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RE: 2010 Amateur Draft Thread II - The Future

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Posted: 6/4/2010 10:48 AM

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I just wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for this thread and others. I may not participate in the convo's as much as I used to, but I still check in daily to read the information you guys provide on everything from the draft to how the young pups are doing on the farm. It's nice to get it all in one place. Gracias.
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Posted: 6/4/2010 11:11 AM

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I like taking a pitcher with that pick unless there is just a no brainer which it doesn't look like there is. 

Cincinnati kids have done will in Cincinnati before I like that pick, but regardless I like pitchers.


 

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Posted: 6/4/2010 3:52 PM

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The Royals and Reds are leaning towards college players.


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Posted: 6/4/2010 3:54 PM

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You're welcome.


YearOfTheHusky wrote: I just wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for this thread and others. I may not participate in the convo's as much as I used to, but I still check in daily to read the information you guys provide on everything from the draft to how the young pups are doing on the farm. It's nice to get it all in one place. Gracias.
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Posted: 6/4/2010 7:35 PM

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I will only be pissed if we take McGuire (and I don't think he will fall past AZ).

I think there are better options than Wimmers, although I could live with it. Vitek is very intriguing.

Still want Colon (#1 choice) or Brown (kid has elite speed) all things being considered.

D*mn it I am looking forward to Monday.

cincykid wrote: 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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Posted: 6/4/2010 7:42 PM

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Now he FINALLY gets it........



Round 1 Mock Draft | Round 1 Sandwich Mock Draft Updated: June 3rd.


 Washington Nationals  logo - MLB
Draft#:1
Bryce Harper
Ht/Wt: 6-3/205 lbs
Position: C
School: Las Vegas HS, Nv.

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Draft#:2
Manny Machado
Ht/Wt: 6-2/180 lbs
Position: SS
School: Brito HS (FL)

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Draft#:3
Jameson Taillon
Ht/Wt: 6-5/215 lbs
Position: RHP
School: The Woodlands HS, Tx.

 Kansas City Royals  logo - MLB
Draft#:4
Drew Pomeranz
Ht/Wt: 6-5/231 lbs
Position: LHP
School: University of Mississippi

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Draft#:5
Chris Sale
Ht/Wt: 6-6/172 lbs
Position: LHP
School: Florida Gulf Coast

 Arizona Diamondbacks  logo - MLB
Draft#:6
Deck McGuire
Ht/Wt: 6-6/223 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Georgia Tech

 New York Mets  logo - MLB
Draft#:7
Yasmani Grandal
Ht/Wt: 6-2/210 lbs
Position: C
School: Miami

 Houston Astros  logo - MLB
Draft#:8
Zack Cox
Ht/Wt: 6-0/215 lbs
Position: 3B
School: Arkansas

 San Diego Padres  logo - MLB
Draft#:9
Michael Choice
Ht/Wt: 6-1/190 lbs
Position: OF
School: Texas-Arlington

 Oakland Athletics  logo - MLB
Draft#:10
Josh Sale
Ht/Wt: 6-0/205 lbs
Position: 3B/OF
School: Bishop Blanchet HS, Wa.

 Toronto Blue Jays  logo - MLB
Draft#:11
Karsten Whitson
Ht/Wt: 6-4/190 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Chipley HS (FL)



 Cincinnati Reds  logo - MLB
Draft#:12
Christian Colon
Ht/Wt: 6-0/185 lbs
Position: SS
School: Cal-State Fullerton

 Chicago White Sox  logo - MLB
Draft#:13
Alex Wimmers
Ht/Wt: 6-2/195 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Ohio State

 Milwaukee Brewers  logo - MLB
Draft#:14
Brandon Workman
Ht/Wt: 6-5/220 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Texas

 Texas Rangers  logo - MLB
Draft#:15*
Bryce Brentz
Ht/Wt: 6-0/185 lbs
Position: OF
School: Middle Tennessee State

 Chicago Cubs  logo - MLB
Draft#:16
Asher Wojciechowski
Ht/Wt: 6-4/235 lbs
Position: RHP
School: The Citadel

 Tampa Bay Rays  logo - MLB
Draft#:17
Nick Castellanos
Ht/Wt: 6-4/200 lbs
Position: SS/3B
School: Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fl.

