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Amateur Draft Thread II - The Future

Posted: 5/31/2010 6:57 PM

Amateur Draft Thread II - The Future 


Here is a link to the old thread.


http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s...2461869&p=1

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Posted: 5/31/2010 7:18 PM

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We'll keep Draft Thread I pinned until after the draft, then we'll let it go.  There's just too much information there not to keep it readily accessible.


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Posted: 5/31/2010 7:34 PM

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Hey I have a list...

1)    Nats - Harper  C
2)    Pirates - Machado  SS
3)    Orioles - Tallion P
4)    KC - McGuire P
5)    Indians - Whitson P
6)    Arizona - C Sale P
7)    Mets- Cox 3rd/corner OF
8)    Houston - Choice corner OF
9)    Padres - Pomeranz P
10)   A's - Covey P
11)   Jays - Allie  P

Reds?  Vitek, Josh Sale, Cowart, Foltynewicz P sinks at 96,  Grandal, Brown, Blair, Golden, bedrosian, castellanos, Wimmers, Colon??????

12)   Reds Josh Sale OF, 3rd
          vitek, colon, grandal
13)   White Sox - Vitek 3rd
14)   Brewers - Grandal C
15)   Texas - Colon SS
16)   Cubs - Brentz OF
17)   Rays -  Castellanos 3rd
18)   Angels - Wimmers P
19)   Stros -  Cabrerra  SS/OF
20)  Boston - AJ Cole P

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Posted: 5/31/2010 9:06 PM

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I am not happy about this, but maybe it helps him slide to the Reds at #2.

This kid has Stubbs / Ellsbury speed. Seriously.





Cal State Fullerton baseball: Titans confident even without CF Gary Brown
May 31, 2010 |  1:45 pm


Even bad news doesn't seem to darken doorways for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team.


The Titans will be without standout center fielder Gary Brown for this weekend’s regional. But the outlook still seems rosy to Coach Dave Serrano.


"If we continue to play Titan baseball, like we have the last 40 games, we can be a pitfall for opponents playing us," said Serrano, whose team opens against Minnesota at Goodwin Field in Fullerton on Friday. "I’m confident in this team and confident that our players are confident with the way they are playing."


Stanford plays New Mexico in the regional's other game Friday.


Fullerton (41-15), which has reached the College World Series 11 times in the last 20 seasons, enters the tournament on a roll, having won 22 of its last 24 games. The Titans have won seven of eight since Brown broke the middle finger on his left hand while sliding into second base against Long beach State on May 16.


Brown, a junior, is hitting .438 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in this season. He will be re-evaluated on June 7 and could be cleared to play in the Super Regional, if the Titans advance.


“We’ve already anticipated that we are going to have to win the first regional without him,” Serrano said.


Left fielder Joey Siddons has replaced Brown in center field. Austin Kingsolver and Anthony Hutting have shared time in left field. The Titans have a wealth of experienced talent, including shortstop Christian Colon, first baseman Nick Ramirez and second baseman Corey Jones.


Serrano said the final decision on a starting pitcher for Friday’s opener would be made Tuesday, but “ I think I already exposed that card over the weekend.“ The Titans used freshman Dylan Floro (7-0, 2.84 ERA) on Friday, followed by Noe Ramirez (10-1, 2.50) on Saturday.

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Posted: 5/31/2010 10:38 PM

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Yeah, that stinks.

BTW, don't take Minnesota too lightly.  I don't know how good their entire team is, but I know their catcher is good.  And I saw them play a game in the B10 tournament and the kid who pitched that day was really good.


kots4mvp14 wrote: I am not happy about this, but maybe it helps him slide to the Reds at #2.

This kid has Stubbs / Ellsbury speed. Seriously.





Cal State Fullerton baseball: Titans confident even without CF Gary Brown
May 31, 2010 |  1:45 pm


Even bad news doesn't seem to darken doorways for Cal State Fullerton’s baseball team.


The Titans will be without standout center fielder Gary Brown for this weekend’s regional. But the outlook still seems rosy to Coach Dave Serrano.


"If we continue to play Titan baseball, like we have the last 40 games, we can be a pitfall for opponents playing us," said Serrano, whose team opens against Minnesota at Goodwin Field in Fullerton on Friday. "I’m confident in this team and confident that our players are confident with the way they are playing."


Stanford plays New Mexico in the regional's other game Friday.


Fullerton (41-15), which has reached the College World Series 11 times in the last 20 seasons, enters the tournament on a roll, having won 22 of its last 24 games. The Titans have won seven of eight since Brown broke the middle finger on his left hand while sliding into second base against Long beach State on May 16.


Brown, a junior, is hitting .438 with six home runs and 41 runs batted in this season. He will be re-evaluated on June 7 and could be cleared to play in the Super Regional, if the Titans advance.


“We’ve already anticipated that we are going to have to win the first regional without him,” Serrano said.


Left fielder Joey Siddons has replaced Brown in center field. Austin Kingsolver and Anthony Hutting have shared time in left field. The Titans have a wealth of experienced talent, including shortstop Christian Colon, first baseman Nick Ramirez and second baseman Corey Jones.


Serrano said the final decision on a starting pitcher for Friday’s opener would be made Tuesday, but “ I think I already exposed that card over the weekend.“ The Titans used freshman Dylan Floro (7-0, 2.84 ERA) on Friday, followed by Noe Ramirez (10-1, 2.50) on Saturday.

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Posted: 6/2/2010 3:06 PM

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Fay has a decent blog about guys the Reds seem to be targeting with their #1.  Anyone know much about the pitcher from OSU thats from Moellerr? 


