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2010 Draft: Pomeranz, Taillon or Machado?



It's less than a month left before the 2010 MLB Draft, but the overall picture appears to be taking some sort of shape. It's not a 100% guarantee, but it's nearly a sure thing that the Nats will grab Bryce Harper with the top pick. That leaves the Pirates with three choices - two pitchers and a shortstop. Drew Pomeranz, Manny Machado and Jameson Taillon.

 

Pomeranz is a star college arm with all the size (6'5", 230 lbs) and can log big innings, but doesn't have an overwhelming fastball at 88-92 mph. Seems to have a solid curve. A lefty with very good mechanics already, but seems like he's essentially reached his ceiling this season at Ole Miss. Of the 3 however, he's the most big-league ready by a wide margin.

Taillon is the other star arm, but he's only a high school talent. Big league frame already at 6'6.5" and can throw every pitch in the book, but he's a bit raw, should cost every penny and is committed to Rice. Looks like every bit the top of the rotation ace in the future, as long as the Pirates would be willing to pay a boatload of cash then wait 3-4 years to even get him into the system.

Machado is another high school talent, a 6'3", 180 lb shortstop. Very young, as he'll only be 17 at the time of the draft. Obviously has a good frame, not a ridiculous ton of power but can produce line drives to all fields and get on base well. Plays fluid defense and not overly quick, but compensates with length. Definitely an offensive-minded player in the future.

 

That being said, which of the three would you like to see the Pirates select in June?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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