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

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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.

Top 100 Baseball Prospects

Every prospecting outlet releases a Top 100 Prospect List and we at Prospect Junkies are no exception. I’m the first to admit that there is quite a bit of subjectivity in the list below. I’m quite biased in that I value a player’s ceiling more than I do his probability of reaching that ceiling. Some of the rankings listed below might contradict previous positional rankings that I’ve posted over the past view months but I have a very good explanation. I changed my mind.

It’s also important to note that this list was finalized before the brain surgery of Ryan Westmoreland or the season ending injury to Jared Mitchell. Westmoreland would have been moved down, but the extent of which is not yet known. Mitchell likely would have stayed close to his original ranking.

Enough of this palaver, lets get this show on the road.

1. Jason Heyward – OF – ATL. Looks like he may have played his last minor league game.
2. Stephen Strasburg – RHP – WAS. The best draft prospect to come along in ages, if reaches half of his ceiling, he’ll be a perennial all star.
3. Desmond Jennings – OF – TB. Has there ever been a faster outfield than Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, and Jennings?
4. Carlos Santana – C – CLE. A switch hitting catcher with power, OBP skills and a strong arm. What’s not to like?
5. Brian Matusz – LHP – BAL. I think Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein put it perfectly when he stated that Matusz’ greatest strength is his lack of weaknesses.
6. Jesus Montero – C – NYY. A truly special bat with zero chance to stick at catcher.
7. Neftali Feliz – RHP – TEX. Even his floor – a power relief pitcher, is pretty high.
8. Buster Posey – C – SF. Kills left handed pitching, strong plate discipline and the quick feet and strong arm to become a plus defender.
9. Pedro Alvarez – 3B – PIT. The 28% K rate is not ideal, but the 1.009 OPS he posted in AA is.
10. Dustin Ackley – OF/2B – SEA. A future batting champion and Silver Slugger at whatever defensive position he ends up calling home.
11. Justin Smoak – 1B – TEX. Matt Wieters HS teammate is a switch hitting power hitter who walks as much as he Ks.
12. Mike Stanton – OF – FLA. More power than Alvarez, but also a higher AA K rate (33.1%) and a much lower BB rate (9.1%).
13. Madison Bumgarner – LHP – SF. A one pitch pitcher, but you can’t argue with the results. I’m anxious and skeptical to see how he’ll do with a large sample size of MLB starts.
14. Domonic Brown – OF – PHI. Is this the year his stat line will match his talent?
15. Aroldis Chapman – LHP – CIN. Showing better command than I anticipated.
16. Martin Perez – LHP – TEX. Strong 3 pitch mix for this 19 year old.
17. Alcides Escobar – SS – MIL. Could have a better year than Elvis Andrus did in ’09.
18. Tyler Matzek – LHP – COL. Was #2 player on draft board for several teams in 2009.
19. Aaron Hicks – OF – MIN. 5 tool player in every sense of the word.
20. Michael Taylor – OF – OAK. The Stanford product should shine in Oakland.
21. Ryan Westmorland – OF – BOS. Scary speed power combination for such a young kid. Scary brain surgery.
22. Logan Morrison – 1B – FLA. 18% walk rate in AA stint last season.
23. Jeremy Hellickson – RHP – TB. His numbers suggest dominance rare for his small stature.
24. Casey Kelly – RHP – BOS. Red Sox let him fail at SS so he’d realize his future is on the mound.
25. Wade Davis – RHP – TB. Earned #5 spot in rotation of a contending team.
26. Brett Wallace – 3B – TOR. I can’t see a scenario where he sticks at 3B but bat can be special.
27. Kyle Drabek – RHP – TOR. His ceiling depends on his ability to refine his change up.
28. Christian Friedrich – LHP – COL. Who would have guessed that the Rockies would gain a reputation for developing pitching?
29. Jarrod Parker – RHP – ARI. Tommy John surgery doesn’t diminish elite status.
30. Jacob Turner – RHP – DET. It worked the last time the Tigers took a HS pitcher in the 1st round. (Rick Porcello – 2007)
31. Casey Crosby – LHP – DET. Strikeout potential who could thrive as he uses his change up more.
32. Lonnie Chisenhall – 3B – CLE. Once batted #3 on a South Carolina team that included future 1st rounders Justin Smoak and Reese Havens. Then got kicked off the team.
33. Michael Montgomery – LHP – KC. A 6’5 lefty who throws in the high 90s. What’s not to love?
34. Josh Bell – 3B – BAL. Needs to hit lefties better but the Orioles got a steal in exchange for George Sherrill. Fitting I guess since they stole him for Eric Bedard.
35. Miguel Sano – SS – MIN. Long shot to reach his ceiling, but his ceiling is as high as anyone on this list.
36. Starlin Castro – SS – CHC. More power potential than Escobar but not the same guy with the glove.
37. Chris Carter – 1B – OAK. Big power, but not a fan of the swing.
38. Derek Norris – C – WAS. Love his OPS potential.
39. Zach Britton – LHP – BAL. If you haven’t figured it out, I love lefties with a good feel for a change up.
40. Jaff Decker – OF – SD. Bad bodied outfielder with Power and OBP skills.
41. Yonder Alonso – 1B – CIN. If he can learn to hit lefties, he could be a star. If not, he’s still be good.
42. Freddie Freeman – 1B – ATL. Hoping be be closer to the ’08 version than the ’09 version.
