Latest Draft Rumors

Word on the street says…

-There’s a slight chance that the Royals will take HS 1B, Eric Hosmer with the #3 pick in the draft but I find that hard to believe given the nightmare of a time they had negotiating a contract with last year’s 1st round pick, SS Mike Moustakas…a client of the infamous and reviled “power agent”, Scott Boras. Hosmer, like Moustakas, is also a Boras client. For my money, I think they’ll go with Miami C, Buster Posey, if he doesn’t go #1 overall to the Rays. 
-Rumor has it that Florida wants one of the big-time 1B’s like Hosmer or South Carolina 1B, Justin Smoak over HS catcher, Kyle SkipworthYonder Alonso‘s name has been linked to the team but his stock seems to be falling due to contract demands. 
-SS/RHP, Casey Kelly is a possibility to the Reds at #7 since his father coaches in the organization. However, he’d be a minor reach in the top 10 and management is said to favor going with a college SP like Missouri RHP, Aaron Crow (who I’ve projected them taking in my final mock). Many believe that Kelly has a big money deal in place with either the Cubs, Yankees or Red Sox. 
-Yonder Alonso is asking for a ton of money which may push him to the latter part of the 1st round… I’ve projected him to go at #18 to the Mets, assuming they want a top-tier replacement for Delgado and have the money to pay him. 
-California 1B, David Cooper may be a fallback plan for teams that cannot afford Yonder Alonso. Word is his stock has been rapidly rising because of his bat speed and natural hitting abilities. Some teams may even view him as a corner outfield option as well. It’s possible that Cooper could go as high as #9 in the best case scenario (for him). Odds are he’ll end up going to a team like the Mets, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rockies or Red Sox. Anywhere in the mid-late first round is the most likely. 
-Washington really wants Skipworth who could fall to them if the Marlins pass. 
-You can count on the Astros taking a college starter at #10. Tulane RHP, Shooter Hunt, and Eastern Kentucky LHP, Christian Friedrich, are both high on their list. If Crow or San Diego, LHP, Brian Matusz falls to them they’d be ecstatic. 
-Billy Beane loves “proven” college players, of course, and all signs are pointing to him taking Arizona State’s 1B/3B, Brett Wallace with the #12 pick. That’s pretty much a lock unless one of the college pitchers like Crow or Matusz were to fall to him. Justin Smoak would be an obvious choice as well if he were to somehow make it to #12.  
-I’m perplexed by how many teams TCU’s relief pitcher, Andrew Cashner, has been linked to in the first round. The Rangers, Cardinals and my beloved Dodgers are all said to have been scouting him heavily over the past few weeks. Hopefully, (at least in the Dodgers’ case) this is just a smokescreen because it would be foolish to take a college relief pitcher that high. The idea behind making a move like that is the fact that college relievers are generally better prepared to make the jump to the majors relatively quickly. However, Cashner would not fill a need for any of the teams previously mentioned and would definitely not be the best player available. 
-The Brewers look like a lock to take HS SS, Anthony Hewitt at pick #16. They have so many picks in this year’s draft, they’d probably be better served holding off on him and trying to get him later but he’s the guy they want and if they can get him at #16…they probably will. 
-Canada’s own, positionless, Brett Lawrie, seems like an obvious fit with the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s the fan’s choice at least.  
-I hear there’s a decent chance that the Cubs will take Illinois native, RHP, Jake Odorizzi, with the 19th pick in the draft. However, as I said earlier, they may already have a deal in place with Casey Kelly so expect them to take one or the other.  
-The perplexing college reliever strategy I mentioned in Cashner’s case seems to be in play in Seattle. They’ve been linked to a number of college relief pitchers that they plan on putting on a fast-track to the majors. I’ve actually projected them to take Georgia RHP, Josh Fields at #20 but if he really does get snatched up before then they’ll take a look at Cashner and Arizona LHP, Dan Schlereth
-It looks like the Tigers are pretty high on HS RHP, Gerrit Cole, and may take him if he’s still on the board at pick #21. I’m personally hoping that the Dodgers will take him at pick #15. He projects as a frontline starter and is a CA native so it’s seems like it could be a good fit if he’s still around when they pick. 
-Mark my words, the Mets WILL take Stanford C, Jason Castro at some point in the first round…either with pick #18 or #22 (if he makes it that far, which he definitely should). I think they’ll let him slip to #22 because it doesn’t look like the Cubs (Soto) or Mariners (Clement) will take him…but the Tigers may give him a look at #21 which could scare the Mets into committing to him with the higher pick. 
-Arizona State’s 1B/OF, Ike Davis, may very well end up as a Met on draft as well. They’re said to like his bat speed and the fact that he can play multiple positions. In my final mock, I projected them to take 1B, Yonder Alonso, who may fall to them due to signability issues. 
-The Rockies have been seriously considering Jake Odorizzi over the past few months and will likely take him if he manages to get past the Cubs at #19 (which he does in my final mock). There’s a rumor out there that they will try to trade OF, Matt Holliday (a Boras client), at the trade deadline if they don’t feel like they can sign him long-term. If that rumor is reality, they could draft an OF to replace him. HS OF/RHP Aaron Hicks could be a possibility if he’s on the board as well as HS OF, Zach Collier; both of which are CA natives. 
-The Yankees have been scouting a number of HS LHPs and will likely take one if one of the big names doesn’t drop to them due to contract demands (I’m looking at you Yonder Alonso). HS LHPs, Brett DeVallKyle Lobstein, Robbie Ross, CA’s own, Mike Montgomery and Brett Mooneyham are possibilities but I’ve projected David Cooper to fall to them rather than Alonso (who falls to the Mets). 
-Many are projecting the Red Sox to draft South Carolina SS, Reese Havens. It was thought that the Sox would’ve taken him over a certain OF, Jacoby Ellsbury, back in ’05 if had would’ve signed for less money (which he obviously didn’t). 
-Wichita State 3B, Conor Gillaspie, is looking more and more like a sandwich pick (compensatory 1st rounder) unless a team like the Blue Jays, Phillies, Twins or Indians take a chance on him later in the round. I have projected him falling to the Twins with the first pick in the Comp round. 
-The Brewers are said to be hot on HS OF/SS, Destin Hood and may target him with a sandwich pick (compensatory 1st rounder) if they don’t take him sooner. If the team views him as a shortstop, they’ll likely take him earlier. 
-Look for the Phills to grab a college reliever with their sandwich pick (compensatory 1st rounder). They’ve been linked to Mississippi State’s, Aaron Weatherford recently. He’s definitely a possibility if he’s not taken before then. 
-The Cubs’ management is known to like the workout-wonders and can never seem to get enough OFs in the mix (even though they’ve got a perfectly good OF in Matt Murton, whom they’ve never really given a legitimate shot to win a corner OF job). Although I haven’t heard anything specific, I believe a HS OF like, Isaac Galloway, Robbie Grossman or Zach Cone is a likely compensatory pick for them. 
-Fresno State RHP, Tanner Scheppers was thought by many to be a sure-fire 1st rounder coming into the season but arm problems may have derailed that chance. He could go ask a sandwich pick (compensatory 1st rounder) but from what I’ve heard, most team doctors claim his shoulder has “too much wear and tear” which has to be scaring a lot of teams off. He’s easily one of the most talented pitchers in the draft and if his arm does hold up, whoever gets him may end up with a steal.