2012 Top 10 Catcher Prospects

I kick off my third year of ranking prospects by position by once again starting with the catchers and some of these guys have been on the list each year, while others are new faces. Overall, I’d grade this catching class as average due to a lack in consistency. Two of the more exciting bats in the class, Montero and Sanchez, have little chance to stick at catcher, while some of the more exciting defenders have flawed offensive resumes because they’ve never met a pitch they haven’t swung at.



1. Jesus Montero – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’4″ 225 – SEA – 11.28.89. Signed: Venezuela 2006. Montero topped this list a year ago after being named second (behind Carlos Santana) in 2010. From a top 100 perspective, he landed at #3 in 2011 and #6 in 2010. After repeating AAA in 2011, the Yankees dealt Montero to Seattle in exchange for 2011 All-Star and All-Rookie Team selection RHP Michael Pineda. While I don’t think he’ll be a passable backstop at the next level, Montero’s bat has star potential and will earn him a full time role in 2012.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

IL

AAA

109

420

52

121

19

1

18

67

0

36

98

.288

.348

.467

2011

AL

MLB

18

61

9

20

4

0

4

12

0

7

17

.328

.406

.590

2. Devin Mesoraco – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 220 – CIN – 6.19.88. High School: Punxsutawney (PA) Drafted: 1st Round (15th Overall) 2007. I was squarely in the doubter camp following Mesoraco’s rebound 2010 season but a solid 2011 that culminated with a September call up has put those doubts to rest. While I still think it was not without risk and premature to deal Yasmani Grandal to San Diego, the path is clear for Mesoraco to get significant AB’s in Cincinnati this season sharing time with personal favorite Ryan Hanigan.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

IL

AAA

120

436

60

126

36

2

15

71

1

52

83

.289

.371

.484

2011

NL

MLB

18

53

5

9

3

0

2

6

0

3

10

.180

.226

.360

3. Yasmani Grandal – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’2″ 205 – SD. 11.8.88. College: Miami. Drafted: 1st Round (12th Overall) 2010 – Cincinnati. Grandal and Devin Mesoraco were two of the top rated prep catchers in the 2007 draft and the Reds spent 1st round picks on both of them. Grandal slid to Boston in the 27th round that year but honored his college commitment to Miami (FL) where he started as a freshman on an Omaha bound 2008 team that included fellow first rounders Yonder Alonso and Jemile Weeks. Grandal and Alonso (along with Brad Boxberger) were dealt to San Diego in exchange for Mat Latos. I’m higher on Grandal than most but I’m partial to switch hitting catchers. While his defense lags behind his offense at this stage, he did throw out 34% of would be basestealers last season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

CAL

A+

56

206

47

61

14

0

10

40

0

41

57

.296

.410

.510

2011

SOU

AA

45

156

20

47

15

0

4

26

0

13

39

.301

.360

.474

2011

IL

AAA

4

12

2

6

2

0

0

2

0

5

1

.500

.667

1.33

2011

TOT

3 Lgs

105

374

69

114

31

0

14

68

0

59

97

.305

.401

.500

4. Travis d’Arnaud – Bats: R Throws: R. 6’2 195 – TOR – 2.10.89. High School: Lakewood (CA). Drafted: 1st Round Supplemental (37th Overall) 2007 – Philadelphia. I was a fool to leave him off this list last year. A better all-around skill set than J.P. Arencibia, d’Arnaud should be the Blue Jay’s catcher of the future. The Jays acquired him, along with Kyle Drabek and Michael Taylor (since traded to Oakland for Brett Wallace) from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay 2009 trade. He’ll start the year in AAA Las Vegas but should finish in Toronto if they don’t deal him at the deadline if the Jays find themselves competing this season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

EL

AA

114

424

72

132

33

1

21

78

4

33

100

.311

.371

.542

5. Gary Sanchez – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 220 – NYY – 12.2.92. Signed: Dominican Republic 2009. Though not close to contributing, Montero’s exit has seemingly crowned Sanchez as the catcher of the future in the Bronx. Like Montero however, Sanchez’ defense will make him a long shot to remain behind the dish. He has a strong arm but his receiving skills are primitive.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

82

301

49

77

16

1

17

52

2

36

93

.256

.335

.485

6. Wilin Rosario – Bats: R Throws: R- 5’11” 195 – COL – 2.23.89. Signed: Dominican Republic 2006. There is almost nothing I enjoy more than catchers that love to show off their arms and Rosario does just that and for good reason. Defensive prowess and pop will be his calling cards at the next level but take a walk for crying out loud!

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

AA

TL

102

405

52

101

15

3

21

48

1

19

91

.249

.284

.457

2011

NL

MLB

16

54

6

11

3

1

3

8

0

2

20

.204

.228

.463

7. Blake Swilhart – BOS – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’1″ 175 – BOS – 4.3.92. High School: Rio Rancho (NM). Drafted: 1st Round (26th Overall). I already admitted that I’m a sucker for switch hitting catchers and Swilhart is no exception. He projects as a complete catcher though he has more to prove than anyone on this list. A ranking this high is an admitted leap of faith.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

8. Christian Bethancourt – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 195 – ATL – 9.2.91. Signed: Panama 2008. Still just 20 years old, Bethancourt is a veteran to this list, coming in at the #9 spot in 2010. His arm and athleticism make him a sure fire bet to stick at catcher but he’ll likely need to develop patience to realize his power potential at the plate.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

SAL

A-

54

221

25

67

10

3

4

33

6

8

27

.303

.323

.430

2011

CAR

A+

45

166

11

45

6

0

1

20

3

3

35

.271

.277

.325

2011

TOT

2 lgs

99

387

36

112

16

3

5

53

9

11

62

.289

.304

.385

9. Sebastian Valle – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 170 – PHI – 7.24.90. Signed: Mexico 2006. Like Bethancourt, Valle has always been one of the younger players at each level he’s played and therefore hasn’t put up the types of numbers that correlate with his scouting reports just yet. He has the type of quick hand that suggest he’ll hit for above average power while also giving you average to good skills behind the plate.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

FSL

A+

91

348

34

99

19

2

5

40

0

13

84

.284

.312

.394

10. Tommy Joseph – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 210 – SF – 1.16.91. High School: Scotsdale (AZ). Drafted: 2nd Round (2009). A sub par full season debut in 2010 both offensively and defensively prompted discussions of Joseph moving to 1B. While he did play some there last season, he also caught 91 games and threw out an impressive 37% of basestealers. His 2012 assignment is to take draw more walks. He won’t be in the hitter friendly California league this year so I expect a regression, however his 2011 improvements were more than just league induced. I was tempted to throw fellow Giants farmhand and 2011 Oregon State draftee Andrew Susac on this list instead of Joseph but since Susac has yet to debut, I’ll give Joseph the slight nod based on performance.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

CAL

A+

127

560

80

139

33

2

22

95

1

29

102

.270

.317

.471

2011 MLB Mock Draft – 5.0

In about 24 hours, a year’s worth of speculation and prognostication will be put to rest and the results will speak for themselves. Until then, enjoy our final mock draft. It’s chock full of speculation.