43. Jhoulys Chacin – RHP – COL. Reminds me a little of Yovanni Gallardo. But ultimately, just not as good.
44. Matt Moore – LHP – TB. Big time K potential, but needs to overcome some control issues.
45. Zack Wheeler – RHP – SF. 6th overall pick in the 2009 draft has more polish out of HS than Madison Bumgarner did at this age.
46. James Darnell – 3B – SD. Walks as much as he K’s, posted .468 OBP in Low A, and hit 20 HR last year.
47. Brett Lawrie – 2B – MIL. Not a strong defender, but the bat is advanced.
48. Jared Mitchell – OF – CWS. Ankle surgery will derail his season, but his future is still bright.
49. Jiovanni Mier – SS – HOU. Strong professional debut provided glimpse at potential.
50. Todd Frazier – 2B – CIN. If he finds a permanent defensive home (it won’t be 2B) his bat will make him a success.
51. Tyler Flowers – C – CHW. Could be #2 catcher in Chicago now, but he needs to play every day and refine his defensive skills.
52. Mike Leake – RHP – CIN. Straight from Arizona State to the Reds rotation. Insane to me, but he did have the second most polish (Strasburg) of any college pitcher in the 2009 draft.
53. Mike Trout – OF – ANA. I think he’ll have a better career than Donovan Tate.
54. Ben Revere – OF – MIN. Speed and hit tools are advanced, and he shows some patience too.
55. Will Myers – C – KC. In a deep HS catching class of 2009, he’s the best.
56. Tanner Scheppers – RHP – TEX. He throws 99 now. But shoulder injury past scares me.
57. Aaron Crow – RHP – KC. There once was debate as to who was better: Crow or Matusz.
58. Julio Teheran – RHP – ATL. Pencil thin righty throws 3 has 3 potential plus pitches.
59. Mike Moustakas – 3B – KC. Take a pitch!
60. Tony Sanchez – C – PIT. Still not the 4th best talent in the 2009 draft, but better than expected.
61. Simon Castro – RHP – SD. A strikeout pitcher who cut his BB rate in half in 2009.
62. Lars Anderson – 1B – BOS. I still believe he’ll hit, thanks to his selectivity, but he’ll need to prove it this year.
63. Fernando Martinez – OF – NYM. I once thought he was overrated, now I’m thinking he’s underrated.
64. Dee Gordon – SS – LAD. A slap hitter who will struggle as he plays against better defenses.
65. Donovan Tate – OF – SD. Pretty raw but the athletic ability is there.
66. Ike Davis – 1B – NYM. Should be starting in New York by year end.
67. Jose Tabata – OF – PIT. He’s 21. His wife is 44. Not judging, I just find it interesting.
68. Michael Saunders – OF – SEA. Rookie of the Year sleeper once Milton Bradley gets kicked off the team.
69. Dan Hudson – RHP – CWS. The first call up to the South Side this year.
70. Grant Green – SS – OAK. Short stroke and power, with a good enough glove to stick at SS.
71. Kyle Gibson – RHP – MIN. Could be steal of 2009 draft if arm is healthy.
72. Arodys Vizcaino – RHP – ATL. A product of the Javier Vasquez trade, I’m interested to see how he’ll perform in his first year of full season professional baseball.
73. Alex White – RHP – CLE. A power pitcher with a plus splitter.
74. Jose Iglesias – SS – BOS. Gaining a legendary reputation for his glove work.
75. Chad James – LHP – FLA. The 2009 HS pitching draftee that not enough people talk about.
76. Jason Castro – C – HOU. Solid after being a surprise top 10 pick in the 2008 draft.
77. Jenrry Mejia – RHP – NYM. Will we get a look at him in an 8th inning role this year?
78. Shelby Miller – RHP – STL. I think three years at Texas A&M would have been good for him.
79. Drew Storen – RHP – WAS. May close out both of Washington’s September wins this year.
80. Austin Jackson – OF – DET. Does everything just a tick above average.
81. Chris Withrow – RHP – LAD. Control is sometimes an issue for this live arm.
82. Phillipe Aumont – RHP – PHI. Reminds me a little of top 2010 prep pitcher Jameson Taillon. But not as good.
83. Matt Dominguez – 3B – FLA. Future Gold Glover if he can hit enough to make it to the Show.
84. Jordan Lyles – RHP – HOU. Advanced feel for his change up. May struggle in the hitters paradise that is the High A California League.
85. Wilmer Flores – SS – NYM. He won’t end up at SS, but the bat has some serious pop.
86. Michael Brantley – OF – CLE. A prospect with the ability to lead off is more rare than I would have guessed.
87. Christian Bethancourt – C – ATL. Decent plate discipline for such a young kid.
88. Josh Vitters – 3B – CHC. Needs to take a walk.
89. Tim Beckham – SS – TB. Any move off of SS will hurt his value.
90. Jake Arrieta – RHP – BAL. Underrated. Overshadowed by Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, and Zach Britton.
91. Hank Conger – C – ANA. A full healthy season could land him in the top 50 on this list next year. Or in Anaheim.
92. Eric Hosmer – 1B – KC. Was not good last year. Not giving up yet.
93. Jay Jackson – RHP – CHC. A two way stud at Furman, a one way star as a pro.
94. Noel Arguelles – LHP – KC. 20 year old Cuban lacks polish.
95. Brett Jackson – OF – CHC. Scary athletic ability.
96. Josh Reddick – OF – BOS. The Mike Cameron acquisition will delay his arrival but he could get a decent amount of playing time later this season.
97. Mike Minor – LHP – ATL. Polish but not a particularly high ceiling.
98. Michael Inoa – RHP – OAK. We’ll finally get to see some professional innings this year.
99. Gaby Sanchez – 1B – FLA. Beat out Logan Morrison for now. Has pop and patience.
100. Nick Weglarz – OF – CLE. Reminds me a little of Adam Dunn. Takes walks and can drive the ball out of the park to the opposite field.