 Seattle Mariners  logo - MLB
Draft#:18*
Dylan Covey
Ht/Wt: 6-2/200 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Maranatha HS (CA)

 Detroit Tigers logo - MLB
Draft#:19*
Kolbrin Vitek
Ht/Wt: 6-3/195 lbs
Position: 2B
School: Ball State

 Atlanta Braves  logo - MLB
Draft#:20*
Anthony Ranaudo
Ht/Wt: 6-7/231 lbs
Position: RHP
School: LSU

Minnesota Twins logo - MLB
Draft#:21
Austin Wilson
Ht/Wt: 6-4/210 lbs
Position: OF
School: Harvard-Westlake School, Ca.

 Texas Rangers  logo - MLB
Draft#:22
Aaron Sanchez
Ht/Wt: 6-3/170 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Barstow HS



 Florida Marlins  logo - MLB
Draft#:23
Brett Eibner
Ht/Wt: 6-3/195 lbs
Position: RHP/OF
School: Arkansas

 San Francisco Giants  logo - MLB
Draft#:24
Kaleb Cowart
Ht/Wt: 6-3/190 lbs
Position: 3B/RHP
School: Cook County HS, Ga.

 St. Louis Cardinals  logo - MLB
Draft#:25
Stetson Allie
Ht/Wt: 6-3/215 lbs
Position: RHP/3B
School: St. Edward HS, Oh.

 Colorado Rockies  logo - MLB
Draft#:26
Kevin Gausman
Ht/Wt: 6-3/175 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Grandview HS (CO)

 Philadelphia Phillies  logo - MLB
Draft#:27
James Paxton
Ht/Wt: 6-4/215 lbs
Position: LHP
School: Kentucky

 Los Angeles Dodgers  logo - MLB
Draft#:28
Justin O'Conner
Ht/Wt: 6-1/190 lbs
Position: C
School: Cowan HS (Ind.)

 Boston Red Sox  logo - MLB
Draft#:29*
A.J. Cole
Ht/Wt: 6-5/190 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Oviedo HS, Fla.

 Los Angeles Angels  logo - MLB
Draft#:30
Delino DeShields
Ht/Wt: 5-8/185 lbs
Position: 2B/CF
School: Woodward Academy (Ga.)

 Tampa Bay Rays  logo - MLB
Draft#:31*
Matt Harvey
Ht/Wt: 6-4/210 lbs
Position: RHP
School: North Carolina

 New York Yankees  logo - MLB
Draft#:32
Tyrell Jenkins
Ht/Wt: 6-4/175 lbs
Position: RHP
School: Henderson HS (TX)


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Posted: 6/4/2010 7:49 PM

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There could be a big shake-up in the top five with Pittsburgh as the wild card

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Getty Images Michael Choice has a ton of raw power. He's also linked to a number of pick possibilities.

One more interim update before the final projection appears on Monday morning. Note that the comments here are more about the changes made since my most recent mock from last week, not deeper evaluations.


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Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada

No change. Harper's next game is Monday at 2 p.m. MT at the JC World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. SCOUTING VIDEO

James Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands High School (Texas)

A fairly dramatic about-face, if true, as the Pirates have indicated all spring they'd probably eschew high school arms in the first round, as they did last year in passing on lefty Tyler Matzek. SCOUTING VIDEO

Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private, Miami (Fla.)

If the Pirates take Machado, the O's will take Taillon. SCOUTING VIDEO

Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University

I heard Thursday evening that the Royals would love for Machado to fall to them, which would preclude the possibility of the Mets landing him. Other than Machado, I haven't heard the Royals on a high school name.

