NCAA Baseball: Super Regional Update 6.10.11

Throughout this NCAA postseason, we’ll be giving you updates on how the recent MLB Draftees are performing as well as highlighting performances from select players that will hear their name called in 2012 and beyond.


Austin Super Regional

Arizona State 3 Texas 1

Taylor Jungmann had never lost a game at home prior this NCAA Tournament when he dropped the Regional opener to Kent State and now he’s lost his second despite a strong performance. Arizona State played most of the season under the assumption that they would be barred from participating in post season play but when their appeal wasn’t ruled upon by the time the selection rolled around, the Sun Devils were selected to host. Now they’re just a win away form Omaha.

Arizona State

Brady Rodgers – RHP. 6.2IP 8H 1ER 0BB 4K. (W, 9-4). Sophomore could be high pick next season.

Mitchell Lambson – LHP. 2.1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 2K. (S, 9). Drafted by the Houston Astros (19th Round)

Ricco Torrez – 3B. 1-3 K. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays (4th Round)

Johnny Ruettiger – OF. 1-4 R, BB, K. Rudy’s nephew. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles (8th Round)

Austin Barnes – C. 0-4. Drafted by the Florida Marlins (9th Round)

Zach MacPhee – 2B. 0-3 BB. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians (13th Round)

Zach Wilson – 1B 0-3 BB K. Drafted by the New York Yankees (21st Round)

Deven Marero – SS. 0-4 R BB. Sophomore was the Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year and potential 1st round pick next season.

Texas

Taylor Jungmann – RHP. 7.1IP 3H 1ER 3BB 3K. (L, 13-2). I hope it wasn’t the last start of his storied career. Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers (1st Round)

Hoby Milner – LHP. 0.1IP 1H 0ER 1BB 0K. Sophomore will need to step into a weekend rotation with loss of Jungmann, Sam Stafford and Cole Green.

Andrew McKirahan – LHP 0.1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K. Drafted by Chicago Cubs (21st Round)

Brandon Loy – SS. 1-4 RBI. Drafted by Detroit Tigers (5th Round)

Tant Shepherd – 1B. 1-4 R. Drafted by New York Mets (24th Round)

Kevin Lusson – DH. 1-3. Drafted as a catcher by Tampa Bay Rays (45th Round)

Chapel Hill Super Regional

UNC 5 Stanford 2

UNC entered the season unranked in what was supposed to be a down year while the underclassman laden Stanford squad entered the year viewed as a team that is maybe a year away from Omaha. Patrick Johnson has been as good as any pitcher in the nation and that didn’t stop on Friday night.

North Carolina

Patrick Johnson – RHP. 7.2IP 5H 1ER 1BB 7K. (W, 13-1). Senior was drafted by the Colorado Rockies (25th Round)

Levi Michael – SS . 2-4. 2K. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins (1st Round)

Ben Bunting – CF. 3-4 RBI, R. Undrafted senior leader was will be intracal part of this Omaha bound team.

Jesse Wierzbicki – 1B. 1-4 R. Drafted by the Houston Astros (24th Round)

Jacob Stallings – C 0-4. Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds (42nd Round)

Stanford

Mark Appel – RHP. 6IP 7H 3ER 3BB 3K. (W, 6-7) Fireballing sophomore will be a 1st Rounder next year.

Scott Snodgress – LHP. 0IP 1H 1ER 0BB 0K. Drafted by the Chicago White Sox (5th Round)

AJ Vanegas – RHP. 0IP 1H 0ER 1BB 0K. Cardinal will rely heavily on this freshman next year.

Zach Jones – C. 0-4 3K. Rough night for the athletic Senior serves as the leadoff hitter in a lineup with 7 underclassmen. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks (34th Round)

Tyler Gaffney – LF. 1-3 R. Also serves as a RB on the football team.

Stephen Piscotty – 3B. 2-4 2B (13), R. Was the Pac 10 Freshman of the Year last year.

Brian Fagira – 1B. 2-4 2RBI. Was the Pac 10 Freshman of the Year this year.

