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Top 50 2010 Draft Prospects

Here’s my top fifty 2010 draft prospects with a week to go in the MLB season. My first 2010 mock draft will be coming on Monday.

1. Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
3. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
4. A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (FL)
5. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
6. Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL)
7. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
8. Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton
9. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
10. Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas
11. LeVon Washington, OF, Chipola JC (FL)
12. James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky
13. Jesse Hahn, RHP, Virginia Tech
14. Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edwards HS (OH)
15. Kris Bryant, 3B, Bonanza HS (NV)
16. Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
17. Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee
18. Manny Machado, SS, Brito HS (FL)
19. Austin Wilson, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS (CA)
20. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)
21. Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas
22. Rick Hague, SS, Rice
23. Yordy Cabrera, SS, Lakeland HS (FL)
24. Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS (CA)
25. Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet HS (WA)
26. Bryan Morgado, LHP, Tennessee
27. Chevez Clarke, OF, Marietta HS (GA)
28. Jedd Gyorko, 3B/2B, West Virginia
29. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Grandview HS (CO)
30. Stefan Sabol, C, Aliso Niguel HS (CA)
31. Brett Eibner, OF/RHP, Arkansas
32. Kyle Blair, RHP, San Diego
33. Chad Bettis, RHP, Texas Tech
34. A.J. Vanegas, RHP, Redwood Christian HS (CA)
35. Justin Grimm, RHP, Georgia
36. Todd Cunningham, OF, Jacksonville State
37. Deandre Smelter, RHP, Tattnall Square Academy (GA)
38. Justin O’Conner, SS, Cowan HS (IN)
39. Sam Dyson, RHP, South Carolina
40. Rob Brantly, C, UC Riverside
41. Jarrett Parker, OF, Virginia
42. Cameron Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta HS (GA)
43. Sammy Solis, LHP, San Diego
44. Hunter Morris, 1B, Auburn
45. Kaleb Cowart, RHP/3B, Cook County HS (GA)
46. Robbie Aviles, RHP, Suffern HS (NY)
47. Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami
48. Brian Ragira, OF, James Martin HS (TX)
49. Anthony Wolters, SS, Rancho Buena Vista HS (CA)
50. Micah Gibbs, C, LSU


September 29, 2009 Posted by | Andy's Draft Board | 8 Comments

2009 Draftees in BA Top League Lists

Baseball America released their first top twenty league list with the GCL today. Here’s the players that made the list. I’ll be updating this as more leagues are released.

New York-Penn League

5. Jason Kipnis, OF, Indians
6. Victor Black, RHP, Pirates
9. Alex Wilson, RHP, Red Sox
12. Adam Warren, RHP, Yankees
17. Kyle Conley, OF, Cardinals
18. Neil Medchill, OF, Yankees

Pioneer League

1. Wil Myers, C, Royals
3. Bobby Borchering, 3B, Diamondbacks
4. Garrett Richards, RHP, Angels
5. Pat Corbin, LHP, Angels
7. Chris Owings, SS, Diamondbacks
8. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies
9. Chris Balcom-Miller, RHP, Rockies
10. Eric Arnett, RHP, Brewers
12. Mike Belfiore, LHP, Diamondbacks
13. Tyler Kehrer, LHP, Angels
14. Carlos Ramirez, C, Angels
16. Brett Wallach, RHP, Dodgers
19. David Nick, 2B, Diamondbacks

Appalachian League

2. Jiovanni Mier, SS, Astros
4. Matt Hobgood, RHP, Orioles
6. David Holmberg, LHP, White Sox
8. Robert Stock, C, Cardinals
11. Trayce Thompson, OF, White Sox
13. Steve Baron, C, Mariners
17. Mycal Jones, SS, Braves
18. Jonathan Meyer, 3B, Astros
19. Cody Rogers, OF, Rays

Arizona Rookie League

1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels
5. Randal Grichuk, OF, Angels
9. Jonathan Garcia, OF, Dodgers
20. Max Walla, OF, Brewers

