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The One Month Away Mock Draft

The 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft is less than a month away and I feel it is, again, time to post another mock draft. While I am not a scout by any means and only have limited exposure to these players, having seen several play live and many of the high school players in person at showcases, I do my fair share of background checking, video watching, and stat comparisons to come to my conclusions. Under each player, you will find their college commitment (if they are a high school player), their season statistics if available, an MLB comparison, a video link to footage of them, and a brief description of what each offers. Please don't try to take the MLB comparisons too seriously as you NEVER know what a player is going to evolve into once he is in the system but I think it is a neat way as to what scouts see as the future for some individuals.

This years draft class is said to be one of the strongest in years but it hasn't been without some attrition. Some recent blows have caused players to drop or fall off the mock all together. RHP Jeff Hoffman, seen as a potential top 5, will have to undergo Tommy John surgery and I don't see him being taken in the first 3 rounds, nor do I see him wising to sign afterwards. RHP Jacob Bukauskas, a flame thrower from the prep ranks, recently sent out a letter saying he does not wish to be drafted, choosing to honor his commitment to North Carolina. Other players of note who are currently returning from or battling injuries are: OF Derek Fisher (Virginia), RHP Dylan Cease (Milton HS), Brandon Finnegan (TCU), and Erick Fedde (UNLV).

While draft day is always crazy and it is near impossible to guess what teams are going to do (a la Hunter Dozier before Austin Meadows, 2013), I believe I have made strong picks that fall in line, mostly, with what MLB clubs have shown to do. Please remember, as you look at the selections, that ballclub philosophies do come into play as do the potential for teams to go against their philosophies in acquiring a certain player. And, as a last reminder, the Pirates are typically a best player available team so it should be taken into consideration when viewing their selections. Please enjoy!

1. Houston Astros - LHP Brady Aiken (Cathedral Catholic HS, CA)

Commitment: UCLA

Season Statistics: 5-0, 0.68 ERA, 30.2 IP, 59 K, 6 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Cliff Lee, Clayton Kershaw

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlsMv5yHWGw

Aiken is the best high school player in the country and will be gobbled up with the first overall pick. A hard fastball, plus curveball, and potential plus changeup round out Aiken's three pitch mix. He shows exceptional command, generates easy arm speed, and has an athletic build that projects to add more to his already impressive arsenal. Projected to be an ace, Aiken has some of the highest upside as a pitcher and will add to an already formidable Astros farm system.

2. Miami Marlins - RHP Tyler Kolek (Shepherd HS, TX)

Commitment: Texas Christian University

Season Statistics: 3-0, 0.31 ERA, 22.1 IP, 48 K, 1 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Shelby Miller, Gerrit Cole

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXQpB2ZJMJ4

While Aiken is well-rounded in his development, Kolek is a power arm all the way. Flashing a plus fastball, inconsistent curveball that could be plus with some retooling, an above average slider, and rarely used changeup, Kolek has the arsenal to one day lead a rotation. Kolek has mainly been able to get by with his overpowering fastball but will need to harness his other offerings to become the ace he is capable of. Miami loves high schoolers and Kolek will be too tempting to pass up.

3. Chicago White Sox - LHP Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State)

Season Statistics: 4-7, 1.87 ERA, 86.2 IP, 102 K, 28 BB

MLB Comparison(s): David Price

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pIQkG0LarM

It may be a surprise to see Rodon as the 3rd overall selection, especially after the projection to be the 1st overall pick since his freshmen season. An underwhelming season and a slight drop in command and velocity has led to this slight slip. Despite this, Rodon has an amazing arsenal consisting of a plus fastball, plus slider, a show-me curveball, and above average changeup. Rodon has a big frame and a few minor mechanical flaws but the largest concern is the large amounts of pitches he's accumulated per start. If he remains healthy, he projects to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

4. Chicago Cubs - RHP Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt)

Season Statistics: 7-5, 3.60 ERA, 70 IP, 76 K, 26 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Matt Harvey

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh1swdhfy64

Beede was a 1st round pick in 2011 and projects to be a top 10 selection this spring. Beede has seen some struggles with command but the potential is massive to be a front line starter and workhorse. Beede has an above average 4S fastball, above average 2S fastball, plus curveball, and plus-plus changeup. The greatest knock on Beede is his struggles to locate his pitches consistently. When he is on, he is virtually unhittable but he can leave pitches up which is a big no-no for potential aces. Regardless, he would instantly become the best pitching prospect in a pitching-devoid Cubs minor league system.

5. Minnesota Twins - C Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo HS, CA)

Commitment: Oregon

Season Statistics: .400/ .577/.981, 8 HR, 20 RBI, 6 K, 16 BB

Comparison(s): Bryce Harper

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KBxal1p3zY

Alex Jackson has been getting hype since he was a sophomore. Jackson is a multi-purpose player showing tremendous skills at the plate, behind it, and in the outfield. His versatility, incredible bat, and explosive arm make him the best bat in the draft. Jackson has a calm approach with plus bat speed and plus-plus power to all fields. Many believe he will move to the OF at the next level where his defense will be top notch due to a plus arm and tremendous range. If he is kept behind the plate, Jackson projects as an above average to plus defender with some mechanical work needed on blocking.

6. Seattle Mariners - OF Brad Zimmer (San Francisco)

Season Statistics: .373/.460/.585, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 31 K, 24 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Hunter Pence, Starling Marte

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVjeJU7CGfE

Zimmer is one of the best defenders in college baseball and the best defender available in the draft. Though standing 6'5, Zimmer has plus speed, plus range, and a plus arm to go along with great instincts. Some scouts are divided by his abilities at the plate showing a good approach but some pitching recognition issues persist. Zimmer is showing increasing power and could turn into a big time power hitter due to his size. Zimmer is projectable and it will be see interesting to see how he develops.

7. Philadelphia Phillies - LHP Kyle Freeland (Evansville)

Season Statistics: 8-1, 1.90 ERA, 80.2 IP, 106 K, 7 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Cliff Lee, Gio Gonzalez

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlkFxxBAQHw

Freeland has been nothing short of spectacular for the Purple Aces this season. The arsenal is simple enough with a plus fastball, above average slider, and above average changeup. Freeland has masterful control of his three offerings with the ability to put any pitch he wants just about anywhere in or out of the zone. Freeland could move quickly through a system and profiles as a potential No. 1 or 2 starter.

