Top 20 Draft prospects revisited
A while back (early February), I threw up a very early look at the Top 20 talents in the 2010 Draft class. It was ranked by talent, not according to what order I thought they would get picked. I did it two stages, with Nos. 1-10 on one day and Nos. 11-20 the next.
As I said back then, things change very quickly in the Draft world. I’m not going to re-rank the list right now. We’ll save that for another day. For now, let’s just take a look at the 20 I posted back then and see how they’ve fared so far. We’ll do it the same way, with 1-10 today and 11-20 tomorrow.
1. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU — After pitching five innings in LSU’s opener on Feb. 19, Ranaudo hasn’t pitched since, sitting out with an elbow issue (stress reaction). He is slated to start on Sunday against Tennessee. He reportedly threw all his pitches from the mound on Sunday for the first time since the opener. If all goes well, he’ll be stretched out and moved to Friday within two weeks after this weekend’s return.
2. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss — The southpaw was last week’s SEC Pitcher of the Week after tossing a shutout against Kentucky. He’s 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA over five starts. In 29 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 18 hits and nine walks while striking out 49. Opponents are hitting just .170 against him.
3. James Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands (HS), TX — A potential No. 1 overall pick (see story here), he won USA Baseball’s first International Performance of the Year Award. Scouts have raved about his combination of stuff, size and poise.
4. Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada — After a little bit of a slow start, Harper’s been as good as advertised offensively. In 27 games that he’s played, Harper has hit .420 with eight homers, 27 RBIs, a .864 slugging percentage and .514 on-base percentage. He leads or is tied for the team lead in nine offensive categories.
5. Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS, Calif. — He stood out at the Major League Scouting Bureau’s showcase and has continued to dominate. According to MaxPreps, he hasn’t allowed an earned run over 17 2/3 IP, yielding just seven hits (.113 average against) and four walks while striking out 35.
6. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University — He’s made five starts for FGCU to date and has gone 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA over 26 IP. He’s given up 22 hits (.222 average), walking just four and striking out 40.
7. Jesse Hahn, RHP, Virginia Tech — Until a rough start this past weekend, Hahn has been outstanding, becoming more of a pitcher than a thrower. Overall, his numbers still look pretty good, with a 4-1 record and 1.34 ERA over five starts. In 33 2/3 IP, he’s allowed 27 hits and six walks while striking out 29.
8. Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas — The draft-eligible sophomore has lived up to his reputation as one of better pure hitters in the class, with a .405 average in 18 games. He’s struck out just seven times in 74 at-bats, spanning 18 games.
9. Manny Machado, SS, Miami Brito HS, FLA — Sometimes, finding high school information isn’t so easy. I’ll come back with some stuff on Machado after I’ve talked to some scouts who’ve seen him recently. He did go 3-for-4 with a homer and a pair of RBIs in a recent game against Hialeah Gardens.
10. Kaleb Cowart, 3B/RHP, Cook County HS, Ga. — A very interesting two-way player, there might be some good debate over whether he should pitch or hit. The Georgia high school season is just getting cranking now.