Mock MLB Amateur Draft ’08

1st Round

#1. Tampa Bay Rays

Buster Posey, C
6’2/200
Florida State
-There’s several different players that the Rays are looking at in this spot including Pedro Alvarez, Tim Beckham and Buster Posey. They may be tempted to take Alvarez and play him at 1B (since they already have Longoria at 3B) or, depending on how they feel about Reid Brignac and John Jaso, could go with either Tim Beckham or Buster Posey. If Beckham is the choice, they could use him at 2B and keep Brignac at SS if they still view Brignac as the “next Cal Ripken”. I’ve gone with Posey in this spot because even if the Rays are set with keeping Jaso and Navarro at catcher, they could move Posey to virtually any position on the field. Earlier in the college season, Posey’s coach infamously played him at every position during a game against an inferior opponent. It may have been in poor taste on the coach’s part but Posey demonstrated his versatility. If needed, he could feasibly play 1B, 2B, OF, etc… although if they do go this route, I’d expect them to keep him at catcher. The real question surrounding Posey is whether he has 10-15 HR power or 20-25 HR power… The answer to that question will likely decide Posey’s fate on draft day. 
#2. Pittsburgh Pirates
Tim Beckham, SS
6’2/190
Griffin HS (GA)
-Like the Rays, the Pirates also have 3 different directions they can go in here. I have them taking the top shortstop/top high schooler in the draft, Tim Beckham. Depending on how they feel about 3B Neil Walker, and 1B Steven Pearce, they could conceivably take Alvarez here and play him at either position. Pitching is another possibility. They’ll have their choice of all the top pitchers in the draft; college or high school, righty or lefty. In my opinion, LHP Brian Matusz will probably be the first pitcher off the board but since the Pirates already have a surplus of lefties, they’d probably go with a RHP like Aaron Crow or high schooler, Tim Melville. Due to their lack of any quality middle infield prospects, I think Beckham is the obvious choice here. If the Rays pass on Posey and take one of the aforementioned players, I have a feeling the Pirates would pass on him since they already have a fairly settled catching situation with Ryan Doumit and Ronny Paulino behind the plate. 
#3. Kansas City Royals
Brian Matusz, LHP
6’4/195
San Diego
-There’s no question that the Royals need a lot of help in many different areas. Sure, they could go with a slugger like Alvarez, Hosmer or Smoak but in order to build a winning team, you must start with pitching. I like Matusz in this spot due to KC’s lack of quality lefties in the system. Greinke, Cortes and Hochevar are all righties so drafting Matusz in this spot would give them a top of the rotation lefty to compliment Greinke. If the Royals foolishly decide to pass on pitching, I’d expect them to grab Alvarez right here and play him at 1st or move Gordon to 1st. If available, I don’t know if they’d consider drafting Beckham or not. They just drafted a top flight shortstop last year when they took Mike Moustakas in the first round…but they could move either guy to 2B if that’s the direction they decide to go. 
#4. Baltimore Orioles
Pedro Alvarez, 3B
6’2/215
Vanderbilt
-In my scenario, the O’s really luck out. Many people view Alvarez as a “can’t miss” prospect and is probably the top overall talent in the draft. However, the likes of Evan Longoria, Neil Walker/Steven Pearce and Alex Gordon have caused his stock to drop all the way to #4 in the draft. IF Alvarez makes it this far, the O’s will not think twice about taking him. They have a decent 3B prospect in Billy Rowell but no one at 1B, making Alvarez a very attractive option. Tim Beckham is also an option here (if available) since the team has absolutely no middle infielders to speak of whatsoever in the farm system. Same thing can be said for Brian Matusz. They really don’t have any quality LHPs in the system either and a top of the rotation starter never hurts.  
#5. San Francisco Giants
Eric Hosmer, 1B
6’4/210
American Heritage HS (GA)
-In baseball circles, it’s common knowledge that the Giants are loaded on pitching. They’ve got a handful of future aces including Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Tim Alderson, etc.. However, their offense may be the worst in baseball. They’ve already got a high-end corner infielder in 18 year old, Angel Villalona…so taking Hosmer here would not only give them an excellent and equally young compliment to him, it would ensure Villalona’s future as a 3B, which in effect would give him a solid position to focus on. Justin Smoak is an option in this spot if the Giants want more experience but considering the age of Villalona, I expect them to go with the younger player here. Of course, if any of the hitters previously taken are still available in this spot, expect them to take one of them…either Alvarez, Beckham or Posey. 
#6. Florida Marlins
Aaron Crow, RHP
6’2/195
Missouri
-The Marlins are surprisingly a 1st place team early in the season in ’08. They appear to be pretty loaded offensively and still have plenty of top-offensive-prospects in their system; including OF, Cameron Maybin, 3B, Matt Dominguez and 2B, Chris Coghlan. Pitching is a much bigger need for them at this point. They have a few top-flight righties in the system as well in Chris Volstad, Brett Sinkbeil and Ryan Tucker but Aaron Crow could be better than all of them. If Brian Matusz is available at this spot, they’d likely take him due to their lack of quality lefties. However, Crow could be the best pitcher in this draft and would give the team a potential ace for the future. He’s better than Volstad, Sinkbeil and Tucker and will make for an excellent 1-2 punch along with LHP, Andrew Miller. 