Gulf Coast League

3. Reymond Fuentes, OF, Red Sox
7. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Phillies
9. Tanner Bushue, RHP, Astros
13. Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds
15. Brooks Pounders, RHP, Pirates
20. Daniel Tuttle, RHP, Reds

September 29, 2009 Posted by | BA League Lists | 1 Comment

2010 Draft Prospect Interview – Daniel Renken

First up in my 2010 draft prospect interview series is Cal State Fullerton’s ace starting pitcher Daniel Renken. A rising junior with a history of success, Renken enters his 2010 season with solid draft position. Thanks to Daniel for taking the time out to answers some questions. Here’s the interview:


Andy: After having such a successful sophomore season at Fullerton, how do you feel about your chances to improve on that as a junior?

Daniel: There’s always more room for improvement in baseball, which makes it such a beautiful game. I still have a lot of skills to work on and hone, ranging from working the inside corner, developing my slider, to just basic weight gain.

Andy: How has Fullerton helped you with those things?

Daniel: Without Fullerton, the coaches, and my teammates I would be nowhere near developed as I am today. Not many teams work harder then the Titans, and it shows when games come around. I’m truly blessed to be able to pitch for this team and put on the pinstripes in the spring.

Andy: You were one of the better prospects not to play on the Cape or with Team USA last summer. What was the reasoning behind that?

Daniel: My coaches and I sat down at the end of the year to discuss the summer and the 2010 season. I had pitched 125 innings last year, which was more then most pitchers get to throw in a year. I came to Fullerton to win a national championship, and the thought process was I could go out and play summer ball and come back possibly tired in need of rest, or take the summer off to rest my arm so that when Fall ball starts I’m ready to go. My team is going to come before the draft, and my first goal is being the last team standing in Omaha, so I decided to shut down during the summer. A lot of guys want to go out and get as much exposure as possible before their draft year, but we get plenty of exposure playing at Goodwin Field every week.

Andy: That was probably a good decision. Do you ever worry that you’re going to get too many innings during a spring season in such a competitive program?

Daniel: Our program at Fullerton is all about trust, and I have all the trust in the world in our coach. Dave Serrano knows how pitchers work, and he knows how many innings a pitcher can handle. That being said, our conditioning during the offseason and in between starts is no joke, and we as players make sure that we are in good enough shape and health to go out and throw however many pitches our team needs from us to keep us in a ball game.

Andy: Do you think that conditioning will ultimately help you transition to the pro game when the time comes?

Daniel: There is no doubt in my mind that it will. In college, our coaches as well as ourselves make sure we run and keep our bodies healthy. When turning pro all that responsibility is one’s own to deal with, and the Titans are instilled with a great work ethic to keep with us as long as were allowed to keep putting on the uniform of whatever pro team we play for.

Andy: Transitioning to the pro scouting side of things, do you think your history of already being drafted helps you with the spotlight of being a top draft-eligible player for this coming year?

Daniel: I honestly don’t know if already being drafted out of high school will help my positioning on team’s draft boards, but I do know that going through all the scout’s, questionnaires, and just the stress of dealing with the draft in high school was a great experience and I now know how to deal with all that spotlight. My goal this year isn’t to worry about being drafted high. I’ll tell you the same thing I told my coaches when our season came to an end last spring. I’m not going to worry about the draft or any of the hassles that come with it, because I know that if I can help my team to win a national championship, the draft will handle itself.

Andy: Give me a scouting report on yourself. What are your greatest strengths?

Daniel: From a personality standpoint, I am one of the biggest competitors when I get up on the mound. When I start that game, I have no other intention then to finish it. I also am not afraid to throw to any batter, which might seem a little foolish or cocky, but if someone is afraid to throw a certain pitch in a certain spot, chance is that person is going to end up leaving it right over the middle of the plate. From a pitching standpoint, I can locate my fastball in and out and subtract and add velocity whenever needed. I never like to stick with one consistent speed, so the batter can never get comfortable. I also have a good changeup that I love to throw at anytime, which really makes the hitters a little angry.

Andy: And you said you’re working on your slider?

