Draft Links: BA Mock Draft, Klaw’s Top 100

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A collection of draft related links…

Baseball America’s Mock Draft v1.0

Jim Callis posted the first version of his mock draft today, and right now he has the Yankees taking Clemson outfielder Kyle Parker, who also doubles as the Tigers’ quarterback. Even though he’s an elite athlete, Parker’s only standout tool is his raw power. Everything else is questionable, including his ability to hit for average. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer has targeted players with super-high ceilings with four of his five first round picks, and Parker doesn’t really fit that mold. Here’s his MLB.com scouting report, complete with video.

Meanwhile, make sure you also check out BA’s draft podcast (download). Makes for great subway listening on the way home from work or for the ride to the Stadium.

KLaw’s Top 100 Draft Prospects

Keith Law posted an updated list of his top 100 prospects, and the big story is that LSU righthander Anthony Ranaudo is dropping like crazy because of injury concerns and unimpressive recent performances. He came into the year as a potential candidate to go number two overall behind Harper, but KLaw has him ranked 20th overall now. The Scott Boras client could continue to fall, and he looks like a prime candidate to not sign (because he won’t get the money Boras is looking for) and head to indy ball before next year’s draft. If he doesn’t show that he’s healthy and effective between now and the draft, yes, I would be against the Yankees taking him with their first round pick.

Also, check out KLaw’s individual scouting reports. They’re Insider only, but they have breakdowns, 20-80 scouting scale grades, some have video, stuff like that. Make sure you check ‘em out.

Draft Mechanics

Allan Simpson at Perfect Game wrote a great breakdown of basically everything you need to know about the draft. The who, what, when, and where, plus stuff like eligibility rules, compensation draft pick rules, etc.It’s about time someone put all that info together in one place, in a nice and easy to read format.

I have no idea why, but the original article has disappeared from PG’s site, so the link goes to the Google Cache version. Apologies in advance for the ugliness.

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  • yoo-boo

    Another Drew Henson? I am skeptical.

    Is there a plenty of good potential SS prospects for this draft? I want Yankees to invest in SS like crazy. Jeter may stick around for another 3 years or more and Nunez will be out-aging during that span. I am not sure about Pirela but him alone is not enough.

  • Jay

    Mike, what do you think the odds are that Austin Wilson falls to the Yankees? Would he be one of those high ceiling types that Damon Opp usually targets? From what I have read, he seems like he could be a star.

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

      Yes, and he’d be a great pick in the first round. I don’t think he’ll last that long though.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

        I know the answer is “probably not to the Yankees” but how far might Jameson Tailon drop? For obvious reasons having a pitcher named Jameson would be awesome.

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

          He shouldn’t get past the D-Backs at 6.

      • Jay

        Is Wilson an Austin Jackson with more pop, or something all together different?

  • Gonzo

    Do you think there is another Mike Trout in this draft?

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

      Heh, if I knew that, I’d be doing something a lot more exciting than blogging. If anyone could do it, it’s Austin Wilson. him or Tyrell Jenkins.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Also why not AJ Cole? Law has him 25th…meaning that falling to the Yankees due to signability might not be that far out of the realm of possibility.

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

      I’d approve of AJ Cole.

  • crawdaddy

    I don’t think the Yankees take Parker either. It will be a high ceiling player, maybe a pitcher if one falls to them. Towers has been all over the country for the Yankees looking at various players.

  • Ted Nelson

    Delino DeShields Jr. and Mel Rojas Jr. top prospects in the same draft… How funny is that? If the strike never happens maybe that actually gets some press attention.