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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
BP’s first mock draft.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Garrett Whitley, OF, Niskayuna HS (N.Y.): The Diamondbacks haven’t come close to finalizing this decision, as I’ve been told they’re debating names like Dansby Swanson, Dillon Tate, and even Tyler Stephenson. Right now I believe the choice is Whitley though—for a number substantially lower than the $8.6 million dollars the slot comes with, and with three potential 60 tools, it’s not as massive a reach as some might believe.
2. Houston Astros – Dansby Swanson, SS, Vanderbilt: Assuming Swanson doesn’t go at no. 1—and there’s a strong chance he will—this will come down to Swanson vs. Brendan Rodgers. While there’s no doubt that Rodgers has the most upside of the two, Swanson offers more safety as the more likely player to stay at shortstop along with a plus hit tool. Dillon Tate is also a possibility here, but it’s more than likely we see a shortstop go with this pick.
3. Colorado Rockies – Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (Fla.): I haven’t actually heard Rodgers associated with this pick much, but I assume that’s mostly due to the belief that he wouldn’t be available. As the best player in the class, I would be very surprised if he was still on the board after this pick. If he goes before, Tate is the pick. If Tate and Rodgers are gone, they jump on Swanson.
4. Texas Rangers – Dillon Tate, RHP, UC-Santa Barbara: The two names I hear most commonly associated with this selection are Tate and Alex Bregman, and Bregman may actually be in the lead here. At the end of the day, the pitcher with the potential for two 70-plus pitches is the choice, assuming he’s still on the board.
5. Houston Astros – Alex Bregman, 2B, LSU: Yes, Houston has one of the better middle infields in baseball. Yes, the Astros have the best shortstop prospect in baseball already. Yes they took a shortstop three picks earlier. I still think Bregman is the pick if he does get past Texas, as the LSU standout has as high of floor as any player in the class. While it’s a somewhat lazy comp, there is some Dustin Pedroia here, and it’d be a major upset if he wasn’t taken in the top seven.
Posted: May 11, 2015 at 01:48 PM | 8 comment(s)
Friday, May 08, 2015
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
I MOCK this draft! MOCK IT!
1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Dillon Tate, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
Tate was number one last time and he has done nothing to change that. If anything, there is less competition now then there was a month ago. This pick would appear to be down to Tate or Rodgers. There is an outside chance with the Diamondbacks could go off board and decide to try and spread out their large bonus over multiple picks….
2. Houston Astros – Brendan Rodgers, SS, Lake Mary HS (FL)
This draft has a clear top-two. I know a few people will point out the Astros have little need for Rodgers with Correa in the system. It doesn’t work that way with baseball. You always draft the best player available. Besides there are worse things for a team than to have a pair of right-handed shortstops with plus power potential. I have read rumbling the Astros really like Rodgers and would be a lock here….
6. Minnesota Twins – Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG Academy
The Twins have gone for upside early, often targeting high school players. Aiken is not a high school arm but is just a year removed and clearly the top talent on the board. Aiken was always viewed as an arm that should move quickly, and that will minimize the lost year of development this season because of his elbow injury. He would be another all-star ceiling player for what is already one of the deepest minors in all of baseball.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
With the 7th pick in the 2013 draft, the Red Sox selected P Trey Ball. To this point, the pick is questionable. He’s still early in his development, though, so maybe this will work out for them.
Of course, Rikard won’t just be in charge of searching for hidden gems later in the draft. For the second time in three years — but just the third time in nearly half a century, thanks to their dismal 2014 season — the Sox hold one of the top 10 picks (No. 7) in this year’s draft.
“It’s an opportunity that, more than anything, you hope you don’t have too often or ever again as far as picking near the top of the draft,” said Rikard. “But it is an exciting opportunity, and this looks like it will be a pretty good group of players. It should be fun.”
There is weight in that responsibility, a sense that a franchise-changing selection could offer a silver lining to a brutal 2014 season if the Sox find the next Frank Thomas, Clayton Kershaw, or Troy Tulowitzki — a few of the stars who have been taken at No. 7.
Posted: January 13, 2015 at 03:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
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