May 5, 2010

Rivals.com Prospect Rankings: Top 50 High School Prospects | Top 50 College Prospects

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With the MLB draft coming up in June, two big names are getting most of the attention.

Top high school prospect Jameson Taillon, a 6-foot-7 right handed pitcher has been called the "prize of the lot."

Meanwhile, Bryce Harper, 6-foot-3 standout catcher from Nevada, is nearly a sure lock to be the No. 1 pick as the top collegiate prospect.

But while Taillon and Harper are getting all the headlines, they aren't the only ones that could make an impact for a Major League team in the not-so-distant future.

Rivals.com has ranked our Top 50 High School prospects as well as our Top 50 College prospects, and has combined those into how we think the chips may fall in on draft day.

1. Washington Nationals
The Pick: Bryce Harper, C, Southern Nevada CC
The Buzz: Harper has had major draft buzz for several years and skipped his last year of high school to head to college and get his draft clock started. Harper may not be a future catcher at the big league level but, if his bat continues to mature at this rate, he will be a middle of the lineup hitter.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pick: Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss
The Buzz: The Pirates have been taking more major league-ready players early - think Pedro Alvarez and Tony Sanchez. While No. 1 high school pitcher Jameson Taillon may have more upside, Pomeranz will be ready quicker.
3. Baltimore Orioles
The Pick: Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands (Texas) High
The Buzz: Taillon is a 6-foot-7 hard throwing right hander. He has three-plus pitches and can work his change-up into another solid pitch. He is a complete package for a high school pitcher who can crank it up to 99 mph.
4. Kansas City Royals
The Pick: Karsten Whitson, RHP, Chipley (Fla.) High
The Buzz: The Royals, at No. 4, missed out on the big three players in the draft but are still in a good spot to grab one of the many quality right-handed arms in this draft. Whitson has an above average fastball and a swing-and-miss slider at his disposal.
5. Cleveland Indians
The Pick: Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
The Buzz: The Tribe grab one of the safer arms in the draft in Yellow Jacket ace Deck McGuire. While he may not have as high of a ceiling as many other players in the class, there is something to be said for consistency. He projects as a No. 3 starter in the big leagues.
6. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Pick: Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
The Buzz: With a plethora of young, talented bats, the Diamondbacks continue to stockpile quality arms. His performance in the Gulf Coast League carried into his junior season and helped boost his draft stock.
7. New York Mets
The Pick: Dylan Covey, RHP, Pasadena (Cali.) Marantha
The Buzz: Another team with young talent at positions that are rich in the draft goes the way of a high school pitcher. Covey has a power curve that checks in at 80 mph. He has good poise for a young pitcher and is a top prep arm.
8. Houston Astros
The Pick: Manny Machado, SS, Miami (Fla.) Brito
The Buzz: The Astros would be ecstatic to see Machado slide to No. 8. He led Team USA in hitting last summer and has the ability to gain power as he matures. He has a big, strong body that may cost him speed as he matures.
9. San Diego Padres
The Pick: Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas
The Buzz: The draft-eligible sophomore goes in the top 10 of the draft. Cox has played a little at third and, more recently, second base. The move to second is probably a long-term solution as his bat doesn't have MLB power for a thirdbaseman. He is a very good contact hitter, though, that will get taken early.
10. Oakland Athletics
The Pick: Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina
The Buzz: Harvey was a major prospect coming out of high school but saw his stock dip in his first two years at UNC. His junior year has been great and has pushed him back into the upper-level draft player he was projected to be. A hard thrower, he will need to have some coaching on command to become a top of the rotation pitcher.
11. Toronto Blue Jays
The Pick: Josh Sale, 3b/OF, Seattle (Wash.) Bishop Blanchet
The Buzz: Sale is one of more intriguing players in the draft. His bat makes him a great pick at No. 11 but his defense is a question mark. His days at 3B are probably numbered with an MLB team but he can play a decent corner OF.
12. Cincinnati Reds
The Pick: Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee
The Buzz: Brentz may be a bit of a reach at No. 12 with a slightly down junior season but his short, compact swing is something that will lead to his big league success. He isn't overly big and has decent speed, but that will not be a major part of his game as he develops.
13. Chicago White Sox
The Pick: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
The Buzz: One of the bigger players in the draft, Ranaudo checks in at a massive 6-foot-7, 230-plus pounds. With command of three pitches, he is a very solid prospect to get in the middle of the first round.
14. Milwaukee Brewers
The Pick: Andrew Cole, RHP, Winter Springs (Fla.) Oviedo
The Buzz: Cole is the fifth high school player to come off the board in the first round. His fastball sits nicely around 92 mph with good control. His slurve is thrown from a different slot than his breaking ball and fastball and that will need tweaked. His poise on the mound may be his biggest strength.
15. Texas Rangers
The Pick: Nick castellanos, SS/3B, Davie (Fla.) Archbishop McCarthy
The Buzz: Castellanos can play either 3B or SS in the bigs. He may also have the ability and arm strength to be a very good corner outfielder. His bat is solid and has moderate power. The University of Miami commit would do well to come up into the Texas Rangers system.
16. Chicago Cubs
The Pick: Christian Colon, SS, Cal St. Fullerton
The Buzz: Colon may not "look the part" of a MLB shortstop, but he certainly has the tools to stay at the position. His baseball IQ is very high which allows him to play above his skill set. He already is comfortable hitting with wood and can be a solid contact/line-drive hitter in the bigs.
