In just 16 days, it will be time for the draft. As a huge fan of the draft, I have decided to put together my own personal top 25 (with one extra) for this year. We could be in position to land 2 or more of these players, if a few fall to the second round. Whatever happens, this is my list:
1- Bryce Harper, C: Tremendous power, great arm, could move to outfield down the road.
2- Manny Machado, SS: Should hit for average, decent average, great defense, could outgrow position.
3- Jameson Taillon, RHP: Hits 98mph, great curveball, ace potential.
4- Karsten Whitson, RHP: Hits 95mph, polished pitcher with ace potential, but mechanics aren't great.
5- Drew Pomeranz, LHP: Low-mid 90s fastball, solid control, great curveball.
6- Zach Cox, 3B: Hard worker, great offensive potential with average/power, strikeouts could be a problem.
7- Chris Sale, LHP: Big lefty, low to mid 90s fastball, terrific control, mechanics could lead to injury.
8- Josh Sale, OF: Excellent bat speed, patient hitter with great power potential.
9- AJ Cole, RHP: Touches 96mph, should develop changeup and curveball, #1-2 starter
10- Christian Colon, SS: Good bat, good power, but he's most likely a 2B in the majors.
11- Bryce Brentz, OF: Excellent power, doesn't face top competition, Ks too much, has great ceiling.
12- Stetson Allie, RHP: Mid 90s fastball, hits 99mph, needs to improve control, could end up as closer.
13- Michael Choice, OF: Great raw power, hits for average, solid speed.
14- Deck McGuire, RHP: Throws low to mid-90s, good command, solid curveball and changeup.
15- Austin Wilson, OF: Toolsy outfielder, great power potential, needs better pitch recognition.
16- Brandon Workman, RHP: low-mid 90s fastball, needs better changeup, inconsistent delivery.
17- Kris Bryant, 3B: Couls end up in OF or 1B, but excellent power, potential middle of lineup bat.
18- LeVon Washington, OF: Good hitter, decent power, not best instincts in field, decent arm at best.
19- Nick Castellanos, 3B: Good fielder at 3B, decent power potential, middle of order bat.
20- Justin O'Conner, SS: Good bat speed, should stick at SS, great arm.
21- Matt Harvey, RHP: Excellent stuff, needs to improve control, has a high ceiling.
22- James Paxton, LHP: Mid-high 90s fastball, great slider, needs to develop changeup, decent control.
23- Yordy Cabrera, SS: Good hitter, probably won't stick at shortstop long-term.
24- DeAndre Smelter, RHP: Low 90s fastball, good changeup, good slider, good control.
25- Jarret Parker, OF: Good athlete, decent power potential, nice swing, very projectable.
26- Kyle Blair, RHP: Low 90s fastball, good curve, average changeup, solid command, mid-rotation starter.
What do you think? Anyone I missed? Should rankings be changed?