2009 MLB Mock Draft

June 8, 2009 at 1:49 pm 1 comment

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Tomorrow is the big day. The day that the worst teams from 2008 get their shot at the best available talent in the major league draft and a shot at rebuilding their system with “inexpensive” talent. So, here is my shot at how the first round could fill out.

1. Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State – Is there any other choice?

2. Mariners: Dustin Ackley, OF/1B, North Carolina – Some rumors say the Mariners are 50/50 here but I can’t see them not taking Ackley. But, if they do go another route, it would most likely be Aaron Crow.

3. Padres: Aaron Crow, RHP, Fort Worth Cats – I hear Donovan Tate here a lot but I can’t see the Pads passing on Crow for a very raw high school talent like Tate when they can get other raw athletes with their next pick at 53.

4. Pirates: Wil Myers, C/3B, Wesleyan Christian Academy – Consesus seems to be that the Pirates will take a slot or below-slot guy here and spend the money in the International market. They could pop catcher Tony Sanchez or third baseman Bobby Borchering.

5. Orioles: Tyler Matzek, LHP, Capistrano Valley HS – I think they would like Crow to fall here. They could also pluck Tanner Scheppers if they want a guy that will move quicker in their system.

6. Giants: Tim Wheeler, OF, Sacramento State – I originally had Matzek going here but I don’t see him getting past the O’s unless Crow falls to them. The Giants have been in on Wheeler and they don’t seem as high on other top preps like Jacob Turner or Shelby Miller; especially with their asking prices going sky high.

7. Braves: Zack Wheeler, RHP, East Paulding HS – This is as close to a sure thing as you get past the first pick. He’s a potential top of the rotation guy and he’s local. There may be a problem with him getting this far but I think he falls here.

8. Reds: Tanner Scheppers, RHP, St. Paul Saints – Unless his medical reports aren’t to the liking of the team doctor the Reds should take Scheppers here. Grant Green is also a possibility.

9. Tigers: Jacob Turner, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy – This has been the consesus in the industry and his new asking price shouldn’t bother the Tigers.

10. Nationals: Chad Jenkins, RHP, Kennesaw State – The Nats will most likely be taking a college pitcher who will take nothing above slot here. I think Alex White is the better choice but they appear to be leaning towards Jenkins. Mike Minor or Kyle Gibson (if they aren’t scared by his recent injury) could be taken as well.

11. Rockies: Alex White, RHP, North Carolina – White had another good weekend and if he gets here the Rox will be thrilled. He should sign for slot, too.

12. Royals: Grant Green, SS, University of Southern California – The Royals want a guy up the middle and they will be happy to see Green fall here. Tony Sanchez and Max Stassi could land here as well.

13. Athletics: Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State – I have had Leake in this slot for over a week since I started my mock and I still think he lands here. If Green falls here the A’s could take him.

14. Rangers: Shelby Miller, RHP, Brownwood HS – Another industry consesus. The Rangers will go for a high-upside guy here and Miller is exactly that.

15. Indians: Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt – They like college arms and Minor is one that will sign for slot. Eric Arnett, Kyle Gibson, and Rex Brothers are also possible here.

16. Diamondbacks: Rex Brothers, LHP, Lipscomb – The Diamondbacks have back-to-back picks and they are expected to take guys who are signable. Brothers fits the bill and is a guy that can be ready in two years.

17. Diamondbacks: Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Santa Monica HS – A little more upside here but longer from the majors. I think the D-Backs will go with one polished college player and one upside high school player with their two picks.

18. Marlins: Chad James – LHP, Yukon HS – This is another name that has been on my mock draft in the same slot since I started it. He fits the Marlins draft philosophy.

19. Cardinals: Randal Grichuk, OF, Lamar Consolidation HS – Thanks to inside info from Keith Law, the Cards have had him in for two workouts. The Cards want a lefty starter but the best ones are off my board here. This is a reach but it may be possible. Bobby Borchering is another possibility here.

20. Blue Jays: Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana – I bet the Jays would be excited to see him fall to them here. They could also take Kyle Gibson, Kyle Heckathorn, or some of the high school CFers.

21. Astros: Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Kennesaw State – No real reason I have him going here but it seems like a logical choice and he’ll sign for slot for Drayton McLane.

22. Twins: Matt Davidson, 3B, Yucaipa HS – The Twins could go pitcher here but I think Davidson would be a welcomed pick for them. They could also take Mike Trout, Reymond Fuentes, or an arm here.

23. White Sox: Mike Trout, OF, Millville HS – I think Kenny Williams would like a big arm here but a toolsy guy like Trout is a good fit. Don’t be surprised if they pluck Donovan Tate and give him a big bonus.

24. Angels: Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford – Storen could be on the big club this season and is a logical pick here.

25. Angels: Reymond Fuentes, OF, Fernando Callego HS – He is one of my favorite players in the draft. The Angels will love to get a big arm like Storen or Billy Bullock with one of these picks and I think Fuentes is their top choice.

26. Brewers: Bobby Borchering, 3B, Bishop Verot HS – This would be gold if it happened. Borchering could easily be taken earlier. They could take Billy Bullock and rush him to their pen if they are desperate for relief help.

27. Mariners: Garrett Richards, RHP, University of Oklahoma – The Mariners have a pre-draft deal in place for their pick at 33 with high school catcher Stephen Baron so I don’t see them taking a catcher here. A college pitcher like Richards makes perfect sense to me.

28. Red Sox: Max Stassi, C, Yuba City HS – It just makes too much sense.

29. Yankees: Jiovanni Mier, SS, Bonita HS – The Yanks have not been linked to Mier but I think this makes sense. He’s the best shortstop (in my opinion) in this draft. He may want a little more than slot but the Yanks don’t worry about that. They could take Tate here and give him his bonus or Matt Purke, who wants Rick Porcello money.

30. Rays: Tommy Joseph, C, Horizon HS – I would love to see the Rays take a couple signability guys in this draft since they pick late. Joseph, whom I have not heard wanting above slot, would be a perfect pick and would allow the Rays to spend money deep in the draft.

31. Cubs: A.J. Pollock, OF, Notre Dame – The Cubs have been linked to Brett Jackson but Pollock is the better pick here if he makes it this far.

32. Rockies: Matt Hobgood, RHP, Norco HS – The Rockies would be in heaven if this happened. They have expressed high interest in Hobgood and he would be a steal here.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Baseball Almanac  |  June 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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    […] White Sox: Mike Trout, OF, Millville HS – I think Kenny Williams would like a big arm here but a toolsy guy like Trout is a good fit. Don’t be surprised if they pluck Donovan Tate and give him a big bonus. 24. Angels: Drew Storen, RHP, … […]

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