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When: June 7-8

Where: Disney's Wide World of Sports (Orlando, FL)

Start Time: 2 PM Eastern Standard Time

 

Coverage

TV: ESPN 2 (live)

Internet: MLB.com Draft Central (live)

First Round Order:

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays - David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt

2. Kansas City Royals - Mike Moustakas, SS/3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

3. Chicago Cubs - Josh Vitters, 3B, Cypress HS (Calif.)

4. Pittsburgh Pirates - Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson

5. Baltimore Orioles - Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech

6. Washington Nationals - Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State

7. Milwaukee Brewers - Matt LaPorta, 1B, University of Florida

8. Colorado Rockies - Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt

9. Arizona Diamondbacks - Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell HS (Ind.)

10. San Francisco Giants - Madison Bumgarner, LHP, South Caldwell HS (N.C.)

11. Seattle Mariners - Phillipe Aumont, RHP, Ecole Du Versant Gatineau, Quebec

12. Florida Marlins - Matt Dominguez, 3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

13. Cleveland Indians - Beau Mills, 3B, Lewis-Clark State

14. Atlanta Braves - Jason Heyward, Henry County HS (Ga.)

15. Cincinnati Reds - Devin Mesoraco, C, Punxsutawney HS (Pa.)

16. Toronto Blue Jays (from Rangers for type A Catalanotto) - Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Memorial HS (Tex.)

17. Texas Rangers (from Astros for type A Lee) - Blake Beavan, RHP, Irving HS (Tex.)

18. St. Louis Cardinals - Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso HS (Okla.)

19. Philadelphia Phillies - Joseph Savery, LHP, Rice

20. Los Angeles Dodgers (from Red Sox for type A Lugo) - Chris Withrow, RHP, Midland Christian HS (Tex.)

21. Toronto Blue Jays - Jonathan Arencibia, C, Tennessee

22. San Francisco Giants (from Dodgers for type A Schmidt) - Timothy Alderson, RHP, Horizon HS (Arizona)

23. San Diego Padres - Nick Schmidt, LHP, University of Arkansas

24. Texas Rangers (from Angels for type A Matthews) - Michael Main, RHP, Deland HS (Fla.)

25. Chicago White Sox - Aaron Poreda, LHP, San Francisco

26. Oakland A's - Donald Simmons, RHP, UC Riverside

27. Detroit Tigers - Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)

28. Minnesota Twins - Ben Revere, CF, Lexington Catholic HS (Ky.)

29. San Francisco Giants (from Mets for type A Alou) - Wendell Fairley, CF, George County HS (Ms.)

30. New York Yankees - Andrew Brackman, RHP, North Carolina State

 

Mock Draft

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt University

2. Kansas City Royals: Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)

3. Chicago Cubs: Josh Vitters, 3B, Cypress HS (Calif.)

4. Pittsurgh Pirates: Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech

5. Baltimore Orioles: Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State

6. Washington Nationals: Max Scherzer, RHP, No school

7. Milwaukee Brewers: Mike Moustakas, SS/3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

8. Colorado Rockies: Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson

9. Arizona Diamondbacks: Phillipe Aumont, RHP, Ecole Du Versant Gatineau, Quebec

10. San Francisco Giants: Nick Schmidt, LHP, University of Arkansas

11. Seattle Mariners: Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt

12. Florida Marlins: Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell HS (Ind.)

13. Cleveland Indians: Blake Beavan, RHP, Irving HS (Tex.)

14. Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward, Henry County HS (Ga.)

15. Cincinnati Reds: Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Memorial HS (Tex.)

16. Toronto Blue Jays: Matt Dominguez, 3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

17. Texas Rangers: Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch HS (Conn.)

18. St. Louis Cardinals: Jake Arrieta, RHP, Texas Christian University

19. Philadelphia Phillies: Julio Borbon, OF, University of Tennessee

20. Los Angeles Dodgers: Madison Bumgarner, LHP, South Caldwell HS (N.C.)

21. Toronto Blue Jays: Devin Mesoraco, C, Punxsutawney HS (Pa.)

22. San Francisco Giants: Aaron Poreda, LHP, University of San Francisco

23. San Diego Padres: Nick Noonan, SS/2B, Parker HS, San Diego

24. Texas Rangers: Andrew Brackman, RHP, North Carolina State

25. Chicago White Sox: Chris Withrow, RHP, Midland Christian HS (Tex.)

26. Oakland A's: Beau Mills, 3B, Lewis-Clark State

27. Detroit Tigers: Tim Alderson, RHP, Horizon HS, Scottsdale

28. Minnesota Twins: Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso HS (Okla.)

29. San Francisco Giants: Josh Smoker, LHP, Calhoun HS (Ga.)

30. New York Yankees: Matt LaPorta, 1B, University of Florida

 

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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12. Florida Marlins: Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell HS (Ind.)

