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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

($) 2014 Perfect Game MLB Draft Preview Content - Baseball Prospectus

I don’t usually link to content behind the pay wall. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed David Rawnsley work over the years and appreciate his take on the draft, especially the top five picks.

1. HOUSTON ASTROS ($7,922,100)

BRADY AIKEN - LHP - Cathedral Catholic (Calif.) HS
This is the Astros’ third consecutive try to map out a top of the draft strategy. Their 2012 strategy looks to be an “A” effort, with their 2013 strategy, on very early impressions, less so. I would expect the Astros to look for under slot potential and play different players off one another for their two additional picks in the top 42. That works best with a quality high school talent that is not a Scott Boras client.

2. MIAMI MARLINS ($6,821,800)

ALEX JACKSON - C/OF - Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) HS
The Marlins aren’t tied to any drafting strategy except the best high-ceiling athlete available. Alex Jackson has been getting intensive attention from the Astros recently and from other teams drafting in the top five as well. The future position doesn’t matter if the bat is impactful as it’s believed to be.

3. CHICAGO WHITE SOX ($5,721,500)

TYLER KOLEK - RHP - Shepherd (Texas) HS
The White Sox have entered a new era where high-ceiling high school players take a more prominent spot on their draft board. Tyler Kolek may be creating second thoughts among some teams, but part of the reason for that is that he is such a unique talent. Really, how many 6-foot-5, 250-pound high school pitchers come along regularly touching triple digits?

4. CHICAGO CUBS ($4,621,200)

The Cubs are in the organizational mindset to swing for the fences as their fan base starts to get restless. At the beginning of the year they probably weren’t thinking too hard and long about Carlos Rodon but it is certainly a potential reality now. In the back of their heads they have to be thinking about the potential correlation between Rodon now and Mark Appel after his junior year at Stanford, though.

5. MINNESOTA TWINS ($3,851,000)

NICK GORDON - SS - Olympia (Fla.) HS
The Twins are showing plenty of patience in building their prospect base with young high ceiling players such as Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Kohl Stewart. A college pitcher such as a Aaron Nola or Kyle Freeland could mix right in age-wise with that core, but the Twins already have a good thing going for the future and should stay on track.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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