"The biggest change two months in is the ascent of San Diego prep lefty Brady Aiken to the No. 1 spot, as he and Shepherd (Texas) High righty Tyler Kolek appear to have passed Rodon on most draft boards. Aiken opened the season as a likely top 10 pick and has gotten better, showing improved velocity on his 90-94 mph fastball and better hand speed on his breaking ball to go with his already elite command and knack for pitching. Kolek has hit 100 mph repeatedly and has the best pure arm in the draft.
Rodon, meanwhile, has struggled with diminished fastball velocity and command this spring. The less he throws his fastball—more consistently in the 89-92 mph range rather than the 92-96 peak he flashed in each of the last two years—for strikes, the more he comes to rely on his still-plus slider. An ugly start in late March at Maryland raised questions about his ability to handle adversity, as he has allowed as many unearned runs (15) as earned. While his previous track record helps keep him at the top of the college class, he has yet to show the form that put him there.
Hoffman has had livelier stuff than Rodon but gets hit as well, and both have fallen back to the college-pitcher pack, with Southeastern Conference righthanders Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) and Aaron Nola (Louisiana State), UNLV righty Erick Fedde and lefties Brandon Finnegan (Texas Christian) and Kyle Freeland (Evansville) closing the gap."
Aiken is already so damn good, with room for improvement. If the Sox truly believe that Hoffman or Beede can be at least good #2s at the MLB level while moving rather quickly (rotation in 2016), then I would be fine with that.
Hoffman was just shut down for two weeks and Beede has been struggling with control. Hell even Rodon is throwing 130+ pitches in his starts. All these pitchers have their weaknesses.
Kolek might be my favorite at the moment, he throws an easy 100 mph and shows ability in movement and off speed pitches. Just needs to be refined.
There's another HS pitcher slowly climbing towards the top of the draft. Can't remember his name and haven't seen any tape.
High school players might have bigger upside, however they also probably won't be ready till 2017 or later. Im hoping for another Chris Sale situation, draft someone and they can contribute right away.