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1. Pittsburgh PiratesDanny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks – ’08 (10th Round)

Update: Let’s say it came down to a final look between Hultzen and Gerrit Cole. Cole was 7.1IP 11H 3ER 1BB 11K in a Loss to San Francisco while Hultzen was 7IP 3H 1ER 1BB 12K in Win against St. John’s.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Rendon, 2.22 Anthony Rendon, 5.6 Anthony Rendon, 6.2 Gerrit Cole.

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2. Seattle MarinersAnthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’0″ 190. Last Drafted: Atlanta Braves – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: Teams now have Rendon’s medical records. If they still have concerns over shoulder, look for Francisco Lindor here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Purke, 2.22 Gerrit Cole, 5.6 Gerrit Cole, 6.2 Anthony Rendon.

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3. Arizona DiamondbacksTrevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Hultzen if available. If not I think it’s Bauer over Cole.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Gerrit Cole, 2.22 Matt Purke, 5.6 Sonny Gray, 6.2 Danny Hultzen.

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4. Baltimore OriolesDylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Bundy makes so much sense, but it’s far from certain. Gerrit Cole would be another possibility here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Bubba Starling, 2.22 Taylor Jungmann, 5.6 Dylan Bundy, 6.2 Dylan Bundy.

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5. Kansas City RoyalsGerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Last Drafted: New York Yankees – ’08 (1st Round).

Update: The Royals reportedly covet Cole and would jump on him if he slides.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Taylor Jungmann, 2.22 George Springer, 5.6 Bubba Starling, 6.2 Trevor Bauer.

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6. Washington NationalsBubba Starling – OF – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football)

Update: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Bubba Starling. Some big names for fans to get excited about. Mike Rizzo isn’t afraid to pay.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Daniel Norris, 2.22 Sonny Gray, 5.6 Danny Hultzen, 6.2 Bubba Starling.

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7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). Bats: B Throws: R. 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

Update: I think Sonny Gray, Matt Barnes and Taylor Jungmann would make sense here assuming they’re singable, but they love Lindor.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jackie Bradley Jr., 2.22 Jackie Bradley Jr., 5.6 Francisco Lindor, 6.2 Sonny Gray.

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8. Cleveland IndiansArchie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

Update: Cleveland likes taking college arms early and Sonny Gray, Taylor Jungmann, Jed Bradley would make sense, but Archie Bradley is worth breaking from the norm.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 George Springer, 2.22 Archie Bradley, 5.6 Taylor Jungmann, 6.2 Archie Bradley.

9. Chicago CubsSonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: The Cubs are a wild card and after 5 months of speculation, I’m back to thinking they’ll take Sonny Gray as they did in 2008. Taylor Guerrieri, Archie Bradley and Francisco Lindor are other popular ties.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Sonny Gray, 2.22 Bubba Starling, 5.6 Taylor Guerrieri, 6.2 George Springer.

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10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: The Padres need to sign this pick and they like Barnes, who’s modest ceiling suggests that he might be singable.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Archie Bradley, 2.22 Matt Barnes, 5.6 Trevor Bauer, 6.2 Matt Barnes.

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11. Houston AstrosTaylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6″ 195. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles – ’08 (24th Round)

Update: Jumgmann could be the NCAA Player of the Year. Other options for this pick include Gray, Barnes, Jed Bradley and any other college arm that slips.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dillon Howard, 2.22 Daniel Norris, 5.6 Archie Bradley, 6.2 Taylor Jungmann.

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12. Milwaukee BrewersJed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: If it’s not a college arm, I think it’s either Lindor or Javier Baez.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Barnes, 2.22 Dylan Bundy, 5.6 Jed Bradley, 6.2 Jed Bradley.

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13. New York MetsTaylor Guerrieri – RHP – Spring Valley HS (SC). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: South Carolina.

Update: I’ve been all over the place for the Mets. Now I’m thinking either college arms (would love Sonny Gray) or Taylor Guerrieri, who trails only Bundy and Bradley in the prep arms ranking.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 John Stilson, 2.22 Francisco Lindor, 5.6 George Springer, 6.2 Levi Michael.

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14. Florida MarlinsMikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Florida Marlins ’08 (39th Round).

Update: Marlins have a history with Mahtook, whom they selected in 2008.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dylan Bundy, 2.22 Jed Bradley, 5.6 Daniel Norris, 6.2 Mikie Mahtook.

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15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Levi Michael – SS – North Carolina. 5’10” 180. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: This pick needs to be singable. Michael fits the bill.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Trevor Bauer, 2.22 Trevor Bauer, 5.6 Matt Barnes, 6.2 Cory Spangenberg

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16. Los Angeles DodgersRobert Stephenson – RHP – Alhambra HS (CA). 6’2″ 185. College Commitment: Washington.

Update: All indications are that the Dodgers won’t be permitted to go over slot and that Stephenson is signable. A perfect marriage, which is rare for the Dodgers.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Danny Hultzen, 2.22 Danny Hultzen, 5.6 Anthony Meo, 6.2 Javier Baez

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17. Los Angeles AngelsJavier Baez – SS/3B – Arlington Country Day HS (FL). 6’1″ 205. College Commitment: Chipola JC.

Update: This would be Lindor’s floor. I think they take Baez or a prep arm (Dillon Howard, Henry Owens, Daniel Norris).

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Blake Swihart, 2.22 Blake Swihart, 5.6 Blake Swihart, 6.2 Francisco Lindor

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18. Oakland AthleticsGeorge Springer – OF – Connecticut. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins ’08 (48th Round)

Update: It’s going to be a college bat here and my previous two predictions Mahtook and C.J. Cron are still in play, but the slide of Springer will end here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Josh Bell, 2.22 Anthony Meo, 5.6 Mikie Mahtook, 6.2 C.J. Cron.

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19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox. ’08 (20th Round).