8. Colorado Rockies - SS Nick Gordon (Olympia HS, FL)

Commitment: Florida State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Andrelton Simmons, Dee Gordon

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZntjlE0Aho

The best middle infielder in the country with incredible range, flashy athleticism, and a cannon arm, the biggest question about Nicholas Gordon will be his bat. Right now, Gordon is a contact oriented hitter who drives the gaps. At 6'1, he has room to add strength as his body matures, something that couldn't be said about his older brother, current Dodgers SS Dee Gordon. He is a future leadoff hitter who should accumulate lots of extra base hits and stolen bases. The big question will be if power can develop for the wiry SS.

9. Toronto Blue Jays - RHP Grant Holmes (Conway HS, SC)

Commitment: Florida

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Dylan Bundy, Joe Kelly

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc9gnVnwQ0I

Grant Holmes is one of the safer HS arms - if there is such a thing - in the draft class. Holmes isn't going to get a whole lot better as he is pretty mature but what he has now is more than enough. Holmes flashes a plus fastball and plus slider alongside an average changeup. He has a clean delivery with good arm action and a high baseball IQ. Potential No. 2 starter.

10. New York Mets - RHP Touki Toussaint (Coral Springs Christian Academy, FL)

Commitment: Vanderbilt

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Pedro Martinez

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCeyGIZObHY

Toussaint has some of the highest upside of anyone in the draft class. The reason he will drop to 10th is his inconsistency. Toussaint flashes a plus fastball, plus-plus curveball, and average changeup. Toussaint is prone to periods of extreme wildness and can struggle locating his pitches, even when he is on. His fastball command is imperative to future success but he will be a work in progress. Potential ace.

11. Toronto Blue Jays - SS Trea Turner (North Carolina State)

Season Statistics: .328/.423/.517, 7 HR, 32 RBI, 21 K, 31 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Troy Tulowitzki, J.J. Hardy

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5H7O0JWYic

Turner was seen as a sure-fire Top 5 last summer but an interesting junior year has left scouts divided. Turner is an elite defender with exceptional range, plus arm, strong instincts, and soft hands. At the plate, Turner has been underwhelming though he has seen a spike in his power output. Turner is best when he is driving the gaps and should continue to get better at the plate thanks to a sound approach, plus bat speed, and a good eye. Turner is a potential leadoff or No. 2 hitter who, at the very worst, will be a top defensive shortstop.

12. Milwaukee Brewers - RHP Aaron Nola (Louisiana State)

Season Statistics: 7-1, 1.58 ERA, 85.2 IP, 102 K, 22 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hDcXx5dre4

Nola is the top pitcher in the SEC and one of the most efficient pitchers in college baseball. With pinpoint control and an above average arsenal, Nola is more MLB ready than most arms in the class but with a low ceiling. Nola commands an above average 4S fastball, above average 2S fastball, plus power curve, and average changeup. Nola has some mechanical issues, particularly on his curveball, that will need worked out but he is a future No. 2 or 3 starter when it is all said and done.

13. San Diego Padres - OF Mike Conforto (Oregon State)

Season Statistics: .407/.552/.627, 5 HR, 49 RBI, 26 K, 41 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Nick Swisher, Michael Cuddyer

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtO6Tyk1Udg

Conforto is perhaps the best college bat in the entire class. Sound swing mechanics, a good eye, and plus raw power make Conforto a tempting choice for any team. He hasn't hit for a ton of power this season but there is nothing to suggest he can't put up middle of the order production. The biggest concern with Conforto is his undetermined defensive position. He is very raw in the OF with an average arm and taking poor routes to balls in play. Some think he will be a 1B, others a DH. However, due to his advanced bat, whoever drafts him will find a way to get him into a lineup.

14. San Francisco Giants - RHP Luke Weaver (Florida State)

Season Statistics: 6-3, 2.88 ERA, 81.1 IP, 65 K, 15 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Tim Hudson, Brett Saberhagen

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5-8nLuKvu8

Weaver is a high floor, low ceiling RHP who has a fast track to the majors due to present ability. Weaver flashes three solid offerings: an above average fastball, plus slider, and above average changeup. His mechanics are sound though some have concern regarding the slight wrap in his leg kick. Weaver won't be a frontline starter but he is the type of pitcher who could be a solid No. 3 or 4 starter, getting to the majors quickly.

15. Los Angeles Angels - LHP Brandon Finnegan (Texas Christian)

Season Statistics: 7-2, 1.50 ERA, 72 IP, 96 K, 18 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Wade Miley, Mike Minor

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liVfZERXFrU

Finnegan has one of the liveliest arms in the class which is even more impressive being that he is only 5'11/185 lbs. Finnegan has a plus fastball, above average slider, and above average changeup. Finnegan has helped eliminate some question marks with his stellar season by showing a marked improvement in his control. Some scouts are uncertain if Finnegan can remain as a starter but teams will definitely give him a shot at it before moving him to a bullpen role.

16. Arizona Diamondbacks - C Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State)

Season Statistics: .417/.474/.618, 7 HR, 45 RBI

MLB Comparison(s): Russel Martin, Wilson Ramos

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PekojamVdRk

Pentecost is an athletic catcher with some surprising skills for a backstop. At the dish, Pentecost has a strong bat with above average bat speed, above average power, and a good eye. Pentecost also shows surprising speed and can be a threat on the basepaths for an unsuspecting team. Defensively, Pentecost is rapidly improving with better blocking skills, a more accurate plus arm, and better receiving skills. Pentecost will need some more seasoning with proper instruction but he could be a top producer at the position with above average defensive skills

17. Kansas City Royals - OF Michael Gettys (Gainesville HS, GA)

Commitment: Georgia

Season Statistics: .500/.552/.958, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 K, 2 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Mike Trout, Jason Heyward

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BU6eCAZGM8

Gettys has been jumping around draft boards for a while now, being mentioned as high as top 5. Gettys major concern is his hit tool which, while generating plus-plus raw power, has questions regarding whether it will play at the MLB level. If he can continue to develop his swing and work out some of the bugs, there is nothing to suggest he can't be a huge asset at the MLB level. In the OF, he is a top defender with a plus-plus arm, excellent speed that allows him to cover a lot of ground, and good instincts. Potential 4-6 hitter.

18. Washington Nationals - LHP Sean Newcomb (Hartford)

Season Statistics: 5-2, 0.98 ERA, 73.1 IP, 78 K, 31 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Jon Lester, Francisco Liriano

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPb2o8cdWV0

Physically intimidating and commanding a variety of above average to plus offerings, Newcomb is one of the most interesting arms in the draft class. Clean and easy mechanics allow Newcomb to deliver his offerings effortlessly. A plus fastball, above average curveball, potential plus slider, and average changeup. Newcomb has a bit of wildness to him and doesn't change eye levels very well but he is built like a workhorse who could easily provide 200+ innings if he can harness everything. Potential No. 2 or 3 starter.

