Tag:MLB Draft
Posted on: February 26, 2009 11:21 am
Edited on: February 26, 2009 12:09 pm

Top 60 prospects for the 2009 mlb draft

You want some baseball info, fine; I’ll give you some baseball info. Here are the top 60 draft eligible baseball prospects for the 2009 amateur draft. As a disclaimer, I made this list by first creating my top 15 high school pitchers, college pitchers, college bats, and high school bats. Then I ranked those 60 prospects. So, this is not a true big board but, it is certainly a good working list. I do not have capsules on individual players but, I have put them into tiers, and analyzed the groups a little, enjoy. As far as the blog is concerned, I am working on some NBA stuff, and creating an Astros spring training power list… more on that later. As always, comments are much appreciated.

Top 60 2009 MLB Draft Prospects

1. Steven Strasburg RHP San Diego State

He’s the consensus top pick in the 2009 draft. He will become one of the top three pitching prospects when he’s drafted.

2. Alex White RHP North Carolina

3. Grant Green SS Southern California

4. Dustin Ackley 1B/OF North Carolina

These are the next three prospects, all coming out of college. They will likely go between picks two and four in the draft, unless one of the two high school lefties goes ahead of them.

5. Matthew Purke LHP HS Texas

6. Donovan Tate OF HS Georgia

7. Kyle Gibson RHP Missouri

8. Tyler Matzek LHP HS California

9. Aaron Crow RHP Missouri/Independent League

Purke and Matzek are the aforementioned lefties both have low 90s fastballs and advanced breaking balls. Tate has a ton of upside as a five-tooler but, has a strong football commitment to North Carolina. Gibson and Crow are the next group of college pitchers. Crow was picked by the Nationals with the ninth pick last year.

10. Andrew Oliver LHP Oklahoma State

11. Kentrail Davis OF Tennessee

12. Shelby Miller RHP HS Texas

13. Jacob Turner RHP HS Georgia

14. Robbie Shields 2B Florida Southern

15. Mychal Givens RHP/SS HS Florida

16. Matt Davidson 3B HS California

A mixed group here but, any of these seven could go tenth after the top nine are drafted. Givens is an interesting player as he has garnered attention as a possible five-tool shortstop or as a pitcher with a 95 mph heater.

17. Mike Minor LHP Vanderbilt

18. Austin Maddox C HS Florida

19. Luke Bailey C Georgia

20. Zach Wheeler RHP HS Georgia

21. Josh Phegley C Indiana

22. Tanner Scheppers RHP Fresno State/Independent League

23. Kendal Volz RHP Baylor

This group is filled with guys with who there are varying opinions. Minor, Maddox, Scheppers, Phegley, and Volz could all go inside the top 12 picks however; they could also slip to the back end of the first round. Bailey and Wheeler are the exceptions to that rule though, and should go between 18, and 23. Wheeler is currently the guy I am looking at for the Astros with the 21<sup>st</sup> pick.

24. Ben Tootle RHP Jacksonville State

25. Jason Stoffel RHP Arizona

26. Ryan Jackson SS Miami

27. Brian Goodwin OF HS North Carolina

28. Max Stassi C HS California

Tootle and Stoffel are the two best pure relievers in the draft while, the latter three are position players who could be chosen ahead of them. Jackson is a defensive specialist who could jump ahead in the draft – like Jermile Weeks last year – Goodwin is the classic five-tool high school outfielder, and Stassi is the fourth elite catcher in the draft. The order of this group all comes down to taste.

29. AJ Pollock 2B/OF Notre Dame

30. Matt Graham RHP HS Texas

31. Keyvius Sampson RHP HS Florida

32. Robert Stock C Southern California

33. Alex Wilson RHP Texas A&M

34. Chris Jenkins RHP HS New Jersey

35. Jake Marisnick OF HS California

The two college position players here (Stock and Pollock) are both rather polarizing. I know I just said there were only four elite catchers BUT, five could go in the first round, and Stock had a very impressive opening weekend. Pollock isn’t gifted with an abundance of tools but, he has excellent discipline at the plate, has speed, and most importantly delivers. I like him. The high school pitchers are all high upside guys, Sampson could go in the first twenty though, while the others will have to wait till the back end of the first or even supplemental round. Wilson plays for the best college team in the nation, and had a very good opening weekend, like Stock, he is a safe pick.