#7. Cincinnati Reds
Tim Melville, RHP
6’5/205
Holt HS (MO)
-Unlike the Marlins, the Reds aren’t in 1st place but like the Marlins, they need pitching much more than offense. I’ve seen a few mocks that have Justin Smoak or Eric Hosmer going in this spot which is hard for me to understand. Joey Votto is a quality 1B prospect who can’t play 3B and would be stretched in a corner OF spot as well. Besides, they’ve already got another top prospect at 3B in Edwin Encarnacion and their OF will be packed once Drew Stubbs joins Jay Bruce on the major league team. They’ve already got a promising young catcher in Devin Mesoraco and an decent middle infield prospect in Todd Frazier. When you add that to the fact that Homer Bailey is their only real pitching prospect in the minors, you’ll understand why they have to go with a pitcher in this spot. In the scenario I’ve created, both of the top college pitchers are off the board so I have the Reds taking the next best thing. Melville is the top high school pitcher in the draft which is a bit of a gamble but is a risk well worth taking in the Reds’ case. High school pitchers are risky but have a tendency to pay off big time, barring setbacks. There were teams that were hesitant to take the top pitching prospect in baseball, Clayton Kershaw
back when he was drafted because of the fact that he was a high schooler. Same thing can be said for Josh Beckett, Scott Kazmir, CC Sabathia, Adam Wainwright, Jon Garland, Jake Westbrook, Jarrod Parker, Rick Porcello, etc.. The injury risk and unknowns may be slightly higher than compared to a college pitcher but there is a chance for huge returns. Add Melville to a future rotation that includes the likes of Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey and Cincy will be a formidable team for the foreseeable future. 
#8. Chicago White Sox
Justin Smoak, 1B
6’4/215 
South Carolina
-As evidenced by this season, the Chi-Sox are going to have to start thinking about a replacement for 1B, Paul Konerko at some point. Since the team has absolutely no quality corner infielders in their system whatsoever (other than Josh Fields at 3B), Smoak would make for an excellent choice at #8 in the draft. Considered by many as the top power prospect in this year’s draft, Smoak would give the team the usual power at 1B that they are used to. If SF takes Smoak, look for the Sox to take Hosmer in this spot. Either way, I see them looking for a replacement for Konerko or Thome in this spot. Pitching and catching are also options here. If Posey somehow makes it this far (which I highly doubt), the Sox would have to think about it due to the age of Pierzynski and the absence of catchers in the system. High school catcher, Kyle Skipworth could also be an option here. But if Smoak is available here, I fully expect him to be their choice. 
#9. Washington Nationals
Yonder Alonso, 1B
6’2/215
Miami
-The Nats would love to land Smoak or Hosmer but in this scenario, I have them settling for the next best thing. However, Alonso isn’t a runner-up. He’s considered by many to be the most dynamic hitter in the draft. He may not have the power potential that a Hosmer or Smoak has but he’s not far off and is an excellent contact hitter. The Nats already have a top prospect in Chris Marrero who is capable of playing 1B but will probably end up spending most of his time in the OF. Pitching is always a possibility here but I see catching as less of a need with the emergence of top prospect, Jesus Flores. If the team does decide to draft a pitcher, players like LHP, Christian Friedrich and HS RHP, Gerrit Cole will be options. 
#10. Houston Astros
Gerrit Cole, RHP
6’3/190
Lutheran HS (CA)
-The Astros obviously have a dire need for pitching and are pretty stacked on offense. I’ve projected the 2nd best HS pitcher in the draft, Gerrit Cole, going in this spot. It may be a little high compared to some draft boards but it all comes back to the high-risk/high-reward line of thinking. I’m sure they’ll take a look at guys like Friedrich, Shooter Hunt and Josh Fields, but the upside is higher for Cole, even though the risk is as well. Unless the teams decides to grab a middle infielder here, I really don’t see any way that they could neglect their desperate pitching needs with such a high pick. 
#11. Texas Rangers
Aaron Hicks, OF/RHP
6’2/165
Wilson HS (CA)
#12. Oakland Athletics
Jemile Weeks, 2B
5’9/160
Miami
#13. St. Louis Cardinals
Brett Wallace, 3B
6’1/245
Arizona State
#14. Minnesota Twins
Ethan Martin, 3B/RHP
6’3/200
Stephens County HS (GA)
#15. Los Angeles Dodgers
Christian Friedrich, LHP
6’3/210
Eastern Kentucky
#16. Milwaukee Brewers
Kyle Skipworth, C
6’3/190
Patriot HS (CA)
#17. Toronto Blue Jays
David Cooper, 1B
6’0/185
California
#18. New York Mets (from Atlanta Braves)
Shooter Hunt, RHP
6’3/200
Tulane
#19. Chicago Cubs
Gordon Beckham, SS
6’0/180
Georgia
#20. Seattle Mariners
Dennis Raben, 1B/OF
6’3/220
Miami
#21. Detroit Tigers
Brett DeVall, LHP
6’4/205
Niceville HS (FL)
#22. New York Mets
Jason Castro, C
6’3/215
Stanford
#23. San Diego Padres
Robbie Ross, LHP
5’11/180
Lexington Christian Academy HS (KY)
#24. Philadelphia Phillies
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
6’1/200
Wichita State
#25. Colorado Rockies
Brandon Crawford, 2B/SS
6’2/195
UCLA
#26. Arizona Diamondbacks
Josh Fields, RHP
6’0/180
Georgia
#27. Minnesota Twins (from Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Harold Martinez, SS
6’3/185
Braddock HS (FL)
#28. New York Yankees
Allan Dykstra, 1B
6’5/230
Wake Forest
#29. Cleveland Indians
Ike Davis, 1B/OF
6’4/205
Arizona State
#30. Boston Red Sox
Tanner Scheppers, RHP
6’4/195
Fresno State
Compensatory Picks

