2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Will Proctor

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Mira Costa shortstop Will Proctor, a Georgia commit, impresses with the glove and the bat.

By: Mario Phillips

Will Proctor – SS– Mira Costa (CA), 6’2″ 175.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Georgia

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; February 27, 2016, at West Torrance HS (CA).

A highly scouted, toolsy SS from the Southern California baseball hotbed,  Proctor has had an opportunity to put his talent on display at various national showcases, to include the Area Code Games and several Perfect Game Tournaments.  Proctor was selected as the Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All American California, All Region First Team.     Proctor’s athleticism and baseball instincts stand out the most when first seen.  Proctor entered the year as the 77th ranked high school senior by Perfect Game.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Cooper Johnson

By: Burke Granger

Cooper Johnson – C – Carmel Catholic (Ill.).  6’0″ 200.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Mississippi

Scouted:  Prep Baseball Report’s Super 60, McCook (Ill.).  February 7, 2016.

A veteran of the showcase circuit, Cooper Johnson entered the year as the 22nd ranked high school player by Baseball America, while landing at 27 on D1Baseball‘s list.  With a muscular 6’0″ 200 lb frame and donning a gold plated catching mask in the resembling a Notre Dame football helmet, Johnson stands out even before he picks up a bat or ball.

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Prospect Junkies Podcast: 003 -College Opener

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Burke Granger and Howard Corona talk high school, college, and minor league prospects in this edition of the Prospect Junkies Podcast.

Discussion topics included: Prep Baseball Report Super 60, early performances of college prospects, and current professional prospects who could make an immediate MLB impact.

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2011 MLB Draft – Day Two Best Available

Let’s face it, kids slide in the draft for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s a college commitment, sometimes it’s a bloated asking price, sometimes it’s makeup issues, and sometimes guys like me just had a guy valued higher than scouts did. You’ll find a variety of those reasons causing the slide in the players below.

I must admit that as a college baseball fan, I quite selfishly wouldn’t mind if the slide continued on some of these guys.

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

Update: Bell and his advisors (Boras Corp) issued a statement asking teams not to draft him. Texas Longhorn coach Augie Garrido would be fine with that too.

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

Update: Like Bell, Norris has a strong college commitment. Unlike Bell, the Norris camp didn’t issue a letter. It’s rumored that someone floated a dollar figure that may be scaring teams away.

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

Update: Broken hamate bone has limited his exposure this spring. Draft eligible sophomore has increased leverage.

Austin Hedges – C – J. Serra (CA). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’1″ 190. College Commitment: UCLA.

Update: Hedges is an advanced receiver for a high school kid, who records pop times under 1.8 seconds.

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

Update: I’m having trouble understanding he slide here. His college commitment wasn’t viewed as strong enough to scare teams.

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

Update: We all know the score here. Missed time this season with shoulder issues and was throwing 82 MPH fastballs at one point. Combine that with his draft eligible sophomore status and he’s a risky pick.

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

Update: Scouting report here.

Josh Osich – LHP – Oregon State. 6’3″ 225. Last Drafted: Never

Update: No-hit UCLA in matchup against Trevor Bauer.

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

Update: Beat Matt Barnes in opening game of Regionals.

Jorge Lopez – RHP – Academia de Milagrosa (P.R.). 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: None.

Update: Athletic lengthy kid should go in the top half of the 2nd.

Tony Zych – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 190. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (46th Round).

Update: One of the harder throwers in the draft, Zych should move quickly and be one of the first 2011 draftees in the Majors to help someone’s pen.

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

Update: I’m higher on Delmonico than most, as I view him as a plus bat with the ability to stay at catcher.

Dillon Maples – RHP – Pinecrest HS (NC). 6’3″ 195. College Commitment: North Carolina.

Update: Might play football (kicker) and baseball at North Carolina.

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

Update: Stock has slipped a little, but Esposito has great hands, and decent power and speed. I’m still a fan.

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

Update: Stock slipping combined with Illinois strong showing in Regionals could prove to be fruitful on bringing a talent like Tilson to the Big Ten.


2011 MLB Draft – Instant Analysis

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

Instant Analysis: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Stetson Alie. Don’t look now but the Pirates are stock piling pitching. Is this the same team that took Daniel Moskos over Matt Weiters 4th overall in 2007?

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

Instant Analysis: Count me among the many that didn’t see this one happening. I say this as a Hultzen fan, but I don’t believe he has the ceiling of other arms such as Cole, Trevor Bauer or Dylan Bundy, but he’s more likely to get to his ceiling than any of them. I view him as a solid #2/3 who may make an All Star Game or two and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

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

Instant Analysis: I had Hultzen here in most of my mocks, with Bauer landing here in my most recent post. The two time NCAA strikeout leader has over 200 in 136 innings this season.

