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No sense in offering much analysis, as day three featured rounds 31-50, made up predominantly of unsignables, lottery long shots, and nepotism selections. Nevertheless, for the curious, the complete list of players selected on Wednesday can be found at the MLB Tracker. In addition, Baseball America's John Manuel chimes in with a little bit of commentary on rounds 31-36 on the BA draft blog.
Day one has the glory. Day one has the top players in the nation disappearing from the board. Day two is a lot more low-key, which was made readily apparent for newcomers when the picks were made by team representatives over a conference call broadcast to the internet. With no TV and no Bryce Harpers, only the hardiest of prospect hounds pay close attention after the first day passes. One can only imagine who's going to stick it out for day three.
Still, while day two is a different animal, there's still a lot of talent that gets taken, especially towards the front. Some guys have physical question marks. Some guys are really raw. Some guys have signability concerns that cause them to fall well below where their ability would place them. Day two is a time for taking more risks and finding some sleepers, and just because there's less attention doesn't mean it isn't still interesting.
For a list of all picks made, you should check out the MLB Draft Tracker, which includes information on many of the guys selected. Alternatively, you can check out Baseball America's draft day database, which some might find loads faster.
For further coverage, active comment threads, and some team draft reviews, go to Andy Seiler's MLB Bonus Baby.
For more thorough coverage on a round-by-round basis, you'll want to visit Baseball America's draft blog, run by John Manuel and Conor Glassey. Jason Churchill also chimes in with his favorite later-round steals over at ESPN.
I, personally, have little to add, as I'm not draft expert, but I give the links above my full endorsement, and once things are through we'll have John Sickels and Andy Seiler drop by to give their final reviews of the draft on a team-by-team basis. This thing is exhausting and complicated, but fortunately we've got some brains who know what's going on.
Written by Minor League Ball’s John Sickels.
Judging the first day of a draft with a simple “up/down” dichotomy can be misleading. Last year, for example, it looked strange for the Pirates to draft Tony Sanchez, but they turned around and used the money saved to pick higher-upside players in later rounds. With that in mind, here is my thumbnail take on the first day of the draft.
Arizona – Down
I like Loux as a prospect, but he has some injury risk and there were both safer and higher upside arms available at number six overall.
Atlanta – Tentative Up
Lipka in the supplemental round has considerable upside, especially if he can remain at shortstop. If he moves to second base or outfield, this might not look so hot down the road.
Baltimore – Up
Machado is an excellent choice in all respects.
Boston – Up
Vitek and Brentz have two of the best bats available in a weak hitting class. Ranaudo in the supplemental round could be an outstanding pick if he returns to full health. Red Sox fans should be happy.
Chicago Cubs – Down
Simpson was a pre-draft sleeper, but no one expected him to go this early. The Cubs must have been totally convinced that he’s legit, and VERY certain that he was coming off the board before they picked again.
Chicago White Sox – Up
Some doubt Sale’s unconventional arm slot and worry about injury, but any time you get a consensus top five talent at thirteen, you grab him.
Cincinnati – Up
Grandal’s combination of strong defense and greatly improved hitting makes him a very attractive pick.
Cleveland – Up
Pomeranz needs a bit of refinement, but he had the best lefty power arm available in my view.
Colorado – Up
Both Parker and Tago have risk factors, but the upside is very high and overall I like the combination.
Detroit – Up
The Tigers will have to pay early-slot money for Castellanos, while Ruffin provides another polished relief arm that should move quickly, a Tigers theme in recent drafts.
Florida – Down
Yelich has impressive pure hitting skills, but his power is questionable and there were bigger impact bats available here.
Houston – Tentative Up
DeShields has great tools, Foltynewicz has a fresh Midwest arm with huge upside, and Kvasnicka has a promising bat but an uncertain position.
Kansas City –Tentative Up
Colon fills an organizational need and should move quickly. If the Royals take money possibly saved here and apply to later rounds, move this to “up.”
Los Angeles Angels – Tentative Up
Very tools-heavy here with multiple picks, but I think a college player mixed in would have balanced risk without harming upside if it was the right player. This draft is bold though, and very boom-or-bust.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Down
Unless they have a pre-draft deal in place, picking the probably-unsignable Lee is a huge gamble financially and otherwise, with a good chance that they will have to recycle this pick next year. That may not be a bad thing, though, depending on what they do in later rounds and what the draft class is like in ’11.
