 2014, a 2.5-WAR year for the first-place Nationals.Storen lost his touch before the Nats’ acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon in 2015, struggling in the setup role, eventually breaking his thumb and ending his season after slamming a locker.Storen last pitched in the majors in 2017, pitching to a 4.45 ERA with the Reds before succumbing to an elbow injury. In 2019, he was signed by Kansas City and is with the Royals Triple-A affiliate, recovering from Tommy John surgery.11. Tyler Matzek, pitcher, Colorado RockiesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 2.5Matzek signed for $3.9 million, significantly more than the average price of players in that slot, and it took until the 11th hour to get it done.Drafted as a starter, Matzek appeared in 25 games for Colorado (24 as a starting pitcher) between 2014 and 2015 before being sent down in 2015 with control issues. He was eventually released by Colorado and hasn’t appeared in a major league game since.12. Aaron Crow, pitcher, Kansas City RoyalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 2.6Crow was originally drafted by the Nationals in 2008, but didn’t sign, resulting in the compensation pick that allowed Washington to draft Drew Storen.In four seasons with the Royals, Crow pitched solely out of the bullpen, pitching to a 3.43 ERA (4.16 FIP) in 254 appearances. Crow was traded to the Marlins in November 2014, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, was signed by the Cubs in 2016, los Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League in 2018 and los Pericos de Puebla later in 2018. MORE: Every MLB team’s biggest draft regret13. Grant Green, infielder, Oakland AthleticsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -1.6The first position player taken since the No. 4 pick, Green was another Scott Boras guy and many expected the USC product to be one of the best hitters in the draft. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.Green was traded to the Angels in 2013 for Alberto Callaspo as the A’s were chasing a championship. Green played in 45 games in 2013 between the A’s and the Angels, going hitless in five games with the A’s and batting .280 with the Angels. Green would play with the Angels through 2015, landing with the Giants in 2016 and the Nationals in 2017. He also signed minor league deals with the White Sox and Marlins in 2017 before winding up in the Mexican League in 2018. In five seasons, he played in 129 games and slashed .248/.283/.336 with a 75 OPS+.14. Matt Purke, pitcher, Texas RangersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.1Purke was taken by the Rangers, but didn’t sign and instead enrolled to play college baseball at TCU.He was later selected by the Nationals in 2011, this time in the third round, and only had 12 major league appearances with the White Sox in 2016.15. Alex White, pitcher, Cleveland IndiansHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.5White was considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball, adorning many top-10 listings across the sport.White started 30 games in two years between the Indians and the Rockies, pitching to a 6.03 ERA. He was eventually traded to the Rockies, along with Drew Pomeranz, in a package for Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez.16. Bobby Borchering, infielder, Arizona DiamondbacksHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/ABorchering was considered to be one of the best hitters coming out of high school, some believing his switch-hitting prowess would pave the way to make him one of the more complete bats in the draft. He was also the recipient of the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year award in 2008.As can be the case with the first round, this didn’t come to pass. In 51 games at Double-A, Borchering hit just .163 with six home runs and a .544 OPS, and is currently out of baseball.17. A.J. Pollock, outfielder, Arizona DiamondbacksHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 20.5Pollock has been a very good major leaguer, although he’s dealt with injuries throughout his career. Spending the first seven seasons of his career with the team that drafted him, Pollock signed with the Dodgers prior to 2019.Regarded as one of the best college hitters in the 2009 draft, Pollock has been a solid offensive contributor with a plus glove in the outfield. While not a gamebreaker, Pollock showed flashes of greatness with the Dbacks before moving on after 2018.18. Chad James, pitcher, Florida MarlinsHighest level reached: Double-ACareer WAR: N/AThe Marlins took James out of Yukon High School in Yukon, Okla., and gave him the second-highest signing bonus ever ($1.7 million) for an 18th overall pick.James would never see a major league field, failing three drug tests. He hasn’t played in affiliated baseball since 2015. 