College Baseball Prospects: Top Sophomores 2011

The sophomore year is perhaps the most important evaluation period for a college prospect. While some super studs like Matt Purke and Anthony Rendon before him truly shine as freshman, the sophomore year usually separates the men from the boys. While I did rank the players below, I wouldn’t pay particularly close attention to where each player falls on the list. The ranking below was an attempted balance between high profile recruits and lower profile performers. They all deserve my attention as I prepare coverage of future MLB drafts and projecting the performance of college baseball’s best teams. If there are guys that I’ve missed, and undoubtedly there are, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can follow their performance throughout 2011.

1. Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Rangers ’09 1st Round (14th Overall)

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TCU

FR

16-0

3.02

20

18

1

0

0

116

91

34

142

1.07

2. Kenny Diekroeger – SS/3B – Stanford. 6’2″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 2nd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

55

216

42

77

12

1

5

41

1

12

44

.356

.392

.491

3. Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami-Dade Community College. 6’0″ 190. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: White Sox ’09 17th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UNC

FR

60

227

47

66

13

8

7

63

7

45

49

.291

.409

.511

4. Jake Barrett – RHP – Arizona State. 6’4″ 235. Last Drafted: Toronto ’09 3rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ASU

FR

2-0

3.41

28

0

0

0

2

29

26

10

43

1.24

5. Austin Maddox – DH/1B/3B – Florida. 6’3″ 220. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UF

FR

63

264

48

88

16

0

17

72

0

7

42

.333

.369

.587

6. Deven Marrero – SS – Arizona State. 6’1″ 180. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Cincinnati ’09 17th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ASU

FR

42

156

31

62

12

3

6

42

11

13

24

.397

.442

.628

7. Jeremy Baltz – OF – St. John’s. 6’3″ 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Yankees ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STJ

FR

63

240

64

95

16

1

24

85

6

28

44

.396

.482

.771

8. Andrew Susac – C – Oregon. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia: ’09 16th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OSU

FR

42

96

15

25

4

0

2

13

0

15

23

.260

.387

.365

9. Michael Zunino – C – Florida. 6’2″ 220. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Oakland ’09 30th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

55

176

31

47

7

1

9

41

8

9

38

.267

.314

.472

10. Nolan Fontana – SS – Florida. 5’11” 190. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

63

216

56

62

15

2

3

23

11

53

29

.287

.429

.417

11. Brian Johnson – DH/ LHP – Florida. 6’3″ 225. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 27th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FLA

FR

27

84

13

34

5

1

4

21

0

9

15

.405

.458

.631

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

6-4

4.03

16

14

0

0

0

73.2

88

14

51

12. Stephen Perez – SS – Miami. 5’11” 175. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Cincinnati ’09 18th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MIA

FR

63

239

50

61

14

1

8

38

24

39

72

.255

.362

.423

13. Lex Rutledge – LHP – Samford. 6’1″ 185. Last Drafted: Milwaukee ’09 26th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SAM

FR

5-1

1.71

33

0

0

0

11

47

41

19

65

1.27

14. Jake Stewart – OF – Stanford. 6’2″ 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia ’09 14th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

55

172

24

36

6

2

2

16

5

12

43

.209

.266

.302

15. Branden Kline – RHP – Virginia. 6’3″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Boston ’09 6th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

UVA

FR

5-1

3.62

22

8

0

0

3

64

54

20

56

1.14

16. Derek Dennis – SS – Michigan. 6’3″ 170. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 10th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MICH

FR

53

176

32

47

5

0

4

32

7

14

49

.267

.337

.364

17. Cohl Walla – OF – Texas. 6’3″ 165. Bats R: Throws: R. Last Drafted: Nationals ’09 43rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TEX

FR

62

228

41

72

12

2

8

40

14

13

42

.316

.355

.491

18. Hudson Randall – RHP – Florida. 6’4″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Kansas City ’09 46th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

8-4

3.24

20

17

0

0

0

97

102

21

69

1.26

19. Dylan Floro – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’2″ 180. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 20th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CSF