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/06/02/lookin g-at-the-draft-2/


 

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Posted: 6/2/2010 3:25 PM

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http://www.mlbbonusbaby.com/20...nternet-is-good


2001MUgrad wrote: Fay has a decent blog about guys the Reds seem to be targeting with their #1.  Anyone know much about the pitcher from OSU thats from Moellerr? 


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/06/02/lookin g-at-the-draft-2/
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Posted: 6/2/2010 9:37 PM

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2001MUgrad wrote: Fay has a decent blog about guys the Reds seem to be targeting with their #1.  Anyone know much about the pitcher from OSU thats from Moellerr? 


http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/06/02/lookin g-at-the-draft-2/

Looking at the draft

Posted by jfay June 2nd, 2010, 12:39 pm

Reds scouting director Chris Buckley says there’s a big difference between picking eighth as the Reds did in last year’s draft and picking 12th as the Reds will do in this year’s draft. The draft starts Monday.

“Those four picks make a difference as far as guessing who’s going in front of you,” Buckley said.

Former Moeller pitcher Alex Wimmers went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA for Ohio State before going out with hamstring injury. (Provided)

This year’s draft is similar to last year’s in that everyone knows who is going No. 1. Last year, it was Stephen Strasburg. This year, it’s catcher Bryce Harper.

The draft is not as deep as last year’s.

Baseball America projected Christian Colon as the Reds’ pick. Colon, a shortstop from Cal State-Fullerton, is a possibility.

“Some of the names you see in Baseball America are guys we’re looking at,” Buckley said. “Colon, Alex Wimmers.”

Buckley said the Reds’ pick would likely come from the following group (all are college players), listed by their BA rank:

7. RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech: He’s 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA. Got roughed up in the ACC tourney.

9. SS Colon: Hitting .350 with 14 homers and 55 RBI. Projects more as a second baseman.

14. CF Gary Brown, Cal State Fullerton: Hitting .438 with 13 homers, 54 RBI and 31 steals.

21. RHP Alex Wimmers, Ohio State: From Moeller. Went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA before going out with hamstring injury. He’s healthy now.

25. 2B Kolbin Vitek, Ball State: Hitting .368 with 17 homers, 68 RBI, 15 steals.

“These are all guys we’ve scouted all year,” Buckley said. “We’re just now starting to talk to agents and putting together our board.”

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Posted: 6/2/2010 9:44 PM

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In baseball, it's known simply as "The Boras Effect."

Nobody has done more to contribute to the rapidly increasing bonuses paid out than the sport's most famous -- or infamous, depending on your perspective -- agent. Boras rules the draft like no other: In 2006, he represented the first overall pick, Luke Hochevar. The following year he represented three of the top ten selections, and in 2008 he had the second and third picks. This past year was his best ever, in some respects. Not only did he negotiate over $25 million in contracts by representing the first three picks in the draft, but four more selections in the first 60 signed for another $10 million plus -- not to mention the two unsigned picks in that range who will be looking for seven-figure deals this coming summer.

The 2010 draft isn't as star-studded for Boras as last year's was, but once again his influence is strong. Not only does he represent historic talent Bryce Harper; he also will be conducting the negotiations for Florida prepster Manny Machado, generally considered the top high school position player in the draft and expected to go either second overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates or third to the Baltimore Orioles.

Beyond that pair, the University of North Carolina's Matt Harvey and LSU's Anthony Ranaudo, a pair of right-handers, are expected to go in the first round, as is Cal State Fullerton infielder Christian Colon. Colon's teammate Gary Brown, a speedy outfielder, University of San Diego righty Kyle Blair and fireballing lefty James Paxton should all be off the board within the first 50 picks.

Even with all this Boras-represented talent going early, selecting a Boras client is never the beginning of an easy signing process.

 

At the very least, though, teams know what they're getting into; Boras negotiations tend to follow a predictable pattern. They almost always go down to the wire, as Boras often doesn't even begin negotiations until 48-72 hours before the deadline; he also almost always demands -- and ultimately gets -- a bonus that is well above Major League Baseball's recommended slot for that selection.

As a result, there are a few teams unwilling to even look at Boras clients. At the same time, those teams that do take on the Boras risk tend to reap rewards in the standings.

Boras clients used to drop precipitously in the draft due to bonus concerns, but this trend has slowed dramatically of late, as teams look back at their mistakes and realize that in the larger scheme of the baseball economy, that extra $1-2 million isn't more than a drop in the bucket that could have helped turn a franchise around.

For some, the straw the broke the camel's back was in 2007, when the Pittsburgh Pirates, drafting fourth overall, selected Clemson lefty Dan Moskos because they didn't want to deal with Boras on Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters. Moskos signed for just under $2.5 million and has yet to pitch above Double-A, while Wieters received $6 million. Even considering the extra $3.5 million, who had the better first-round pick? It's not even close.

Wieters is hardly the only lesson from 2007, as Boras client Rick Porcello -- who made it no secret that he was looking for a precedent-setting deal -- nearly fell completely out of the first round before being selected by the Detroit Tigers with the 27th overall pick. Detroit met his demands by giving the high school talent a big league deal worth $7 million; Porcello is only 21 years old and has 18 major league wins, while the 14 pitchers drafted between that year's No. 1, David Price, and Porcello have combined for just two victories -- and neither of those was registered by a pitcher currently in the majors.

This is a lose-lose situation, except for the players. Teams in need of talent pass on elite prospects due to monetary concerns, and as a result, those players can fall to later picks, where better-financed teams can grab them.

