May 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves
Not that you asked, but here’s a list of the six players that have a chance to be available at 35 in the Rule IV Draft in a few weeks. They’re listed in my order of preference. I have no idea what the Braves are going to do, BTW, and would not be at all surprised if they passed on all six of these guys.
Anyway, here goes.
Austin Wilson — Apart from Bryce Harper, Wilson is probably the toolsiest player in the draft. He can run, he can throw, and he has big time power potential. He’ll need to develop quite a bit to reach the major leagues. He’s committed to Stanford and hasn’t chosen an agent, which leads to plenty of signability concerns that could make him available at 35.
Brett Eibner — A two-way star at Arkansas, the 6’4″, 210 pound right hander wants to hit as a pro. Excellent athleticism with a chance to stick as a center fielder and the arm to be a plus defender in right if he can’t. Huge power potential. The fact that about half the teams prefer him as a pitcher may cause him to slide out of the first round.
Dylan Covey — 6’2″, 200 LB high school right handed pitcher from Pasadena, California. He throws a mid-90′s fastball and three off speed pitches that have a chance to be plus offerings. His clean, smooth delivery leads to plus command and he’s got a lot of polish for a prep arm. A commitment to San Diego could drop him out of the first round.
James Paxton — The 6’4″ lefthander was drafted 37th overall out of Kentucky in 2009 but didn’t sign. He has potential to throw 3 plus pitches. He’s currently playing Indy ball. His stuff hasn’t been quite as good this year, and that plus injury concerns could push him out of the first round.
Anthony Ranaudo — LSU’s ace was getting #2 overall buzz before the season started, but the 6’7″, 230 LB right hander’s stock has fallen due to mechanical issues and injury concerns. There’s an outside shot he slips through the first round and he’s available at 35. He’s a Boras client.
Kyle Parker — A 6’1″ 200 LB outfielder that also happens to be Clemson’s quarterback. Power potential, hitability, athleticism, and an average arm. Could be an average defender at a corner with 30 homers. The fact that he’s a 2-sport athlete could lead to him slipping off of many teams’ draft boards almost entirely. He may be available at 35, he also might be available at 54 ot 70. Or completely unsignable.