Back in the saddle with some draft stuff
I’m not going to even bother apologizing. My bad entirely for not hopping on here earlier. Draft season is moving along quickly now. Be sure to check out our 2010 Draft section frequently. We’re over 50 Draft Reports and counting (9 more coming on Friday) and a bunch of features on top guys.
As the season warms up, we’re starting to get a better feel of what this class is looking like. I’m going to make an effort to get on here more and start providing more updates. For now, here’s what I promised a while back, a look at how the guys I had on my super-early, talent-based Nos. 11-20 are doing so far.
11. James Paxton, LHP, Kentucky — After a dispute with the NCAA, Paxton left Kentucky and has signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the indy American Association. Their season starts on May 14. He had returned to Kentucky after not signing with the Blue Jays as their supplemental irst-round pick. Now he’ll go the indy route that worked for guys like Tanner Scheppers, Aaron Crow and Max Scherzer in the past.
12. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech — He’s continued to cement himself as one of the more solid college pitchers out there this year. He’s gone 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA over seven starts. He’s allowed just 40 hits (for a .215 BAA) and 12 walks while striking out 54. Check out his Draft Report.
13. A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS, Fla — You can check out his Draft Report. Cole continues to be mentioned among the top high school arms in the class.
14. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Grandview HS, Col. — The last time I spoke about him with a scout, I did not get that glowing of a report. I’ll be sure to follow-up on this one as we get closer to June.
15. Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas — Read the Draft Report. He won’t be the top college arm taken — maybe he’s near the top of the “second tier” — but he certainly has a track record at a major program. He’s gone 5-1 with a 3.09 ERA over seven starts. In 46 2/3 IP, he’s given up 46 hits (.251 BAA) and nine walks while striking out 44.
16. LeVon Washington, 2B, Chipola JC, Fla. — The stock is definitely falling for the Rays’ first-round pick from a year ago. There’s been some concern about a lack of energy and he’s played in just 11 of his team’s 22 games. Over 39 at-bats, he’s hit just .231/.333/.308.
17. Micah Gibbs, C, LSU — Solid college catchers are always in demand. Ones that can hit are even better. Gibbs has helped himself Draft-wise by hitting .396 over his first 27 games. He’s got a .461 OBP and .604 SLG. He’s even stolen six bases in six tries. Defensively, he’s only thrown out 6 in 26 tries.
18. Stetson Allie, RHP, Olmstead Falls HS, Ohio — I don’t have much info on him yet as I was waiting for things to warm up in Ohio first.
19. Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton — Read his Draft Report. One of the more dependable college bats who had a huge summer with Team USA, he got off to an awful start to the season, but has really come on of late. Through 26 games, he’s now up to .330/.430/.615. He’s got eight homers and eight steals and continues to be the type who impresses with his baseball know-how and leadership.
20. Yordy Cabrera, SS, Lakeland HS, Fla. — Check out the Draft Report. Cabrera is one of those toolsy, dream on the potential high school bat types. The question is: Will he make consistent enough contact?