17. Tampa Bay Rays
The Pick: Micah Gibbs, C, LSU
The Buzz: Thie first catcher to come off the board heads to the Rays. The depth of the position is not that strong, so Gibbs picked a good time to have a breakout performance on the baseball field. He is a solid defensive catcher, so moving him from behind the plate doesn't appear to be an issue.
18. LA Angels of Anaheim
The Pick: Austin Wilson, OF, Los Angeles (Cali.) Harvard-Westlake
The Buzz: The Angels have had plenty of chances to scout Wilson from nearby Harvard-Westlake. The raw power is something that all teams like and his work ethic is off the charts. A player who wants to get better and has the skill set to make vast improvements makes for a solid first round pick.
19. Houston Astros
The Pick: Michael Choice, OF, Texas-Arlington
The Buzz: Another outfield option with raw power and solid work ethic heads to Houston. The Astros have been struggling to score runs the past few years and adding a few more bats into the system has to be of high priority. There are some holes in Choice's swing but most seem fixable if he is coachable.
20. Boston Red Sox
The Pick: Kaleb Cowart, INF/RHP, Adel (Ga.) Cook County
The Buzz: Cowart has the ability to stay as a position player or make a smooth transition to pitcher. His body type reminds many of J.J. Hardy and his tools are not all that different from his appearance. He is a switch hitter, but is more polished from the right side. His pitching is limited to a very strong fastball with other pitches being developed.
21. Minnesota Twins
The Pick: Jesse Hahn, RHP, Virginia Tech
The Buzz: Hahn is a solid righty with three pitches he can control. His fastball can touch the mid-90s but sits around 92 mph with great movement and tail. His curveball is very effective and can dive off the plate for strikeouts. With outstanding poise, Hahn could be a very good fit into the Twins system.
22. Texas Rangers
The Pick: Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami
The Buzz: The last of the top-tier catchers in the draft could also be the best catcher, but may slide to No. 2 taken. Grandal is a solid hitter with good control of a staff. His size and arm strength are solid and he could add more power to his game.
23. Florida Marlins
The Pick: Robert Aviles, RHP, Suffern (NY) High
The Buzz: Aviles is a competitive pitcher on the mound. Without one pitch that he can really rely on, mixing his pitches and keeping hitters off balance has been a strength. His fastball tops out at 93, his curve is inconsistent but projectable, and his change-up can be a weapon when needed. His father spent some time in the majors and has certainly passed on some tips of the trade.
24. San Francisco Giants
The Pick: Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
The Buzz: Wimmers is a safe player to select for the Giants. He has projectable pitches and is a strike-thrower who pitches to contact. His raw stuff doesn't wow you but has enough command to keep his team in the game. A back of the rotation starter, his path to the majors may be a short one.
25. St. Louis Cardinals
The Pick: Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas
The Buzz: Workman was a third-round pick out of high school and has only improved his stock with his time in Texas and at the Cape Cod League. He can throw a two- and four-seam fastball to compliment a very good 12-to-6 breaking ball.
26. Colorado Rockies
The Pick: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Centennial (Colo.) Grandview
The Buzz: After having success with pitchers from Colorado staying in Colorado, the Rockies grab one of the best available pitchers on the board and Colorado native, Gausman. The 6-foot-4 pitching prospect can add some more size and strength and can develop into a No. 3 pitcher in the long term.
27. Philadelphia Phillies
The Pick: Brett Eibner, Util/RHP, Arkansas
The Buzz: Eibner is a two-way prospect who will most likely be taken as a pitcher. He can hit 95 mph with his fastball with good late sink on it. His slider is MLB ready and has good movement.
28. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Pick: Gary Brown, OF, Cal St. Fullerton
The Buzz: Brown is a speedy top of the order outfielder who can pace a lineup. He is reminding many of Reggie Willits with his plus speed and sneaky power. His defense has steadily improved, but his arm is more like Johnny Damon than Ichiro.
29. LA Angels of Anaheim
The Pick: Stetson Allie, INF/RHP, Olmsted Falls (Ohio) St. Edward
The Buzz: Allie can do many things on the baseball field and is one of the best prospects in the draft. He will most likely be selected as a pitcher with the ability to hit 98 mph on the radar gun. With pure power, he has many of his pitches clocked higher than most. He can keep batters on their heels with his 91 mph slider and 86 mph change-up.
30. LA Angels of Anaheim
The Pick: Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel
The Buzz: Wojciechowski has a solid fastball, clocking in a 94 mph, but it lacks consistent movement and can come out of his hands very flat. He has an improved slider that can bail him out and is not afraid to go right after any hitter. He could move quickly through the minors and join the bullpen as a reliable setup type pitcher.
31. Tampa Bay Rays
The Pick: Marcus Littlewood, SS, St. George (Utah) Pine View
The Buzz: Littlewood is a switch-hitting shortstop with good defensive instincts. He has good hands and a good arm, but really lacks mobility and his days in the middle infield are most likely numbered. He could have enough power to play a corner infield or outfield spot, but may stick around longer as a utility player.
32. New York Yankees
The Pick: LeVon Washington, OF, Chipola JC
The Buzz: Washington was a first-round pick of the Rays last year out of high school but chose to go the JuCo route to improve his draft stock. While he has stayed as a top level prospect, his value did not soar through the roof. His raw ability is there and very obvious. A late first round flier is worth it for the Yankees.

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