19. Cincinnati Reds - RHP Sean Reid-Foley (Sandalwood HS, FL)

Commitment: Florida State

Season Statistics: 6-3, 1.00 ERA, 70.1 IP, 117 K, 33 BB

MLB Comparison(s): A.J. Burnett, Aaron Crow

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uNZSBRahBY

Ideally framed with sloped shoulders and long arms. Reid-Foley has been a presence on the mound due to his high IQ of pitching and his command of above average to plus arsenal. He has a 4 pitch mix that has gotten rave reviews: an above average 4S fastball, plus 2S fastball, potential plus slider, and average changeup. Reid-Foley's main area of concern are his mechanics which have shown some timing issues and a slight wrap that could cause problems down the road. He's definitely an interesting arm and projects as a strong No. 3 starter.

20. Tampa Bay Rays - SS Jacob Gatewood (Clovis HS, CA)

Commitment: Southern California

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Manny Machado, Alex Rodriguez

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuWKnVQpT7k

Physically mature and showing signs of plus-plus power, Gatewood could see his stock rise but questions remain about his hit tool. There is a lot of movement in his swing but it unleashes an incredible amount of force. He generates above average bat speed but is prone to problems with pitch recognition. When he makes contact, the ball comes off the bat like a rocket. Defensively, Gatewood is sound defensively, a notch below Nick Gordon. He has a big arm and good range at SS but his size may force him to 3B where he'd be more than capable. Gatewood is a big time boom/bust candidate due to his hitting concerns but could become the biggest steal of the draft if he develops.

21. Cleveland Indians - C Kyle Schwarber (Indiana)

Season Statistics: .345/.452/.599, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 23 K, 32 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Jay Bruce, Andre Ethier

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWhEXQxuA08

Schwarber was considered to be potentially the best bat in the draft but a combination of other players improving and question marks about defense have lowered his stock. Schwarber is the top power bat from the college ranks with the potential to hit it out to any field. Schwarber has a strong approach at the plate with strong pitch recognition and above average bat speed. Currently at catcher, Schwarber will, in all likelihood, be transitioned to 1B due to his below average marks behind the dish. He is a middle of the order bat but the defense is a major concern.

22. Los Angeles Dodgers - 3B Michael Chavis (Sprayberry HS, GA)

Commitment: Clemson

Season Statistics: .627/.698/1.156, 7 HR, 19 RBI, 5 K, 8 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Ryan Zimmerman, Chase Headley

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_5jXA7ecxk

Chavis is one of the fastest rising bats in the high school ranks. Flashing potential plus power with tremendous bat speed, Chavis drives the ball hard to all fields using strong pitch recognition skills. Chavis has a very strong build and moves well in the field. He shows quick reactions at third with a plus arm and above average range. He is a potential impact bat who has the skills to remain at 3B. Very intriguing player with the potential to go higher if he continues to dominate.

23. Detroit Tigers - RHP Scott Blewett (C.W. Baker HS, NY)

Commitment: St. John's

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Josh Beckett, John Lackey

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsah53H5cTg

A rising name on the list, Blewett is a pitcher who got significant exposure at some showcases this past summer. A plus fastball with tons of movement, a potential plus curve, and flashes of an above average changeup round out his arsenal. The 6'6 right hander has a lot of projection left to him and it isn't out of the question to see him add 2 or 3 miles to his velocity. He will need to get stronger and refine his delivery but has the potential to be a No. 1 starter.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates - 1B Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State)

Season Statistic(s): .401/.511/.698, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 20 K, 41 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Lance Berkman, Corey Hart

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLK68l8kjEY

Gillespie is one of the more polished bats in the college ranks with some projection left. A switch hitter with potential plus power from both sides of the plate, Gillespie has a smooth, line drive swing that generates above average bat speed. There are some pitch recognition issues but with further work, Gillespie could turn into a middle of the order bat. Defensively, he is projected to stay at 1B where he moves surprisingly well and has an above average arm.

25. Oakland Athletics - RHP Luis Ortiz (Sanger HS)

Commitment: Fresno State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Ricky Nolasco, Johnny Cueto

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNZ7tnI6ol8

Extremely dedicated to getting better and improving his offerings, Ortiz has been mentioned all over the first round. He commands exceptionally three above average offerings: a fastball/slider/changeup trio. Ortiz has sound mechanics and good arm speed on his off speed offerings. Ortiz has some fatigue issues and losses his velocity when going deeper into games. Has some projection left to him and could end up being a No. 2 or 3 starter.

26. Boston Red Sox - 1B Braxton Davidson (T.C. Roberson HS, NC)

Commitment: North Carolina

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Joey Votto

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_QHfdW0ZKo

Davidson is one of the safest prep bats in the draft. A professional approach and strong pitch recognition ability allows Davidson to be selective at the plate and drive his pitch. He has a potential plus hit tool, driving the ball hard consistently due to plus bat speed, a feel for the strike zone, and a simple stroke. While he doesn't have the potential light tower power of Gatewood, Davidson hits the ball hard more consistently than anyone in the class. Defensively, Davidson has a strong arm and above average range. Some think he will start out in the OF due to the arm but the move to 1B is inevitable as he slows down a bit. Potential impact, middle of the order bat.

27. St. Louis Cardinals - OF Monte' Harrison (Lee's Summit West HS, MO)

Commitment: Nebraska

Season Statistics: N/A

Comparison(s): Dexter Fowler, Juan Pierre

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFl7XdrqwjM

Harrison is not a two but three sport athlete who has been given D1 offers in all three. Currently, he has a dual sport commitment to Nebraska where many see him taking off in football. In baseball, however, Harrison may have the brightest future. He is an extremely toolsy outfielder who projects to be a leadoff hitter. Harrison has above average bat speed but has some quirks in his swing that leads him to being pull happy. He could potentially develop above average to plus power. He is a plus defender across the board with an incredibly accurate arm, sound instincts, and solid routes to the ball.

COMPENSATION ROUND A

28. Kansas City Royals - RHP Cameron Varga (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, OH)

Commitment: North Carolina

Season Statistics: N/A

Comparison(s): Jarred Cosart, Garrett Richards

Links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUWpdlwbJ68

Varga has one of the most explosive arms in the draft class. With easy actions, a simple delivery, and loose arm, Varga has scouts excited. The arsenal is a plus fastball that sinks hard, an above average curveball that needs to be commanded better, and an above average changeup that he has good feel for. Varga has used his fastball/curveball combo to overwhelm the high school ranks so he will need to become more a pitcher and less a thrower as he moves into the minor leagues. With that said, Varga is very exciting and could turn into a fine No. 2 or 3 starter.