19. Shelby Miller, pitcher, St. Louis CardinalsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 8.2It was a tale of two careers for Miller. From 2012 to 2015, he pitched to a 3.32 ERA (3.82 FIP) in 102 games for the Cardinals and Braves. After a trade to Arizona and subsequent signing with Texas, Miller has pitched to a 7.06 ERA in 38 games. But before the draft, Miller was heralded as a power pitcher’s power pitcher and was reaching that potential. Now, Miller is with the Rangers 20. Chad Jenkins, pitcher, Toronto Blue JaysHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 1.5Jenkins was heralded as one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects heading into 2010, but he struggled at Double-A and never quite became the horse that scouts thought he would be. He had good command of a fastball, slider and changeup, but with no clear role on the Blue Jays, he was doomed to bullpen purgatory.In 2013 and 2014, Jenkins pitched out of Toronto’s bullpen with good results, but couldn’t catch on with the Jays after 2016, eventually being released from his minor league deal. He hasn’t played in affiliated ball since 2016.21. Jiovanni Mier, infielder, Houston AstrosHighest level reached: Triple-ACareer WAR: N/AMier, a high-school pick, was heralded for his defense, which makes sense, because he never really hit well enough to reach the majors in his career.Mier hit just .226 at Double-A in 324 games, so he had ample time to improve, something that just never happened. Some scouts believed that Mier would have developed into a consistent 10-15 home run guy, but the power never came, either. In 10 seasons between the minors and Mexican league ball, Mier hit just 43 home runs.After stints in the Toronto and New York Mets farm systems, Mier signed with the Mexican League in 2018, never reaching the majors.22. Kyle Gibson, pitcher, Minnesota TwinsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 9.3Gibson has been a stalwart in the Twins’ rotation, though never quite living up to the No. 2 starter billing. Gibson had his best season as a major league pitcher in 2018, amassing a 3.8 WAR with a 3.62 ERA. 23. Jared Mitchell, outfielder, Chicago White SoxHighest level reached: Triple-ACareer WAR: N/AMitchell was originally selected by the Twins in the 2006 MLB Draft, but decided to attend Louisiana State University instead. The college time did him well, as the former 10th-round pick shot all the way up to the first round.Mitchell won the College World Series with the Tigers in 2009, also winning the CWS Most Outstanding Player award. Interestingly enough, he also played as a wide receiver for the LSU Tigers in 2007, winning a national championship.Unfortunately, Mitchell’s athleticism didn’t result in major league success. He came knocking on the door at Triple-A, but could never break through. At the highest level, he hit just .213 in 173 games with a .667 OPS.Mitchell last played with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.24. Randal Grichuk, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 9.4Grichuk was hampered by injuries early in his minor league career, but prospect rankings still respected him. MLB Pipeline had Grichuk as the Angels’ No. 4 overall prospect — he was eventually traded, along with Peter Bourjos, to the Cardinals for David Freese and Fernando Salas.Grichuk has been a consistent power threat in the majors, hitting 91 home runs with the Cardinals between 2014 and 2018 before finding himself north of the border with the Blue Jays in 2019. 25. Mike Trout, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 64.2GOAT.Next.26. Eric Arnett, pitcher, Milwaukee BrewersHighest level reached: High ACareer WAR: N/AComing from IU Bloomington, Arnett was a sought-after arm, but he came with a heavy, heavy workload. In fact, here’s what SN had to say about Arnett:”Arnett has all the makings of a rotation workhorse. Despite his tall, big frame, he has a loose body. Got himself in much better shape this year after working out with the IU basketball team. Brings a mid-90s fastball and only started realizing his abilities this year. Lots of upside and could move quickly up the minor-league ranks.”That didn’t happen for Arnett, who never saw baseball above High-A and pitched to a 5.18 ERA in the minors.MORE: 2019 MLB Mock Draft roundup: 20 players to watch27. Nick Franklin, infielder, Seattle MarinersHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 1.4Franklin had one very good year with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016, two years after the Mariners traded him. When coming up, Franklin showed lots of power in the minors, hitting to a .912 OPS in Triple-A before his callup to Seattle. At the major league level, Franklin couldn’t seem to figure it out. He dealt with injuries and lots of inconsistencies. In his last two seasons (2017-18), Franklin hit just .176 in 67 games with the Angels and the Brewers. He signed a minor league deal with the Pirates in 2019.28. Reymond