#31. Minnesota Twins (from Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
Isaac Galloway, OF
6’3/190
Los Osos HS (CA)
#32. Milwaukee Brewers (from Cincinnati Reds)
Luke Burnett, RHP
6’8/260
Louisiana Tech.
#33. New York Me
ts
(from Atlanta Braves)
Jordan Danks, OF
6’5/210
Texas
#34. Philadelphia Phillies (from San Francisco Giants)
Zach Collier, OF
6’2/185
Chino Hills HS (CA)
#35. Milwaukee Brewers (from Chicago White Sox)
Tyson Ross, RHP
6’5/215
California
#36. Kansas City Royals (from Milwaukee Brewers)
Petey Paramore, C
6’2/210
Arizona State
#37. San Francisco Giants (from Philadelphia Phillies)
Reese Havens, SS
6’1/195
South Carolina
#38. Houston Astros (from Tampa Bay Rays)
Casey Kelly, SS/RHP
6’3/190
Sarasota HS (FL)
#39. St. Louis Cardinals (from Tampa Bay Rays)
Andrew Cashner, RHP
6’5/185
Texas Christian
#40. Atlanta Braves (from Kansas City Royals)
Lance Lynn, RHP
6’5/260
Mississippi
#41. Chicago Cubs (from Milwaukee Brewers)
Jake Odorizzi, RHP
6’2/175
Highland HS (IL)
#42. San Diego Padres (from Houston Astros)
Roger Kieschnick, OF
6’3/210
Texas Tech.
#43. Arizona Diamondbacks (from Minnesota Twins)
James Darnell, 3B/OF
6’2/195
South Carolina
#44. New York Yankees (from Colorado Rockies)
Brett Hunter, RHP
6’2/190
Pepperdine
#45. Boston Red Sox (from Milwaukee Brewers)
Adrian Nieto, C
6’0/195
American Heritage HS (FL)
#46. San Diego Padres (from Milwaukee Brewers)
Destin Hood, SS/OF
6’3/190
St. Paul’s Episcopal HS (AL)
2nd Round

