Basically, a few of us have been discussing the 2010 draft on an earlier post, so I figured we could use this post to spark up some more conversation about who the Buccos might go with come June while we all patiently wait for April 5th to arrive.
First, I think it's pretty safe to say that Bryce Harper is solidifying himself to be the best talent in the draft. He has performed at or over expectations at JuCo using a wooden bat and is destroying the competition. The Nats in all likelihood have to take him, but if for some reason they don't, the immense immense pressure would be on Huntington. No way Harper slips past #2.
Let's assume Harper does go first, from what I've seen, the guys who could follow him up are:
James Taillon - Huge HS Texas arm, best prep pitcher in the country. He had some mediocore outings to start the season but has dominated the past two. For any of you that haven't seen a video on him, I suggest it. The movement he gets on his pitches looks really promising.
Drew Pomeranz - Big Lefty from Ole Miss, solid stats, though not "elite" talent
Derek McGuire - Similar to Pomeranz talent wise, righty with good but not "elite" talent. Supposedly has four solid pitches.
Manny Machado - Considered by many the best HS positional player, athletic SS, has projectability concerns.
Christian Colon - The early favorite to be the #2 pick, struggled to start the season and likely has played himself out of the #2 slot, a huge finish could change that though.
AJ Cole - Considered the 2nd best prep arm in the country, the Pirates may go this route if they think Taillon is committed to Rice.
Bryce Brentz - Talented college OF, plays in a weak division but has raked so far. There are some strikeout issues with him however.
Anthony Ranaudo - Big power arm from LSU, has been injured and may have hurt his stock. Also a Scott Boras client. He'll really have to light it up down the stretch for the Pirates to consider him at #2 given the injury and agent.
Still a long ways away until the draft, but these guys look to be the front-runners for the Pirates at #2. I've fallen in love with Taillon from what I've seen, but I can't argue if the Pirates want to get someone who can make an impact relatively quick. If that's the case I think Pomeranz or McGuire should be the pick. They should be somewhat easy to sign and climb the system fast.
Well, have at it guys. Who do YOU want to see taken? Who do you THINK will be taken?