Mock Draft (cont.)
16. Los Angeles Dodgers
Jose Baez, SS, Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day School
Frank McCourt's team isn't about to spend another $5 million like it did last year. This is yet another supremely talented prep player from Florida.
17. Los Angeles Angels
Dillon Howard, RHP, Searcy (Ark.) HS
Howard has talent but the Angels may decide to go with local product Henry Owens, a high school lefthander who has ability, though some view him as a laid-back Huntington Beach surfer dude.
18. Oakland A's
George Springer, OF, UConn
Big-time tools, although there's a question whether they show in games.
19. Boston Red Sox
Blake Swihart, C, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland HS
Boston is known to be seeking catchers, with Andrew Susac of Oregon State and California prep standout Austin Hedges other possibilities. A more interesting call would be Josh Bell, the best-hitting prep player who has sent every team a letter that he intends to go to the University of Texas (supposedly at the request of his mother, a college professor). Word is, a couple teams floated $6-million-plus bids in efforts to change his mind. That figure sounds like it must come from the Red Sox, Yankees and/or Tigers. Considering his stated intention, he could also fall a round or two, or more.
20. Colorado Rockies
C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah
Another of the pseudo locals, he's put up big numbers in college and could be Todd Helton's replacement.
21. Toronto Blue Jays
Levi Michael, SS, North Carolina
Solid shortstop has moved up the board, though some would still consider this a reach.
22. St. Louis Cardinals
Henry Owens, LHP, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison HS
Big kid who has a high ceiling.
23. Washington Nationals
Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky
Big righthander has a chance to become anything from a star to a bust. Moved up the board this year after an iffy college beginning.
24. Tampa Bay Rays
Cory Spangenberg, SS/OF, Indian River (Fla.) JC
Tampa likes players versatile enough to play several positions, a la Ben Zobrist.
25. San Diego Padres.
Tyler Anderson, LHP, Oregon
Very solid lefty isn't too far away.
26. Boston Red Sox
Tyler Beede, RHP, Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy
Boston isn't afraid to take a flyer on a local prep star
27. Cincinnati Reds
Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina
Cincinnati can add to its stockpile of fine young pitchers.
28. Atlanta Braves
Brian Goodwin, OF, Miami Dade JC
If they seek an athletic outfielder, another possibility could be Jackie Bradley in a draft stocked with multitalented outfielders.
29. San Francisco Giants
Joe Ross, RHP, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd HS
Local kid is a solid pick.
30. Minnesota Twins
Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii
Minnesota needs help in the middle-infield department.
31. Tampa Bay Rays
Brandon Nimmo, OF, Cheyenne East (Wyo.) HS
Very talented kid has been compared to a young Rocco Baldelli, who is coincidentally helping out the Rays with their vast stash of selections. Nimmo will be first prepster from Wyoming ever picked.
32. Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Purke, LHP, Texas Christian
The velocity is down from 94-96 mph to 89-91, but at least he's back on the mound. He turned down $4 million from Texas last time and is a threat to reject again. Tampa can take a few like this since it's questionable whether they have the loot to sign 12 of the first 89 picks.
33. Texas Rangers
Jose Fernandez, RHP, Tampa Alonso (Fla.) HS
Another interesting arm in a draft chock full of them. Local star Bell is an interesting call for them if he's still there.