#47. Tampa Bay Rays
Niko Vasquez, 2B/SS
6’0/175
Durango HS (NV)
#48. Pittsburgh Pirates
Alex Meyer, RHP
6’7/200
Greensburg HS (IN)
#49. Kansas City Royals
Daniel Webb, RHP
6’3/205
Heath HS (KY)
#50. Baltimore Orioles
Anthony Hewitt, SS
6’1/190
Salisbury HS (CN)
#51. Philadelphia Phillies (from San Francisco Giants)
Ryan Perry, RHP
6’4/200
Arizona
#52. Florida Marlins
Zach Cox, 3B
6’0/205
Pleasure Ridge HS (KY)
#53. Milwaukee Brewers (from Cincinnati Reds)
Logan Forsythe, 3B/OF
6’0/195
Arkansas
#54. Milwaukee Brewers (from Chicago White Sox)
Kyle Lobstein, LHP
6’1/165
Coconino HS (AZ)
#55. Washington Nationals
Cody Satterwhite, RHP
6’4/205
Mississippi
#56. Houston Astros
Michael Montgomery, LHP
6’4/170
Hart HS (CA)
#57. Texas Rangers
Robbie Grossman, OF
6’1/195
Cypress-Fairbanks HS (TX)
#58. Oakland Athletics
Chris Dominguez, 3B
6’4/240
Louisville
#59. St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Flaherty, SS
6’2/205
Vanderbilt
#60. Minnesota Twins
Anthony Ferrara, LHP
6’3/190
Riverview HS (FL)
#61. Los Angeles Dodgers
Lonnie Chisenhall, 2B/3B/SS
6’0/200
Pitt CC (NC)
#62. Milwaukee Brewers
Wade Miley, LHP
6’2/195
SE Louisiana
#63. Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Lawrie, C/2B
6’0/190
Canada
#64. Atlanta Braves
Zeke Spruill, RHP
6’4/190
Kell HS (GA)
#65. Chicago Cubs
Zach Cone, OF
6’2/200
Parkview HS (GA)
#66. Seattle Mariners
Daniel Schlereth, LHP
6’0/210
Arizona
#67. Detroit Tigers
Tyler Ladendorf, SS
5’11/190
Howard JC
(TX)
#68. New York Mets
Tyler Sample, RHP
6’7/240
Mullen HS (CO)
#69. San Diego Padres
Bryan Price, RHP
6’4/210
Rice
70. Atlanta Braves (for failure to sign Josh Fields)
Jeff Decker, 1B/OF
6’0/175
Sunrise Mountain HS (AZ)
#71. Philadelphia Phillies
Anthony Gose, LHP/OF
6’1/185
Bellflower HS (CA)
#72. Colorado Rockies
Taylor Hightower, C
6’1/190
Cartersville HS (GA)
#73. Arizona Diamondbacks
Zach Putnam, RHP
6’2/215
Michigan
#74. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Jordy Mercer, SS/RHP
6’3/200
Oklahoma State
#75. New York Yankees
Tim Murphy, LHP
6’2/205
UCLA
#76. Cleveland Indians
Ross Seaton, RHP
6’4/190
Second Baptist HS (TX)

