2010 MLB Mock Draft 3.0

BATS -THROWS – HEIGHT – WEIGHT – D.O.B.

1. Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper – C – Southern Nevada. R-L – 6’3″ 205. 10.16.92. I wasn’t thrilled to hear that his last play as a scholar athlete was him getting ejected for a second time this season. But when I saw the video it was 1) a bad call and 2) a quick trigger. (5.21 Harper, 5.29 Harper)

2. Pittsburg Pirates: Jamison Taillon – RHP – The Woodlands HS, TX. R-R – 6’7″ 230. 11.18.91. Recent buzz suggests this is a two horse race between athletic shortstop Manny Machado and Texas HS RHP Jamison Taillon. (5.21 Drew Pomeranz, 5.29 Machado)

3. Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado – SS – Brito HS, FL. R-R – 6’3″ 190. 7.6.92. If the Pirates select Taillon, Machado is likely the Orioles choice. (5.21 Taillon, 5.29 Taillon)

4. Kansas City Royals: Yasmani Grandal – C – Miami. B-R – 6’2 210. 11.8.88. A few industry sources have reported that Grandal and the Royals have a predraft agreement in place.

5. Cleveland Indians: Chris Sale – LHP – Florida Gulf Coast. L-L – 6’6″ 175. 3.30.90. Could be Ole Miss LHP Drew Pomeranz or even Cleveland Prep pitcher Stetson Allie but I still think it’s going to be Sale. (5.21 C. Sale, 5.29 C. Sale)

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drew Pomeranz – LHP – Mississippi. L-L – 6’5″ 230. 11.28.88. The Diamondbacks are being linked to college pitching and if Grandal goes to the Royals at #4, Pomeranz or Sale would be possibilities here as would North Carolina RHP Matt Harvey. (5.21 Karsten Whitson, 5.29 Deck McGuire)

7. New York Mets: Matt Harvey – RHP – University of North Carolina. R-R – 6’4″ 225. 3.27.89. If you asked me 3 years ago, I would have said Harvey would be a top 10 pick in 2010. If you asked me 3 months ago I’d say he’s pitched himself out of the first round. He’s obviously turned it around including a solid performance in regional action yesterday.

8. Houston Astros: Josh Sale – OF – Bishop Blanchet HS, WA. L-R – 6’0″ 205. 7.5.91. The Stros are like Nuke LaLoosh, sorta all over the place. Besides their love for Sale, they’ve been linked to advanced college hitter Michael Choice and raw prep pitcher Stetson Allie who are at opposite ends of the spectrum. (5.21 Deck McGuire, 5.29 Josh Sale)

9. San Diego Padres: Zack Cox – 3B – Arkansas L-R – 6’0″ 215. 9.23.88. I still feel Ball State 2B Kolbrin Vitek is a great possibility here as is prep 3B Nick Castellanos, but with this scenario Cox slips past the Mets and the Padres pounce. (5.21 Vitek, 5.29 Vitek)

10. Oakland Athletics: Michael Choice – OF – UT Arlington. R-R – 6’0″ 210. 11.10.89. I’ve been seeing a lot of Cal State Fullerton SS Christian Colon to the A’s at this pick. They just selected another Boras client SS (Grant Green) last year and if Colon is moved to 2B, they just selected Jemile Weeks in 2008. If Choice goes to the Astros at #8 the Athletics will surprise us and we know they do have an interest in Indiana prep catcher Justin O’Conner. (5.21 Choice, 5.29 Choice)

11. Toronto Bluejays: Christian Colon – SS – Cal State Fullerton R-R – 6’0″ 205. 7.5.91 The Jays are tough to predict. I had them linked to the difficult sign that is Austin Wilson but he still doesn’t have an advisor or a number so he’d be a risky pick right here. Colon is a Boras Corp client and rest assured he has a number and a binder full of explanations justifying that number. (5.21 Bryce Brentz, 5.29 Austin Wilson)

12. Cincinnati Reds: Alex Wimmers – RHP – Ohio State. L-R – 6’2″ 195. 11.1.88. Deck McGuire would be tempting if he fell here as would Kolbrin Vitek but I still feel the Reds are focused on Wimmers. (5.21 Wimmers, 5.29 Wimmers)

13. Chicago White Sox: Deck McGuire – RHP – Georgia Tech. R-R – 6’6″218. 6.23.89. Deck could go as high as 6 but I would hope he wouldn’t fall past the White Sox. He’ll be more expensive than Texas RHP Brandon Workman and Asher Wojciechowski but he’s also a better pitcher. (5.21 Workman, 5.29 Workman).