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

Instant Analysis: Best High School RHP prospect ever? I’ve had Bundy to Baltimore, who selected Dylan’s brother Bobby in 2008, since my May 6th Mock Draft. 100 MPH fastball, plus curve, plus cutter and an above average change up.

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

Instant Analysis: Royals really wanted one of the 4 pitchers already selected and by most indications, they weren’t going to take Starling, the hometown hero with the Paul Bunyan reputation. Exciting for the best farm system in baseball to add a name like Starling. I’d still love to see him play for Nebraska in their first Big Ten season.

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

Instant Analysis: The Nats wanted to make a splash and I thought they might do just that by taking Starling. They couldn’t have anticipated they’d land Rendon, who spent about 24 months atop the 2011 Draft Board. There has never been three more hyped first round picks to any club than Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon.

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma (Football).

Instant Analysis: This pick was bit of a surprise to me and I’m sure it wasn’t well received by the Indians who were on deck. This is an interesting pick as Arizona needs to sign this pick and Bradley won’t come cheap. The good news for Arizona is that they can spread Bradley’s bonus over 5 years as a two sport athlete. Allegedly hit 101 mph in his state championship game.

8. Cleveland IndiansFrancisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). Bats: B Throws: R. 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

Instant Analysis: Lindor is the closest thing to Manny Machado in this draft but he’s a safer bet to stay at SS. I believe the Indians were set to take Archie Bradley with this pick, but Lindor is a pleasant consolation prize.

9. Chicago CubsJavier Baez – SS/3B – Arlington Country Day HS (FL). 6’1″ 205. College Commitment: Chipola JC.

Instant Analysis: The first real wildcard in this draft, most prognosticators were all over the board on the Cubs. Baez is likely a 3B longterm but his stick is his strength. With arm strength to spare, catcher is another possibility, though that’s unlikely as it would delay his arrival. My guess is he’ll start his career at shortstop until it’s shown he can’t handle it.

10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Cory Spangenberg – 3B/OF – Indian River State College. 6’0″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never

Instant Analysis: My comment from yesterday’s mock draft where I had Spandenberg going to San Diego at #25 “I wouldn’t rule out the Pads using the 10th overall pick on Spandenberg, so they’d love it if he fell here.” Though he’s the lowest ceiling player taken thus far, he’s no slouch. I don’t think he has enough power to play a corner infield spot and I question the glove to play 2B. But hey, Jason Kipnis is doing alright.

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

Instant Analysis: Springer is a true five tool outfielder entered the season as a top 5 pick but both he and UConn started slow. He’ll have to hear about where he was selected second hand as he’s playing in his NCAA Regional Final as we speak.

12. Milwaukee Brewers – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6″ 195. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles – ’08 (24th Round)

Instant Analysis: The Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Jungmann has been one of NCAA baseball’s best pitchers three years running. He flashes a fastball, slider, changeup mix that collectively grades out as above average and at 6’6″, he throws downhill to generate natural sink and subsequent ground balls.

13. New York MetsBrandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Arkansas

Instant Analysis: One of the bigger shocks at this stage in the draft. No one had Nimmo going to the Mets but with his skill set, this is by no means a reach. A Wyoming prep product, Nimmo doesn’t even have High School baseball, so his tools in summer ball have captured the attention of local scouts.

14. Florida Marlins – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 235. College Commitment: South Florida.

Instant Analysis: I really thought Mikie Mahtook would land here, but instead the Fish take the the Cuban born Fernandez defected when he was in high school. This is one of those picks that makes sense now that it’s happened, but we were too stupid to see it coming.

15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Never.

Instant Analysis: Brewers college arms a plenty. First Taylor Jungmann at #12, now Jed Bradley at #15. My final mock yesterday had Bradley going to Milwaukee with the 12th pick, so it couldn’t have worked out better for the Brewers.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Reed – LHP – Standford. 6’4″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Instant Analysis: Not surprised that the Dodgers reached a little bit given that they have no money to spend. Reed is a legit prospect and while he serves as Stanford’s closer, he has three pitches (FB, SL, CH) so he’ll likely be given the chance to start as a professional. Though he was relatively unknown entering the season, Reed will play a huge role for the Cardinal this post season, and I’d love to see him lead this young team (8 underclassman regulars) to Omaha.

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

Instant Analysis: Doesn’t fit the recent Halos M.O. but Cron is a legit college bat as he maintained his numbers with the new bats. He has plus power potential and should be a plus hitter overall. A former catcher, the arm is solid but he has no future behind the dish as a pro. Reminds me of a slightly bigger Matt LaPorta. Take that for what it’s worth.

