Mock Draft 1.0

There are plenty of baseball “experts” who try to predict the MLB draft. However, there is no surehanded way of predicting the draft. The only way to choose a logical pick for each team is to examine each team’s individual drafting preferences, what they look for in a prospect, and their current farm system. Keeping that in mind, here is the Canyon of Heroes Mock Draft.             

1. Washington Nationals            

Image Credit: Andy Lesli

 Bryce Harper, C, CC of Southern Nevada            

     Is there really a question about this pick? Everybody knows about him, that he considered one of the greatest prospects EVER. He has prodigious power. His high leg kick, which helps create the power, had some scouts worried about when pitchers throw off-speed pitches,but Harper appears to have enough balance to nullify the high leg kick’s impact. On defense, it is expected that Harper will move to a corner outfield position to save his body from the abuse catching brings. He has a very good arm, and if his bat wasn’t as great as it is, Harper could probably be a high draft pick as a pitcher. His defense as a catcher is impressive, but that isn’t what scouts are drooling over.             

2. Pittsburg Pirates           

Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX)            

 3. Baltimore Orioles           

 Manny Machado, SS, Brito Private HS (FL)           

 4. Kansas City Royals            

 Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami           

 5. Cleveland Indians            

 Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss        

 6. Arizona Diamondbacks            

 Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast        

 7. New York Mets            

 Justin O’Conner, C, Cowan HS (IN)        

 8. Houston Astros           

  Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech 

 9. San Diego Padres        

 Michael Choice, OF, UT Arlington        

 10. Oakland Athletics       

  Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas  Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, Ball State    

 11. Toronto Blue Jays            

 Dylan Covey, RHP, Maranatha HS (CA)         

 12.Cincinnati Reds            

 Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton       

 13. Chicago White Sox          

Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee        

 14. Milwaukee Brewers           

 Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina     

 15. Texas Rangers (Purke – unsigned)            

Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley HS (FL)        

 16. Chicago Cubs           

Josh Sale, OF, Bishop Blanchet HS (WA) 

 17. Tampa Bay Rays            

Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas       

 18. Los Angeles Angels (Figgins – SEA)           

  A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (FL)       

19. Houston Astros (Valverde – DET) 

Nick Castellanos, 3B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL) 

 20. Boston Red Sox (Wagner – ATL)   

Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU          

 21. Minnesota Twins   

Kaleb Cowart, 3B/SP, Cook County HS (GA)          

 22. Texas Rangers            

 Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State       

 23. Florida Marlins           

  Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edward HS (OH)       

     The Marlins usually go for the high school player, so Allie fits that criterion.       

 24. San Francisco Giants        

   Yordy Cabrera (SS, Lakeland HS) 

 25. St. Louis Cardinals 

Jesse Biddle, LHP, Germantown Friends (Pa.) HS            

 26. Colorado Rockies     

Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel        

 27. Philadelphia Phillies          

Gary Brown, OF, Cal State Fullerton     

 28. Los Angeles Dodgers            

Brett Eibner, RHP/OF, Arkansas          

 29. Los Angeles Angels (Lackey – BOS) 

  Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Barstow HS (CA) 

 30. Los Angeles Angels       

 Jedd Gyorko, West Virginia, SS 

 31. Tampa Bay Rays (Washington – unsigned)  

Barrett Loux (RHP, Texas A&M) 

32. New York Yankees            

Austin Wilson, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS (CA) 

 33. Tampa Bay Rays  (for unsigned 2009 draft pick LeVon Washington) 

Delino DeShields, OF, Woodward Academy (GA)         

Bash away.

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