Here’s a quick run down on the top pitchers in the draft and how I would rank them right now. I went through the top 20 which would definitely cover the Cardinals’ first round pick, and I think has a pretty good chance of covering the sandwich picks as well. Of course these things are really fluid especially at this time of the year, but this gives you an idea of what is out there and maybe you can find some favorites to follow going forward.
In the first part of our draft series this season I take a look at who I think are currently the top 30 prospects for this year’s draft. Everyone has likely heard of Bryce Harper who is supposed to be the next phenom, but there are also several other very intriguing names in this year’s class. Some are calling it a weak draft due to the lack of impact collegiate position players, but there are some good college pitchers and it is a very strong year for high school arms. There are also some intriguing high school position players who seem to have a few great tools, but question marks surrounding the rest of their games. Look inside for the rankings, a brief scouting report on each player, and some links to videos.
fewgoodcards in 2009 MLB Draft, tags: Mike Trout
This isn’t coming from any of the local guys or the big time national draft gurus, but according to an article in the Philadelphia Daily News the Cardinals worked out New Jersey prep center fielder Mike Trout over the weekend.
Like many teams it sounds like the Cardinals are bringing in a big group of players for individual workouts, so I wouldn’t read a whole lot into what you hear on any one player working out with the team. There is something that stands out to me about this article though.
Here’s the quote I find very interesting
Now, I don’t really think he is a realistic option for the A’s as there are some guys that fit their profile a lot better that should be available at that spot. Trout usually has been going in the early to mid twenties in mock drafts, so he should be there when the Cardinals pick.
The draft is less than a week away, so all the teams are probably getting their meetings under way to set up their final draft board. I have decided to do the same, so today I am starting to roll out my final draft rankings. In the first installment you can take a look at who I think are the top 25 prospects in this year’s draft. Check it out and tell me what you think after the break. Just an FYI, mlb.com has posted their draft tracker now so you can go and check out video on just about any top draft prospect you want. Just go to the draft page and click on draft tracker at the top, and you can navigate it however you want.
This is not a ranking of my top draft prospects, but rather the order I would draft these players if I were in charge of the draft for the Cardinals. I only went down to #19 because at worst the Cardinals are going to have a chance to draft one of these guys. Of course I am probably being a little too optimistic putting guys like Matthew Purke and Donovan Tate on the list because even if they do fall (as some have recently projected they might) I doubt DeWitt will be willing to match their price tag. Of course we could always hope that he has been paying attention to Rick Porcello this season and has realized that elite talent is worth the elite price tag. Well, enough with the negative. Check out my list and rip it apart. This post is designed to generate draft discussion. Let me know your favorites.
The draft is now only 2 weeks from tomorrow, and you will soon be getting a chance to see a lot more potential picks on tv as the NCAA regionals and super regionals get underway the next 2 weekends. This draft is still very fluid, even more so than recent years, but I thought it would still be fun to get some kind of mock down to just get an idea of how the board might shake out. Of course anything this early is likely to be way off, but I think there is some concensus starting to form of who the top 10 players or so are in this draft. However, after you get through those players, teams could start pulling some real stunners. With this mock I just went down to the Cardinals’ pick, check out my best guess on who we will take after the jump.
This was the last weekend of the regular season for almost everyone in college baseball which really means the draft is getting close. Next week will be the conference tournaments, and the scouting departments from all the clubs will be out in full force trying to see a large number of prospects all at a single site. It also means that teams are running out of chances to get a look at guys, and the scouting directors and cross checkers are out in full force to try and re-affirm what their local scouts have been telling them. Unfortunately for a lot of the top names in this draft, they probably left the decision makers wanting more on this weekend. Check out all the results inside.
Thought I would try something a little different this week. Instead of giving a stats update, I decided to go ahead and update the rankings. There have been some big changes since the beginnning of the draft season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to still see a lot of changes in this last month. The way it is shaping up, I believe the best pick for the Cardinals is going to be a pitcher, and maybe even a college lefty. We all know the Cardinals could use some potential starters as the relief corps in the minors is stacked and the position player depth is actually pretty good. You have probably also realized that we could use some help from the left side. Check out the names that are rising and falling and the players that should be in the Cardinals range all inside.
Well here we are, just over a month away from the draft. This is usually the month when everyone starts to really ramp up their draft coverage, so we should start seeing more in the way of scouting reports and rankings in the coming weeks. Here at future redbirds we will start to pick up our coverage as well. Leading up to the draft look for player profiles and rankings as well as mock drafts. We will look at the candidates for the first round as well as try to identify some guys for the later rounds that fit the Cardinals’ profile. For now though you will have to settle for the wrap. Check it out after the break.
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.