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

Instant Analysis: The A’s would have loved Springer here and may have even jumped on Cron, but they hit the lottery with Sonny Gray. I love this pick for Oakland. There has been a lot of talk about Gray

19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Instant Analysis: While I’m not as high on Barnes as others, he was dangerously close to coming off the board at #5 overall to the Royals so when you look at it that way, the Red Sox got a little bit of a steal.

20. Colorado RockiesTyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Instant Analysis: Proud to say that my first mock draft, from January 17th had Tyler Anderson to the Rockies. (http://bit.ly/hKWYMG) Not so proud that I moved him all around the first round since then.

21. Toronto Blue Jays – Tyler Beede – RHP – Lawrence Academy (MA). 6’4″ 200. College Commitment: Vanderbilt.

Instant Analysis: A rare Northeastern top prep pitching prospect, Beede sent out a letter asking clubs not to draft him because he will be honoring his commitment to Vanderbilt. Perhaps the Jays have something in place but they have a recent history of failing to sign high picks.

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

Instant Analysis: Odd to say that at 5’8″, he’s one of the best hitters in the draft but he is. He won’t hit for plus power but he’s also not a slap hitter as he makes solid contact to all fields.

23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox. ’08 (20th Round).

Instant Analysis: My comment from my final mock draft “If Alex Meyer were to slip, the Nats would select him before the Cardinals left the podium“. You can read about my thoughts on Meyer in my scouting report here.

24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) Taylor Guerrieri – RHP – Spring Valley HS (SC). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: South Carolina.

Instant Analysis: Guerrieri came out of no where this year and was a potential top 10 pick two weeks ago. Tampa has a ton of picks (12 in the first 60) and they took the best player available. He has some makeup issues that may have caused the minor slide.

25. San Diego Padres – Joe Ross – RHP – Bishop O’Dowd HS (CA). 6’2″ 180. College Commitment: UCLA.

Instant Analysis: The younger brother of Oakland A’s pitcher, Tyson Ross, Joe has a nice three pitch mix (FB, CB, CH). He tops out at 95 with the fastball but works at 91. He’s considered a tough sign away from UCLA.

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.

Instant Analysis: One of my favorite prospects in this draft, the switch hitting catcher has an advanced bat and the ability to stick behind the plate. Though he’s raw as a receiver, his premire athleticism tells me he has the tools to develop behind the dish. His advanced bat may force a position change as catchers typically develop slower.

27. Cincinnati Reds – Robert Stephenson – RHP – Alhambra HS (CA). 6’2″ 185. College Commitment: Washington.

Instant Analysis: Plus Fastball, Plus Curve but that’s about it right now. I thought he’d go to the Dodgers at #16 which would suggest he’s signable.

28. Atlanta Braves Sean Gilmartin – LHP – Florida State. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: San Diego Padres – ’08 (31st Round).

Instant Analysis: Not the highest ceiling, but he’s a safe bet to make it to the show. Possible comp would be Mike Minor who these Braves took #7 overall in 2009.

29. San Francisco Giants Joe Panik – SS – St. John’s. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Instant Analysis: As much love watching them play, I’m always skeptical of guys that are described as gritty, hard nosed, and plays the game the right way. I think he’ll hit, but he’s not a shortstop.

30. Minnesota Twins – Levi Michael – SS – North Carolina. 5’10” 180. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never.

Instant Analysis: Safe, sturdy and reliable. Minnesota Twins at their finest. Michael left high school early to get a jump start on his college career where he started at 2B for an Omaha bound Tar Heel team. He played 3B as a sophomore and is now playing SS. Probably profiles best as a 2B as a pro.

31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Florida Marlins ’08 (39th Round).

Instant Analysis: After taking Taylor Guerrieri at #24, the Rays stick to the script and take the best player on the board. Mahtook could have gone as high as #14 to Florida. There are some comparisons to Rocky Baldeli and the Rays will take that.

32. Tampa Bay Rays – Jake Hager – SS – Sierra Vista HS (NV). 6’1″ 175. College Commitment: Arizona State

Instant Analysis: So much for sticking to script. Hager is a 3rd round talent who would have benefited from going to school. He’ll now likely sign for slot. Can’t blame the Rays for budgeting with a few of these picks.

33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Kevin Matthews – LHP – Richmond Hill (GA). 5’10 160. College Commitment: Virginia

Instant Analysis: Small squirrelly looking kid who happens to throw 90 MPH. I think he’s a future left handed specialist out of the bullpen which would make him an unusual first round pick out of high school.

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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