Teams picking high should consider grabbing Boras clients; look at what happened in 2009. Sentiment is nearly universal that Stephen Strasburg will be an ace. With just one such season for the Washington Nationals, the team will already make a profit on its initial outlay of a record-shattering $15.1 million; on the open market, that kind of season is worth $16-20 million. Consider six years of a controlled Strasburg costing $30-40 million once arbitration is included, and the Nationals could still reap a relative profit of two or three times that amount.

"One way or another, Scott Boras always gets his money," one front-office official told me last year, while waiting to negotiate a recent Boras selection. But as many teams have begun to learn, more often than not, they're worth it

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Posted: 6/2/2010 9:55 PM

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c....html?eref=sihp

Heyman is really dialed in.

He is pretty confident Grandal is not going to the Mets. Are people souring on him ?
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Posted: 6/2/2010 10:32 PM

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SCOUTING REPORTS
Christian Colon, ss
Cal State Fullerton

As a junior at Anaheim's Canyon High, Colon played second base and formed a double-play combo with Grant Green, the 13th overall selection in last year 's draft by the Athletics out of Southern California. Colon was a 10th-round pick of the Padres 2007. Disappointed that he was not chosen earlier, he went off to play at Cal State Fullerton, where the 6-foot, 200-pounder has emerged as one of the nation's premier middle infielders. Colon was enjoying a brilliant summer in 2009 when he broke his leg when sliding in a game against Canada. Chosen as Team USA's captain, Colon still earned Summer College Player of the Year honors, but the injury seemed to contribute to a slow start to his 2010 season. A three-homer game against Washington in late March seemed to revive his bat, though, and his numbers were back in familiar territory. One of the nation's better hitters, Colon uses a distinct upper-cut in his swing, looking to lift and drive the ball. That approach is not typical for a smaller middle infielder, but Colon shows terrific bat speed as his barrel connects with the ball. He also is patient and makes consistent contact; despite his power approach, he's one of the toughest players to strike out in Division I thanks to excellent barrel awareness. He's a skilled hitter who hits behind runners, bunts and executes the hit-and-runs effectively. Defensively, Colon's range is limited, and his speed and arm are below-average for a shortstop. He does exhibit fluid and quick fielding actions and his playmaking ability is outstanding. His frame offers little room for projection, and offensively he can be streaky. For scouts who focus on what he can do, his tremendous hands and footwork, as well as his bat control, make him a future big league regular, best suited as an offensive second baseman.

Gary Brown, of
Cal State Fullerton

Grades and stats can be dry and don't tell the full story about Brown, one of the most electrifying players seen in Southern California in years. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is one of the fastest players in the nation at any level of amateur play. An early-season game found him blazing down the line from the right side in 3.69 seconds on a bunt attempt. On two separate infield grounders, Brown got down to first base in 3.91 and 3.94 seconds, giving him 80 speed on the 20-80 scale. The rap on Brown since he failed to sign with the Athletics as a 12th-round pick out of high school in 2007 has been his hitting ability, or perceived lack thereof. After slow but steady improvement in his first two seasons, he has exploded as a junior, ranking among the national leaders with a .449 average in mid-May. Brown has shown interesting pop with a slugging percentage well over .700 as well, and he projects as an above-average hitter as a pro. Brown owes his turnaround to a better stance. He keeps his feet planted to maintain his foundation at the plate, then simply lets his exceptionally quick hands work to attack the ball. An aggressive hitter, the only drawback in Brown's offensive game is his miniscule number of walks and below-average home run power. In the field, Brown has found a home in center field after playing the outfield corners, second and third base in previous seasons. He sports an average arm, and his combination of speed and fly-chasing skills permit Brown to project as a plus defensive center fielder.

Dylan Covey, rhp
Maranatha HS, Pasadena

Covey first grabbed the attention of California scouts at a San Gabriel Valley underclassman showcase in Alhambra in the summer of 2008. A sophomore at the time, Covey unleashed a series of throws from right field that exhibited his terrific arm strength. Not surprisingly, several scouts asked Covey if he was a pitcher and asked when he would be throwing next. Since then, Covey has matured, grown into his frame and improved his conditioning. The results have been sensational. Covey made all the standard showcase appearances in the past year, with uniformly outstanding performances. Covey, solidly built at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, hammers the strike zone with a 93-94 mph fastball that can touch 96. He adds a wicked 81-82 mph slider and has steadily developed his curve and changeup. Covey's arm works smoothly and his has solid mechanics, though he will need to fight a tendency to pull his lead shoulder open when tired. Resembling a younger, lighter version of Giants righthander Matt Cain, Covey profiles as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter with four average to plus offerings. A San Diego signee, Covey ranks a notch above the rest in a deep Southern California prep pitching class and figures to take a shorter path to the majors than his peers.

Austin Wilson, of
Harvard-Westlake School, Studio City

In the summer after his freshman year at Harvard-Westlake, Wilson was invited to the Southern California preliminary Area Code tryouts at Orange Coast JC. At that tender age Wilson carried a bit of baby fat, and while he did not make the final roster (freshmen rarely do) he displayed a provocative arm and 7.15-second speed in the 60-yard dash. Since then, Wilson has developed into the finest right-field prospect the Southern California region has seen since 2007, when Mike Stanton, the current Marlins phenom, came out of another Sherman Oaks private school (Notre Dame). Sporting a chiseled pro corner outfielder's frame, Wilson displays a throwing arm that conservatively grades out to a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has lowered his 60 times to around 6.78 seconds, outstanding for a player of his 6-foot-4, 210-pound size. A stress fracture in his lower back, since healed, prevented him from touring the showcase circuit last fall. Before that setback, Wilson put on some of the more impressive wood-bat batting-practice sessions local scouts have seen in years. As one example, in the fall of 2008 at JC of the Canyons in Valencia, Wilson blasted about 20 balls out of the yard, leaving jaws dropping all over the ballpark. The main on-field reservation scouts have regarding Wilson is how his bat will play in games. He struggles with pitch recognition, needs to be more patient, has difficulty with balls down in the zone and will need to avoid committing his front side too soon. Much has been made of Wilson's background. Both of his parents hold advanced degrees from prestigious universities, and he has a Stanford commitment. He is perhaps the draft's most fascinating wild card. He has no adviser heading into the draft and scouts were having difficulty gauging his signability.

