I asked a couple of questions to draft guru Andy Seiler pertaining to the June 2010 draft over at the MLB Draft blog, and received some helpful answers to each:
+Does Manny Machado stay at SS? How much projectable power does he have?
I think Machado stays at shortstop for the near-term. It’s a wait-and-see thing, because it’s hard to project how filling out affects some players. I think he stays at short due to the value at that position, but the long-term is unclear.
As for the power, I think he has above-average to plus power potential, and that’s due to quick wrists and forearm strength. He’s a Soriano-power type of hitter, not an Albert Pujols.
+Who do you think the Pirates will pick 2nd overall (given that Harper is taken first), and who would you take if you were the team’s GM?
I think Pomeranz is the target right now, but things change quickly. I think it could easily be Anthony Ranaudo, Christian Colon, Zack Cox, or Manny Machado depending on the day. I just wonder how much their budget for that pick is, because 3 of the 5 mentioned here are Boras clients.
I’d go for the best player available for value, and I’m not sure that’s Jameson Taillon, because I have a feeling that he’ll break records for a prep pitcher’s bonus. I’d seriously look at Machado for that slot, and I think I’d end up deciding between Ranaudo and Pomeranz, with Pomeranz winning out.