Daniel: My slider was pretty good last season, with the ability to either backdoor or throw it as a strikeout pitch. However it had some tendencies to get a little too loopy, so I am trying to tighten it this spring and make it more consistent once spring comes around.

Andy: You seem to be quite aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Is this because of your coaching staff or do you put extra time into your work?

Daniel: A little bit of both. I’ve always listened to what Coach Serrano says and if it works for me I take it and gain a substantial amount of knowledge. However, I will always do things or talk to others about things I can work on. Watching tapes from last year teaches me a lot of things I can work on, from arm angle to location of pitches and so on. Most of my drive for doing so many things comes from the feeling of being overlooked when I was younger and playing. I just want to go out there and help my team win and prove to others that I am as good as my record showed last year. There is nothing better that can help me do that then working by myself on things on my own time.

Andy: You said you were overlooked when you were younger. Can you talk more about that?

Daniel: Well in high school I was always an average player, basically off the charts until the end of my junior year. I actually thought I was a better hitter then pitcher, which most pitchers still think in college, if you can imagine that. I suddenly developed an arm that could throw 90 miles an hour, but i still would receive critical marks, either from scouts, coaches, or publications. I took it upon myself after my senior year and in college to show what I can do, and through some hard work and a little bit of self-confidence I turned out pretty well, in my mind at least.

Andy: If you had been heavily praised in those times, do you think you would have turned pro straight out of high school or did you have your mind made up to go to Fullerton?

Daniel: My dad took me to Fullerton games when I was younger, and my greatest baseball memory was going to watch the first Fullerton game of the year. The Titans bunted for a base hit, then bunted for a base hit, and bunted for another base hit in the first three batters. I stood there in awe like, wow, this team knows how to get things done. Then all of a sudden, the first pitch to the fourth batter was thrown and the runner at third stole home. I had never seen such a hard played game of baseball, and it made me want to play there. Also, both my parents value education so much, that they instilled in me the value of getting as much of my education as possible before the next chance of possibly being drafted. Basically, Fullerton was my dream.

Andy: If you do end up leaving to sign with a pro club next summer, how close will you be to a degree?

Daniel: I’ll be about three semesters away from graduation.

Andy: Will that be a factor when you talk with whatever team drafts you?

Daniel: If negotiations ever start between a team and myself, there will of course be many deciding factors, and my education will always be a factor close to the top.

Andy: Is pro baseball as much of a dream as going to Fullerton was for you?

Daniel: I think every ball player’s dream is of playing pro ball. Now whether that dream comes to fruition or not won’t be known, but I’ll be extremely happy if I get to extend my career with the chance of playing in front of thousands every night.

Andy: What’s your favorite pro team?

Daniel: I have to be honest, I can’t say I have a favorite team, but I do have to say this years Angel team is a team of grinders that reminds me a lot of how Fullerton is always expected to play. They play hard every day, they have handled a lot of adversity throughout this season, and they are winning despite of not having any huge name stars like Pujols, A-Rod, or Teixeira.

Andy: A dagger to the heart of a Rangers fan…

Daniel: Ha ha, I actually don’t watch too much baseball in general, I get so critical now that I’m a true student of the game that I’ll actually get frustrated at a player not hustling, doing a simple thing wrong, or just disrespecting the game.

Andy: Welcome to the life of a scout. Can’t sit through a ballgame without a pen and paper anymore.

Daniel: Ha ha, that’s why I’m focusing on making sure I keep playing.

Andy: Let’s give you a little practice. Why don’t you give me a quick scouting report on your two high-rated teammates Christian Colon and Gary Brown?

Daniel: Chrsitian has got to have some of the smoothest hands as an infielder I’ve ever seen. He makes plays that I don’t think many college or minor league shortstops could make. He’s worked hard gaining a little speed, and he’ll steal a few bags. He’s also become a great bat handler and can put line drives anywhere on the field. Gary has got to be the faster player in college baseball. He absolutely flies, and can steal any base he wants to. He can be a great line drive hitter with a few small adjustments, and he even has some power, because even though he is so small, I’ve never seen a guy so cut and strong.