14. Milwaukee Brewers: Asher Wojciechowski – RHP – Citadel. R-R – 6’4″ 235. 12.21.88. Power arm will need time to develop secondary stuff. (5.21 Brett Eibner, 5.29 Harvey).

15. Texas Rangers: Brandon Workman – RHP – Texas. R-R – 6’5″ 220. Given this pick as compensation for failure to sign Matthew Purke, Texas will want to stick to slot. (5.21 Jesse Hahn, 5.29 Wojcieschowski)

16. Chicago Cubs: Justin O’Conner – C – Cowan HS, IN. R-R – 6’1″ 190. 3.31.92. I’m reading either the Indiana athlete turned catcher or fireballer Stetson Allie. (5.21 Harvey, 5.29 Karsten Whitson)

17. Tampa Bay Rays: Karsten Whitson – RHP – Chipley HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 190. 8.25.91. Whitson is a steal this late. (5.21 Grandal, 5.29 Grandal)

18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Dylan Covey – RHP – Maranatha HS, CA. R-R – 6’2 200. 7.19.91. There are a lot of California prep arms in this draft and any of them could go here. (5.21 Christian Colon, 5.29 Colon)

19. Houston Astros: Delino DeShields Jr – OF – Norcross HS, GA. R-R – 5’9 175. 8.16.92. Rated as a 2nd round talent for most of the spring, DeShields may go as high as the Blue Jays at #11 or the Rangers at #15 (5.21 Josh Sale, 5.29 DeShields)

20. Boston Red Sox: Anthony Raunado – RHP – LSU. R-R – 6’7″ 230. 9.9.89. I’ve had Raunado to Boston for several weeks and I still feel good about it. (5.21 Raunado 5.29 Raunado)

21. Minnesota Twins: Michael Kvasnicka – C/OF – MIN. B-R – 6’2″ 210. 12.7.88. Kvasnicka’s name is now all over the first round and I still have to look up how to spell it every time. The hometown Twins do have a history of taking Golden Gophers. (5.21 A.J. Cole, 5.29 Bryce Brentz).

22. Texas Rangers: Kaleb Cowart – RHP/3B – Cook HS, GA. B-R – 6’3″ 190. 6.2.92. Justin O’Connor would be a good fit here but I think he’s gone by now. Cowart will be a tough sign away from Florida State. (5.21 Stetson Allie, 5.29 Allie)

23. Florida Marlins: Barret Loux – RHP – Texas A&M. R-R – 6’5″ 220. 4.6.89. Targeting college arms. Arizona State RHP Seth Blair and Arkansas RHP Brett Eibner are also possibilities. (5.21 Dylan Covey, 5.29 Brett Eibner).

24. San Francisco Giants: Nick Castellanos – 3B – Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 200. 3.4.92. Another pick that has not changed in weeks. There was early buzz that Castellanos could go as high as #9 (San Diego) but that has faded. (5.21 Castellanos, 5.29 Castellanos)

25. St. Louis Cardnals: Kolbrin Vitek – 2B – Ball State. R-R – 6’3″ 195. DOB 4.1.89. The slide of Vitek is this faux draft has ended. He’ll likely go higher but this scenario is not out of the question. (5.21 Justin O’Conner, 5.29 A.J. Cole)

26. Colorado Rockies: Cameron Bedrosian – RHP – East Cowets HS, GA. R-R 6’0″ 205. Bedrosian has had some late helium and could find himself in the 1st draft. (5.21 Gary Brown, 5.29 Dylan Covey)

27. Philadelphia Phillies: Austin Wilson – OF – Harvard Westlake HS, CA. R-R – 6’4″ 200. 2.7.92. I’ve liked Kaleb Cowart here as a risky sign so why not take a shot at the even more difficult sign in Wilson. No one knows how much, if any, amount would lure him away from his Stanford commitment. (5.21 Cowart 5.29 Cowart)