36. Ryan Wheeler 1B/3B Layola Marymount

37. Ryan Ortiz C/1B Oregon State

38. Daniel Webb RHP Northwest Florida State CC

Nothing too special about this group, if one of them does rise into the first round it may be Webb, who was considered a first round talent last season but, dropped deep into the draft, and went to junior college to try and raise his stock while remaining eligible. Wheeler has some upside but, you can find first basemen with 25 homerun power later on.

Ortiz is very questionable at catcher but, if a team thinks he can stick there, and the above five are gone he could be the sixth catcher in the first round… that would be something.

39. Jonathan Walsh 3B/C HS Texas

40. Beau Wright LHP HS California

41. Sean Black RHP Seton Hall

42. Chris Dominguez 3B Louisville

43. Brett Jackson OF California

44. LeVon Washington OF/2B HS Florida

45. DJ LeMaheiu SS/3B LSU

46. Bobby Borchering 3B HS Florida

A seventh catcher? Maybe, Walsh is a terrific athlete, with a strong arm, and very good hitting ability. I think he is going to be a steal if he is not drafted in the first round. Dominguez has an enormous amount of power and a very strong arm from third but, is probably the biggest strikeout risk in the draft, and that will cause him to slip. Borchering is a switch hitter with good hitting ability from both sides. He is a good defender, with a good arm from third.

47. Devan Marrero SS HS Florida

48. Jared Mitchel OF Louisiana State

49. Blake Smith RHP/OF California

50. Ben Paulsen 1B Clemson

51. Chad Thompson HS California

52. Jiovanni Mier SS HS California

53. Brad Boxberger RHP Southern California

54. Ian Krol LHP HS Illinois

55. Jonathan Singleton 1B HS California

56. Colton Cain 1B/LHP HS Texas

57. Randal Grichuk OF HS Texas

58. Tyler Skaggs LHP HS California

59. Geno Escalante C HS California

60. Byran Berglund RHP HS California

I bunched what would have been the last two groups. It filled with some high upside shortstops, high school lefties, and such. Marrero, Mitchel, Mier, and Boxberger have the best chance of moving up into the first round. Some of the high school pitchers in this group are the types to be taken in the supplemental round.


There’s your top 60.



Category: MLB
Posted on: June 4, 2008 2:37 pm

MLB Draft

Twenty four hours from now the MLB draft will start. I get the impression that many baseball fans, from the casual to die-hard fans don't know all that much about the draft. So, I have created my very own mock draft to give fans a better idea of the prospects that may called upon by your favorite teams tomorrow. I'll be back this weekend to recap the draft.<o:p></o:p>

1. Tampa Bay Rays: Buster Posey C Florida State <o:p></o:p>

This pick could easily be either Beckham or Posey. Posey is a catcher who can hit, and will be able to field well behind the plate time. Beckham may be the best overall player in the draft. He’s a toolsy SS, who will be able to stay at that position in the MLs. In so many words, he’s B.J. Upton with less power. I think the Rays will choose the slightly less talented Posey, because they need a catcher, and he will move to the big league much quicker than Beckham and the Rays are ready to win now (see the AL East standings). I think Posey is the final piece to their puzzle.<o:p></o:p>

2. Pittsburgh Pirates: Tim Beckham SS Griffin HS Griffin, Georgia<o:p></o:p>

Word from the Pirates is they are taking Pedro Alvarez, the best overall hitter in the draft. But, if Beckham falls to them I don’t see them passing up the best player in the draft. <o:p></o:p>

3. Kansas City Royals: Eric Hosmer 1B American Heritage HS Plantation, Florida <o:p></o:p>

This pick comes down to two Boras advisees. Hosmer is a great high school hitter who is likely to develop plus power, he makes great contact. Alvarez’s bat is major league ready, but he has some injury history, and it is likely he will have to shift to 1B eventually. Hosmer could play in the outfield, and could surpass Alvarez’s bat in time. <o:p></o:p>

4. Baltimore Orioles: Pedro Alvarez 3B Vanderbilt <o:p></o:p>

Alvarez was the suspected first pick up until the past couple months, where Posey has played his way into consideration. He will probably play at first in the MLs, but he could stay at third, his bat is ready to play now. The Orioles won’t hesitate to take Alvarez here, although he won’t be cheap (he’ll sign for the highest bonus in the draft, Boras, of course), but the Orioles can’t pass up the prospect of having Matt Wieters, and Alvarez in the heart of their lineup as soon as next year. Matusz could be the pick if the
Orioles go for a pitcher.<o:p></o:p>