There were plenty of Marlins who witnessed Schmidt's tourney gem last week, and if he were around they would be tempted to add an advanced college arm to join the ones in the organization already. But assuming he's gone, they could go with the top prep arm still on the board in Parker, who has wowed many scouts with his stuff and arm strength, even though he is the classic "undersized right-hander." If they want to go bat, it certainly isn't out of the question for them to go with last week's projection, Jason Heyward.Last week's projection: Heyward

My first chance to hate our pick in front of the TV! Woo!

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I doubt we would pass on Wieters.

 

Whether he falls to 12(which would be nothing but signability) remains to be seen.

Isn't signability not a factor this year due to the new rules?

 

I also find it funny how they have Bryan Bullington in that banner, even though he's pretty much been a bust thanks to injuries.

All are first overall picks.

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From what I understand, if you can't sign whomever you pick this year, you're guaranteed the same pick next year.

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I was reading about Mad Max...apparently his mechanics are awful. Like, Mark Prior level awful.

 

Anyhow, I agree with Swift. I doubt getting the same pick the next year will curtail drafting for signability too much, because they will still wont sign for over slot value the next year either.

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I also find it funny how they have Bryan Bullington in that banner, even though he's pretty much been a bust thanks to injuries.

 

He is actually having a good year. 12 GS, 9-2, 2.75 ERA, 1.2 WHIP, .232 BAA, 5 K/9, 6+ IP/start.

 

Bullington will probably be back in Pittsburgh sometime this year.

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Are we going to have dueling MiLB and MLB forum threads for this?

I don't know, but considering it's the MLB draft.....

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Yesterday's mock draft, from mlb.com (I figure it'll be the last one):

 

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt University

Still the same. They won't officially say it before draft day, but it's hard to imagine them going in a different direction.

Last projection: Price

 

2. Kansas City Royals: Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)

This has been the guy, and continues to be the guy the Royals want. The only thing that could change this at the last minute is a financial issue, but, as of right now, there's no reason to assume that there will be one, even if Porcello is a Scott Boras advisee. If they do have to go in another direction, they could go with California high school third baseman Josh Vitters.

Last projection: Porcello

 

3. Chicago Cubs: Josh Vitters, 3B, Cypress HS (Calif.)

While the Cubs may like Jarrod Parker's arm, everything points to them going with a bat. That bat is Vitters, still considered by many to be the top high school hitter in the country. The Cubs have been on him all along and he's done nothing to have them look elsewhere.

Last projection: Vitters

 

4. Pittsurgh Pirates: Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State

There are a few different directions the Pirates could go in should Vitters not be there for them at No. 4. They could go college bat, and that would mean Matt Wieters. They could stay in their own backyard for another high school position player, catcher Devin Mesoraco, who worked out at PNC Park recently. Or they could go with who they decide is the best college arm. That likely would mean either Daniel Moskos or Detwiler and the guess is here they'll decide on the latter.

Last projection: Matt Wieters

 

5. Baltimore Orioles: Phillipe Aumont, RHP, Ecole Du Versant Gatineau, Quebec

With Detwiler off the board in this scenario, he's no longer a possibility for the Orioles. Rumors continue that they might make a big splash and if Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters did fall to here, they wouldn't pass him up. If they don't want to go down that road (Wieters is a Boras advisee), then they could go north of the border and take Aumont, the big, projectable right-hander who's been very impressive all spring in a number of settings.

Last projection: Ross Detwiler

 

6. Washington Nationals: Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson University

With Max Scherzer out of the picture, it gets a little more interesting for this pick. There is interest in California high school infielder Mike Moustakas if they wanted to go with a bat here. But it seems more likely now they'll go with a pitcher. If the Royals decide they can't take Porcello, the Nats might be the beneficiary of getting the perceived top prep arm in the class. They'd also probably take Detwiler should he still be available. In this scenario, he's not, so they'll take the next best college arm in Moskos.