FR

7-2

3.26

27

8

2

2

2

91

102

11

69

1.24

20. Kurt Heyer – RHP – Arizona. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. BA Freshman All American.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ARI

FR

7-4

3.26

17

16

1

0

0

102

97

29

109

1.24

21. Matt Price – RHP – South Carolina. 6’2″ 215. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

SC

FR

5-1

2.26

31

0

0

0

10

55.2

37

10

35

22. Justin Jones – LHP – California. 6’3″ 175. Last Drafted: Chicago White Sox ’09 7th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

CAL

FR

10-6

4.22

18

15

2

0

0

98

102

29

73

1.34

23. Hoby Milner – LHP – Texas. 6’3″ 165. Last Drafted. Washington ’09 44th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

TEX

FR

3-1

1.97

18

3

0

0

0

32

29

12

31

1.28

24. Michael Ratteree – SS – Rice. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Washington ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

RICE

FR

63

224

60

63

9

1

10

64

3

46

44

.281

.424

.466

25. Logan Vick – OF – Baylor. 5’11” 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

BAY

FR

60

228

59

75

17

2

10

27

11

59

49

.329

.471

.553

26. Anthony Gomez – 2B – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 180. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

VAND

FR

60

214

41

81

10

0

2

30

9

14

9

.379

.399

.453

27. Max White – OF – Oklahoma. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OK

FR

62

215

48

63

13

1

15

43

7

13

58

.293

.345

.572

28. Christian Walker – 1B – South Carolina. 6’0″ 210. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 49th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SC

FR

61

226

35

74

12

2

9

51

2

18

18

.327

.384

.518

29. Pat Biondi – OF – Michigan. 5’9″ 160. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Tigers ’09 35th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MICH

FR

57

230

69

72

11

6

2

30

29

36

30

.313

.410

.439

30. Barrett Barnes – 1B/OF – Texas Tech. 5’11” 195. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

Tech

FR

57

217

71

74

19

2

14

53

12

40

50

.341

.465

.641

31. Beau Amaral – OF – UCLA. 5’10 175. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UCLA

FR

64

223

45

79

12

0

4

31

9

20

53

.354

.437

.462

32. Brett Huber – RHP – Mississippi. 6’2″ 210. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MISS

FR

2-0

3.54

30

0

0

0

12

48

38

19

54

1.18

33. Michael Wacha – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’6″ 195. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

A&M

FR

9-2

2.90

25

10

0

0

0

105

86

22

97

1.02

34. Josh Elander – OF/C – TCU. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: Washington ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TCU

FR

59

194

41

69

16

4

2

33

11

24

50

.356

.510

35. Carlos Lopez – 1B – Cal State Fullerton. 6’2″ 205. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted Detroit ’10 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CSF

FR

62

237

44

84

16

3

7

51

5

22

23

.354

.414

.536

36. Jayce Boyd – 3B – Florida State. 6’3″ 185. Last Drafted: Texas ’09 19th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSU

FR

67

227

49

74

15

1

8

39

4

27

38

.326

.394

.507

37. Richie Shaffer – 3B – Clemson. 6’2″ 190. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 25th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CLEM

FR

48

158

45

51

11

0

7

36

2

18

36

.323

.415

.525

38. Kyle Hansen – RHP – St. John’s. 6’8″ 200. Last Drafted: Milwaukee ’09 40th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

STJ

FR

8-3

3.71

18

15

0

0

0

94

77

38

85

1.21

39. Tom Lemke – RHP – Nebraska. 6’8″ 230. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 10th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

NEB

FR

5-6

5.34

14

14

2

2

0

60

67

30

43

1.60

40. Cody Keefer – OF – UCLA. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Detroit ’09 33rd Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

UCLA

FR

45

148

29

47

9

0

2

31

1

32

31

.318

.452

.419

41. Jerad Grundy – LHP – Miami (FL). 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 46th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

MIA

FR

2-0

3.57

9

2

0

0

0

17

17

6

13

1.30

42. Christian Jones – LHP – Oregon. 6’2″ 205. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

ORE

FR

2-2

3.71

20

1

0

0

0

26.2

25

12

21

43. Stephen Piscotty – IF – Stanford. 6’3″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 45th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

