Mock Draft (cont.)
17. Tampa Bay Rays
A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (Fla.)
Big high school arm has fallen maybe a little. The Rays like young arms with upside.
18. Los Angeles Angels
Dylan Covey, RHP, Marantha HS (Pasadena, Calif.)
They like prep players with big potential, and he's a local one with a consistent track record.
19. Houston Astros
Yordy Cabrera, SS, Lakeland HS (Fla.)
Cabrera has dropped over the past couple years but is still viewed as very talented. Fills a need at shortstop.
20. Boston Red Sox
Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
Very poor college season has dropped him out of the top five, and there's no telling how far he'll fall. Since he's still expected to seek a big bonus, the Red Sox, Yankees and Tigers are prime candidates to draft him.
21. Minnesota Twins
Brett Eibner, OF/RHP, University of Arkansas
Another of the Arkansas talents, this guy could make it as pitcher or hitter. Baseball America says his preference is to hit, but he has a plus fastball at his best and a decent slider, too.
22. Texas Rangers
Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State
Tremendous hitter is very versatile. Can play the outfield or third base. Also has pitched in college.
23. Florida Marlins
Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley High (Fla.)
Big, hard-throwing prep pitcher's stock has dropped a bit.
24. San Francisco Giants
Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee St.
Giants would be lucky if Brentz lasts to this spot. They need hitters, so Sale, Eibner, Vitek or even Jedd Gyorko would work.
25. St. Louis Cardinals
Jedd Gyorko, SS, West Virginia Universtiy
Gyorko likely will have to play second base or third, but he can hit. "A sleeper,'' one scout says.
26. Colorado Rockies
Kaleb Cowart, RHP, Cook HS (Ga.)
He's going to be a tough sign, but the Rockies showed a willingness to take a chance last year.
27. Philadelphia Phillies
Austin Wilson, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)
Mult-italented player may wind up going to Stanford. Word is, he seeks $6 mil to sign, so that could be a hitch. Philly has been known to take athletes and Wilson fits.
28. Los Angeles Dodgers
Justin O'Connor, C, Cowan HS (Ind.)
Baseball America points out he could be the heir apparent to the regressing Russell Martin. The Arkansas recruit has good signability for big-market team with no money to spend.
29. Los Angeles Angels
Sammy Solis, LHP, University of San Diego
The Angels truly are a team that builds around pitchers and here's another semi-local kid who makes sense.
30. Los Angeles Angels
Peter Tago, RHP, Dana Hills HS (Calif.)
Some see this as a reach, but word is the Angels are on the local boy Tago, whether it be this round or later. Very signable.
31. Tampa Bay Rays
Delino DeShields Jr., OF, Woodward Academy (Ga.)
Perhaps the best speed in the draft along with LeVon Washington (who they failed to sign last year and is back in), DeShields definitely has the breeding as the son of former big leaguer Delino DeShields. "I'd take him with a top 10 pick,'' says one scout. Though others aren't as convinced about his hitting. The Rays like high school players and speed, so he fits the Rays preferences for young players with upside.
32. New York Yankees
Nick Castellanos, SS, Archbishop McCarthy HS (Fla.)
Big-time talent probably won't fall this low, despite supposed $6-million asking price. But if he does, it's hard to see the Yankees passing. Plenty of others with big price tags who could fall, including Cowart and first baseman/outfielder Kyle Parker of Clemson.