28. Los Angeles Dodgers: A.J. Cole – RHP – Oviedo HS, FL. R-R – 6’5″ 190. 1.5.92. Prototypical projectable HS pitcher. (5.21 Ryan LaMarre, 5.29 Gary Brown)

29. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Stetson Allie – RHP – St. Edward HS. OH R-R – 6’4″ 225. 3.13.91. I’m going to get my first live look at him during the D-I Ohio HS State Championship game tomorrow. (5.21 Austin Wilson, 5.29 Justin O’Conner)

30. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Peter Tago – RHP – Dana Hills HS, CA. R-R 6’1 160. 7.5.92. No change here. (5.21 Peter Tago, 5.29 Peter Tago)

31. Tampa Bay Rays: Bryce Brentz – OF – Middle Tennessee State. R-R – 6’0″ 195. 12.30.88. Brentz could really go anywhere in the 1st but this should be his floor and the Rays would be thrilled to get his talent this late. (5.21 Yordy Cabrera, 5.29 Jedd Gyroko)

32. New York Yankees: Ryan LaMarre – OF – Michigan. R-L. 6’2″ 205. 11.21.88. LaMarre is unlike two sport stars that the Yankees have been linked to like Zach Lee or Tyler Jenkins, but he does possess 1st round athleticism. (5.21 Zach Lee, 5.29 Lee).

Fallen Off
Brett Eibner, Gary Brown, Jedd Gyroko

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2010 MLB Mock Draft 2.0

BATS -THROWS – HEIGHT – WEIGHT – D.O.B.
1. Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper – C – Southern Nevada. R-L – 6’3″ 205. 10.16.92. Harper to the Nats might be the only sure thing at this point, although I think he’ll be a right fielder long before he has the chance to catch Strasburg. (5.21 Bryce Harper)

2. Pittsburg Pirates: Manny Machado – SS – Brito HS, FL. R-R – 6’3″ 190. 7.6.92. There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this pick with prognosticators speculating that the Bucs will take the best available player. Who’s the best available prospect? I think it’s Jamison Taillon but I don’t think the Pirates do. (5.21 Drew Pomeranz)

3. Baltimore Orioles: Jamison Taillon – RHP – The Woodlands HS, TX. R-R – 6’7″ 230. 11.18.91. I haven’t heard many Taillon to Pittsburg links, so Taillon should be here and the Orioles shouldn’t hesitate to call his name. (5.21 Jamison Taillon)

4. Kansas City Royals: Drew Pomeranz – LHP – Mississippi. L-L – 6’5″ 230. 11.28.88. Pitched well (7IP 6H 0ER 1BB 7K) in Tuesday’s SEC Tournament win against South Carolina to stop his slide after a couple of rough starts. Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal has been linked here too as has Cititdel RHP Asher Wojacowski which would be a reach. (5.21 Manny Machado)

5. Cleveland Indians: Chris Sale – LHP – Florida Gulf Coast. L-L – 6’6″ 175. 3.30.90. No change from Mock 1.0. (5.21 Chris Sale)

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Deck McGuire – RHP – Georgia Tech. R-R – 6’6″ 218. 6.23.89. The Diamondbacks are being linked to college pitching and if Grandal goes to the Royals at #4, Pomeranz or Sale would be possibilities here as would North Carolina RHP Matt Harvey. (5.21 Karsten Whitson)

7. New York Mets: Zack Cox – 3B – Arkansas L-R – 6’0″ 215. 9.23.88. Cox joins Harper, Taillon and Sale as picks I haven’t changed from my last mock. I still think the Mets will go college bat and Cox is at the top of the class. Grandal, Middle Tennessee State’s Bryce Brentz and Texas Arlington OF Michael Choice are also possibilities. (5.21 Zach Cox)

8. Houston Astros: Houston Astros: Josh Sale – OF – Bishop Blanchet HS, WA. L-R – 6’0″ 205. In my previous Mock, I had Sale to the Astros at #19 but now I think there’s a chance he doesn’t make it that far so they reach for him here. (5.21 Deck McGuire)