56

227

45

74

17

0

4

36

5

15

18

.326

.387

.454

44. Michael Heller – RHP – Florida. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Pittsburgh ’09 29th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

FLA

FR

0-0

4.15

5

0

0

0

0

4

5

1

1

1.38

45. Mark Appel – RHP – Stanford. 6’5″ 190. Last Drafted: Tigers ’09 15th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

STAN

FR

2-1

5.92

24

3

0

0

2

38

44

15

14

46. Dan Gulbransen – OF – Jacksonville. 5’10” 205. Bats: L Throws: L. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

JAX

FR

54

202

53

79

14

2

8

46

5

39

23

.391

.502

.599

47. Sam Selman – LHP – Vanderbilt. 6’3″ 165. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles: ’09 14th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

VAN

FR

0-0

9.00

4

0

0

0

0

6

10

4

8

2.33

48. Corey Roberts – RHP – UNC Charlotte. 6’1″ 235. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

UNCC

FR

6-3

3.48

15

12

0

0

0

85

81

23

75

1.22

49. Taylor Rogers – LHP – Kentucky. 6’3″ 175. Last Drafted: Baltimore ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

KY

FR

4-7

6.40

14

14

1

0

0

83

108

15

39

1.48

50. Chad Kettler – SS – Oklahoma. 6’1″ 185. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Dodgers ’09 24th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

OK

FR

5

7

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

.286

.286

.286

51. Kevin Plawecki – C – Purdue. 6’1″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PUR

FR

54

204

36

70

12

1

8

53

2

8

11

.343

.396

.529

52. Cory Spangenberg – 2B/3B – Indian River State College (FL). 6’0″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. Transfer from Virginia Military Academy.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

VMI

FR

55

235

62

87

14

3

11

49

24

14

45

.370

.409

.596

53. Matt Koch – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 185. Last Drafted: Boston ’09 37th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

LOU

FR

3-0

3.27

11

6

0

0

0

44

37

9

31

1.05

54. Andrew Heaney – LHP – Oklahoma State. 6’2″ 165. Last Drafted: Tampa Bay ’09 24th Round.

Year

Team

Class

W-L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

S

IP

H

BB

K

WHIP

2010

OSU

FR

5-4

5.16

16

10

0

0

1

66

81

24

55

1.58

55. Ryan Dalton – 3B – Texas-San Antonio. 6’1″ 185. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TSA

FR

50

190

38

58

9

1

17

51

0

12

46

.305

.362

.632

56. Jabari Henry – OF – Florida International. 6’0″ 200. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers ’09 39th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FIU

FR

49

165

47

52

10

1

12

51

6

32

36

.315

.439

.606

57. Ronnie Richardson – OF – Central Florida. 5’7″ 175. Bats: B Throws: L. Last Drafted: Minnesota ’09 11th Round.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CF

FR

46

165

36

49

9

2

4

36

12

34

23

.297

.439

.448

58. Ronnie Freeman – C – Kennesaw State. 6’1″ 190. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

KS

FR

54

211

27

77

8

0

9

47

2

10

31

.365

.399

.531

59. Steve Nyisztor – 2B – Rutgers. 6’4″ 190. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Not Drafted.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

RUT

FR

56

229

52

94

17

3

4

51

11

11

22

.410

.450

.563

60. Tyler Gaffney – OF – Stanford. 6’1″ 215. Last Drafted: Not Drafted. Also a RB on the Football Team.

Year

Team

Class

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

STAN

FR

53

198

42

65

13

3

3

24

2

15

30

.328

.406

.470



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2011 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

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



Let’s face it, it’s far too early to do a mock draft. Yet here I am. Completely and ridiculously inaccurate. This mock gives zero weight to signability and team need and way too much weight to hunches on how good I think these players are.


1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. 6’0″ 190. The best amateur player in the country.

2. Seattle Mariners – Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. The unsigned 14th overall pick from 2009 draft should go even earlier as a draft eligible sophomore.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Like Purke, Cole is another unsigned former 1st rounder (NYY – ’08 – 28th overall).

