For example, consider Trea Turner. By some accounts his stock has fallen because of a relatively disappointing average. However, his K rate is only 10%, he has stolen 14 of 17, and he has hit 6 HR's. To me, that makes him a low risk first round choice and one not likely to fall to 16.
One executive told Rosenthal that the increase in extensions for younger players is due to the lack of overall talent in today’s game. With so few impact performers, teams are more compelled than ever to lock them up through their prime. As an example, that executive pointed to this year’s draft class, noting that NC State shortstop Trea Turner might be the only college shortstop selected in the Top 250.
As I noted back in June (on the first page of this thread), I'd be pretty pleased with Turner at 19.Mick (Chicago): Has Trea Turner fell to the 20's in the 1st round w/ his poor offense and reduced 80 to 60 speed?
John Manuel: He’s not a 60 runner. He may not be a consistent 80 runner anymore, but he’s not a 60 runner. He’s not falling that far. Too few college bats, his defense at SS has improved, and he still has impact speed. His SBs are down in part because he batted third for much of the first half of the season and often was clogged on the bases. I could not see him falling below Cincinnati at No. 19.
I am going to guess Luke Weaver to Cincy.
The NC State coach should feel ashamed for what he has done to Carlos Rondon. Whatever team takes him should shut him down for the year.
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Mymlbdraft updated their mock yesterday and have the Reds taking Braxton Davidson. Looking over their scouting report of him, he sounds like a clone of Jesse Winker and I would have no problem at all drafting that if Trea Turner is off the board.
Jim Callis article for MLB.com on the draft.
Also, their top 100 list seems to have been updated at some point, as the players have a prvious rank next to their names as well.The 2011 First-Year Player Draft opened with the selection with four pitchers: Gerrit Cole (Pirates), Danny Hultzen (Mariners), Trevor Bauer (D-backs) and Dylan Bundy (Orioles). That had never happened before, and it hasn't happened since.
In 2004, the Padres chose shortstop Matt Bush (who would finish his ill-fated career on the mound) with the No. 1 overall pick before clubs went on a run of seven straight pitchers: Justin Verlander (Tigers), Philip Humber (Mets), Jeff Niemann (Devil Rays), Mark Rogers (Brewers), Jeremy Sowers (Indians), Homer Bailey (Reds) and Wade Townsend (Orioles). Seven pitchers in the first eight selections was unprecedented, and that also hasn't been repeated.
That very well could change soon. Pitchers headline this year's Draft prospects to such an extent that both of those records likely will be matched. The standard of 20 pitchers selected in the first round in 2001 also could be equaled.
One month out, updated target list (no particular order):
FIRST ROUND (#19)
Trea Turner SS
Touki Toussaint RHP
Brandon Finnegan LHP
Sean Newcomb LHP
Max Pentecost C
Jacob Gatewood SS/3B
Forrest Wall 2B
Marcus Wilson OF
Monte Harrison OF
SECOND ROUND (#55?)
Justus Sheffield LHP
Mac Marshall LHP
Ti'quan Forbes SS
JJ Schwarz C
Last edited by Benihana; 04-30-2014 at 11:40 AM.
Not necessarily on my target list, but Jacob Bukauskas sounds like a guy that Buckley and the Reds go for (vertically challenged RHP with good stuff):
Add Bukauskas to the list of triple-digit pitchers this year. At 6’-1” and 200 pounds, he has been consistently hitting the upper-90s this spring and he adds a deceptive change-up with nice fade and a tight slider. Through 36.2 innings, he has 82 K/3 BB, allowing just 10 hits. Committed to North Carolina.
Agreed. Late rising high-velo high school arm, a la Stephenson and Travieso.Jacob Bukauskas sounds like a guy that Buckley and the Reds go for (vertically challenged RHP with good stuff)
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I just hope the Reds take the best player available each time they pick in the early rounds and don't worry about "needs."