The draft reports have been gone for a while, but this week they make their comeback. I am going to try and do a few more so we get most of the guys that are potentially there at 13 profiled, but then I am going to skip some guys and go back to the sandwich round guys that you may see at the 39th pick. Today’s report includes some big time college bats. These are guys that play premium positions and have a polished enough game to move fast. I am guessing you have seen their names on the weekend wrap-ups.
Gordon Beckham SS Georgia 6’0″ 185 lbs. DOB: 9/16/86
Beckham positioned himself as a probable first rounder when he led the Cape Cod League in homers and RBI last summer, but this spring he has positioned himself as one of the best players in college baseball and a possible top 10 pick with a blazing hot start. He may be generously listed at 6 foot, but his power is legitimate and he can show it to any field. He uses a short, quick stroke, but the ball jumps off his bat. The only problem with his offensive game is he tends to be a little over aggressive, but he has shown more patience as the season has moved along and pitchers began to pitch around him. Gordon is known for his bat and will likely be an offensive minded middle infielder, but he is no slouch defensively. He can make all the plays at short, and his arm is actually a tick above average. However, there are some concerns that he may eventually have to slide over to 2nd base. Either way he is going to hit and will be an above average offensive player at either spot.
Buster Posey C Florida State 6’2″ 200 lbs. DOB: 3/27/87
Posey came to Florida State as a very talented two way star and stepped in as the team’s everyday shortstop right off the bat his freshman year. In somewhat of a surprising move, he was shifted to catcher before his sophomore year and has taken off as a prospect. As a former shortstop he obviously has great lateral movement behind the dish, and as the team’s closer his arm is a plus as well. He still has some things to smooth out behind the plate, but scouts are impressed by how quickly he has taken to the position and he projects as a very good defensive player. Even with all that, the best part of Posey’s game is his bat. He was known as a very good pure hitter coming into this year after hitting .382 as a sophomore, but this year he has added power and improved upon his already very good plate discipline. Posey projects as an above average defense catcher capable of hitting .300 with 15 homers a year. He also should move through the minors leagues quickly, and that will make him a very hot commodity on draft day.
Jemile Weeks 2b Miami (FL) 5’9″ 180 lbs. DOB: 1/26/87
The obvious knock on Weeks has always been his size, but he is a dynamic, wiry strong athlete and has game changing ability. Weeks fits the lead off profile as a switch-hitter with incredible speed and a line drive stroke. While he doesn’t have the power of his older brother Rickie, he does have some pop and could hit 10-15 homers a year. He is a better defensive 2nd baseman than his brother with plus range, but he still has some work to do as his hands are a little stiff and his arm isn’t the best. Weeks is having a fantastic spring showing both power and speed while hitting right around .400, and he has positioned himself to go in the 10-20 range in the first round. He may not have the upside of some of the other top picks, but he is a pretty safe bet to be a solid lead off man in the mold of Brian Roberts.