4. Baltimore Orioles – Bubba Starling – OF/RHP – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football). He’ll be a tough sign and much more likely to slide down draft boards and get well above average bonus offers.

5. Kansas City Royals – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6″ 195.

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

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – South Carolina. 5’10” 175.

8. Cleveland Indians – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. 6’3″ 205.

9. Chicago Cubs – Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 6’0″ 185. The Cubs took a flyer on him in 2008 (27th Round) knowing it would be tough to sign him away from Vanderbilt. Makes sense they’d take him again.

10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

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

12. Milwaukee Brewers – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180.

13. New York Mets – John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’4″ 190. The Mets may draft a stud reliever so they can stop using their blue chip starting pitching prospects in the bullpen.

14. Florida Marlins – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200.

15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Tim Lincecum comps are ludicrous, but he’s still very good.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. 2011 will be his 3rd year as the ace for a good Virginia team.

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

18. Oakland Athletics – Josh Bell – OF – 6’3″ 205. Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). College Commitment: Texas.

19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

20. Colorado Rockies – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195.

21. Toronto Blue Jays – Jason Esposito – 3B – Vanderbilt. 6’1″ 195.

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

23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. This ranking is based purely on talent and not on results. Here’s hoping Meyer has a Matt Harvey like turn around in 2011.

24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. College Commitment: Arkansas.

25. San Diego Padres – Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190.

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

27. Cincinnati Reds – Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. See scouting report here.

28. Atlanta Braves – Zach Cone – OF – Georgia. 6’2″ 200.

29. San Francisco Giants – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205.

30. Minnesota Twins – Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton. 6’3″ 180.

31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Logan Verrett – RHP – Baylor. 6’2″ 180.

32. Tampa Bay Rays – Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165.

33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205.

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2011 Top 10 Third Basemen Prospects


1. Mike Moustakas – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’11” 230 – KC – 9.11.88. As a high school senior in 2007, Moustakas smacked a California record 24 HR on his way to earning Baseball America’s High School Player of the Year. That power has translated into the professional game as Moustakas has accumulated 74 HR in three minor league seasons. Though he was a shortstop in high school, I questioned his ability to stay in the infield but he’s shown some improvement and was even voted as the top defensive third baseman by the Texas League managers.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

TL

AA

66

259

58

90

25

0

21

76

0

26

42

.347

.413

.687

2010

PCL

AAA

52

225

36

66

16

0

15

48

2

8

25

.293

.314

.564

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

118

484

94

156

41

0

36

124

2

34

67

.322

.369

.630

2. Lonnie Chisenhall – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 200 – CLE – 10.4.88. Chisenhall stared as a freshman and #3 hitter on the same South Carolina Gamecocks team that included future first rounders Justin Smoak and Reese Havens before being arrested and kicked off the team for theft. He then spent a year at Pitt CC (NC) and the Indians made him their first round pick (29th Overall) in 2008. He should spend most of 2011 on a prospect laden AAA Columbus team that will include 2B Jason Kipnis, RHP Alex White and OF Nick Weglarz.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

117

460

81

128

22

3

17

84

3

46

77

.278

.351

.450

3. Miguel Sano – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’3″ 230 – MIN – 5.11.93. The Twins inked the then 16 year-old Sano to a $3.15 MM bonus largely because of his power potential. Sano didn’t disappoint in his first professional season posting an .870 OPS while showing more patience than I anticipated.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

DSL

Rk

20

64

11

22

2

1

3

10

2

14

17

.344

.463

.547

2010

GCL

Rk

41

148

23

43

14

0

4

19

2

10

43

.291

.338

.466

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

61

212

34

65

16

1

7

29

4

24

60

.307

.379

.491

4. Zack Cox – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’0″ 215 – STL – 5.9.89. A University of Arkansas product, Cox was the best college bat in the 2009 draft but because of the leverage afforded to the draft eligible sophomore coupled with his high price tag, the Cardinals were able to steal him with the 25th overall pick and sign him for $2,000,000. There is no doubt that the former pitcher has the arm for 3B but the other aspects of his defense will be tested.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

