Saturday, June 06, 2009

OTWT: MLB Mock Draft

For the last couple of months, Only Time Will Tell's Scouting Department has been busy reviewing reports on players eligible for the Major League Baseball Draft. Here is how the department sees the first round going. There is no doubt about the first pick but after that its a little dicey.

1. Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
2. Seattle Mariners: Dustin Ackley, 1B, North Carolina
3. San Diego Padres: Alex White, RHP, North Carolina

4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri
5. Baltimore Orioles: Donovan Tate (picture right), OF, Georgia HS
6. San Francisco Giants: Zach Wheeler, RHP, Texas HS

7. Atlanta Braves: Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats (Indy)
8. Cincinnati Reds: Garrett Green, SS, USC
9. Detroit Tigers: Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy, Missouri HS.
10. Washington Nationals (9B, for unsigned 2008 No. 9 overall pick Aaron Crow): Shelby Miller, RHP, Texas HS
11. Colorado Rockies: Tanner Scheppers, RHP, St. Paul Saints (Indy)
12. Kansas City Royals: Everett Williams, OF, Texas HS
13. Oakland A's: Tyler Matzek, LHP, California HS
14. Texas Rangers: Matthew Purke, Texas HS
15. Cleveland Indians: Tim Wheeler, OF, Sacramento State
16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Rich Poythress, 1B, Georgia
17. Arizona Diamondbacks (from Dodgers - Orlando Hudson): Andy Oliver, LHP, Oklahoma State
18. Florida Marlins: Chad James, LHP, Oklahoma HS
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Bobby Bochering, 3B, Florida HS
20. Toronto Blue Jays: Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
21. Houston Astros: Jared Mitchell, OF, LSU
22. Minnesota Twins: Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State
23. Chicago White Sox: Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Kennesaw State
24. Los Angeles Angels (from Mets - Francisco Rodriguez): Tyler Skaggs, LHP, California HS,
25. Los Angeles Angels (from Yankees - Mark Teixeira): Brett Jackson, OF, California
26. Milwaukee Brewers: Mike Trout, OF, New Jersey HS
27. Seattle Mariners (from Phillies - Raul Ibanez): Garrett Gould, RHP, Kansas HS
28. Boston Red Sox: AJ Pollack, OF, Notre Dame
29. New York Yankees (28B, for unsigned 2008 No. 28 overall pick Gerrit Cole): Max Stassi, C, California HS
30. Tampa Bay Rays: LeVon Washington, OF, Florida HS
31. Chicago Cubs: Rex Brothers, LHP, Lipscomb
32. Colorado Rockies (from Angels - Brian Fuentes): Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State

Its going to be hard to hit on most of these, buts its funny that a school like Kennesaw State has potentially two first round picks in Heckathorn and Jenkins. Last year was the first year the draft was shown on TV, this year the draft will be shown on ESPN.

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