Covey’s stock was dropping pre-draft, but the Brewers clearly believe he’ll be fine with a few mechanical tweaks. There’s some risk, but I think it was worth it.
Minnesota – Up
Wimmers fits the Minnesota mold. He’s low risk, but he has very good stuff and is similar to Scott Baker at the same stage. He is not a finesse pitcher.
New York Mets – Down
Harvey has a great arm, but mechanical issues and control problems make him a poor risk at seven overall.
New York Yankees – Down
Culver’s home-state ties and toolsy nature attracted the Yankees, but he would most likely have been available in later rounds. If they use some money saved to make a big splash in later rounds, this could end up being OK, but we’ll have to see.
Oakland – Up
Choice has power, patience, and an underrated tool set in my view. He’s in the right system for a hitter with his style.
Philadelphia – Up
This may be a minority opinion, but I like the pick: if Biddle had gone to high school in Florida or California, he would have ranked higher on a lot of boards.
Pittsburgh – Up
Can’t beat Taillon, who would have been the definite number one guy most years.
St. Louis – Up
Cox is a very polished hitter, while both Blair and Jenkins would have been worthy first round choices. This looks like a great class to me.
San Diego – Up
I love Whitson’s combination of stuff and command.
San Francisco – Down
Brown can fly and has a great glove, but he isn’t likely to help the Giants much in the OBP and power departments.
Seattle – Tentative Down
I like Walker, but he’s quite risky and raw. If they take some saved money and apply to others in later rounds, this could look better.
Tampa Bay – Up
Three highly-impressive high school bats load up the lower levels of the system quite nicely.
Texas – Tentative Up
Skole was shooting up draft boards and Deglan is very advanced for a Canadian high schooler. Jackson and Olt are more speculative, and might have been available in later rounds. I will reserve final judgment until we see the rest of the class.
Toronto – Up
Very pitching heavy, with a nice mixture, two college arms (McGuire, Wojciechowski) who should move fast and two high schoolers (Sanchez, Syndergaard) who will need more time but have great upside. Extra letters for uniform names might be a budget hassle.
Washington – Up
Harper was the obvious choice, and should make the draft class for the Nationals by himself.
OK, so they aren’t exactly “grades,” but Andy Seiler at MLB Bonus Baby has given every team a thumbs up or thumbs down based on the picks they made on the first day of the MLB Draft. They are as follows:
Arizona – Down (Barret Loux)
In a crazy draft, the Diamondbacks jumped higher on a pitcher no one expected in Barret Loux, leaving a better college arm in Chris Sale on the board.
Atlanta – Up (Matt Lipka)
They weren’t picking until #35, but they got a premium athlete with big potential in Matt Lipka.
Baltimore – Up (Manny Machado)
It’s hard to go wrong when you pick the best available player on almost everyone’s board, and that’s what they did when they got Manny Machado.
Boston – Up (Kolbrin Vitek, Bryce Brentz, Anthony Ranaudo)
They got three first round candidates with only one first round pick, and all three players had been discussed in the top ten at some point this season.
Chicago Cubs – Down (Hayden Simpson)
You know you’re in trouble when Jim Callis is on tv and isn’t sure enough of your pick’s handedness.
Chicago White Sox – Up (Chris Sale)
The White Sox got a potential top five talent to fall to them at #13, and they were aggressive enough to take him.
Cincinnati – Up (Yasmani Grandal)
The Reds got the best college catcher at a value, and they weren’t afraid to pull the trigger.
Cleveland – Up (Drew Pomeranz)
Drew Pomeranz was being discussed as high as #2 to the Pirates only 3 weeks ago, so this was an excellent pick.
Colorado – Up (Kyle Parker, Peter Tago)
They are seemingly not afraid of paying out high bonuses, as they took a solid two-sport star and a high school pitcher with a serious college commitment.
Detroit – Up (Nick Castellanos, Chance Ruffin)
They got a potential top 15 pick in the supplemental first round in Castellanos, then followed him up with perhaps the best college reliever available.