GCL

Rk

4

15

0

6

1

0

0

1

0

1

3

.400

.471

.467


5. Nolan Arenado – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 205 – COL – 4.16.91. The 2009 2nd round pick out of a California high school earned high marks in his 203 professional AB’s that season by posting a 0.89 BB/K%. While that number took a nose dive to 0.37 in 2010, he showed tremendous power by smacking 41 doubles in just 92 games while keeping his strikeouts in check.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SAL

A-

92

373

45

115

41

1

12

65

1

19

52

.308

.338

.520


6. Matt Dominguez – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 205 – FLA – 8.28.89. Dominguez was the High School teammate of the prospect that led off this list, Mike Moustakas. Like Moustakas, Dominguez was a first round pick (12th overall) in 2007. Matt’s glove work is so prodigious that I believe if he can continue to produce acceptable offensive numbers, he could have a 10 year career as an MLB regular.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

138

504

61

127

34

2

14

81

0

56

96

.252

.333

.411

7. Nick Castellanos – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’4″ 195 – DET – 3.4.92. Bonus demands dropped Castellanos to the supplemental round but the right team took a chance on him. The Tigers are becoming renown for opening up their pocket books to sign draftees and they spent a supplemental round record $3.45 MM to sign Castellanos away from a Miami (FL) commitment. It’s too early to use his small sample of professional at bats to make a any projections, but he profiles as a power bat with the ability to stay at 3B.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

GCL

Rk

7

24

5

8

2

0

0

3

0

4

5

.333

.414

.417

8. Kaleb Cowart – Bats: B Throws: R – 6’3″ 190 – LAA – 6.2.92. As a two way standout from Georgia, Cowart was the 2010 Baseball America High School Player of the Year and the Angles took notice and made him the 18th overall pick. He’ll focus on hitting as a professional where he’s projected to have plus power.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ARI

RK

6

21

0

3

0

0

0

4

0

0

6

.143

.136

.148

2010

PIO

RK

1

5

1

2

0

0

1

3

0

1

2

.400

.500

1.000

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

7

26

1

5

0

0

1

7

0

1

8

.192

.214

.308

9. Brent Morel – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 220 – CWS – 4.21.87. Morel was a 3rd round pick out of Cal Poly in 2008 despite not being a top 200 draft prospect that year, but he’s been a steady performer since signing for $440,000. Though he hasn’t hit more than 16 HR in a season as professional, Morel’s 40 doubles and 58 XBH in 2010 prove he should provide no lower than average power at his position.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

49

184

25

60

13

1

2

30

5

14

36

.326

.376

.440

2010

IL

AAA

81

306

40

98

24

4

8

34

3

13

50

.320

.348

.503

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

130

490

65

158

37

5

10

64

8

27

86

.322

.359

.480

2010

AL

MLB

21

65

9

15

3

0

3

7

2

4

17

.231

.271

.271

10. Kolbrin Vitek – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’2″ 195 – BOS – 4.1.89. Though he played 2B and 3B at Ball State, many projected Vitek to move to the outfield as a professional, but he’s played strictly 3B thus far. The Red Sox used the 20th overall pick in 2010 on Vitek and signed him quickly for the MLB slot recommendation $1.36MM. Vitek has the speed, quickness and arm strength to stay at 3B.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

NYP

Rk

56

204

30

55

13

3

4

30

13

26

61

.270

.360

.422

2010

SAL

A-

12

40

7

11

3

1

0

3

4

7

13

.275

.383

.400

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

68

244

37

66

16

4

4

33

17

33

74

.270

.364

.418

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College Baseball: 2011 Preseason All-American Teams


A new year is upon us and that means we’re one step closer to baseball season. I spent New Year’s Eve much like the rest of you; watching the Twilight Zone Marathon, drinking some smoked porter that my buddy made in his basement and working on my Preseason Collegiate All-American teams. Well here is the end result of that wacky crazy night. Keep in mind that most of these kids I’ve only seen on TV while others I haven’t seen at all. It should also be noted that I tend to favor higher ceiling guys than strictly numbers guys although I tried to find a balance between those guys that have already produced gargantuan numbers and those who I feel are capable of doing so. Well enough of this palaver, let’s get this show on the road.