Andy: Very nice. How’s Colon coming back from the bad leg injury he suffered with Team USA?

Daniel: He’s great, it was a clean break so he was walking two weeks after the break. He’ll be back in no time.

Andy: How do you think the loss of guys to the draft this past June will impact your team in the spring? Fellhauer, Davis, and Clark were a big part of your offense in 2009.

Daniel: Those are big holes to fill, however being at Fullerton we always just reload. We have some returners who are looking to step up, and a lot of freshmen who are willing to fill any holes that we need.

Andy: Who do you consider the leader of your team now? Do you think you’re the leader of the staff?

Daniel: We’re lucky to have a team that polices itself. Even though we have certain guys who are thought of as captains, no one is better then anyone else. We don’t have a true leader, but many guy who are vocal and can be a leader at anytime. On the pitching staff, I know that I am going to be looked at a lot more as a leader and maybe as the captain of the staff, but I’ve already told my teammates, anyone can tell anyone if they need to pick up their game or if they are doing something wrong. We don’t care if you are a freshman or a fifth-year senior, everyone has something valuable that can be said.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | 2010 Draft Prospect Interviews | | Leave a comment

2010 Draft Order – Updated Thru September 20

Here’s the updated 2010 draft order through games played September 20. Included are the compensation picks for the Rangers not signing Matt Purke and the Rays not signing LeVon Washington. Not included are any future compensation picks for Type A free agents signed. Here’s the raw 2010 draft order:

1. Washington Nationals (51-98)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (56-91)
3. Baltimore Orioles (60-89)
4. Kansas City Royals (61-88)
5. Cleveland Indians (61-88)
6. Arizona Diamondbacks (65-85)
7. New York Mets (65-85)
8. Toronto Blue Jays (66-83)
9. San Diego Padres (68-82)
10. Cincinnati Reds (69-81)
11. Houston Astros (70-79)
12. Oakland Athletics (71-78)
13. Chicago White Sox (73-77)
14. Milwaukee Brewers (74-75)
15. Texas Rangers (compensation for unsigned ‘09 pick Matt Purke)
16. Minnesota Twins (76-73)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (77-73)
18. Chicago Cubs (76-72)
19. Seattle Mariners (78-72)
20. Atlanta Braves (79-70)
21. Detroit Tigers (79-70)
22. Florida Marlins (80-70)
23. San Francisco Giants (80-69)
24. Texas Rangers (81-67)
25. Colorado Rockies (85-65)
26. St. Louis Cardinals (87-63)
27. Philadelphia Phillies (87-61)
28. Los Angeles Angels (89-60)
29. Los Angeles Dodgers (90-60)
30. Boston Red Sox (89-59)
31. Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for unsigned ‘09 pick LeVon Washington)
32. New York Yankees (95-55)

September 21, 2009 Posted by | 2010 Draft Order | Leave a comment

Observations from East Cobb

Saturday marked the 2009 Southeast Top Prospect and Underclass Showcases by Perfect Game, and I was in attendance at the East Cobb complex outside Atlanta. Here’s some info on what happened:

Andrew Toles (2010, Sandy Creek HS (GA)) was the biggest name coming into the event, but I can see why his stock has been steadily falling this summer. He didn’t have much energy in this event, and his performance was just average. He still has the good speed and defense skillset, but the bat was weak at this event. I had a scout remark to me that he wondered if Toles had played football the night before, and that’s never a good sign. Toles is committed to Tennessee, and if he continues his slide down, he’ll probably end up there next fall.

-The other big name there was Toles’ teammate at Sandy Creek, Chris Triplett (2010). Triplett’s committed to Georgia Tech, and his energy and athleticism were on display on Saturday. I was trying to think of who he reminds me of at shortstop, and all I could think of was Jimmy Rollins. He’s got solid hands, a solid arm, and his range is excellent. When his team was shagging during batting practice, all eyes were on his movements out in short left field, where he was gobbling up everything hit near him. At the plate, Triplett messes around with switch-hitting, but he was much more impressive from his natural right side. He got some good backspin on the ball, and he could be a solid hitter with time. His bat speed is excellent, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see his power develop either in college starting next year or in the minors. His speed is also solid, and I rated it somewhere along the lines of above-average to plus (55-60). I never saw him really have to bust it down the line, but his 60 time is solid. I like Triplett more than Toles, and I got the feeling that scouts are either headed that way or are already there, too.

