Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 MLB Draft: A Mock Draft You Can Set Your Watch To

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:51 PM

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Finally, Draft Day is here, and I'm as giddy as a small child the day before Christmas, shaking all the packages and trying to figure out what might be in that really big one with my name on it.

Unfortunately, no amount of shaking or clever examination of the boxes is going to tell me much of anything about who the Cardinals are going to take in the draft tonight. 


Of course, that won't stop me from shaking them all the same, listening closely and hoping not to hear the tinkling sound of broken glass. Thus, in the spirit of box-rattling, I bring you my 100 percent-guaranteed-to-be-accurate, not a chance of going wrong anywhere along the line, supremely brilliant mock draft.

Everyone else is doing it, so why not me? 

If you're looking for scouting reports on any of the players listed, you can check out the draft section over at the official MLB site, or, even better, you can check out my extended series of draft previews I did over at Viva El Birdos. They're rather Cardocentric, of course, but I figure most of the people reading this really only care about the birds anyway. 

So, without further ado, I present to you my first-round mock draft. 

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Walt Jocketty, now the Reds' general manager, will have a tough decision to make tonight. - COMMONS.WIKIMEDIA.ORG
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  • Walt Jocketty, now the Reds' general manager, will have a tough decision to make tonight.
12. Cincinnati Reds: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast -- The Reds hit like crazy last year with Mike Leake in the first round, and I think they take another college arm this year. Alex Wimmers would be a great fit here as well, as he may be the most Leake-like pitcher on the board, but Sale gets the nod from me for throwing with the wrong hand. 

13. Chicago White Sox: Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State -- The White Sox have a long history of drafting college pitchers with great polish and good but not great stuff. Wimmers fits that to a "T", but actually has better stuff than he gets credit for as well. 

14. Milwaukee Brewers: Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas -- The Brewers need pitching, they need it badly, and they need it quickly. A solid college arm with the potential to move quickly and help shore up a depleted rotation in short order is the most logical move here. Matt Harvey is a strong possibility also, I believe, and has better stuff than Workman, but I think the Brewers will go for Workman's track record of performance. 

15. Texas Rangers: Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel -- This pick is unprotected, as it's carrying over from last year's draft, meaning the Rangers will not receive a compensatory pick in next year's draft if they fail to sign the player they take here. That means no high school kids, no Boras clients, and no bonus babies. Wojciechowski has moved up boards significantly this spring, and the Rangers gladly pull a power arm who should be an easy sign, and hope for upside with their next pick. 

16. Chicago Cubs: Justin O' Connor, C, Cowan HS (Indiana) -- Most of the mock drafts out there have O' Connor going to the Cubs, and with good reason. He's a midwestern kid, he fits the profile of the Cubs' preferred draftee, and he shouldn't be an extremely hard sign. The Cubs aren't afraid to spend big money in the draft for upside over performance (see: Jeff Samardzija), but usually go for those picks after the first round. 

17. Tampa Bay Rays: Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edwards HS (Ohio) -- The Rays take advantage of a stocked major league club and minor league system to take one of the best pure arms in the draft in spite of his high bust potential. Austin Wilson would make sense here as well, but I think the Rays will go for the easier sign in this case. 

18. Los Angeles Angels: Dylan Covey, RHP, Marantha HS (California) -- The Angels would be thrilled if Covey falls into their lap, and wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger if he does. Covey has a premium arm, is thought to be the most signable of the prep righthanders, and is a local kid to boot. If Covey is here, I think he makes too much sense to pass up. 

19. Houston Astros: Delino DeShields, Jr., OF, Woodward Academy (Georgia) -- Personally, I think this is a bit of an overdraft here, as I'm not real high on DeShields, but the Astros have been all over him this spring, and he fits their mold. He should be an easy sign, and could very well turn into a younger version of the 'Stros current center fielder, Michael Bourn

20. Boston Red Sox: Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (Florida) -- The Red Sox like to take signability guys with better upsides than their draft position dictates, and Castellanos fits the bill nicely. It's possible they could go for Anthony Ranaudo, the big righthander  out of LSU, or Matt Harvey here as well. 

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