FIRST TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Gerrit Cole

JR

UCLA

11-4

3.37

19

0

123

92

153

52

NYY ’08 (1)

LHP

Matt Purke

SO

TCU

16-0

3.02

20

0

116.1

91

142

34

TEX ’09 (1)

RHP

Taylor Jungmann

JR

Texas

8-3

2.03

17

0

120

88

129

41

LAA ’08 (24)

LHP

Danny Hultzen

JR

Virginia

11-1

2.78

16

0

106

75

123

24

ARI ’10 (10)

RHP

Noe Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

12-1

2.54

16

0

106.1

92

119

19

N/A

RHP

Sonny Gray

JR

Vanderbilt

10-5

3.48

19

1

108.2

101

113

48

CHC ’08 (27)

RHP

John Stilson

SO

Texas A&M

9-1

0.80

33

10

79

51

114

23

MIN ’09 (18)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

4-1

2.96

20

13

27.1

15

33

18

ARI ’10 (41)

Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Peter O’Brien

JR

Bethune-Cookman

.386

51

78

13

0

20

56

18

39

0

N/A

1B

Paul Hoilman

SR

Eastern Tenn. St.

.421

79

99

24

2

25

84

51

41

1

TB ’10 (49)

2B

Kolten Wang

JR

Hawaii

.357

57

89

15

4

7

40

36

20

19

MIN ’08 (16)

3B

Anthony Rendon

JR

Rice

.394

83

89

12

1

26

85

65

22

14

ATL ’08 (27)

SS

B.A. Vollmuth

JR

So. Mississippi

.386

72

91

17

2

20

76

43

51

4

HOU ’08 (32)

OF

Jackie Bradley Jr.

JR

South Carolina

.368

56

89

12

1

13

60

41

37

7

N/A

OF

Alex Dickerson

JR

Indiana

.419

62

99

19

0

24

75

20

35

3

WAS ’08 (48)

OF

Mikie Mahtook

JR

LSU

.335

68

80

19

4

14

50

38

54

22

FLA ’08 (39)

DH

Garrett Wittels

JR

Florida International

.413

47

100

21

2

2

60

22

19

4

HOU ’08 (36)

UTL

Mike McGee

SR

FSU

.328

61

82

15

1

17

73

44

53

5

ARI ’10 (41)


SECOND TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Trevor Bauer

JR

UCLA

12-3

3.02

18

0

131.1

121

165

41

N/A

RHP

Cole Green

SR

Texas

11-2

2.74

17

0

111.2

88

75

27

DET ’10 (4)

LHP

Alex Panteliodis

JR

Florida

11-3

3.51

18

0

100

86

82

26

N/A

LHP

Tyler Anderson

JR

Oregon

7-5

2.98

17

0

102.2

84

105

33

N/A

RHP

Steven Maxwell

SR

TCU

11-2

2.70

18

0

103.1

89

93

34

MIN ’10 (12)

RHP

Anthony Meo

JR

Coastal Carolina

13-2

2.61

18

0

96.2

82

94

34

WAS ’08 (43)

RHP

Matt Price

SO

South Carolina

5-1

2.26

31

10

55.2

37

83

19

BOS ’10 (8)

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

1-3

3.50

27

11

43.2

41

38

8

N/A



Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

James McCann

JR

Arkansas

.286

32

61

6

0

9

34

18

28

3

CHW ’08 (31)

1B

Austin Maddox

SO

Florida

.333

48

88

16

0

17

72

7

42

0

TB ’09 (37)

2B

Zack MacPhee

JR

Arizona State

.389

67

89

8

14

9

64

41

39

20

DET ’08 (22)

3B

Jason Esposito

JR

Vanderbilt

.359

65

94

25

1

12

64

34

35

31

KC ’08 (7)

SS

Brad Miller

JR

Clemson

.357

71

90

19

4

8

49

50

43

9

TEX ’08 (39)

OF

George Springer

JR

Connecticut

.337

84

82

16

4

18

62

60

70

33

MIN ’08 (48)

