The MLB Draft starts next Thursday.
June 5- Rounds 1-2
June 6- Rounds 3-10
June 7- Rounds 11-40
The Houston Astros will have the top pick for, I believe, the third straight year.
Yankees first pick will be #55 because of their shopping spree in the off-season.
Baseball America's Top 200 Prospects: http://www.baseballamerica.com/draft-preview/
MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2014/#list=nyy
Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects (sub required): http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/draft...-law-big-board
According to reports, the Yankees are looking at tons of prep catchers (according to Law) and prep pitchers in this draft. It makes sense because over the past few seasons, the Yankees have accumulated good MiF depth and have been linked to many infielders in the International Free Agent Market.
The following are some of the prospects that are projected to go from anywhere from 30 to 60 in next year's draft that I find intriguing.
1- Scott Blewett - RHP - Baker HS, NY - 6'6 / 235
Ranked: 43 (BA), 57 (MLB), 20 (Law)
Big, prep kid who has limited tread on his arm. Sits 91-94 but has hit upper 90's at times. Best secondary pitch is a curveball. Both, his secondary pitches and command need to be refined. He has the arm talent and size to be a good one though. Committed to St. Johns.
2- Joe Gatto - RHP - St. Augustine Prep, NJ - 6'5 / 215
Ranked: 43 (BA), 59 (MLB), Unranked (Law)
Another big kid. Fastball sits 90-92 but shows good finish and sink. The curveball has plus potential but still needs work. Committed to North Carolina.
3- Cody Reed - LHP - Ardmore HS, ALA - 6'3 / 260
Ranked: 44 (BA), 61 (MLB), 82 (Law)
He's one big kid. Fastball sat 92-95 as a senior and his slider showed good finish. He needs to get on some sort of weight management program though. Committed to Vanderbilt.
4- Ti'Quan Forbes - SS - Columbia HS, Miss - 6'4 / 175
Ranked: 55 (BA), 51 (MLB), 39 (Law)
He has a projectable frame and has above average athleticism. His defense is better than his offense at the moment where he shows good hands, range and arm at SS. If he out-grows the SS position, he profiles as a 3B and CF. He shows good bat speed and running speed on offense. Committed to Mississippi.
5- Chase Vallot - C - St. Thomas Moore HS, LA - 6'1 / 205
Ranked: 57 (BA), 50 (MLB), 33 (Law)
Vallot might have the most upside out of any catcher outside of Alex Jackson (projected to go top 10) if he stays behind the plate. He already shows good power from the right side along with a very strong throwing arm. While his arm talent is great, his footwork and receiving skills are very poor. He has the athleticism to stay behind the plate though, which is all you can ask for in a prep prospect. Committed to Mississippi State.
6- Mac Marshall - LHP - Parkview HS, GA - 6'2 / 180
Ranked: 53 (BA), 58 (MLB), 41 (Law)
When right, Marshall has 3 average to above average pitches. His fastball sits 88-91 but has hit 94 in the past. His change is his second best pitch and shows good fade. His curveball is the third pitch in his arsenal and has shown flashes. He already has a repeatable and athletic delivery which should help. Committed to Louisiana State.
7- J.J Schwartz - C - Palm Beach Gardens HS, FLA - 6'1 / 193
Ranked: 54 (BA), 90 (MLB), 71 (Law)
Schwartz is a solid all-around catching prospect. Defensively, he has a good arm and solid receiving skills. Offensively, he shows a good compact swing and can generate good bat speed. He's a son of a former coach and ML pitcher so he has the bloodlines and is considered to have plus intangibles. Committed to Florida.
8- Bryce Montes De Oca - RHP - Lawrence HS, KS - 6'8 / 265
Ranked: 76 (BA), 65 (MLB), 43 (Law)
Mammoth human being. He was opening eyes as a Junior last year before blowing out his elbow. He already has had Tommy John surgery. He came back this spring and his fastball has been as explosive as ever. He's been sitting 92-96 with his fastball but his secondary pitches are still very inconsistent. Committed to Missouri.
9- Alex Verdugo - LHP/OF - Sahuaro HS, ARI - 6'1 / 190
Ranked: 52 (BA), 54 (MLB), 69 (Law)
Verdugo has been a 2-way star this Spring. He's a legit prospect either as a pitcher or outfielder. His fastball sits 90-91 but has hit 94 at times. He features a promising curve and change; both need work but he's still relatively new to pitching. As a position player, Verdugo shows a sweet lefty swing that can generate power and good defensive tools. He has enough speed to play CF and the necessary arm talent to play RF if that doesn't work out. Committed to Arizona State.
