1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays-
After introducing you guys to some of the possible Braves prospects a couple days ago, I figure I'd give our loyal readers a mock for the June Amateur Draft, which is right around the corner.
LHP David Price, Vanderbilt
This is probably the only guarantee in this year's draft. The Devil Rays have a huge need for quality pitching and Price is one of the best pitching prospects in years to come out of the draft. Devil Rays fans are already drooling over the Kazmir, Price, Niemann, Shields rotation of the future.
2. Kansas City Royals-
RHP Rick Porcello, Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
Another team that needs pitching, the Royals will also look at Max Scherzer but I don't see how they could turn down someone like Porcello. He's 6'5" and has the makings of four good pitches with an mid-90's fastball and a slider, curve, and changeup that could all become plus offerings.
3. Chicago Cubs-
C/RHP Matt Wieters, Georgia Tech
The Cubs' system is in need of a masher for the future and it seems they will go after this Georgia Tech product. Wieters is a switch hitter who should fill out his 6'4" frame to add even more power. His comparisons include Mark Teixeira, another GT star. He'll most likely have to move from behind the plate, but his bat will certainly carry him at first as well.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates-
3B Josh Vitters, Cypress HS (CA)
With Wieters off the board, the Pirates will snag the top high school hitter in this year's class and end their run of taking signable first-round pitchers who would succumb to injury. The Pirates are seeing a wealth of young arms come up but can't score runs so expect the best hitter available to be selected.
5. Baltimore Orioles-
RHP Phillipe Aumont, Ecole Du Versant HS (Quebec)
He may be the most projectable of any high school pitcher in the draft. He's got a great moving fastball but due to inexperience he is very raw and his secondary stuff lags behind. Aumont would make a nice addition to an already very Canadian rotation.
6. Washington Nationals-
RHP Max Scherzer, Fort Worth Cats (Independent League)
With a new ownership group that is willing to spend the money, the Nationals will pick up a top pitcher who is close to the majors. Scherzer, looks like he won't sign with the Diamondbacks so this just seems like too good a fit for the Nationals to pass up. Very advanced, very polished, and could make an impact very quickly.
7. Milwaukee Brewers-
LHP Ross Detwiler, Missouri St.
The Brewers lack polished pitching beyond Gallardo and Detwiler, the second best lefty in the draft seems to fit their need. He has good velocity, command, and his changeup could develop into a good offering. Detwiler is someone that could shoot up through the minors quickly.
8. Colorado Rockies-
RHP Matt Harvey, Fitsch HS (CT)
Harvey is a great fit for Coors Field. His sinking fastball gets lots of grounders and that is exactly the kind of pitchers the Rockies need to get to succeed in the future. Boras as his agent is a downside but the Rockies haven't shied away from big name guys in the draft before.
9. Arizona Diamondbacks-
LHP Daniel Moskos, Clemson
Arizona is a team that will look for college pitching in this draft. Moskos made a seamless change from the bullpen to the rotation at Clemson and the development of his change could mean the difference between a starter or dominant reliever. He should be the quickest draft pick to the majors.
10. San Francisco Giants-
OF Michael Burgess, Hillsborough HS (FL)
The Giants have an aging core of offensive players with a good young core of pitching. Look for them to add a hitter with big power potential and Burgess fits the bill. The outfielder should move to right as a pro with great arm strength and shows raw power that rivals anyone in the draft.
11. Seattle Mariners-
RHP Andrew Brackman, NC State
The Mariners will continue to add pitching to use behind King Felix in the future. Brackman hasn't been great of late so even with his great stuff he could make it to the Mariners at eleven. For the first time the seven footer will focus solely on baseball, so that should be good for whoever drafts him.
12. Florida Marlins-
SS Justin Jackson, T.C. Roberson HS (NC)
The Marlins have reportedly been scouting Jackson heavily. While this is probably a reach at twelve, the Marlins won't break the bank for a top prospect and really lack any depth behind Hanley Ramirez at the position.
13. Cleveland Indians-
3B Matt Mangini, Oklahoma State
The Indians need a bat at the hot corner that can make an impact quickly, which rules out one of the talented high school thirdbasemen. Mangini may not provide ideal power from third, but he has a good line drive swing, is a very polished hitter, and is good with the glove.
14. Atlanta Braves-
1B/OF Jason Heyward, Henry County HS (GA)
If Heyward drops, the Braves will continue their slide of not taking a high school arm with their first pick. Some of the pitching in the Braves system is coming of age and without a bona fide slugger in the system, Heyward, an in-state prospect fits well. The power potential from the left side is just too much to pass up.
15. Cincinnati Reds-
3B Mike Moustakas, Chatsworth HS (CA)
With Heyward off the board, the Reds will go with the next best offensive player available. He could make a move back behind the plate as a pro, but he has got a legitimate bat with big time power potential from the left side, which sits well in the Great American ballpark.