Update: I appear to be relying heavily historical ties between players in my final mock. Gray to Cubs, Mahtook to Florida and now Meyer to Boston.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Francisco Lindor, 2.22 Jason Esposito, 5.6 Alex Meyer, 6.2 Alex Meyer.

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20. Colorado RockiesC.J. Cron – 1B – Utah – Jr. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 230. Last Drafted: Chicago White Sox ’08 (44th Round).

Update: Wong still in play here but Cron has proved to be one of the better college bats in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Tyler Anderson, 2.22 Dillon Howard, 5.6 Dillon Howard, 6.2 Kolten Wong.

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21. Toronto Blue JaysAndrew Chafin – LHP – Kent State. 6’2″ 190. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Toronto has been linked to Chafin and after beating Taylor Jungmann and Texas on Saturday, I no longer think he’ll be available in the supplemental round.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jason Esposito, 2.22 Tyler Anderson, 5.6 Tyler Anderson, 6.2 Tyler Anderson.

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22. St. Louis CardinalsJose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 230. College Commitment: South Florida.

Update: Dillon Howard, Daniel Norris and Henry Owens all possibilities here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Derek Fisher, 2.22 John Stilson, 5.6 Jackie Bradley Jr., 6.2 Taylor Guerrieri.

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23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Maintaining my comment from Mock 4.0 “If Alex Meyer were to slip, the Nats would select him before the Cardinals left the podium“.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Alex Meyer, 2.22 Josh Bell, 5.6 Josh Bell, 6.2 Dillon Howard.

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24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Kolten Wong – 2B – Hawaii. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’8″ 175. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’08 (16th Round)

Update: With 12 picks in the top two rounds, the Rays will need to mix in some affordable safe players. Wong is just that.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Brandon Nimmo, 2.22 Henry Owens, 5.6 Henry Owens, 6.2 Henry Owens.

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25. San Diego PadresCory Spangenberg – 3B/OF – Indian River State College. 6’0″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never

Update: I wouldn’t rule out the Pads using the 10th overall pick on Spandenberg, so they’d love it if he fell here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Meo, 2.22 Kolten Wong, 5.6 Andrew Susac, 6.2 Andrew Susac.

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26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: The Red Sox could take a shot at Josh Bell, who recently asked MLB teams not to draft him. Swihart is another expensive prep star and the Red Sox might even take him at #19.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jose Fernandez, 2.22 Jose Fernandez, 5.6 Jose Fernandez, 6.2 Josh Bell.

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27. Cincinnati RedsGrayson Garvin – LHP – Vanderbilt. 6’6″ 220. Last Drafted: Houston Astros – ’08 (45th Round).

Update: Cincinnati would love for Tyler Anderson, Jed Bradley to fall. Florida State’s Sean Gilmartin and Oregon State’s Josh Osich are other possibilities. Left handed college pitching seems to be the theme.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Alex Dickerson, 2.22 Alex Dickerson, 5.6 Levi Michael, 6.2 Brian Goodwin.

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28. Atlanta BravesDaniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson.

Update: Henry Owens is another possibility. A sleeper here would be Tennessee prep product Nickey Delmonico.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Zach Cone, 2.22 Zach Cone, 5.6 Brian Goodwin, 6.2 Jose Fernandez.

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29. San Francisco GiantsJoe Ross – RHP – Bishop O’Dowd HS (CA). 6’2″ 180. College Commitment: UCLA.

Update: Strong link here but Keith Law has Ross going as high as #9.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jed Bradley, 2.22 Brian Goodwin, 5.6 Jason Esposito, 6.2 Daniel Norris.

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30. Minnesota TwinsAndrew Susac – C – Oregon State. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies – ’09 (16th Round).

Update: Nobody knows what Minnesota is thinking. Also linked to low ceiling, high floor college pitchers.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Noe Ramirez, 2.22 Brandon Nimmo, 5.6 Nicky Delmonico, 6.2 Blake Swihart.

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31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Arkansas

Update: I still like the Nimmo link, as I’ve been on it since early May.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Logan Verrett, 2.22 Andrew Susac, 5.6 Brandon Nimmo, 6.2 Brandon Nimmo.

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32. Tampa Bay RaysHenry Owens – LHP – Edison HS Huntington Beach (CA). 6’5″ 185. College Commitment: Miami (FL).

Update: This would work out well for Tampa. Assuming they go bat, bat with their first two picks, Owens would be a coveted pitcher at this point.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Charlie Tilson, 2.22 Alex Meyer, 5.6 John Stilson, 6.2 Robert Stephenson

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33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Austin Hedges – C – J. Serra (CA). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’1″ 190. College Commitment: UCLA.

Update: Extremely advanced glove for a prep backstop. Modest ceiling with the bat.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Mikie Mahtook, 2.22 Mikie Mahtook, 5.6 Charlie Tilson, 6.2 Austin Hedges.

Fallen Out:

Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami Dade JC. 6’1″ 190. Bats: L Thorws: R. Last Drafted – Chicago White Sox – ’09 (17th Round).

Josh Bell – OF – Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. College Commitment: Texas.




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2011 MLB Mock Draft – 4.0


**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.**

With the draft just four days away, it’s time we’ve brought you Mock Draft 4.0. Our latest version is at least one whole number better than 3.0. In fact, this mock makes all of our previous mocks obsolete. Thus, if you’ve read one of our previous entries, forget it. However, if one of the previous mock drafts turns out to be more accurate than this one, feel free to remember it again.

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1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Last Drafted: New York Yankees – ’08 (1st Round).

Update: Cole hit a legit 101 MPH on the gun over the weekend per ESPN’s Keith Law.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Rendon, 2.22 Anthony Rendon, 5.6 Anthony Rendon

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2. Seattle Mariners – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’0″ 190. Last Drafted: Atlanta Braves – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: Rendon’s statistics have suffered with the new bats, an overall lack of protection in the Rice lineup and a shoulder injury (non-throwing). The injury has limited him to DH most of the season but he did return to the field (at 2B) in the Conference USA Tournament.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Purke, 2.22 Gerrit Cole, 5.6 Gerrit Cole

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3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks – ’08 (10th Round)

Update: If Hultzen is available, he appears to be a slam dunk here and if he’s not, it’s wide open.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Gerrit Cole, 2.22 Matt Purke, 5.6 Sonny Gray

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4. Baltimore Orioles – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Bundy seems like the popular pick here, but Gerrit Cole is another possibility.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Bubba Starling, 2.22 Taylor Jungmann, 5.6 Dylan Bundy

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5. Kansas City Royals – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: A lot of talk about his work load and the effort in his delivery. I’m not concerned about him.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Taylor Jungmann, 2.22 George Springer, 5.6 Bubba Starling

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6. Washington Nationals – Bubba Starling – OF – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football)

Update: Could also be Alex Meyer here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Daniel Norris, 2.22 Sonny Gray, 5.6 Danny Hultzen

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7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: While I don’t see the Diamondbacks going cheap with this unprotected pick, they can’t take any unnecessary risks either. A college arm would make sense and either Gray or Taylor Jungmann would fit.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jackie Bradley Jr., 2.22 Jackie Bradley Jr., 5.6 Francisco Lindor

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8. Cleveland Indians – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

Update: Cleveland has a recent history of taking college arms early and could swing for Taylor Jungmann or Jed Bradley but they’ve also been linked to the two sport prep star Archie Bradley.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 George Springer, 2.22 Archie Bradley, 5.6 Taylor Jungmann.