Austin Wilson – RF. 1-4. Should be a first round pick in 2013 but needs to walk more.

Kenny Diekroeger – SS. 1-3 BB. Another potential 1st round pick on this Cardinal club. He was a 2nd rounder (Tampa Bay) out of high school.

Gainesville Super Regional

Florida 11 Mississippi State 1

Florida, the #1 team in the nation for much of the season, is without two stalwarts in the middle of their lineup this weekend. Sophomore two way players Austin Maddox (1B/RHP) and Brian Johnson (DH/LHP) but both may be ready in Omaha if the Gators advance.

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Hudson Randall – RHP. 8IP 6H 1ER 2BB 8K. (W, 10-3) Sophomore is a great example of a premier college pitcher with a low professional ceiling. 5th-10th round pick next season.

Nolan Fontana – SS. 1-4 HR (5) 2RBI, R, BB, 2K. Sophomore is one of the best fielding shortstops in the nation.

Mike Zunino – C. 2-4 HR (17) 3RBI, 2R. Should be a first rounder in 2012.

Bryson Smith – CF. 3-5 RBI, 2R, BB. Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds (34th Round).

Preston Tucker – 1B/OF. 0-3 2BB, R. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies (16th Round).

Josh Adams – 2B. 2-5 RBI. Drafted by the Florida Marlins (13th Round)

Tyler Thompson – OF. 1-5 2RBI. Drafted by the Washington Nationals (46th Round)

Mississippi State

Devin Jones – RHP. 2IP 3H 2ER 2BB 0K. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles (9th Round)

Nick Vickerson – SS. 1-4 2K. Drafted by the Texas Rangers (20th Round)

Jarrod Parks – 3B 2-4 R. Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels (24th Round)

Jaron Sheperd – OF. 0-4 RBI. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies (33rd Round)

Nashville Super Regional

Vanderbilt 11 Oregon State 1

Top to bottom, I think Vanderbilt and Florida have the best teams in this tournament and they looked like the two best teams in the nation on Friday, both winning handily. Freshman little man Tony Kemp continues to be a table setter for the Dores while Westlake and Esposito drive in runs and provide veteran leadership.

Vanderbilt

Sonny Gray – RHP. 6.2IP 4H 1ER 2BB 4K. Gray didn’t have his best stuff but showed maturity and confidence to battle. Helps that he had a big lead. Drafted by the Oakland Athletics (1st Round)

Corey Williams – LHP 2.1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 3K. Williams spits a 95MPH fastball from the left side. Easy to see why he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins (3rd Round)

Jason Esposito – 3B 2-4 HR (9) 3RBI. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles (2nd Round)

Aaron Westlake – 1B 0-2 3BB 2R. Drafted by the Detroit Tigers (3rd Round)

Curt Casali – C 1-3 RBI, 2R. Drafted by the Detroit Tigers (10th Round)

Mike Yastrzemski – RF. 2-4 HR (3) 4RBI. Yeah he’s got a famous grandfather.

Joe Loftus – PH. 0-1. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks (46th Round)

Oregon State

Sam Gaviglio – RHP. 5.1IP 9H 10ER 6BB 3K. (L, 12-3). Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals (5th Round)

James Nygren – RHP .2IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K. Drafted by the Florida Marlins (33rd Round)

Andrew Susac – C. 0-4 K. Drafted by the San Francisco Giants (2nd Round)

Brian Stamps – OF. 0-3 2K. Drafted by Atlanta Braves (24th Round)

Parker Breberet – PH. 0-1 Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers (25th Round)

Carter Bell – 3B. 0-3 K. Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks (29th Round)

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College Baseball: Super Regional Drafted Players

After three action packed days and over 1500 players selected, it’s natural to be hungover on the MLB Draft. The over-saturation of coverage could drive the average fan into hibernation. At Prospect Junkies however, we don’t attract the average fan. Our very name suggests that you’re here because you can’t get enough prospect news and we’re more than happy to oblige.

