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2010 MLB Draft Day One Big Board

So excited! I thought about breaking out the gigantic version of the big board, but instead will stick with our first day only board for now. Tonight 50 players are going to get picked. I don’t think they will be the 50 guys listed below, of course, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking they are the best 50 players in this year’s draft. My personal 2010 MLB Draft Day One Big Board…
  1. Community College of Southern Nevada FR C Bryce Harper
  2. The Woodlands HS (TX) RHP Jameson Taillon
  3. Oviedo HS (FL) RHP AJ Cole
  4. Chipley HS RHP Karsten Whitson
  5. Harvard Westlake HS (CA) OF Austin Wilson
  6. Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL) 3B Nick Castellanos
  7. St. Edward HS (OH) RHP Stetson Allie
  8. North Carolina JR RHP Matt Harvey
  9. Florida Gulf Coast LHP Chris Sale
  10. Texas JR RHP Brandon Workman
  11. Georgia Tech JR RHP Deck McGuire
  12. Cowan HS (IN) C Justin O’Conner
  13. Brito Private HS (FL) SS Manny Machado
  14. Bishop Blanchet HS (WA) OF Josh Sale
  15. San Diego JR RHP Kyle Blair
  16. LHP James Paxton
  17. Ohio State JR RHP Alex Wimmers
  18. San Diego SO LHP Sammy Solis
  19. Mississippi JR LHP Drew Pomeranz
  20. Maranatha HS (CA) RHP Dylan Covey
  21. Texas Arlington JR OF Michael Choice
  22. Arkansas JR RHP/OF Brett Eibner
  23. Louisiana State JR RHP Anthony Ranaudo
  24. Ball State JR 2B Kolbrin Vitek
  25. Miami JR C Yasmani Grandal
  26. The Citadel JR RHP Asher Wojchiechowski
  27. Cook County HS (GA) 3B Kaleb Cowart
  28. Aliso Niguel HS (CA) C Stefan Sabol
  29. Torrance HS (CA) OF Angelo Gumbs
  30. Barbe HS (LA) 3B Garin Cecchini
  31. East Coweta HS (GA) RHP Cameron Bedrosian
  32. Dana Hills HS (CA) RHP Peter Tago
  33. Tattnall Square HS (GA) RHP DeAndre Smelter
  34. Germantown Friends HS (PA) LHP Jesse Biddle
  35. Henderson HS (TX) RHP Tyrell Jenkins
  36. Tulane JR 3B Rob Segedin
  37. Arkansas SO 3B Zack Cox
  38. Florida State JR OF Tyler Holt
  39. Bonanza HS (NV) 3B Kris Bryant
  40. Pineview HS (UT) 3B Marcus Littlewood
  41. Marietta HS (GA) OF Chevez Clarke
  42. Martin HS (TX) OF Brian Ragira
  43. Westlake HS (CA) 1B Christian Yelich
  44. Georgia Tech JR 3B Derek Dietrich
  45. Virginia Tech JR OF Austin Wates
  46. Cal State Fullerton JR SS Christian Colon
  47. Wabash Valley JC FR OF Mel Rojas
  48. Lakeland HS (FL) 3B Yordy Cabrera
  49. Fullerton Union HS (CA) 3B Dominic Ficociello
  50. Yucaipa HS (CA) RHP Taijuan Walker
  51. McKinney HS (TX) RHP Zach Lee

2010 MLB Draft: Top 201 College Prospects

I have no idea how I decided to stop at 200, but I figured at some point lists like this get unwieldy. Check the post right below for the matching list for prep players and be sure to read later on to see the complete board…

  1. Community College of Southern Nevada FR C Bryce Harper
  2. North Carolina JR RHP Matt Harvey
  3. Texas JR RHP Brandon Workman
  4. Georgia Tech JR RHP Deck McGuire
  5. San Diego JR RHP Kyle Blair
  6. LHP James Paxton
  7. Ohio State JR RHP Alex Wimmers
  8. San Diego SO LHP Sammy Solis
  9. Mississippi JR LHP Drew Pomeranz
  10. Texas Arlington JR OF Michael Choice
  11. Arkansas JR RHP/OF Brett Eibner
  12. Louisiana State JR RHP Anthony Ranaudo
  13. Ball State JR 2B Kolbrin Vitek
  14. Miami JR C Yasmani Grandal
  15. The Citadel JR RHP Asher Wojchiechowski
  16. Tulane JR 3B Rob Segedin
  17. Arkansas SO 3B Zack Cox
  18. Florida State JR OF Tyler Holt
  19. Georgia Tech JR 3B Derek Dietrich
  20. Virginia Tech JR OF Austin Wates
  21. Cal State Fullerton JR SS Christian Colon
  22. Wabash Valley JC FR OF Mel Rojas
  23. San Diego State JR RHP Addison Reed
  24. Auburn JR OF Trent Mummey
  25. Louisville SO OF Stewart Ijames
  26. Middle Tennessee State JR OF Bryce Brentz
  27. UCLA JR LHP Rob Rasmussen
  28. Community College of Southern Nevada RHP Donnie Roach
  29. Virginia Tech JR RHP Jesse Hahn
  30. Indiana State JR RHP Jake Petricka
  31. Texas A&M JR RHP Barret Loux
  32. Ohio JR OF Gauntlett Eldemire
  33. West Virginia JR 2B Jedd Gyorko
  34. Portland JR RHP Zach Varce
  35. Texas Tech JR RHP Chad Bettis
  36. Clemson JR OF Kyle Parker
  37. Minnesota JR C Mike Kvasnicka
  38. Arizona State SO RHP/C Jordan Swagerty
  39. Oregon State JR LHP Josh Osich
  40. Kansas State JR SS Carter Jurica
  41. Arkansas JR 1B Andy Wilkins
  42. Louisiana State JR C Micah Gibbs
  43. UCLA SO RHP Dan Klein
  44. Charleston Southern JR RHP/OF Tyler Thornburg
  45. Villanova SO C Matt Szczur
  46. West Oklahoma State JC SO OF Randolph Oduber
  47. South Carolina JR RHP Sam Dyson
  48. Chipola JC FR 2B LeVon Washington
  49. UC Riverside SO C Rob Brantly
  50. Auburn JR 1B Hunter Morris
  51. Pittsburgh JR 3B Joe Leonard
  52. Virginia JR OF Jarrett Parker
  53. Louisiana State JR OF Leon Landry
  54. Jacksonville State JR OF Todd Cunningham
  55. St. Petersburg CC SO RHP Austin Wood
  56. Howard JC RHP Burch Smith
  57. Georgia JR RHP Justin Grimm
  58. Arizona State JR RHP Seth Blair
  59. Pepperdine SO RHP Cole Cook
  60. Oklahoma City JR 3B Matt Presley
  61. Stanford JR 2B Colin Walsh
  62. Duke JR SS Jake Lemmerman
  63. Louisville SO 3B Phil Wunderlich
  64. UNC Wilmington JR C Cody Stanley
  65. Arkansas SO LHP Drew Smyly
  66. Louisville SR 1B Andrew Clark
  67. Texas JR C Cameron Rupp
  68. Kansas JR 3B Tony Thompson
  69. San Diego JR 3B Victor Sanchez
  70. Connecticut JR 3B Mike Olt
  71. Vanderbilt JR C Curt Casali
  72. Tennessee JR C Blake Forsythe
  73. Long Beach State JR SS Devin Lohman
  74. Wake Forest JR OF Steven Brooks
  75. Louisville SR 2B Adam Duvall
  76. Virginia JR 2B Phil Gosselin
  77. San Jacinton JC FR LHP Miguel Pena
  78. Oregon State JR 3B Stefen Romero
  79. Fresno City College FR 3B David Rohm
  80. Coastal Carolina JR OF Rico Noel
  81. Cal State Fullerton JR OF Gary Brown
  82. Michigan JR OF Ryan LaMarre
  83. Miami JR LHP Chris Hernandez
  84. Florida JR LHP Kevin Chapman
  85. Alabama JR 2B Ross Wilson
  86. Alabama JR SS Josh Rutledge
  87. Mississippi State SR 1B Connor Powers
  88. Virginia Tech JR SS Tim Smalling
  89. Wichita State FR 3B Johnny Coy
  90. Texas State JR 3B Jason Martinson
  91. North Carolina State JR 3B Russell Wilson
  92. James Madison JR RHP Kevin Munson
  93. Oregon State JR OF Adalberto Santos
  94. Coastal Carolina JR 3B Scott Woodward
  95. Rice JR SS Rick Hague
  96. Tennessee JR LHP Bryan Morgado
  97. Tennessee Tech JR 1B AJ Kirby-Jones
  98. Cerritos CC SO 2B Joe Terry
  99. Catawba SR OF Wade Moore
  100. Catawba SR OF Craige Lyerly
  101. Yavapai JC SO DeMarcus Tidwell
  102. James Madison JR SS David Herbek
  103. San Jacinto SO OF Randall Thorpe
  104. Miami-Dade SO OF Jabari Blash
  105. Virginia JR OF Dan Grovatt
  106. Oregon State JR LHP Tanner Robles
  107. North Carolina State JR RHP Jake Buchanan
  108. Virginia SR SS Tyler Cannon
  109. Azusa Pacific SR 3B Ryan Delgado
  110. Florida Southern JR 2B Wade Kirkland
  111. California JR 2B BJ Guinn
  112. Georgia Tech JR RHP Kevin Jacob
  113. Ball State SO RHP Perci Garner
  114. Northeast Texas CC SO RHP Zach Cates
  115. SUNY Oneonta JR RHP Dave Filak
  116. Lower Columbia FR RHP Jeff Ames
  117. Michigan JR RHP Tyler Burgoon
  118. Coastal Carolina SR C Jose Iglesias
  119. Santa Clara SR C Tommy Medica
  120. East Carolina SR 1B Kyle Roller
  121. Oxnard FR OF Harper White
  122. Rutgers JR 2B Brandon Boykin
  123. Tennessee JR 3B Matt Duffy
  124. Kansas SR 2B Robby Price
  125. Kentucky JR 2B Chris Bisson
  126. Texas Tech JR RHP Bobby Doran
  127. Houston SO RHP Michael Goodnight
  128. Virginia Tech SO RHP Mathew Price
  129. Texas Christian SR C Bryan Holaday
  130. Clemson JR OF Jeff Schaus
  131. Bowling Green JR RHP Brennan Smith
  132. Wichita State SO RHP Jordan Cooper
  133. Georgia State JR RHP David Buchanan
  134. Rutgers JR OF Pat Biserta
  135. California JR OF Mark Canha
  136. Florida Southern JR RHP Daniel Tillman
  137. Texas Christian SR 1B Matt Curry
  138. Georgia Tech SR 1B Tony Plagman
  139. Louisiana State SR 1B Blake Dean
  140. Clemson JR RHP Josh Thrailkill
  141. Alabama SR 1B Clay Jones
  142. Washington JR 1B Troy Scott
  143. Clemson SO 3B John Hinson
  144. Missouri SR OF Aaron Senne
  145. Arizona State SO SS Drew Maggi
  146. Southern JR 2B Curtis Wilson
  147. East Carolina JR OF Devin Harris
  148. Texas JR OF Kevin Keyes
  149. Auburn JR OF Kevin Patterson
  150. Pacific JR OF Nick Longmire
  151. Florida State JR LHP John Gast
  152. Rutgers JR OF Jaren Matthews
  153. Auburn JR OF Brian Fletcher
  154. Ohio JR OF Robert Maddox
  155. Nebraska JR RHP Michael Mariot
  156. Sam Houston State JR RHP Dallas Gallant
  157. Texas-Arlington JR RHP Rett Varner
  158. San Jacinto JC RHP Clay Schrader
  159. Virginia JR RHP Tyler Wilson
  160. Louisville JR RHP Thomas Royse
  161. South Florida JR RHP Randy Fontanez
  162. Fresno State JR SS Danny Muno
  163. Cal State Fullerton JR 2B Corey Jones
  164. North Carolina JR C Jesse Wierzbicki
  165. Boston College JR 1B Mickey Wiswall
  166. Canisius JR 2B Steve McQuail
  167. Clemson SR 2B Mike Freeman
  168. Miami SR 2B Scott Lawson
  169. Mt. Hood CC SO 1B Taylor Ard
  170. Tampa JR OF Jared Simon
  171. Sonoma State JR OF Kyle Jones
  172. Florida Southern SR OF Trae Gore
  173. North Carolina JR RHP Colin Bates
  174. Eastern Illinois JR RHP Josh Mueller
  175. Minnesota JR RHP Seth Rosin
  176. East Carolina JR SS Dustin Harrington
  177. Alabama SR 3B Jake Smith
  178. Georgia Southern SR 2B AJ Wirnsberger
  179. College of Charleston SR 2B Joey Bergman
  180. Florida JR 2B Josh Adams
  181. San Diego SR RHP AJ Griffin
  182. Mississippi SR RHP Aaron Barrett
  183. Vanderbilt JR RHP Taylor Hill
  184. Oregon SR RHP Justin LaTempa
  185. Oregon State JR RHP Greg Peavey
  186. Georgia SO RHP Michael Palazzone
  187. Central Florida SR OF Chris Duffy
  188. Furman JR 3B Brian Harrison
  189. San Francisco JR 3B Stephen Yarrow
  190. James Madison JR RHP Turner Phelps
  191. Missouri JR RHP Nick Tepesch
  192. Long Beach State JR RHP Jake Thompson
  193. Loyola Marymount SO RHP Martin Viramontes
  194. California SO RHP Dixon Anderson
  195. Boston College JR LHP Pat Dean
  196. Bucknell SR OF Andrew Brouse
  197. North Carolina State JR C Chris Schaeffer
  198. Nebraska-Omaha JR OF Ryan Hook
  199. Oklahoma SO 3B Garrett Buechele
  200. Lewis-Clark State JR C Kawika Emsley-Pai
  201. Community College of Southern Nevada SO RHP Tyler Hanks

