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  1. Is Andrew Susac worthy of being mentioned? He split time behind the plate in his first year at Oregon State and didn’t show much power… but his was highly thought of out of high school and I’m pretty sure he’s a draft elgible sophmore.

    Comment by drew — June 11, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  2. Begin rooting against the O’s? That commenced after the 2-16 start.

    Comment by Mitch — June 11, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

  3. Thanks Bryan. I really look forward to this ongoing series. I enjoy watching the different stages of the run-up to the draft as you just outlined. I look forward to any updates and recaps on The Cape Cod League you can give us this summer.

    If Dave Dombrowski gives up his pick again next year w/the draft class that’s brewing, I’ll be livid. I didn’t care for the Valverde signing this year that coughed up a pick to the Astros…but given how this draft has been viewed overall, I can see what Dombrowski’s thoughts may have been. Next year the Tigers will have a lot of money coming off the books and some think they’ll spend a bit of it on the FA market…but I hope they are not looking to gobble up some run-of-the-mill Type A guy and miss out on the First Round of the draft class coming up.

    Of course…..given their recent performance, they might have their #1 protected this year! LOL (I hope not….)

    Comment by Jon E — June 11, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  4. This class looks crazy. I know there was one team that was “trading” their draft pick for one next year; should any other teams do that too? The Cubs seem like a possible option.

    Comment by Jeremy — June 11, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

  5. I tried to help out w/ a name to contribute, but in reality, this list is awesome. Covers the names I can think of and tons more. I might have ranked Vollmuth ahead of Levi Michael as the best Middle Infielder, but I’ll take your opinion over mine on that one. Great job.

    Comment by Brad O'Neill — June 11, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  6. Put Jeremy Baltz the freshman outfielder from St Johns on your way early 2012 list. His freshman year statistics compare favorably to both of Rendons seasons.

    Comment by Tim — June 11, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

  7. As a Mariners/Astros fan, I have two teams to root against in hopes of one of them securing Rendon. The Orioles have a nice lead in the race to the bottom, but they have more young talent than teams like the Astros

    Obviously Rendon would be a great fit with the Astros since he is a local kid and would essentialy be following in Berkman’s footsteps.

    For those who didn’t crunch the numbers, Rendon had more HR than K and a 3 BB for every K. Bondsian.

    Comment by mymrbig — June 11, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  8. It is expected that the Dodgers picked a guy they knew they could not sign (strongest college commitment in the draft I believe for Zach Lee, or one of them) simply to defer the pick until next year, which presents a stronger draft class. Smart management, horrible loophole.

    Comment by spindoctor — June 11, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

  9. I avoided draft-eligible sophomores with the exception of Purke. Susac was indeed a good recruit, but his spring left a lot to be desired. It wouldn’t take a lot to get back in scout’s good graces, though, so you’re probably right that he should be on there.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — June 11, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  10. No, I think the Cubs really like Simpson as much as they say. I don’t think the Dodgers were exploiting a loophole as much as lacking the budget to sign a viable prospect. Next year they’ll have the pick, but I’m not sure the 29th pick in the draft, holding no leverage to speak of, will produce a better player than Lee.

    That said, I do think the Royals should give it a try.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — June 11, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

  11. I wonder who #6org is going to draft next year. I can’t imagine them getting the #1 pick (Baltimore has that locked up) but I think they may be looking at #2. I’m thinking Jackie Bradley Jr. because they definitely need some power from the outfield. Ichiro is good and all but he is getting old and definitely does not hit for power.

    Comment by Dr.Rockso — June 11, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

  12. The #2 talent will be in the pitcher’s post, which is now looking more likely to be coming Monday rather than in a couple hours here.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — June 11, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  13. Yeah, but if you have seen #6org this year, you will note that their hitting is pathetic. So they would likely value top flight hitting prospects over pitching prospects. Of course, usually you should take the best talent available at #2… so it should be interesting.

