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My Personal Draft Board

As promised, here’s my personal draft board for the top 32, and this does not take into account signability, as I obviously don’t have a budget with which to work in.

1. Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
2. Dustin Ackley, OF, North Carolina
3. Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS (CA)
4. Alex White, RHP, North Carolina
5. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, St. Paul Saints
6. Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS (GA)
7. Aaron Crow, RHP, Ft. Worth Cats
8. Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State
9. Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri
10. Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy (MO)
11. Zach Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS (GA)
12. Grant Green, SS, USC
13. Max Stassi, C, Yuba City HS (CA)
14. Shelby Miller, RHP, Brownwood HS (TX)
15. Matt Purke, LHP, Klein HS (TX)
16. Tim Wheeler, OF, Sacramento State
17. Jared Mitchell, OF, LSU
18. Wil Myers, C, Wesleyan Christian Academy (NC)
19. Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State
20. James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky
21. Rex Brothers, LHP, Lipscomb
22. Bobby Borchering, 3B, Bishop Verot HS (FL)
23. Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
24. Jiovanni Mier, SS, Bonita HS (CA)
25. Rich Poythress, 1B, Georgia
26. Chad James, LHP, Yukon HS (OK)
27. Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College
28. AJ Pollock, OF, Notre Dame
29. Tommy Joseph, C, Horizon HS (AZ)
30. Luke Bailey, C, Troup County HS (GA)
31. Everett Williams, OF, McCallum HS (TX)
32. Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford

Some people would put a sensational guy as the last one, but this is how I’d line up a board if I was in on the conference call.  If the player was highest on my board at my pick, I’d call his name.  There’s not huge variance from the consensus national board, but there are a few differences that show my tendencies.

Any personal boards out there?  Please share.


May 25, 2009 - Posted by | Andy's Draft Board


  1. No Trout? Where would you place him overall?

    Comment by Ryan | May 25, 2009 | Reply

    • I’m glad you noticed that. I have Trout somewhere in the late supplemental first round range, as I’m not a fan of cold-weather position players at all. Whereas cold-weathers pitchers gain a few advantages from having a fairly limited workload, hitters are just behind. Period. Trout’s athleticism isn’t extremely good, and I think the saving grace for him is that fact that I think he’ll be an excellent defensive center fielder, which has so much value these days. However, the likelihood of him reaching his potential at the plate is low, so I drop him down more than most.

      Comment by andyseiler | May 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. So you see Green as legitimately still a top 15 talent and the third best position player available?

    Interesting, since a lot of people have moved him much lower on their personal draft boards.

    Comment by James F | May 25, 2009 | Reply

    • On the whole, yes, he’s still up there. I still think he’s going to hit for a fairly high average with decent discipline, and add a little speed onto that. However, I think the fact that he’s this high for me speaks more to how little I think of some other prospects. The fact that Green is fighting for position with guys like Stassi, Wheeler, and Mitchell is an insult to him, as his natural talent far outweighs that of those guys. He should be much higher. But he needs to get out of his season-long powerless streak and needs to work on his defense. I think he’ll be a successful pro, though. Just more Bobby Crosby than Troy Tulowitzki.

      Comment by andyseiler | May 25, 2009 | Reply

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