BA chat from today:
Ben (Centerville, OH): Who is the best fit for the Reds with their first round pick in the upcoming June draft, whom do you see available, and whom do you think they will take? My money is on one of Tyler Matzek, Matt Purke, or Shelby Miller?.
Jim Callis: (2:01 PM ET ) I think the Reds almost certainly will take a pitcher, as there aren't a lot of bats worthy of going in the Top 10 this year. And with the arms, teams usually grab the top college pitchers first, so you may be right. I projected indy leaguer Aaron Crow in our first mock draft—we have tons of draft info available at baseballamerica.com, so go check that out. Purke's signability is a bit worrisome, but I could see the Reds taking Matzek or Miller.
And an additional question from the same chat:
Dave (DC): Devin Mesoraco. Bust?
Jim Callis: (2:53 PM ET ) Sure looks that way.
Could anything happen? No, not really. Most players who are as far behind as Mesoraco (he turns 21 next month) don't catch up. You can pretend otherwise (you almost surely will), but it looks like his future will be as an organizational player.
Raisel Ghul, the Demon's Head
Make that a thing.
The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.
2009 Amateur Draft Mock #6 Round One
Andy Seiler/Minor League Ball
1. Washington - Steven Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State - The only question is how quickly he'll sign and for how much money. Previously: #1.
2. Seattle - Dustin Ackley, OF, North Carolina - I think this is really starting to become a sure thing. Ackley's a legit hitter with the growing ability to man center field. If his arm holds up, there's nothing holding him back from becoming a star player. Previously: #2.
3. San Diego - Aaron Crow, RHP, Ft. Worth Cats - Jason Churchill says the Padres like Donavan Tate, Grant Green, Kyle Gibson, and Crow. Crow's starting to heat up with another nice outing, and I think he pitches himself into this spot. Previously: #4.
4. Pittsburgh - Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy (MO) - The bonus demands and commitment don't scare teams away when your performance is top-notch. Turner's pushed himself into the top ten, and this pick makes good sense. Previously: #28.
5. Baltimore - Alex White, RHP, North Carolina - Despite a mediocre performance last weekend, White's still one of the best options in the draft. Baltimore's done well with its recent college picks, and White's got legitimate upside. Previously: #8.
6. San Francisco - Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS (CA) - Matzek's still the best prep lefty, and I think the Giants will be picking between him and Zack Wheeler. Matzek's done well enough to keep his spot above Wheeler, making him the pick. Previously: #5.
7. Atlanta - Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS (GA) - Wheeler has continued his stretch of dominance, probably solidifying a top ten spot. If he's available to the Braves, I think there's no way he lasts to the eighth spot. Previously: #7.
8. Cincinnati - Tanner Scheppers, RHP, St. Paul Saints - Scheppers and Crow are considered unknown wildcards in terms of draft stock in this draft. I don't think either gets past the tenth pick, and Scheppers is probably a favorite of the Reds. Previously: #3.
9. Detroit - Grant Green, SS, USC - Another Churchill tidbit says that teams don't expect Green to last past the Tigers. Yes, they're in need of middle infield help both in the Majors and on the farm, but I just wonder how much money he'll need. Previously: #15.
10. Washington - Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri - In a bit of a surprise, Kyle Gibson slid to the tenth slot in my mock this week. I don't think the Nationals would choose Chad Jenkins or others over Gibson, and they'll spend the money. Previously: #6.
2009 Redszone MLB Mock Draft
1st Round - Steven Strasburg
1st Round - Matt Purke
2nd Round - Brett Jackson
3rd Round - Kent Matthes
Can we just put Scheppers on the "do not draft board" please. at least not w/n the top 10, shoulders injuries scare me.