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2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1

Posted By Bryan Smith On June 7, 2010 @ 11:37 pm In Daily Graphings | 6 Comments

Some inside baseball on our draft preparation here at FanGraphs — Marc Hulet and I split up a bunch of names before the draft, and wrote snippets on them that you saw appear live as the picks happened tonight. However, we were left with a bunch of names that weren’t taken. I don’t want those to go to waste, so here they are — reference away as they are picked on Tuesday.

Stetson Allie | RHP | Ohio HS
A draft standard, Allie gets the label of the draft’s hardest thrower, showing three digits on radar guns at more than one showcase last summer. Allie is big without a ton of projection left, but he’s very athletic, and would be talked about as a power hitting prospect if not for the fastball. The question, as it does for pitchers of his ilk, comes down to control and command, and Allie doesn’t have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)

Zach Alvord | SS/2B | Georgia HS
Alvord has one of the hardest, most violent swings in this draft, but with raw power and a middle infield pedigree, he has teams interested. Most believe he will move to second base at the next level, as he has never offered speed equivalent to his high school shortstop peers. He’s a bona fide project, but bat speed like his cannot be taught. Alvord is committed to Auburn University. (Bryan Smith)

Chad Bettis | RHP | Texas Tech University
Bettis has bounced around during his time at TTU and has pitched as both a starter and a reliever. The right-hander sits in the mid-90s as a reliever and could produce above-average ground-ball rates as a pro. Bettis also features a good slider and a change-up, although he needs to work on his command and he could also stand to incorporate his legs more during his delivery. He could move quickly through the minors as a reliever, but he could also develop into a solid No. 3 starter. (Marc Hulet)

Kris Bryant | 3B | Nevada HS
Apparently Nevada sluggers just have more power, as behind Bryce Harper, Bryant offers some of the bigger raw power in this draft. Some have labeled him a Batting Practice Hitter, meaning that he’s more likely to put on a show before the game than during it. He’s very thin and very wiry, so there is no question that more strength is on the way. With it, he’ll be tried out at third base after playing shortstop at Bonanza High School. If he were to make good on his commitment to University of San Diego, Bryant would be an early favorite to lead the nation in home runs in 2013. (Bryan Smith)

Yordy Cabrera | SS | Florida HS
A prep two-way player, Cabrera is 19-year-old senior. His father is a former professional baseball player and a current minor league manager, so the young infielder has spent a lot of time around the game, which should help him early on in his career as he adjusts to pro ball. Cabrera has a very strong arm and good actions at shortstop. Offensively, he’s a mistake hitter with raw power who struggles against breaking balls. Cabrera is committed to the University of Miami. (Marc Hulet)

A.J. Cole | RHP | Florida HS
Another talented Florida high schooler committed to Miami, Cole could probably benefit from three years in college. He’s been a mixed bag this spring, at times touching 95 mph with a good breaking ball, at times resorting to a one-pitch guy that tops at 92 mph. He’s very skinny for a 6-foot-5 frame, so he’ll add weight and probably consistency down the road. Has some of the highest potential, and one of the longest development schedules in this draft. (Bryan Smith)

Derek Dietrich | SS | Georgia Tech
The grandson of long-time Pittsburgh Pirates coach and scout Steve Demeter, Dietrich didn’t see his bonus demands met in the 2007 draft, when the Houston Astros drafted him in the third round. Dietrich instead went to Georgia Tech, where he starred for three seasons, hitting at least 10 home runs each year, while playing shortstop everyday in a tough conference. He doesn’t have the range for shortstop, and scouts question whether he will have the power with a wood bat to play third base. Ultimately, his future value likely hinges on how well he takes to second base down the road. (Bryan Smith)

Brett Eibner | RHP/OF | University of Arkansas
It would be a surprise if Eibner isn’t announced as a pitcher when he’s drafted, but he’s clinging to the hope that the outfield is his future. He’s athletic enough to succeed in center field, but there’s a lot of swing-and-miss in his bat. On the mound, he offers a lot of fluidity, and has touched 94 mph with his fastball. You’ll see a plus slider on occasion, but he’s never really needed to throw a changeup. (Bryan Smith)

