The Major League Baseball draft gets under way tonight at 6pm on the MLB Network and watch out for Wil Myers from High Point Wesleyan as mlb.com has him in the Top 12 picks(Kansas City Royals) and they also have Dustin Ackley(/North Forsyth/North Carolina) and Alex White(CB Aycock/North Carolina) in the Top 10…….
If Wil Myers goes that high wouldn’t that be something????? The kid is from a private school at HPW and we just saw him hit 3 home runs in one game this year versus Grimsley…..
Good Luck to Wil Myers and again, the draft gets rolling tonight at 6pm.
Here are the latest projections from www.mlb.com
1. Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State
Was, is and will continue to be the top guy.
2. Seattle Mariners: Dustin Ackley, 1B/OF, North Carolina
Signability seems to be an issue, but it’s looking like the Mariners will still pull the trigger. If not, Aaron Crow likely remains the next in line, with Tyler Matzek a possibility.
3. San Diego Padres: Donavan Tate, OF, Cartersville HS, Ga.
I’d hesitated to go this route before because, frankly, I didn’t believe the Padres would take the leap. But everything I’m hearing now leans toward them going away from their old playbook and taking perhaps the best high-upside athlete in the Draft class.
Last week’s projection: Mike Minor
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats
They’d still love to consider Ackley here and other arms in the mix could be Alex White on the college side, Zack Wheeler and Matt Hobgood on the high school end. A pair of college bats remain in the picture: Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez and USC shortstop Grant Green.
5. Baltimore Orioles: Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS, Dallas, Ga.
Wheeler still seems like the way to go, with a host of other arms like White, Hobgood and Minor being mentioned here or there.
6. San Francisco Giants: Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS, Mission Viejo, Calif.
There was some word that Matzek might drop down a few spots, and if Ackley falls because of signability, this might be a good spot for him, but there wasn’t enough to change the pick.
7. Atlanta Braves: Alex White, RHP, University of North Carolina
In this scenario, it might come down to a pair of college arms, White and Minor. Not that one start would make a decision, but White’s outstanding Super Regional outing over the weekend certainly didn’t hurt. Needless to say, Wheeler’s the guy if he’s still available.
8. Cincinnati Reds: Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt
The Reds would still love for Matzek to get to them, at least so they could discuss it. White would be possible if he gets past Atlanta. Arizona State’s Mike Leake remains in the mix, as does high right-hander Jacob Turner.
Last week’s projection: Leake
9. Detroit Tigers: Matthew Purke, LHP, Klein HS, Texas
The Tigers take the best player on their board, period, in most years. Late word was that it would be Purke, the talented high school southpaw with a reported big price tag. Turner is still in the mix, as is Scheppers.
Last week’s projection: Turner
10. Washington Nationals: Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford
There was a rumor circulating that the Nats had a done deal with Kenesaw State right-hander Chad Jenkins, but there wasn’t enough to make the change from the Stanford closer. Jenkins and Storen both worked out in D.C. last week, so both are very much still in the mix.
11. Colorado Rockies: Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State
Many arms have been mentioned in this spot as it seems like the Rockies will go after pitching. They’d prefer the college variety, it seems, and would likely consider Minor or White should they get this far. The last projection, Rex Brothers, remains a possibility, but Leake seems like a good bet here.
Last week’s projection: Brothers
12. Kansas City Royals: Wil Myers, C, Wesleyan Christian Academy, High Point, N.C.
The Royals would be interested if the college arms listed above — White, Minor, Leake — got to them at No. 12, but in this scenario, they’d have to look elsewhere. College bats like Green and Sanchez still will be discussed, but they really like what they’ve seen from Myers, a strong high school hitter who’s shown some ability to stay behind the plate.