Keith Law’s mock draft hit ESPN’s site last night, and although it’s hidden behind the Insider wall, I can tell you that he has the Yanks taking Texas prep southpaw Matt Purke in the first round. Purke is widely considered to be the second best prep LHP in the class, trailing only Tyler Matzek of California. KLaw mentions that Purke’s price tag conveniently shot up earlier this month, which could allow him to drop out of the top 15, where his talent and power arm says he should be taken. Here’s a clip from Purke’s showing at the Under Armour All-American Showcase. Klaw also notes that the Yanks’ backup plan includes polished college players. That saddens me.
Here’s Law’s updated top 100 draft prospects list, also posted yesterday. Unfortunately, that’s Insider content too. He has Purke ranked 13th overall, just ahead of USC SS Grant Green and HS 3B Matt Davidson.