2010 MLB Draft: Top 200 High School Prospects

No explanations or mini-scouting reports for the prep guys due to the lack of time between now and 6 PM, but I do have enough stuff written up on each guy currently in the vault to share if anybody wants to either know more about a prospect or get a clarification over why Player X is ahead of Player Y. The last thing that’ll probably go up between now and the moment Washington takes Bryce Harper will be the 2010 MLB Draft Top 350 (give or take) Big Board.
  1. The Woodlands HS (TX) RHP Jameson Taillon
  2. Oviedo HS (FL) RHP AJ Cole
  3. Chipley HS RHP Karsten Whitson
  4. Harvard Westlake HS (CA) OF Austin Wilson
  5. Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL) 3B Nick Castellanos
  6. St. Edward HS (OH) RHP Stetson Allie
  7. Cowan HS (IN) C Justin O’Conner
  8. Brito Private HS (FL) SS Manny Machado
  9. Bishop Blanchet HS (WA) OF Josh Sale
  10. Maranatha HS (CA) RHP Dylan Covey
  11. Cook County HS (GA) 3B Kaleb Cowart
  12. Aliso Niguel HS (CA) C Stefan Sabol
  13. Torrance HS (CA) OF Angelo Gumbs
  14. Barbe HS (LA) 3B Garin Cecchini
  15. East Coweta HS (GA) RHP Cameron Bedrosian
  16. Dana Hills HS (CA) RHP Peter Tago
  17. Tattnall Square HS (GA) RHP DeAndre Smelter
  18. Germantown Friends HS (PA) LHP Jesse Biddle
  19. Henderson HS (TX) RHP Tyrell Jenkins
  20. Bonanza HS (NV) 3B Kris Bryant
  21. Pineview HS (UT) 3B Marcus Littlewood
  22. Marietta HS (GA) OF Chevez Clarke
  23. Martin HS (TX) OF Brian Ragira
  24. Westlake HS (CA) Christian Yelich
  25. Lakeland HS (FL) 3B Yordy Cabrera
  26. Fullerton Union HS (CA) 3B Dominic Ficociello
  27. Yucaipa HS (CA) RHP Taijuan Walker
  28. McKinney HS (TX) RHP Zach Lee
  29. Palo Alto HS (CA) OF Joc Pederson
  30. Rafael Lopez Landron HS (PR) OF Eddie Rosario
  31. Rancho Buena Vista HS (CA) 2B Tony Wolters
  32. Calvary Christian HS (FL) RHP Luke Jackson
  33. Spanish Fork HS (UT) RHP Adam Duke
  34. Barstow HS (CA) RHP Aaron Sanchez
  35. Redwood Christian HS (CA) RHP AJ Vanegas
  36. Sierra Vista HS (NV) RHP Nick Kingham
  37. Upland HS (CA) RHP Scott Frazier
  38. Heritage HS (GA) C Tyler Austin
  39. Charlotte Christian HS (NC) Ty Linton
  40. Fullerton Union HS (CA) OF Michael Lorenzen
  41. Germantown Academy (PA) 2B Sean Coyle
  42. Wando HS (SC) RHP Drew Cisco
  43. Grants Pass HS (OR) 3B Brandon Drury
  44. Langley, British Columbia C Kellin Deglan
  45. La Porte HS (TX) OF Kendrick Perkins
  46. Woodward Academy (GA) 2B Delino DeShields
  47. Mater Dei HS (CA) OF Cory Hahn
  48. Wetumpka HS (AL) OF Reggie Golden
  49. St. Edward HS (OH) C Alex Lavisky
  50. La Costa Canyon HS (CA) C Will Swanner
  51. Cloverdale HS (CA) RHP Robby Rowland
  52. Hanahan HS (SC) RHP Bryce Hines
  53. Glendora HS (CA) RHP Adam Plutko
  54. Minooka Community HS (IL) RHP Mike Foltynewicz
  55. Capistrano Valley HS (CA) RHP Brandon Brennan
  56. St. Paul HS (CA) RHP Gabriel Encinas
  57. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) RHP Eric Stevens
  58. Royal HS (CA) RHP Cody Buckel
  59. Heritage HS (TX) RHP Austin Kubitza
  60. Marina HS (CA) 3B Chad Lewis
  61. South Forsythe HS (GA) 2B Zach Alvord
  62. McKinney HS (TX) 2B Matt Lipka
  63. Lakeland HS (FL) 1B Eric Arce
  64. West Orange HS (FL) SS Mason Williams
  65. Archbishop Mitty HS (CA) SS James Roberts
  66. Richton HS (MS) SS Jacoby Jones
  67. Perpetuo Socorro HS (PR) SS Dickie Thon
  68. Flower Mound HS (TX) LHP Zak Adams
  69. Ashland HS (OR) RHP Ian Kendall
  70. Roswell HS (GA) RHP Andrew Smith
  71. Felix Varela HS (FL) RHP John Barbato
  72. Bishop O’Dowd HS (CA) RHP Eric Jaffe
  73. Bullard HS (TX) RHP Nick Rumbelow
  74. Brazoswood HS (TX) RHP Tyler Green
  75. College Park HS (TX) RHP John Simms
  76. Blue Valley HS (KS) RHP Ryne Stanek
  77. Nitro HS (WV) RHP JR Bradley
  78. West Springfield HS (VA) RHP Bobby Wahl
  79. Suffern HS (NY) RHP Robbie Aviles
  80. Garey HS (CA) Vincent Velasquez
  81. Jefferson HS (IA) 2B Kellen Sweeney
  82. Carl Albert HS (OK) C JT Realmuto
  83. Barron Collier HS (FL) C Tyler Ross
  84. Bishop Eustace HS (NJ) C Greg Brodzinski
  85. University HS (LA) 1B Austin Southall
  86. Elk Grove HS (CA) C Jake Rodriguez
  87. St. Mary’s Prep (MI) OF Korey Hall
  88. Carmel HS (IN) OF Conrad Gregor
  89. Carroll HS (IN) OF Justin Glass
  90. Key West HS (FL) OF Michael Arencibia
  91. Los Osos HS (CA) C Jake Hernandez
  92. San Clemente HS (CA) C Aaron Jones
  93. Monterey HS (TX) C Tyler Pearson
  94. Bishop Moore HS (FL) LHP Jimmy Hodgskin
  95. Chandler HS (OK) RHP Jonathan Gray
  96. Bartlett HS (TN) RHP Taylor Morton
  97. Northwood HS (CA) RHP Zach Weiss
  98. Blue Valley Northwest HS (KS) RHP Jason Adam
  99. Pequannock Township HS (NJ) RHP Jordan Tabakman
  100. Jesuit HS (CA) RHP Dan Child
  101. TC Robertson HS (NC) SS Joel McKeithan
  102. Santana HS (CA) RHP Kyle Hayes
  103. Covington HS (LA) RHP Randy LeBlanc
  104. Grandview HS (CO) RHP Kevin Gausman
  105. Clearwater HS (FL) SS Sean O’Brien
  106. Brentwood HS (TN) LHP Robbie Ray
  107. Defiance HS (OH) RHP Dace Kime
  108. Centennial HS (NV) RHP Michael Wagner
  109. Northwood HS (NC) RHP Austin Brice
  110. Germantown Academy (PA) RHP Keenan Kish
  111. Granite City (IN) C Jake Depew
  112. Tampa Catholic HS (FL) C Shane Rowland
  113. Orangefield HS (TX) C Jacob Felts
  114. Riverdale HS (FL) OF Kyle Waldrop
  115. Martin Luther King HS (GA) OF Trey Griffin
  116. Fayette County HS (GA) Niko Goodrum
  117. North Gwinnett HS (GA) OF Chris Hawkins
  118. Madison Central HS (MS) OF Ryan Bolden
  119. Blessed Trinity HS (GA) OF Jake Skole
  120. Union Grove HS (GA) OF Jordan Akins
  121. Northside HS (GA) OF Kevin Jordan
  122. The Lakes HS (IN) LHP DJ Snelten
  123. Farragut HS (TN) RHP Nick Williams
  124. Dowling Catholic HS (IA) RHP Jonathan Musser
  125. Legacy HS (CO) RHP Kevin Walter
  126. Effingham HS (IN) RHP Chad Green
  127. Linden HS (CA) RHP Aaron Judge
  128. Poway HS (CA) RHP Evan Thomas
  129. Terry HS (MS) OF Deshun Dixon
  130. University HS (FL) LHP Justin Nicolino
  131. South Harrison HS (MO) LHP Jordan Shipers
  132. South Doyle HS (TN) 3B Matt Kirkland
  133. Pope HS (GA) 2B Steve Wilkerson
  134. Whitewaster HS (GA) 2B D’Monte Grissom
  135. Brooks-DeBartolo HS (FL) 2B JD Williams
  136. Great Oak HS (CA) 2B Brad Salgado
  137. Burbank HS (CA) 2B Lonnie Kauppila
  138. Floyd Central HS (IN) RHP Jeff Thompson
  139. Mount Zion HS (IN) RHP Ryan Hartman
  140. Weathernford HS (OK) LHP Dillon Overton
  141. Tampa Jesuit HS (FL) LHP Daniel Gibson
  142. Redlands East Valley HS (CA) LHP Griffin Murphy
  143. Amherst Regional HS (MA) LHP Kevin Ziomek
  144. South City North HS (IA) 3B Damek Tomscha
  145. Kent Denver HS (CO) C Paul Donahue
  146. Scripps Ranch HS (CA) C Wynston Sawyer
  147. Lassiter HS (GA) C Brandon Stephens
  148. Chaparral HS (AZ) SS James McDonald
  149. Severna Park HS (MD) SS Kyle Convissar
  150. Wayne County HS (MS) SS DeMarcus Henderson
  151. Wheeler HS (GA) 2B DK Carey
  152. Desert Mountain HS (AZ) OF Taylor Lindsey
  153. Mahwah HS (NJ) OF Anthony D’Alessandro
  154. Silverado HS (NV) OF Drew Robinson
  155. Boonville HS (MO) OF Chuckie Jones
  156. West Irondequoit HS (NY) SS Cito Culver
  157. Portsmouth HS (NH) 1B Mike Montville
  158. Gahr HS (CA) OF Brenton Allen
  159. Copiah Academy (MS) C Hunter Renfroe
  160. Joliet Township HS (IN) C Mike Hollenbeck
  161. Eastside Catholic HS (WA) RHP Sam Lindquist
  162. Kempner HS (TX) RHP Trevor Teykl
  163. Hopkinsville HS (KY) RHP Justin Hageman
  164. Mill Creek HS (GA) RHP Matt Grimes
  165. Xavier HS (IA) RHP Jon Keller
  166. Hueneme HS (CA) RHP Jesus Valdez
  167. Eloisa Pascual HS (PR) C Roberto Pena
  168. George Washington HS (NY) SS Mike Antonio
  169. North Hunterdon HS (NJ) OF Tom Zengel
  170. Eldorado HS (NM) OF Sam Wilson
  171. Galena HS (NV) OF Brian Pointer
  172. Red Bank Regional HS (NJ) OF Jake Kalish
  173. Highline HS (UT) OF Ryan Brett
  174. Graham HS (NC) C Matt Roberts
  175. Nebraska City HS (NE) LHP Logan Ehlers
  176. Santa Margarita HS (CA) LHP Kyle Richter
  177. Rancho Cucamonga HS (CA) RHP Austin Reed
  178. Rocky Mountain HS (CO) Marco Gonzales
  179. Pennsauken HS (NJ) LHP Rolando Gautier
  180. Oak Hills HS (OH) LHP Joel Bender
  181. Sinclair HS (Ontario) LHP Evan Grills
  182. Hillcrest HS (AL) C Case Nixon
  183. Charlotte Christian HS (NC) 3B Jake Watson
  184. Pinnacle HS (AZ) 1B TC Mark
  185. Poquoson HS (VA) SS Chad Pinder
  186. Turner Ashley HS (VA) 2B Ty McFarland
  187. Murrieta Valley HS (CA) RHP Sebastian Santos
  188. Sahuaro HS (AZ) RHP Jake Cole
  189. Forrest City HS (AR) RHP Barrett Astin
  190. Will C. Wood HS (CA) LHP Jordan Haseltine
  191. Osseo HS (MN) LHP Thomas Windle
  192. Jay HS (OK) LHP Cayle Shambaugh
  193. Harpeth HS (TN) LHP Nate Foriest
  194. Gilbert HS (AZ) 3B DJ Peterson
  195. Brooks County HS (GA) OF Aaron Shipman
  196. Fairhope HS (AL) RHP Daryl Norris
  197. Van Buren HS (AR) RHP Brandon Moore
  198. St. Joseph’s HS (Ontario) LHP Evan Rutckyj
  199. St. Mary’s Catholic HS (Ontario) LHP Brian Smith
  200. Bryant HS (AR) RHP Ben Wells