OF

Chad Oberacker

SR

Tennessee Tech

.452

67

108

29

5

6

70

34

23

14

STL ’10 (19)

OF

Jeremy Baltz

SO

St. Johns

.396

64

95

16

1

24

85

28

44

6

NYY ’09 (45)

DH

Levi Michael

JR

UNC

.346

76

74

14

4

9

54

44

26

20

N/A

UTL

Nick Ramirez

JR

Cal St. Fullerton

.346

62

90

28

1

16

75

19

50

6

N/A


THIRD TEAM


Position

Player

Class

School

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

Last Drafted (Round)

RHP

Matt Barnes

JR

Connecticut

8-3

3.92

15

0

82.2

79

75

25

N/A

RHP

Kyle Winkler

JR

TCU

12-3

3.39

19

0

116.2

111

92

36

MIL ’08 (37)

RHP

Tim Kelly

SR

Wichita St.

11-2

3.94

16

0

96

108

80

26

N/A

LHP

Jed Bradley

JR

Georgia Tech

9-5

4.83

16

0

91.1

107

99

25

N/A

RHP

Logan Verrett

JR

Baylor

5-3

3.28

16

0

90

88

97

23

N/A

RHP

Karsten Whitson

FR

Florida

SD ’10 (1)

RHP

Matty Ott

JR

LSU

2-4

6.38

28

0

42.1

40

40

21

N/A

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

4-4

5.02

18

2

52

57

30

25

N/A


Position

Player

Class

School

AVG

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

K

SB

Last Drafted (Round)

C

Andrew Susac

SO

Oregon St.

.260

15

25

4

0

2

13

15

23

0

PHI ’09 (16)

1B

Preston Tucker

JR

Florida

.331

50

81

17

2

11

49

43

29

8

N/A

2B

Ryan Wright

JR

Louisville

.366

61

93

17

2

16

80

20

26

10

N/A

3B

Harold Martinez

JR

Miami (Fla.)

.295

48

71

10

0

21

69

30

54

5

TEX ’08 (19)

SS

Kenny Diekroeger

SO

Stanford

.356

42

77

12

1

5

41

12

44

1

TB ’09 (2)

OF

Jason Coats

JR

TCU

.361

68

99

23

4

13

69

20

57

8

N/A

OF

Zach Cone

JR

Georgia

.363

45

77

12

7

10

53

14

33

13

LAA ’08 (3)

OF

Patrick Biondi

SO

Michigan

.313

69

72

11

6

2

30

36

30

29

DET ’09 (35)

DH

C.J. Cron

JR

Utah

.431

55

85

16

0

20

81

17

23

4

CHW ’08 (44)

UTL

Will Lamb

JR

Clemson

.289

42

50

6

2

4

36

23

30

14

N/A

College Baseball Prospects: Top Freshmen 2011

Here we are in the middle of the World Series and while I’m loving it, I’m also gluttonous. Always looking for the next score. Well, the next score is affectionately known as Prospect Season, where people like me rank the best prospect by team and/or by position. But the fix AFTER THAT is college baseball. The season kicks off in just 4 short months and I’m excited and you should be too.