If Pomeranz is gone, look for Michael Choice.

Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina

The first wild card here -- they could take any of the previous four guys ahead of Harvey if one of them falls. The D-backs have said all spring they won't go over slot, and Harvey doesn't look like a slot kind of guy. SCOUTING VIDEO

Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas

Hearing Harvey strongly here the past few days, and if something goes awry and drops someone else to Arizona, Harvey would go here.

Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet High School (Wash.)

I've heard Michael Choice's name here twice in the past 48 hours. The Astros love Sale and won't get him at 19.

Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley High School (Fla.)

The weird thing about Whitson is that if he doesn't go here, he could slide to No. 20 or beyond, even though to many people (including me) he's the second-best prep arm in the draft, possibly third behind Covey.

Michael Choice, OF, Texas-Arlington

Justin O'Conner or Christian Colon also fit here.

Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton

Could be Choice if he gets here or O'Conner. I'm hearing it's unlikely they do a prep arm here. It's pretty funny that Oakland and Toronto are on the same three guys. Just like old times!

I'm only hearing them on college players, including Colon and Gary Brown. SCOUTING VIDEO

One non-college pitcher possibility: Nick Castellanos, who is also in play at No. 14 and several spots beyond that.

Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech

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.

Delino DeShields Jr., CF, Woodward Academy, College Park (Ga.)

Cox would fit here if the Mets pass on him.

Justin O'Conner, C, Cowen High School, Muncie (Ind.)

Also hearing them on DeShields.

Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State

I get the sense the Rays are open to anything with this pick, from a performing college player to a high-upside high school bat, but they may not take a prep arm 'til the sandwich round.SCOUTING VIDEO

Los Angeles Angels (from Seattle)
Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha High School, Pasadena (Calif.)

The Angels have been connected to most of the high-end prep players in SoCal, and at this point it looks like they may get their pick.

Houston Astros (from Detroit)
Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State

They'd love DeShields if he falls here, but I think that's unlikely, so they may have to choose at No. 8 between him and Sale. Also potentially on Barrett Loux or Reggie Golden, although I think Golden will be there in the sandwich round.

Boston Red Sox (from Atlanta)
Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU

Hearing the Red Sox and Blue Jays strongly on Mel Rojas Jr. in the sandwich round.

Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State

The Twins/Wimmers rumor has been strong for a few weeks, although it's not a lock that he gets here.

He might fit better at 15, where the pick is unprotected, but the Rangers may have opportunities to get a player with more upside at that pick and could roll the dice on getting Workman through the Rays and Astros to this spot.

Barrett Loux, RHP, Texas A&M

Or, as before, Aaron Sanchez. New name to watch here: local RHP Luke Jackson, who might otherwise go at 33 to Houston.

Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)

Castellanos is a pretty advanced high school bat in a draft that doesn't offer many of them, and I'm a little surprised that I'm not hearing more interest on him in the top 20.

Stetson Allie, RHP/3B, St. Edwards High School, Lakewood (Ohio)

If Allie really falls to No. 25 despite being one of the hardest throwers in the draft class, it might be an indication of how much the draft has changed over the past 10 years to an increased emphasis on polish over raw tools.

Kevin Gausman, RHP, Grandview High School, Aurora (Colo.)

Ordinarily I pick on teams that just take the local kid, but if I was Colorado, a pitcher who has already shown he can pitch at altitude would be very appealing.

Christian Yelich, 1B/OF, Westlake High School (Calif.)

Also hearing them on Jesse Biddle and Minnesota catcher Mike Kvasnicka, who seems to be a backup plan for teams as high as the Royals and the Mets.

Drew Vettleson, OF, Central Kitsap High School, Silverdale (Wash.)

The Dodgers do have a history of taking two-way players in the first round under Logan White and Tim Hallgren, including Ethan Martin and James Loney.

Los Angeles Angels (from Boston)
Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills High School, Dana Point (Calif.)