Peter Tago, rhp
Dana Hills HS, Dana Point

Tago epitomizes Southern California cool. Oblivious to outside distractions, he calmly ambles off the team bus decked out in a hooded sweatshirt and wraparound shades with his iPod earphones firmly in place. He also worries little about high school hitters, whom he routinely dominates. His lanky 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame is ideally projectable, and Tago delivers the ball with an easy, relaxed throwing motion that is almost poetic. Tago, who switched his college commitment from UCLA to Cal State Fullerton in May, fires a 91-93 mph fastball, and his arm action and build indicate more velocity in the future. His curve exhibits nice shape and two-plane movement, but Tago will need to tighten the spin on that pitch. He can better incorporate his lower half into his delivery and clean up his arm stroke as well. He'll also need to develop a third pitch, such as a changeup. An Aflac and Area Codes alumnus, Tago provides a near perfect model of a prep righthander with a huge upside: projectable frame, easy arm action, calm demeanor and electric stuff.

A.J. Vanegas, rhp
Redwood Christian HS, San Lorenzo

Among a solid crop of Northern California high school righthanders, Vanegas is the top talent and the most pro-ready. Listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Vanegas has the type of build that can hold up immediately in pro ball while allowing him to pitch with his best stuff more often than not. With his clean arm action, good arm speed and stout frame, he's expected to get stronger and continue to add velocity. Vanegas pitches at 90-92 mph and can dial his fastball up to 94, with good life through the strike zone. He pitches with a high three-quarters arm slot, with smooth, short backside arm action. When his delivery is on, Vanegas spots the fastball to all quadrants of the zone and finishes his pitches well. His best secondary pitch is a mid-70s curveball that has tight spin, good bite and tilt. He also has a changeup. Vanegas was scouted heavily in the summer and fall ball because his high school team did not face very good competition. He has committed to Stanford, which will force teams to do their homework when gauging his signability.

Sammy Solis, lhp
San Diego

During the majority of his tenure at USD, Solis was overshadowed by the likes of Brian Matusz and Kyle Blair. His coming-out party in 2009 never materialized due to a herniated disc in his back, which prompted him to take a medical redshirt. However, Solis, an unsigned 18th-round pick out of an Arizona high school in 2007, has bounced back to go 8-1, 2.49 in 2010. Most observers expect a pitcher of his 6-foot-5, 228-pound size to be a flamethrower, but Solis is instead a canny command, movement and control pitcher. His fastball varies from 88-92 mph and has good life up in the zone. He adds a fine changeup that dives down and away from righthanded hitters; it's his best pitch. Solis can add or subtract speed with his curveball, varying it from 72-78 mph, and at times it too is an out pitch. As Solis leaves his back injury behind, he could gain velocity and durability due to improved conditioning. A devout Catholic with a penchant for public service, Solis' family owns an AIDS orphanage in South Africa. A healthy Solis profiles solidly in the middle of a big league rotation.

Christian Yelich, 1b
Westlake HS, Westlake Village

Yelich first gained widespread scouting attention in the summer of 2008, when he put on an eye-opening batting practice display with wood bats at a Major League Scouting Bureau showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Bryce Harper overshadowed Yelich that evening, driving several balls off the batter's eye or into the parking lot, but Yelics held his own and has produced other highlights since then, such as the long, opposite-field homer he hit in 2009 off Tyler Skaggs, an Angels supplemental first-rounder last year. Tall (6-foot-3), angular and projectable and possessing a sweet lefthanded swing, Yelich is far more athletic than the usual lumbering first-base prospect, with above-average speed. He consistently runs a 6.75-second 60-yard dash in showcase events, and shows both range and a nifty glove around the bag. That kind of athleticism usually signals a position change, but Yelich has a below-average throwing arm that limits him to first. A Miami recruit, Yelich does not project to have the profile power organizations prefer in a first baseman, but he should develop into an above-average hitter with fringe-average power, along the lines of a James Loney or Casey Kotchman.

Aaron Sanchez, rhp
Barstow HS

Sanchez has lured scouts to Barstow, stuck in the middle of the California desert halfway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Only one player—Royals righty Matt Mitchell, a 2007 14th-round pick—has been drafted out of Barstow in the last 20 years. Sanchez, an angular and projectable Oregon recruit, should change that. He first drew the attention of scouts (and comparisons to Orel Hershiser) during last summer's showcase season, when he starred in the Area Code Games and the Aflac game. Utilizing an easy, mid-three-quarters arm action, Sanchez flashes a 91-93 mph fastball and adds a crisp curve. Mechanically advanced, Sanchez uses his legs well in his pitching delivery, avoids flying his front shoulder open and finishes strongly while creating a decent downward plane. As he progresses, the 6-foot-3, 175-pounder will need to develop more movement on his fastball, which is now too straight. His command is negatively affected by variances in his arm slot, and Sanchez will need to add at least a pitch and potentially two to his current arsenal. Sanchez profiles as a No. 3 starter. He may take some time to reach the majors, but his tantalizing upside is difficult for any organization to ignore.