5. San Fransisco Giants: Justin Smoak 1B University of South Carolina<o:p></o:p>

The Giants are jumping out of their socks with the possibility of Posey or Alvarez dropping to them, but they probably won’t. Justin Smoak is a switch hitting first basemen. He is a good fielder at first (but, limited to first), and has plus power. He could be the first player from this class to make the big leagues. The Giants will take a college bat with this pick.<o:p></o:p>

6. Florida Marlins: Brian Matusz LHP University of San Diego <o:p></o:p>

Much like the scenario in Pittsburgh, the word out of Florida is the best catcher available. That’s Kyle Skipworth, he’s got the most power in the draft, and can field behind the plate with a plus arm. But, with Brian Matusz falling, the Marlins will grab the best pitcher in the draft. He’s a left hander, with four pitches, including a great fastball/curveball combo.<o:p></o:p>

7. Cincinnati Reds: Yonder Alonso 1B University of Miami<o:p></o:p>

Any name could fall in here, including Aaron Crow and Skipworth. Casey Kelly the SS/RHP/QB has been the hot rumor here, but it’d be a big reach. Yonder Alonso is a great overall hitter, with great plate discipline. <o:p></o:p>

8. Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham SS University of Georgia<o:p></o:p>

I hate the White Sox, and I would love to see him drop, but Beckham seems to be the easy choice for Chicago. He’s a good hitter with pretty good power. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but will be able to steal a few bags. He is a pretty good fielder, but may have to slide to second in the big leagues. Brett Wallace or Kyle Skipworth are other choices.<o:p></o:p>

9. Washington Nationals: Kyle Skipworth C Patriot HS Riverside, California <o:p></o:p>

The way I see this draft, there are ten guys who are significantly better than the rest. They should be the top ten picks. I think the Nationals will take the four tool high school catcher in this scenario. Brett Wallace or Shooter Hunt are other options. <o:p></o:p>

10. Houston Astros: Aaron Crow RHP University of Missouri<o:p></o:p>

The Astros need help everywhere in their organization, and they’ll likely take a college player with this pick. Shooter Hunt, Christian Fredrich, and Andrew Cashner are all options. Going with my ten best theory the Astros will take whoever is left of that group. In this case, that is Aaron Crow. He may have the best stuff in the draft with a mid 90s fastball and a power slider. He could easily be taken earlier, but if he falls this far, Houston should take him, or else their fans, led by this guy [me], will have Ed Wade’s head.<o:p></o:p>

11. Texas Rangers: Shooter Hunt RHP Tulane<o:p></o:p>

12. Oakland Athletics: Christian Fredrich LHP Eastern Kentucky<o:p></o:p>

13. St. Louis Cardinals: Aaron Hicks OF/RHP Woodrow Wilson HS Long Beach, California<o:p></o:p>

14. Minnesota Twins: Ryan Perry RHP University of Arizona<o:p></o:p>

15. Las Angeles Dodgers: Zach Collier OF Chino Hills HS California<o:p></o:p>

16. Milwaukee Brewers: Andrew Cashner RHP Texas Christian<o:p></o:p>

17. Toronto Blue Jays: Brett Wallace 1B/3B Arizona State<o:p></o:p>

18. New York Mets: Ike Davis OF/1B Arizona State<o:p></o:p>

19. Chicago Cubs: Brett Lawrie C/3B/LF Langley, B.C. [Canada]<o:p></o:p>

20. Seattle Mariners: Josh Fields RHP University of Georgia<o:p></o:p>

21. Detroit Tigers: Tim Melville RHP Wentzville Holt HS Missouri<o:p></o:p>

22. New York Mets: Jason Castro C Stanford<o:p></o:p>

23. San Diego Padres: Daniel Schlereth LHP University of Arizona<o:p></o:p>

24. Philadelphia Phillies: Ethan Martin RHP Stephen County HS Toccoa, Georgia<o:p></o:p>

25. Colorado Rockies: Jake Ordorizzi RHP Highland HS Illinois<o:p></o:p>

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Casey Kelly SS Sarasota HS Florida<o:p></o:p>

27. Minnesota Twins: Brett DeVall Niceville HS Florida <o:p></o:p>

28. New York Yankees: Anthony Hewitt Salisbury School Connecticut <o:p></o:p>

29. Cleveland Indians: Jermile Weeks 2B University of Miami

30. Boston Red Sox: Reese Havens SS University of South Carolina

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