Florida – Down (Christian Yelich)
Yelich was considered the top high school first baseman available, but without premium raw power and a position switch, it’s going to be interesting.
Houston – Up (Delino DeShields, Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Kvasnicka)
Though I’m not as high on their first pick in DeShields, they added depth and balance, with a high school bat, arm, and a college bat.
Kansas City – Down (Christian Colon)
I’d give a thumbs sideways on this one, as I know there’s more spending to come from this club that wanted monetary value in this slot.
Los Angeles Angels – Up (Kaleb Cowart, Cam Bedrosian, Chevez Clarke, Taylor Lindsey, Ryan Bolden)
It’s hard to say thumbs down when you have five picks, and they’re all toolsy or strike-throwing.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Up (Zach Lee)
I’m split on this, as they took the best player available, but there are a few whispers that signing him will be impossible and they knew that when it happened, though I don’t think the baseball men want anything other than signing him.
Milwaukee – Down (Dylan Covey)
They were the first significant surprise, and they left a lot of talent on the board to pick a relatively safe high school arm.
Minnesota – Up (Alex Wimmers)
They had Wimmers as their target coming into the day, and they got him.
New York Mets – Down (Matt Harvey)
I’m not a Harvey fan personally, and they passed up a number of arms I rated more highly.
New York Yankees – Down (Cito Culver)
Everyone thought the Yankees would pay out big money, but they went with an in-state unknown that projected to go as many as 3 rounds later.
Oakland – Up (Michael Choice)
They got someone being discussed as high as #5, and he was arguably the best player on the board.
Philadelphia – Down (Jesse Biddle)
Going for a local kid is always a good idea, but when there are a few better names available by a significant margin, you have to leave him on the board.
Pittsburgh – Up (Jameson Taillon)
There was a clear number two behind Bryce Harper, and the Pirates got him.
St. Louis – Up (Zack Cox, Seth Blair, Tyrell Jenkins)
They got a steal in Cox, then added two names being discussed at the end of the first round.
San Diego – Up (Karsten Whitson)
Whitson was recovering value, and he was easily the best prep arm behind Taillon.
San Francisco – Down (Gary Brown)
Brown offers speed and defense, but there were better bats available.
Seattle – Down (Taijuan Walker)
They had a few better arms on the board, but went with the project who will take a long time to mature.
Tampa Bay – Up (Josh Sale, Justin O’Conner, Drew Vettleson)
Best draft of any team so far.
Texas – Down (Jake Skole, Kellin Deglan, Luke Jackson, Mike Olt)
Wasn’t a big fan of their early picks, as they’re either too projection-oriented or lacking in secondary tools.
Toronto – Up (Deck McGuire, Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Asher Wojciechowski)
They got a steal in McGuire, then filled in with three solid arms with upside.
Washington – Up (Bryce Harper)
They only had one pick, and they nailed it.
Head to MLB Bonus Baby for continuing coverage of the MLB Draft.
If the player capsules listed for picks 1-32 weren't enough, or if you're looking for player capsules for picks 33-50, then you're in luck!
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Meanwhile, Fangraphs also has capsules for some interesting players that weren't taken on day one, for your perusal.
CollegeSplits.com has statistical information and splits for the collegiate guys selected on Monday, presented in a user-friendly layout.
Keith Law over at ESPN picks his winners and losers, taking special care to identify St. Louis as a lucky winner and selecting the Cubs and Dodgers as losers for a reach and an unsignable pick, respectively. Law also includes his summary of the best players still available, naming Austin Wilson, Kris Bryant, Austin Wates, James Paxton, Brandon Workman, AJ Cole, and Stetson Allie.
Finally, I'd just like to say that, were I not rushing to write something up about every selection, that would've been a really unwatchable four hours of TV. Although I suppose I should've expected that from the start, when both Harold Reynolds and John Hart said - on camera - on the record - that they would've taken somebody else instead of Bryce Harper at #1 overall. A clear instance of analysts chosen not for the wisdom they have to offer, but for their name value and experience on camera.
The guys at the MLB Network booth seemed to like every single pick, the interviews were poorly prepared and uninformative, and though it was refreshing to see the lighter side of Bud Selig every so often, he's not the funniest individual I've ever watched. Hands down the highlight of the afternoon was watching Blue Jays representative Roberto Alomar try to pronounce Asher Wojciechowski.