Fuentes, outfielder, Boston Red SoxHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: -0.4Rey Fuentes was taken by the Red Sox but traded to the Padres in 2010 — along with Anthony Rizzo — as part of a package to acquire first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Fuentes never hit for power but hit for average in the minors, more known as a speed and stolen base threat coming up. In 100 major league games with Arizona, Kansas City and San Diego, Fuentes hit .238 with a .616 OPS. He played his last game in the majors in 2017.29. Slade Heathcott, outfielder, New York YankeesHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.4Heathcott played just 17 major league games with the Yankees in 2015, hitting .400 with two home runs in 25 at-bats. Heathcott last played in affiliated baseball in 2018 in the A’s organization, and played indy ball with the Sugar Land Skeeters the same year.Heathcott was a top prospect for the Yankees, and some considered him to have all five tools when developing in their minor league system. He also played affiliated baseball with the White Sox and Giants in his career.30. LeVon Washington, infielder, Tampa Bay RaysHighest level reached: High-ACareer WAR: N/AWashington was drafted by the Rays but didn’t sign, and was drafted again in 2010, this time by the Cleveland Indians. Washington dealt with injuries through his minor league career with the Indians, never playing above High-A ball because of it despite being a pretty good hitter.Washington has played indy ball over his past three seasons.31. Brett Jackson, outfielder, Chicago CubsHighest level reached: MLBCareer WAR: 0.0Jackson hit everywhere he went in the Cubs’ minor league system until being called up to the majors: In 2012, Jackson hit just .175 across 44 games with the Cubbies. It was something he never recovered from, eventually being shipped out to Arizona. Before the draft, Jackson was regarded as a guy whose bat would play just well enough but who would be a plus defender. The bat seemed to be coming around until it wasn’t. Then Theo Epstein came in, and, well, you know the rest.32. Tim Wheeler, outfielder, Colorado RockiesHighest level reached: Triple-A
Viewpoints: Don’t Blame Insurers For Health System Problems; Obama’s ‘Management Failure;’ Texas Abortion Case Heads To Court This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Bloomberg: What Liberals Don’t Get About Single Payer [The] problem with the Affordable Care Act isn’t the insurance industry. In fact, the main benefits of nationalized health care can be achieved in systems with hundreds, even thousands, of for-profit insurers. … The dirty truth about American health care is that it costs more not because insurers are so powerful, but because they’re so weak. … It’s health-care providers — not insurers — who have too much power in the U.S. system. As a result, they have the most to lose if health-care prices fall. But, as is often the case, political power flows in part from popularity. So politicians who routinely rail against for-profit insurers are scared to criticize — much less legislate against — for-profit hospitals, doctors or device manufacturers (though drug companies come in for a drubbing now and then). These are the people who work every day to save our lives, even if they make us pay dearly for the privilege (Ezra Klein, 1/8). The Washington Post: Will Health Costs Continue Slowing? Call it the $2.8 trillion enigma. That’s the amount Americans spent on health care in 2012. The good news is that health spending slowed unexpectedly for the fourth consecutive year. The enigma is that no one really knows why. Despite many theories, there’s no expert consensus. Runaway health spending is a huge national problem. It has squeezed take-home pay (employers channel more compensation to health insurance and less to salary) and is crowding out other programs — schools, defense, regulation, police — at the federal and state levels. If the slowdown is temporary, then all these problems remain. But if there’s a permanent shift, then the nation’s economic and budget outlook has significantly improved (Robert J. Samuelson, 1/8). The Washington Post: Despite What Critics Say, Obamacare Is Working Despite the treasured right-wing talking points, it’s increasingly clear that Obamacare is a success. Moreover, in places where Obamacare is not succeeding, it’s also clear that the right wing is to blame. Well, it’s clear to any who look at the state-by-state numbers of the newly insured. A whole lot of Americans will have to look, however, for the program’s success to redound to Democrats’ advantage (Harold Meyerson, 1/8). The Wall Street Journal: Obama The Management Failure The prime example of the president’s management gap has been ObamaCare. By handing off the framing of the legislation to Congress, Mr. Obama repeated the rookie mistake he made with the stimulus bill, which became a bloated