Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2011 MLB Draft, day 2: rounds 2-30

In my opinion, the top five surprises from yesterday were:

1. Mariners skipping a bat and drafting Danny Hultzen 2nd overall.
2. Josh Bell fails to be drafted in day one (maybe Conor Glassey was right in his tweet regarding Bell's family and their comm. to education).
3. Dbacks going all-in and taking Archie Bradley at number 7 (very bold move and could be a good one).
4. The Mets taking a chance on Brandon Nimmo (only a surprise since everyone figured they were locked in on college pitching).
5. The Royals skipping their favorite bat in Anthony Rendon and taking Bubba Starling.

Other than that, nothing else was too surprising.  Daniel Norris not being drafted could qualify but I've heard that his delivery needs some cleaning and his bonus demands are reported to be high.  I guess I could say that I'm surprised the Yankees at number 51 didn't take a flyer out on him (or on Dillon Howard, for that matter).

Going into day two, I would say that Norris and Josh Bell are the top two remaining.  It'll be interesting to see where they fall as signability will still be a factor.

Among value picks that will be in play, here are the best remaining pitchers:

Josh Osich (LHP, Oregon St.): not overwhelming stuff but does use his change well and should be a solid mid-rotation starter.
Dillon Howard (RHP, HS): big, projectable kid who many see as a potential ace.  Tough sign.
Anthony Meo (RHP, Coastal Carolina): big fastball but screwy mechanics give him trouble with command.  Possible bullpen arm.
Andrew Gagnon (RHP, Long Beach): big with room to grow, fastball has natural sink but his secondary pitches needs some work.
Logan Verrett (RHP, Baylor): nothing outstanding but has the tools and potential to be a serviceable starting pitcher.
Matt Purke (LHP, TCU): shoulder is still an issue and his bonus demands only compound the problem.  Someone will grab him late and hope he comes to his senses.
Dillon Maples (RHP, HS): has a good set of potential tools but his delivery is troublesome.
Bryan Brickhouse (RHP, HS): flashes a promising fastball and curve but mechanics and command are spotty.

Other top positional players remaining:

Austin Hedges (C, HS): another tough sign but many scounts and pundits think he is the yop defensive catcher available.  Bat should play well in pros.
Johnny Eierman (SS, HS): good bat but scouts think 2B is more his speed.
Jason Esposito (3B, Vanderbilt): projects as a 25-30 HR guy with a .250 BA.  Defense is poor so expect move to corner OF or 1B.
Alex Dickerson (1B/OF, Indiana): scouts are starting to doubt his power and average defense could lead to headaches.
Nick Delmonico (C/SS, HS): more of an outfielder as his bat could be special.
Dan Vogelbach (1B, HS): rumored to be a Ray, has the most power potential of anyone draft eligible but has a horrendous body.  Future DH.
Julius Gaines (SS, HS): scouts think he has the tools to stick at SS but hit tool and power are questionable.

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