Last projection: Max Scherzer

 

7. Milwaukee Brewers: Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell HS (Ind.)

The Brewers are looking at a host of players. They've liked Moustakas' bat all along, but there was always the question whether they would be able to afford his price tag (he's a Boras advisee). They'd consider a college arm like Detwiler or Moskos, but both are gone in this scenario. So is Philippe Aumont on the prep side. Nick Schmidt could enter into the conversation and, like with a lot of teams, Devin Mesoraco is a possible backup plan. Instead, they'll take the next best high school arm on the board, a guy they've liked from the beginning in Parker.

Last projection: Mike Moustakas

 

8. Colorado Rockies: Nick Schmidt, LHP, University of Arkansas

It's sounding more likely the Rockies will go with a college arm with this pick, and while Detwiler or Moskos are both on their list, they're both gone in this scenario. No one has helped themselves more lately than Schmidt, the consummate lefty who tossed a shutout in conference tournament play and was stellar again in Regional action.

Last projection: Daniel Moskos

 

9. Arizona Diamondbacks: Mike Moustakas, 3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

With the Diamondbacks signing Scherzer, things could go in either direction. They could decide they didn't want to spend top dollar for a player after shelling out a lot of dough on their first round pick from last year. Or they could decide they've been through it once, why not try it again. They do like Moustakas' bat, so if they decide they won't let Boras get in the way, that's the direction they'll head in.

Last projection: Phillipe Aumont

 

10. San Francisco Giants: Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech

Wieters is becoming the most difficult player to place in this first-round projection because of signability and some performance-related issues. Still, he's got an excellent track record and is a switch-hitting catcher with pop. If he starts to slide, a number of teams will have to pause and seriously considering taking him. The Giants could very well be that team. There's been a lot of noise that they'd take Beau Mills, but some of that might just be because they've had success in drafting players from Lewis-Clark State. They have some interest in Casey Weathers, so if they went in that direction, Wieters could continue to slide.

Last projection: Nick Schmidt

 

11. Seattle Mariners: Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt

It's been generally believed, almost from the get-go, that the Mariners would be looking for an arm at No. 11. A lot of scouts like the arm of Vanderbilt closer Casey Weathers. A senior, he'd certainly be an easy sign. Too high in the draft for a reliever to go? Perhaps, but with the M's playing decent ball, the idea of drafting someone who could help the big club out in a hurry might be enticing. Weathers is the best of the college closer lot right now and could join Brandon Morrow in Seattle's bullpen very quickly.

Last projection: Weathers

 

12. Florida Marlins: Julio Borbon, CF, University of Tennessee

The Marlins are truly a "best player available" kind of team, so they could go in any of a number of directions. They'd have an interest in Schmidt or Parker should one of them be there. Ditto for Casey Weathers. If they still wanted a high school arm, Josh Smoker is a possibility. They'd never draft for need, and drafting Borbon would make sense because they need a center fielder. If they take him, it would be because they felt he was a fit for this spot in the first round.

Last projection: Jarrod Parker

 

13. Cleveland Indians: Blake Beavan, RHP, Irving HS (Texas)

Staying the same with this projection as the Indians have been on the Texas prep standout for some time. Think Adam Miller, redux.

Last projection: Beavan

 

14. Atlanta Braves: Jason Heyward, Henry County HS (Ga.)

Atlanta does like to draft local kids, and they like the high school players, so it could come down to Heyward or Smoker, depending on what direction they wanted to go in. Florida's Michael Main or Matt Harvey from Connecticut is also a possibility here as they could be looking power arm, but in the end, the toolsy Georgia outfielder might be too much for them to pass up.

Last projection: Heyward

 

15. Cincinnati Reds: Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Memorial HS (Texas)

This one falls under the category of hearing a player's name so much with one team that it's both hard to ignore and hard to not wonder if it's true. There was some talk the Reds would also be interested in Aumont should he slide here, but all of the buzz is that they've been on Houston-area infielder Ahrens all along. He plays shortstop in high school and isn't bad there, but the consensus is that he should move to third where he should profile better both offensively and defensively.

Last projection: Ahrens

 

16. Toronto Blue Jays: Matt Dominguez, 3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

With two picks in the first round, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Jays go with a high-schooler with either pick. We'll give it to them here with Dominguez. If he's gone, Devin Mesoraco could be the choice.

Last projection: Dominguez

 

17. Texas Rangers: Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch HS (Conn.)

The Rangers would love for Beavan to be around at No. 17 so they could take the local power pitcher. But if the Indians do take him, they will have to look elsewhere. Harvey, once thought of as possibly the top high school arm in the country, has dropped some, but not based solely on talent. He could drop this far because of perceived signability concerns (Boras is his advisor), but the Rangers haven't shied away from Boras guys in the past.