The next two days will span another 49 rounds, made up of players far less famous than the ones selected today. As such, it's the first round that generally commands most of the attention. However, while less is known about the guys yet to be picked, they very often end up being the players who make or break a team's draft, as the first round can only get you so much. Rounds 2-50 are the rounds that scouting directors really love, and I think I speak for everyone when I say I'm glad they love them so much that they go by too fast to be on TV.
Astros select Michael Kvasnicka, 3B, Minnesota.
Blue Jays select Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Barstow HS (CA).
Braves select Matt Lipka, SS, McKinney HS (TX).
Red Sox select Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State.
Angels select Taylor Lindsey, SS, Desert Mountain HS (AZ).
Blue Jays select Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Legacy HS (TX).
Red Sox select Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU.
Angels select Ryan Bolden, OF, Madison Central HS (MS).
Blue Jays select Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel.
Rays select Drew Vettleson, OF, Central Kitsap HS (WA).
Mariners select Taijuan Walker, RHP, Yucaipa HS (CA).
Tigers select Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL).
Rangers select Luke Jackson, RHP, Calvary Christian Academy (FL).
Cardinals select Seth Blair, RHP, ASU.
Rockies select Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills HS (CA).
Tigers select Chance Ruffin, RHP, Texas.
Rangers select Mike Olt, 3B, Connecticut.
Cardinals select Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Henderson HS (TX).
So concludes the first day of the 2010 draft. Day two will begin Tuesday morning at 9am, and it will be conducted via conference call.
With the 32nd overall pick, and the last pick of the first round, the Yankees have selected:
Cito Culver, SS, Irondequoit HS (NY)
Culver's a regional pick, and he's a toolsy pick, but it's a bad sign that several people have questioned his effort level and commitment. He is a switch hitter with solid bat speed and developing gap power. He's also quick on his feet, although there's talk that he could move to second or center field. Committed to Maryland, he'll need some convincing to turn to baseball right now, but the Yankees, more than anyone, can afford it.
Read more at Pinstripe Alley.
With the 31st overall pick, the Rays have selected:
Justin O'Conner, C, Cowan HS (IN)
It was only when O'Conner moved behind the plate that his stock took off. Last year, he won a home run derby, showing that he has a good amount of power, and he's also able to hit for average. Meanwhile, in the field, his adjustment to catching has been remarkably smooth, as he has a good arm, he's quick to his feet, and he moves around well. If O'Conner's power translates to wood bats, he could blossom into a star. If it doesn't, and he ends up a line drive guy, he could still be a quality regular.
Read more at DRays Bay.
With the 30th overall pick, the Angels have selected:
Chevez Clarke, OF, Marietta HS (GA)
The Angels' third Georgia pick of the day, Clarke is a suitcase full of tools, but he's very, very raw. Though he's athletic with plus power, his routes in the outfield need work, and he's both undisciplined and inconsistent at the plate. He's a project, really - there's no better way to put it. Classic high upside/high risk kind of package, and in three years, Clarke could either be one of the better prospects in the game, or he could still be stuck in A-ball.
Read more at Halos Heaven.
With the 29th overall pick, the Angels have selected:
Cam Bedrosian, RHP, East Coweta HS (GA)
With the first of back-to-back picks, the Angels take Steve Bedrosian's little kid. Cam works off of a mid-90s fastball and a pretty sharp curve, seldom going to either his slider or his change. The curve gives him a weapon against hitters on both sides. He's not very big and, as such, he's not very projectable, but what many seem to think could work wonders for Cam's career is a move to the bullpen, where he could put a little more oomph behind his top two offerings and turn into a short-inning power arm.
Read more at Halos Heaven.
With the 28th overall pick, the Dodgers have selected:
Zach Lee, RHP, McKinney HS (TX)
Lee is a quarterback who's committed to LSU to play both football and baseball, and as such there are those same signability issues here. Especially for the Dodgers, who, needless to say, have some financial concerns. The talent, at least, is terrific, as Lee offers a putaway change, a promising fastball, and a slider. If the Dodgers can convince Lee to commit himself to baseball, then he can go a long, long way as he works on his body and his mechanics. If they can't, then people will look back on this selection and wonder if the Dodgers knew what they were doing.