9. San Diego Padres: Kolbrin Vitek – 2B – Ball State. R-R – 6’3″ 195. DOB 4.1.89. I still think this is high but I also think it’s going to happen. (5.21 Kolbrin Vitek)

10. Oakland Athletics: Michael Choice – OF – UT Arlington. R-R – 6’0″ 210. 11.10.89. Unchanged from last week as this still looks like a good fit. (5.21 Michael Choice)

11. Toronto Bluejays: Austin Wilson – OF – Harvard Westlake HS, CA. R-R – 6’4″ 200. 2.7.92. Wilson has produced some serious draft helium this spring based mostly on projection. His strong college commitment (Stanford) makes him a difficult sign. He’s a good fit with the Blue Jays who have some extra money in the draft budget after failing to sign 3 of their first 4 picks in 2009. (5.21 Bryce Brentz)

12. Cincinnati Reds: Alex Wimmers – RHP – Ohio State. L-R – 6’2″ 195. 11.1.88. A local product who will sign for slot makes him difficult to pass up. (5.21 Alex Wimmers)

13. Chicago White Sox: Brandon Workman – RHP – Texas. R-R – 6’5″ 220. 8.13.88. I think Workman will be there and I still think the White Sox will take him. Wojciechowski, Arkansas RHP/OF Brett Eibner and Virginia Tech RHP Jesse Hahn are also options. (5.21 Brandon Workman).

14. Milwaukee Brewers: Matt Harvey – RHP – University of North Carolina. R-R – 6’4″ 225. 3.27.89. Boras Corp will get top dollar for a guy tabbed as the top prospect in this 2010 class three years ago, who looked like a 3rd rounder his first two years in college until reinvigorating his elite status this spring. (5.21 Brett Eibner).

15. Texas Rangers: Asher Wojciechowski – RHP – Citadel. R-R – 6’4″ 235. 12.21.88. The Southern Conference star has propelled himself into 1st round consideration, but if he doesn’t develop his changeup he’ll be in a bull pen somewhere. (5.21 Jesse Hahn)

16. Chicago Cubs: Karsten Whitson – RHP – Chipley HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 190. 8.25.91. The big right hander could end up as the best prep pitcher in this class, but I’m still pretty high on Taillon. (5.21 Matt Harvey)

17. Tampa Bay Rays: Yasmani Grandal – C – Miami. B-R – 6’2″ 210. 11.8.88. Grandal could go as high as #4 but I can see several scenarios where he slips here and the Rays wouldn’t hesitate to take him. (5.21 Yasmani Grandal)

18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Christian Colon – SS – Cal State Fullerton. R-R – 6’0″ 180. 5.14.89. It’s still pretty unclear to me how the Angles will use their three 1st rounders, after taking two prep OF’s in the 1st round last year. (5.21 Christian Colon)

19. Houston Astros: Delino DeShields Jr – OF – Norcross HS, GA. R-R – 5’9″ 175. 8.16.92. The Stros will take Josh Sale here if he’s available but in this scenario I have them taking him at #8, and there’s been a lot of buzz about DeShields Jr. at this pick. (5.21 Josh Sale)

20. Boston Red Sox: Anthony Raunado – RHP – LSU. R-R – 6’7″ 230. 9.9.89. Raunado pitched decent enough in the SEC tournament that I still think he’s a first rounder. He’ll command an above slot bonus and the Red Sox can afford to give it to him. (5.21 Anthony Raunado)

21. Minnesota Twins: Bryce Brentz – OF – Middle Tennessee State. R-R – 6’0″ 195. 12.30.88. Brentz was perceived as a better pitcher than hitter when drafted (Indians – 30th round) in 2007. Three years of raking in college have changed that perception. (5.21 A.J. Cole)

22. Texas Rangers: Stetson Allie – RHP – St. Edward HS. OH R-R – 6’4″ 225. 3.13.91. Allie will be an expensive sign away from North Carolina but the Rangers will go cheap with the #15 pick and should have some cash leftover that they wanted to give to unsigned first rounder Matt Purke last year. (5.21 Stetson Allie)

23. Florida Marlins: Brett Eibner – RHP/OF – Arkansas. R-R – 6’4″ 210. 12.2.88. I’m now thinking college arm. Arizona State RHP Seth Blair, and Texas A&M RHP Barret Loux are also possibilities. (5.21 Dylan Covey).