2010 MLB Draft: Top 250 College Position Player Prospects

The list doesn’t follow exactly along with earlier position-by-position rankings (check the links on the left side of the page for more info) because I’ve done some tweaking over the past few weeks. College RHPs (I think I’m going 250 deep on that list…) and combined college pitcher rankings should be up either later today or tomorrow. High school rankings will be pumped out pretty consistently over the course of the weekend, so check back over the next 48 hours for that. In the meantime, here are some college guys. Oh yeah, one last thing – the recommendations on guys I missed left in the comments section or via email were all excellent. I’ve always been slow to make decisions, so give me another day or two to mull everything over before I’m ready to begin inserting a few of the players into the position-by-position rankings and, in the case of a few players, into the list below…

6/5/2010 EDIT: With apologies to Southern Mississippi SR C Travis Graves (bumped from the list) and previously jilted Rutgers fans (I kid) alike, Pat Biserta cracks the list at number 85. Thanks to all who left comments alerting me to his omission. This may sound really corny, but I’m sort of proud to know there are so many knowledgeable readers willing to go to bat for their guy out there. I’m lucky that instead of having one person who edits my stuff for me, I have any number of the X amount of viewers who stop by here on a daily basis who do the job for free. Thanks, again.

  1. Community College of Southern Nevada FR C Bryce Harper
  2. Texas Arlington JR OF Michael Choice
  3. Ball State JR 2B Kolbrin Vitek
  4. Miami JR C Yasmani Grandal
  5. Tulane JR 3B Rob Segedin
  6. Arkansas SO 3B Zack Cox
  7. Florida State JR OF Tyler Holt
  8. Georgia Tech JR 3B Derek Dietrich
  9. Virginia Tech JR OF Austin Wates
  10. Cal State Fullerton JR SS Christian Colon
  11. Wabash Valley JC FR OF Mel Rojas
  12. Auburn JR OF Trent Mummey
  13. Louisville SO OF Stewart Ijames
  14. Middle Tennessee State JR OF Bryce Brentz
  15. Ohio JR OF Gauntlett Eldemire
  16. West Virginia JR 2B Jedd Gyorko
  17. Clemson JR OF Kyle Parker
  18. Minnesota JR C Mike Kvasnicka
  19. Kansas State JR SS Carter Jurica
  20. Arkansas JR 1B Andy Wilkins
  21. Louisiana State JR C Micah Gibbs
  22. Villanova SO C Matt Szczur
  23. West Oklahoma State JC SO OF Randolph Oduber
  24. Chipola JC FR 2B LeVon Washington
  25. UC Riverside SO C Rob Brantly
  26. Auburn JR 1B Hunter Morris
  27. Pittsburgh JR 3B Joe Leonard
  28. Virginia JR OF Jarrett Parker
  29. Louisiana State JR OF Leon Landry
  30. Jacksonville State JR OF Todd Cunningham
  31. Oklahoma City JR 3B Matt Presley
  32. Stanford JR 2B Colin Walsh
  33. Duke JR SS Jake Lemmerman
  34. Louisville SO 3B Phil Wunderlich
  35. UNC Wilmington JR C Cody Stanley
  36. Louisville SR 1B Andrew Clark
  37. Texas JR C Cameron Rupp
  38. Kansas JR 3B Tony Thompson
  39. San Diego JR 3B Victor Sanchez
  40. Connecticut JR 3B Mike Olt
  41. Vanderbilt JR C Curt Casali
  42. Tennessee JR C Blake Forsythe
  43. Long Beach State JR SS Devin Lohman
  44. Wake Forest JR OF Steven Brooks
  45. Louisville SR 2B Adam Duvall
  46. Virginia JR 2B Phil Gosselin
  47. Oregon State JR 3B Stefen Romero
  48. Fresno City College FR 3B David Rohm
  49. Coastal Carolina JR OF Rico Noel
  50. Cal State Fullerton JR OF Gary Brown
  51. Michigan JR OF Ryan LaMarre
  52. Alabama JR 2B Ross Wilson
  53. Alabama JR SS Josh Rutledge
  54. Mississippi State SR 1B Connor Powers
  55. Virginia Tech JR SS Tim Smalling
  56. Wichita State FR 3B Johnny Coy
  57. Texas State JR 3B Jason Martinson
  58. North Carolina State JR 3B Russell Wilson
  59. Oregon State JR OF Adalberto Santos
  60. Coastal Carolina JR 3B Scott Woodward
  61. Rice JR SS Rick Hague
  62. Tennessee Tech JR 1B AJ Kirby-Jones
  63. Cerritos CC SO 2B Joe Terry
  64. Catawba SR OF Wade Moore
  65. Catawba SR OF Craige Lyerly
  66. Yavapai JC SO DeMarcus Tidwell
  67. James Madison JR SS David Herbek
  68. San Jacinto SO OF Randall Thorpe
  69. Miami-Dade SO OF Jabari Blash
  70. Virginia JR OF Dan Grovatt
  71. Virginia SR SS Tyler Cannon
  72. Azusa Pacific SR 3B Ryan Delgado
  73. Florida Southern JR 2B Wade Kirkland
  74. California JR 2B BJ Guinn
  75. Coastal Carolina SR C Jose Iglesias
  76. Santa Clara SR C Tommy Medica
  77. East Carolina SR 1B Kyle Roller
  78. Oxnard FR OF Harper White
  79. Rutgers JR 2B Brandon Boykin
  80. Tennessee JR 3B Matt Duffy
  81. Kansas SR 2B Robby Price
  82. Kentucky JR 2B Chris Bisson
  83. Texas Christian SR C Bryan Holaday
  84. Clemson JR OF Jeff Schaus
  85. Rutgers JR OF Pat Biserta
  86. California JR OF Mark Canha
  87. Texas Christian SR 1B Matt Curry
  88. Georgia Tech SR 1B Tony Plagman
  89. Louisiana State SR 1B Blake Dean
  90. Alabama SR 1B Clay Jones
  91. Washington JR 1B Troy Scott
  92. Clemson SO 3B John Hinson
  93. Missouri SR OF Aaron Senne
  94. Arizona State SO SS Drew Maggi
  95. Southern JR 2B Curtis Wilson
  96. East Carolina JR OF Devin Harris
  97. Texas JR OF Kevin Keyes
  98. Auburn JR OF Kevin Patterson
  99. Pacific JR OF Nick Longmire
  100. Rutgers JR OF Jaren Matthews
  101. Auburn JR OF Brian Fletcher
  102. Ohio JR OF Robert Maddox
  103. Fresno State JR SS Danny Muno
  104. Cal State Fullerton JR 2B Corey Jones
  105. North Carolina JR C Jesse Wierzbicki
  106. Boston College JR 1B Mickey Wiswall
  107. Canisius JR 2B Steve McQuail
  108. Clemson SR 2B Mike Freeman
  109. Miami SR 2B Scott Lawson
  110. Mt. Hood CC SO 1B Taylor Ard
  111. Tampa JR OF Jared Simon
  112. Sonoma State JR OF Kyle Jones
  113. Florida Southern SR OF Trae Gore
  114. East Carolina JR SS Dustin Harrington
  115. Alabama SR 3B Jake Smith
  116. Georgia Southern SR 2B AJ Wirnsberger
  117. College of Charleston SR 2B Joey Bergman
  118. Florida JR 2B Josh Adams
  119. Central Florida SR OF Chris Duffy
