2009 Draft: BA’s Mock Draft v3.0By
Baseball America posted version three of their Mock Draft yesterday. It’s subscriber only, but I can tell you that they have the Yankees taking HP Matt Purke. They had the Yanks taking Texas prepster Slade Heathcott in version two, and Cal centerfielder Brett Jackson in version one. If you’re keeping score of all the mock drafts at home, that’s two for Purke, two for Heathcott, two for Jackson, and one for Lipscomb LHP Rex Brothers.
Jim Callis again echoed the Yanks’ interest in Heathcott and Jackson in the MDv3.0 piece, but added two more names to the mix: Notre Dame centerfielder AJ Pollock and California prep catcher Max Stassi. Pollock is a very good pure hitter from the right side but doesn’t really do anything else well (scouting report, video), while Stassi is a solid all-around backstop with tremendous makeup and competitive drive (scouting report, video). Of the realistic possiblities, Purke is still the best.