9. Chicago Cubs – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins ’08 (48th Round)

Update: Bubba Starling is a real possibility here too.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Sonny Gray, 2.22 Bubba Starling, 5.6 Taylor Guerrieri

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10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: The Padres need to sign this pick and they like Barnes, who’s modest ceiling suggests that he might be singable.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Archie Bradley, 2.22 Matt Barnes, 5.6 Trevor Bauer.

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11. Houston Astros – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6″ 195. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles – ’08 (24th Round)

Update: Also seeing Francisco Lindor with this pick in a few publications and while MLB teams shouldn’t draft for need in the first round, I don’t think it would make sense with Jio Mier and Jonathan Villar already on board.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dillon Howard, 2.22 Daniel Norris, 5.6 Archie Bradley

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12. Milwaukee Brewers – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Jungmann and Lindor are also possibilities here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Barnes, 2.22 Dylan Bundy, 5.6 Jed Bradley

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13. New York Mets – Levi Michael – SS – North Carolina. 5’10” 180. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: While this may be a slight reach from a talent perspective, the budget pick makes sense and Michael won’t be around when the Mets pick again at #44.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 John Stilson, 2.22 Francisco Lindor, 5.6 George Springer

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14. Florida Marlins – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Florida Marlins ’08 (39th Round).

Update: Mikie grabbed our attention as a freshman on the Tiger 2009 National Championship team where he was a gritty hard nosed defensive wiz in center field. This year he did it with the bat hitting .383 with 14 HR and a .709 slugging percentage.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dylan Bundy, 2.22 Jed Bradley, 5.6 Daniel Norris

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15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Cory Spangenberg – 3B/OF – Indian River State College – So. 6’0″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never

Update: Interesting prospect with speed. Should hit for average but little power and his position is unknown

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Trevor Bauer, 2.22 Trevor Bauer, 5.6 Matt Barnes

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16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Javier Baez – SS/3B – Arlington Country Day HS (FL). 6’1″ 205. College Commitment: Chipola JC.

Update: Beaz could go higher than Lindor, though unlike Lindor, he won’t stick at short.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Danny Hultzen, 2.22 Danny Hultzen, 5.6 Anthony Meo

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17. Los Angeles Angels – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). Bats: B Throws: R. 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

Update: Lindor could go in the top 10, but the Angles would love for him to fall and would pounce on his talent in this spot.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Blake Swihart, 2.22 Blake Swihart, 5.6 Blake Swihart.

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18. Oakland Athletics – C.J. Cron – 1B – Utah – Jr. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 230. Last Drafted: Chicago White Sox ’08 (44th Round).

Update: Cron is a safe bet to hit for power as his numbers have remained strong dispute the switch to the new bats.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Josh Bell, 2.22 Anthony Meo, 5.6 Mikie Mahtook

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19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox. ’08 (20th Round).

Update: Scouting Report Here. The Red Sox aggressively tried to sign him away from his Kentucky commitment so it’s conceivable Meyer comes off the board here. Meyer could go as #6 to Washington.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Francisco Lindor, 2.22 Jason Esposito, 5.6 Alex Meyer

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20. Colorado Rockies – Kolten Wong – 2B – Hawaii – Jr. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’8″ 175. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’08 (16th Round)

Update: Wong should be here and I expect the Rockies to scoop him up like the little ball of middle infielder that he is.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Tyler Anderson, 2.22 Dillon Howard, 5.6 Dillon Howard.

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21. Toronto Blue Jays – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: I’ve had Anderson to Toronto since February and I still feel good about it.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jason Esposito, 2.22 Tyler Anderson, 5.6 Tyler Anderson.

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22. St. Louis Cardinals – Taylor Guerrieri – RHP – Spring Valley HS (SC). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: South Carolina.

Update: The fireballer Guerrieri could go as high as #9 to the Cubs.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Derek Fisher, 2.22 John Stilson, 5.6 Jackie Bradley Jr.

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23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Update: If Alex Meyer were to slip, the Nats would select him before the Cardinals left the podium.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Alex Meyer, 2.22 Josh Bell, 5.6 Josh Bell

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24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Henry Owens – LHP – Edison HS Huntington Beach (CA). 6’5″ 185. College Commitment: Miami (FL).

Update: Owens has passed Daniel Norris as the top prep lefty in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Brandon Nimmo, 2.22 Henry Owens, 5.6 Henry Owens.

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25. San Diego Padres – Andrew Susac – C – Oregon State. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies – ’09 (16th Round).

Update: This pick is a bit of a wild card and the Pads could spend more on bonus for this pick than they will with the #10 pick.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Meo, 2.22 Kolten Wong, 5.6 Andrew Susac

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26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Josh Bell – OF – Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Though Bell recently asked teams not to select him, the Red Sox among a select group of suiters that could still afford him.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jose Fernandez, 2.22 Jose Fernandez, 5.6 Jose Fernandez

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27. Cincinnati Reds – Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami Dade JC. 6’1″ 190. Bats: L Thorws: R. Last Drafted – Chicago White Sox – ’09 (17th Round).

Update: The former Tar Heel would be a good fit for Cincinnati. They’d jump on Tyler Anderson if he’s here and may even take a shot at Florida State LHP Sean Gilmartin.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 – Alex Dickerson, 2.22 Alex Dickerson, 5.6 Levi Michael

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28. Atlanta Braves – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 230. College Commitment: South Florida.

Update: The Cuban born Fernandez didn’t defect until he was a teenager. A sleeper here would be Tennessee prep product Nickey Delmonico.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Zach Cone, 2.22 Zach Cone, 5.6 Brian Goodwin

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29. San Francisco Giants – Daniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson.