They might take him at No. 18 if some of these prep arms go higher than I'm projecting.

Tony Wolters, SS, Rancho Buena Vista High School, Vista (Calif.)

Apparently it's a running joke in SoCal that Angels scouting director Eddie Bane hasn't missed any of Wolters' games. I've also heard them on Cam Bedrosian, Aaron Sanchez and Mike Lorenzen, the last one more likely in the sandwich round.

Derek Dietrich, SS, Georgia Tech

Drew Vettleson is also in the mix if he gets here. This pick is unprotected, so this will be a player who agrees in advance on the terms of a deal.

Gary Brown, CF, Cal State Fullerton

Also hearing them on Vettleson, Mike Lorenzen, Todd Cunningham, Jesse Biddle, Tyrell Jenkins, A.J. Cole and about a trillion other players.

The most notable name not here is Kaleb Cowart, who may be a victim of the flight to safety that has teams shying away from prep pitchers (for now -- that may change by Monday) and a somewhat high price tag that would make him a tough sign outside of the top 10 picks. Today's projection, if I continued into the sandwich round, would make Canadian catcher Kellin Deglan available for Toronto at No. 34.

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Posted: 6/4/2010 8:06 PM

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More to look at.

These Harvey moving up the board rumors do not shock me. That kid has a live arm. Potential elite closer down the road.



Mock Draft: June 4

Jim Callis' updated look at how the draft will shape up

By Jim Callis
June 4, 2010


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Three days before the draft, we have a lock to go No. 1 overall and two near-certainties for the second and third picks. The Nationals will take College of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper with the first choice, and the Pirates and Orioles will take the two best high school players, Texas righthander Jameson Taillon and Florida shortstop Manny Machado, in either order.

Nothing else has been settled. Teams will try to pinpoint the asking prices of potential first-rounders this weekend, and in some cases try to get a final look at players in high school and college playoffs. From the Royals at No. 4 and on down, first-round picks remain very fluid.

Below is our third guess at how the first round will play out. We'll have a final mock first round early Monday morning, then continue to report information as we get it leading up to the draft, which begins at 7 p.m. at MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.

1. NATIONALS. Harper's season ended when he was ejected during a Junior College World Series game on Wednesday, and Southern Nevada was eliminated the next day while he sat out with a mandatory related suspension. He's immature, but he's also one of the best power prospects in draft history.

PROJECTED PICK: BRYCE HARPER.

2. PIRATES. All indications are that the Pirates are deciding between Taillon and Machado. While they avoided taking a high-priced prep pitcher with the No. 4 selection a year ago, Taillon remains very much in their discussion.

PROJECTED PICK: MANNY MACHADO.

3. ORIOLES. Baltimore is just going to sit back and see who's left: a tremendous power hitter (Harper), a younger model of Josh Beckett (Taillon) or a potential five-tool shortstop (Machado). If the Pirates went in a different direction and left the Orioles with a choice, Baltimore would probably take Taillon.

PROJECTED PICK: JAMESON TAILLON.

4. ROYALS. If one of the big three doesn't fall to Kansas City, they Royals probably will choose between a pair of college lefthanders, and Florida Gulf Coast's Chris Sale seems to be moving ahead of Mississippi's Drew Pomeranz on several draft boards. If the Royals want a bat, they could pop Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice, who's in play for virtually every team behind them. This also is the high-water mark for The Citadel righthander Asher Wojciechowski.

PROJECTED PICK: CHRIS SALE.

5. INDIANS. They'd like Sale. If he's gone, Cleveland will consider Pomeranz along with hitters such as Choice, Arkansas third baseman Zach Cox and Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal. Many teams believe both Cox and Grandal want lucrative above-slot deals, in which case they could slide for a while.

PROJECTED PICK: MICHAEL CHOICE.