The Super Regional round of the NCAA Baseball Tournament is my favorite baseball weekend of the year. Sure it doesn’t have the tradition of the World Series or the hype of the All-Star Game, but baseball’s crossover from amateur to professional status is so fantastically unique to other major sports that it absolutely captivates me. Maybe it’s like this in hockey too, but I’m not Canadian so I wouldn’t know. Many of the players selected in this week’s MLB Draft (125 to be exact) aren’t looking to relinquish their amateur status any time soon. Those 125 players are playing for the 16 teams left in this tournament competing for a chance to advance to Omaha for the College World Series.

Vanderbilt leads the way with 12 recently drafted players while Florida, South Carolina and Arizona State each had 11.

Check out the comprehensive list below of recent MLB Draftees that will be showcasing their talents this weekend.

Austin Super Regional

Arizona State v. Texas

Arizona State Drafted Players (11):

Ricco Torrez – 3B – Tampa Bay Rays (4th Round)

Johnny Ruettiger – OF – Baltimore Orioles (8th Round)

Austin Barnes – C – Florida Marlins (9th Round)

Zach MacPhee – 2B – Cleveland Indians (13th Round)

Xorge Carrillo – C – New York Mets (14th Round)

Mitchell Lambson – LHP – Houston Astros (19th Round)

Brandon Magee – OF – Oakland Athletics (21st Round)

Zach Wilson – 1B – New York Yankees (21st Round)

Kyle Ottoson – LHP – Washington Nationals (24th Round)

Kramer Champlin – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays (33rd Round)

Andy Workman – OF – Los Angeles Angels (34th Round)

Texas Drafted Players (9):

Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers (1st Round)

Sam Stafford – LHP – New York Yankees (2nd Round)

Brandon Loy – SS – Detroit Tigers (5th Round)

Cole Green – RHP – Cincinnati Reds (9th Round)

Andrew McKirahan – LHP – Chicago Cubs (21st Round)

Tant Shepherd – 1B – New York Mets (24th Round)

Kevin Dicharry – RHP – Philadelphia Phillies (41st Round)

Stayton Thomas – RHP – Tampa Bay Rays (43rd Round)

Kevin Lusson – C – Tampa Bay Rays (45th Round)

Chapel Hill Super Regional

Stanford v. North Carolina

Stanford Drafted Players (6):

Chris Reed – LHP – Los Angeles Dodgers (1st Round)

Scott Snodgress – LHP – Chicago White Sox (5th Round)

Jordan Pries – RHP – Seattle Mariners (30th Round)

Zach Jones – C – Arizona Diamondbacks (34th Round)

Brett Mooneyham – LHP – Washington Nationals (38th Round)

Danny Sandbrink – RHP – San Francisco Giants (42nd Round)

North Carolina Drafted Players (5) :

Levi Michael – SS – Minnesota Twins (1st Round)

Greg Holt – RHP – Washington Nationals (8th Round)

Jesse Wierzbicki – 1B – Houston Astros (24th Round)

Patrick Johnson – RHP – Colorado Rockies (25th Round)

Jacob Stallings – C – Cincinnati Reds (42nd Round)

Charlottesville Super Regional

UC Irvine v. Virginia

UC Irvine Players Drafted (5):

Matt Summers – RHP – Minnesota Twins (4th Round)

Drew Hillman – 3B – Philadelphia Phillies (18th Round)

Brian Hernandez – 3B – Los Angeles Angels (27th Round)

D.J. Crumlich – SS – Pittsburgh Pirates (38th Round)

Jordan Leyland – 1B – Tampa Bay Rays (44th Round)

Virginia Players Drafted (8):

Danny Hultzen – LHP – Seattle Mariners (1st Round)

John Hicks – C – Seattle Mariners (4th Round)

Will Roberts – RHP – Cleveland Indians (5th Round)

Steve Proscia – 3B – Seattle Mariners (7th Round)

Tyler Wilson – RHP – Baltimore Orioles (10th Round)

Kenny Swab – C – Kansas City Royals (21st Round)

Cody Winiarski – RHP – Chicago White Sox (36th Round)

John Barr – OF – Cleveland Indians (39th Round)