24. San Francisco Giants: Nick Castellanos – 3B – Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 200. 3.4.92. His college commitment to Miami is strong, but he’s considered singable. (5.21 Nick Castellanos)

25. St. Louis Cardnals: A.J. Cole – RHP – Oviedo HS, FL. R-R – 6’5″ 190. 1.5.92. The projectable righty would be the best prep pitcher at this point. (5.21 Justin O’Conner)

26. Colorado Rockies: Dylan Covey – RHP – Maranatha HS, CA. R-R – 6’2″ 200. 7.19.91. Rockies being linked to arms and have a track record for taking best available whether high school or college. (5.21 Gary Brown)

27. Philadelphia Phillies: Kaleb Cowart – RHP/3B – Cook HS, GA. B-R – 6’3″ 190. 6.2.92. Think Casey Kelly in 2008. He’s a better pitching prospect who wants to hit. If you’re going to sign him away from his Florida State commitment, you have to let him try hitting first before moving him to the mound. (5.21 Kaleb Cowart)

28. Los Angeles Dodgers: Gary Brown – OF – Cal State Fullerton. R-R – 6’0″ 185. 8.27.88. Brown may have the highest rated speed tool in the draft. (5.21 Ryan LaMarre)

29. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Justin O’Conner – C – Cowan HS, IN. R-R – 6’1″ 190. 3.31.92. SS/3B turned catcher is best positional prep prospect in the Midwest. (5.21 Austin Wilson)

30. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Peter Tago – RHP – Dana Hills HS, CA. R-R 6’1″ 160. 7.5.92. The last of the Angles 3 first round picks, the local prospect will need to fill out. (5.21 Peter Tago)

31. Tampa Bay Rays: Jedd Gyroko – SS – West Virginia. R-R – 5’10” 185. 9.23.88. Not sure where he’ll play but it won’t be shortstop. Could be a right handed hitting Ben Zobrist. (5.21 Yordy Cabrera)

32. New York Yankees: Zach Lee -RHP – McKinney HS, TX. R-L – 6’1″ 180. 12.17.91. The Yankees have been heavily linked to prep Texas RHP Tyrell Jenkins and Michigan OF Ryan LaMarre. I still like them to take a stab at signing two sport star Lee and trying to sign him away from his LSU football scholarship. (5.21 Zach Lee).

Fallen Off
Jesse Hahn, Ryan LaMarre, Yordy Cabrera

2010 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

BATS -THROWS – HEIGHT – WEIGHT – D.O.B.
1. Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper – C – Southern Nevada. R-L – 6’3″ 205. 10.16.92. Dubbed “The Chosen One” in a Sports Illustrated article featuring him when he was a 16 year old high school sophomore, Harper skipped his final two years of high school baseball and earned his GED to attend junior college power Southern Nevada. Harper has not disappointed in his effort to prove himself against older competition, hitting .415/.504/.891 with 23 HR and 68 RBI with wood bats. He should be a no brainer choice for Washington but they will pay close to what they did for Strasburg last season.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates: Drew Pomeranz – LHP – Mississippi. L-L – 6’5″ 230. 11.28.88. Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 12th round of the 2007 draft, Pomeranz is not the second most talented player in this draft class. Prep right-hander Jamison Taillon is. Pomeranz has, however, established himself as the top college pitcher in a deep but not particularly great class and he should be cheaper than Taillon. Pomeranz has raised some concerns about his control over several recent starts.

3. Baltimore Orioles: Jamison Taillon – RHP – The Woodlands HS, TX. R-R – 6’7″ 230. 11.18.91. Had Bryce Harper stayed in high school, Taillon may have been the first prep pitcher to be drafted #1 overall since LHP Brien Taylor was picked by the Yankees in 1989. Instead, he’ll join an organization in Baltimore that is growing a reputation for developing young pitchers.