Dave Filak | RHP | SUNY-Oneonta
Filak walked on to this small Division III program, and has almost no history of facing elite competition. But he’s 6-foot-5, has touched 95 mph, and offers a curveball that hitters at his level could not touch. He’ll have to assuage concerns about the health of his elbow, as he missed a start with elbow soreness this spring. The team that believes in their own development staff could definitely take a chance on Filak, who offers all the potential coaches need to mold a Major Leaguer. (Bryan Smith)

Kevin Gausman | RHP | Colorado HS
One of the better prospects to come from his state in some time, Gausman is the type that excites the area scouts more than the crosscheckers and scouting directors. He was hit hard this spring because he relies on just his fastball, as a team would essentially have to start from the beginning with him on secondary stuff. However, he’s wiry and athletic, and has a very fluid delivery. Many believe Louisiana State University would be his best option. (Bryan Smith)

Micah Gibbs | C | Louisiana State
There aren’t a ton of top catching prospects in the upper portion of the draft, so Gibbs could get popped earlier than expected as a result of that fact. Defensively, he’s an above-average catcher with an average arm. Offensively, he’s improved with the bat but has had to sacrifice some power. Gibbs clears his hips too, as well, which could be robbing him of power. He’s not expected to be a great offensive catcher, but he should be a solid all-around contributor. (Marc Hulet)

Reggie Golden | OF | Alabama HS
Golden is another fast riser that has been mentioned in first round consideration. The raw, but athletic outfielder flashes all five tools and speed is a big part of his game right now but he’s expected to slow down as his body matures. Golden also has good bat speed and a very strong arm, which is tailor-made for right-field. He’ll have to watch his conditioning, as he’s already 210 lbs on a 5’10” frame and he has a thick lower half. He’s committed to the University of Alabama. (Marc Hulet)

Justin Grimm | RHP | University of Georgia
Grimm is one of those college pitchers whose results have never mirrored his talent. He has a good pitcher’s frame and a low-to-mid-90s fastball. Unfortunately, he pitches up in the zone too much and lacks movement on his heater. He also has a curveball and a change-up. Grimm does a nice job of staying tall in his delivery but there is effort to his arm action. His command, as a result, comes and goes. Grimm was originally drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th round. (Marc Hulet)

Jedd Gyorko | SS | University of West Virginia
Gyorko is a good-hit, no-field shortstop who is expect to move immediately to second, third or left field in pro ball. He’s expected to hit for a good average with gap power. Gyorko has a good eye at the plate and shouldn’t strike out too much, but he needs to make some adjustments in his awkward stance to help with pitches on the inner half of the plate. (Marc Hulet)

Jesse Hahn | RHP | Virginia Tech University
Hahn is a hard-throwing pitcher, whose fastball sits in the low 90s and can touch the mid 90s. He also features a good slider, curveball (He changes his arm angle on this pitch), and change-up. There are some health concerns about Hahn’s elbow and he underwent an MRI earlier in the spring. Due to his past health concerns and a lack of consistent command, Hahn could be best-suited to bullpen work in pro ball. (Marc Hulet)

Jake Hernandez | C | California HS
Committed to play for former Major League catcher Chad Kreuter at the University of Southern California, Hernandez already possesses the defensive skills to succeed at an elite level. He’s athletic and fundamentally sound behind the plate, and gets the ball to second base quickly. Many have been quick to put the future back-up label on Hernandez, as his offensive skills significantly lag behind his defense. (Bryan Smith)

Leon Landry | OF | Louisiana State University
Already a SportsCenter staple due to an amazing defensive highlight reel, Landry has a history of making big plays in big games. However, he’s wildly inconsistent, and was benched for stretches of LSU’s title run last season. The problem is a pull happy approach, and he just isn’t the home run hitter he believes himself to be. While capable of great plays in the outfield, he draws criticism for bad reads on standard plays. (Bryan Smith)

