- I think that Bryce Harper is going to be a phenomenal player, regardless of what position he plays. Many are saying now that he is to play the outfield for the Nationals, not his natural position of catcher. I, for one, feel this is a very smart move by the Nats so that they can preserve this kid for much longer as far as durability goes and allow him to show off what he does better than anything, and that is hit. A sure-fire no-brainer number one overall pick, he is the most talked about position player taken in the draft ever. He should be. He will be a stud.
- Manny Machado will not be the next Alex Rodriguez. That’s not to say that he won’t be a great player in this league, but to basically say that he is going to become one of the best players ever? Come on, that’s a little far-fetched, don’t you think? I expect 25-30 homers a year with a batting average around .310-.315 and solid play defensively regardless of if he plays shortstop or 3rd base. Are those nice numbers? Definitely. A-Rod numbers? Not even close.
- Arizona reached for Barret Loux. I think they felt pressured to take a pitcher since last year they decided to do absolutely nothing but take offensive players, however, they got the wrong pitcher. I think that Matt Harvey, Deck McGuire and Karsten Whitson all would have been better picks. Loux has really upped his stock over the last few months or so, but not enough to warrant himself a top-10 selection in my opinion.
- Delino DeShields Jr. is a nice prospect, but at number 8 by the Houston Astros? Man, that might be the reach of the first round. I feel he is an absolutely amazing athlete, but he’s 5’8, he’s currently committed to LSU (and apparently it is a strong commitment), and he is in between positions (2nd base and center field). This is a huge gamble that the Astros took upon themselves, and with the way that their farm system is now, I’m not sure they can afford to miss on this one. They definitely over-valued DeShields Jr.
- The Cubs selecting Hayden Simpson with the 19th pick had to be all about signability because he is right up there with Loux and DeShields Jr. as reaches. I could have thought of 10 picks right off of the top of my head that would have been better than Simpson. I do think this kid could be good, but good enough to be picked at 19? I don’t know about that.
- I think the Red Sox hit a home run when they picked Kolbrin Vitek out of Ball St. University with the 20th pick. I know that he plays at a smaller program, but he has performed wherever he has played. That, I think, will translate wherever he continues to go in the Red Sox farm system as he seems like a hard-nosed kid with a nice work ethic. He has ridiculous bat speed and should hit for a high average. As soon as he finds a home defensively, I believe the sky is the limit for this kid.
- Zach Cox at 25 to the Cardinals should go down as a steal. He is a kid that should hit for average, power and play some good defense at 2nd base with a plus arm. I saw him going early, perhaps as early as 8 to the Astros, but I did not see him slipping this far. The Cardinals did very good getting him when they did.
- Kyle Parker and Zach Lee are in interesting positions, perhaps at different ends of the spectrum. One is the current quarterback for the Clemson Tigers (Parker) and the other is one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country going into college in ’10 (Lee). I see Parker signing relatively easily, but I’m not sure I’m completely sold on Lee doing the same thing. That’s not to say that I don’t think that he will sign, but I just see the Dodgers having more trouble signing Lee than the Rockies with Parker.