    Comment by Dr.Rockso — June 11, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

  14. Yeah, that was the closest position, and I think Esposito might actually be the guy. Fact is that all three of them are bound for the first round, with their 2011 spring’s as the biggest determinant in what order they are drafted in.

    Comment by Bryan Smith — June 11, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

  15. #6org? What is that?

    Comment by ccutler69 — June 11, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

  16. Where do you see thirdbaseman Tyler Bream going, he had another solid year as a sophomore at Liberty

    Comment by bucsfan — June 11, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

  17. Some background on Peter O’Brien: he’s Cuban despite the last name

    Comment by Rod — June 11, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

  18. I thought Gaedele was a CFer?

    Comment by jar75 — June 11, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  19. It would appear to be a personal inside-joke… he’s mocking the Mariners being named #6 on Dave Cameron’s Best Organizations list.

    Comment by Carligula — June 11, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  20. Hate to do this, but since you’re bringing up college hitting prospects…what kind of prospect is Deven Marrero?

    Comment by JH — June 11, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  21. I pitched against Levi Michael in high school. He went 2-2 and I’m pretty sure his second bomb hasn’t landed. If he goes top 10, I’ll feel a whole lot better about giving up 800+ feet worth of homeruns to him that day.

    Comment by that guy — June 12, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

  22. No, not smart management. The Dodgers took a guy they couldn’t sign because the McCourts would rather spend team money on their kids and a mentalist. Even with the better draft class ahead, the year of development you’d get on the guy, the discounting of the present value of next year’s pick and the uncertainty that exists with projecting the back end of the draft a year out makes intentionally deferring your pick an awful idea.

    Comment by Kevin S. — June 12, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

  23. CF or RF he just filled in at 3B because of injury

    Comment by Bob — June 14, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

  24. Where’s Wittels at?? He seems more Bill Mueller than anything to me.

    Comment by Jon — June 14, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

  25. Check out Jamal Austn from UAB this kid does it all in Conference USA more tools than Jakie Bradley Jr

    Comment by UAB — July 9, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  26. I’m just gonna throw it out there- Nick DelGuidice, the SS for Florida atlantic University.

    Comment by Donnetta — July 15, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  27. Need to give some consideration to Danny Baatz, outfielder (UNC Asheville, Big South Conference). Florida Collegiate Summer League All-Star and Leagues hit streak record holder playing for Frank Viola (Leesburg Lightning).

    Comment by TEB — August 16, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  28. This Kid was hurt the last week and still finished #1 in the GLSL can just flatout play the game scouts are missing this kid

    Jamal Austin, LIMA .463 23-23 82 18 38 7 1 0 11 47 .573 8 3 7 1 .521 1 2 13-14

    Comment by UAB Baseball Fan — August 16, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

  29. Zach Borenstein was Eastern Illinois would qualify as a small school sleeper. Kid has all the tools.

    Comment by Josh — September 26, 2010 @ 12:37 am

  30. Agree I just watched Jamal Austin at UAB in their Fall season and scout day. He is definitely one to go into the draft. We need more outfielders like him in the league.

    His batting average is just going upward based on the research I’ve done on him. Don’t know why he isn’t in the high rankings or draft rankings, but he’ll be a good catch for a MLB team.

    The LIMA folks loved him in the paper, even though he left iwth an injury, he lead the GLSL.

    Comment by Jay — November 9, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  31. Take a look at Ben Klafczynski, RF for Kent State, size, tools, big arm, may be the returning D1 leader in doubles, middle of the field power.

    Comment by Anthony — December 16, 2010 @ 11:14 am

  32. OF dexter kelley savannah state univ…….he is also a small school sleeper…..lead d1 in stolen bases per game last year….also has great power…do some research on this guy

    Comment by blue jays crosschecker — December 16, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  33. I believe that he is half Cuban. His mother emigrated from Cuba.

    Comment by Russ — December 29, 2010 @ 11:23 am

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