My first personal (not the compilation version) mock this year was on August 26th. It’s time for this to be updated:
1. RHP Mark Appel – Stanford – I’m going to stay with Appel until someone comes along and knocks him off the hill. He probably should have been drafted first last year. I still think, in the long run, teams will pick pitchers first and this draft only seems to have a couple of top ones. You pass on these first three guys and you may kick yourself in the ass for years.
2. RHP Ryne Stanek – Arkansas – Stanek is a sure fire overall first pick if Appel didn’t come back to Stanford. Frankly, he still might be. Scouts say he could be ready for the majors by opening day 2014.
3. LHP Sean Manaea – Indiana State – we all know that Manaea is the best lefty out there… but, this is another bad LHP class (when was the last good one?) and we just have no one to compare him to. A top 5 team just can’t pass on him.
4. OF Austin Meadows – Grayson (GA) – I can’t believe I dropped Meadows to 4th. He’s easily the top pick overall on talent, but, like I said before, pitchers go a long way on opening day (you will notice I don’t have a lot of RHPs in this round. I just don’t like what I’m seeing going into this season).
5. OF Clint Frazier – Loganville (GA) – Frazier might pass Meadows in the draft before everything is over in June. He potentially is the top every day player out there.
6. RHP Clinton Holton – Woodford H.S. (KY) – Holton could have actually been first if it wasn’t for some tendon soreness that slowed down his progress in late 2011. The best pure arm out of high school, but scouts are watching closely for additional arm problems.
7. OF Austin Wilson – Stanford – I simply love this guy and, overall tools wise, may be the best pure athlete in the draft. Sure wish he could fall to 11th.
8. C Jeremy Martinez – Mater Dei (CA) – Martinez could go anywhere from 6-12, but he will be the top catcher picked in the draft. I particularly like this year for catchers, though I’m not sure if I like it because other positions come up so weak. Martinez isn’t weak. He’s a sure-fire top 10 pick.
9. OF Justin Williams – Terrebonne (LA) – Here’s your bat. John Sickles says he’s the best there is in the draft and John knows a few things about this subject. People go to the stadium just to see his BP and then drive home before the game. A future star.
10. 3B Kris Bryant – San Diego – Bryant remains throughout the early mock season as the top third baseman, a position I see him keeping up to June. He’s one of those “draft him and don’t worry about the position for the next 10 years” kind of guys. Everyone loves them.
11. (Mets) OF Aaron Judge – Fresno State – Okay, my next pick on talent along was Oscar Mercado, but I just couldn’t list the Mets drafting another shortstop. Judge’s bat is very close to Williams and I have him a lot higher than everyone else out on the mock trail. The Mets need to show fans they are trying to address the outfield problems, though drafting one in 2013 isn’t going to help them in the next three years. The easy pick would be William Abreu, but I think Judge is going to hit the snot off the ball this season for FS.
12. SS Oscar Mercado – Gaither (FL) – Mercado isn’t dropping in the draft. It’s just that other guys playing other positions are getting more pre-season hype. He’s easily the top shortstop in the draft and, if a team needs one, he’ll go higher.
13. 3B Colin Moran – North Carolina – Moran can play most of the infield effectively and looks to be a safe bet on draft day. Another of those college guys that could move fast.
14. LHP Stephen Gonsalves – Cathedral Catholic (CA) – the only thing that Gonsalves did wrong so far this off-season was start off as the top lefty in the mocks. You know people love to pick away at the King of the Hill. Still, he’s been on every first round mock so far (21) and he reminds me of Lance McCullers Jr. last year. Everybody wanted to hate him come draft day and all he does is pitch well.
15. RHP Kohl Stewart – St. Pius (TX) – the new hot shot kid of the mock circuit… the summer leagues create all these new names and, frankly, they are starting to be a better place to evaluate high school talent. You at least know they are playing against a team stocked with quality players rather than some shrimp school back in their home county.
16. OF William Abreu – Mater (FL) – another early mock favorite
17. RHP Dylan Covey – San Diego – Covey had a very inconsistent 2011 and needs to dominate this year to get back to the top 10 area he deserves to be in
18. 3B Trey Williams – College of the Canyons – I seem to be the only pundit out there that has this handfull on the map. Big-time high school prospect that has been in and out of 567 schools (of course there isn’t an attitude problem here) and now he’s enrolled in some school just to become freshman eligible. Still, a top talent.
19. RHP Karsten Whitson – Florida – Whitson might have been getting all the headlines if he either signed out of high school or wasn’t both injured and inconsistent in college. Lots of talent here that just doesn’t seem to be able to put it all together anymore. Needs a big junior season.
20. LHP Ian Clarkin – James Madison (CA) – another summer ball wonder
21. RHP Bobby Wahl – Mississippi
22. LHP Marco Gonzales – Gonzaga
23. RHP Adam Plutko – UCLA
24. C Reese McGuire – Kentwood (WA)
25. RHP Chris Oakey – St. Augustine Prep (NJ)
26. LHP Trey Ball – Chrysler (IN)
27. C Logan Koch – South Mecklinburg (NC)
28. C Zack Collins – America Heritage (FL)
29. C Chris Okey – Eustis (FL)
30. SS Chris Rivera – El Dorado (CA)
31. LHP Jonah Wesely – Tracy (CA)
The Mets next pick will be a compensation pick for not signing Teddy Stankiewicz. Right now, that’s the 76th pick overall in the 2nd round, giving the Mets two second round picks.
As I mentioned, this isn’t a deep draft, but it’s good for outfielders and catchers. There should still be some interesting names around when the Mets turns come up.
RHP – Austin Kubitza (Rice), A.J. Vanegas (Stanford), Corey Knebel (Texas), Tom Windle (Minnesota), Forrest Koumas (South Carolina)
LHP – Zach Farmer (Piketon HS), A.J. Puk (Washington HS),
C – Jake Wise (Arkansas), Anthony Sherlag (Simeon HS), Tyler Alamo (Cypress HS)
2B – LJ Mazzilli (Connecticut)
SS – forgettaboutit
OF – Brandon Thomas (GT), Mike Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt), JaCoby Jones (LSU), Phillip Erwin (Samford), Josh Hart (Parkview HS), Jared King (Kansas State)