Columbia Super Regional

Connecticut v. South Carolina

Connecticut Players Drafted (10):

George Springer – OF – Houston Astros (1st Round)

Matt Barnes – RHP – Boston Red Sox (1st Round)

Nick Ahmed – SS – Atlanta Braves (2nd Round)

John Andreoli – OF – Chicago Cubs (17th Round)

Greg Nappo – LHP – Florida Marlins (18th Round)

Kevin Vance – RHP – Chicago White Sox (19th Round)

Mike Nemeth – 1B – Milwaukee Brewers (21st Round)

David Fischer – RHP – San Francisco Giants (30th Round)

Doug Elliot – C – Milwaukee Brewers (35th Round)

Elliot Glynn – LHP – Milwaukee Brewers (39th Round)

South Carolina Players Drafted (11):

Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – Boston Red Sox (1st Round Supplemental)

Matt Price – RHP – Arizona Diamondbacks (6th Round)

David Wingo – SS – Los Angeles Dodgers (11th Round)

Peter Mooney – SS – Toronto Blue Jays (21st Round)

John Taylor – RHP – Seattle Mariners (22nd Round)

Adam Matthews – OF – Baltimore Orioles (23rd Round)

Brian Harper – LHP – Washington Nationals (30th Round)

Michael Roth – LHP – Cleveland Indians (31st Round)

Steven Neff – LHP – San Francisco Giants (41st Round)

Jon Webb – LHP – Cincinnati Reds (48th Round)

Adrian Morales – 3B – Kansas City Royals (49th Round)

Gainesville Super Regional

Mississippi State v. Florida

Mississippi State Players Drafted (4):

Devin Jones – RHP – Baltimore Orioles (9th Round)

Nick Vickerson – SS – Texas Rangers (20th Round)

Jarrod Parks – 3B – Los Angeles Angels (24th Round)

Jaron Sheperd – OF – Colorado Rockies (33rd Round)

Florida Players Drafted (11):

Nick Maronde – LHP – Los Angeles Angles (3rd Round)

Anthony DeSclafani – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays (6th Round)

Alex Panteliodis – LHP – New York Mets (9th Round)

Tommy Toledo – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers (11th Round)

Josh Adams – 2B – Florida Marlins (13th Round)

Preston Tucker – 1B/OF – Colorado Rockies (16th Round)

Ben McMahan – C – Milwaukee Brewers (23rd Round)

Matt Campbell – RHP – Philadelphia Phillies (24th Round)

Greg Larson – RHP – Los Angeles Angels (29th Round)

Bryson Smith – OF – Cincinnati Reds (34th Round)

Tyler Thompson – OF – Washington Nationals (46th Round)

Nashville Super Regional

Oregon State v. Vanderbilt

Oregon State Drafted Players (8):

Andrew Susac – C – San Francisco Giants (2nd Round)

Sam Gaviglio – RHP – St. Louis Cardinals (5th Round)

Josh Osich – LHP – San Francisco Giants (6th Round)

Brian Stamps – OF – Atlanta Braves (24th Round)

Parker Breberet – C – Milwaukee Brewers (25th Round)

Carter Bell – 3B – Arizona Diamondbacks (29th Round)

James Nygren – RHP – Florida Marlins (33rd Round)

Taylor Starr – RHP – Cleveland Indians (37th Round)

Vanderbilt Drafted Players (12):

Sonny Gray – RHP – Oakland Athletics (1st Round)

Grayson Garvin – LHP – Tampa Bay Rays (1st Round Supplemental)

Jason Esposito – 3B – Baltimore Orioles (2nd Round)

Jack Armstrong – RHP – Houston Astros (3rd Round)

Aaron Westlake – 1B – Detroit Tigers (3rd Round)

Corey Williams – LHP – Minnesota Twins (3rd Round)

Taylor Hill – RHP – Washington Nationals (6th Round)

Mark Lamm – RHP – Atlanta Braves (6th Round)

Curt Casali – C – Detroit Tigers (10th Round)

Navery Moore – RHP – Atlanta Braves (14th Round)