16. Toronto Blue Jays-
3B Matt Dominguez, Chatsworth HS (CA)
The Jays are going to need a thirdbaseman pretty quickly and are devoid of an impact guy at the position. They'll grab Moustakas or Mangini if they're still on the board but Dominguez will probably be the best available. He should develop good power for third and will be good enough defensively.
17. Texas Rangers-
1B Matt Laporta, Florida
Laporta has one of the best bats in the draft but defensive concerns knock him down the list. His future lies as a DH most likely so he is a good fit for the Rangers, who are going to need to replace Sammy Sosa soon. Laporta is a Senior with great plate discipline who can rise through the minors quickly and will exploit the hitter's park at Arlington.
18. St. Louis Cardinals-
Michael Main, DeLand HS (FL)
They could opt to go with one of the prep lefties still on the board but Main is polished and a great athlete with good projection in his body. He could be a top of the rotation starter if he improves on his secondary offerings. The Cardinals could actually be one of the few teams that looks to draft Main as an outfielder.
19. Philadelphia Phillies-
3B Beau Mills, Lewis-Clark State College
The Phillies have Wes Helms at third now but need a long-term option. Mills has destroyed opposing pitching so far this season and has a bat that will carry him with both average and power at the next level. He is good enough defensively to stay at third.
20. Los Angeles Dodgers
- LHP Jack McGeary, Roxbury Latin HS (MA)
Supposedly the Dodgers are all over the southpaw. I think it is a little high in such a deep class of prep pitchers, but there must be something they like. He has good but not great velocity for a lefty and a good three-pitch mix should assure him to at least be a mid-rotation guy.
21. Toronto Blue Jays-
RHP Blake Beavan, Irving HS (TX)
With their second first-rounder, I'd have to think the Jays go after some pitching. Beavan has a maximum effort delivery that scares some teams and has relied mostly on his fastball so far. He would be a ways from the majors but his projectability is through the roof with his 6'7" frame.
22. San Francisco Giants-
C J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee
The Giants have basically no options behind the plate for the future and Bengie Molina probably not sticking it out many more years, the Giants need to look for a catcher. Arencibia has a great bat and while his defense is below average, he should be good enough to stick behind the plate. The potential his bat brings should warrant a first-round pick.
23. San Diego Padres-
C Mitch Canham, Oregon State University
Josh Bard is not a great long term option behind the plate so the Padres could grab a talented catcher in the first round. Canham has a chance to be a very good all-around catcher with a bat that will be very good behind the plate and developing defensive skills.
24. Texas Rangers-
LHP Tanner Robles, Cottonwood HS (UT)
The Rangers are always looking for pitching and their choice here is between Michael Bumgarner and Tanner Robles. Robles has much more advanced breaking stuff which should put him ahead of Bumgarner. The big question is will he be around this late?
25. Chicago White Sox-
OF Julio Borbon, Tennessee
Borbon is off to a slow start this year which has dropped him down quite a bit so if he comes back strong he probably won't be around for the White Sox. Their big need is at short but the draft is very thin at the position so the White Sox will fill their need for a leadoff-type to take over for Scott Podsednik down the road. Borbon has an intriguing power-speed combo that someone is going to take a chance on early.
26. Oakland Athletics-
LHP Michael Bumgarner, South Caldwell HS (NC)
Bumgarner isn't a lock to be here but if he is, the A's would jump at the chance to draft him. Bumgarner is a hard-throwing high school lefty with a ton of projectability in his 6'5" frame. His breaking stuff lags behind because he only started throwing them last year but they should develop and along with his fastball and pretty good change he could continue the A's history of producing great pitching.
27. Detroit Tigers-
C Yasmani Grandal, Miami Springs HS (FL)
The Tigers are going to have to look for Pudge's replacement pretty soon. Grandal's defense has always been excellent and now he has shown big improvement with the bat in his senior season. He'll never be incredible offensively but combine the bat with his defense and it could push him into the first round.
28. Minnesota Twins-
SS Todd Frazier, Rutgers
The Twins need offense, especially from the left side of the infield. Frazier most likely won't stick at short and will have to move over to the hot corner due to defense or lack there of. He does have good gap power that should translate well in the majors.
29. San Francisco Giants-
LHP Joe Savery, Rice
Labrum surgery should drop him in the draft but he has got great stuff. There are no more hitters left that are deserving of a first round pick so they can go with a good lefty. Savery has OK velocity with a moving fastball, excellent change, and good curve that he can all throw with great command. He has a very fluid delivery so get past the injury history and he would make a good pick.
30. New York Yankees-
RHP Casey Weathers, Vanderbilt
The Yankees are going to need pitching that can make an impact quickly. Weathers has a great fastball-slider combo that could make him a shutdown reliever and he could be up in the majors quickly. His command needs improvement but that is about it.