  120. Furman JR 3B Brian Harrison
  121. San Francisco JR 3B Stephen Yarrow
  122. Bucknell SR OF Andrew Brouse
  123. North Carolina State JR C Chris Schaeffer
  124. Nebraska-Omaha JR OF Ryan Hook
  125. Oklahoma SO 3B Garrett Buechele
  126. Lewis-Clark State JR C Kawika Emsley-Pai
  127. Rutgers JR OF Michael Lang
  128. Dallas Baptist SR OF Ryan Enos
  129. Old Dominion SR SS Jake McAloose
  130. Lake Sumter CC FR 1B Bryan Hill
  131. Arizona State JR C Xorge Carrillo
  132. Missouri JR C Brett Nicholas
  133. Virginia JR C Kenny Swab
  134. Georgia Tech JR C Cole Leonida
  135. Truett-McConnell SO OF Terrell Jones
  136. Gonzaga SR OF Drew Heid
  137. Murray State SR OF Wes Cunningham
  138. Vanderbilt JR OF Aaron Westlake
  139. Eastern Kentucky JR 3B Jayson Langfels
  140. Hawaii SR 1B Kevin Macdonald
  141. Cal State Northridge JR 1B Dominic D’Anna
  142. Central Arizona FR SS Sam Lind
  143. Holy Cross SR 3B Matt Perry
  144. South Carolina JR OF Whit Merrifield
  145. Central Florida JR 2B Derek Luciano
  146. St. John’s JR 2B Greg Hopkins
  147. Francis Marion SR SS Barrett Kleinknecht
  148. Virginia Military Institute JR SS Sam Roberts
  149. CC of Southern Nevada SO OF Trevor Kirk
  150. UC Irvine JR 3B Brian Hernandez
  151. Florida JR 3B Bryson Smith
  152. Fort Hays State JR OF Jordan Payne
  153. Chipola JC SO OF Joey Rapp
  154. Iowa JR OF Kurtis Muller
  155. Georgia Tech SR OF Jay Dantzler
  156. Carson-Newman SR 1B Jeff Lockwood
  157. Arizona JR 2B Rafael Valenzuela
  158. Western Kentucky JR C Matt Rice
  159. Southern Illinois SR C Tyler Bullock
  160. Embry-Riddle SR C Austin Goolsby
  161. Oklahoma State JR C Kevin David
  162. Rice SR C Diego Seastrunk
  163. Ohio State JR C Dan Burkhart
  164. Chipola JC SO 1B Cody Martin
  165. Tennessee JR 1B Cody Hawn
  166. Central Florida SR OF Shane Brown
  167. Michigan State SR OF Eli Boike
  168. Texas Tech JR C Jeremy Mayo
  169. New Mexico JR C Rafael Neda
  170. Louisville SR C Jeff Arnold
  171. Mississippi JR 1B Matt Smith
  172. Pittsburgh JR OF John Schultz
  173. North Carolina SR 2B Dallas Poulk
  174. South Carolina SR 1B Nick Ebert
  175. Oklahoma State JR 1B Dean Green
  176. Connecticut JR 2B Pierre LePage
  177. Pittsburgh JR C Kevan Smith
  178. Manhattan JR OF Mike McCann
  179. James Madison SR OF Matt Browning
  180. Florida State JR OF Mike McGee
  181. Florida State JR 3B Stuart Tapley
  182. San Francisco SR Derek Poppert
  183. Middle Tennessee State SR 1B Blake McDade
  184. Kent State JR 2B Jared Humphreys
  185. Nebraska SR OF Adam Bailey
  186. Texas SR OF Russell Moldenhauer
  187. Creighton JR SS Elliot Soto
  188. North Carolina State SR OF Kyle Wilson
  189. Florida SR OF Matt Den Dekker
  190. Louisville JR OF Josh Richmond
  191. Washington SO OF Caleb Brown
  192. Indiana State SR OF Ryan Strausborger
  193. San Diego State JR OF Cory Vaughn
  194. Bowling Green SR 3B Derek Spencer
  195. Arizona State SR 1B Kole Calhoun
  196. Sam Houston State JR 2B Braden Riley
  197. Pacific JR 2B JB Brown
  198. Howard JC SO 2B Marcellous Biggins
  199. Georgia State SO OF Joey Wood
  200. Stanford JR OF Kellen Kiilsgaard
  201. Sonoma State JR OF Tillman Pugh
  202. Samford SR OF David Schulze
  203. Dallas Baptist JR OF Jason Krizan
  204. Cal Poly SR OF Luke Yoder
  205. Georgia Tech JR OF Chase Burnette
  206. Texas JR OF Tant Shepherd
  207. Wright State SR OF Casey McGrew
  208. Virginia Tech SR OF Steve Domecus
  209. Texas A&M SR OF Brodie Greene
  210. Ohio State SR OF Zach Hurley
  211. Sam Houston State JR OF Mark Hudson
  212. Rice SR 1B Jimmy Comerota
  213. Long Beach State SO 1B Joey Terdoslavich
  214. Auburn SR C Ryan Jenkins
  215. Mississippi JR C Miles Hamblin
  216. Western Michigan SR OF Chris Lewis
  217. Georgia Tech JR OF Jeff Rowland
  218. Rice JR OF Michael Fuda
  219. Virginia JR OF John Barr
  220. Florida Gulf Coast JR OF Josh Chester
  221. Richmond SR 3B Cameron Brown
  222. Mississippi State JR C Wes Thigpen
  223. Chipola FR 3B Michael Revell
  224. East Carolina JR OF Trent Whitehead
  225. UCLA JR OF Brett Krill
  226. Clemson JR OF Addison Johnson
  227. Clemson SR OF Wilson Boyd
  228. Siena SR OF Anthony Giansanti
  229. Auburn JR OF Justin Fradejas
  230. Kentucky SO OF Navarro Hall
  231. Xavier JR OF John McCambridge
  232. Mississippi JR OF Tim Ferguson
  233. Louisiana Lafayette SR OF Kyle Olasin
  234. Rice JR OF Chad Mozingo
  235. San Diego JR OF Kevin Muno
  236. Boston College JR OF Robbie Anston
  237. Ohio State SR OF Michael Stephens
  238. Kennesaw State SR SS Tyler Stubblefield
  239. Central Florida JR 1B Jonathan Griffin
  240. New Orleans JR OF Michael Petello
  241. Rutgers SR C Jayson Hernandez
  242. Minnesota SR C Kyle Knudson
  243. Florida Atlantic JR SS Nick DelGuidice
  244. Delaware SR 1B Ryan Cuneo
  245. Community College of Southern Nevada SO 1B Trent Cook
  246. Houston SR C Chris Wallace
  247. Fresno Pacific SR C Wes Dorrell
  248. North Carolina SR SS Ryan Graepel
  249. Cal State Fullerton SR C Billy Marcoe
  250. Vanderbilt SR C Andrew Giobbi

2010 NFL Draft Big Board

Holiday weekend, spring break, warm weather, Opening Day quickly approaching…feels like as good a time as any to do something totally different around these parts. I finalized my 2010 NFL Draft for something elsewhere on the internet last night, so why not open up the list to public ridicule here as well as there?

Not included, unfortunately, are OF/LHP/S Chad Jones, OF/HB Toby Gerhardt, OF/WR Eric Decker, OF/WR Riley Cooper, and, the likely crown jewel of the 2011 NFL Draft and my favorite pro baseball prospect of the bunch, OF/QB Jake Locker. Between you and me, the top 24ish prospects ranked or so are where I feel most confident; once I get to the spot where my favorite team picks in the first round, my already meager knowledge base tends to dissipate. Keep that in mind as you check out the big board at the end.