10- Carson Sands - LHP - North Florida Christian HS, FL - 6'3 / 200
Ranked: 52 (BA), 92 (MLB), 81 (Law)
Sands is considered a polished prospect which is something considering he's a prep pitcher. He has a strong fastball-change combination. His fastball sits 90-93 and he works his change very well off that. His 12-6 curve is a work in progress but has the shown flashes on being an above average pitch. Sands get rave reviews for his make-up on the mound and his feel for pitching but there is a concern that he doesn't have much projectability left. Committed to Florida State.
11- Michael Kopech - RHP - Mount Pleasant HS, TX - 6'4 / 190
Ranked: 39 (BA), 45 (MLB), 36 (Law)
Kopech is a typical Texas fireballer. He has three pitches that project to be well above average. He throws a heavy 4-seam fastball that sits 90-94 (touched 97 in the past), a 2-seam fastball that sits 88-90 with tons of movement and a curve that has shown plus potential that sits in the mid 70's. The thing that is concerning is that he has an awful delivery with twists, turns and other random movement. He becomes off-balanced quite easily and there's a whipping action which makes him a ticking time bomb; health wise. If a team believes that can fix these things, he has as much talent as any prep pitcher in this class. Committed to Arizona.
12- Milton Ramos - SS - American Heritage HS, FL - 6'2 / 165
Ranked: 40 (BA), 46 (MLB), 84 (Law)
Ramos might be the best defensive player in this class. He has plus speed which translates to plus range in the field. He has a good arm and soft hands and most feel like he can be a GG caliber SS if he makes it to the Majors. The one knock on him is that he has a putrid swing. Law believes that he will hit enough to one day make the ML's but most scouts aren't really convinced. Committed to Florida Atlantic.
13- Keith Weisenberg - RHP - Osceola HS, FL - 6'4 / 185
Ranked: 68 (BA), 56 (MLB), 78 (Law)
High ceiling, projectable prep arm. He has a good fastball/slider/change combo. Fastball sits 92-94 with good run. His slider has flashed plus potential although his change projects to be just average. He would be ranked higher if not for his collegiate commitment. Committed to Stanford.
14- Matthew Railey - OF - North Florida Christian HS, FL - 5'11 / 195
Ranked: 50 (BA), 55 (MLB), 60 (Law)
Teammate of Carson Sands (already on this list). Railey shows good all-around hitting ability. He has a solid LD stroke at the moment but scouts see natural loft in his swing and the innate ability to make good contact. While he's a good athlete, he possesses just average speed which limits his defensive upside. Committed to Florida State.
15- Cole Tucker - SS - Mountain Pointe HS, ARI - 6'3 / 165
Ranked: 83 (BA), 70 (MLB), 62 (Law)
Tucker is a switch hitting prospect who has a chance to stick at SS, a premium position. He shows decent offensive potential but he's far better batting left handed than he is right handed. He doesn't have great speed and there's always a chance that he will need to move to 3B if he fills out his frame a bit too much. With that said, SS's are always coveted and there's a good chance Tucker is drafted ahead of his pre-draft ranking. Committed to Arizona.
These are just some of the prospects that might be available when the Yankees are on the clock next Thursday. As you can see with some of the rankings, there is always a difference of opinion (some times an exaggerated difference) when it comes to MLB draft prospects. Unlike the NBA and NFL draft where most pundits know and are familiar with the top prospects, the MLB draft is a huge crapshoot. There will be guys rated in the top 30 that don't go till the 3rd or 4th round for whatever reasons and there will be some guys not ranked in the top 200, go in the top 50. That's just how it is.
Some recommended reading regarding the draft if you have tine:
Part 1: http://www.hardballtimes.com/how-muc...worth-in-2014/
Part 2: http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-net...f-draft-picks/
Part 3: http://www.hardballtimes.com/matthew...-all-together/
Basically, a writer over at Hardball Times takes an in-depth look at the value of draft picks using different analysis. If you don't like math or reading then don't click on the link or just go straight to 'part 3'. It's a long read. RAB had it up, I think, when it was first posted.
I had some spare time today, so I thought I'd compile a short list of prospects that might become future Yankees. If you don't appreciate the effort then **** you .
Most of the scouting info is from MLB, Keith Law and BA but I didn't want to put too much info since two of those three are insider/subscriber only.
Kopech is the only guy on that list that I've actually talked with a scout about. By talking, I mean, I had no idea who Kopech was but a scout was talking about him and I was listening. Living in Texas, HS and collegiate sport is huge. I live near The Woodlands HS which is always strong in developing good baseball talent and I have friends at Rice University which is also a strong baseball program.