Here we are with the second installment of the wrap. This is a very interesting draft to say the least as a lot of the top prospects haven’t put up the kind of seasons you would expect from top draft prospects. Needless to say, this will be a year where teams will have to rely more on pure scouting than sabermetrics. It could also mean a lean to more high school players in the first round.
We will be coming out with an update on our top draft prospects soon, but for now you will have to be content with checking the status updates inside.
Alex White, RHP, North Carolina (top 10)
6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Follows an outstanding start with a mediocre one. That’s the story of his season.
James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky (first round)
7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
Lefty has amazing velocity, but somehow manages to give up more runs than his base runner total would lead you to believe.
Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt (first round)
7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 13 K
Big time strikeout total, but he continues to struggle just a little bit.
Andrew Oliver, LHP, Oklahoma St. (first round)
7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K
Don’t like the high walks, but this is the kind of start that is more indicative of his talent than most of his season.
Brooks Raley, LHP, Texas A&M (round 2-5)
8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
Arguably outpitched Oliver, but ended up taking the loss as he allowed a run.
Alex Wilson, RHP, Texas A&M (sandwich round)
1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Followed up Raley’s brillance with this clunker.
Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego St. (whoever will pay him)
7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
Human? No, he still got the win (9-0) and had strikeouts for 2/3 of the outs he recorded.
Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona St. (first round)
9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
The early odds on favorite to be the Cardinals’ pick may be pitching himself too far up the draft board.
Brad Boxberger, RHP, USC (late first/sandwich)
9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
Dominating start for Boxberger. It’s amazing what happens when you throw strikes.
Jason Stoffel, RHP, Arizona (sandwich/2nd round)
1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Draft’s top college reliever in a year that is weak for college relievers.
Rich Poythress, 1B, Georgia (first round)
3-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Poythress continues to mash, but how high will people take a right/right first baseman?
D.J. LeMahieu, SS, LSU (late first/sandwich)
How high he goes depends on who believes he can stick at short.
Grant Green, SS, USC (top 10)
2-3, 2 R
Isn’t showing the power teams hoped for, but he is still the top middle infielder in the draft and that tends to make you a lot of money.
Josh Phegley, C, Indiana (round 2-5)
Not having quite as good of a season as last year, but teams love catchers that can hit.
Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College (sandwich/2nd round)
1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Top collegiate back stop is moving up draft boards.
Dustin Ackley, OF/1B, North Carolina (top 10)
2-4, HR, 3 RBI
Increased power stroke has made him the draft’s #2 prospect. Now if they would just play him in center.
Jared Mitchell, OF, LSU (late first/sandwich)
Exciting power/speed combo in the outfield, but he has been slumping recently against the better pitching in the SEC.
Jason Kipnis, OF, Arizona St. (sandwich)
Doesn’t have the best tools, but all he has done is produce the last 2 years.
Brett Jackson, OF, California (first round)
3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI
Potential 5-tool outfielder will benefit from weak college position player crop.
Blake Smith, OF, California (round 2-5)
2-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Rightfield prototype with power and arm strength, but will he make enough contact?
Grant Green 1-3
5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Not pitching well since move the pen.
Robert Stock, RHP, USC (round 2-5)
8 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
I think it is safe to say the one time prep catching phenom is now a better pitching prospect.
2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
3-5, 2B, SB, 2 R
Tony Sanchez 1-4, HR, 2 RBI