#77. Boston Red Sox
Eric Thames, OF
6’1/200
Pepperdine
3rd Round

#78. Tampa Bay Rays
Jeremy Hamilton, 1B
6’1/185
Wright State 
#79. Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Lindblom, RHP
6’5/240
Purdue
#80. Kansas City Royals
David Adams, 2B
6’2/205
Virginia 
#81. Baltimore Orioles
Nick Maronde, LHP
6’3/195
Lexington Catholic HS (KY)
#82. San Francisco Giants
Blake Tekotte, OF
5’11/180
Miami
#83. Florida Marlins
Brandon Miller, C
6’1/195
Woodward Academy (GA)
#84. Cincinnati Reds
Danny Espinosa, SS
6’0/190
Long Beach State
#85. Boston Red Sox (for failure to sign Hunter Morris)
Zach Stewart, RHP
6’1/175
Texas Tech
#86. Chicago White Sox
Aaron Weatherford, RHP
6’1/190
Mississippi State
#87. Washington Nationals
Brett Mooneyham, LHP
6’5/220
Buhach Colony HS (CA)
#88. Houston Astros
Zach Wilson, 3B
6’0/185
Wilson HS (CA)
#89. Texas Rangers
Chris Carpenter, RHP
6’4/215
Kent State
#90. Oakland Athletics 
Carlos Gutierrez, RHP
6’3/205
Miami
#91. St. Louis Cardinals
Jason Christian, SS
6’3/170
Michigan
#92. Minnesota Twins
Brad Holt, RHP
6’4/195
UNC Wilmington
#93. Los Angeles Dodgers
Shane Peterson, 1B/OF
6’0/195
Long Beach State
#94. Milwaukee Brewers
Adam Smith, SS
6’3/180
Klein HS (TX)
#95. Toronto Blue Jays
Quinton Miller, RHP
6’3/175
Shawnee HS (NJ)
#96. Atlanta Braves
Ricky Oropesa, 1B/3B
6’2/215
Etiwanda HS (CA)
#97. Chicago Cubs
Andrew Liebel, RHP
6’1/195
Long Beach State
#98. Seattle Mariners
Chase Davidson, 1B
6’5/225
Milton HS (GA)
#99. Detroit Tigers
Kevin Eichorn, RHP
6’0/170
Aptos HS (CA)
#100. New York Mets
Ryan Westmoreland, OF
6’2/195
Portsmouth HS (RI)
#101. San Diego Padres
Jake Jeffries, C
6’3/215
UC Davis
#102. Philadelphia Phillies
Xavier Avery, OF
5’11/180
Cedar Grove HS (GA)
#103. Colorado Rockies
Jordan Cooper, RHP
6’2/195
Shawnee Heights HS (KS)
#104. Arizona Diamondbacks
Justin Parker, 2B/SS
6’1/190
Wright State
#105. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Michael Palazzone, RHP
6’3/190
Lassiter HS (GA)
#106. New York Yankees
Jay Austin, OF
5’11/180
North Atlanta HS (GA)
#107. Cleveland Indians
Kyle Russell
6’5/190
Texas
#108. Boston Red Sox
Shane Kroker, 3B/SS
6’3/190
Westlake HS (CA)
Compensatory Picks