As much as I love the NFL Draft now, I REALLY loved it back in the day. REALLY loved it. If it’s in ALL CAPS, bold, and italics, then you know I’m serious. We’re talking taping and then re-watching games on my sister’s 14″ 2-in-1 TV/VCR combo. Ah, life before the internet boom. If I had high speed internet back then, perhaps we’d all be reading the fantastic insight from the super successful website Football Draft Report right now. If that was the case, you would have been able to read gems like the ones I recently recovered from my 2002 NFL Draft notes whilst cleaning out my office…

1. No prospect reminds me more of a young Troy Aikman than David Carr. (Good call!)
2. No prospect reminds me more of a young Warren Sapp than Wendell Bryant. (Well, in my defense, they were both large men who played football!)
3. No prospect reminds me more of a young Derek Brooks than Napoleon Harris. (Maybe I just wanted a guy named Napoleon to succeed for a change…)
4. Julius Peppers is a classic boom or bust prospect. Smart money is on the latter. (Terrible, terrible, terrible. I think the 16-year old me was just happy to use “latter” correctly here…)
5. Quentin Jammer = best player in class (Not the stupidest thing I’ve ever said, but still not too bright…)
6. Ryan Sims = most ready to play right away in class (Still not sure why he was as bad as he was, but, boy, what a nondescript playing career he’s in the midst of…)
7. Jabar Gaffney should have a long, undistinguished career as a journeyman WR (Alright, that wasn’t a bad prediction actually…)
8. Antonio Bryant will have a better career than any other receiver in his class (Considering Donte Stallworth, Ashley Lelie, and Gaffney were all seen as better bets at the time, I like this call…)
9. Kalimba Edwards > Dwight Freeney (Arguably as bad as the Aikman to Carr comp…)
10. Josh Reed = Troy Brown with more speed (This may not have worked out, but I’ll defend Josh Reed’s value to the death…)
11. TJ Duckett = Eddie George (In a parallel universe where the toilets actually flush counter clockwise, maybe…)
12. DeShaun Foster will go down as the best runner in the draft while Clinton Portis will be a steady starter, but never a star (First and last time I’ve ever doubted a Hurricane…)
13. Lamont Thompson = four time All Pro safety (What an oddly specific, and truly terrible, prediction…)

With my reputation as a brilliant football draft prognosticator now a matter of public record, please do enjoy yet another faceless hack’s list of most promising 2010 NFL Draft prospects.

2010 NFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND BIG BOARD

1. Suh
2. Clausen
3. Berry
4. Bradford
5. McCoy
6. McClain
7. Thomas
8. Haden
9. Spiller
10. Okung
11. Bulaga
12. Iupati
13. Morgan
14. Pierre-Paul
15. Price
16. Wilson
17. Graham
18. Campbell
19. Davis
20. T. Williams
21. Bryant
22. Mays
23. Bowman
24. Kindle
25. Hughes
26. Gresham
27. Best
28. Brown
29. Pouncey
30. D. Williams
31. Tate
32. Odrick

Updated Top Fifty 2010 MLB Prospect Big Board

1. Bryce Harper – C – College of Southern Nevada
2. Jameson Taillon – RHSP – The Woodlands HS (TX)
3. AJ Cole – RHSP – Oviedo HS (FL)

It would take something pretty funny to happen this spring to knock either Harper or Taillon off of their comfortable 1-2 perch in my rankings. Harper’s numbers (.362/.426/.681 at CSN through 47 at bats) don’t even begin to tell the whole story of how damn impressive he has looked so far. I mean, come on, have you seen the triple yet? Kid can move a little bit for a big guy, right? All of the backlash against Harper so far has been founded entirely on one of two premises – 1) no 17 year-old should be getting this kind of ridiculous hype, and/or 2) in a given year there are close to 1500 prospects drafted, so why is that the only player I ever read about on the websites for ESPN/SI/MAJOR SPORTS MEDIA GIANT OF YOUR CHOOSING is this Bryce Harper kid? Overexposed is not a synonym for overrated. That’ll be my non-stop mantra until June, especially so long as Harper throws up a .350/.425/.600+ line, so better get used to it now.

Hey, remember the last time we had pre-draft scouting reports on a high school pitcher with the last name Cole? Plus fastball, plus potential breaking ball, average change, projectable frame? All of that applies to AJ Cole as well, I think. Harper and Taillon get the majority of the attention at the top of the draft (and rightfully so), but Cole’s upside makes him the third best prospect in the draft by a good measure.

4. Nick Castellanos – 3B – Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)
5. Austin Wilson – OF – Harvard Westlake HS (CA)

I’m unabashedly in love with the potential Castellanos has shown at the plate. With the way he has dropped down the experts’ boards this winter, I’m starting to feel all alone in my adoration. Wouldn’t be the first time. Reservations about his defense keep me from fawning incessantly about his pro potential — obviously his stock takes a dip if he is a 1B and not a 3B, a judgment that I’m not really qualified to make at this point in time — but I’m otherwise blinded by the beauty of his swing. I feel similarly about Wilson’s five-tool upside. As I said in the January Mock, Wilson could be this year’s Donovan Tate or Wilson could be this year’s Brian Goodwin. Too early to tell at this point, though my aggressive ranking tips my hand a bit.

6. Deck McGuire – RHSP – Georgia Tech
7. Brandon Workman – RHSP – Texas
8. James Paxton – LHSP – Kentucky?

Three college arms (or “college,” in Paxton’s case) above Anthony Ranaudo? What’s up with that? McGuire has the best three-pitch mix of any 2010 pitcher, Workman has an elite fastball and curve combination with room to grow, and Paxton possesses the best lefthanded stuff in the class.

9. Zack Cox – 3B – Arkansas
10. Chris Sale – LHSP – Florida Gulf Coast
11. Kyle Blair – RHSP – San Diego

Sale and Blair ranked over Ranaudo is a little harder to understand than McGuire, Workman, and Paxton, but let me try to explain the rationale. Sale’s another pitcher with a quality three-pitch mix and plus fastball command. Blair is similar to Workman in that both pitchers have already flashed special stuff, but still have huge amounts of untapped potential. As for Ranaudo, well, here is a quick breakdown on his stuff, based on what I’ve seen: fastball – good velocity, very good command, too straight at times; changeup – good velocity separation, good sink, underutilized; curveball – very good pitch when it is good, very hittable pitch when it isn’t, inconsistent velocity, shape, and command, but definite plus potential. Here’s something on Ranaudo I’ve been meaning to publish in the College Team Profile: LSU. It still needs some editing, but here goes nothing:

Everybody saw him when he was at his relative worst, completely worn down and exhibiting diminished velocity during the College World Series. His heater was sitting only in the upper-80s and the sharpness on his 12-6 curveball, the secondary offering generally considered his finest, was noticeably absent. I caught Ranaudo for the first time during the middle of conference play last season and came away impressed. His fastball was 91-93 MPH consistently, hitting as 94 at its peak. Many outlets regard his curve as a superior pitch to his change, but Ranaudo’s 82-84 MPH sinking changeup impressed as much as his high-70s curve, a pitch that flattened out too often and stayed consistently up in the zone.

In fact, the one thing I’d love to see first addressed with Ranaudo as a professional is his tendency to leave balls up. Darn near everything he threw, especially his fastballs and curves, were left up. Ranaudo is 6-7, 220 pounds and should be able to us e his frame to his advantage when attempting to generate a more favorable downward plane on his pitches. In fact, don’t be shocked to hear many of the experts assume that the big righty gets that great downward movement and the ensuing groundball outs that come with it. It’s a fine theory and one that will be correct more often than not, but in this instance it’s wrong. My quick 2009 GO/AO ratio using the publicly available data for Ranaudo is 0.71. That number would be best compared against all pitchers that make up the college ball landscape, but, alas, we’re stuck making an assumption of our own in lieu of spending far too much time and energy ginning up all that data. The assumption here is that 0.71, a number that more or less says Ranaudo induced 100 air outs for every 71 groundball out, makes the big LSU righty a pretty clear flyball pitcher.

All of the “non-skill” stuff with Ranaudo grades out as excellent. He gets high praise for his competitive makeup, he is an above-average athlete who prides himself on staying in tremendous baseball shape, and the LSU coaching staff has widely acknowledged his receptiveness to learning as much as possible about what it takes to be a big game pitcher. He had a healthy sophomore year, but it is still possible questions linger in the minds of clubs worried about the two missed months his freshman year due to tendinitis in his right elbow. Another season of healthy, dominant baseball in the SEC should put a lot of the haters’ (like me) doubts to bed.

It isn’t that I don’t like Ranaudo as a prospect, it’s just that I like a few of the other prospects in his class a little bit better.

12. Anthony Ranaudo – RHSP – LSU
13. Jesse Hahn – RHSP – Virginia Tech
14. Drew Pomeranz – LHSP – Mississippi

Hahn is only this high up based on the assumption/belief that he’ll continue to pitch well as a starter this spring. His performance as a starter on the Cape probably shouldn’t overshadow two iffy seasons out of the bullpen collegiately, but I’m a sucker for big fastballs, projectable frames, and high-K guys. Pomeranz isn’t particularly similar to Andy Oliver from last year, but I could see the lefthander having a draft day drop reminiscent to Oliver’s fall to the second round in 2009.

15. Cam Bedrosian – RHSP – East Coweta HS (GA)
16. Bryce Brentz – RF – Middle Tennessee State
17. Dylan Covey – RHSP – Maranatha HS (CA)
18. Kaleb Cowart – RHSP/3B – Cook County HS (GA)
19. Stetson Allie – RHSP – St. Edward HS (OH)
20. Karsten Whitson – RHSP – Chipley HS (FL)

The Top 20 is rounded out by a grouping that includes five of the best young righthanded amateur arms in the country. I love Bedrosian, ranking him higher than just about anybody and happy to have him as my third highest ranked prep righty after Taillon and Cole. His power stuff and potential for a decent change make me a believer. As for the other pitchers, here’s something grom my look at the Top 10 High School Righthanded Pitching Prospects back in December. Not a whole lot has changed my mind about them one way or another at this point, except for maybe beginning to wonder if Cowart’s future is not on the mound. I still think he has more upside as a pitcher than as a third baseman, but that’ll be worked out in the spring.

Covey, Cowart, Allie, and Whitson form a pretty logical quartet of high school arms. All four are big fellas (Covey is the shrimp of the group at a round, but athletic 6-2, 200 pounds), with big fastballs (all four have hit at least 95 on the gun at one point or another), and big questions that could define them come draft day. Covey, my current favorite of the four, has the easiest questions (inconsistent mechanics and command, plus a less than idea young pitcher body type) to answer going forward, especially when you consider how far he has come to answer one of those questions (his command has looked sharper every time I’ve seen him) already. Whitson, currently ranked fourth in this little subgroup, has a potential dynamite 1-2 punch with his fastball (sitting 91-93, hitting 95-96) and slider (works best in the mid-80s, but has shown up as a less effective slurvy high-70s CB at times), but I think his mechanics will need something pretty close to a complete overhaul as a professional. Cowart has grown on me just as much as a hitter than as a pitcher lately, but his potential on the mound is still vast. Cowart is as likely as anybody on the list to shoot up to the top of the subgroup and could, I stress could, actually challenge the more established top two if everything breaks right. Everything Cowart throws moves downward, from his sharp high-80s slider to his low-80s split-fingered changeup. Allie has the most electric arm of the foursome, but has been plagued by up and down command and control throughout his career on the high school showcase circuit. He also doesn’t have quite the secondary stuff as some of his contemporaries.