Will Clinard – RHP – Minnesota Twins (30th Round)

Joe Loftus – OF – Arizona Diamondbacks (46th Round)

Santa Clara Super Regional

Dallas Baptist v. California

Dallas Baptist Drafted Players (3):

Jason Krizan – OF – Detroit Tigers (8th Round)

Michael Williamson – RHP – Milwaukee Brewers (20th Round)

Chris Haney – RHP – San Diego Padres (20th Round)

California Drafted Players (7):

Erik Johnson – RHP – Chicago White Sox (2nd Round)

Marcus Semien – SS – Chicago White Sox (6th Round)

Dixon Anderson – RHP – Washington Nationals (9th Round)

Chadd Krist – C – Chicago White Sox (13th Round)

Kevin Miller – RHP – Chicago Cubs (18th Round)

Matt Flemer – RHP – Kansas City Royals (19th Round)

Austin Booker – 2B – Oakland Athletics (33rd Round)

Tallahassee Super Regional

Texas A&M v. Florida State

Texas A&M Drafted Players (9):

John Stilson – RHP – Toronto Blue Jays (3rd Round)

Ross Stripling – RHP – Colorado Rockies (9th Round)

Nick Fleece – RHP – Cincinnati Reds (13th Round)

Todd Simko – LHP – Washington Nationals (21st Round)

Adam Smith – RHP – New York Yankees (25th Round)

Brandon Parrent – LHP – Chicago White Sox (30th Round)

Kenny Jackson – 3B – Florida Marlins (31st Round)

Kevin Gonzalez – C – Houston Astros (36th Round)

Steven Martin – RHP – Houston Astros (37th Round)

Florida State Drafted Players (6):

Sean Gilmartin – LHP – Atlanta Braves (1st Round)

Mike McGee – OF/RHP – Seattle Mariners (15th Round)

Rafael Lopez – C – Chicago Cubs (16th Round)

Daniel Bennett – RHP – Detroit Tigers (19th Round)

James Ramsey – OF – Minnesota Twins (22nd Round)

Taiwan Easterling – OF – Chicago Cubs (27th Round)

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 Draft Pitching Prospects – NCAA Regional 6.4.11

In Regional Action, an abundance of teams held off on throwing their ace on Friday to save them an anticipated winners bracket matchup on Saturday. Here’s a look at how the top MLB Draft pitching prospects performed on Saturday.

Regional Pitching Performances (Saturday)

Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia – Jr. 7IP 3H 1ER 1BB 12K. (W, 11-3). Hultzen is in the mix to go #1 overall.

Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 9IP 6H 1ER 2BB 14K. (W, 13-2). Now has 203 K’s in 136.2 IP. Strasburg had 195 in 109IP in 2009.

Jed Bradley – LHP – Ga Tech – Jr. 7.2IP 8H 2ER 1BB 4K. (W, 7-3). A lefty with good but not dominate stuff, Bradley will go in the 1st round Monday.

Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas – Jr. 5.2IP 8H 7ER 2BB 3K. (L, 13-1). Kent State gives Jungmann his worst start in a year where he’s been more consistent than nearly any other pitcher. Jungmann is still secure in his 1st round status.

Matt Purke – LHP – TCU – So. 5IP 2H 2ER 2BB 6K. Potential #1 overall pick when the season started, has been injured and less than sharp this season. This 83 pitch outing, though ultimately a TCU loss, could help to salvage his draft status.

Sean Gilmartin – LHP – Florida State – Jr. 7IP 12H 5ER 2BB 6K. (W, 12-1). Been linked to Cincinnati as high as the 1st round.

Andrew Chafin – LHP – Kent State – So. 8.2IP 4H 3ER 2BB 8K. (W, 8-1). In huge win at Texas. While the Longhorns aren’t known for their bats, this was a big stage for the draft eligible sophomore and maybe enough to get him into the first round.

Evan Marshall – RHP – Kansas State – Jr. 3IP 2H 0ER 1BB 5K. One of the better right handed relief pitchers in the draft could go in the 2nd round and move quickly.

