Let’s face it, kids slide in the draft for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s a college commitment, sometimes it’s a bloated asking price, sometimes it’s makeup issues, and sometimes guys like me just had a guy valued higher than scouts did. You’ll find a variety of those reasons causing the slide in the players below.
I must admit that as a college baseball fan, I quite selfishly wouldn’t mind if the slide continued on some of these guys.
Josh Bell – OF – Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. College Commitment: Texas.
Update: Bell and his advisors (Boras Corp) issued a statement asking teams not to draft him. Texas Longhorn coach Augie Garrido would be fine with that too.
Daniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson.
Update: Like Bell, Norris has a strong college commitment. Unlike Bell, the Norris camp didn’t issue a letter. It’s rumored that someone floated a dollar figure that may be scaring teams away.
Andrew Susac – C – Oregon State. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies – ’09 (16th Round).
Update: Broken hamate bone has limited his exposure this spring. Draft eligible sophomore has increased leverage.
Austin Hedges – C – J. Serra (CA). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’1″ 190. College Commitment: UCLA.
Update: Hedges is an advanced receiver for a high school kid, who records pop times under 1.8 seconds.
Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.
Update: I’m having trouble understanding he slide here. His college commitment wasn’t viewed as strong enough to scare teams.
Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 (1st Round).
Update: We all know the score here. Missed time this season with shoulder issues and was throwing 82 MPH fastballs at one point. Combine that with his draft eligible sophomore status and he’s a risky pick.
Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Washington Nationals – ’08 (48th Round).
Update: Scouting report here.
Josh Osich – LHP – Oregon State. 6’3″ 225. Last Drafted: Never
Update: No-hit UCLA in matchup against Trevor Bauer.
Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190. Last Drafted: Washington Nationals – ’08 (43rd Round)
Update: Beat Matt Barnes in opening game of Regionals.
Jorge Lopez – RHP – Academia de Milagrosa (P.R.). 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: None.
Update: Athletic lengthy kid should go in the top half of the 2nd.
Tony Zych – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 190. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (46th Round).
Update: One of the harder throwers in the draft, Zych should move quickly and be one of the first 2011 draftees in the Majors to help someone’s pen.
Nicky Delmonico – C/3B – Farragut HS (TN). 6’2″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Georgia.
Update: I’m higher on Delmonico than most, as I view him as a plus bat with the ability to stay at catcher.
Dillon Maples – RHP – Pinecrest HS (NC). 6’3″ 195. College Commitment: North Carolina.
Update: Might play football (kicker) and baseball at North Carolina.
Jason Esposito – 3B – Vanderbilt. Throws: R Bats: R. 6’1″ 195. Last Drafted: Kansas City Royals – ’08 (7th Round).
Update: Stock has slipped a little, but Esposito has great hands, and decent power and speed. I’m still a fan.
Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165. Throws: R Bats: R. College Commitment: Illinois.
Update: Stock slipping combined with Illinois strong showing in Regionals could prove to be fruitful on bringing a talent like Tilson to the Big Ten.