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For those that like to get familiar with lots of prospects before the draft, here is a list of some very early mock drafts. They will all be updated from time to time, and there will be lots of changes, but it can be a great way to learn the prospects, and develop favorites.
21. Cincinnati Reds — Kyle Schwarber, C/1B, Indiana
Maybe the best power bat in college, the 6’-0”, 230-pound left-hander also has a great approach at the plate and should hit for a high average at the next level. His ability to remain behind the plate is still up for debate, but he wants to stay there and has been working hard on his defense. Over 61 games as a sophomore, he hit .366/.456/.647 with 10 doubles, 18 home runs and drew 42 walks to just 37 strikeouts. He then hit .308/.396/.436 over 21 games for the Collegiate National Team with 11 walks. We all saw the premium put on college bats in this year’s draft, and Schwarber should benefit from that next year.
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I take it Schwarber is actually right-handed since he's trying to make it as a catcher. I'm thinking he throws right and bats left.
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Schwarber is not staying at catcher, unfortunately.
Schwarber may have the tools to stay behind the plate but his likely future is at first base. His college coach believes he can play left field at the next level, at least in the early years of his career. His body type (stocky, muscular) may limit him to first or perhaps catcher. He can hit - will take a walk, good contact skills, nice power. Some scouts think his bat is not quite good enough at first base, though, to be a first rounder. Others seem high on his hitting and think wherever he plays he will hit well. Had a solid Cape Cod. Catching the guy is a no doubt first rounder. Strength and power are real but could lack of athleticism make him similar to Winker? If I were an AL team I'd jump on him because he could always fall back to being a terrific DH if first base was blocked.
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The 13 players who were given qualifying offers. Their former teams will be listed first and new teams last.
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
Robinson Cano, Yankees
Shin-Soo Choo, Reds
Nelson Cruz, Rangers
Stephen Drew, Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox to Yankees
Curtis Granderson, Yankees
Ubaldo Jimenez, Indians
Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees
Brian McCann, Braves to Yankees
Kendrys Morales, Mariners
Mike Napoli, Red Sox
Ervin Santana, Royals
The Yankees will forfeit their first round draft pick #18 overall. The Braves will receive a First Round Compensation Pick.
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The Braves remained in discussions with McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, as recently as Friday, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes. However, they weren't invovled in the multi-year bidding for the catcher. The Braves will receive a draft pick after the first round becuase of the signing, O'Brien notes.
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Justus Sheffield looks interesting - prep LHP with three plus pitches. If his power continues to come along, Max Pentecost could be a sweet pick.
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