Burch Smith – RHP – Oklahoma – Jr. .2IP 3H 3ER 1BB 0K. (L, 10-4). The JUCO transfer had a good year but got shelled by Oral Roberts. Possible 2nd rounder.

Chris Reed – LHP – Stanford – Jr. 1.1IP 0ER 1BB 0K. (S, 9). Serves as the closer for Stanford, Reed could start as a pro. Will be off the board in the first 3 rounds.

Grayson Garvin – LHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 6.2IP 7H 2ER 1BB 7K. (W, 13-1). I like him more than the scouts seem to. I’d use a top 50 pick on him but he’ll likely go later.

Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton – Jr. 8IP 4H 1ER 2BB 12K. (L, 8-4). Underpowering RHP makes up for his lack of dominance with polish. Fastball command and a plus change up could make him a 2nd round pick.

Cory Mazzoni – RHP – NC State – Jr. 8IP 4H 2ER 1BB 12K. (W, 6-6). A respectable ace in the ACC, Mazzoni should come off the board before round 5.

Adam Morgan – LHP – Alabama – Jr. 5.2IP 11H 8ER 3BB 5K. (L, 5-7). Results never seem to match the skill set. Will be off the board before the 5th round.

Nick Maronde – LHP – Florida – Jr. 1.1IP 1H 0ER 1BB 1K. Like Kevin Chapman before him, Maronde could be a high pick as a left handed relief pitcher and could move quickly.

Kyle Simon – RHP – Arizona – Jr. 9IP 4H 0ER 0BB 6K. (W, 11-3). Will get picked in the 5th-7th round range.

Ross Stripling – RHP – Texas A&M – Jr. 9IP 4H 1ER 2BB 5K. (W, 13-2). Stripling should go before the 8th round.

Sam Gaviglio – RHP – Oregon State – Jr. 9IP 5H 1ER 2BB 11K. (W, 12-2). Baseball America considers him a 5th-6th round talent.

Jordan Pries – RHP – Stanford – Jr. 7.2IP 2H 0ER 0BB 6K. (W, 6-5). Huge win for Stanford over Cal State Fulerton. Pries could go around the 10th round or so.

Patrick Johnson – RHP – North Carolina – Sr. 8IP 3H 0ER 1BB 11K. (W, 12-1). UNC was granted a cupcake of a regional and Jonson was dominate against James Madison. He’s a modest pro prospect who might not hear his name called until the 20th round. But I’d be happy to have him in my system.

2011 MLB Draft Pitching Prospects – NCAA Regional 6.3.11

It’s an exciting time for prospect junkies across the globe as the NCAA Baseball Tournament kicks off in the weekend before the MLB draft. Here’s a look at how the top MLB Draft pitching prospects performed in the tournament’s opening day.

Regional Pitching Performances (Friday)

Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 7.1IP 11H 3ER 1BB 11K. (L, 6-8). While Cole is a fantastic pro prospect, why the Bruins don’t consider fellow top 5 pick Trevor Bauer their ace is beyond me. Perhaps a loss to #4 seed San Francisco will teach them a lesson. Perhaps it’s too late.

Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 6IP 3H 0ER 0BB 3K. (W, 11-3). Undersized RHP has been falling a bit on draft boards lately due to questions on whether he’ll start or relieve as a pro. Still one of my favorite prospects and likely top 15 pick.

Matt Barnes – RHP – UConn – Jr. 4.1IP 9H 7ER 3BB 6K. (L, 11-4). Still a safe bet to go in the 1st.

Erik Johnson – RHP – California – Jr. 2.1IP 3H 5ER 6BB 1K. (L, 6-4) Johnson, who should go in the first 3 rounds, is a big RHP who sits in the low 90’s with a plus slider and weak change. Weak outing against Logan Verrett and Baylor.

Logan Verrett – RHP – Baylor – Jr. 7.1IP 7H 3ER 2BB 4K. (W, 7-5). Entered the season as a first round pick but struggled early. Has been great lately and could sneak into the 2nd round. More likely a 3rd rounder.

Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina – Jr. 6.1IP 9H 1ER 2BB 7K. Led #3 seed Coastal over #2 seed prospect laden Connecticut team. Meo could go in the first 50 picks.

Matt Price – RHP – South Carolina – So. 1.2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 3K. (S, 16). Last year’s CWS hero is a likely top 5 round pick as a sophomore.

Sam Stafford – LHP – Texas – Jr. 7IP 2H 1ER 3BB 6K. (W, 6-2). Stafford is considered a 5th/6th round talent by Baseball America.

Mark Pope – RHP – Georgia Tech – Jr. 1.2IP 1H 0ER 1BB 0K. Pope has been great this season (11-4, 1.74 ERA, 5 CG) and could go in the first 5 rounds but left this game early with a back injury.

Todd McInnis – RHP – Southern Mississippi – Sr. 9IP 7H 3ER 2BB 6K. (L, 8-3). Senior should come off the board between the 8th and 10th rounds.

Carson Smith – RHP – Texas State – Jr. 9IP 8H 2ER 1BB 5K. Texas State would go on to lose this game to Kent State in 11 Innings. Smith should be picked in the first 5 rounds.

Will Roberts – RHP – Virginia – Jr. 9IP 4H 0ER 0BB 14K. (W, 11-1). Masterful performance against Navy. Roberts is a 10th-15th round pick in my opinion.

Mike Wright – RHP – East Carolina – Jr. 8IP 7H 2ER 4BB 5K. (L, 6-4). Baseball America considers Wright to be a 5th-6th round talent.

Michael Roth – LHP – South Carolina – Jr. 7IP 2H 0ER 2BB 4K. (W, 12-3). Classic case of a great college pitcher who likely won’t be a high pick.

Michael Rocha – RHP – Oklahoma – Sr. 7.1IP 5H 1ER 1BB 3K. Undersized bad bodied should be picked after the first 10 rounds.

Tyler Pill – RHP – Cal State Fullerton – Jr. 8IP 5H 4ER 3BB 11K. (W, 7-1). Pill, a two way threat, reminds me a little of former Michigan Wolverine Zach Putnam, a two way star in his own right. Pill will pitch as a professional as a pack of the rotation starter or a reliever.

Kyle Hunter – LHP – Kansas State – Jr. 4IP 8H 5ER 0BB 2K. (L, 5-5). Hunter was a 43rd Round Pick last season (Yankees).

Greg Gonzalez – RHP – Fresno State – Sr. 4.2IP 12H 5ER 2BB 3K. (L, 11-1) Likely draft pick but unclear where after his first bad start of the year.

Tyler Ray – RHP – Troy – Jr. 7.2IP 8H 2ER 1BB 5K. (W, 12-0). Junior has been fantastic all season. I view him as a 10th to 15th round prospect.

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 Big Ten Tournament: Draft Prospects

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Huntington Park in Columbus Ohio and I want to send a big thank you to Chris Webb of Buckeye State Baseball on Fox Sports Ohio for the media credential. While the conference is down slightly and lacking the overall sexiness of the SEC, ACC, PAC 10 or the Big 12, the Big Ten Tournament still offered plenty looks at professional talent.

Michigan State was the best team in the conference for most of the season, compiling a 36-21 overall record. With just a 15-9 conference record however, they shared the regular season title with Illinois. In the tournament, Illinois used quality pitching and timely hitting to take down the Spartans and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Fighting Illini used just 4 pitchers in 3 games, going through Ohio State, and Michigan State twice, while Spartan squad simply ran out of arms (using seven different pitchers in the final game alone).

Illinois will be the Big Ten’s lone representative in the NCAA tournament and while the effect of that representation on recruiting may be minimal, it can certainly only help. For their 2011 class the Fighting Illini inked outfielder Charlie Tilson a potential first round pick in 2011. The draft is unpredictable and while I don’t anticipate this scenario, it’s conceivable that bonus demands could drive a talent like Tilson into the 5-10 round range and ultimately to Champaign.

Below is a look at just a few of the professional prospects that displayed their talents this weekend.