29. Cincinnati Reds - RHP Spencer Adams (White County HS, GA)

Commitment: Georgia

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Kevin Brown, Luke Hochevar

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGmHNcQC0qc

Tall with sloped shoulders and a 3/4 delivery, Adams is a player who will need some time to mature and harness his abilities at the next level. Two big concerns with the delivery is the whipping action present in his wind up and his lack of extension on delivery. Despite problems with his delivery, Adams commands a decent arsenal with plenty of room to add on to it. He has an above average fastball, above average slider, and average change that is developing. Adams could ass a lot to his frame which is what will tempt teams on draft day.

30. Texas Rangers - RHP Michael Cederoth (San Diego State)

Season Statistics: 5-1, 2.23 ERA, 40.1 IP, 48 K, 25 BB, 17 SV

Comparison(s): Jonathan Broxton

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHlgHZzHDsk

Cederoth has been moved to the bullpen full time after faltering as a starter. Cederoth is still very interesting on the mound and could return to a starting role with some adjustments. Commanding a triple digit fastball, plus slider, and show-me changeup, Cederoth has the arsenal to be a dominant closer at the next level. But standing at 6'7 and with room to still add weight,, the potential as a starter is practically limitless. Cederoth has serious command issues at times, particularly on his slider. If he can not harness his control, Cederoth will be destined for the bullpen.

31. Cleveland Indians - OF Alex Verdugo (Sahuaro HS, AZ)

Commitment: Arizona State

Season Statistics: .548/.611/.931, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 4 K, 15 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Mark Kotsay, Nick Markakis

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJHRvvcf4OY

Verdugo is one of the top 2-way prospects in the country who could easily go as either a left hander or outfielder. Though he has incredible upside in both areas, he seems destined to stay in the outfield. Verdugo has a plus arm, good range, and incredible athleticism. He most likely doesn't have the speed to stay in center but will make a plus defender in right field. At the plate, Verdugo has plus bat speed and potential above average power to all fields. There is a slight uppercut in his swing but everything else suggests Verdugo will be a tremendous hitter at the next level.

32. Atlanta Braves - RHP Dylan Cease (Milton HS, GA)

Commitment: Vanderbilt

Season Statistics: N/A

Comparison(s): Miguel Gonzalez, Jon Niese

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIaj-XZXMHk

Cease is a major wild card due to elbow soreness that have caused him to drop considerably from his preseason projection of Top 15. While an elbow injury is always concerning, there is nothing to show that this issue will become a recurring problem. Mixed with Atlanta's preference for local talent, Cease seems like a good bet to go here. Flashing a low-mid 90's fastball, a potential plus curve, and above average changeup, Cease shows excellent control and has a quick, loose arm. The hope is he can overcome his injury and develop into the capable No. 2 starter he's capable of.

33. Boston Red Sox - OF Derek Fisher (Virginia)

Season Statistics: .313/.367/.494, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 12 K, 5 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Michael Cuddyer

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCa_pUIRU8I

Fisher has only recently come back from a hamate injury that kept him out for a month. There is little to suggest that the injury will hurt his draft stock. Fisher is a pure hitter with above average bat speed, potential plus power, and improving pitch recognition. Defensively, there are some question marks about where he will end up. He has an above average arm but has poor instincts in the field. But the bat is nice commodity and any team wanting his bat in the lineup could transition him to the DH or tuck him away in RF.

34. St. Louis Cardinals - LHP Kodi Medeiros (Waiakea HS, HI)

Commitment: Pepperdine

Season Statistic(s): N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Francisco Liriano

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5BWBjo7lE4

Medeiros has some of the best stuff in the high school ranks with his secondary offerings being said to already be MLB-ready. The problem he isn't higher is his lack of height and projection. Medeiros is undersized and doesn't look to add much to his impressive offerings. With a deceptive delivery, Medeiros uncorks a potential plus fastball, plus-plus slider, and above average changeup. He has now stuff and his slider is said to be the best in all of the draft. The question remains if he can remain a starter, otherwise, he will be a quality late-inning reliever.

COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUND A

35. Colorado Rockies - RHP Micheal Kopech (Mt. Pleasant HS, TX)

Commitment: Arizona

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Matt Cain, Brandon Maurer

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU6coqQBgNI

Long and lean with a quick arm that generates easy velocity, Kopech is an interesting arm likely to go on the first day. Kopech has a potential plus 4S fastball, above average 2S, above average curve, and average changeup. Kopech has command issues which largely stem from timing issues in his delivery. He will need to better harness his pitches while reworking his delivery. He isn't done maturing and could add 10 more lbs to his frame. Overall, he has the potential to be a strong No. 3 starter when all is said and done.

36. Miami Marlins - RHP Erick Fedde (Nevada, Las Vegas)

Season Statistics: 8-2, 1.76 ERA, 76.2 IP, 82 K, 21 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Charlie Morton

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxrY_PX8FSE

Fedde is a lanky, projectable right hander from UNLV who many are divided on about his future. Fedde has an above average fastball that has natural sink and fade, a plus slider that is commanded exceptionally well, and a potential above average changeup. He will need to harness his changeup command and be given the time to allow the pitch to develop. Fedde has a slight Tim Lincecum-style delivery which may raise some concerns. Fedde is a potential No. 3 or 4 starter or late inning reliever.

38. Cleveland Indians - 3B Alex Blandino (Stanford)

Season Statistics: .288/.387/.487, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 20 K, 21 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Nolan Arenado, Trevor Plouffe

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL823UHDIIo

Blandino is a smooth hitting 3B for the Cardinals who projects to stay at his position. He has a level, line drive swing that has plus bat speed and generates pull power with the chance to develop above average power to all fields down the road. At 3B, Blandino has good range and a strong arm though no tools jump out and wow you. Blandino looks like a high floor/low ceiling type player who will hit in the lower half of a lineup but get on base regularly and surprise some with his hitting tools and defense.

39. Miami Marlins - OF Marcus Wilson (Junipero Serra HS, CA)

Commitment: Arizona State

Season Statistics: .425/.566/.800, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 9 K, 11 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Eric Davis, Ken Griffey Jr.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-xzvnrL5N4

Strong, tall, and lean, Wilson is one of the most intriguing players in the entire class. With room to add at least 20 lbs of strength, Wilson could turn into a freak athlete by the time he reaches the majors. At the plate, he has above average bat speed that generates similar power potential to go along with sound pitch recognition skills. On the bases, he has plus-plus speed with an advanced approach to timing and stealing bases. Defensively, Wilson could remain in CF and easily be a plus defender due to a plus arm and his speed. He will need to work on better routes to baseballs in play but such skills will develop as he gets more seasoning. Very tempting pick and could go higher. Potential middle of the order bat.

