Wednesday, June 04, 2008

RAYS ARE ON THE CLOCK - MLB DRAFT PREVIEW



The Rays, hopefully for the last time in a long time, hold the first pick in the MLB Draft tomorrow. The latest buzz has them focusing their attentions on FSU C Buster Posey and Griffin HS (GA) SS Tim Beckham with the choice.

Pedro Alvarez 3B-1B from Vanderbilt should be the second pick to Pittsburgh regardless of who the Rays select. He appears to be the bat most ready to produce on the major league level, something the Pirates desperately need.

After that University of Georgia SS Gordon Beckham and collegiate pitchers Aaron Crow RHP University of Missouri and Brian Matusz LHP from University of San Diego appear to be the most coveted players.

1ST ROUND DRAFT ORDER
1. TB
2. PIT
3. KC
4. BAL
5. SF
6. FLA
7. CIN
8. CWS
9. WAS
10. HOU
11. TEX
12. OAK
13. STL
14. MIN
15. LAD
16. MIL
17. TOR
18. NYM (Type A Comp pick for Tom Glavine)
19. CHC
20. SEA
21. DET
22. NYM
23. SD
24. PHI
25. COL
26. ARI
27. MIN (Type A Comp Pick for Torri Hunter)
28. NYY
29. CLE
30. BOS

SUPPLEMENTAL FIRST ROUND PICKS:
31. MIN (Torri Hunter)
32. MIL (Francisco Cordero)
33. NYM (Glavine)
34. PHI (Aaron Rowand)
35. MIL (Scott Linebrink)
36. KC (Daid Riske)
37. SF (Pedro Feliz)
38. HOU (Trevor Miller
39. STL (Troy Percival)
40. ATL (Ron Mahay)
41. CHC (Jason Kendal)
42. SD (Doug Brocail)
43. ARI (Livan Hernandez)
44. NYY (Luis Vizcaino)
45. BOS (Eric Gagne)
46. SD (Mike Cameron)
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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter when he works out his command/control issues. When he misses, he misses by a bunch.
  • 2. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 3. Bryan Reynolds 6-2, 210 OF Switch hitter with average speed and polished hitting approach. Fits Giants mold of high-floor, low-ceiling prospects.
  • 4. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 5. Sandro Fabian 6-0, 180 OF Dominican signee from 2014, shows some pop in his bat. Below average arm and lack of speed should push him towards LF.
  • 6. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • 7. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 8. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 9. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 10. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 13. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 14. Garett Cave 6-4, 200 RHP He misses a lot of bats and at times, the plate. 13 K/9 an 5 B/9. Wild thing.

2018 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Ethan Hankins 6-6, 215 RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA) Mi 90's FB tops at 96-98, plus breaking ball. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 2. Kumar Rocker 6-5, 250 RHP North Oconee HS (GA) Heavy 98 FB, sharp mid 90's slider. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 3. Matthew Liberatore 6-5, 200 LHP Mountain Ridge HS (AZ) High 3/4 arm slot, 91-93 FB tops at 95, with good feel for pitching. Arizona commit.
  • 4. Slade Cecconi 6-4, 195 RHP Trinity Prep HS (FL) High 90's FB tops at 97, with mid 80's breaking ball. Miami commit.
  • 5. Carter Stewart 6-6, 200 RHP Eau Galle HS (FL) Highest spin rate breaking ball in draft. Mississippi State commit.
  • 6. Luke Bartnicki 6-3, 210 LHP Walton HS (GA) Low 90's FB with command, workable slider. Georgia Tech commit.

2018 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Brady Singer 6-5, 200 RHP Florida Sergio Romo-esque slider from whippy low 3/4 arm slot. Mid 90's FB, sharp slider and change-up. 3.4 K/BB rate.
  • 2. Casey Mize 6-3, 210 RHP Auburn Forearm issues, 96 FB with split/slider mix, 6.2 K/BB ratio.
  • 3. Logan Gilbert 6-6, 205 RHP Stetson Loose arm action, 3 pitch mix, 93-96 FB 3.2 K/BB.
  • 4. Ryan Rollison 6-3, 200 LHP Mississippi Smooth delivery from 3/4 arm slot, 89-93 FB tops at 94/95. Late 1st, early 2nd rounder. 2.8 K/BB rate.
  • 5. Shane McClanahan 6-1, 175 LHP South Florida Thin build, 3/4 arm slot, tall and fall delivery. 93/96 FB range. 3.0 K/BB rate.

2018 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Tampa Bay Area

  • 1. Connor Scott 6-4, 180 OF Plant HS (FL) Florida commit.