6. DIAMONDBACKS. Arizona is focusing on college pitching. The Diamondbacks could choose between one of the lefties or righthanders Deck McGuire (Georgia Tech) or Matt Harvey (North Carolina). Pomeranz wouldn't have lasted this long six weeks ago, but after battling a strained pectoral muscle he looked good again in the Southeastern Conference tournament last week.

PROJECTED PICK: DREW POMERANZ.

7. METS. Teams picking behind the Mets have little idea what they might do. Though they're making noise about paying Taillon or Machado if they got this far, it's also easy to say that because it won't happen. New York sticks to slot as much as any club, which could eliminate Cox and Grandal. The Mets are bearing down heavily on a pair of catchers, Minnesota's Mike Kvasnicka and Indiana high schooler Justin O'Conner, who would be money-saving picks. There's also talk they're switching from hitting to pitching, which could lead them to the resurgent Harvey—though he's advised by the Boras Corp. It's possible they could elevate another pitcher and reduce costs that way.

PROJECTED PICK: MATT HARVEY.

8. ASTROS. Houston has been on Washington high school outfielder Josh Sale's power bat all spring, but its ardor for Georgia high school outfielder Delino DeShields' athleticism is equally well known. With the Blue Jays (No. 11) and Rays (No. 17) interested in DeShields and picking before the Astros' next choice at No. 19, Houston could switch to DeShields.

PROJECTED PICK: JOSH SALE.

9. PADRES. San Diego has been tied to Ball State second baseman Kolbrin Vitek, who would move to center field, for weeks. Other possibilities include Choice, Cox, Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon (their 10th-round pick out of high school in 2007) and Florida high school third baseman Nick Castellanos. The only pitcher mentioned here is Florida prep righthander Karsten Whitson, who has climbed over the field to rank as the second-best pitcher in the high school crop behind Taillon.

PROJECTED PICK: KOLBRIN VITEK.

10. ATHLETICS. Oakland will wait and see who falls to No. 10. Choice probably won't make it thus far, but Cox stands a good chance. The A's also could go for O'Conner or Colon, though Colon would be the third straight college middle infielder they've drafted. McGuire could tempt them to go for a pitcher.

PROJECTED PICK: ZACK COX.

11. BLUE JAYS. Toronto is cooling on taking California high school outfielder Austin Wilson, one of the draft's toughest signs, but the Blue Jays want athletes and are willing to spend money. If Choice is gone, the Blue Jays may try to beat the Astros to the punch on DeShields, and they're one of a few clubs in on fast-rising Georgia high school outfielder Jake Skole. They'd rather get Skole in the sandwich round but he might not last that long. Whitson and Josh Sale also could be in the mix.

PROJECTED PICK. DELINO DeSHIELDS.

12. REDS. Cincinnati will take the best player who will sign for close to slot money. Colon may be the best player on the board, but he's also advised by the Boras Corp. If that deal can't happen, the Reds would turn to McGuire, Middle Tennessee State outfielder Bryce Brentz or Ohio State righthander Alex Wimmers.

PROJECTED PICK: CHRISTIAN COLON.

13. WHITE SOX. Chicago wants a college pitcher and may get a nice surprise in McGuire, who projected to go in the top 10 for most of the spring. If he doesn't drop to No. 13, righthanders Brandon Workman (Texas), Asher Wojciechowski (The Citadel) and Wimmers would be in play.

PROJECTED PICK: DECK McGUIRE.

14. BREWERS. As much as Milwaukee needs pitching, the most persistent talk has it opting for Castellanos instead. The Brewers also are looking at the same arms as the White Sox, and could be the first team that would take enigmatic Louisiana State righthander Anthony Ranaudo, Texas A&M righty Barret Loux and fast-rising Florida high school righty Luke Jackson.

PROJECTED PICK: NICK CASTELLANOS.

