Tuesday, June 9, 2009

MLB - Mock Draft and Thoughts

Mock: Top 15

1. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, P, San Diego State
2. Mariners: Dustin Ackley, CF/1B, North Carolina
3. Padres: Aaron Crow, P, Independent baseball
4. Pirates: Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College
5. Orioles: Tyler Matzek, P, Capistrano Valley HS
6. Giants: Shelby Miller, P, Brownwood HS (TX)
7. Braves: Zack Wheeler, P, East Paulding HS (GA)
8. Reds: Kyle Gibson, P, Missouri
9. Tigers: Jacob Turner, P, Westminster Christian Academy(MO)
10. Nationals: Mike Leake, P, Arizona State
11. Rockies: Tim Wheeler, CF, Sacramento State
12. Royals: Max Stassi, C, Yuba City HS (CA)
13. A's: Grant Green, SS, USC
14. Rangers: Tanner Scheppers, P, Independent baseball
15. Indians: Donovan Tate, CF, Cartersville HS (GA)

**Memo to Washington: Please do not give in to Scott Boras' supposed asking price of $50m for Stephen Strasburg. In fact, please give him less than 40% of that. No other player has received more than $10.5m; now, Strasburg is going to get almost five times that? Please.

**If the draft plays out like this and the Nats can sign both of these arms, they will have the makings of a solid rotation for the next few years.

**I will not speak badly against any agent, but I have to question why some top prospects sign with Boras. How does it make sense to hire a guy that some teams refuse to deal with?

**Don't worry Nats fans, all fourteen of you. You have a nine game lead in the race for next year's number one pick.

**Last year, my man crush was Justin Smoak. This year: Tyler Matzek.

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