Griffin Murphy, lhp
Redlands East Valley HS, Redlands

As the 2010 spring season opened, Murphy quickly established himself as the premier lefthander in the Southern California prep ranks, and he joins Dylan Covey in San Diego's recruiting class. Strong and durable, in both frame and pitching style Murphy resembles Angels lefty Joe Saunders. While not a flamethrower, Murphy likes to establish his 89-92 mph fastball early in a game and work his other pitches off of it. He shows an uncanny knack for manipulating his fastball—he can run it in, run it away, sink it or turn it over. Few lefties can succeed without a quality curveball, and Murphy has one. His sweeping, 75 mph bender exhibits fine shape and two-plane movement, but he needs to work the curve down in the strike zone more consistently. Mechanically solid, Murphy loads up well on his back hip and does a fine job of accelerating his arm at release. A fast worker, he may benefit from slowing his motion down a shade and by improving his leg drive. Murphy's size (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), stuff and pitching smarts could easily push him up into the first two rounds.

Taijuan Walker, rhp
Yucaipa HS

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Walker doubles as an elite basketball player, averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds per game as a forward last season. He has great leaping ability, and his dunks on the court have made him into a local folk hero. As a junior, Walker pitched little but did play shortstop next to Diamondbacks supplemental first-rounder Matt Davidson, a third baseman. Obviously uncomfortable and ill-suited for the infield, Walker has since concentrated on pitching. Walker was terrific in a stint for the Angels Elite scout team in the fall of 2009, but since then he has been more erratic. His outings in the early part of this season were rocky, probably due to the transition from basketball to baseball. In later starts, Walker would start strongly and then struggle as a game went on. When right, Walker fires a 91-93 mph fastball that can touch 95, and adds a slider and curve. His whippy three-quarters arm action can be free and easy on some occasions, restricted and stiff on others. Scouts agree that Walker, who hasn't committed to a college yet, is a long-range project as a pitcher, but his combination of sparkling athletic ability, raw stuff and imposing build may make Walker a gamble worth taking.

Robby Rowland, rhp
Cloverdale HS

When scouts use the term "projection righthander," Rowland is exactly the type of pitcher they're talking about with his body type, athleticism and bloodlines. At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Rowland looks the part of a young Josh Johnson. He is one of the top basketball players in California and could have accepted scholarships to small Division I programs as a shooting guard. Rowland's father Rich is a former big league catcher (Tigers and Red Sox from 1990-1995), and his older brother is a college catcher. As for his actual abilities, Rowland pitches with an 87-90 mph fastball and touches 92. He uses a split-finger fastball as his primary out pitch, with an inconsistent overhand curveball, a changeup and recently developed cutter/slider. Rowland has a loose, easy, quick arm stroke from an overhand slot. When he takes his time to get out over his front leg, he gets good tilt and late run and his curveball then shows as future average pitch. He has signed with Oregon.

Tony Wolters, ss
Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista

Wolters, a San Diego recruit, was the MVP of the 2009 Aflac All-American game at Petco Park in San Diego, an impressive accomplishment considering the field was filled with elite prospects such as Jameson Taillon and Bryce Harper. Undersized (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) for any position on the field except the middle infield, Wolters almost certainly will shift to second base as a pro. He is a sensational defensive player, displaying remarkable playmaking ability, fluid actions and quick hands. Wolters has enough arm for shortstop, but his below-average speed and range make him a better fit on the right side of the infield. He's smart with strong leadership qualities and baseball instincts. Wolters' batting stance and hitting style are unique. He begins with the bat in a straight up and down posture, his hands placed near his right hip. His wide, spread-out stance in his lower half gives Wolters a bit of a Gateway Arch look. As a pitch approaches, Wolters moves his hands into a launch position and then lets the bat fly, using a pronounced sweeping upper-cut. At times, he appears to release his top hand off the bat a fraction too quickly, in effect swinging with one hand. While his swing and set-up are not traditional, it is hard to quibble with the results. He is a patient and savvy hitter, showing a knack for extending pitch counts as he waits for the ball he wants to attack. Wolters projects as an average to slightly above-average hitter with slightly below-average power.
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MLB mock draft 2.0After a solid week, LSU's Anthony Ranaudo gets back into the mixEmail Print Comments59 By Keith Law
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Ranaudo pitched his way back onto the board this week.


The 2010 Rule 4 draft is just one week away, and there haven't been many changes in the Top 10, but there's more clarity in the middle of the round than there was a week ago. The biggest change has to be the comeback of LSU starter Anthony Ranaudo, who started the year as the presumptive No. 2 pick behind Bryce Harper but struggled through an injury-plagued spring. He was solid in his start at the SEC tournament Wednesday, then was very impressive in a three-inning relief outing Sunday as the Tigers won the championship game. But questions about his price tag and what's really going on in his elbow will limit his market to teams with larger draft budgets and higher risk tolerances.






Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada No change. Harper's next game is Monday at 2 p.m. MT at the JuCo World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. SCOUTING VIDEO


Pittsburgh PiratesManny Machado, SS, Brito Miami Private High School (Fla.)Still possible they take Drew Pomeranz, but the odds of them taking Jameson Taillon remain slim. SCOUTING VIDEO



Baltimore Orioles Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands High School (Texas) If Taillon is gone -- unlikely -- they'll probably take Machado. SCOUTING VIDEO



Kansas City Royals Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University The name of the week is Minnesota catcher/right fielder Michael Kvasnicka, and this is the highest I've heard him so far.



Cleveland Indians Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss Or a college bat (Michael Choice over Zack Cox), or possibly Chris Sale if he gets here.