40. Kansas City Royals - LHP Justus Sheffield (Tullahoma HS, TN)

Commitment: Vanderbilt

Season Statistic(s): N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Wandy Rodriguez, Mark Buehrle

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2U7hMnkZg8

Sheffield is a a top flight left hander who has been pushed out of the first round due to questions on whether there is much more he can add to his already dominant repertoire. A plus fastball, potential plus curveball, above average slider, and above average changeup. Sheffield a wide, angular frame and is short for a pitcher. He commands his pitches well and pounds the lower half of the zone. Sheffield doesn't have an extremely high ceiling due to his height but what is present now is intriguing and he could mature into a dominant No. 2 or 3 starter.

41. Milwaukee Brewers - LHP Mac Marshall (Parkview HS, GA)

Commitment: Louisiana State

Season Statistics: 7-0, 0.00 ERA, 44.2 IP, 62 K, 17 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Steve Avery, Jason Vargas

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBwza_DEPJA

Marshall is the kind of player who, in any other draft, would probably be a top 20 selection. Due to sheer numbers in talent this year, Marshall will drop and be seen as a steal. With ideal height and a strong, athletic build, Marshall has been one of the most dominating left handers in the country this season. Commanding a solid three pitch mix, he has an above average fastball, above average curveball, and a plus changeup described as one of the best in the class. Marshall has some ironing out to do in his mechanics as he slips towards 3B on his release but he is showing potential top of the rotation ability and will be an exciting to follow once drafted.

SECOND ROUND

42. Houston Astros - RHP Jack Flaherty (Harvard-Westlake HS, CA)

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Ian Kennedy, Lance Lynn

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkUG_tNVnOk

Flaherty had been getting a lot of hype all summer and was seen as a potential first round talent. He is still in that same situation but it is now for his pitching. Flaherty possess one of the more interesting bats in the class with potential plus power but many are now saying his future is on the mound. With a simple delivery and pinpoint control of an above average fastball, average curveball, plus slider, and above average changeup. Flaherty had a frame that suggests he will continue to add strength and lead to more velocity on his fastball. Once he commits full time to pitching, Flaherty could turn into a potential No. 2 or 3 starter.

43. Miami Marlins - OF Derek Hill (Elk Grove HS, CA)

Commitment: Oregon

Season Statistic(s): .554/.875/1.507, 8 2B, 5 3B, 22 RBI, 11 K, 12 BB

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhveUu52xWs

An outstanding defensive centerfielder with an rapidly improving bat makes Hill a rising name on the draft boards. Hill has plus speed and an above average arm that is extremely accurate. At the plate, above average bat strength will eventually generate gap power which increase as his body fills out. Potential lead off hitter who could play Gold Glove defense.

44. Chicago White Sox - RHP Keaton McKinney (Ankeny HS, IA)

Commitment: Arkansas

Season Statistic(s): N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Noah Syndergaard, Dustin McGowan

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0680YLlT9Hc

A power pitcher with plenty of room to add velocity, McKinney is one of the more interesting 2nd tier prep arms in the draft. He has a decent three pitch mix: a potential plus fastball, average curveball, and potential plus changeup. McKinney is a strong athlete with the ideal frame on the mound. He moves well off the mound and should continue to get better as he develops and fills out. Potential No. 2 or 3 starter.

45. Chicago Cubs - 2B Forrest Wall (Orangewood Christian Academy, FL)

Commitment: North Carolina

Season Statistics: .531/.634/.877

MLB Comparison(s): Todd Walker, Ian Kinsler

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0MfT7lEOvA

Possessing one of the best hit tools in the high school ranks, Wall is a tempting selection at a position not highly sought after on draft day. At the plate, he uses tremendous pitch recognition skills, quick hands, and above average bat speed to be selective, square balls up regularly, and drive the ball hard to all fields. Defensively, Wall has terrific range but has a below average arm that will regulate him to 2B. Wall will be a high average hitter who will be a No. 2 hitter and play strong defense.

46. Minnesota Twins - LHP Matt Imhof (California Polytechnic State)

Season Statistic(s): 8-3, 2.47 ERA, 76.2 IP, 103 K, 32 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Paul Maholm, Alex Wood

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poqCdD_LE1g

Imhof is a projectable left handed pitcher with a lean, athletic build and a simple, smooth delivery that hides that creates good deception. The repertoire is an above average fastball with hard cutting action, potential plus-plus curveball, and average changeup. Imhof is a talented arm who has been rising up the boards and could push him further up the boards in the next month. He has the potential to be a No. 2 or 3 starter.

47. Seattle Mariners - SS Ti'Quan Forbes (Columbia HS, MS)

Commitment: Mississippi

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Jean Segura, B.J. Upton

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0ofeRfvH28

One of the most athletics ball players in the class with room to fill out and add strength, Forbes is an incredibly high upside player. At the plate, Forbes has above average bat speed and an approach that looks to drive balls to the opposite field. He has shown flashes of plus power and, standing at 6'4, there is nothing to suggest he won't eventually maintain such power. On the base paths, he has plus-plus speed and is improving on his stealing game. He is a potential 5 tool player but with some risks, particularly regarding his swing mechanics.

48. Philadelphia Phillies - C Jackson Reetz (Norris HS, NE)

Commitment: Nebraska

MLB Statistics: .522/.695/1.195, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 6 K, 18 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Salvador Perez, Ryan Doumit

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5UtjpiC4ug

Reetz is an offensive minded catcher who has the potential to be a well-rounded player at the next level. His defensive skills aren't awful but they are less than desirable with a over 2.00 POP time, blocking skills that are suspect but an arm that is plus. At the plate, Reetz has a line drive swing with above average bat speed that could project potential plus power. Reetz could easily transition to the OF where he has the speed and build to handle a corner and hit for average and good power.

49. Colorado Rockies - 3B Matt Chapman (California State, Fullerton)

Season Statistic(s): .294/.399/.484, 6 HR, 37 RBI, 21 K, 19 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Casey McGehee, Matt Williams

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM2to42e34w

Chapman has seen his stock drop this spring as he has been solid but unspectacular for Cal State. Chapman has a strong approach at the plate with a smooth swing, above average bat speed, and potential above average power. Defensively, Chapman is sound at 3B with good hands. excellent charging skills, and a plus arm. Chapman will an above average third baseman at the next level who will, at the very least, will be a strong defensive player and could bat in the 5-7 range.

