Draft Notes: Harper, Taillon, Royals

Some more links in anticipation of Monday's draft…

  • The Scott Boras camp envisions Bryce Harper as a five-tool corner outfielder not unlike Larry Walker, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Harper's teammates told Crasnick that they enjoy playing with the presumptive first overall pick because he's a hard worker.
  • EPSN.com's Keith Law has the Pirates selecting Jameson Taillon, not Manny Machado, in his latest mock draft.
  • Law hears that the Royals would love to see Machado to fall to them. 
  • The Royals and Reds are leaning towards college players.
  • The Blue Jays and A's are eyeing Michael Choice, Christian Colon and Justin O'Conner, according to Law.
  • Nats GM Mike Rizzo told MLB.com's Bill Ladson that the draft is his "Super Bowl."


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36 Comments on "Draft Notes: Harper, Taillon, Royals"


bannister19
5 years 2 months ago

The Royals will get Tallion, Machado, and Pomeranz, in that order. Most likely, Tallionand Machado won’t fall to #4. So it’s really looking like it’ll be Drew Pomeranz over Sale.

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

Pretty sure they won’t get all three. :-)

bannister19
5 years 2 months ago

We’ll end up with the busts in a few years 😛 (i.e Bullington, Humber)

VoteForPrado
5 years 2 months ago

Any clue on who the Braves take with their 1st pick?

BravesRed
5 years 2 months ago

I haven’t seen anything, but I want them to take Austin Wilson, an outfielder out of Harvard-Westlake School in California. I just hope he is there at 35.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

He almost certainly won’t be, plus he wants a way above average slot bonus, which doesn’t sound like a Braves pick.

ps314
5 years 2 months ago

No way Machado slides to the Royals. If by some chance the Pirates take Taillon over Machado, the O’s should be all over that. They have no signs of any mlb quality shortstop in the farm system right now. Taillon would be nice, but pitching is a surplus for the Orioles compared to their infield situation.

5 years 2 months ago

Mychal Givens? Yeah he’s not hitting well at all in A ball, but he’s only 20. Give him some time. Regardless, I agree, Machado would be much better for the O’s than Tallion.

ps314
5 years 2 months ago

Yes but like you said, he’s only 20 so who knows, by next year he may be a pitcher again like he was in high school. He has pretty good stuff. I hope he does turn out to be the SS of the future. All I’m saying is we need more than one SS to rely on.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

Don’t draft for need. Especially since most people think Machado won’t be a shortstop down the line.

BravesRed
5 years 2 months ago

Until Bryce can show he can hit with a wooden bat, I will stick by these words until proven otherwise, Bryce Harper is all-hype, nothing more.

Pirates need pitching, so I agree with Law on Pirates picking Taillon.

I personally think Choice with be a food choice for the Jays and O’Conner would be a good choice for the A’s.

shockey12
5 years 2 months ago

Have you seen Harpers numbers in college with wood bats?

BravesRed
5 years 2 months ago

That’s college. Wanna count how many players were good in college, and sucked in the majors? So, until he reaches the majors and can leave up to the hype, I stick by my words.

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

Pretty funny considering he just hit .442/.524/.986 with 29 homers in 212 at-bats. Seems like wood, metal, rubber…doesn’t matter with this kid. Oh, and he did it at age 17 against older competition. Guessing not a lot of guys have done that.

BravesRed
5 years 2 months ago

I believe it was people on this very site that said, “Until a player reaches the majors and lives up to the hype, don’t speculate that he will be good.” I’m doing exactly that.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

Those people are idiots to say that.

5 years 2 months ago

Why, pray tell, would someone discuss the draft if not to speculate about which players will be good?

jwredsox
5 years 2 months ago

I’m pretty sure the league he plays with, outside his own team, has one other good team and the other 3 teams combined to have just 4 drafted players last year. Great competition.

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

So it’s his fault that he’s not playing in Triple-A against better competition at age 17? Ridiculous. There’s a pretty good reason he’s being called the best position prospect in years, and to “fault” him for the level of competition he’s piled up ridiculous numbers against is nuts.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

Compare his numbers to all his teammates then, still insanely ridiculous.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

He DOES hit with a wooden bat, against much older competition.

withpower
5 years 2 months ago

Christian Colon is going to make some GM look pretty smart.

Ferrariman
5 years 2 months ago

is it bad that i hope bryce harper fizzles out? does that make me a bad person?

vtadave
5 years 2 months ago

Doesn’t make you a bad person. Just makes everyone else wonder why you want a kid to fail unless of course he killed your dog or dumped your sister.

jwredsox
5 years 2 months ago

He dumped my dog. Therefore I want him to fail

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

You’re rooting against a child you’ve never met because some writers don’t like him. Besides, many of your favorite baseball players, musicians, actors, etc., are lousy people. You don’t pay to have them as neighbors. You pay to experience their talent.

baseballz
5 years 2 months ago

If the Jays take any of those three if they have the chance to draft Karsten Whitson then the I will be extremely angry. Those three guys are the best hitters in a extremely weak draft class for hitters, they are good cause everyone else sucks.

Jays, don’t draft some mediocre hitter if you can draft a future ace in Whitson, im glad that laws an idiot cause i hope that he’s wrong on this one.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

Most people are projecting Whitson to go in the 15-20 range, I’m not sure why because the guy seems like a future stud. I saw one mock draft that had him available at 32 when the Yankees pick and I laughed pretty hard. ( But it did make me happy to think that it’s possible my team can draft this guy.)

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

I retract that statement, I was thinking of a different player, most other people have the Jays taking Whitson, who still looks to be a very good SP.

BeatEmBucs
5 years 2 months ago

I REALLY hope that Keith is right.

thepadsquad
5 years 2 months ago

Could somebody please tell me who Law has the padres picking. Thanks a lot

bjsguess
5 years 2 months ago

I do.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

I do. He’s smart, funny, informed, has good analytical skills, and is an enjoyable writer. Most people who don’t like him seem to dislike his personality, but you aren’t exactly Miss Congeniality yourself.

5 years 2 months ago

you also bashed Griffeys talent on the other thread…so that says a lot.

bjsguess
5 years 2 months ago

I bashed Griffey?

Read it again. What I have said is that he is absolutely one of the greatest baseball players ever. Had injuries not occurred he would have been the greatest. I personally don’t like the guy but I never demeaned his talent (unless we are talking exclusively of the past couple of years).

withpower
5 years 2 months ago

You don’t like Ken Griffey Junior?

Do you hate Christmas, too?