Update: Norris entered the season as one of the top 2 or 3 prep prospects in the country and he could be a steal for someone at the end of the first or in the supplemental round.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jed Bradley, 2.22 Brian Goodwin, 5.6 Jason Esposito.

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30. Minnesota Twins – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Swihart is one of my 5 favorite prospects in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Noe Ramirez, 2.22 Brandon Nimmo, 5.6 Nicky Delmonico.

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31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Update: Nimmo looks to become the best Wyoming MLB draftee since John Buck.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Logan Verrett, 2.22 Andrew Susac, 5.6 Brandon Nimmo

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32. Tampa Bay Rays – Robert Stephenson – RHP – Alhambra HS (CA). 6’2″ 185. College Commitment: Washington.

Update: Stephenson lacks the polish of some of the bigger prep names, but that didn’t stop him from opening the season with back to back no hitters.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Charlie Tilson, 2.22 Alex Meyer, 5.6 John Stilson

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33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Austin Hedges – C – J. Serra (CA). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’1″ 190. College Commitment: UCLA.

Update: One of the better prep receivers to come out of the draft in a long time. I think hitting will be a challenge as his glove is so much more advanced combated to his bat.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Mikie Mahtook, 2.22 Mikie Mahtook, 5.6 Charlie Tilson

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2011 MLB Mock Draft 3.0

**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.**

It’s been over two months since my last mock draft, and I’m thrilled to say that the wait is over folks! With each edition we’re becoming slightly less and less inaccurate but this list is still ripe with speculation and postulation.

The most significant contrast you’ll notice from other editions is that TCU LHP Matt Purke has gone from a projected #2 overall selection when this list was first published in January, to off the board completely. Purke missed time early in the season with blister issues and hasn’t resembled the pitcher that went 16-0 as a freshman last season. He’s currently shut down with shoulder soreness and that injury combined with his increased leverage of being a sophomore currently make him too risky to be classified as a first round pick. Note that a return to the mound could vault him back into the middle of the first round very quickly.

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1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’0″ 190. Last Drafted: Atlanta Braves – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: The most feared amateur hitter in the nation has just 4 HR on the year but without much protection in the Owls lineup he’s already walked 62 times, an astounding 30% of his plate appearances. A sore shoulder has limited him mostly to DH, but it’s more likely that his decreasing power numbers are a result of the new college bats and a lack of pitches to hit.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Rendon, 2.22 Anthony Rendon

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2. Seattle Mariners – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Last Drafted: New York Yankees – ’08 (1st Round).

Update: Cole has shown improved control (not command) in 2011 and if UCLA could score more runs his Bruins would still be a top 5 team in the nation as they were in the preseason. Despite his teams inconsistent play, the Boras Corp advisee could slide past Rendon into the top spot.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Purke, 2.22 Gerrit Cole

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3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: My hunch is that the undersized RHP will end up in the pen, but with his mid 90’s fastball and one of the better curveballs in the draft, Gray will be given every opportunity to start.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Gerrit Cole, 2.22 Matt Purke

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4. Baltimore Orioles – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Dylan’s brother Bobby was an 8th round pick by these Baltimore Orioles in 2008 so it’s conceivable that they make the younger Bundy the first prep pitcher off the board.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Bubba Starling, 2.22 Taylor Jungmann

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5. Kansas City Royals – Bubba Starling – OF – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football)

Update: Missed some time with a quad injury but was triumphant in his return. On talent alone he’s a top 5 pick but bonus demand could cause him to drop to anywhere in the first round. Scouting report here by Mike Diaz.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Taylor Jungmann, 2.22 George Springer

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6. Washington Nationals – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks – ’08 (10th Round)

Update: Hultzen might not have the pure “stuff” of Cole, Gray or Jed Bradley but he trumps them all in the polish category. He’s currently 9-1 1.19 ERA and in 75.2 innings he has 112 Ks to just 12 BBs

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Daniel Norris, 2.22 Sonny Gray

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7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). Bats: B Throws: R. 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

Update: While this draft is insanely deep, if it has a weakness it’s top tier prep position players. Lindor is impressive and the closest thing to Manny Machado in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jackie Bradley Jr., 2.22 Jackie Bradley Jr.

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8. Cleveland Indians – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6 195. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles – ’08 (24th Round)

Update: A workhorse who routinely gives his Longhorn bullpen the night off, Jungmann is now 10-0 with an 0.90 ERA with three complete game shutouts. The Indians have spent 1st round picks on North Carolina’s Alex White, and Mississippi’s Drew Pomeranz both of whom, like Jungmann, were among the best college arms in their respective classes.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 George Springer, 2.22 Archie Bradley

9. Chicago Cubs – Taylor Guerrieri – RHP – Spring Valley HS (SC). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: South Carolina.

Update: Guerrieri has rocketed up draft boards after hitting 98 mph this spring.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Sonny Gray, 2.22 Bubba Starling

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10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Trevor Bauer has outpitched higher profile teammate Gerrit Cole and is 8-1 1.42 with 142 Ks in 91.2 IP. All this after leading the NCAA in strikeouts 2010 (165 in 131.1 IP).

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Archie Bradley, 2.22 Matt Barnes

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11. Houston Astros – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

Update: Like Starling, Archie Bradley is a star in both the gridiron and the diamond providing him leverage not afforded to his peers, but MLB teams will have the luxury of spreading his bonus over multiple years to buy him away from his college commitment.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dillon Howard, 2.22 Daniel Norris

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12. Milwaukee Brewers – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Now that I’ve had the chance to see Bradley throw on film a few times, I’m even more impressed with his stuff. Though he lacks polish and command, so does Gerrit Cole, the top pitcher in this class.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Barnes, 2.22 Dylan Bundy

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13. New York Mets – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins ’08 (48th Round)

Update: The athletic outfielder is leading the Huskies in AVE (.371), HR (9), RBI (62) and SB (22) among other things.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 John Stilson, 2.22 Francisco Lindor

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14. Florida Marlins – Daniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson.