50. Toronto Blue Jays - RHP Andy Suarez (Miami)

Season Statistics: 4-2, 2.64, 85.1 IP, 67 K, 13 BB

MLB Comparison(s): John Danks

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEmPu9jl1c0

Suarez has seen his stock skyrocket after showing a massive increase in velocity and now flashing the potential for three plus offerings. If he ever lives up to that ability is slim but he still has the chance to be a great addition to a rotation. With a potential plus fastball, plus slider, and a changeup that is currently above average. Suarez isn't getting the strike out numbers but he has the offerings and will need refinement of his repertoire

51. Milwaukee Brewers - OF Dylan Davis (Oregon State)

Season Statistic(s): .285/.354/.424, 4 HR, 54 RBI, 27 K, 19 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0_uIXZFFU

Strongly built with all the tools to be a first round draft pick, Davis has been inconsistent his junior year at Oregon State but there have been flashes of his true talent. Davis generates above average bat speed and projects above average power. He has a strong eye and smart approach at the plate. Defensively, Davis has a plus arm and average speed which puts him as a corner OF. Davis is also a pitcher for Oregon State an possesses a plus fastball and above average curveball though his mechanics will need to be refined.2B

52. San Diego Padres - RHP Nick Burdi (Louisville)

Season Statistics: 2-1, 0.68 ERA, 26.2 IP, 45 K, 8 BB, 12 SV

MLB Comparison(s): Joel Hanrahan

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls0Ov2tly-8

Burdi has some of the most overpowering pitches in the draft and will be very tempting to teams looking for reliever help through the draft. Burdi flashes a plus-plus fastball and plus slider. The flamethrower from Louisville throws on a step downhill plane and shows tremendous command of his pitches. Burdi is close to MLB ready and could potentially be in a bullpen by the end of the season. He projects to be a closer at the MLB level.

53. San Francisco Giants - RHP Cobi Johnson (J.W. Mitchell HS, FL)

Commitment: Florida State

Season Statistics: 3-2, 2.90 ERA, 31.1 IP, 51 K, 10 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Clay Buchholz

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar6sCIcyF9Q

Johnson is long, lean, and highly projectable. With a smooth delivery and strong downhill plane, the right hander commands his 3 pitch mix with incredible precision. His repertoire includes two potential plus offerings: 4S fastball and 11-5 curveball. He also commands an above average changeup. Johnson works quickly and pounds the zone which could partially explain his struggles this season. Johnson doesn't work much out of the zone and, when he misses, his pitches become elevated. Nevertheless, with his mechanics and present offerings, Johnson could evolve into a No.1 or 2 pitcher.

54. Los Angeles Angels - SS Milton Ramos (American Heritage Plantation HS, FL)

Commitment: Florida Atlantic

Season Statistics: .424/.500/.727, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 14 K, 8 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Didi Gregorious

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2DqiY4kwBU

Ramos is an exciting prospect in the draft who has all the tools to be a very talented shortstop. With above average range, soft hands, plus arm, and strong charging skills, Ramos projects to stay at SS long term. At the plate, he use a raise leg trigger and has a smooth, line drive swing. He has above average bat speed and projects for potential above average power. He has projection left to his frame and looks the part of a strong defensive shortstop who will surprise people on the offensive side. Potential leadoff hitter.

55. Arizona Diamondbacks - LHP Foster Griffin (The First Academy, FL)

Commitment: Mississippi

Season Statistics: 5-1, 1.15 ERA, 36.2 IP, 65 K, 11 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Brian Matusz, Cesar Ramos

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27zSkn1jr2M

An advanced high school arm with a lot of projection and good mechanics makes Griffin a potential first round pick. Using a steep downward plane, Griffin has an above average fastball, above average curveball, and average changeup. He regularly pounds the lower half of the zone and shows a high IQ on the mound. Griffin pitches a lot to contact and his fastball serves as a high ground ball outs. Griffin will need to continue to improve his offerings but his mechanics are sound and effortless and he doesn't just try to rear back and fire. With his projection, he could easily develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter.

56. New York Yankees - LHP Carson Sands (North Florida Christian HS, FL)

Commitment: Florida State

Season Statistics: 9-1, 0.44 ERA, 47.2 IP, 88 K, 17 BB

Comparison(s): Barry Zito

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxnMy5zn4Lw

Sands has been the staff ace fir the past five years. That is right, Sands was starting for his high school varsity when he was in 8th grade. Built with long, sloped shoulders and lanky arms, there is some projection left to the left hander from Florida. He has a loose delivery that is repeated and a quick arm. The fastball is above average, average curveball, and potential plus changeup. Sands keeps his composure on the hill and shows a high IQ when it comes to pitching. Potential 3-4 starter.

57. Kansas City Royals - RHP Jake Stinnett (Maryland)

Season Statistics: 5-6, 2.63 ERA, 89 IP, 107 K, 24 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Bud Norris

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55OF-5c0myo

A college senior, Stinnett has seen his draft stock rise considerably due to a modest increase in velocity and improvement of his secondaries. The 6'4 right hander from Maryland possesses a plus 4s, above average 2S, a potential above average slurve, and above average changeup. Stinnett still relies heavily on his fastball but he has shown improved command and a better feel for pitching, keeping his breaking balls down and changing pitches better. Stinnett could be a potential No. 4-5 starter down the road or a viable option out of the bullpen. Definitely an arm to keep following closely.

58. Washington Nationals - RHP Grant Hockin (Damien HS, CA)

Commitment: UCLA

Season Statistics: 8-2, 1.19 ERA, 59 IP, 72 K, 11 BB

Comparison(s): Edwin Jackson

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y4Csks0Tx4

Hockin is a well-proportioned, thin framed right hander who has a lot of projection left. Commanding a four pitch mix that include an above average 2S, above average curveball, potential plus slider, and potential above average changeup, Hockin is a work in progress. He has steadily improved on commanding his pitches but, at this time, he is more of a guy that just looks to get them over the plate then locate them specifically. As he matures, he will add velocity, ticking his fastball-slider combo into a potential deadly duo. It is uncertain what he could end up but with his offerings and ideal size, he could push into being a potential No. 2-3 starter.

59. Cincinnati Reds - RHP Keith Weisenberg (Osceola HS, FL)

Commitment: Stanford

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): A.J. Burnett, Jon Niese

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tv3SScI-Sk

A big framed pitcher who gets better in each showcase he attends, Weisenberg has the potential to go much higher on draft day. Despite his XL frame, Weisenberg has lanky, loose arms and deliberate mechanics. He generates velocity with ease, resulting in a potential plus fastball in addition to an above average slider, and average changeup. Weisenberg could better harness his command and continue to develop his secondary offerings. Extremely high upside with potential ace ability.