4. Kansas City Royals: Manny Machado – SS – Brito HS, FL. R-R – 6’3″ 190. 7.6.92. The tall athletic shortstop gets his fair share of ludicrous Alex Rodriquez comparisons. There is little doubt that Machado will be able to stay at shortstop as a professional and he’s improved his stock this spring proving to be better with the stick than previously thought.

5. Cleveland Indians: Chris Sale – LHP – Florida Gulf Coast. L-L – 6’6″ 175. 3.30.90. I think the Indians will go with a college arm and Sale and Georgia Tech RHP Deck McGuire will be the best available. Sale is leading Division I in strikeout with 135 while walking only 12. Zack Cox and Yasmani Grandal are other possibilities.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Karsten Whitson – RHP – Chipley HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 190. 8.25.91. Arizona didn’t take a prep pitcher until the 11th round last season (Scottie Allen) and hasn’t selected one in the first round since 2007. It worked out pretty well then with Jarrod Parker, and Karsten Whitson has that kind of talent.

7. New York Mets: Zack Cox – 3B – Arkansas L-R – 6’0″ 215. 9.23.88. Most publications I’ve seen have the Mets taking a college hitter and the draft eligible sophomore is the best in this class. Grandal, Bryce Brentz and Texas Arlington OF Michael Choice are also possibilities.

8. Houston Astros: Deck McGuire – RHP – Georgia Tech. R-R – 6’6″ 218. 6.23.89. The Astros haven’t used a first round pick on a college arm since 2005 when they selected Tulane’s Brian Bogusevic. McGuire is a good bet to have a better career than Bogusevic and would make a great addition to a thin Astros system.

9. San Diego Padres: Kolbrin Vitek – 2B – Ball State. R-R – 6’3″ 195. 4.1.89. The Padres are rumored to have an interest in the Mid-American Conference star, and while I think this is a little high for him, he is one of the more advanced bats and is a good athlete.

10. Oakland Athletics: Michael Choice – OF – UT Arlington. R-R – 6’0″ 210. 11.10.89. Oakland often gets pegged as a team that favors college hitters and while it’s been a long time since Moneyball, I’d still bet on it.

11. Toronto Bluejays: Bryce Brentz – OF – Middle Tennessee State. R-R – 6’0″ 195. 12.30.88. Brentz is a good athlete with above average power and enough arm for right field. Choice, Vitek, and Cox are also possibilities here if they fall.

12. Cincinnati Reds: Alex Wimmers – RHP – Ohio State. L-R – 6’2″ 195. 11.1.88. With part of their draft budget tied up in the Aroldis Chapman contract, the Reds will be looking for a hometown discount from Wimmers, and he may give it to them.

13. Chicago White Sox: Brandon Workman – RHP – Texas. R-R – 6’5″ 220. 8.13.88. General Manager Kenny Williams was burned the last time he took a University of Texas pitcher (Kyle McCulloch #29 overall in 2006) but Workman is the superior professional prospect. The Sunday starter in the best pitching rotation in college baseball behind Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green, Workman has good movement on a mid to low 90’s fastball and a plus 12 to 6 curveball.

14. Milwaukee Brewers: Brett Eibner – RHP/OF – Arkansas. R-R – 6’4″ 210. 12.2.88. Most teams prefer Eibner as a pitcher where he sits in the low 90’s with a plus slider as member of the Razerbacks weekend rotation.

15. Texas Rangers: Jesse Hahn – RHP – Virginia Tech. R-R – 6’5″ 190. 7.30.89. The Rangers were given this pick as compensation for failure to sign Matthew Purke who’s now the most talented freshman in the country for the TCU Horned Frogs. If they fail to sign this pick, they won’t be given any compensation so they’ll likely be conservative.

16. Chicago Cubs: Matt Harvey – RHP – University of North Carolina. R-R – 6’4″ 225. 3.27.89. In the months leading up to the 2007 draft, Harvey and Rick Porcello were regarded as the top two prep pitching prospects, and both had strong college (North Carolina) commitments where they were to be roommates. High bonus demands made signability an issue and Porcello slid to #27 overall while the Boras Corp client Harvey slid to the 3rd round (Angles) and decided to go to school. Harvey disappointed during his first two years at Chapel Hill, but has solidified his prospect status with a solid 2010.

