Is Medeiros above 19 or below 37 with them? 36 I'm taking Medeiros. Best slider in the Draft.
They have Medeiros listed after #43:
1. Houston Astros: Carlos Rodon, LHP, N.C. State
Rodon is still the consensus #1 overall pick but this isn't a slam dunk. There is a non-zero chance that someone else goes 1st overall but it is pretty close to 0%.
2. Miami Marlins: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina U.
Hoffman has top of the draft stuff but results have lagged behind his first two collegiate seasons. The stuff is that of a top of the rotation arm though and will be drafted as such. It's hard to see the top two picks not being these two at this point but a lot can change in a few months.
3. Chicago White Sox: Jacob Gatewood, SS, California HS
The White Sox love power hitters and big bodied players. Gatewood is both. He would fit well in this system and would be the top prospect in the system after Erik Johnson graduates.
4. Chicago Cubs: Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt
The Cubs have a ton of offense on the way. Beede would slot in a top of the rotation arm, potentially. Command needs to stay on but fastball and breaking ball are MLB pitches now, as long as he is controlling them.
5. Minnesota Twins: Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas HS
The Twins have need for immediate impact and upside. While a player closer to the majors may make more sense, Kolek may have the highest ceiling of any arm in the draft and could be one of the quickest to the majors out of high school.
6. Seattle Mariners: Trea Turner, SS, N.C. State
The Mariners have quite a bit of depth up the middle but how can you pass on a solid defensive up the middle player with an average bat and game changing speed.
7. Philadelphia Phillies: Nick Gordon, SS, Florida HS
The last winning core in Philly was led by two up the middle stars in Rollins and Utley. Crawford and Gordon could be another core to build around. Physicallity has improved this spring. Great all around player.
8. Colorado Rockies: Alex Jackson, C/3B/OF, California HS
I think Jackson could go as high as number two. His power is arguably the best in the draft but his defensive home is a question. In Colorado, RF would be difficult because of Jackson's growth potential but the bat could be outstanding.
9. Toronto Blue Jays: Brady Aiken, LHP, California
As a lefty who has more polish than tools, but no shortage of the latter. Aiken has excellent current stuff and projects more. He could be a front of the rotation type in time.
10. New York Mets: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Florida HS
Crazy potential and elite stuff make this reasonable. The lack of polish and risk involved makes this risky but the Mets have had excellent luck drafting and acquiring arms. Touki could add to that stable of talent.
11. Toronto Blue Jays: Michael Gettys, OF, Georgia HS
Gettys is tooled up. He has elite bat speed, high end running speed, a huge arm and good range make him a good defender. He can throw well enough he would be looked at as a top three round pitcher if he couldn't hit at all. The Jays like athletes. Gettys is arguably the best in this years draft.
12. Milwaukee Brewers: Grant Holmes, RHP, South Carolina HS
Holmes is a physcial righty with upper 90's velocity and a knockout breaking ball. There is a chance he ends up at the back of the bullpen but he could be a front end starter if everything works out.
13. San Diego Padres: Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford U.
After really coming on last summer, Newcomb sits 91-93 and can hit 95. He has flashed an impressive slider and with that combo, I would be shocked if he isn't taken in the top 15 picks barring injury.
14. San Francisco Giants: Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Florida HS
Foley has had some impressive performances at big events and impressed some people in high places. If he continues to improve, he could get picked early in the draft. The Giants seem to hit on pitchers when they roll the dice. Foley may be next.
15. Los Angeles Angels: Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
Pentecost is the best collegiate catcher available. His good defensively and makes good contact. He takes good at bats and has a solid approach. He won't hit for a lot of over the fence power but has solid gap-to-gap power. The Angels could use a solid prospect who will help the big league team. While not being a high ceiling player, he is a pretty sure bet.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Texas Christian U.
Finnegan has one of the most electric arms in the draft. High end velocity and improving secondaries, Finnegan should be a lock for the first round. His command has improved and he would add to the depth the D'Backs pitching ranks.
17. Kansas City Royals: Braxton Davidson, 1B, North Carolina HS
As one of the most polished prep bats and possesing plus hitting ability, power and approach, Davidson could be a middle of the order bat. While his skills may translate to LF/RF, he's likely a 1B and will follow up behind Eric Hosmer. By the time Hosmer is hitting free agency, Davidson may be close to taking over if his price tag is too high.
18. Washington Nationals: Luis Ortiz, RHP, California HS
Ortiz has really come on in the last two years. He lost a lot of weight and gained velocity. His weight will always need to be watched but his fastball and slider are excellent pitches. His slider can damn near be unhittable at times. Ortiz could be the best pitcher in this draft in three years. He has that kind of potential. The Nats like impact and Ortiz could be an impact arm.
Competitive Balance Round
38. Colorado Rockies: A.J. Reed, 1B, Kentucky
He's also a LHP with fringe average stuff but the power is 70+. In game usable power, not just BP. Could be a star in the light air.
39. Miami Marlins: Jack Flaherty, SS, California HS
Could go much higher but my personal preference weighs in here. His tools are solid but nothing stands out and has looked flat every time I have seen him. If a team sees him good, he could go in the teens.
40. Houston Astros: Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tennessee HS
This shows the depth of this draft. He could go in the teens as well. Good stuff, solid projection, everything you look for in a lefty. There is a lot of college talent that is more proven and could cause him and other preps to slide.
41. Cleveland Indians: Marcus Wilson, OF, California HS
One of the most projectable players in the draft. The long, lean athletic frame looks like that of a future impact player. It'll take some time but he could be a profile RF.
42. Miami Marlins: Taylor Sparks, 3B, UC-Irvine
May need to move to RF but solid skills across the board would make him a solid pick here.
43. Kansas City Royals: Grayson Greiner, C, South Carolina
Leader at the plate and behind the dish. One of the best catcher arms around. Keeps improving and working. Big, tall player may have to move from behind the dish due to size but the bat is good enough to still take him here.
44. Milwaukee Brewers: Derek Hill, OF, California HS
Polished atheltic center fielder. One of the few in this class that I know can stick there. Bat is good but power is gap-to-gap right now. Safe high school pick with remaining potential.
Others that were considered:
Kodi Medeiros, Greg Deichmann, Chase Vallot, J.D. Davis, Karsten Whitson, Keaton McKinney, Tiquan Forbes, Kyle Freeland, Alex Verdugo, Matt Imhof, Dan Mengden, Dylan Davis, Cam Varga, Aramis Garcia, Zach Lemond, Forrest Wall, Greg Allen, Brandon Downes, Alex Blandino.
I can see teams going all out for Pitching, some good Postional Potential falling to Sox, if they go in that direction.
The second round begins at #43 or 44, so that is pretty late even for a strong and deep draft. I'm not sure what our second round choice will be, but my guess is about #70 or so.
Kel Johnson? Sox need to look for Power. 2nd round Wow. Teams are starting to keep an eye on thier 2nd rounders now.
Yes, and a lot will change between now and then. There will be some surpise picks and some surprise drops by players looked on highly at this time.
June 5-7th is not that far away!