porkfest. The health-care program that emerged from Capitol Hill with no Republican support is a Rube Goldberg monstrosity, an administrative nightmare. Given ObamaCare’s complexity, a seasoned executive would have bird-dogged every stage of its creation and rollout, with obsessive attention to the testing of the sign-up computer programs, the public’s first encounter with his signature initiative. There would be go/no-go inflection points and backup timetables, cold-eyed performance reviews and abrupt dismissals. And, in the worst case, a plan to put everything on hold for a year to sort out all the problems (Edward Kosner, 1/8). The Wall Street Journal: ObamaCare’s Rude Awakening For The Young President Barack Obama won PolitiFact’s 2013 “Lie of The Year” for claiming, that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Instead of being ashamed, members of his administration appear to have been inspired by the award. Take the statement by Department of Health and Human Services’ National Press Secretary for Health Care, Joanne Peters. On Jan. 2, the Journal quoted her as saying ObamaCare “is making health insurance more affordable for young adults” (Karl Rove, 1/8). Bloomberg: Democrats And Republicans Are Both Wrong On Obamacare Politics Top Republicans privately recognize that repeatedly trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act is no longer a winning strategy. For Democrats, there is the risk that new problems will emerge within a program that still lacks strong leadership. They may also find that history doesn’t support their calculation that the health-care law will redound to their political advantage as more benefits kick in (Albert R. Hunt, 1/8). JAMA: The End Of The Beginning For The Affordable Care ActIt’s now halftime for the launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). People seeking coverage to begin on January 1 had to enroll between October 1 and the end of 2013, but they can continue enrolling until March 31, when the open enrollment period for 2014 ends. As Winston Churchill might have described it, it’s the “end of the beginning” (Larry Levitt, 1/8).And on other issues -The New York Times: Abortion Restrictions In Texas And Beyond The tenuous state of women’s basic right to make their own childbearing decisions was made clear on Monday when a federal appeals court in New Orleans heard arguments on a new abortion restriction enacted in July in Texas — one that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital (1/8). USA Today: 23andMe’s Rush To Market Irresponsible Pretty soon, you’ll be able to swab your nose or mouth at home and be able to find out whether you have the flu, instead of having to trek, with fever and chills, all the way to the doctor’s office. … Home health testing is the future. You can already find out whether you are ovulating, measure your blood alcohol level, test yourself for the presence of illegal drugs, check your cholesterol or blood sugar, even find out whether you might have HIV or hepatitis C, all in the comfort of your own home and all approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But as the company 23andMe has recently shown us, there is a responsible way to approach home health testing and a sketchy way — which can serve as a lesson for future home-testing entrepreneurs (Katherine Chretien, 1/8). USA Today: Our View: War On Smoking, At 50, Turns To Teens The war on smoking, now five decades old and counting, is one of the nation’s greatest public health success stories — but not for everyone. As a whole, the country has made amazing progress. In 1964, four in ten adults in the U.S. smoked; today fewer than two in ten do. But some states — Kentucky, South Dakota and Alabama, to name just a few — seem to have missed the message that smoking is deadly (1/8). USA Today: High Cigarette Tax Hurts The Poor: Opposing View Kentucky is a woefully unhealthy state. Even Bluegrass residents admit that their smoking rate — the nation’s highest — significantly contributes to this sickly state of affairs. Still, the claim that the remedy to such an unhealthy vice is to tax it out of existence has many Kentuckians scratching their heads (Jim Waters, 1/8).Medpage Today: A New Year: Time To Get Lean!”Lean” is not about the stats! It is a philosophy to reduce variation and to make customer-focused, data-driven decisions. What does “lean” mean? Lean principles are found in: The approaches of Kaizen, a Japanese term embodied by efforts at continuous improvement. Six Sigma, a methodology with tools to improve capabilities of business processes. The DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) process, an incremental process improvement via structured problem solving. When translated to health care, the principles can reduce denials, improve patient satisfaction and staff morale, and, most importantly, eliminate bottlenecks in practice operations (Rosemarie Nelson, 1/8).