Winners and Losers of the 2010 MLB Draft
Boston Red Sox
I’m not so much in love with their first round pick as I am with the amount of talent they accumulated as the draft wore on. They loaded up on prep prospects, many of whom dropped for signability reasons. The Red Sox will have to hand out plenty of money for some of these guys to sign, but I’m pretty sure they’ll be able to afford it and I’m sure they’ll be aggressive in adding many of these players to their system.
Sean Coyle, Kendrick Perkins, Mike Hollenback, Garin Cecchini, and Adam Duke are probably the toughest prospects to sign of the group.
Tampa Bay Rays
To start, the Rays drafted one of the more advanced high school bats on the board in Josh Sale and followed that up with the drafting of a real solid two-way prep player in Justin O’Conner.
They took a couple of guys I considered to be really good sleeper prospects in Michael Lorenzen and Drew Vettleson. They drafted an advanced college bat Derek Dietrich and a reliever that could work his way quickly through the system in Jacob Thompson.
After that, Austin Wood and Ian Kendall are both power arms with good upside and the drafting of Jesse Hahn is an excellent value pick since he was a first rounder that slid due to questions about the health of his arm.
I was really impressed with the balance of this draft.
The Pirates got arguably the two biggest arms in the draft in Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie. If not the two biggest arms, they certainly got the best one in Taillon. After that, the team continued to stockpile arms with upside, while sprinkling a few position players in the mix. The organization has done an excellent job of infusing the organization with talent and credit them for not going the signability route with their No. 1 pick.
San Diego Padres
The Padres added three prep arms and one community college player — Karsten Whitson, John Barbato, A.J. Vanegas, and Zack Cates. All have good present stuff with the potential for better, all have good command of their repertoire, and all have an advanced feel for pitching given their age.
The Padres also drafted an advance college bat in Jedd Gyorko and a high school bat in Cory Hahn who is a real talented prospect though he’s on the small side. He’ll be a tough guy to sign, however.
No, I didn’t like their first round pick of Delino Deshields Jr. all that much. Great athlete, but I’m not sure I believe in the bat. However, while some see Mike Foltynewicz as an overdraft, I actually like the pick and I believe his breaking ball can be tightened up.
However, it’s the day two picks that make this draft for me. Vincent Velasquez is an excellent athlete with tremendous arm strength. Austin Wates is a college hitter that still has pretty good upside. Adam Plutko is another good athlete with a great body and clean, athletic mechanics at pitcher. The best player in this class might be Jacoby Jones.
They’ll have to pony up some money, but if they can get these guys signed, it will go a long way toward restocking a once barren system.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals got two excellent value picks in Zack Cox at No. 26 and Tyrell Jenkins at No. 50. Sandwiched between Jenkins were a couple of my more favorite college pitchers, both from Arizona State: Seth Blair and Jordan Swagerty.
Los Angeles Angels
Another upside draft as they used their first five picks on prep talent. They’ll probably let Kaleb Cowart hit at first, but I believe in the arm more than the bat. I’m a big Cam Bedrosian fan as well.
New York Mets
No problem with the Matt Harvey pick, but I don’t see a great deal of upside in this draft.
You have to look at that first round pick. They probably could have gotten Hayden Simpson later in the draft. They didn’t draft a ton of upside in this draft, but I like Reggie Golden despite his high risk label and I thought Micah Gibbs was a good value pick with their third choice.
San Francisco Giants
No question Gary Brown adds some tremendous speed, defense, and athleticism to the organization, but I don’t see a great deal of upside. I also have an issue with the complete lack of walks. I don’t believe in the bat of the team’s second round pick Jarrett Parker. After that, there isn’t too much to get excited about.
New York Yankees
Not that I didn’t like there draft — it was solid overall. But it pales in comparison to what the Red Sox did. And a team with their finances should be able to better take advantage of the way the draft is set up.
Chicago White Sox
The Chris Sale pick was solid, but there is not a lot to like about the rest of the draft. I like Addison Reed and Rangel Ravelo looks like an interesting prospect, but I don’t see a great deal to get excited about.