Thursday, November 29, 2012

2013 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

With over half a year left until the 2013 MLB Draft, here is our first stab at a mock draft. These rankings were made based on who we believe each team will pick and roughly where we believe each player will be drafted.

1. Houston Astros - RHP Mark Appel, Stanford

No. 8 overall pick in 2012 Draft is unanimous favorite to go to Houston at this point.

2. Chicago Cubs - LHP Seth Manaea, Indiana State

Hard-throwing lefty had a meteoric rise after dominating Cape Cod League.

3. Colorado Rockies - OF Austin Meadows, Grayson HS (GA)

5-tool left-hander has 30/30 potential with plus defense after a stellar summer.

4. Minnesota Twins - RHP Ryne Stanek, Arkansas

A 2010 3rd-rounder, reaches the mid-90's with plus movement on FB with a plus slider.

5. Cleveland Indians - OF Austin Wilson, Stanford

Plus power/arm from 6'5" 245 lb outfielder with good speed; Swing can be a bit long

6. Miami Marlins - OF Clint Frazier, Loganville HS (GA)

Uber-athletic outfielder with ridiculous bat speed starred in the Under Armour All-America game with fellow Georgia prep Meadows.

7. Boston Red Sox - RHP Kohl Stewart, St. Pius X HS (TX)

Two sport commit to Texas A&M has projectable body, smooth delivery, and plus stuff.

8. Kansas City Royals - RHP Jonathan Crawford, Florida

Threw no-hitter against Bethune-Cookman in NCAA Tournament; 4-pitch mix includes mid-90's heater.

9. Pittsburgh Pirates - RHP Bobby Wahl, Mississippi

Strong righty has great mechanics in easy delivery with potential for three above-average to plus pitches.

10. Toronto Blue Jays - 3B Kris Bryant, San Diego

Possibly the best power hitter in this draft class, should be good enough to stick at 3rd Base.

11. New York Mets - C Jeremy Martinez, Mater Dei HS (CA)

Plus defensive catcher has the potential to be an above-average hitter with power at next level.

12. Seattle Mariners - LHP Trey Ball, New Castle HS (IN)

Athletic 6'6" Texas commit is top prep lefty in draft class; Has excellent projection to go with promising change-up.

13. San Diego Padres - 3B Colin Moran, North Carolina

Polished hitter with above-average power would be a doubles machine at Petco.

14. Pittsburgh Pirates - SS Oscar Mercado, Gaither HS (FL)

Plus-plus fielder already, has a smooth swing; Scouts are divided on his power potential.

15. Arizona Diamondbacks - OF Justin Williams, Terrebonne HS (LA)

Strong left-handed hitter as a quick swing that generates plus power.

16. Philadelphia Phillies - C Reese McGuire, Kentwood HS (WA)

Outstanding defensive catcher has an excellent approach a the plate with power potential; Toss-up between him and Martinez for top prep catcher.

17. Milwaukee Brewers - RHP Karsten Whitson, Florida

No. 9 overall pick in 2010 sits 93-95 with a plus slider; Change-up and command could use improvement.

18. Chicago White Sox - 1B/OF Dominic Smith, Serra HS (CA)

Relatively polished hitter with 30+ homer potential, should be athletic enough to stick in the outfield.

19. Los Angeles Dodgers - LHP Stephen Gonsalves, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA)

Projectable lefty who has potential for three above-average or better pitches.

20. St. Louis Cardinals - RHP Clinton Hollon, Woodford County HS (KY)

Impressive 4-pitch mix for a prep pitcher, includes a 91-94 fastball with movement.

21. Detroit Tigers - SS J.P. Crawford, Lakewood HS (CA)

Quick athlete should be able to stay at short and has smooth lefty swing.

22. Los Angeles Angels - LHP Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga

Crafty polished lefty had a phenomenal summer with Team USA.

23. Tampa Bay Rays - OF Aaron Judge, Fresno State

6'7" outfielder has huge power potential and good speed could move up with a big spring.

24. Baltimore Orioles - RHP Brett Morales, King HS (FL)

Has a low-to-mid 90's fastball with a plus change and developing breaking pitches.

25. Texas Rangers - C Chris Okey, Eustis HS (FL)

Solid tools across the board, could end up as the best catcher in this draft.

26. Oakland Athletics - 3B Travis DeMeritte, Winder Barrow HS (GA)

Top prep 3B prospect plays plus defense and has good power potential in his bat.

27. San Francisco Giants - A.J. Vanegas, Stanford

Reliever in college can pump mid-90's fastballs and has the durability and stuff to be a starter in pros.

28. Atlanta Braves - 1B/3B Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas

Lanky switch-hitter has a great line-drive swing but there are questions about his power.

29. New York Yankees - LHP Rob Kaminsky, St. Joseph's HS (NJ)

Local lefty already has a plus curveball and can bump it up to the mid-90's.

30. Cincinnati Reds - RHP Ryan Eades, LSU

LSU righty had a great summer at the Cape with superb command of a solid 4-pitch mix.

31. Washington Nationals - RHP Dustin Driver, Wenatchee HS (WA)

A durable, athletic prep pitcher who has good command of a low-90's fastball and solid slider.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Around The Horn 11/26: Houston Astros, Trey Ball, Mike Rosenbaum

- Baseball America posted their top 10 prospects for the Houston Astros, led by 2012 No.1 overall pick Carlos Correa.

- Baseball America's Nathan Rode reported that the Toronto Blue Jays will be holding a 12-team tournament at the Rogers Centre in September for college eligible players from Canada.

- Baseball Prospect Report posted a scouting video of New Castle HS (IN) LHP Trey Ball who is expected to be one of the first prep players taken in the 2013 Draft.

- Bleacher Report's Mike Rosenbaum put in a lot of work today ranking the 5 best pitching prospects for 2013, the top 10 Atlanta Braves prospects, the top 10 San Francisco Giants prospects, and the top 10 MLB prospects to watch during the winter ball season.

- Top Prospect Alert posted their Detroit Tigers 2013 Top 20 Prospects with Nick Castellanos taking the top spot.

- Baseball Prospectus posted their Top 10 prospect list for the Florida Marlins and despite the influx of prospects from the mega-trade, Jose Fernandez remains the No.1 guy.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Austin Meadows Draft Profile

Name: Austin Meadows
Position: Outfielder
Year: Senior
School: Grayson HS (GA)
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Height/Weight: 6'3"/ 205
D.O.B.: 05/03/1995
College Commitment: Clemson University

Scouting Report: Georgia is typically a hotbed for athletic prep outfielders, and this year is no different with Austin Meadows heading the 2013 class. Meadows looks the part of a superstar on the diamond and the lefty's exciting 5-tool package reminds scouts of Colby Rasmus. The Clemson commit showcased his 6.31 60 time and 30 home run potential in leading his team to a victory in the Under Armour All-American Game. Meadows has all of the physical tools and baseball fundamentals to be the first prep player selected in the 2013 Draft. With that being said Meadows does have some kinks to work out in his swing and he could use his lower-half better. Once a MLB team gets their hands on him however, he should have no troubles fixing any mechanical problems with his swing. If he reaches his full potential, Meadows will be a perennial All-Star in the outfield capable of 30/30 numbers.

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