15. RANGERS. This bonus pick for failing to sign Matt Purke last year is unprotected by further compensation, so selecting Cox or Grandal would be extremely risky. If Texas sticks to full value and slot money with the choice, Wojciechowski or Workman would fit. If the Rangers want to push someone up their board they can sign quickly and easily, Skole, Kvasnicka, Canadian high school catcher Kellin Deglan and Georgia prep outfielder Aaron Shipman are options. With Skole's stock soaring, he might not come at a discount any longer.

PROJECTED PICK: ASHER WOJCIECHOWSKI.

16. CUBS. Two players repeatedly get mentioned with Chicago: O'Conner and Whitson. Wojciechowski and Wimmers are back-burner options.

PROJECTED PICK: JUSTIN O'CONNER.

17. RAYS. Adding Whitson or fellow Florida high school righthander A.J. Cole to its stable of arms may be difficult for Tampa Bay to resist. On the off chance Josh Sale slid to No. 17, the Rays would pounce. They're also interested in athletic outfielders, and if they lose out on DeShields and Skole, Alabama high schooler Reggie Golden could be next on their list. Though Tampa Bay could use a catcher, it doesn't appear to be targeting Grandal.

PROJECTED PICK: KARSTEN WHITSON

18. ANGELS. Los Angeles is linked to every quality California high school pitcher, including Dylan Covey, Scott Frazier, Aaron Sanchez, Peter Tago and Taijuan Walker. Covey never figured to get this far until his performance dipped late in the spring, and the Angels could take Whitson or Ohio high school righthander Stetson Allie here and try to get Covey with pick No. 29 or 30.

PROJECTED PICK: DYLAN COVEY.

19. ASTROS. Houston would love to get DeShields here, but it may have to settle for Golden or Arkansas outfielder/righthander Brett Eibner, whom they failed to sign as a fourth-rounder out of high school three years ago.

PROJECTED PICK: REGGIE GOLDEN.

20. RED SOX. No team is the center of more rumors than Boston. The Red Sox appear to have the most interest of any team in the first round in Ranaudo, who came down with a stress reaction in his elbow in his first start and only recently has begun to resemble the dominant pitcher who helped LSU win the 2009 College World Series. Other clubs think reports that Grandal wants to match Buster Posey's $6 million bonus are a ploy to drop him to Boston, which needs catching help and drafted him out of high school in 2007 (27th round). Castellanos' signability also scares some teams, and he could land with the Red Sox as well. There's also a school of thought that the Red Sox rarely venture well over slot in the first round, with Casey Kelly in 2008 the lone exception under GM Theo Epstein, and will sign someone for slot at No. 20 and spend heavily in the sandwich round at No. 36 and 39. In that case, they could look at Vitek, Workman, Brentz or Skole.

PROJECTED PICK: ANTHONY RANAUDO.

21. TWINS. Minnesota reportedly covets the strike-throwing Wimmers. If he's gone, the Twins would consider Workman, Brentz and Golden.

PROJECTED PICK: ALEX WIMMERS.

22. RANGERS. Texas could grab Brentz or Workman, two players it could consider at No. 15. If the Rangers are allowed to go over slot while in the midst of bankruptcy and the sale of the franchise, they could go for Texas high school righthander/Louisiana State quarterback recruit Zach Lee or Georgia prep righthander/third baseman Kaleb Cowart. Cowart's desire to hit and price tag could drop him out of the first round altogether.

PROJECTED PICK: BRYCE BRENTZ.

23. MARLINS. Florida will stick to slot as usual but is leaning toward taking a college player in the first round for just the second time in six years. Texas A&M Barret Loux, who struck out 10 in a regional outing against Florida International, is the name mentioned most. Eibner is also a possibility, and the Marlins appear to be the first team in on Illinois high school righthander Mike Foltynewicz.

PROJECTED PICK: BARRET LOUX.

24. GIANTS. Bet on a bat for the offensively-challenged Giants. Castellanos and Brentz would be targets if they were still available. San Francisco appears to like West Virginia shortstop Jedd Gyorko over Eibner and Georgia Tech shortstop Derek Dietrich.