17. Tampa Bay Rays: Yasmani Grandal – C – Miami. B-R – 6’2″ 210. 11.8.88. Grandal could go as high as #4 to the Royals, but in this scenario, the Rays get some redemption for passing on Buster Posey in favor of Tim Beckham in 2008.

18. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Christian Colon – SS – Cal State Fullerton. R-R – 6’0″ 180. 5.14.89. A Boras Corp client, Colon was once considered a possible top 5 pick. He may end up as a second baseman as a professional.

19. Houston Astros: Josh Sale – OF – Bishop Blanchet HS, WA. L-R – 6’0″ 205 7.5.91. Sale is a strong kid with a powerful stroke and I don’t think for a second he will end up at Gonzaga. He’s one of the better prep prospects to come from the Northwest in recent memory.

20. Boston Red Sox: Anthony Raunado – RHP – LSU. R-R – 6’7″ 230. 9.9.89. An 11th round pick by the Texas Rangers in 2007, Raunado was a College World Series hero in 2009 and a top 3 draft prospect entering this season. He’s missed time with an elbow injury and he’s not been good since returning to the field. The talent is there and he’ll get an above slot bonus which makes the Red Sox a good fit.

21. Minnesota Twins: A.J. Cole – RHP – Oviedo HS, FL. R-R – 6’5″ 190. 1.5.92. Cole is a big kid with room to fill out and a plus fastball.

22. Texas Rangers: Stetson Allie – RHP – St. Edward HS. OH R-R – 6’4″ 225. 3.13.91. I’m hoping St. Edward advances to the state tournament so I can watch him pitch. He could find himself in the top 5.

23. Florida Marlins: Dylan Covey – RHP – Maranatha HS, CA. R-R – 6’2″ 200. 7.19.91. Covey possesses a low 90’s fastball with a plus plus curve and that makes him one of the more interesting prep arms.

24. San Francisco Giants: Nick Castellanos – 3B – Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 200. 3.4.92. Committed to Miami, he could come off the board as early as #9 to San Diego.

25. St. Louis Cardnals: Justin O’Conner – C – Cowan HS, IN. R-R – 6’1″ 190. 3.31.92. O’Conner is the best Indiana prep prospect since Jarrod Parker.

26. Colorado Rockies: Gary Brown – OF – Cal State Fullerton. R-R – 6’0″ 185. 8.27.88. Brown is one of the fastest and most athletic players in this draft.

27. Philadelphia Phillies: Kaleb Cowart – RHP/3B – Cook HS, GA. B-R – 6’3″ 190. 6.2.92. Cowart will be difficult to sign away from Florida State where he’d be able to continue his two way success. The team that drafts him will likely want him to focus on pitching.

28. Los Angeles Dodgers: Ryan LaMarre – OF – Michigan. R-L – 6’2″ 205. 11.21.88. LaMarre missed 21 games with a broken thumb but has raked since returning to the lineup. He may have more helium than any other draft prospect.

29. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Austin Wilson – OF – Harvard Westlake HS, CA. R-R – 6’4″ 200. 2.7.92. A scout’s dream show has not yet put his tools together. A strong commitment to Stanford will make him a difficult sign.

30. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Peter Tago – RHP – Dana Hills HS, CA. R-R – 6’1″ 160. 7.5.92 Tago is committed to Cal State Fullerton and is projected as a supplemental round pick, but the Angles have 3 first round picks and can afford to take a gamble on the projectable right hander.

31. Tampa Bay Rays: Yordy Cabrera – SS/RHP – Lakeland HS, FL. R-R – 6’4″ 190. 9.3.90. Old for a High School prospect, Cabrera will turn 21 in September. His power and arm are special, but he’s no shortstop.

32. New York Yankees: Zach Lee -RHP – McKinney HS, TX. R-L – 6’1″ 180. 12.17.91. A two sport star, the team that selects him will have the benefit of spreading his bonus out but he’s still a very tough sign because he has more leverage than most prospects in that he’s committed to LSU to play QB.