Alexander Cruz (2010, Blessed Trinity Catholic HS (GA)) could be Triplett’s teammate at Georgia Tech next fall. Unlike Triplett, most of Cruz’s attraction is in his pure size. He’s listed at 6’2”/186, and I believe that. He’s highly projectable, and his batting practice round showed he has good power potential when his frame fills out. He stayed gap-to-gap during the round, and he showed quick hands and a solid hit tool. His speed doesn’t nearly match Toles or Triplett, and even though he has solid range, I think he’s best served as a third baseman in the future, where he can use a plus arm and average hands. His range will diminish as he fills out, and it’s already at the average level. If he fills out a bit this year and develops his power, he could be a guy picked in the top ten rounds next June, but it’s more likely that he ends up at Tech, where he could develop his entire skillset.

-One of the rising names I wanted to get an extended look at was West Forsyth HS (GA) hitter Tommy Ferguson. The first thing I noticed was his batting stance. He’s trying to emulate the great Albert Pujols, and I’m not sure it’s working. He’s a little inconsistent with his load, and at times his bat path becomes whippy and long, and he might be prone to strikeouts. However, he does show signs of being a solid hitter with a little power potential, though not a lot. He needs to work on his timing and fielding, as he doesn’t really have a set position. He’s committed to Young Harris JC here in Georgia, so he might end up there for a couple of years.

-One of the more impressive names at the plate was 2010 outfielder Paul Patterson (Starrs Mill HS (GA)). He showed great hands and bat speed, along with his normal excellent center field defensive tools. His batting practice was a combination of hard line drives and gap fly balls, and he’s got a solid hit tool. He’ll probably end up with a major D-1 scholarship, and he’ll be a solid leadoff man, though he needs to develop strength if he wants to go straight to the pros.

Jordan Shusteric (2010, Allen Park HS (MI)) was one of the handful of players that came from outside the Southeast U.S. I have to say that Shusteric was the most impressive of the bunch. He’s got good size at 6’1”/177, and his strength was solid with room for more. I noticed that he has natural loft in his swing, and I think he’s got room for good power potential in the future. In one of the games, he smashed a line drive double over the center fielder’s head, which is quite a feat in a showcase that really favored the pitchers. He’s probably got one of the more solid wood-bat swings (these showcases only feature wood bats) from this group, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him climb up boards after his impressive display. His arm might work best at second base, but I wouldn’t move him off shortstop quite yet. With more strength, he might add enough zip to stick at short, where his range is solid-average.

-Arguably the best batting practice display went to 2010 outfielder Tanner Smith from North Laurel HS (KY). He knocked a couple of balls over the fence from the left side, something that didn’t happen multiple times with anyone else in the top prospect side of the showcase. He wasn’t a big name coming into the event, but a couple of bombs over the right-center field wall can add to his stock. His swing does require a bit of a long bat path, though, so he’ll be susceptible to the swing-and-miss if he doesn’t shore up his mechanics. However, he’s worth keeping an eye on.

-The best 2011 name was probably Lassiter HS (FL) shortstop Tyler Greene, who has already committed to Georgia. He’s a big kid at 6’3”/175, and he looks like he’ll add a good amount of strength to his frame. However, he’s in danger of adding too much, which would make him have to move off short to third base. His batting practice display wasn’t that great, but he’s got some time to improve his mechanics and work with the wood bat. For now, he’s just a name to follow closely for the 2011 draft.