Last projection: Harvey

 

18. St. Louis Cardinals: Jake Arrieta, RHP, Texas Christian University

There was a temptation to put a Boras guy here because the Cardinals can do that, but it didn't make sense to force the issue, especially with Andrew Brackman missing regional play with some elbow trouble. Instead, I'll go with a "safe" pick in Arrieta. He's had an up-and-down season, but he turned in a dandy at UNLV in conference tournament play and pitched well in Regional action in the scouts' last look at him. The Cardinals have enjoyed the Lone Star State in recent drafts and even took a Horned Frog pitcher last year, Brad Furnish.

Last projection: Arrieta

 

19. Philadelphia Phillies: Devin Mesoraco, C, Punxsatawney HS (Pa.)

With his name being mentioned all over the first half of the first round, there's a chance the prep catcher won't be here for the Phillies. But in this current projection, he will be, and it'd be unlikely he'd slip any further than this spot. He's a very good athlete who some think is the best all-around catching package in the draft this year.

Last projection: Julio Borbon

 

20. Los Angeles Dodgers: Madison Bumgarner, LHP, South Caldwell HS (N.C.)

If one of the high school bats -- Ahrens or Dominguez -- slipped to the Dodgers here, they'd probably go that route. But assuming both are gone, as we are in this projection, we'll stick with the power left-handed arm. Bumgarner finished off his season by being lights out in his team's state final, which is just icing on the cake.

Last projection: Bumgarner

 

21. Toronto Blue Jays: Beau Mills, 3B, Lewis-Clark State

Outside of Wieters, Mills is one of tougher players to place. His name is being mentioned all over the first round as he put up absolutely ridiculous numbers in helping Lewis-Clark State to the NAIA Championship. There is some concern about his defensive ability, which might limit him to an AL team. There's a good chance he goes before here, but the Blue Jays are a good candidate to take him with one of their two picks.

Last projection: Devin Mesoraco

 

22. San Francisco Giants: Aaron Poreda, LHP, University of San Francisco

Here's the second college guy and one from the team's own backyard. Poreda isn't the typical college lefty and doesn't fit the "pitchability" mold. That being said, he can dial it up to 95 mph and commands the fastball pretty well. His secondary stuff definitely lags behind, and he gave some scouts the sense that he wasn't used to being a dominant pitcher. But those are all things that can be taught and the Giants would be very happy to be his mentor.

Last projection: Poreda

 

23. San Diego Padres: James Simmons, RHP, UC Riverside

In all likelihood, the Padres will end up going with a college arm here. In a perfect world, someone like Schmidt would fall to them, but that's not a scenario that's probable at this point. Simmons has perhaps the best fastball command in the draft and that alone should get him to the big leagues fairly quickly. If the team that takes him can help him develop his secondary stuff, he could evolve into a pretty steady big league starter. The previous projection, Nick Noonan, would be a consideration in the sandwich round for the Padres.

Last projection: Noonan

 

24. Texas Rangers: Michael Main, RHP, Deland HS (Fla.)

Before Brackman went down with his elbow issue, he seemed like a possibility here. Now, however, it seems like he could slip out of the first round completely. According to this projection, Main is one of, if not the best, power arms from the prep ranks still on the board. He's not from Texas like Beavan is, but the Rangers won't mind getting his mid-to-upper 90s fastball this late in the round.

Last projection: Brackman

 

25. Chicago White Sox: Chris Withrow, RHP, Midland Christian HS (Texas)

The Sox might have the pick of a few high school arms after taking two college pitchers the last couple of years. If Main were still around, he would be a possibility, as would Josh Smoker as a lefty. At the same time, both could be gone. Even with them around, they might want to take Withrow, the projectable right-hander out of Texas. His dad played pro ball -- in the White Sox organization, no less -- and clearly has taught his son well.

Last projection: Withrow

 

26. Oakland A's: Sean Doolittle, 1B, University of Virginia

There are at least a dozen names the A's are likely considering for this spot and it could depend on who filters down from above. If a Beau Mills, the projection here last time, somehow managed to drop, the A's would have obvious interest. It does seem that of the names they are considering, they are more interested in a bat than an arm, possibly from the college level. Doolittle, a two-way player at Virginia, profiles as a guy who should get to the bigs fairly quickly and hit for average. There's not much power there now, but there's the hope that more could develop once he gives up pitching. There's also the possibility that Doolittle won't be available here, with intriguing whispers coming out about him going much higher than anticipated, perhaps even sneaking into the top 10.

