Since the Red Sox have the 7th pick this year I have been watching the MLB draft stuff a little more closely. Here is my take on the prospects the Red Sox might be looking at.
1. Jonathan Gray SP--I would take Gray first. I predict the Astro's agree. Reminds me of Clemens and Ryan with the fastball, both who pitched for Houston. A 97-101 mph fastball with movement. Good slider. Command. Nice throwing motion. No health concerns. Dominating this year after being very good last year. Only concern is his 3rd pitch is only so-so. Horse!
2. Austin Meadows CF-RF--Complete package. Fairly young for a senior with a good frame to grow into. Has been outdueled twice by Clint Fraiser, but two games does not a career make. Think Seguin vs. Hall. I prefer Seguin.
3. Mark Appel SP--Has 4 pitches and throws 94-96. Command, production, size, and a nice smooth throwing motion. My only concern is that I watched him in last years playoffs and he did not impress. Not a ton of movement in his pitches. Like with Gray, he is only a year away. As safe a pitcher pick as you can get. Should be a solid 15-45 caliber starter. A mid one to mid two. I don't see greatness though.
4. Clint Frazier CF-RF--All the cool kids love this guy. I really like him too, just not as much as them. He reminds me a bit of Eric Byrnes with a bit more power and a better arm. Thats not the greatest compliment in the world. Frazier may already be maxed out as a player. He is 8 months older then Meadows. Still a rock solid top 4 prospect. I would love him at 7. Gamer.
5. Sean Manaea SP--6-5 lefty who has solid command and a 95 mph fastball. Best pitcher in the Cape Cod league. Not sure about his secondary stuff though. Picks 5-14 I consider pretty even.
6. Colin Moran 3B--Moran seems to be the uncool guy to praise, so here goes. The one thing you constantly here is that Moran has no power. This is largely because of a pathetic 4 homer total after his sophmore year. Problem is that it ignores his 9 homers as a freshmen when he lead the ACC in RBI's that year. And this year for North Carolina he has 7 homers already[15 homer pace]. He also hit for power his first time around the Capecod league and his second season at the Cape he lead the league in RBI's. So in his 5 "seasons" he has hit for good power in 4 of them.
He has the best plate discipline in the draft[31-8 BB/K]. He has a nice swing. Goes the other way well. And his defense will be solid enough to stay at 3rd. He is by far the youngest Jr. in the draft, more then a year younger then some other first round prospects. So he has a lot of upside and could still fill out his 6-3 frame some more. One of the safest picks in the draft aswell.
7. Kris Bryant RF--I like Bryant, just not as much as Moran or the others ahead of him. I think he ends up playing RF. Big guy who has a nice all round game. My concern is his swing is a little long and slow. Leads the country in homers and walks. Nice.
8. Jon Denney C-1B--Normally I hate catchers from high school. However, this year there are two great catchers. And Denney should be able to hit at any position. Kind of like Wil Myers. I think Bryant or Denney are the odds on favorites at this time to be the Red Sox's pick.
9. Phillip Ervin CF-RF--The Jackie Bradley Jr. of this draft. Does everything well. Patience, power, bat, speed, arm. The questions are his size[5-11] and his ability to stay in CF[50-50]. Even in RF his game will play. MVP of the Cape Cod league. I would not be upset with him at 7 even. Think of JBJ in RF hitting from the right side with more power. Very young for a jr. Most are not as high on Ervin as I am.
10. Kohl Stewart SP--Not huge on high school pitchers either. He had some arm issues early in the season. Might be a tough sign[QB]. And his stuff is excellent, but not great. Diabetic. Not sure I want him at 7.
11. Reese McGuire C
12. Braden Shipley SP
13. Chris Anderson SP
14. Ryne Stanek SP
15. Ryan Eades SP