#109. Philadelphia Phillies (for failure to sign Brandon Workman)
Vance Worley, RHP
6’2/220
Long Beach State
#110. Houston Astros (for failure to sign Derek Dietrich)
Rolando Gomez, 2B/SS
5’9/160
Flanagan HS (FL)
#111. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Tommy Toledo)
Cutter Dykstra, OF
5’11/180
Westlake HS (CA)
#112. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (for failure to sign Matt Harvey)
Sonny Gray, RHP
6’0/185
Smyrna HS (TN)
Top Remaining Prospects

Catchers

1. Tim Federowicz
5’11/200
North Carolina
2. Ben McMahan
6’0/190
Bishop Moore HS (FL)
3. Ryan Lavarnway
6’3/210
Yale
4. Ryan Babineau
6’2/205
UCLA
5. Kiel Roling
6’3/240
Arizona State
1B

1. Clark Murphy
6’3/200
Fallbrook HS (CA)
2. Jarret Martin
6’1/170
Centennial HS (CA)
3. DJ Hicks
6’5/205
Lake Brantley HS (FL)
4. Gabe Jacobo
6’3/205
Sacramento State
5. Xavier Scruggs 
6’1/215
UNLV
2B

1. Johnny Giovatella
5’8/185
New Orleans
2. Alex Buchholz
6’0/190
Delaware
3. Brance Rivera
6’3/165
Muscatine HS (IA)
4. Riccio Torrez
6’0/190
Brophy Prep HS (AZ)
5. Jeff Ussery 
6’3/195
Georgia Tech
SS

1. Jarrod McKinney
6’0/205
Hughes Springs HS (TX)
2. Dusty Coleman
6’2/185
Wichita State
3. Derrick Gibson
6’0/170
Seaford HS (DE)
4. Cody Overbeck
6’1/195
Mississippi
5. Greg Miclat 
5’9/180
Virginia 
3B

1. Mark Sobolewski
6’1/200
Miami
2. Jermaine Curtis
6’1/190
UCLA
3. Nate Tenbrink
6’2/200
Kansas State
4. Andy Burns
6’1/180
Rocky Mountain HS (CO)
5. Kevin Hoeff 
6’2/195
Iowa
OF

1. LJ Hoes
6’0/190
St. John’s HS (DC)
2. TJ Steele
6’3/200
Arizona
3. Colin Cowgill
5’9/195
Kentucky
4. Charlie Blackmon
6’3/200
Georgia Tech
5. Jordan Craft
6’2/185
Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA)
6. Brent Warren
6’3/180
Xavier HS (IA)
7. Sean Ratliff
6’2/195
Stanford
8. JP Ramirez
5’10/185
Canyon HS (TX)
9. Mike Bianucci
6’1/210
Auburn
10. Sawyer Carroll
6’4/210
Kentucky
RHP
1. Taylor Jungmann
6’6/195
Georgetown HS (TX)
2. Stephen Fife
RHP
6’3/210
Utah
3. Scott Bittle,
6’1/210
Mississippi
4. Aaron Schafer
6’4/205
Wichita State
5. Seth Lintz
6’1/170
Marshall County HS (TN)
6. Kyle Welland
6’4/195
Notre Dame
7. Jacob Thompson
6’6/190
Virginia
8. Brett Marshall
6’0/195
Sterling HS (TX)
9. DJ Mitchell
6’0/170
Clemson
10. Bobby Bundy
6’2/205
Sperry HS (OK)
LHP
1. TJ House
6’1/200 
Picayune HS (MS)
2. Cole St. Clair
6’5/225
Rice
3. Dan Huitzen
6’2/195
St. Albans HS (MD)
4. Josh Romanski
6’0/185
San Diego
5. Brad Hand
6’2/185
Chaska HS (MN)
6. David Duncan
6’8/210
Georgia Tech
7. Kyle Long
6’7/280
Belfield HS (VA)
8. Aaron King
6’4/215
Surry CC (NC)
9. Anthony Capra
6’1/200
Wichita State
10. Chris Joyce
6’0/195
Dos Pueblos HS (CA)