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."


36 Responses to Draft Notes: Harper, Taillon, Royals Leave a Reply

  1. bannister19 5 years 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 ago

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

      • bannister19 5 years ago

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

  2. VoteForPrado 5 years ago

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

    • BravesRed 5 years 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 ago

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

  3. ps314 5 years 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.

    • 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 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 ago

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

  4. BravesRed 5 years 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 ago

      Have you seen Harpers numbers in college with wood bats?

      • BravesRed 5 years 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 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 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 ago

            Those people are idiots to say that.

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

          • jwredsox 5 years 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 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 ago

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

    • aap212 5 years ago

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

  5. withpower 5 years ago

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

  6. Ferrariman 5 years ago

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

    • vtadave 5 years 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.

    • aap212 5 years 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.

  7. baseballz 5 years 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 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 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.

  8. BeatEmBucs 5 years ago

    I REALLY hope that Keith is right.

  9. thepadsquad 5 years ago

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

  10. bjsguess 5 years ago

    I do.

  11. aap212 5 years 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.

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

  13. bjsguess 5 years 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).

  14. withpower 5 years ago

    You don’t like Ken Griffey Junior?

    Do you hate Christmas, too?

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