Arizona DiamondbacksMichael Choice, OF, Texas-ArlingtonThe Diamondbacks could also take Zack Cox, Deck McGuire or Drew Pomeranz.

New York MetsZack Cox, 3B, ArkansasThey like Brandon Workman, and Kvasnicka is also in the Mets' extended mix, although taking him over Cox would elicit a lot of criticism in the industry. Wild rumor of the week had them interested in Matt Harvey.

Houston AstrosJosh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet High School (Wash.)The fact that no one has a strong idea of what the Astros want to do is fueling a lot of rumors that didn't check out when I looked into them. One thing I did learn is that they can go over slot on the right player.

San Diego PadresKolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball StateThe Padres remain interested in Karsten Whitson and Nick Castellanos and would probably pop Zack Cox if he fell this far.

Oakland AthleticsDylan Covey, RHP, Marantha H.S.One hot rumor this week has the A's on Florida prep infielder Yordy Cabrera, but I was told that's unlikely. They remain high on Michael Choice and could consider Christian Colon here.

Toronto Blue JaysKarsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley H.S.The Jays are on everyone from Whitson to Covey to Aaron Sanchez to Justin O'Conner to Kaleb Cowart to Jake Skole (more on him in a moment).

Cincinnati RedsYasmani Grandal, C, Miami I've also heard them on Christian Colon, Gary Brown, Bryce Brentz, and most recently Arkansas CF/RHP Brett Eibner. Colon and Brown seem a little less likely because they'll probably look for a bonus over slot. SCOUTING VIDEO

Chicago White SoxDeck McGuire, RHP, Georgia TechThey're taking a non-Boras college arm -- McGuire's stock seems to be slipping, which could push him to the White Sox over Asher Wojciechowski and Barrett Loux.

Milwaukee Brewers Nick Castellanos, SS/3B, Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.)I've heard several names here as well, including Matt Harvey, but it's worth noting that Milwaukee and Houston are the subjects of the most speculation, and both scouting directors worked under Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik, who was famed for his extreme secrecy when he ran Milwaukee's drafts. SCOUTING VIDEO

Texas RangersKellin Deglan, C, Langley H.S. (B.C.)This pick is unprotected, meaning that the Rangers have to sign whomever they take here because they receive no compensation in the 2011 draft, so they're looking at signable guys like Deglan or Kvasnicka.

There's also a rumor that the Rangers are one of a few teams in hard on Georgia Tech baseball/football recruit Jake Skole, who is getting significant interest in the late first/sandwich/early second round range; he played only nine games this spring around an ankle injury that kept him out two months, but he is a premium athlete with a compact swing who did hit well in his limited time on the field. The Blue Jays are also reportedly on Skole, who'd probably cut a deal if any team took him this high.
Chicago CubsJustin O'Conner, C, Cowen H.S.Tim Wilken loves athletic kids who play multiple sports or who play as both position players and pitchers. The latter describes O'Conner, who has moved behind the plate this year with strong results.

Tampa Bay RaysBryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee StateBrentz's stock seems to have slipped a little, but I still expect him to go in the middle of the round. I do expect the Rays to go pretty heavy on prep athletes at some point in the draft, but it may not come until the second round. SCOUTING VIDEO
Los Angeles Angels (from Seattle)Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills H.S.I've also heard the Angels love O'Conner; they could take him here and hope Tago slides to 29.
Houston Astros (from Detroit)Delino DeShields Jr., 2B, Woodward Park Academy (Ga.) They're also reportedly on Texas A&M righty Barrett Loux if DeShields doesn't get here.

Boston Red Sox (from Atlanta)Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSUIf Boston could get full medical info on Ranaudo, I think this would be close to a lock … but if they could get full medical info, so could the teams ahead of them, and Ranaudo might not even make it this far. Either way, the team that takes Ranaudo will have to take a leap of faith, because he's not coming to town for a physical. The Red Sox are also interested in Vitek, Wojciechowski, Kaleb Cowart and Barrett Loux.
Minnesota TwinsAlex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio StateThe Twins supposedly want either Wimmers or Brentz and are hoping at least one of them falls to them.

Texas RangersKaleb Cowart, 3B/RHP, Cook County H.S.They could go for Cowart at 15, but that's the unprotected pick and it's more likely they'll take a very signable player there and hope Cowart gets past the Red Sox.

Florida MarlinsBarrett Loux, RHP, Texas A&MIndustry consensus has the Fish taking a college arm, with Seth Blair in the mix, but they reportedly also love Aaron Sanchez and are on Marcus Knecht for their second-round pick.

San Francisco GiantsChristian Colon, SS, Cal State FullertonI keep hearing the Giants on bats, including Colon and Brentz.

St. Louis Cardinals Stetson Allie, RHP/3B, St. Edwards H.S. I've heard the Cardinals are heavy on Allie, although hearing they might take a prep arm with their first pick in consecutive years made my head explode.

Colorado RockiesCam Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta H.S.They also like Allie a ton and have been linked to Arizona State's Seth Blair, although they don't have much history of taking players advised by Scott Boras.

Philadelphia PhilliesJesse Biddle, LHP, Germantown Friends AcademyI don't think this is just an example of a team being attached to the local kid, although that's always possible. The Phils are also on Christian Yelich and, somewhat paradoxically, Mike Kvasnicka.

Los Angeles DodgersBrett Eibner, CF/RHP, ArkansasThe Dodgers could be another landing spot for Ranaudo if he slides past the Red Sox, and they're also on Bedrosian.

Los Angeles Angels (from Boston)Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Barstow H.S.They also like Bedrosian, who seems very likely to go in the 25-35 range now, and UCLA commit Adam Plutko.