College Baseball Prospect Update – Hitters

Junior College

Bryce Harper – C – SoNV. 7-14 8RBI. 4HR (12). He’s living up to the hype with a wood bat.

Atlantic Coast Conference

Jarrett Parker – OF – UVA. 3-11.
Tyler Cannon – SS – UVA. 5-12 1RBI. HR (1). One of the better Sr. position players in the nation.
Kyle Parker – OF – CLEM. 4-12 1RBI. Clemson’s starting QB.
Tyler Holt – OF – FSU. 5-10 4RBI 2HR (4)
Derek Dietrich – SS – GTECH. 7-17 4RBI. 2HR (6). Check out some video at Orioleprospects.com
Yasmani Grandal – C – MIA. 9-14 6RBI. HR (2) He and LSU Catcher Michael Gibbs might both go in the first round.
Stephen Perez – SS – MIA. 3-10 1RBI. HR (2) Will battle ASU’s Deven Marrero and Stanford’s Kenny Diekroeger for Freshman All-American SS.
Austin Wates – OF – VATECH. 4-12 1RBI.
Brian Goodwin – OF – UNC. 2-12 1RBI. Will make the White Sox wish they could have signed him last year.

Southeastern Conference

Micah Gibbs – C – LSU. 5-14 4RBI.
Leon Landry – OF – LSU. 3-11 2RBI. HR (3)
Blake Dean – 1B – LSU. 4-13 1RBI.
Matt den Dekker – OF – FLA. 3-11 2RBI.
Austin Maddox – C – FLA. 6-14 6RBI. HR (7). Moves ahead of Goodwin in Freshman of the Year race.
Preston Tucker – 1B – FLA. 3-12.
Hunter Morris – 1B – AUB. 5-13 2 2B 0RBI
Brett Eibner – OF – ARK. 3-10 3RBI. HR(6). Also had a good outing on the mound on Saturday.
Zack Cox – 3B – ARK. 6-11 8RBI 2HR (5). Draft eligible Sophomore.
Ross Wilson – 2B – ALA. 3-15 3RBI. HR (5)
Jackie Bradley – OF – SOCAR. 3-12 2RBI.
Zach Cone – OF – UGA. 4-12 6RBI. HR (4). The lone bright spot on a struggling Georgia team.
Connor Powers – 1B – MISS ST. 2-9 2RBI.

Big 12 Conference

Cameron Rupp – C – TEX. 3-14 3RBI.
Brodie Greene – OF – A&M. 2-11 1RBI.
Tony Thompson – 3B – KAN. 6-10 3RBI. HR (1)

Pac 10 Conference

Deven Marrero – SS – ASU. 2-4 3RBI HR(1). Played 1 game and made the most of it.
Kenny Diekroeger – SS – STAN. 2-11.
Jake Stewart – OF – STAN. 3-7.
Mark Canha – 1B – CAL. 4-12 3RBI.