PROJECTED PICK: JEDD GYORKO.

25. CARDINALS. St. Louis will scoop up someone who lasts longer than expected. Workman, Allie and Grandal are the most likely candidates.

PROJECTED PICK: BRANDON WORKMAN.

26. ROCKIES. The Rockies are showing a lot of interest in Clemson outfielder/quarterback Kyle Parker. They're also following high school righthanders Kevin Gausman (a homestate product) and Cam Bedrosian (son of former Cy Young award winner Steve).

PROJECTED PICK: KYLE PARKER.

27. PHILLIES. Philadelphia appears to be the only club that would make a run on Wilson in the first round. They'll take a high-upside player, such as Allie or Texas high school pitcher/Baylor quarterback recruit Tyrell Jenkins. GM Ruben Amaro made multiple appearance at Philadelphia prep lefthander Jesse Biddle's games, but No. 27 for Biddle seems like a bit of a stretch. California high school first baseman Christian Yelich is another dark horse.

PROJECTED PICK: STETSON ALLIE.

28. DODGERS. Los Angeles is connected with several high school players who figure to sign for slot: Jenkins, Washington outfielder Drew Vettleson, Cole and Foltynewicz. The Dodgers would like a shot at O'Conner but are unlikely to get it.

PROJECTED PICK: A.J. COLE.

29. ANGELS. Many of the pitchers Los Angeles will consider at No. 18 will still be available 11 picks later. The Angels also are on college arms such as Arizona State righthander Seth Blair and San Diego lefty Sammy Solis.

PROJECTED PICK: PETER TAGO.

30. ANGELS. Los Angeles isn't afraid of high school arms, and it could prove it by taking three in the first round. The Angels also could expand their search beyond the West Coast and look at Allie and Whitson if they drop. They're showing strong late interest in Bedrosian.

PROJECTED PICK: CAM BEDROSIAN.

31. RAYS. Like No. 15, this bonus choice for failing to sign LeVon Washington won't garner any further compensation. But if Grandal really falls this far, he may be impossible to resist. If Tampa Bay sticks to safer signs, it could go for Gyorko, Jenkins, Kvasnicka or Dietrich, or even cut a deal with California high school outfielder Michael Lorenzen. There's an outside chance someone like Brentz or Workman could still be on the board.

PROJECTED PICK: YASMANI GRANDAL.

32. YANKEES. Despite New York's deep pockets, it seems more likely to sign a player for closer to slot than for big money in the first round. Michigan outfielder Ryan LaMarre, Virginia Tech outfielder Austin Wates, Jenkins, Gyorko and Yelich are among the prime candidates.

PROJECTED PICK: RYAN LaMARRE.
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Posted: 6/4/2010 9:54 PM

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Dude, if true, this is a big deal.

I really had a feeling there was smoke to that fire...............



Royals Have Agreement With Grandal?

By Zach Links [June 4 at 8:07pm CST]

The Royals are believed to have a deal in place with Yasmani Grandal for the fourth overall pick, industry sources tell Frankie Piliere of Fanhouse.com (via Twitter).  Yesterday, an MLB executive told ESPN's Keith Law that Grandal is looking for "Buster Posey money".  Posey received a $6.2MM bonus from the Giants.

Kansas City has been linked to the catcher since April when it was first rumored that they were looking at him as a candidate for the fourth overall pick.  In his latest mock draft, Law has Grandal falling to the Reds at the 12th overall selection. However, he ranks the University of Miami product as the ninth best prospect in the draft.

Our own Mike Axisa recently took a look at Grandal, calling him the best all-around catcher in the 2010 draft.

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Posted: 6/5/2010 10:44 AM

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Um, you were saying?

I didn't but clearly the team did. GD it.

And yes, that catcher is nice.
RDriesenUD wrote: 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.