Willy Argo – CF – Illinois – Jr. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: 2008 – Arizona Diamondbacks (49th Round).

Argo hit .355 with 12 HR in route to a Freshman All-American season in 2009 and while he hasn’t been able to replicate those power numbers, he did steal a school record 41 bags as a sophomore in 2010. Argo is hitting a modest .286/.397/.401 this season with 25 stolen bases. A center fielder, Argo reads the ball well, shows excellent range with an average arm. Entering the 2010 season, I had Argo pegged as a player set to come off the board in the first five rounds. While the tools are still there, the off year at the plate has probably hurt his stock.

Adam Davis – C – Illinois – Jr. Bats: R Thows: R. 6’0″ 215. Last Drafted: Never.

The 3-hole hitter for the Fighting Illini, Davis is a free swinger at the plate who could stand to be a little more patient as he’s walked just 7 times this season. He sits on top of the plate and uses his quick hands to spray line drives to all fields. Behind the dish is where Davis really shines. Consistently posting pop times in the 1.9 range, Davis uses his arm to deter would be base stealers by aggressively throwing to all bases. Though not a burner by any means, Davis does have above average speed for a catcher. A Second Team All-Big Ten selection, Davis may have opened some eyes this weekend with the increased exposure of the tournament on his way to earning the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player honor.

Jeff Holm – 1B – Michigan State – Sr. Bats: L Throws: L. 6’3″ 210. Last Drafted: Never.

Named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Holm’s senior campaign was an exclamation point an already decorated amateur career. A four year starter for the Spartans, Holm owns a .346 average, .411 on base percentage and .500 slugging for his career. Holm displays good bat control within the zone and has demonstrated an ability to hit left handed pitching. Though faster and more athletic than most first basemen, I’d rate his overall speed at below average but he has the ability to be plus defender with a plus arm. Holm could be the first Big Ten player selected after Alex Dickerson thanks to a very poor season by draft eligible sophomore shortstop Derek Dennis (Michigan).

Justin Gominsky – RF – Minnesota – Jr. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 185. Last Drafted: Never.

Gominsky is an athletic toolsy outfielder who’s only weak tool at the moment appears to be his power, though he has the frame to develop in that area. Like Willy Argo, Gominsky was a Freshman All-American but he suffered a knee injury as a sophomore that caused him to miss most of the season. A right fielder for the Gophers, I’d rate his arm as average for the professional level but it would play in center where I feel he profiles as a better fit because of his athleticism. In the small sample that I witnessed, Gominsky successfully stretched two singles into doubles that can be accredited to his hustle and instinct.

Josh Desze – RHP/1B – Ohio State – Fr. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’5″ 215. Last Drafted: 2010 – New York Yankees (28th Round).

Aside from leading the Bucks in hitting (.332/.427/.472), Desze posesses the most electric arm in the conference. Sitting comfortably in the mid 90s while serving as the Buckeye closer, Desze showed three different offerings this weekend. The aforementioned fastball is plus, and has reportedly touched triple digits this season although he has little to no command of the pitch due to a lack of follow through and an inability to repeat his delivery. The slurvey curveball is a weak pitch both in style and structure. Desze shows the pitch way too early out of a different arm slot, making the pitch easy to recognize. He also threw a change up in between innings but I didn’t recognize that one was thrown in the game. The pure electricity coming out of this kid’s right arm could make him a potential high draft pick in 2013.

Other Notables:

Kevin Plawecki – PUR – C – So. A career .342 hitter who saw his power numbers dip a little with the new bats this season. Contact hitter who has only struck out 21 times in two seasons.

Torsten Boss – MSU – 3B – So. Great left-handed stroke, a little weak with the glove. Will rival Plawecki as top Big Ten professional prospect in 2012.

A.J. Pettersen – MIN – SS – Jr. Slick fielding shortstop and lead off man, but at 5’8″ with a fringe arm, he profiles better as a second basemen.

Josh Parr – ILL – SS – Jr. Like Peterson, Parr’s glove makes you stop to take notice. Not as gifted at the plate as his younger brother Justin who served as the team’s DH.