United Baseball Blogger Mock Draft

The Great Mariano Rivera
The 'stache ain't going anywhere

That’s a rather lengthy title, eh? Anywho, I’m representing the Yanks in what amounts to a huge mock draft involving bloggers from each team. There’s some blogging heavyweights involved, including Geoff from Ducksnorts (the godfather of baseball blogging), Jason from Prospect Insider, Kiley from Saber-Scouting and Bryan from Baseball Prospectus, so I think it’s pretty cool that I was asked to represent the greatest sports’ franchise in the history of the universe. There’s a site set up for all the action, which you can find here. If you want to cut to the chase, the picks are being made here, and the discussion is here.

We plan on doing the first and supplemental rounds, and the picks are being stretched out a bit to accommodate everyone’s schedule (we should be done by Sunday). I’ll post my picks with analysis and the reasoning behind them once they’re made.

The Great Mariano Rivera
The 'stache ain't going anywhere
  • CB

    Congrats mike. You did something last year that was also very interesting. I believe you hit the Brackman pick correctly.

    Who are the top 5 guys you think the Yankees have at least a semi-realistic chance of landing in order of preference?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, I picked Brackman last year in Sickel’s Mock Draft. It seemed like an obvious pick, he was too good to pass up. I also took Pat Venditte as a bit of a gag in the 5th round, but the Yanks ended up actually taking him in the 45th round.

      Anywho, here’s the answer to your questions:

      1. Gerrit Cole, HS RHP
      2. Conor Gillaspie, Colllege 3B
      3. Danny Webb, HS RHP
      4. Tim Melville, HS RHP
      5. Tanner Scheppers, College RHP (docs found out it’s not a stress fracture, likely bone bruise)

      Hosmer’s going to get drafted early, he won’t get past Texas at 11. He’s too good, and there’s not enough talent in this class for teams to pass him up. Someone will pay him.

      I’d be happy with any of those guys at 28.

      • CB

        If Scheppers really only has a bone bruise and that’s what Yokum said then could he really fall to #28? A bone bruise is just not that serious injury. It’s less serious than triceps tendinitis. He’d be a great pick at #28 if his rotator cuff is intact.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          From what I’ve heard, that’s only what Dr. Yocum said, and his medicals still haven’t been sent to the 30 teams. I’m sure there’s still some skepticism, and besides, stranger stuff has happened.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        Why does everyone think the Rangers need a firstbaseman–one of their four MLB or AAA catchers–Gerald Laird, Jarrod Salty, Max Ramirez, and Taylor Teagarden–should hit enough for 1B, right?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Hosmer > everyone you just named.

  • Miles Roche

    Mike, weren’t you the one who picked picked Andrew Brackman with the Yankees 1st pick in a mock draft last year?

    (Not sure if it was you or EJ Fagan. . .)

    • Miles Roche

      Oops, didn’t read the comments before i posted.
      Nevermind. . .

  • A.D.

    Book on Cole is that he can throw mid 90’s I believe, might not be bad to take him if available, wait on Scheppers with the supplemental pick

  • Bo

    I may not be an expert on the draft but from everything I read taking the catcher Posey in the top 5 would be a huge mistake. Especially at 1. You don’t draft for need in baseball. Just take the best player Alvarez and worry about where every plays when that time comes.

  • George

    Taking a stab at the top five… I would like to see Cole drop into our laps. And give him time to grow while the other young arms become part of the big club in years to come, Brackman, Garcia, Sanchez, Horne, Heradia, McAllister, Betances, Pope etc…

    1. Ryan Perry, College RHP
    2. Reese Havens, College Shortstop
    3. Tanner Scheppers, College PHP
    4. Conor Gillaspie, Colllege PHP
    5. Brett Lawrie, HS Catcher

  • Malcard89

    I love this mock draft, Mike has had great success the past 2 years in picking who the Yankees would eventually draft and the other participants in this mock draft know their stuff too, so it ends up being very realistic.

    But Mike, would you really want Gerrit Cole in the system? Jose Tabata’s maturity problems are causing enough worry amongst the organization, and I’ve heard Gerrit Cole’s makeup is just off the charts bad (as in ridiculously horrendously terrible). The pitching version of Elijah Dukes? Pass.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      All that immaturity and makeup stuff about Cole didn’t surface until after people found out he signed on with Boras. Go dig through BA’s archives, it’s the truth. Hell of a coincidence, I’d say.

      I’m not concerned.

      • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric

        Let’s not compare Cole to Dukes. Dukes had many issues off the field (multiple arrests, father in jail, drugs, etc.), which no doubt contributed to his erratic behavior and problems. Cole, as far as I can see, is a cocky, hotshot kid who can be somewhat of an asshole on the field. Not ideal, but far from criminal. Until I hear more specific reasons why makeup is a problem, I’m not too concerned either.

        And Mike, I look forward to seeing your selections. What’s your take on Gillaspie? He sounds like another Brad Suttle type from the scouting reports, great pure hitter but not great power, which might not be too valuable to the Yankees (since 3rd is occupied for the next 500 years, and does he have the bat to be valuable at 1st?). Are you assuming that guys like Lawrie, Kelly and Collier will be gone by 28? I do think Scheppers would be a great pick whenever they can take him, especially if there is no structural damage to the shoulder. He sounds like he could be Joba 2.0.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Gillaspie >>> Suttle. Might be the best pure hitter in the draft. Hits line drives with a flick of the wrists.

  • Dillon

    Attitude doesn’t matter for the Yanks. There should always be one, and only one reason for drafting a guy late in the first or any other round……ceiling! Pitchers should be given edge over hitters. That’s it….simple. If a guy has some of the best stuff in the draft, take him! Hopefully he figures it out and matures. It’s what made Joba a great pick(injury questions), same for Brackman, same for Cole. David Wells had a bad attitude and he did ok.

  • http://futureredbirds.com erik

    Gerrit Cole, huh? Well, you’re up… I figure you must be sleeping…or out. I know you were eager to pick, so now I’m gonna bug ya through avenue possible until you do. ;) http://mlbloggermockdraft.wordpress.com/2008/05/27/welcome-to-the-first-ever-united-baseball-blogger-collaborated-mock-draft/

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