21. Matt Harvey – RHSP – North Carolina

I was stubborn with both Sean Black and Robert Stock last year, keeping their rankings higher than most had them because I couldn’t let go of the upside they had once shown as high schoolers. If I swing and miss with my equally stubborn Harvey ranking this year, I think it’ll be time to rethink my stance on prep stars turned disappointing college players. For now, however, I’ll remain blockheaded enough to keep Harvey up near the Top 20. I need college prospects to show three average or better big league pitches to convince me that they can start professionally. Harvey has shown, at various points in his development, that he has an above-average to plus fastball, an above-average to plus curve, and an average to above-average sinking changeup. Of course, he has also shown below-average fastball velocity, inconsistent curves, and a babied change. I said this during the January Mock and it holds up pretty well now – “If the right scouting director sees him on the right day, he’ll go high. If not, he’ll be lumped in with the rest of the college guys who project as relievers hoping to get a spot in the first five rounds.” I’ve been lucky to personally see him throw on the right days, but I’m not about to turn a blind eye toward his inconsistency.

22. Tony Wolters – SS – Rancho Buena Vista HS (CA)
23. Stefan Sabol – C – Aliso Niguel HS (CA)

Two prep players currently at the top of their respective position lists. Many downgrade the pair because they don’t think either will last in their spots defensively, but not me.

24. Sammy Solis – LHSP – San Diego
25. Alex Wimmers – RHSP – Ohio State

The strength of the draft really comes through when you see players of this quality falling this far down the list. It’s not hard to envision a slew of high school players performing well enough this spring to push some of the quality college talent out of the back of the first round. What a coup that would be for the teams drafting in the supplemental first and/or early second round.

26. LeVon Washington – CF – Chipola College
27. Christian Colon – SS – Cal State Fullerton

Wolters and Sabol are a pair that I have higher than most; Washington and Colon represent the opposite end of that spectrum. I love Washington’s tools (plus speed, plus arm, plus range in CF), but still question the long-term prognosis with the stick. Colon is more good than great across the board, and I’d prefer a higher upside prospect if I was drafting high in the first round. Again, I should point out that I’m probably underrating how valuable a potentially league average (or even better, according to those higher on his tools than I) shortstop really is.

28. Justin O’Conner – SS/C – Cowan HS (IN)
29. Manny Machado – SS – Brito Private HS (FL)

Of all the players here in the bottom half of the Top 30, O’Conner has the best chance of any prospect to rise up into the top half. Even now I’m wondering why it is I had Wolters above him in the first place. I’m really late to taking a liking to Machado because, quite honestly, I view him as being pretty close to a high school version of Colon. High probability of sticking at short, but no ridiculous tools that make you stand up and take notice. Steady, not spectacular. I’m beginning to come around and see the value in steady, but I’ll never totally stop lusting after spectacular.

30. Jarrett Parker – CF – Virginia
31. Rob Brantly – C – UC Riverside

Two college guys with legit production against high-level competition, in addition to impressive toolsets. Toolsy + Productive = First Round Grade. I also like my comps on each player, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise coming from an egomaniac such as myself. Jarrett Parker = Lastings Milledge. Rob Brantly = Derek Norris. Genius!

32. AJ Vanegas – RHSP – Redwood Christian HS (CA)
33. DeAndre Smelter – RHSP – Tatnall Square Academy (GA)
34. Brian Ragira – OF – James Martin HS (TX)

Ragira is a volatile prospect with loads of upside who should have enough defensive value to remain worthwhile even if the bat doesn’t develop as expected. He also has the best full name in the entire draft – Brian Aosa Mogaka Ragira. Vanegas can throw four pitches for strikes, a rare and beautiful thing for a high schooler. The Smelter = Kevin Brown comp is beginning to gain steam, based largely on Smelter’s outstanding power arsenal highlighted by Brown’s signature pitch, a deadly 82-84 MPH splitter.

35. Justin Grimm – RHSP – Georgia
36. Sam Dyson – RHSP – South Carolina
37. Gary Brown – CF – Cal State Fullerton

I’m almost done a brief writeup on Gary Brown for the Top 2010 Draft-Eligible Big West Outfielder piece, but I’ll throw out some of my unedited notes to fill the void until I polish everything up. Here’s the basic idea, in wonderful comp form. As you can see, I’m pretty high on the guy…

Watching Brown play reminds me of watching any number of successful big league players. He resembles Shane Victorino for his defensive range in center, plus speed, and intriguing power/speed combo; I see some Chone Figgins (pre-2009 breakout, mostly) in the way he’ll be an incredibly valuable player due to defensive versatility despite having only an average arm; at his very best, I see some young Johnny Damon, especially if his power potential comes around the way I expect.

I had Dyson 19th on my personal Big Board heading into the 2009 draft, by the way.

38. Drew Cisco – RHSP – Wando HS (FL)
39. Leon Landry – CF – LSU
40. Rick Hague – SS – Rice
41. Aaron Sanchez – RHSP – Barstow HS (CA)

Love Hague’s defense, but still see too many holes in his bat to envision him putting up consistently acceptable contact rates professionally. Landry could be 2009 first round pick Jared Mitchell with more power. Cisco’s bloodlines give him a huge leg up on the mental side of pitching, a nice advantage to have when many of the high school righthanders are so tightly bunched. Cisco’s cerebral approach, plus command, and, you guessed it, above-average potential with three different pitches make him a prospect worth watching. Many scoff at his underwhelming present fastball velocity, however. We’ll see.

42. Kevin Jacob – RHRP – Georgia Tech
43. Derek Dietrich – 3B – Georgia Tech

A pair of Yellow Jackets with solid upsides and reasonably high floors; Jacob is the top ranked pure reliever on the list, and Dietrich is a good bet to be a steady everyday third baseman professionally. Natural comparisons between Dietrich and former Georgia Tech third baseman Wes Hodges make sense, but, despite very similar production, I think Dietrich has superior tools.

44. Kris Bryant – 3B – Bonanza HS  (NV)
45. Kolbrin Vitek – 3B/2B – Ball State
46. Josh Sale – OF – Bishop Blanchet HS (WA)
47. Rob Segedin – 3B – Tulane

Including Dietrich, this now makes 4 of the last 5 players on the list third basemen. Weird. Bryant gets compared often to Troy Glaus, a really good comp based on body type, raw power potential, and defensive skillset. Offensively, however, I think the player his absolute ceiling professionally matches up closest with is Arizona’s Mark Reynolds. That’s some serious upside, but the gap between where Bryant currently is and where he needs to be is gigantic. Vitek reminds me of Bryce Brentz without a publicist, but another big college season will finally get the kid his proper due. Segedin will get his fair share of digital ink this spring, beginning with a nice little writeup on this very site in Friday’s Draft Notebook.

48. Blake Forsythe – C – Tennessee
49. Yordy Cabrera – SS – Lakeland HS (FL)
50. Victor Sanchez – 3B – San Diego

Forsythe is my kind of player – patience and power combined with more power and a little extra patience. Anecdotally it seems that teams tend to reach on third basemen on draft day (no idea if this is true or not, I need to check recent draft history one of these days), so Sanchez could hear his name called a round or two earlier than many currently project. I like him as a draft prospect more than most, but that goes back to my undying love of highly skilled prep players with disappointing college resumes. I actually got some really positive news on Yordy Cabrera this very morning, so now I’m already regretting dropping him this far down. If there is one high school player in the draft I’d love to see play in person, it would be Yordy.

Top 50 2010 MLB Draft Prospects – Expanded Version

I had way too difficult a time attempting to group the top 50 2010 MLB Draft prospects into meaningful tiers, so instead I grouped them in a way that made it easier for me to come up with common things to talk about under each tier. I’ve been gone a few months, but I’m still as lazy a writer as ever.

While reading my off the cuff blurbs, please do keep in mind that I’m way behind on my college coverage right now. Anything I say about a college prospect should be taken with a humongous block of salt. Conversely, I’ve done my homework on these high school guys. So you should listen to me there, if you know what’s good for you. Or not. Your call. It’s just that last year I was way ahead on college players vs. high school players, and this year I wanted to make a concerted effort to focus more on the more mysterious side of the draft spectrum first. I’ve spent a lot of my time “off” going through high school scouting reports, watching video, checking out showcases, and talking to people in baseball way more well connected about this stuff than I’ll ever be. All of that has been done with an emphasis on this year’s group of high school prospects. Hopefully, some of that knowledge will come across in the coming days, weeks, and months. Alright, enough about me…let’s talk about the prospects.

C Bryce Harper

The Harper backlash has already begun in some corners of the internet, but I’m going to be oh so bold and stick with him as the top draft prospect heading into 2010. Keep in mind this is coming from the same guy who totally called Stephen Strasburg as the top pick last year. Amazing prediction, am I right? Now you see why I have to disappear for months at a time during the draft offseason – I’m working hard coming up with such bold, innovative predictions that allow me to stand out amongst the crowd of all the other amateur draft prognosticators. I should really start charging for my brilliant insight…

RHP Jameson Taillon
3B Nick Castellanos
RHP AJ Cole
OF Austin Wilson

Picking Harper for the top spot was a piece of cake. Picking Taillon right behind him is almost as easy. A piece of pie, if you will. Taillon’s extensive arsenal of quality pitches (heavy FB, nasty low-80s SL, near-plus high-70s CB, occasional splitters and CUs) and high level of high school competition put him above the rest of this year’s impressive crop of teenage righthanded pitching. After last year’s lackluster prep position player class, I’m admittedly a little bit desperate for some exciting high school bats to emerge this spring. To that end, I throw my full support behind both Castellanos and Wilson as legit high first round caliber talents. By the way, I hate pie. I don’t mean I hate Taillon – I’m through with that lame metaphor. I mean actual pie. Apple is alright, I guess. Lemon meringue is probably my favorite. The rest? No, thank you. Makes Thanksgiving dessert a bit of a downer for me, but, on the bright side, it allows me more freedom to eat as much of the dinner portion of the meal as I can possibly stuff down my throat.

RHP Anthony Ranaudo
RHP Karsten Whitson
LHP Drew Pomeranz
RHP Brandon Workman
RHP Stetson Allie

Ranaudo is lower here than even I expected, but the upside of the five names in front of him partially explains his low standing. I also have personal reservations about big guys that don’t throw nearly as hard as expected. There is plenty of tape on him floating around, so I’ll need to take a closer look and break him down in the near future. Workman has been a fascination of mine since the Phillies failed to sign him coming out of high school, so I feel confident in his placement based on his outstanding raw stuff and physical build. Allie is ahead of Whitson on talent alone at this point, but the up and down results that Allie puts up make him a very difficult player to accurately access.