60. Texas Rangers - OF Luke Bonfield (IMG Academy, FL)

Commitment: Arkansas

Season Statistics: .379/.523/.712, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 7 K, 20 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Junior Lake, John Jay

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWoeohOoU9A

Possessing one of the best hit tools in the entire draft class, Bonfield is an interesting player who hasn't had the massive breakout senior season but, nevertheless, projects to go high. With plus contact skills, bat speed, and pitch recognition, Bonfield will add power gradually as he fills out. Defensively, he is fast with a good arm but a bit raw in some areas. He will need to hone these skills to become a leadoff hitter who plays centerfield, where he could easily project at the next level.

61. Tampa Bay Rays - OF Stone Garrett (George Ranch HS, TX)

Commitment: Rice

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Peter Bourjos

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjMgqZk0Lsw

Garrett is a strong, tightly wound athlete who is extremely athletic in the outfield. Due to his plus-plus speed, good routes to balls, and above average arm, Garrett is a true centerfield prospect. At the plate, Garrett controls the zone with good rotation and plus bat speed. He easily turns on mistakes and the ball jumps hard off the barrel. His size, strength, and swing suggests potential plus power. Garrett is a potential leadoff hitter who can play tremendous defense and be a huge threat on the base paths. Very exciting player.

62. Cleveland Indians - RHP Chris Ellis (Mississippi)

Season Statistics: 7-0, 1.90 ERA, 75.2 IP, 48 K, 25 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Ryan Vogelsong, Charlie Morton

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxUP1Q23GaA

Ellis is a pitcher who has been mentioned as high as the mid first round but his lack of control has hurt him considerably this season. Ellis throws from a high three quarters with clean mechanics and a loose arm. His repertoire is strong with an above average 2S, plus curveball, and above average changeup. Ellis generates a lot of groundballs due to the excellent movement on his fastball but, when he misses, his pitches will become elevated, making him easy to hit. Ellis will need to work on his control as walks have become an increasing issue during his college career. Potential No. 3 or 4 starter.

63. Los Angeles Dodgers - SS Greg Deichmann (Brother Martin HS, LA)

Commitment: Louisiana State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Jason Kipnis, Ian Desmond

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4jWMFH11FE

Deichmann has been flying under the radar all season and could easily be a first round draft pick. With a lean, athletic frame, Deichmann projects plus power with above average bat speed. Defensively, Deichmann has the tools to play any infield position. He has an above average arm, excellent range, great instincts, and soft hands. His footwork around the bag could use some refinement but there is nothing major to suggest he will need to get moved from the position. Deichmann has an interesting set of tools with a ton of upside. Potential No. 2 or 3 hitter.

64. Detroit Tigers - OF Mike Papi (Virginia)

Season Statistics: .295/.450/.494, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 32 K, 41 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Josh Willingham, Tyler Moore

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM8C0ONUgNs

Papi was a projected first rounder before the season started but has seen his stock drop slightly. Papi is a second-tier hitter who has a smooth swing that leads to plus bat speed to go along with a solid pitch recognition but has questions regarding his abilities to hit for power with wood. Due to Virginia's wealth of talented outfielders, Papi has been relegated to 1B for a majority of the season but has the speed and arm to handle a corner outfield position.

65. Pittsburgh Pirates - RHP Brandon Murray (Hobart HS, IN)

Commitment: South Carolina

Season Statistics: 5-1, 1.14 ERA, 37 IP, 80 K, 19 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Jeremy Bonderman, Bud Norris

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1EWjFoidtc

Murray has a strong lower half with sloped shoulders, ideal height for a pitcher, and a loose arm. He shows a solid downward plane in his delivery and generates good velocity due to his sound mechanics. Murray pounds the bottom half of the zone with his strong three pitch mix of a plus fastball, above average curveball, and average changeup. Murray will need to continue his development of his changeup to become more effective at the next level but there is a lot to like about him already. He has a ton of upside and could evolve into a potential No. 2 or 3 starter.

66. Oakland Athletics - OF/3B Jared Walker (McEachern HS, GA)

Commitment: Kennesaw State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Aramis Ramirez, Yuniesky Betancourt

Link: N/A

Currently, Walker is viewed as an outfielder but he seems destined to play the hot corner at the next level. He is considerably strong with more to come. While not a threat on the base paths, the bat is explosive and projects plus-plus power. Walker has above average bat speed and crushes the right-center field gap. There are a few mechanical issues with wrapping the bat a bit but this should be a relatively easy fix. Defensively, he has a plus arm and strong instincts. If 3B doesn't work, he could more than likely transition to 1B or back to a corner outfield spot. Potential middle of the order bat.

67. Atlanta Braves - RHP Jordan Brink (Fresno State)

Season Statistics: 4-2, 2.49 ERA, 76 IP, 57 K, 39 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Jordan Zimmerman

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQLWk1rQn6k

Unknown until last season, Brink is an interesting player who has only just recently started pitching. Initially a middle infielder, Brink made the transfer to the mound after discovering he could't hit. On the mound, Brink is slightly undersized but is a major competitor. He flashes a three pitch mix: a potential plus fastball, plus slurve, and average changeup. Brink spent some time in the bullpen this season but has since returned to the starting rotation and has shown improved command. Nevertheless, his command will be the biggest concern for a team drafting him. High upside, especially considering his late start to pitching. Could become a solid No. 3 or 4 or late inning reliever.

68. Boston Red Sox - RHP Jake Godfrey (Providence Catholic HS, IL)

Commitment: Louisiana State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Hector Rondon, Joe Blanton

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg9OTpRR670

Wide shouldered with a strong lower half, Godfrey has the frame that suggests he can maintain velocity and eat innings. Flashing a decent three pitch mix of a potential above average fastball, above average curveball, and above average changeup, Godfrey relies on command and deception to generate his outs. He continuously pounds the lower half of the zone and shows a decent feel for mixing pitches. While he doesn't have massive upside, Godfrey could round out into a solid No. 5 in a rotation or a potential bullpen arm.

69. St. Louis Cardinals - OF Gareth Morgan (Blyth Academy, ON)

Commitment: North Carolina State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Jay Bruce

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-IcAUmfFY8

Massive power potential combined with an athletic frame and plenty of remaining projection makes Morgan a player that sticks out and will be considered a huge steal. Morgan demonstrates plus bat speed, plus-plus power potential, and a good eye but he needs some refinement in his mechanics. Defensively, Morgan projects for a corner outfield spot where he has good speed and a strong arm. Morgan is raw due to where he is coming from but he has massive potential and will only get better and better as he gets improving coaching and regular strong competition.

COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUND B

70. Arizona Diamondbacks - OF Kel Johnson (Home Schooled, GA)

Commitment: Georgia Tech

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Jayson Werth, Andre Ethier

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CnqjaGlMHQ

Johnson has a solid athletic build with some projection left to his frame. At the plate, he has average bat speed, potential plus-plus power, and an advanced approach. The ball really explodes off the bat but there are some concerns about the bat speed which has caused his stock to drop. Defensively, Johnson looks to be a plus corner outfielder with a powerful arm, great range, good routes, and accurate throws. Johnson is a potential middle of the order bat.

71. Arizona Diamondbacks - RHP A.J. Vanegas (Stanford)

Season Statistics: 2-2, 1.42 ERA, 25.1 IP, 19 K, 6 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Max Scherzer

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9MdIXQodV0

Vanegas has a power arm that projects best for the bullpen but could work as a starter. He has pure stuff that includes a plus fastball, plus slider, and a potential above average changeup. Vanegas has a smooth delivery and shows a knack for attacking batters on the inside part of the plate. Vanegas will bolster the back end of a bullpen and has the potential to be a closer.

72. St. Louis Cardinals - LHP Alex Destino (North Buncombe HS, NC)

Commitment: South Carolina

Season Statistics: 9-1, 1.44 ERA, 58.1 IP, 94 K, 33 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Paul Maholm, Jeff Locke

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVSzjSPEUuM

Destino is an interesting arm that many scouts think will get better and better as he corrects mechanical issues. The concerns are in his delivery which show some timing issues resulting in the arm trailing his lower half as he comes to the plate. The offerings are solid: an above average fastball, above average slider, and potential above average changeup. Destino has good arm speed and doesn't shy away form attacking batters. There is plenty to like about Destino and he could easily evolve into a potential No. 4 starter.

73. Tampa Bay Rays - RHP Mitch Hart (Granite Bay HS, CA)

Commitment: USC

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Aaron Harang, Kurt Ainsworth

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEx6FWXe3E0

Hart is a lean framed right hander with loads of projection left in him. Hart flashes a three pitch mix that shows a lot of potential. Hart has a natural cut fastball that flashes potential above average, potential plus curveball, and a potential above average changeup. There are some mechanical issues, particularly with timing, that will need to be ironed out. Hart is raw but is highly projectable. It is hard to tell what his upside is but I could see him evolving into a potential No. 3 starter.

74. Pittsburgh Pirates -SS Joey Pankake (South Carolina)

Season Statistics: .292/.386/.415, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 17 K, 23 BB

MLB Comparison(s): Brian Dozier, Martin Prado

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAWwTLeU4Eg&feature=youtu.be

Pankake is a high intensity, exciting middle infielder with an interesting set of skills. While defensively sound with a good arm, footwork, and instincts, Pankake lacks ideal range for SS and will probably transition to 2B fairly quickly. At the plate, he has a line drive swing that generates some lift, suggesting above average power. He has strong contact skills and a good eye allowing him to find his pitch. Potential No. 2 hitter.

75. Seattle Mariners - RHP Ryan Castellani (Brophy College Prep, AZ)

Commitment: Arizona State

Season Statistics: N/A

MLB Comparison(s): Carl Pavano

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWww4uzO2Uc

Castellani has an ideal frame with sloped shoulders, lanky arms, and long legs. His repertoire is fairly advanced for a high school arm with an above average fastball, average curveball, plus slider, and potential plus changeup. Castellani mixes his pitches well and can work off any of them. Castellani shows a high IQ on the mound, pitching to contact and causing a lot of ground balls. He locates his fastball well in and out of the zone. There are some mechanical issues he will need to correct, particularly falling toward 1B and not getting his weight over his front knee. Castellani has a lot of projection left and it is difficult to profile where he could end up in a rotation but the highest would probably be a No. 2 or, more likely, strong No. 3 starter.

THIRD ROUND

76. Houston Astros - C Chase Vallot (St. Thomas More HS, LA)

77. Miami Marlins - RHP Cre Finfrock (Martin County HS, FL)

78. Chicago White Sox - 1B J.D. Davis (California State, Fullerton)

79. Chicago Cubs - RHP Jake Cosart (Seminole State)

80. Minnesota Twins - RHP Jesse Lepore (Trinity Catholic HS, FL)

81. Seattle Mariners - OF Scott Hurst (Bishop Amat HS, CA)

82. Philadelphia Phillies - RHP Joe Gatto (St. Augustine HS, NJ)

83. Colorado Rockies - C Grayson Greiner (South Carolina)

84. Toronto Blue Jays - RHP Garrett Fulenchek (Howe HS, TX)

85. New York Mets - OF Grant Heyman (Southern Nevada)

86. Milwaukee Brewers - RHP Micah Miniard (Boyle County HS, KY)

87. San Diego Padres - RHP Jake Reed (Oregon)

88. San Francisco Giants - OF Brian Anderson (Arkansas)

89. Los Angeles Angels - C Connor Lynch (Georgia Tech)

90. Arizona Diamondbacks - RHP Turner Larkins (Martin HS, TX)

91. Baltimore Orioles - OF Austin Cousino (Kentucky)

92. New York Yankees - SS Liam Sabino (Blair Academy, PA)

93. Kansas City Royals - RHP Parker French (Texas)

94. Washington Nationals - OF Jeren Kendall (Holmen HS, WI)

95. Cincinnati Reds - 3B Taylor Sparks (California, Irvine)

96. Texas Rangers - SS Josh Morgan (Orange County Lutheran HS, CA)

97. Tampa Bay Rays - RHP Sam Coonrod (Southern Illinois)

98. Cleveland Indians - 3B Sam Travis (Indiana)

99. Los Angeles Dodgers - RHP Pat Connaughton (Notre Dame)

100. Detroit Tigers - OF D.J. Peters (Glendora HS, CA)

101. Pittsburgh Pirates - OF Zach Shannon (Anderson HS, OH)

102. Oakland Athletics - RHP Dan Mengden (Texas A&M)

103. Atlanta Braves - LHP Jace Fry (Oregon State)

104. Boston Red Sox - RHP Mason McCullough (Lander)

105. St. Louis Cardinals - OF Justin Smith (Bartram Trail HS, FL)

Supplemental Round

106. Miami Marlins - SS Kirvin Moesquit (Highlands Christian, FL)

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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