Read more at True Blue LA.
With the 27th overall pick, the Phillies have selected:
Jesse Biddle, LHP, Germantown HS (PA)
The local lefty is very tall, standing at 6'6, but he's not yet practiced in the art of controlling it, as his mechanics are rather predictably inconsistent. He's shown the ability to ramp it up to 93 and 94, and he could still push that up another notch or two as he develops his body. Needs work on filling out the rest of his repertoire. He's flashed a change, and he has a big, slow curve, but Biddle could stand to take each of those to the next level. Lots of upside here. It just won't come without blood, sweat, and tears.
Read more at The Good Phight.
With the 26th overall pick, the Rockies have selected:
Kyle Parker, OF, Clemson
Parker has a lot of signability concerns, as he doubles as Clemson's starting quarterback and still has a few years of eligibility remaining. He also struggled mightily a year ago, batting just .255. He took a major step forward this past season, though, batting .358 with 19 home runs. His primary tool is his power. He obviously has the arm to play the outfield, but his route-running is about as raw as you'd expect. There's clear upside here, but also a lot of bust potential.
Read more at Purple Row.
With the 25th overall pick, the Cardinals have selected:
Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas
Cox is very, very polished for a sophomore, with a short, quick swing that he uses to line the ball to all fields. He has both a good eye and good plate coverage, and he's shown the ability to hit for power, albeit not consistently. In the field, he probably tops out at average. There's not a lot of work left to do on his bat, and he could prove to be a quick study for St. Louis, who has to be thrilled to get this kind of offense so late in the round.
Read more at Viva El Birdos.
With the 24th overall pick, the Giants have selected:
Gary Brown, CF, Cal State Fullerton
Gary Brown, in a top program, batted .438 with 31 stolen bases. He's as fast as it gets, and though he swings at everything and seldom draws a walk, he also very rarely strikes out as he's good at making contact. Very predictable offensive ceiling. which makes the defense key. If he can be above-average in center, his managers will love him. Be wary of the Juan Pierre outcome.
Read more at McCovey Chronicles.
With the 23rd overall pick, the Marlins have selected:
Christian Yelich, OF, Westlake HS (CA)
A lot of people think Yelich is going to end up at first base long-term, but the Marlins drafted him to play the outfield, as he runs pretty well. He doesn't hit for a lot of power, and he's unlikely to ever be known as a slugger, as he's drawn comparisons to James Loney and Casey Kotchman. The key, then, will be to make consistent contact and know which pitches to lay off. There's an outside chance that Yelich ends up in center, which would boost his profile. As is, he's a low-ceiling player with a peak around or slightly above league-average.
Read more at Fish Stripes.
With the 22nd overall pick, the Rangers have selected:
Kellin Deglan, C, Langley HS (British Columbia)
Deglan has a lot of promising tools, with a strong arm, good balance, good patience, and a beautiful swing. He was easily the top high schooler out of Canada. Like all teenage backstops, Deglan has a lot of work to do, but unlike all teenage backstops, there is a good likelihood that Deglan's able to stick behind the plate long-term. He's a ways off, but he has the ability.
Read more at Lone Star Ball.
With the 21st overall pick, the Twins have selected:
Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
It doesn't get much more 'Twins' than Wimmers. Wimmers is a safe selection, a polished arm with an 88-91 fastball, a slow curve, and a change, all three of which he uses to throw for a bunch of strikes. Says Keith Law:
Wimmers is the closest thing to a Mike Leake this draft class has.
Wimmers could arrive fairly quickly and fit right in. A great match, and a thoroughly unsurprising one.
Read more at Twinkie Town.
With the 20th overall pick, the Red Sox have selected:
Kolbrin Vitek, 2B/OF, Ball State
Vitek is a line drive bat who lacks any exceptional qualities. He isn't really terrific at anything. He is, however, solid across the board, and stands a chance of getting bigger and adding more power down the road. Of course, if he gets too big, he could sacrifice his ability to move. As long as Vitek is able to hit for average, he'll rise. Where he ends up playing will be the big question.