INF/OF/RHP Yordy Cabrera
RHP Deck McGuire
3B Zack Cox

Something about those draft eligible sophomores always intrigues me. I haven’t talked to many people who think Cabrera will stick at shortstop professionally, but he’s so darn talented across the board that I’d be willing to gamble on him being productive wherever he winds up on the diamond.

RHP Jesse Hahn
LHP Chris Sale

The two big names from the Cape are still a mystery to me as far as their prospect standing goes. They are both very good prospects, of course, but the question of how good remains to be answered. Yes, I realize I could write that exact same blurb about every player on this list, especially the college guys. I may have worked too hard to cover up my high school blindspots. Time to get back to studying the college game for a bit, starting with the high upside, high flameout possibilities listed above.

RHP Cameron Bedrosian
RHP Kyle Blair
RHP Matt Harvey

Undersized righthander with a hot fastball and an excellent curve with big league bloodlines? If it hasn’t been made before, I’m happy to be the first to throw out the Kyle Drabek/Cameron Bedrosian comparison. Blair and Harvey have seen their respective stocks drop a ton in the past calendar year. I’m a believer in the rule that once you show a skill, you own that skill. Neither Blair nor Harvey has been seriously injured. Neither Blair nor Harvey has forgotten how to throw a baseball with nasty stuff.

RHP Dylan Covey
RHP Kaleb Cowart
MIF Anthony Wolters
C/OF Stefan Sabol
OF Bryce Brentz
LHP James Paxton

Wolters and Sabol could both be impact players at up the middle defensive positions as professionals, with Wolters having a chance to be a truly special defender at second base in time. Brentz and Paxton might have cases as having the highest upsides of any position player and pitcher in the collegiate ranks, respectively.

RHP Zach Lee
RHP Peter Tago
RHP Jesus Valdez
RHP AJ Vanegas
RHP Justin Grimm
OF Angelo Gumbs
OF Brian Ragira
C Rob Brantly

Valdez doesn’t have quite the velocity of some pitchers in his class, but the movement he gets on his fastball makes it a legit plus pitch going forward. Vanegas may be a quick riser as a professional; prep pitchers that can throw four pitches for consistent strikes tend to move fast. I think I have Ragira too low in this spot. He is a legit CF prospect with an above-average big league quality arm, in addition to a mature beyond his years approach at the plate. Brantly is another draft-eligible sophomore with tremendous upside; in a pretty good year for college catching, he’s the top four-year college backstop on my board.

OF Levon Washington
SS Rick Hague
SS Christian Colon

Let’s talk Christian Colon for a minute, shall we? I guess my lack of love for his game comes from me severely underrating the value of a league average big league shortstop (a rookie mistake on my part, I admit) and also being less than impressed when seemingly every scouting report about Colon begins and ends with talk about his personality, leadership, and the way he makes the most of his average at best tools. No doubt Colon’s makeup is totally off the charts and his defensive chops make him a slam dunk to stick at short professionally, but I tend to focus more on the “average at best tools” part of that discussion than the “personality” and “leadership.” I’m both ready and willing to convinced I’m totally wrong on Colon, but that’s where things stand now. For what it’s worth, I’ve only seen Colon play once since watching him in person in high school, so maybe I’m judging him unfairly based on my limited and outdated memory of his skills. Also, for what it’s worth, I have a scouting buddy who has seen Colon play a ton from his junior year of high school until this past summer and he absolutely loves everything about Colon’s game.

RHP Kevin Gausman
RHP DeAndre Smelter
RHP Tyrell Jenkins
OF Leon Landry
3B Victor Sanchez

Keyvius Sampson was my guy from day one last year. This year’s version might be Tyrell Jenkins. Jenkins has a lot of nice things going for him on paper – good velocity, sharp breaking ball (slider), very athletic, and a great amount of projection going forward. Sanchez seems like he is getting lost in the shuffle as another formerly highly touted high school prospect who has battled injuries and inconsistency at the college level. Since I love making unfounding comparisons, let’s call Sanchez the hitting equivalent of the previously mentioned Matt Harvey and Kyle Blair combo platter. Landry is a total upside play here, but I trust the LSU coaching staff like few others.

1B Christian Yelich
SS Sean O’Brien
1B/3B Kris Bryant
RHP Aaron Sanchez
RHP Nick Tepesch
INF Zach Alvord

If I had to pick one guy on my list to drop off over the course of the season, I’d probably go with Yelich. That naturally begs the question of why he is on the list in the first place. Yelich is like the hitting version of Stetson Allie, an up and down prospect that can look like a late first rounder one day and a fifth round lottery ticket on the next. It gets repeated every year, but it’s important: prep players limited to first base need to be able to hit, hit, and hit some more to be taken seriously as a draft prospect. I realize I have O’Brien lower than Colon on this list, but I’m not quite sure why. I’m a man who loves upside, and O’Brien’s ceiling is higher than just about any other shortstop in this year’s class. Of course, I’m also a realistic enough fellow who can readily admit that Colon is a much more certain bet to reach his upside than O’Brien. In one of the most spot-on comps of the year, scouts have compared Kris Bryant to a young Troy Glaus on more than one occasion. It’s only been 24 hours since I posted this list, but I think I’m already ready to knock Alvord off…

RHP Robbie Aviles
C Micah Gibbs
SS/RHP Justin O’Conner
LHP Jessie Biddle

I think Justin O’Conner could wind up as this year’s Casey Kelly, a ridiculously talented two-way player picked late in the first round by a team willing to pony up the big bucks for his services. In the end, however, I think O’Conner will deviate from the Kelly plan by proving himself to be a better hitter than pitcher. Biddle is the token prep lefthanded pitcher on the list. I felt bad about not including any young lefties on the 2010 list after the totally stacked 2009 class, so I threw lefties everywhere a bone with Biddle’s inclusion.

Big Board 1.0: Top 50 2010 MLB Draft Prospects

I know this qualifies as a way, way, way too early look at the top 50 2010 MLB Draft prospects, but it seems like as good a way as any to get back into the swing of things here as we begin to prepare for another exciting draft season. This list is extremely preliminary (especially the rankings of the collegiate players and the prep righthanded pitchers), but I needed to get something down in print to better organize myself going forward. Next on the agenda, modifying this list by adding in player value tiers and brief commentary justifying some of the rankings. Stay tuned for that…
  1. C Bryce Harper
  2. RHP Jameson Taillon
  3. 3B Nick Castellanos
  4. RHP AJ Cole
  5. OF Austin Wilson
  6. RHP Anthony Ranaudo
  7. RHP Karsten Whitson
  8. LHP Drew Pomeranz
  9. RHP Brandon Workman
  10. RHP Stetson Allie
  11. INF/OF/RHP Yordy Cabrera
  12. RHP Deck McGuire
  13. 3B Zack Cox
  14. RHP Jesse Hahn
  15. LHP Chris Hale
  16. RHP Cameron Bedrosian
  17. RHP Kyle Blair
  18. RHP Matt Harvey
  19. RHP Dylan Covey
  20. RHP Kaleb Cowart
  21. MIF Anthony Wolters
  22. C/OF Stefan Sabol
  23. OF Bryce Brentz
  24. LHP James Paxton
  25. RHP Zach Lee
  26. RHP Peter Tago
  27. RHP Jesus Valdez
  28. RHP AJ Vanegas
  29. RHP Justin Grimm
  30. OF Angelo Gumbs
  31. OF Brian Ragira
  32. C Rob Brantly
  33. OF Levon Washington
  34. SS Rick Hague
  35. SS Christian Colon
  36. RHP Kevin Gausman
  37. RHP DeAndre Smelter
  38. RHP Tyrell Jenkins
  39. OF Leon Landry
  40. 3B Victor Sanchez
  41. 1B Christian Yelich
  42. SS Sean O’Brien
  43. 1B/3B Kris Bryant
  44. RHP Aaron Sanchez
  45. RHP Nick Tepesch
  46. INF Zach Alvord
  47. RHP Robbie Aviles
  48. C Micah Gibbs
  49. SS/RHP Justin O’Conner
  50. LHP Jessie Biddle

Day Two 2009 MLB Draft Top 33 Big Board

What names should your team be looking at in Rounds 4 and up? Check out the highest ranked players left from the original top 100 to find out.
  1. RHSP Sam Dyson
  2. C Luke Bailey
  3. RHSP Brody Colvin
  4. RHSP Madison Younginer
  5. C Max Stassi
  6. RHSP Keyvius Sampson
  7. SS Scooter Gennett
  8. LHSP Chris Dwyer
  9. 1B Jeff Malm
  10. SS Daniel Fields
  11. SS David Nick
  12. RHSP Zack Von Rosenberg
  13. C Mike Ohlman
  14. C Tucker Barnhart
  15. C Josh Leyland
  16. 2B Derek McCallum
  17. OF Cohl Walla
  18. C Austin Maddox
  19. C Miles Hamblin
  20. OF Todd Glaesmann
  21. RHSP Mike Nesseth
  22. RHSP Andrew Doyle
  23. RHSP Ryan Buch
  24. RHSP Michael Heller
  25. RHSP Scott Griggs
  26. LHSP Brooks Raley
  27. RHRP Jason Stoffel
  28. OF Kent Matthes
  29. OF Angelo Songco
  30. OF Brian Goodwin
  31. RHSP Sean Black
  32. RHSP AJ Morris
  33. 1B Jonathan Singleton

