Getting the Draft ball rolling

That’s right, folks, the 2010 Draft season is upon us. I, for one, am excited.

I am such a geek (and I’m ok with that).

Starting with now and working backward… I wrote a story about wunderkind Bryce Harper and his junior college debut. Take a look if you haven’t had the chance. It’s going to be very interesting watching this unfold. This is going to be a very unique situation, to say the least. The one thing I came away with after talking to some folks who saw him is that we should not assume at all that he’s the obvious choice at No. 1 overall (at the end of this post, I’m going to have a very, very early Top 20 draft prospects list).

Before I get to that list, though, we’re starting to get into early spring showcase time. There’s a big one coming up at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., on Feb. 13, and I’ll try to report from there. But a couple weeks back, there was a good event in Tucson, courtesy of Under Armour and Baseball Factory (called the Under Armour Preseason All-America Event). Here are some names that you should store in the back of your mind.  There were underclassman at this event as well, but I’m going to hone in on the 2010 guys now.

Alex Facundus – RHP/OF – Hit 91 mph with an average breaking ball now.

Kevin Koziol – 3B –  Can swing the bat, makes consistent contact. Stood out at  the UnderArmour All-American game at Wrigley Field last summer.

Brett Winger – RHP/1B – Threw well, 89 mph with plus changeup, deceptin in delivery

Alex Ramsay – C –  Solid behind the plate, good left-handed swing, hits to all fields

Brad Markey – RHP/SS – 89 mph on mound with sink, good competitior. Solid, if unspectacular as position player.

Joseph Drum – OF — Sleeper alert. Surprised in Tucson, swung bat well, power potential as a corner OF type

Finally, as threatened, a very early peek at a Top 10 Draft list. Note that Mr. Harper is not in the top spot. I’ll come back with 11-20 tomorrow:

1. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
2. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
3. James Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands (HS),  TX
4. Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada
5. Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS, Calif.
6. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
7. Jesse Hahn, RHP, Virginia Tech
8.  Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas
9. Manny Machado, SS, Miami Brito HS, FLA
10. Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Cook County HS, Ga.


Is that a top 10 based on talent or top 10 based on who will go at what pick?

Saw Hahn pitch last year at CWS, has a killer slider. I can see him coming right out of the wild blue. Look for me to be the darkhorse, if there is one in this draft class.Best, Aprilaire Cook

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