If you’re a prospect fan, you probably follow the draft. If you follow the draft, you know that some kids choose to go to school rather turning pro. Many of these names below will be first round picks in 2013, while others will fizzle out. Either way, they’re going to give me plenty of box score entertainment over the next few seasons and we’ll get to see a few of them in Omaha.
Below you’ll find the top 31 freshmen in college baseball. Why 31? Don’t ask so many questions. This is not my list, but simply a formula of the top 200 2010 draft prospects as determined by Baseball America minus college players minus prep players that turned pro.
Player-Position-School Round-MLB Team-2010 Predraft Rank (Baseball America)
  1. Karsten Whitson – RHP – Florida. 1st Round (9th Overall) – SD – #15.
  2. Dylan Covey – RHP – San Diego. 1st Round (15th Overall) – MIL – #18.
  3. Austin Wilson – OF – Stanford. 12th Round – STL – #27.
  4. Ryne Stanek – RHP – Arkansas. 3rd Round – SEA – #42.
  5. Kevin Gausman – RHP – LSU. 6th Round – LAD – #43.
  6. A.J. Vanegas – RHP – Stanford. 7th Round – SD – #46.
  7. Kris Bryant – 3B/1B – San Diego. 17th Round – TOR – #53.
  8. DeAndre Smelter – RHP/OF – Georgia Tech. 14th Round – MIN – #72.
  9. Dominic Ficociello – 3B – Arkansas. 23rd Round – DET – #77.
  10. Scott Frazier – RHP – Pepperdine. 5th Round – PHI – #85.
  11. Eric Jaffe – RHP/1B – California. 19th Round – BOS – #91.
  12. Randy LaBlanc – RHP – Tulane. 16th Round – FLA – #92.
  13. Stefan Sabol – C/OF – Oregon. 17th Round – ATL – #95.
  14. Adam Duke – RHP – Oregon State. 16th Round – BOS – #117.
  15. John Simms – RHP – Rice. 39th Round – WAS – #118.
  16. Adam Plutko – RHP – UCLA. 6th Round – HOU – #131.
  17. Zach Weiss – RHP – UCLA. 10th Round – PIT – #132.
  18. Brian Ragira – OF/IF – Stanford. 30th Round – TEX – #139.
  19. Michael Lorenzen – OF – Cal State Fullerton. 7th Round – TB – #140.
  20. Jimmy Hodgskin – LHP – Troy. 43rd Round – PHI – #142.
  21. Daniel Gibson – LHP – Florida. 26th Round – MIL – #148.
  22. Austin Kubitza – RHP – Rice. 7th Round – PIT – #153.
  23. Tyler Kuresa – 1B – Oregon. 11th Round – MIN – #163.
  24. Zach Alvord – SS/2B – Auburn. 18th Round – ATL – #165.
  25. Sean Dwyer – 1B – Florida Gulf Coast. 15th Round – #167.
  26. Jacoby Jones – 3B – LSU. 19th Round – HOU – #166.
  27. Matt Roberts – C – UNC. 38th Round – ARI – #169.
  28. Jason Hursh – RHP – Oklahoma State. 6th Round – PIT – #173.
  29. Krey Bratsen – OF – Texas A&M. 45th Round – OAK – #175.
  30. Kevin Jiomek – LHP – Vanderbilt. 13th Round – ARI – #178.
  31. Andrew Knapp – C – California. 42nd Round – OAK – #184.

MLB Draft Report Cards: Atlanta Braves

Top Pick: Matt Lipka – SS – McKinney HS, TX. 1s – 35 Overall. H.S. teammate in both football and baseball to LA Dodger 1st round draft pick (28th overall) Zach Lee, Lipka will focus on baseball as a professional. Having lost their 1st round pick (#20 overall), as a result of signing Billy Wagner, the Braves quickly signed Lipka to an $800,000.00 bonus.

Closest to Majors: Todd Cunningham – 3B – Jacksonville State. 2nd – 53 Overall. Cunningham performed well with wood bats in the Cape last summer, and he’s a switch hitter. While I think he’s more of an outfielder than a 3B, his bat will cause him to move quickly.

Long Shot to Sign: Stefan Sabol – C – Aliso Niguel HS, (CA) (17th Round) and Zach Alvord – 2B – South Forsyth HS (GA) (18th Round). Sabol has 1st round talent, and while he may not have the arm to remain at catcher, he’ll likely get the chance to prove me wrong at Oregon next season. Alvord is committed to Auburn and he’s unlikely to sign. One of the more advanced prep bats in the draft, Alvord should become an immediate offensive producer in the SEC next spring. While both are long shots to sign, I applaud the Braves for taking a shot at premium talent this late in the draft.

Overall: The Braves played it pretty conservative early in the draft and they’re already seeing the benefits of their draft strategy, with each of their first 10 selections already signed (and 32 of 50 thus far). Major College veterans Phil Gosselin – 2B – UVA (5th Round) and Joey Terdoslavich – 3B – Long Beach State (6th Round), will add depth to a system that has graduated premiere prospects Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward in recent years. Grade: B

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