Los Angeles AngelsA.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (Fla.)It's possible that they won't go back to the well for a third prep arm if they get two at 18 and 29, but those are three guys they're on right now. SCOUTING VIDEO

Tampa Bay RaysBrandon Workman, RHP, TexasI've also heard the Rays on Derek Dietrich and Drew Vettleson; whoever they take here, it'll probably be a predraft agreement because the pick is unprotected. I am having a hard time imagining a pitcher of Workman's caliber and track record getting out of the top 30, but it is a weird year.

New York YankeesChristian Yelich, 1B/OF, Westlake H.S.They remain interested in Tyrell Jenkins, Ryan Lamarre and Jacksonville State outfielder Todd Cunningham, as well as any high-ticket player who should fall to them for money reasons.

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No one could have predicted that pitcher Mike Leake would go from college pitcher straight to the Majors this spring after he was the eighth overall pick by the Reds in the 2009 Draft.

As he prepares for the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Reds scouting director Chris Buckley will make this prediction: History won't repeat itself so soon.

 

"I wouldn't expect it to happen again," Buckley said. "That doesn't happen too often."

This time around, the Reds have the 12th overall selection and will stick to their mantra of selecting the best available player. It doesn't matter what the needs are now because they may not be needs three to five years from now.


In about 50 words
Once considered one of the bottom organizations in terms of developing players, the Reds now have a better reputation and a deeper talent pool. The franchise has embraced the notion of building with homegrown players. That has become evident with four former first-rounders on the current roster in Leake, Bruce, Drew Stubbs and Homer Bailey, joined by many more of their own developed players like Joey Votto, Chris Heisey, Chris Dickerson and Paul Janish.

 

The scoop
"It's an average Draft. It's a little tougher because we're a little deeper at 12th this year than eighth, where we were last year. Now we're at the mercy of 11 teams. That makes it tougher. I'm very confident that a lot of people we like will be selected ahead of us." -- Reds director of scouting Chris Buckley


First-round buzz
The Reds have been linked to a few players in mock Drafts, including that of MLB.com's Mayo, which recently had them picking outfielder Bryce Brentz out of Middle Tennessee State. If he is still around, Georgia Tech pitcher Deck McGuire is someone the club likes, as is Univ. of Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice. An intriguing possibility is Ohio State right-handed pitcher Alex Wimmers, a Cincinnati native who attended Moeller High School.

 

Shopping list
Leake's success as a sinkerball pitcher that keeps the ball down is among the reasons the Reds will place a higher premium on ground-ball pitchers. Great American Ball Park is a homer haven, but pitchers can succeed if they can keep the ball on the ground.

 

Trend watch
The Reds have trended towards taking college talent in most of their Drafts in the past few years. Budget size often has a lot to do with the age of the players taken. High school players with college scholarships often require higher bonuses than players already in college. As a small market team with a smaller budget than teams like the Yankees or Red Sox, the Reds are more likely to spend less when possible and that means going on campus.



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From BA Q&A

    CD (Cols, Ohio): Is Alex Wimmers stock rising or falling as the draft approaches? Our the Reds @ 12 a possibility?

John Manuel: "Are" the Reds a possibility? Yes, they are, but he's not the 12th-best . His stock took a hit with his hamstring injury, and he's got to prove to me he's healthy after his final start. Nice going-away present by Bob Todd at Ohio State to keep Wimmers in the game that got suspended, so Wimmers pitched one or two IP on Friday and then came back with five or so on Saturday. Connor did a Wimmers feature this year and agrees that he could go 12 but probably should not on talent. He may be the guy who winds up highest on Cincy's board who will sign for slot at 12, and this draft board has little separation, so while I don't see him at 12, I could see how a team could take him 12th.


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June 3, 2010

1. Washington Nationals: This is now a no-brainer. Over the course of the spring, we've slowly gone from "Will they take Harper?" to "Will they sign Haper?" to "How much will they pay Harper?" He's going No. 1, and you could even end up seeing a creative deal that, on paper, gets him more than Stephen Strasburg received.

Pick: Bryce Harper, C/OF, College of Southern Nevada


2. Pittsburgh Pirates: What was once a race that involved several players, including some of the top college arms, looks like it's been whittled down to two. Prep right-hander Jameson Taillon is the best non-Harper player in the country, but the Pirates fear what his price tag might be, and as ironic as it might sound they prefer Scott Boras client Manny Machado. Machado is the best high school position player in the country, and he projects to hit for both average and power. The only knock against him is average speed and a body that will thicken up, likely leading to a position change down the road.

Pick: Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)

3. Baltimore Orioles: With a number of high-ceiling teenage power arms to pick from last year, the Orioles instead went the safe route by choosing Matt Hobgood with the fifth overall pick. They won't make the same mistake again. Taillon is a relative steal at three regardless of the price. Between his size (6-foot-7, 230), upper-90s fastball, and plus-plus power curve, he's the best high school arm scouts have seen in the last few years.

Pick: Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)


4. Kansas City Royals: It's a rare year when the top three talents in the draft actually go with the first three picks, and that leaves the Royals with the first tough decision. Nearly all of their focus has been on college talent, and it could come down to a coin flip between Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz. Sale has the edge on both of performance and scouting level, and his May 1st start against Clemson, when he struck out 10 over eight innings while giving up just four hits, eliminated concerns about his level of competition. This could go either way, still.