Update: Appears to be falling on the list of prep pitchers but it’s more the result of risers like Bundy and Guerrieri. Norris is a classically trained pianist and one of the more grounded kids in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dylan Bundy, 2.22 Jed Bradley

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15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: UConn was a preseason top 10 team before stumbling out of the gate but Barnes and company have been hot lately

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Trevor Bauer, 2.22 Trevor Bauer

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16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190. Last Drafted: Washington Nationals – ’08 (43rd Round)

Update: I’m trying not to add too much weight to signability this far out from draft day, but the financial state of the Dodgers means they most likely won’t select a high schooler.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Danny Hultzen, 2.22 Danny Hultzen

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17. Los Angeles Angels – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: One of the best prep bats in this class, Swihart is a switch hitter who has a better than average chance to remain behind the dish. There’s a lot to like about that last sentence.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Blake Swihart, 2.22 Blake Swihart

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18. Oakland Athletics – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Florida Marlins ’08 (39th Round).

Update: Mikie Mahtook has been on the national scene since his freshman year when he stared on a National Championship team and this year he’s taken the next step to superstardom.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Josh Bell, 2.22 Anthony Meo

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19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox. ’08 (20th Round).

Update: Scouting Report Here. The Red Sox aggressively tried to sign him away from his Kentucky commitment so it’s conceivable Meyer comes off the board here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Francisco Lindor, 2.22 Jason Esposito

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20. Colorado Rockies – Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Update: Howard has three potential plus pitches with his change-up being his best offering.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Tyler Anderson, 2.22 Dillon Howard

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21. Toronto Blue Jays – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Though the Ducks season has been a bit of a disappointment, Anderson has thrived going 6-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 92 K’s in 83.1 IP.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jason Esposito, 2.22 Tyler Anderson

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22. St. Louis Cardinals – Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – South Carolina. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’10” 175. Last Drafted: Never

Update: Bradley Jr. entered the season on the heals of a Most Outstanding Player award in the College World Series as a potential top 5 pick. He’s had some trouble adjusting to the new bats and will now miss significant time (if not the season) with a torn ligament in his wrist.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Derek Fisher, 2.22 John Stilson

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23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Josh Bell – OF – Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Like Swilhart, Bell is a switch hitter and one of the top prep bats in this class.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Alex Meyer, 2.22 Josh Bell

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24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Henry Owens – LHP – Edison HS Huntington Beach (CA). 6’5″ 185. College Commitment: Miami (FL).

Update: Owens may pass Norris as the top prep lefty in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Brandon Nimmo, 2.22 Henry Owens

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25. San Diego Padres – Andrew Susac – C – Oregon State. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies – ’09 (16th Round).

Update: Susac is currently out with a broken hamate bone, but he’ll return in time for the Beavers run at a return to Omaha.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Meo, 2.22 Kolten Wong

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26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 215. College Commitment: South Florida.

Update: The Cuban born Fernandez has a plus fastball that sits in the mid to low 90s.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jose Fernandez, 2.22 Jose Fernandez

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27. Cincinnati Reds – Levi Michael – SS – North Carolina. 5’10” 180. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Michael graduated from HS a semester early and started as a freshman in what would have been his senior year of high school. He’s spent seasons at 2B and 3B before settling at SS this year where he’s holding his own.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 – Alex Dickerson, 2.22 Alex Dickerson

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28. Atlanta Braves – Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami Dade JC. 6’1″ 190. Bats: L Thorws: R. Last Drafted – Chicago White Sox – ’09 (17th Round).

Update: A bluechip recruit at North Carolina, Goodwin left after his freshman year rather than ride out a suspension resulting in his being draft eligible a year earlier.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Zach Cone, 2.22 Zach Cone

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29. San Francisco Giants – Jason Esposito – SS/3B – Vanderbilt. Throws: R Bats: R. 6’1″ 195. Last Drafted: Kansas City Royals – ’08 (7th Round).

Update: Esposito is a slick fielding 3B with decent pop on one of the Nation’s best NCAA teams.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jed Bradley, 2.22 Brian Goodwin

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30. Minnesota Twins – Nicky Delmonico – C/3B – Farragut HS (TN). 6’2″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Georgia.

Update: Farragut is a powerhouse in Tennessee baseball with a number of MLB draft picks and Delmonico could go down as the greatest in school history. The Twins actually selected Farragut pitcher Kyle Waldrop in the 1st round of the 2004 draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Noe Ramirez, 2.22 Brandon Nimmo

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31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Update: Nimmo looks to become the best MLB draftee since John Buck.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Logan Verrett, 2.22 Andrew Susac

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32. Tampa Bay Rays – John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’4″ 190. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’09 (19th Round).

Update: One of the Nation’s best closers as a sophomore, Stilson has transitioned into the Friday starter role and owns a 4-1 record with a 1.71 ERA and 87 K’s in 79 IP.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Charlie Tilson, 2.22 Alex Meyer

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33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165. Throws: R Bats: R. College Commitment: Illinois.

Update: An extended winter has limited the opportunities of MLB teams to get looks at Tilson, but he’s one of the more athletic outfielders in this draft. Period.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Mikie Mahtook, 2.22 Mikie Mahtook

Dropped Out:

Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers – ’09 (1st Round).

Kolten Wong – 2B – Hawaii. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’8″ 175. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’08 (16th Round).

Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. Throws: L Bats: L. Last Drafted – Washington Nationals ’08 (48th Round).

Zach Cone – OF – Georgia. 6’2″ 200. Throws: R Bats: R. Last Drafted – Los Angeles Angles ’08 (3rd Round).



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2011 MLB Mock Draft 2.0

**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.*

Here we are a month after our first MLB Mock Draft and we still don’t have a significant amount of credible information to go on. However, with the first weekend of college baseball in the books at least we know who’s hot and who’s not. Alright here comes the disclaimer. If you’re reading this I’m sure you’re aware that while this mock is certain to contain some enlightening and fascinating information, it’s still entirely too early to be reliable or accurate. That being said, our last mock created a great deal of buzz and drove traffic thus we’re setting aside integrity and giving you another prognostication at the events that will transpire this June. Wow that really makes us sound like traffic whores. I suppose we are in that yes, we do enjoy the hits, but you could also say we’re just giving the fans what they want. Yeah….let’s go with that one.

1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’0″ 190. Last Drafted: Atlanta Braves – ’08 (27th Round). (1.17 Rendon)

2. Seattle Mariners – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Last Drafted: New York Yankees – ’08 (1st Round). (1.17 Matt Purke)

3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers – ’09 (1st Round). (1.17 Cole)

4. Baltimore Orioles – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6 195. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles – ’08 (24th Round) (1.17 Bubba Starling)

5. Kansas City Royals – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins ’08 (48th Round) (1.17 Jungmann)

6. Washington NationalsSonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 185. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (27th Round). (1.17 Daniel Norris)

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – South Carolina. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’10” 175. Last Drafted: Never (1.17 Bradley Jr.)