2009 MLB Draft Top 100 Big Board

  1. RHSP Stephen Strasburg
  2. CF Dustin Ackley
  3. LHSP Tyler Matzek
  4. RHSP Mike Leake
  5. RHSP Tanner Scheppers
  6. RHSP Alex White
  7. 3B Bobby Borchering
  8. SS Grant Green
  9. RHSP Jacob Turner
  10. RHSP Shelby Miller
  11. RHSP Aaron Crow
  12. RHSP Kyle Gibson
  13. CF Donavan Tate
  14. LHSP Matt Purke
  15. RHSP Zack Wheeler
  16. OF Everett Williams
  17. LHSP Tyler Skaggs
  18. LHSP Mike Minor
  19. RHSP Sam Dyson
  20. LHSP Chad James
  21. RHSP Garrett Gould
  22. OF Jared Mitchell
  23. C Wil Myers
  24. C Luke Bailey
  25. RHSP Brody Colvin
  26. RHSP Madison Younginer
  27. RHSP David Hale
  28. C Max Stassi
  29. 1B Rich Poythress
  30. LHSP James Paxton
  31. 3B Matt Davidson
  32. RHSP Keyvius Sampson
  33. LHSP Rex Brothers
  34. RHSP Eric Arnett
  35. SS Scooter Gennett
  36. LHSP Chris Dwyer
  37. LHSP Aaron Miller
  38. 1B Jeff Malm
  39. SS David Renfroe
  40. OF Slade Heathcott
  41. 3B Chris Dominguez
  42. SS Daniel Fields
  43. SS David Nick
  44. RHSP Jake Barrett
  45. SS Jiovanni Mier
  46. RHSP Zack Von Rosenberg
  47. RHSP Kyle Heckathorn
  48. RHSP Chad Jenkins
  49. LHSP Andy Oliver
  50. RHSP Matt Hobgood
  51. RHRP Drew Storen
  52. C Josh Phegley
  53. OF Tim Wheeler
  54. C Tony Sanchez
  55. OF Randal Grichuk
  56. OF Jason Kipnis
  57. RHSP Robert Stock
  58. C Mike Ohlman
  59. C Tucker Barnhart
  60. C Josh Leyland
  61. OF Max Walla
  62. 3B Tommy Mendonca
  63. 2B Derek McCallum
  64. OF Cohl Walla
  65. 2B Kyle Seager
  66. LHSP Justin Marks
  67. SS Nick Franklin
  68. C Austin Maddox
  69. OF AJ Pollock
  70. OF Brett Jackson
  71. C Miles Hamblin
  72. OF Todd Glaesmann
  73. OF Kentrail Davis
  74. OF Mike Trout
  75. RHSP Garrett Richards
  76. RHSP Mike Nesseth
  77. RHSP Andrew Doyle
  78. RHSP Ryan Buch
  79. RHSP Michael Heller
  80. SS Billy Hamilton
  81. RHSP Scott Griggs
  82. LHSP Brooks Raley
  83. 2B Robbie Shields
  84. RHRP Jason Stoffel
  85. OF Kent Matthes
  86. OF Angelo Songco
  87. OF Brian Goodwin
  88. RHSP Alex Wilson
  89. OF Marc Krauss
  90. RHSP Victor Black
  91. RHSP Eric Smith
  92. RHRP Joe Kelly
  93. RHSP Sean Black
  94. RHSP Billy Bullock
  95. RHSP AJ Morris
  96. LHSP Matt Bashore
  97. OF Reymond Fuentes
  98. SS Mychal Givens
  99. 1B Jonathan Singleton
  100. LHSP Josh Spence

2009 MLB Draft: Top 25 Draft-Eligible Catcher Big Board

Hope everybody out there had a nice, relaxing long weekend. I spent too much of mine trying to think of creative ways I could cobble something ready to publish Tuesday morning without having it eat into my own nice, relaxing long weekend. I also made my selections as the Angels scouting director in the MVN MLB Outsider Mock Draft, so I’ll be sure to shamelessly self promote my rationale once it goes live later this week.

In the meantime, let’s unleash the full fury of my very own personal draft-eligible catcher big board. It’s not necessarily where I think the players will go on draft day (i.e. Stassi and Sanchez seem like they’ll both land in the first), but instead where I would value each player if I was the boss. Next up in the queue: College Team Profile – Texas Longhorns

Round 1: Wil Myers

Round 1s/2: Luke Bailey, Josh Phegley, Austin Maddox, Max Stassi, Tony Sanchez

Round 4/5: Mike Ohlman, Jonathan Walsh

Round 5/6: Tucker Barnhart, Dan Black, Mark Fleury, Tommy Joseph, Andrew Susac, Josh Leyland, Miles Hamblin, JR Murphy

Round 7/8: Michael Zunino, Jack Murphy, Justin Dalles

Round 9/10: Carlos Ramirez, Steve Baron, Cameron Garfield

Round 10+: Dane Phillips, Miles Head, Robert Stock

2009 MLB Draft: College Big Board Report Cards

Things have been quiet around here lately, but for good reason…it’s report card season! Yes, I do have a day job that may keep me updating from time to time, and, yes, filling out report card after report card takes priority over draft coverage – sad, but true. However, with all that grading in the books, it’s time to move on. What better way to celebrate than by doing some more grading!

In case you’ve been busy like me and haven’t kept up with some of the top college prospects, below the jump is a look back at our earlier College Big Board 1.0 (just the top 25 this time) with grades based on their performance through the first three weeks of the college baseball season. (more…)

2009 MLB Draft: College Big Board 1.0

1. Steven Strasburg (RHSP – San Diego State)

Alright, so far this is pretty easy…

2. Alex White (RHSP – North Carolina)
3. Grant Green (SS – Southern California)
4. Dustin Ackley (OF – North Carolina)
5. Kyle Gibson (RHSP – Missouri)

White is a confusing prospect. On one hand, he’s second on the board and, while Green may be very close behind him at number three, is a worthy candidate to go number two overall. On the other hand, if we pretended Strasburg wasn’t draft-eligible this year, would White as the number one pick in the country feel right? That may be a silly way of looking at it, but I can’t help it. Maybe it’s more about my personal hangup about what a number one overall pick should be. I like White a lot and genuinely believe he can front a big league rotation, but it would feel like a weak draft if he went number one overall. Ugh, that makes no sense. I’m just thinking out loud, disregard this paragraph…

6. Mike Minor (LHSP – Vanderbilt)
7. Tanner Scheppers (RHSP – Fresno State/St. Paul Saints)
8. Aaron Crow (RHSP – Missouri/Forth Worth Cats)
9. Andrew Oliver (LHSP – Oklahoma State)

Minor is a personal favorite and higher on this list than he’ll sure be on others – watching Cole Hamels every fifth day the last few years has turned me into a huge backer of lefties with plus changeups. Scheppers is also higher here than he’ll be on most rankings, but, remember, this ranking is based on the assumption of good health into the summer.

10. Josh Phegley (C – Indiana)
11. Mike Leake (RHSP – Arizona State)
12. James Jones (LHSP – Long Island)
13. Kendal Volz (RHSP – Baylor)
14. Mike Nesseth (RHSP – Nebraska)

Phegley as the third ranked college bat may seem a little strange, but his statistical profile is hard to ignore. He heads up an underrated group of college catchers that feature a surprisingly high number of players on the list – well, maybe it isn’t all that surprising, but it was surprising to me as I put the list together, whatever that’s worth. Leake over Volz is a little strange, but it came down to present plus command and movement over potential power plus stuff across the board.

15. Sean Black (RHSP – Seton Hall)
16. Jake Locker (OF – Washington)

Sometimes I have a hard time letting go. I know I previously admitted having Locker = poor man’s Grady Sizemore burned into my brain, but Sean Black this high could be just as egregious a selection. Black was a big prep prospect not too long ago who has failed to live up to the hype at Seton Hall. Loads of raw talent + more difficult playing conditions (subpar team, so-so conference, and colder weather) = potential sleeper prospect. Locker will fall down the list (and eventually off altogether) as other players emerge this spring, but I had to put him way up here as a nod to his prodigious talent.

17. Kentrail Davis (OF – Tennessee)
18. Robbie Shields (SS – Florida Southern)
19. Jared Mitchell (OF – Louisiana State)
20. Kyle Seager (2B – North Carolina)
21. Rich Poythress (1B – Georgia)

Counting Locker at 16th, that gives us sixth straight position players in a row. How about that? These five should all be big league starters if all goes according to plan, though only the two outfielders profile as potential all-stars.

22. Sam Dyson (RHSP – South Carolina)
23. Chris Dominguez (3B – Louisville)

All or nothing, here we come. Dyson’s arm is electric, but his injury history and control both need some cleaning up. Dominguez has his detractors, but two plus tools (arm and power) make him stand out in a weak college class for hitters. If he puts it all together this season, expect crazy power numbers out of Dominguez, especially in Big East play.

24. Ryan Ortiz (C – Oregon State)
25. DJ LeMahieu (SS – Louisiana State)
26. Trevor Coleman (C – Missouri)
27. Robert Stock (C – Southern California)
28. Ryan Jackson (SS – Miami)

Five spots, only two positions. Sorting out the college catchers and middle infielders is one of the trickier things to do in this class. Ortiz is an underrated player because his skillset is so broad. Players like this often get overlooked for not having one standout tool to suck scouts in. LeMahieu is a far better hitter than Jackson, but they are close in the overall rankings because Jackson’s defense is outstanding. Big league front offices realize the importance of quality defense now more than ever, so where Jackson falls on actual draft boards will make an interesting case study in just how focused teams are developing their own standout defenders through the draft. As I already wrote about in the mock draft, Stock = catching version of Sean Black. Of course, baseball is a weird game so there may be more to the story than that simple equation (I like equations, by the way…if you haven’t noticed. We might be able to claim that Stock = Black without the catching disclaimer if the Southern Cal product has a big season on the mound for the Trojans.

29. AJ Pollock (OF/2B – Notre Dame)
30. Jason Stoffel (RHRP – Arizona)
31. Bryan Morgado (LHSP – Tennessee)
32. Kyle Heckathorn (RHSP – Kennesaw State)

Pollock is a hard player to figure, but if the position switch to second base actually sticks, he’ll fly up draft boards this spring. He is a very good basestealer, has playable pop, and is difficult to strike out. Pollock is one of the few I haven’t seen play yet, so I’m just throwing this out there…what about Chone Figgins as a comp?

33. Ben Tootle (RHRP – Jacksonville State)
34. Shawn Tolleson (RHSP – Baylor)
35. Jake Cowan (RHSP – San Jacinto JC)
36. Blake Smith (OF/RHSP – California)

The first junior college player to make the list is a righty with a great frame, 95 MPH fastball, and three plus pitches. Cowan, the former Virginia recruit, will be in contention to be the first juco player picked in 2009.

37. Tyler Lyons (LHSP – Oklahoma State)
38. Jeff Inman (RHSP – Stanford)
39. Ryan Weber (RHSP – St. Petersburg JC)

Weber is the second junior college arm on the list, a fact worth noting because neither the aforementioned Jake Cowan or Weber is Daniel Webb. Webb, the consensus top junior college talent, failed to crack the top fifty. Blazing fastball or not, he was just too raw a prospect for our tastes.

40. Micah Gibbs (C – Louisiana State)
41. Matt Thomson (RHSP – San Diego)
42. Brad Boxberger (RHRP – Southern California)
43. Tommy Medica (C – Santa Clara)
44. Brad Stillings (RHSP – Kent State)
45. Steve Fischback (RHRP – Cal Poly)
46. Nick Hernandez (LHSP – Tennessee)
47. Gavin Brooks (LHSP – UCLA)
48. Jordan Henry (OF – Mississippi)
49. David Hale (RHSP – Princeton)
50. Ben Paulsen (1B – Clemson)

And that’s 50. Not a very inspiring last group, but, let’s be real, it’s not a very exciting year for high-end college talent. I think I picked the wrong year to start doing this…

Check back all weekend long for occasional updates on college baseball’s opening weekend.

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