-Another 2011 player that stood out to me at the plate was actually in the underclass side of the showcase. Columbus HS (GA) infielder Charles Sheffield has good size at 6’3”/180, and he put on one heck of a batting practice. He showed good current strength with room for more, and both his hit tool and raw power might be graded as above-average. He’s got a good setup at the plate and solid mechanics, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him explode between now and the 2011 draft. He’s still only 16, so repetitions will do him good. For now, he looks like a solid follow, and I’ll probably try to see him again in the spring to see if what I saw Saturday can be maintained in games.

-I was completely shocked to hear one scout talk about how similar 2011 outfielder Adrian Farris (Collins Hill HS (GA)) looked to how Alex Rodriguez looked back when he was 16 at events like this before he was a #1 overall draft pick. Farris doesn’t have the strength and pure athleticism that A-Rod had, but his approach and batting practice display was interesting. He sprayed balls from center over to right field, despite his being a right-handed hitter. His hands were quick, and his bat speed was solid, though the present strength is just not there. I’ll check up on him this spring, too, as I think he could be on the verge of gaining that strength to bring his name up more often. He’s not as tall and lanky as A-Rod was, but there’s definitely some potential here.

-On the pitching side, I didn’t see a lot of arms that really pique my interest. The best combination of raw stuff and size I saw was 2011 righty Sean Murphy from Westbrook HS in Maine. At 6’5”/200, you can really see projection in his body, but his command and mechanics aren’t great. He has a closer’s style of pitching, and his mechanics were inconsistent, leading to multiple walks, hit batters, and wild pitches. However, the raw stuff is big, and he just needs reps. His fastball is a potential plus pitch if he can corral it, and he flashed a potential average curve, too. However, he failed to snap it off most of the time, and he hit a batter with it once. He also had seemingly no clue about how to hold runners, so he’s a big work in progress. Keep his name in mind, though.

-One of the more interesting game performances by a pitcher was by F. Conner Smith, a 2010 righty from Lafayette HS in Louisiana. After starting out in the low-80s, he really put it together in his third inning of work. He reached 87 in his final inning and also flashed a potential plus changeup in the inning, one that was clocked at 78. He also threw a couple curves in the high-60s, and he has the makings of a solid pitch mix. At 6’2”/200, there’s not a whole lot of projection there, but the scouts that watched his third inning performance kind of looked at each other wondering why Smith couldn’t bring out that stuff earlier. He’s a name to watch between now and next June, and he hasn’t signed a scholarship offer yet.

-The only other pitcher I want to talk about is 2010 righty Christo Jones from Rutherford HS in Florida. He had good raw velocity, reaching 88 in game action, which was one of the better numbers from the day. However, his fastball caught too much of the plate most of the time, making him quite hittable. He’s got good pro size at 6’4”/225, but he’s almost maxed out physically, and his curve was a soft pitch with 45 future potential. He’s a name to watch, but I doubt he ends up with any real draft interest.

I saw tons of players on the day, so if you have a question about ones you know were there, just post it in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Scouting Trip | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

2010 Draft Order – Updated Thru September 13

Here’s the updated 2010 draft order through games played August 23. Included are the compensation picks for the Rangers not signing Matt Purke and the Rays not signing LeVon Washington. Not included are any future compensation picks for Type A free agents signed. Here’s the raw 2010 draft order:

1. Washington Nationals (50-93)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-86)
3. Kansas City Royals (57-86)
4. Baltimore Orioles (58-84)
5. Cleveland Indians (61-81)
6. Arizona Diamondbacks (62-82)
7. New York Mets (63-81)
8. Cincinnati Reds (64-79)
9. Oakland Athletics (64-78)
10. San Diego Padres (65-79)
11. Toronto Blue Jays (65-78)
12. Milwaukee Brewers (69-73)
13. Houston Astros (70-73)
14. Chicago White Sox (71-73)
15. Texas Rangers (compensation for unsigned ‘09 pick Matt Purke)
16. Minnesota Twins (71-72)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (72-71)
18. Seattle Mariners (74-70)
19. Chicago Cubs (73-68)
20. Atlanta Braves (75-68)
21. Florida Marlins (76-67)
22. Detroit Tigers (76-66)
23. San Francisco Giants (77-66)
24. Texas Rangers (80-62)
25. Colorado Rockies (82-62)
26. Philadelphia Phillies (82-60)
27. St. Louis Cardinals (84-60)
28. Los Angeles Dodgers (85-59)
29. Boston Red Sox (84-58)
30. Los Angeles Angels (86-56)
31. Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for unsigned ‘09 pick LeVon Washington)
32. New York Yankees (92-52)