8. Cleveland Indians – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma. (1.17 Springer)

9. Chicago Cubs Bubba Starling – OF – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football) (1.17 Gray)

10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never. (1.17 Archie Bradley)

11. Houston Astros – Daniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson. (1.17 Dillon Howard)

12. Milwaukee Brewers – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200. College Commitment: Texas. (1.17 Barnes)

13. New York Mets – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). Bats: B Throws: R. 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State. (1.17 Barnes)

14. Florida Marlins – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Never. (1.17 Bundy)

15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Last Drafted: Never. (1.17 Bauer)

16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks – ’08 (10th Round) (1.17 Hultzen)

17. Los Angeles Angles – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas. (1.17 Swihart)

18. Oakland Athletics – Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190. Last Drafted: Washington Nationals – ’08 (43rd Round). (1.17 Josh Bell).

19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Jason Esposito – SS/3B – Vanderbilt. Throws: R Bats: R. 6’1″ 195. Last Drafted: Kansas City Royals – ’08 (7th Round). (1.17 Lindor)

20. Colorado Rockies – Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas. (1.17 Tyler Anderson)

21. Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195. Last Drafted: Never. (1.17 Esposito)

22. St. Louis Cardinals – John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’4″ 190. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’09 (19th Round). (1.17 Derek Fisher).

23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Josh Bell – OF – Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. College Commitment: Texas. (1.17 Alex Meyer)

24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Henry Owens – LHP – Edison HS Huntington Beach (CA). 6’5″ 185. College Commitment: Miami (FL). (1.17 Brandon Nimmo)

25. San Diego Padres – Kolten Wong – 2B – Hawaii. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’8″ 175. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’08 (16th Round). (1.17 Meo).

26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 215. College Commitment: South Florida. (1.17 Fernandez)

27. Cincinnati Reds – Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. Throws: L Bats: L. Last Drafted – Washington Nationals ’08 (48th Round). (1.17 – Dickerson).

28. Atlanta Braves – Zach Cone – OF – Georgia. 6’2″ 200. Throws: R Bats: R. Last Drafted – Los Angeles Angles ’08 (3rd Round). (1.17 – Cone).

29. San Francisco Giants – Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami Dade JC. 6’1″ 190. Bats: L Thorws: R. Last Drafted – Chicago White Sox – ’09 (17th Round). (1.17 Jed Bradley)

30. Minnesota Twins – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Arkansas. (1.17 Noe Ramirez)

31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Andrew Susac – C – Oregon State. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies – ’09 (16th Round). (1.17 Logan Verrett).

32. Tampa Bay Rays Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox. ’08 (20th Round). (1.17 Charlie Tilson)

33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Florida Marlins ’08 (39th Round). (1.17 Mahtook).

Dropped Out:

Derek Fisher – OF – Ceder Crest HS (PA). 6’3″ 210. College Commitment: Virginia.

Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Logan Verrett – RHP – Baylor. 6’2″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165. Throws: R Bats: R. College Commitment: Illinois.


College Baseball Preview 2011

The wait is over folks! The college baseball season is upon us and it couldn’t come soon enough. If you’re sick of hearing about a possible NFL work stoppage or a contract extension may make Albert Pujols the richest old man in baseball by the time the deal matures, then belly up to the computer this weekend and follow some collegiate athletics in it’s purest form.

As you prepare for the glorious event that is opening weekend, perhaps it would be beneficial to bone up on the College Preview information that we’ve been providing to you over the past several weeks.

You can check out our Preseason All-American Teams here, including our Preseason Freshman All-American Team here.

For a detailed look at our preseason top 25, look here

Finally you can check out our Top Freshmen and Top Sophomore lists.

Weekend Preview

Though I’ve outlined what to expect this weekend from our top 25 below, I wanted to take a second to highlight the #9 Stanford @ #17 Rice matchup.

Stanford: Filled with highly regarded unsigned draft choices, watching Stanford is the prospectors dream. While I love the Cardinal, the Pac 10 is the best conference in college baseball and Stanford is young. They’ll have to contend with #3 UCLA, #11 Arizona State, #12 Oregon, #18 Arizona and # 21 California.

Key Players:

Kenny Diekroeger – SS – So. The unsigned Rays 2009 2rd round pick hit .356/.391/.491 with 5 HR and 41 RBI as a freshman.

Austin Wilson – RF – Fr. Could have been a top 10 pick last year but for his college commitment. Now that he’s a scholar athlete it’s time for us to enjoy.

Brian Ragira – 3B – Fr. Baseball America regarded Ragira as the #139th best draft prospect last season. The Rangers eventually made him their 30th round pick but failed to sign him.

Jake Stewart – OF – So. Stewart hit just .209 as a freshman but his defense allowed him to see significant playing time. I’m looking for a big bounce back.

Brett Mooneyham – LHP – Jr. – Mooneyham was highly regarded out of high school but disappointed last season. He’ll look to regain his elite prospect status this season. **Update – Mooneyham will be limited to relief duty this weekend due to having stitches removed form a finger on this throwing hand.

A.J. Vanegas – RHP – Fr. – Pretty advanced for a freshman, Vanegas could end the season as the Friday starter if Mooneyham can’t throw strikes.

Jordan Pries – RHP – Jr. Though Pries lacks the star potential of Mooneyham or Vanegas, he’s the stability between the inconsistent ace and the newcomer.

Mark Appel – RHP – So. Appel is one of the most talented arms in college baseball and could be this year’s John Stilson. Is it to early to compare people to John Stilson if Stilson is still in school? **Update – Appel has been named the Friday starter for this series.

Rice: Rice is once again be the Conference USA favorite but they will have to contend with a talented Tulane squadron. Wayne Graham’s team is light on pitching experience but the talent is there. The Owls will need contributions from their freshmen class on the mound while Anthony Rendon carries the offense.

Key Players:

Anthony Rendon – 3B – Jr. He’s not just the best hitter in college baseball, he’s a plus defender and the possible #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. You know what, if you’re reading this and you don’t know who Anthony Rendon is, you probably stumbled upon this site erroneously.

Michael Ratteree – 2B – So. Ratteree was a 45th round pick in 2009 (Nationals). Coming off a good freshman season he’ll attempt to provide some protection to Rendon.

Jeremy Rathjen – CF – Jr. Coming off of a 13 HR 69 RBI season.

Michael Fuda – LF – Jr. Hit .346 with 45 RBI last season.

Chase McDowell – RHP – So. Had a great summer and may be the Owls ace.

