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Mock Draft: Astros might take Prep pitcher Aiken No. 1 | MLB.com: News

Jim Callis’ latest mock draft. I would think it would be difficult for the Cubs not to take one of the big arms if Jackson goes ahead of them.

1. Astros: Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (San Diego)
Houston likely will choose between the top three pitchers and Jackson, and is believed to prefer the two left-handers. The Astros may save money versus the $7,922,100 assigned pick value to spend later in the Draft but won’t compromise on talent at No. 1.

2. Marlins: Alex Jackson, C/OF, Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego)
Miami is looking at the same players as Houston, with talk that ownership could dictate a Rodon selection. Recent word has senior club officials enamored with Jackson, the best bat and position player available.

3. White Sox: Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State
Chicago almost certainly will take a pitcher, with a preference for college arms and Rodon No. 1 on its list. If Rodon is gone, the White Sox could pass on Aiken and Kolek and opt for Louisiana State right-hander Aaron Nola.

4. Cubs: Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS (Orlando, Fla.)
Though Chicago needs and wants pitching, it could spend a top-10 choice on a position player for the fourth straight year. If Aiken and Rodon aren’t available, there’s a growing sense that the Cubs would pass on Kolek in favor of Gordon or Jackson. A healthy Hoffman would have been the obvious choice here, and if Chicago doesn’t see an obvious fit, it could cut a deal with Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost and save money to spend elsewhere.

5. Twins: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd (Texas) HS
Minnesota may just see which of the top five prospects remains on the board at No. 5. If the Twins go outside that group, it likely would be for a college starter such as left-handers Kyle Freeland (Evansville) or Sean Newcomb (Hartford). If they want a money-saver, the pick could be Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West High outfielder Monte Harrison.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 27, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4713988)
Can't find article on MLB.com, was it pulled?

Callis's blog has link to an older preview and obviously lots of other interesting stuff.

http://jimcallis.mlblogs.com/
   2. madvillain Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4714128)
There is zero chance Chicago drafts Nola. If they do throw everyone a curveball it will be to draft Jackson. In fact, I don't really think they prefer Rodon to the other two HS guys. Chicago can develop pitchers and have had quite a bit of success harnessing guys with raw stuff into successful strike throwers with at least passable off speed offerings. Aiken and Kolek have more than enough raw stuff for Chicago to mold into an ace.
   3. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: May 27, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4714134)
I'm a little surprise the rash of TJ disease hasn't discouraged teams away from pitching.
   4. Swedish Chef Posted: May 27, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4714137)
I'm a little surprise the rash of TJ disease hasn't discouraged teams away from pitching.

It's better to have a young pitcher break down and miss a season than one who earns seven figures.
   5. A triple short of the cycle Posted: May 27, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4714161)
I'm a little surprise the rash of TJ disease hasn't discouraged teams away from pitching.

Or maybe teams think they now will need even more pitching? Quantity perhaps becoming more desirable than quality? It's been the Oakland way - amass enough starters to weather the attrition.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: May 27, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4714176)
I'm a little surprise the rash of TJ disease hasn't discouraged teams away from pitching.


It seems like the rash of TJ disease is at least partially related to the confidence teams have that pitchers will rebound quickly and capably. It seems like they move towards surgery faster than ever.
   7. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:38 PM (#4714228)
There is zero chance Chicago drafts Nola.


Nola's likely to go under slot. That's got to be attractive to Reinsdorf.

-- MWE

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