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Posted: 6/5/2010 10:47 AM

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Yep. I also must say, I am not as high on Colon as you are. I won't hate the pick, but not the guy I would take. Also, it doesn't help that every time I watch CSF, he doesn't play good. ;)


Grandal's possible jump

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Posted: 6/5/2010 10:48 AM

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Yeah.  Dissapointing game.  Also, their RF was who I meant.  He is a catcher as well.  The pitcher who pitched last night was the same pitcher that I saw during the B10 tournament.


kots4mvp14 wrote: Um, you were saying?

I didn't but clearly the team did. GD it.

And yes, that catcher is nice.
RDriesenUD wrote: 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.


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Posted: 6/5/2010 10:57 AM

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I'll be honest, I'm starting to think I'd take Brown over him. Hear me out. Brown has such elite speed. You can't teach that. He's Stubbs without the incessant strikeouts or swinging for the fences. He also can play second so if we need an option not named Frazier to relieve BP when he leaves, we have one.

Brown is such a great player. This team clearly misses his moxie. Both Colon and Brown would move up quickly through the system, but I'm honestly starting to think the Reds should "reach" ( hard to use that term in the mlb draft) and go for Brown.

Seriously.BTW he is the Big West player of the year.


RDriesenUD wrote: Yep. I also must say, I am not as high on Colon as you are. I won't hate the pick, but not the guy I would take. Also, it doesn't help that every time I watch CSF, he doesn't play good. ;)


Grandal's possible jump

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Posted: 6/5/2010 10:58 AM

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That kid was nails last night.

Fullerton has played MINN a couple of times over the years. They really do get some decent players there. No need to reference old school Dan Wilson here.


RDriesenUD wrote: Yeah.  Dissapointing game.  Also, their RF was who I meant.  He is a catcher as well.  The pitcher who pitched last night was the same pitcher that I saw during the B10 tournament.



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Posted: 6/5/2010 11:09 AM

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Interesting note from RD's pick here.


* San Diego has narrowed its first-round options to Michael Choice and Kolbrin Vitek.
RDriesenUD wrote: Yep. I also must say, I am not as high on Colon as you are. I won't hate the pick, but not the guy I would take. Also, it doesn't help that every time I watch CSF, he doesn't play good. ;)


Grandal's possible jump

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Posted: 6/5/2010 11:11 AM

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Vitek is in my top 5 guys I want the Reds to get.  I have always thought the Padres would take him, but I hope they don't.


kots4mvp14 wrote: Interesting note from RD's pick here.


* San Diego has narrowed its first-round options to Michael Choice and Kolbrin Vitek.
RDriesenUD wrote: Yep. I also must say, I am not as high on Colon as you are. I won't hate the pick, but not the guy I would take. Also, it doesn't help that every time I watch CSF, he doesn't play good. ;)


Grandal's possible jump

insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?n...%26id%3d5253867
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Posted: 6/5/2010 11:14 AM

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Could you do me a favor, kots, and tell me who did the first mock you posted on this page.

Thanks.

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Posted: 6/5/2010 11:20 AM

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RDriesenUD wrote: Could you do me a favor, kots, and tell me who did the first mock you posted on this page.

Thanks.
http://www.mymlbdraft.com/MLB-Mock-Draft-2010

This guy.

Frankly he's all over the place, and he misses on a lot, but he does care about the draft and at least takes a decent shot. His site is worth checking out.
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Posted: 6/5/2010 11:21 AM

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OT - there is a great piece on Rosenblatt on ESPNU right now.

This is really cool.

Hour long.
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Posted: 6/5/2010 11:25 AM

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Yeah, I go to that one too.  Based on the logos, I thought that might be the one.

Thanks.


kots4mvp14 wrote:
RDriesenUD wrote: Could you do me a favor, kots, and tell me who did the first mock you posted on this page.

Thanks.
http://www.mymlbdraft.com/MLB-Mock-Draft-2010

This guy.

Frankly he's all over the place, and he misses on a lot, but he does care about the draft and at least takes a decent shot. His site is worth checking out.
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