Read more at Over The Monster.
With the 19th overall pick, the Astros have selected:
Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Minooka HS (IL)
Folty is regarded as the best high school arm in his region, as his stock has exploded over the past calendar year. He hangs out in the low-90s with his fastball and has a lot of confidence in his changeup and curveball, which is more loopy than biting. Throws well with a smooth motion. He's a safe pick as far as high schoolers are concerned, and while his ceiling isn't sky high, it's moderate.
Read more at The Crawfish Boxes.
With the 18th overall pick, the Angels have selected:
Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Cook County HS (GA)
Cowart both pitched and played infield, but the Angels drafted him as a third baseman as he wants to play every day. That's a surprise, as the majority of scouts figured he'd be taken as an arm, but I suppose that could very well lie down the road if the 3B thing doesn't work out. Either way, Cowart's a project. As a hitter, he has power and hits better from the right side than the left. In the field, he can move around, and he obviously has a strong arm. His days as a shortstop are over, but if the Angels can get him signed, they'll hope they can finally get a power-hitting 3B in their system to develop.
Read more at Halos Heaven.
With the 17th overall pick, the Rays have selected:
Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet HS (WA)
And now we're back on track, as Sale was projected to go around here. Sale is a very powerful teenager, which is both his blessing and his curse, as he draws his power from a big body with limited long-term defensive potential. If he improves his ability to make contact, he could mash. Corner guy who could slug .500 or even .550 in his prime. As strong a high school bat as there is.
Read more at DRays Bay.
With the 16th overall pick, the Cubs have selected:
Hayden Simpson, RHP, Southern Arkansas University
Simpson was a D-II pitcher, making him a lot lower-profile. A very big surprise, as he wasn't on anybody's first round radar coming into the day, but the Cubs probably wouldn't have made this pick if they believed they could be more patient. Simpson dominated his level, and showed himself capable of working in the mid-90s. He also spins off a curveball, but there's some belief he's a bullpen guy long-term. Just not a whole lot known about this pick, which makes his placement at 16 a shock.
Read more at Bleed Cubbie Blue.
With the 15th overall pick, the Rangers have selected:
Jake Skole, OF, Blessed Trinity High School (GA)
Here's a surprise. One figured the Rangers would look for someone signable, but Skole has committed to Georgia Tech to play both football and baseball, so he could be a challenge. He is very athletic, and the popular comparisons are Grady Sizemore and Johnny Damon, but there's a lot of development in his future, and his swing is a little awkward and front-heavy.
Read more at Lone Star Ball.
With the 14th overall pick, the Brewers have selected:
Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS (CA)
Covey might be about as safe and close as it gets with high school arms. His stuff isn't overpowering, but he does sit in the low- to mid-90s with his heat, and he throws four pitches of varying potential and consistency. Better mechanics than most anyone his age.
Read more at Brew Crew Ball.
With the 13th overall pick, the White Sox have selected:
Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
Chris Sale struck out 146 batters in 103 innings, with 14 walks. He didn't face much competition, but those numbers are insane. Sale's a controversial guy, as he doesn't have a great breaking ball and he has a very low arm slot for a lefty, but with his 6'6 body, 90+ fastball, and effective change, he's going to get every opportunity to prove himself in the starting rotation. Skeptics think he'll end up in the bullpen, where he could be dominant against lefties, but only time will tell. The White Sox are happy to have a project this talented on their hands.
Read more at South Side Sox.
With the 12th overall pick, the Reds have selected:
Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami
Grandal was getting a lot of attention from the Royals, but he fell for signability concerns, as he's looking for a good amount of money. Still, he might deserve it, as he's arguably the top collegiate position player in the country. He slugged .730, he rarely struck out, and he's a solid defensive backstop with a strong arm and with the intelligence to call his own games. He's a switch hitter, but that may not stick long-term. As a future catcher, he needs less bat than the average player to be an impact regular, and Grandal has the tools.
Read more at Red Reporter.
With the 11th overall pick, the Blue Jays have selected:
Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
Very tall, with solid location and a fastball in the low-90s. McGuire isn't a high-ceiling guy, but with an accurate fastball, a trustworthy change, and a curve without much movement but that he can throw for strikes, McGuire has a full arsenal that allows him to pitch to both lefties and righties. He could arrive pretty fast, barring any unforeseen setbacks, even if he won't be a star.