Last projection: Mills

 

27. Detroit Tigers: Tim Alderson, RHP, Horizon HS, Scottsdale

Several teams have been following the Arizona prep right-hander and he could conceivably go anywhere in the latter third of the first round into the sandwich round. While some scouts were concerned with Alderson's unorthodox delivery, he's got as good command as anyone in the high school ranks. He walks almost no one and he's got some pretty good stuff to go along with it. If the Tigers are heavy on high school arms, and a Main or Smoker are still here, that could push Alderson down some, but they've been on him all year. If they decide they want to go with a bat, they have some high school infield options in Peter Kozma and Noonan.

Last projection: Alderson

 

28. Minnesota Twins: Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso HS (Okla.)

The Twins have certainly taken their fair share of high school middle infielders, but there is that old adage that you can never have too much depth up the middle. Kozma came on strong near the end. While he's not impressively "toolsy," he does just about everything pretty well and, unlike many high school middle infielders, should be able to stay at short long-term. He handles the bat well and has some pop at the plate to boot. His best tool might be his makeup, which might put him over the top into the first round.

Last projection: Kozma

 

29. San Francisco Giants: Josh Smoker, LHP, Calhoun HS (Ga.)

With a host of teams looking at high school arms, it might be a reach to think Smoker will last this far down. But if he does, the Giants won't hesitate to take him. There's no reason to suggest a slide for Smoker, who I once had at No. 10, but sometimes the high school players drop and college players move up as we get closer to crunch time.

Last projection: Smoker

 

30. New York Yankees: Wendell Fairley, OF, George County-Lucedale HS (Miss.)

The Yankees are in a position where they can just wait and see who might fall into their lap. If any of the bigger names slide this far because of perceived signability concerns, or if their slide forces some others down the totem pole, those players could be options for New York. Brackman would be a gutsy call here, if the Yankees are willing to take the chance or try to get some kind of deal depending on the severity of the elbow injury. The last projection, Matt LaPorta, is still in the conversation because he would fill a pressing need at first base. A college catcher, such as J.P. Arencibia, might be considered as a fast-to-the-bigs replacement for Jorge Posada (assuming health). With all that being said, though, the Yankees are the kind of team that can afford to be patient, so if they see a high-risk, high-reward kind of player, they can take him. Fairley is extremely raw, but the tools are undeniable. The Yankees can, and will, be patient in letting those tools develop into performance.

Last projection: Matt LaPorta

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This is Jonathan Mayo's final mock draft posted at 12:27 p.m. this afternoon

 

1. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: David Price, LHP, Vanderbilt University

He's been the guy, he is the guy, and he'll continue to be the guy.

 

2. Kansas City Royals: Mike Moustakas, 3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

Some last-minute information coming in, with the Royals going with Moustakas and not Josh Vitters.

 

3. Chicago Cubs: Josh Vitters, 3B, Cypress HS (Calif.)

This is the guy the Cubs wanted anyway, and with the Royals taking Moustakas, he's here for them.

 

4. Pittsurgh Pirates: Daniel Moskos, LHP, Clemson

They've wanted Vitters all along, but with that scenario not happening, they'll go with who they think is the top college lefty.

 

5. Baltimore Orioles: Phillipe Aumont, RHP, Ecole Du Versant Gatineau, Quebec

They may still be debating, but it was looking like they were leaning back to the tall, Canadian right-hander.

 

6. Washington Nationals: Ross Detwiler, LHP, Missouri State

There's still some consideration being given to a guy like Matt Wieters, but they'll go with the lefty with good stuff instead.

 

7. Milwaukee Brewers: Jarrod Parker, RHP, Norwell HS (Ind.)

They'd consider one of the college lefties, but since they're gone, they'll go with the high-school righty with a ton of upside.

 

8. Colorado Rockies: Casey Weathers, RHP, Vanderbilt

I think the Rockies wouldn't mind getting a college arm here like Detwiler or Moskos, but both are gone, so they'll go with the college power arm out of the bullpen that should get there fast.

 

9. Arizona Diamondbacks: Nick Schmidt, LHP, Arkansas

No one has helped themselves more lately than Schmidt, the consummate pitchability lefty who tossed a shutout in conference tournament play and was stellar again in Regional action.