Marcus Littlewood | SS | Utah HS
There are no agreements to be found about Littlewood’s ultimate potential, as he offers a lot left to project with the bat, and a defensive profile that gives him that “tweener” label. He has good footwork and instincts up the middle, but scouts are concerned that his size (6-foot-3) and his lack of raw speed suggest a position change down the road. That would be unfortunate, because the one point of agreement seems to be that he’ll never hit for much power. He is committed to play at the University of San Diego. (Bryan Smith)

Kevin Munson | RHP | James Madison
Recruited to James Madison as a catcher, Munson was converted upon arrival, so credit goes to his coaching staff. Munson grabbed hold of the closer role as a freshman, and never let it go, striking out 171 batters in 134 innings over his career. He has really refined a plus slider that is just death on right-handed hitters, and he’s a good bet to succeed in that role in the Major Leagues. The question will come down to command, as Munson won’t get as many hitters to chase in the pro’s. (Bryan Smith)

Griffin Murphy | LHP | California HS
Murphy has seen his value increase as the draft approaches. He’s not over-powering but he has an average fastball with velocity between 88-92 mph. He also has a plus curveball and a change-up. Murphy’s shoulder tends to fly open at times. He’s committed to the University of San Diego. (Marc Hulet)

James Paxton | LHP | Independent Baseball League
A native Canadian and a Scott Boras client, Paxton failed to sign with the Blue Jays as the 37th overall pick of the ’09 draft. The lefty then lost his college eligibility and failed to pitch during what would have been his senior year of college. Paxton did throw a few innings in an independent baseball league prior to the draft in an effort to boost his draft stock. When he’s sharp, he has a mid-to-high-90s fastball, a plus curveball and a raw change-up. (Marc Hulet)

Jacob Petricka | RHP | Indiana State University
Petricka could move somewhat quickly through the minors if continues to flash above-average velocity on his heater. The right-hander could move even quicker if he’s converted to the ‘pen by a team that wants him to focus on his fastball-breaking ball mix. Petricka was drafted by the Yankees last season as a draft-eligible sophomore but turned them down; it looks like a smart move, as he’ll be taken much sooner than the 34th round. (Marc Hulet)

Rob Rasmussen | LHP | UCLA
An under-sized lefty, Rasmussen is a competitor who isn’t afraid to pound the strike zone with solid stuff. He features an 88-92 mph fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up. He shows good control but mechanical issues can lead to slips in his command. He was a solid prospect as a prep pitcher but he slid to the Dodgers in the 27th round due to signability concerns. (Marc Hulet)

Mel Rojas Jr. | OF | Wabash Community College
Son of the reliever that pitched in 525 Major League games, Rojas actually didn’t inherit a great deal of arm strength from his father. However, he got plenty of athletic genes, and projects to cover a lot of ground in center field. Skinny and 6-foot-3, Rojas will add strength, but the question is whether he has enough loft on his swing to hit for power. The team that drafts him will have the onus of adding patience to his game at the next level, as he’s succeeded without it up to now. (Bryan Smith)

Austin Wates | OF | Virginia Tech
Wates has a nice-and-easy swing that he uses to center the ball very well, he didn’t even strike out often as an everyday freshman in the ACC. Two years later, he’s still making plenty of contact, and the power is just now coming around. He’ll never hit for a ton of it, but he won’t have to, hitting for a high average. Wates was 48-for-57 in his career on the basepaths, but still needs to translate that speed to range in the outfield. His arm is the only tool that rates below average. (Bryan Smith)

Austin Wilson | OF | California HS
Wilson is an intriguing prospect but he’s also committed to Stanford University; it could take a very hefty cheque to swing his loyalties. The outfield is raw and could take some time to develop but he displays four- or five-tool potential with good speed, power and a strong arm. Like many young hitters, Wilson struggles with breaking balls. Defensively, he needs to quicken the transfer on his throws from the outfield. Wilson will probably need a large number of at-bats in the minors before he’s ready for The Show. He’s a true high risk, high reward player. (Marc Hulet)

Brandon Workman | RHP | University of Texas
Workman is a starter with four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball, plus curveball, cutter, and change-up. The right-hander has good movement on his pitches and solid control. Workman is a little stiff in his delivery. He was originally drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies but turned them down as a third-round pick. (Marc Hulet)


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