Read more at Bluebird Banter.
With the tenth overall pick, the A's have selected:
Michael Choice, CF, UT-Arlington
Choice is a powerful guy with some swing mechanics that could use smoothing out. Good speed and a strong arm round out the skillset, but he has a big body that probably isn't going to play in the middle long-term. Power is the key, here. If Choice develops, he'll be a middle-of-the-order bat with power and strikeouts from a corner position. Good ceiling with some bust potential.
Read more at Athletics Nation.
With the ninth overall pick, the Padres have selected:
Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL)
Whitson is obviously one of the top high school arms in the country, and though Taillon might have more power, Whitson comes with more movement and command. And it's not like Whitson's velocity is subpar anyway, as he can get it into the mid-90s. At 6'4, he also has the potential to add more as he develops. His slider's already good, and his changeup is nearly there. The Padres have to be happy to add a high-ceiling arm to their system.
Read more at Gaslamp Ball.
With the eighth overall pick, the Astros have selected:
Delino DeShields Jr., CF, Woodward Academy (GA)
As you can imagine, given the name, Delino's athletic. He might be the fastest runner in the draft, and with his range, he's a good bet to stick in center for a good long time. The problem? He's 5'8, and his offensive upside is limited. He's probably never going to hit for much power, which puts pressure on him to continue developing his contact and eye. Without the power, he'll be hard-pressed to become a star, but the tools are there for him to turn into a very good regular.
Read more at The Crawfish Boxes.
And with the seventh overall pick, the Mets have selected:
Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina
Says Peter Gammons: in the last pitch of a 156-pitch start, Harvey registered 95mph. Harvey's known for his fastball, which gives him a pretty high ceiling, but he also works with a solid changeup in the low-80s, making him more than just a fireballer. His curve does need a lot of work. At the moment, he doesn't possess a consistent breaking ball, which makes one wonder whether his future is in the rotation. He has a shot, though, and from here on out it's in the hands of the Mets' coaching staff.
Read more at Amazin' Avenue.
With the sixth overall pick, the Diamondbacks have selected:
Barret Loux, RHP, Texas A&M
The DBacks were expected to look elsewhere, so this is a bit of a surprise, but Loux did manage a 2.60 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 104 innings this past season. The drawback is that he doesn't have incredible stuff, preferring instead to change speeds and throw strikes. His fastball hovers in the low-90s, and his changeup is pretty good, but his breaking balls need a good bit of work. Loux doesn't look like an ace in the making. More likely, he winds up a #3 or #4, with the bullpen being a possibility.
Read more at AZ Snakepit.
With the fifth pick, the Indians have selected:
Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi
Pomeranz's stock has risen lately, and he has a promising skillset, with a solid low-90s fastball and a sharp biting curve. There's not a lot said about a third pitch, as Pomeranz hasn't really needed a changeup in college, but the curve is a pitch that plays well to lefties and righties alike, reducing concerns about a wide future platoon split. A better changeup would still be a good development, though, and Pomeranz may never be known for his pinpoint command.
Read more at Let's Go Tribe.
And fourth overall, the Royals have selected:
Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton
The Royals were talking about Yasmani Grandal, and then there were rumors that they'd take Chris Sale, but they wound up settling on Colon, whose name came up late. Colon's been a prospect for years, and though his stock has gone up and down, lately he's shown promise in the field at short despite underwhelming foot speed. At the plate, he's more of a line drive guy than a power guy. Lower ceiling but higher probability pick.
Read more at Royals Review.
And with the third pick of the draft, the Orioles have selected:
Manny Machado, SS, Brito Miami Private School (FL)
Machado has so many tools that Harold Reynolds said he would've taken him first overall. He gets the standard comparisons to Alex Rodriguez, and though that obviously sets quite the high bar, he has a very good swing that portends future power development. Machado is tall, which is a concern that he could outgrow short. However, that's no guarantee, and he has good hands and promising (albeit limited) agility. The Orioles should just plug him into the Majors tomorrow.
Read more at Camden Chat.
