2008 MLB Mock Draft

May 17, 2008 at 10:46 am 15 comments

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This will be my first of a few drafts. Unlike the NFL Mock drafts everyone does MLB mock drafts are incredibly unpredictable. There is a different approach when it comes to the MLB. My approach to this mock is to find the best players in the draft, match them with the teams that have shown the most public interest, figure out what a team tends to go after (college vs. high school), and then figure out if a team will go over “slot” or not. After listening and reading scouts takes, trusted advisors, and seeing some players myself (on tv) here is my first draft of the 2008 MLB Rule-IV Mock Draft:

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Like I said above, these drafts are incredibly hard to evaluate. High bonus demands will drop certain players (Hosmer, Alvarez…) and other guys’ stock will drop and rise between now and then. This is my first of atleast two drafts so I hope you enjoy.

Also, we are listed over at MLB Mock Draft Database along with other MLB Mock Drafts. Just click or copy this link and check out other mocks: http://dcprosportsreport.com/MLBMocks.htm

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. supremesportsjustice  |  May 18, 2008 at 1:32 am

    Great job Jonathan!

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 18, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Thanks! I’m sure it won’t be close to this when the draft comes but I tried my best. I will do atleast one more revision before the draft, probably two more.

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  • 3. supremesportsjustice  |  May 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

    BTW, My sleepers from this draft are Tyson Ross and Jordan Danks.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 18, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I personally love Jordan Danks. I think he can be an above average outfielder in the bigs.

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  • 5. Joe Tribou  |  May 19, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    The question is that why take Posey first overall when you have Dioner Navarro, Shawn Riggans, and John Jaso all up and coming prospects in your system? I couldn’t pass up on Smoak personally. Who doesn’t want a switch-hitting 40 plus homerun hitter? Even if you went a different route, Beckham or Alvarez are both franchise players. When drafting for need you should look for needs which isn’t a catcher.. Posey is good but not first overall good.

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  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 19, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I wrote this: http://www.3guysandasportspage.com/?p=431#more-431 two weeks ago about how the Rays need to narrow it down to three and they must include Smoak.

    I included potential lineups with them taking Posey and with them taking Smoak and I agree that Smoak makes the lineup look really good.

    I don’t think Navarro is the longterm answer and Jaso looks more like a DH that will be a backup C/1B than a full-time catcher. He would be great as Posey’s backup and playing DH/1B when Posey is behind the plate.

    I think Posey looks the part and he can be very good but I am also glad there is someone out there that thinks the Rays should consider Smoak #1.

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  • 7. ryan clark  |  May 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

    how the heck did the brewers get that many draft picks ?

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 25, 2008 at 11:19 am

    They got 4 extra picks for losing Francisco Cordero and Scott Linebrink to free agency.

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  • 9. adam everitt  |  May 30, 2008 at 12:07 am

    have you ever heard of jake jefferies from uc davis? he should be before paramore on this list. he is a golden spikes semifinalist as well as johnny bench finalist and was just named an all-american and big west player of the year. wake up

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  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 30, 2008 at 6:51 am

    I have Paramore rated higher on what I’ve heard from a trusted scout. Jeffries lacks the power that Paramore has but he makes up for it with a ridiculously high contact rate. He hits the gaps well too. He is a good 2nd-3rd round catcher in my opinion based on his stats, level of competition, and secondary skills. His power is what is holding him back.

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  • 11. Dave Oravets  |  May 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I see that you have the mets taking a catcher and 3 high school pitchers… Omar and Co. have recently taking college pitchers who are closer to the bigs in the past, hard to see them take three hs pitchers with top 4 picks. I also think that 1st, 2nd and of are in higher need than cather…..is he that good???

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  • 12. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Dave – I really believe they will take Jason castro with their first or second pick, they like him a lot and they could use catching depth badly. I also have them taking Meyer and Gray because they are good talents that will fall due to signability but it looks like Minaya wants a college reliever like you stated and Meyer has basically made it to where he may not get drafted until the 5th or 6th by the Yanks or Red Sox because of his demands. I am doing a revision before the draft so stay tuned.

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  • 13. Zach L  |  June 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Take a look at Jason Knapp, he is a senior in HS and is going to UNC next year. He is 6’5” 235lbs and a RHP he throws in the mid 90s, but he has tremendous batting strength I believe even as a pitcher he could hit 10 HRS in the majors, this kid is a BEAST!

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  • 14. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    He certainly has risen the draft ranks. I’ve been hearing the Phillies are high on him and will take him with one of their first two picks.

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  • 15. pet sitter  |  July 31, 2008 at 6:57 am

    thanks for the info

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