 

10. San Francisco Giants: Matt Wieters, C, Georgia Tech

With three picks in the top 30, they can take a chance on a guy perceived to be a tough sign.

 

11. Seattle Mariners: Sean Doolittle, 1B, University of Virginia

With none of the arms they wanted still available, they'll go with the "safe" college hitter in Doolittle, who's name has been all over the top third of the first round.

 

12. Florida Marlins: Julio Borbon, OF, University of Tennessee

They won't draft based on need, even though they do need a leadoff-type center fielder, but they'll take Borbon because he's the best guy left on the board.

 

13. Cleveland Indians: Blake Beavan, RHP, Irving HS (Texas)

Staying the same with this projection, as the Indians have been on the Texas prep standout for some time. Think Adam Miller, redux.

 

14. Atlanta Braves: Michael Main, RHP, Deland HS (Fla.)

Sure they could go local in Georgia, but look for them to head south to Florida to take Main, a terrific athlete and the kind of power arm the Braves covet.

 

15. Cincinnati Reds: Devin Mesoraco, C, Punxsatawney HS (Pa.)

The Reds will be happy Mesoraco, one of the better all-around catchers in the class, will still be around for them.

 

16. Toronto Blue Jays: Beau Mills, 3B, Lewis-Clark State

Outside of Matt Wieters, Mills is probably the top college position player. The Jays will worry what position he plays later.

 

17. Texas Rangers: Matt Harvey, RHP, Fitch HS (Conn.)

There's an inclination to put a Scott Boras guy here. This time, it's Harvey, the high-schooler from the Northeast.

 

18. St. Louis Cardinals: Kevin Ahrens, 3B, Memorial HS (Texas)

The Cardinals seem not to be a college-only team right now and might want to show that by taking a high school bat in this spot.

 

19. Philadelphia Phillies: Jason Heyward, Henry County HS (Ga.)

Sometimes the Phillies are unfairly put with toolsy outfielders because they like that kind of player. In this case, this wouldn't be unfair.

 

20. Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Dominguez, 3B, Chatsworth HS (Calif.)

They didn't think Dominguez would be here for them. The idea of bringing in a bat with that kind of potential -- from a local kid, no less -- will be too hard for them to pass up.

 

21. Toronto Blue Jays: Peter Kozma, SS, Owasso HS (Okla.)

The thinking all along was that the Jays would take one college player and one high-schooler with their two first-rounders. After getting Mills, they'll get the prepster in Kozma here.

 

22. San Francisco Giants: Aaron Poreda, LHP, University of San Francisco

Here's the second college guy for the Giants and one from the team's own backyard.

 

23. San Diego Padres: James Simmons, RHP, UC-Riverside

In all likelihood, the Padres will end up going with a college arm here, and Simmons may be the best one left on the board.

 

24. Texas Rangers: Kyle Russell, OF, University of Texas

As a sophomore, signability might be a concern, but the Rangers do like taking guys from their neighborhood.

 

25. Chicago White Sox: Chris Withrow, RHP, Midland Christian HS (Texas)

The projectable Texas right-hander's dad played pro ball, in the White Sox organization no less. The only thing that might throw this one out the window is if Withrow goes ahead of the Sox, with teams like the Phillies and Dodgers reportedly interested.

 

26. Oakland A's: Todd Frazier, 3B, Rutgers University

There are at least a dozen names the A's are likely considering for this spot, and it could depend on who filters down from above. They'll go with Frazier, who plays shortstop in college but will have to move to third or perhaps a corner outfield spot as a pro.

 

27. Detroit Tigers: Tim Alderson, RHP, Horizon HS, Scottsdale (Ariz.)

Several teams have been on the Arizona prep right-hander, and while some scouts were concerned with Alderson's unorthodox delivery, the Tigers have been on him all year.

 

28. Minnesota Twins: Madison Bumgarner, LHP, South Caldwell HS (N.C.)

The Twins would love it if Peter Kozma were still around, but it seems unlikely that he will be. So they'll look and see the big, projectable -- yet raw -- left arm of Bumgarner, and snag him here.

 

29. San Francisco Giants: Josh Smoker, LHP, Calhoun HS (Ga.)

With a host of teams looking at high school arms, it might be a reach to think Smoker will last this far down. But if he does, the Giants won't hesitate to take him.

 

30. New York Yankees: Rick Porcello, RHP, Seton Hall Prep

Why not? In some ways, it almost seems too obvious to happen. The Yankees are in a position where they can wait and see who might fall in their lap.

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