And second overall, the Pirates have selected:
Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)
Taillon, at a young age, has shown the ability to ramp the ball up into the high-90s, and also possesses a very solid slider. He's more advanced than the overwhelming majority of high school arms, and while his changeup isn't yet where he'd like it to be, he has plenty of time to develop. There are, naturally, some mechanical kinks for him to work out, but the Pirates have found themselves a prize.
Read more over at Bucs Dugout.
And the least surprising decision of the draft (no matter what Harold Reynolds and John Hart might say) is the first one, as the Nationals have officially selected:
Bryce Harper, OF, College of Southern Nevada
We'll worry about Harper's salary demands and position switch another time. For now, all that needs to be said is that the Nationals picked up the most talented player available in the country. Harper hit .442 and slugged .986 this season, and his is a bat with the potential to make history. There was never any way the Nats would pass him up.
Very interestingly, Bud Selig announced Harper as an outfielder.
Read more over at Federal Baseball.
Harper, Taillon, and Machado are locked into place. #4 is split between Grandal and Sale. The belief seems to be that, if the Royals go ahead and take Sale, then the Indians will follow up by selecting Mississippi southpaw Drew Pomeranz at #5.
After that is when things get iffy. Stay tuned, as we're less than 40 minutes away.
ESPN's Keith Law just posted the final update of his mock draft, and there's something interesting happening there at #4:
UPDATE: Hearing the Royals will be taking Chris Sale.
There was talk that Grandal and the Royals had been working out a pre-draft deal, but there's no fire beneath the smoke, and now it's looking like KC will choose to opt for the pick they feel they're more likely to sign. Consider this the strongest indication yet that Grandal will fall.
At #1, of course, the Nationals are poised to select Bryce Harper. The only surprising bit is that the team apparently intends to move him away from behind the plate and into the outfield, but then, catching is dangerous and can wreak havoc on a guy's timetable. Harper is known for his bat, and that is the tool the Nationals want to maximize.
At #2, the Pirates are choosing between high school shortstop Manny Machado and high school pitcher Jameson Taillon. Taillon is the top pitcher in the class and is said to already have three plus pitches, while Machado entered the year as the nation's best high school player and has done nothing to diminish his stock. Most seem to believe the Pirates will go with Taillon.
At #3, the Orioles are going to go with whichever of Taillon and Machado the Pirates don't select.
And at #4, the Royals are leaning towards powerful Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, but there are concerns about how much money he's going to want, and if the team and Grandal's reps can't agree to reasonable demands, the Royals will probably skip the drama and go with Florida Gulf Coast University southpaw Chris Sale, who's known more for his poise and command than for overpowering stuff, and who won't cost as much.
As noted, the actual draft kicks off at 7pm ET Monday night, but you don't have to wait until 7 for video coverage. MLB.com is running a draft preview show right now, and MLB Network will have a preview beginning at 6pm.
MLB Network will then televise the draft, live, at 7. There will be five minutes between each pick in the first round, spanning 32 selections. Once the compensatory round begins, there will be one minute between each pick, through pick 50. Day one will only include the first and compensatory rounds. Rounds 2-50 will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will be broadcast exclusively on MLB.com.
We, of course, are part of a giant network of blogs, and all of the baseball sites will have coverage of the draft. I can't link all of them, but I can link Minor League Ball and MLB Bonus Baby - sites that specialize in general draft coverage, rather than going at it from the perspective of fans of a team. You'll want to follow along with them for analysis, commentary, speculation, and whatnot. MLB Bonus Baby's Andy Seiler also wrote this piece on the draft's top ten prospects, to bring you up to speed.
And Keith Law mocks the first round at ESPN, although his list is Insider-only.
The 2010 MLB Draft begins at 7pm ET, Monday night, with the first round and the first compensatory round spanning 50 selections. Every team will make at least one pick. Many teams will make more than one pick. The Angels will make five. It's a time for teams to stop worrying about the present for a little while and start worrying about what comes down the road. Though players may not achieve stardom as quickly as they might in other sports, make no mistake - the amateur draft is of vital importance, and a team that can't draft is a team that can't win.
For your convenience, here's a table showing the order of the first 50 picks. It's sortable, so you can see when your favorite team will make its first selection.
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