Big East

Jedd Gyorko – 2B – WVU. 4-13 1RBI.

Big West

Christian Colon – SS – CAL ST. FUL. 5-12 3RBI. HR (6)
Gary Brown – OF – CAL ST. FUL. 5-13 1RBI. 2SB (14)

Conference USA

Anthony Rendon – 3B – RICE. 5-13 4RBI. HR (10). Top prospect in 2011 draft class.
Rick Hague – SS – RICE. 3-12 0RBI. Struggling.
Steven Sulzbaugh – OF – RICE. 5-15 2RBI.
Diego Seastrunk – C – RICE. 4-14 4RBI. HR (2) Seastrunk and Sulzbaugh as Seniors need to turn Rice around.

MAC

Gauntlett Eldemire – OF – OHIO. 3-9 2RBI. HR (4) Again, best name in college baseball.

College Baseball Prospect Update

National Champion #1 LSU dropped the opener to Kansas 11-9 confirming that Anthony Ranaudo is the most missed man in College Baseball right now. The game of the night was the match-up between #2 Florida State and #4 Virginia with UVA winning 5-0. Check out how some of Division I baseball’s best players faired.

Pitchers:

Danny Hultzen – LHP – UVA. 6IP 2H 0ER 0BB 6K (W). Impressive in handing #2 FSU their 1st loss of the season.

Deck McGuire – RHP – GT. 9IP 3H 1ER 2BB 6K (W). 33K:5BB this season.

Taylor Jungmann – RHP – TEX. 7.1IP 5H 1ER 1BB 17K. Pitching performance of the night in a no decision.

Chance Ruffin – RHP – TEX. 2IP 0H 0ER 0BB 3K (W). Last year’s Friday starter earns win in relief.

Matt Harvey – RHP – UNC. 5IP 7H 3ER 4BB 3K (W). Line looks closer to the 09 Harvey in a NC win v. Duke.

Chris Hernandez – LHP – MIA. 6IP 5H 1ER 2BB 5K (L). 2008 D1 Freshman of the year.

Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 7.2IP 5H 1ER 2BB 15K (W). He and Jungmann neck and neck for top college arm in 2011 draft.

Drew Pomeranz – LHP – MISS. 6.1IP 3H 1ER 3BB 12K. No decision.

Sonny Gray – RHP – VANDY. 8IP 6H 3ER 3BB 5K. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyGray2. Vanderbilt is 12-1! Only loss was to Gerrit Cole and UCLA.

Daniel Renken – RHP – CSF. 5.2 IP 2H 0ER 4BB 8K.

Hitters:

Jerrett Parker – CF – UVA 2-4 BB

Tyler Holt – CF – FSU 0-4

Derek Dietrich – SS – GT 1-5 2RBI

Brandon Loy – SS – TEX 2-4

Cameron Rupp – C – TEX 0-4 K

Matt den Dekker – CF – FLA 1-4 RBI, K

Austin Maddox – 1B – FLA 2-4 2R. Hitting cleanup as a freshman on a 10-2 team. Interested to find out why he’s not catching though.

Brian Goodwin – RF – UNC 4-4 4R 5RBI 2BB HR. Freshman. Unsigned 09 White Sox draftee and my early pick for D1 Freshman of the Year.

Levi Michael – 3B – UNC 2-4 2R 4RBI

Yasmani Grandal – DH – MIA 2-4 Strong defensive catcher getting a start at DH.

Harold Martinez – 3B – MIA 1-4 2K

Mickey Wiswall – 3B – BC 0-5

Zack Cox – 3B – ARK 3-6 2R 3RBI

Brett Eibner – CF – ARK 1-3 1R 1RBI

Anthony Rendon – 3B – RICE 2-2 HR 1R 2RBI 2BB

Rick Hague – SS – RICE 2-4 HR 1R 2RBI

Gauntlett Eldemire – CF – OHIO 2-3 BB Best name in college baseball – strong performance in loss to Sonny Gray and the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Christian Colon – SS – CSF 2-3 2R 1RBI SB

Michael Choice – OF – UTA 1-1 1RBI 2BB.

Brice Brentz – OF – MID TEN ST 1-5 1RBI 4K

Blake Dean – 1B – LSU 3-5 HR R

Micah Gibbs – C – LSU 0-3 2RBI R K

Leon Landry – DH – LSU 1-4 HR 3RBI K

Mikie Mahtook – RF – LSU 0-3 BB 3K