Jan
02

TCBB’s Top 50 Players

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Brian Foley over at The College Baseball Blog has completed his list of the top 50 college baseball players for the 2009 season. San Diego State superstud Steven Strasburg tops the list, and this gives us a nice glimpse into some of the top talent for the June draft. Check it out.

Categories : Asides, College Ball, Draft
  • The Evil Empire

    When’s the draft?

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

      First or second week of June, don’t know the exact date yet.

      • Ryan S.

        Mike, any chance whatsoever that Grant Green, #2 overall rank and a SS, is a guy we have a shot at drafting? Or is it likely he gets picked within the top 15?

        • Mike R.

          Very very very very little chance. Barring an injury almost 0.

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

          He’s a Boras guy, so he could fall. He’s clearly the best hitter in the draft though, so it’s unlikely he’ll drop all the way to the Yanks at #29 overall. Matt Wieters was a better player and draft prospect, and also a Boras guy, and he only made it to #6 overall.

          • Ryan S.

            Do you know of a likelier good skill position guy we might be able to draft? Getting either a highly polished catcher or shortstop would obviously behoove The Yankees.

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

              I’m thinking Kentrail Davis of Tennesse. I’m going to start draft coverage soon, so make sure you stick around.

              • Mike R.

                Any other draft eligible sophomores we should keep on eye on?

              • Ryan S.

                I definitely will. I don’t follow college or HS baseball much at all but the draft always interests me, though its the area of professional baseball I am least familiar with. Any info you pass our way will be much appreciated. Just checked our Davis’ profiled, that dude seems highly intriguing. Looks like his upside is being a Carl Crawford type of player.

  • Ryan S.

    I’ve been hearing a ton about Strasburg the past few months, he looks like as close to a can’t-miss pick as there is come draft time so long as he puts up one more good college campaign.

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

      He’s a notch below David Price I believe. He’s getting a little too much hype I think, but he’s still very good.

      • Mike Pop

        I would lvoe to be in his shoes though

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Lincoln Hamilton of Project Prospect did an excellent write-up of him and how he stacks up against the top college hurlers since 2001: http://projectprospect.com/art.....e-greatest

  • Steve O.

    I’m not sure whats it worth, heck it’s probably not worth anything, but I respect all three of you for making great sports writing and taking time to make this a quality blog, you all have inspired me to create my own blog which I can only hope will be half as good as RAB.

  • Reggie C.

    If we draft a college bat, it’ll be somebody who’s played very well in the Cape Cod League … like that Notre Dame OF AJ Pollock.

  • The Evil Empire

    My friend got drafted last year, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Phillies) i forgot what round though, by the way I’m only 18, I planned on playing in college this year as a freshman but I have a back injury that won’t let me = /

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      The catcher from George Washington HS, yes? I have a friend in the Brewers’ system, Angel Salome. Guess what, he also was a catcher at G-Dub.

  • Steve O.

    Mike, do you see the Yanks taking any risks with their first two picks? Such as signability cases, Boras clients, HS kids.

    • pat

      I’m not mike but in the last few years it has become evident that if an elite talent falls to the yankees for any reason such as an injury (brackman) or signability (cole) the yankees will indeed take a chance.

      • Steve O.

        Well it’s alright if you’re not Mike, but this year is unlike any year because if the Yanks fail to sign their compensation first and second round picks, they will not receive any compensation next year, thus the big risk in signing the types I listed above.

        • A.D.

          Probably take guys who want to sign but want big bonses (i.e. Posey, Smoke, Alonso last year) but less likely to go after a Cole HS type with a “strong commitment” to somewhere. Basically college signability would be most likely in the early round

  • pat

    Which of these kids is gonna suffer a potentially career ending injury resulting in his inevitable slide to us at 29?

  • J.R.

    So if this guide is right (and it wont go by this guide) then it looks like we would get Christian Colon. A good hitting SS.

    But my guess is that the yankees will only take a pitcher with their 1st round pick.

    • pat

      Best talent avalable. The past few years it has happened to be pitchers.

      • J.R.

        I think the Yankees have a very bias to draft pitching first.

    • A.D.

      There will also be some HSers drafted in the first round, meaning some college guys will fall from their spot on the list

  • Chip

    I’d like to see Kentrail Davis fall to us as a DES

  • A.D.

    So I know theres been many mentions that this year drafts class isn’t as deep as other years, since many of the guys on this list look quite good, does this just mean less elite, blue chip types or just weaker all around.

    Essentially will the “lack of talent” mainly hurt teams with top picks that might get a lesser player that last years, or really hurt everyone

    • Reggie C.

      The knock on this draft is that there’s no trio of Pedro Alvarez, Justin Smoak, and Buster Posey that’s headlining the draft. The HS class is also lacking that Eric Hosmer level guy.

      • Chip

        I seem to hear every year that there’s going to be a weak draft class. I believe 2006 was supposed to be very weak yet I think it will go down as maybe the best in the last ten years. You could probably build a solid MLB team already just with guys drafted from there with a starting rotation of Joba, Lincecum, Kershaw, Miller, Morrow and Longoria as your cleanup hitter. There may not be that can’t-miss prospect but I doubt anybody thought Lincecum would be getting a Cy Young in two years either.

        • Reggie C.

          I don’t remember the print on that draft class (’06), but i do know that Lincecum, Andrew Miller, and Longoria got alot of hype. All three were expected to be impact ML’ers. The only guy who came out of nowhere was Joba CHamberlain.

      • A.D.

        So suckers with top picks… which is what I like to hear

    • Reggie C.

      Don’t know if you followed the ’08 draft as it happened, but there was this crazy draft day rumor that Posey was demanding at least $10 million bonus. Supposedly, that was Boras’s way of getting him to the Yankees. The rumor didn’t last too long since SF drafted Posey, but its that kind of rumor that i dont see happening this draft.

      • A.D.

        Smoak & Alonso also had some crazy stories, where Alonso was going to live with A-Rod for a year and play I-ball if the Reds didn’t give him enough money

        • Reggie C.

          Perhaps. … though the Posey rumor had draft day followers screaming bloody murder had he fallen to the Yanks. Even then , Posey didn’t get past SF at #5.

          Alot more teams are ignoring those ridiculous slot recommendations. In a draft where the star quality is light, those high-end guys get scooped up quick.

          • Mike Pop

            Woulda been AWESOME to get Posey… Would make our catching depth even crazier. In a few years we would have a great surplus if they all pan out.

  • greg
    • A.D.

      The problem with that argument is that you can say the same thing about Boston’s Jonathan Papelbon or a number of other great relievers. Are the Red Sox wasting Papelbon’s talent by limiting his innings and not converting him back to a starter?

      Only Paps wanted to be a closer, was a closer in college, and the Sox needed a closer. Most great reliever flamed out or didnt have a chance as a starter

    • Ryan S.

      *sigh*

      I’m just thankful that the front office isn’t as retarded as the media at large.

  • http://thecollegebaseballblog.com Brian Foley

    I had two writers attend the High School All-American games this past summer.

    Under Armour All-American Game
    http://thecollegebaseballblog......ball-game/

    AFLAC All-American Game
    http://thecollegebaseballblog......r-stadium/

    Both of these events had the likely High School first round picks play in the games.