September 14, 2009 Posted by | 2010 Draft Order | Leave a comment

Scouting Tomorrow

I’ll be at the East Cobb complex tomorrow taking in Perfect Game’s Southeast Top Prospect Showcase and Southeast Underclass Showcase. Some interesting names for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 drafts will be there, and I’ll be reporting back what I’ve seen. I might have some video, too, and pictures will be taken. Not a lot of huge names there, but it’s a good start for the fall scouting season for me.

As for the upcoming schedule, I must apologize for not keeping you up-to-date. My personal schedule’s been hectic to say the least for the last three plus weeks, and it’s been hard enough to spend time watching baseball much less preparing in-depth analyses. I assure you I’m still working on the draft reviews, and the Tigers’ one will be out soon. Interviews are also forthcoming.

In other news, I’m really gearing up for the 2010 draft at the moment, and I’ll be posting more coverage on that than I have been lately. I’m currently planning out my Spring schedule for scouting, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve lined up my schedule to see a number of intriguing matchups (assuming guys stay healthy). I’ll probably see Georgia standout Justin Grimm matching up multiple times, and I’ll probably catch him pitching against names like Auburn’s Hunter Morris and Tennessee’s Blake Forsythe, while Drew Pomeranz, Sam Dyson, Bryan Morgado, and James Paxton pitch on the other side. Great start to my early scheduling.

I’m planning on catching fall practices and games, too, so stay tuned. I’m going to be seeing Derek Dietrich, Deck McGuire, and Kevin Jacob of Georgia Tech very shortly, so check back for details. Andrew Toles, a 2010 prep outfielder from Georgia who is committed to Tennessee, is my big target for tomorrow, and I’ll give you more interesting names when I return. The 2011 and 2012 draft talent is more intriguing to me for tomorrow’s events, so I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Thanks for sticking around.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Scouting Trip | Leave a comment

2010 Draft Order – Updated Thru September 6

Here’s the updated 2010 draft order through games played August 23. Included are the compensation picks for the Rangers not signing Matt Purke and the Rays not signing LeVon Washington. Not included are any future compensation picks for Type A free agents signed. Here’s the raw 2010 draft order:

1. Washington Nationals (47-90)
2. Kansas City Royals (51-85)
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (54-81)
4. Baltimore Orioles (56-81)
5. Cleveland Indians (60-76)
6. San Diego Padres (61-77)
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (61-77)
8. Oakland Athletics (61-76)
9. Toronto Blue Jays (61-75)
10. New York Mets (62-75)
11. Cincinnati Reds (63-73)
12. Houston Astros (66-70)
13. Milwaukee Brewers (66-70)
14. Chicago White Sox (68-70)
15. Texas Rangers (compensation for unsigned ‘09 pick Matt Purke)
16. Minnesota Twins (68-68)
17. Chicago Cubs (68-67)
18. Atlanta Braves (70-67)
19. Seattle Mariners (72-66)
20. Florida Marlins (72-65)
21. Tampa Bay Rays (72-64)
22. San Francisco Giants (75-62)
23. Detroit Tigers (75-61)
24. Texas Rangers (76-60)
25. Colorado Rockies (77-60)
26. Philadelphia Phillies (77-57)
27. Boston Red Sox (79-57)
28. Los Angeles Dodgers (81-57)
29. St. Louis Cardinals (81-57)
30. Los Angeles Angels (81-54)
31. Tampa Bay Rays (compensation for unsigned ‘09 pick LeVon Washington)
32. New York Yankees (87-50)

September 7, 2009 Posted by | 2010 Draft Order | 2 Comments