Pick: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast


5. Cleveland Indians: The Indians are still working off a large list. After years of safe college choices, they were hoping to find some big upside with this pick, but nobody fitting that profile really makes sense here. One rumor gaining steam has them connected to high school righty Stetson Allie, a Cleveland-area product with better pure stuff than arguably anyone in the draft, but an expected high price tag and extremely limited track record of success are scaring teams this high up more than they are being intrigued by them. Six weeks ago, Cleveland couldn't have dreamed of Pomeranz being available here, and they'll be happy to scoop him up.

Pick: Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi


6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Arizona has been focused on pitching all spring, specifically on the college type that can help quickly. Georgia Tech's Deck McGuire certainly fits that profile, but while he offers arguably more certainly than any pitcher in the draft, he doesn't rank high when it comes to upside. North Carolina's Matt Harvey has been surging up draft boards of late, and could land as high as six after looking like a mid-to-late first-round pick a month ago.

Pick: Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina

7. New York Mets: The Mets have been focused primarily on the college hitting class, with Michael Choice, Christian Colon, and Kolbrin Vitek all in play. Zach Cox is the best pure hitter, maybe in the entire draft, and if the Mets think he can become just acceptable at second base, his questionable power ceiling becomes less of an issue.

Pick: Zack Cox, 3B/2B, Arkansas


8. Houston Astros: Houston is focused on upside in the first round, but at the same time, they wouldn't mind something that could help them a little quicker than your standard high-school toolshed. In a system with virtually no power, Michael Choice offers a mature college bat with a huge power ceiling, as well as impressive right field tools that allow for some upside. He's the perfect fit here, but Houston still could end up tempted by a pure dream machine like high school outfielder Austin Wilson.

Pick: Michael Choice, OF, UT-Arlington


9. San Diego Padres: The Padres have no one focus other than adding talent, and that's a commendable approach. They're looking at college arms who might drop to them, college hitters like Cox, Choice and Vitek, and some of the top high school pitchers like Karsten Whitson. They're very high on Vitek, but the Ball State infielder did himself few favors with a poor showing at the MAC tournament, and Florida high schooler Nick Castellanos has been surging up various draft boards. He's a big, athletic third baseman with hitting skills and plenty of power potential, and he offers more upside than Vitek, with a bat that earns consensus high grades that lets the Padres feel a bit more comfortable with the risk.

Pick: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)


10. Oakland Athletics: Like San Diego, Oakland is a bit of a wild card without a specific focus, as they've been attached to players in every quadrant of the draft map except college pitching, with some late focus on high school catcher Justin O'Conner. Choice and Cox are the players they seem to most desire, but with them off the board, things get a bit complicated. Christian Colon provides up-the-middle skills, a great performance record, and as a bonus, he added an impressive power aspect to his game this year. The A's proved last year that they will no longer shy away from Scott Boras clients, and Colon could be their man.

Pick: Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton


11. Toronto Blue Jays: Half of my sources think the Jays will make a big splash with this pick, and the other half think they'll play it safe and hope that one of the top college players slips to them. High school outfielder Josh Sale could actually go as high as eight to Houston, and he's a backup choice for many teams between eight and 15. Some feel he's the best high school hitter in the draft, and he offers considerable raw power, but he's not an athlete and will likely be limited to left field. The Jays will also look at some high school arms here, but Sale could be too good to pass up.

Pick: Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchett HS (WA)


12. Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have been attached to Miami catcher Yasmini Grandal throughout the spring, but two things could stand in the way of the selection. Grandal shares the same agent with the Reds' 2008 first-round pick, Yonder Alonso, and that negotiation created more animosity than friendship. Further complicating matters is the recent development of Grandal floating a huge price tag that virtually no team thinks he is worth. By coincidence more than design, Cincinnati has had a focus on Midwest talent like Ohio State righty Alex Wimmers and Vitek, but the college arms left offer nothing more than third starter-level upside at best, while Vitek has teams waiting to put him in center field where his bat becomes even more valuable.

Pick: Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State



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The BA Draft

Three of our experts take their own turns picking talent


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I will be doing an updated top 20, but I will say I am really high on Vitek. I just love what I read about him. I am not quite sure why I feel this way, but I get this feeling that Vitek is going to hit like Votto.  I don't think it will happen, but I really hope he is still on the board when we pick.

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MLB Bonus Baby (Mock Draft #8 - First Round)


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I hear ya on vitek, he's one of top oh 5 or better position guys. 

LOOKING AT THE DRAFT: Reds scouting director Chris Buckley says there's a big difference between picking eighth as the Reds did in last year's draft and picking 12th as they will this year when it starts Monday.

"Those four picks make a difference as far as guessing who's going in front of you," Buckley said.

This year's draft is similar to last year's in that everyone knows who is going No. 1. Last year, it was Stephen Strasburg. This year, it's catcher Bryce Harper.

The draft is not as deep as last year's.

Baseball America projected Christian Colon as the Reds' pick. Colon, a shortstop from Cal State-Fullerton, is a possibility.

"Some of the names you see in Baseball America are guys we're looking at," Buckley said. "Colon, Alex Wimmers."

Buckley said the Reds' pick likely would come from the following group (all are college players), listed by their BA rank:

7. RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech: He's 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA. Got roughed up in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

9. SS Colon: Hitting .350 with 14 homers and 55 RBI. Projects more as a second baseman.

14. CF Gary Brown, Cal State-Fullerton: Hitting .438 with 13 homers, 54 RBI and 31 steals.

21. RHP Wimmers, Ohio State: The Moeller grad went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA before being sidelined with a hamstring injury. He's healthy now.

25. 2B Kolbin Vitek, Ball State: Hitting .368 with 17 homers, 68 RBI, 15 steals.

"These are all guys we've scouted all year," Buckley said. "We're just now starting to talk to agents and putting together our board."

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