John Simms – RHP – Fr. Baseball America ranked him as the #118th best draft prospect in 2010. Washington used a 39th round pick on him. ** Update Simms will start Friday for the Owls

Austin Kubiza – RHP -Fr. Unsigned 7th Round Pick (Pirates). **Update – Kubiza will be the Sunday starter this weekend, giving the Owls a weekend rotation that is 2/3 freshmen.

** The updates above were provided based on information in Aaron Fitt’s Baseball America Weekend Preview

Rank

Team

W-L

Upcoming

Comments

1

Florida

0-0

Feb. 18-20: South Florida

Friday’s Game will be televised in my area on Fox College Sports Atlantic.

2

TCU

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Feb. 18-20: Kansas

Kansas Sr. RHP T.J. Walz has won 20 games in his career but I don’t expect #21 to come this weekend.

3

UCLA

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Feb. 18-20: San Francisco

Dons Seniors Stephen Yarrow (3B) and Pete Lavin (OF) should make San Francisco formidable this season, but they’ll be no match for Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer.

4

Vanderbilt

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Feb 18, 20 @ San Diego, Feb 19 @ San Diego State

Vanderbilt may have the toughest opening weekend among the other top 5 teams. I’m anxious to see how San Diego freshman Dylan Covey will debut.

5

Texas

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Feb. 18-20: Maryland (4 games)

Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green pale only to Cole and Bauer far as 1-2 punches go.

6

Clemson

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Feb. 18-20: Eastern Michigan

Clemson will hit this year.

7

Cal State Fullerton

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Feb. 18-20 @ Long Beach State, Feb 19: North Carolina (4 games)

Dirtbag Andrew Gagnon is good enough to steal a game but Titan ace Noe Ramirez is better.

8

Oklahoma

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Feb. 18-20: William & Mary (4 games)

Many have Oklahoma ahead of Texas as the Big 12 favorite.

9

Stanford

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Feb. 18-20: @ #17 Rice

Series of the weekend!

10

Connecticut

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Feb. 18: Purdue, Feb 19: Minnesota, Feb 20: Michigan

Big Ten/Big East Challenge: Clearwater, FL

11

Arizona State

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Feb. 18-20: New Mexico

I have New Mexico as a regional sleeper but they’ll get off to a rough stretch this weekend.

12

Oregon

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Feb. 18-20: @ Hawaii (4 games)

I’m pretty high on the Pac-10.

13

South Carolina

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Feb. 18-20: Santa Clara

Santa Clara is no slouch this season but they shouldn’t pose a real threat to the defending national champions.

14

Florida State

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Feb. 18-20: Virginia Military Institute

FSU 3-0.

15

Texas A&M

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Feb. 18-20: LeMoyne

Tom Browning was a LeMoyne Dolphin.

16

Virginia

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Feb. 18: UAB, Feb. 19: Auburn, Feb. 20: Arkansas State

Auburn Tournament: Auburn, AL

17

Rice

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Feb. 18-20: #9 Stanford

A strong weekend performance could shoot the Owls up this list.

18

Arizona

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Feb. 18-20: North Dakota State

Looking for a big start by sophomore RHP Kurt Heyer.

19

Baylor

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Feb. 18-20: Oral Roberts

Although Summit League champion Oral Roberts as a Regional team last year, first round talent RHP Logan Verrett will be too much to handle.

20

Coastal Carolina

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Feb. 18: Boston College, Feb. 19: Tennessee Tech, Feb. 20: Indiana, Feb. 20: Virginia Tech

Caravelle Resort Tournament, Conway, SC

21

California

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Feb. 18-20: Utah

On the week when Cal learns that donations weren’t enough to save the baseball program, they can take their aggression out on Utah.

22

LSU

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Feb. 18-20: Wake Forest (4 games)

While Wake isn’t an ACC contender, I’m still intrigued by this series. LSU should sweep or take 3 of 4.

23

Miami

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Feb. 18-20: Rutgers

Miami lacks pitching depth but it shouldn’t be an issue this weekend.

24

College of Charleston

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Feb. 18: Kentucky, Feb. 19: Miami (OH), Feb: 20: Marshall

College of Charleston Invitational, Charleston, SC

25

Georgia Tech

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Feb. 18-20: Kent State

Kent State can prove they belong with the big boys.

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College Baseball: 2011 Preseason Freshman All-American Team

Predicting a Freshman All-American team is about as premature as a Mock Draft at this point in the year but hey, they’re fun. I’m really excited about this year’s freshman class, thanks in large part to the two unsigned first round picks (Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey). Austin Wilson was also a clear first round talent who slid for signability reasons due to his strong college commitment.

What I find most interesting about this class is the impact that each newcomer will play on Omaha contending teams. Whitson could end the season as the Friday starter on the #1 team in the nation. There are three Stanford Cardinal on my list, and they came in at #9 on my Preseason Top 25. UCLA is a consensus top 5 team and they’ll likely have Adam Plutko in the anchor leg of the weekend rotation behind near certain first rounders Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, while Pat Valaika (brother of Reds prospect Chris) will play a crucial up the middle role.

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

6’4″

215

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Dylan Covey

FR

San Diego

6’2″

200

MIL ’10 (1)

RHP

Ryne Stanek

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

180

SEA ’10 (3)

RHP

Kevin Gausman

FR

LSU

6’4″

185

LAD ’10 (6)

RHP

A.J. Vanegas

FR

Stanford

6’3″

200

SD ’10 (7)

RHP

Adam Plutko

FR

UCLA

6’3″

190

HOU ’10 (6)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)

Position

Player

Class

School

Height

Weight

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Stefan Sabol

FR

Oregon

6’2″

210

ATL ’10 (17)

1B

Kris Bryant

FR

San Diego

6’5″

215

TOR ’10 (18)

2B

Zach Alvord

FR

Auburn

6’0″

175

ATL ’10 (18)

SS

Pat Valaika

FR

UCLA

5’11”

195

STL ’10 (24)

3B

Brian Ragira

FR

Stanford

6’2″

205

TEX ’10 (30)

OF

Austin Wilson

FR

Stanford

6’4″

235

STL ’10 (12)

OF

Michael Lorenzen

FR

Cal State Fullerton

6’3″

180

TB ’10 (7)

OF

Krey Bratsen

FR

Texas A&M

6’0″

160

OAK ’10 (45)

DH

Dominic Ficociello

FR

Arkansas

6’4″

185

DET ’10 (23)

UTL

DeAndre Smelter

FR

Georgia Tech

6’3″

225

MIN ’10 (14)