Draft Links: Ruffin, Pomeranz, Grandal, Wolters

The draft is underway, and we've got another round of links.

  • Mayo hears that the Indians will take Drew Pomeranz and the D'Backs will take Barret Loux (Twitter link).
  • Heyman hears that the Nationals will take Harper, the Pirates will take Jameson Taillon and the O's will take Manny Machado (Twitter link).
  • The White Sox could take Grandal if he's available when they select 13th overall, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo (via Twitter).
  • In what would be a surprising move, the Reds appear ready to take Chance Ruffin 12th overall, according to Law.
  • Law hears that Pomeranz is sliding and that teams are having "uh-oh" moments because they didn't discuss him enough (Twitter links).
  • Padres executive Paul DePodesta explains that the draft has slowed down over the years. That gives teams the chance to breathe a little more easily between selections.
  • An Orioles official told Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun that the team will likely pick Manny Machado third overall.
  • It looks like the D'Backs will take a college pitcher with their first round pick, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears they aren't likely to take lefty Drew Pomeranz.
  • The Indians have topped the Royals' predraft offer of $2.9MM to Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, reports Frankie Piliere of AOL Fanhouse.  Piliere still believes the Royals will take Grandal at #4, but the original agreement is off.  ESPN's Keith Law, meanwhile, heard that the Royals and Grandal had not even discussed money as of Saturday evening.  Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star tweets that the Royals prefer Grandal but are "taking a hard look" at Florida Gulf Coast lefty Chris Sale.  Law has the Royals taking Sale, in a recent chat comment
  • Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein tweets that high school infielder Tony Wolters is in play for the Angels, Blue Jays, and Braves in the late first round or the first compensation round.  Piliere sees the Braves at #35.
  • Goldstein tweets that high school outfielder Drew Vettleson looks like a potential first-round pick, maybe to the Dodgers at #28 (matching the prediction of Baseball America's Jim Callis).  Law has heard Vettleson as a possibility for the Dodgers, Rays, and Yankees.
  • FanGraphs' David Cameron explains that Bryce Harper doesn't necessarily have more value as a catcher than an outfielder.
  • Cameron's colleague Bryan Smith looks at recent draft picks that were questioned at the time they were made.
  • Alex Speier of WEEI outlines Boston's shift toward drafting for impact players starting in '06.
  • SI's Jon Heyman names the biggest booms and busts in draft history. 

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7 Comments on "Draft Links: Ruffin, Pomeranz, Grandal, Wolters"

5 years 2 months ago

I don’t mind talk of pre-draft deals for teams picking really high, but the idea of a team actively topping an offer made by a team picking ahead of them is goofy. If Grandal doesn’t like the Royals’ offer, he’s free to go back to college for another year.

5 years 2 months ago

Agree with aap212. As an Indians fan I don’t understand them bidding on any player prior to securing their rights. Only team that should be allowed to talk money with potential draftees is the team picking first.

5 years 2 months ago

Heyman left off Pujols on his top 20 boom list, while Ryan Howard and his RBIs are 5th.

5 years 2 months ago

Being surprised by Heyman stupidity is like being surprised that gravity is pulling down instead of up.

5 years 2 months ago

Weren’t the Reds one of the first teams to learn their lesson about drafting a college closer really high with Ryan Wagner? Is it their turn in the stupid rotation again?

5 years 2 months ago

Jon Heyman’s article was embarrassingly bad. How do you leave Pujols off a best draft pick list, and how do you say that first rounders are great picks?

5 years 2 months ago

Hi, I’m Jon Heyman, it seems you’ve never met me, well let me be up front with you my friend: I don’t actually know anything about baseball, but for some reason SI continues to pay me to talk about it.