2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/19
Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend. You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
As for Harper, he struggled this weekend, going 3-for-14. However, two of his hits were home runs. He is now hitting for a .401/.500/.859 line, with a homer every 8.35 at-bats. That’s pretty amazing. He’s reached base exactly once out of every two plate appearances this season.
I added a Taillon tracker this past week with some stats I was able to piece together (I’m pretty sure it’s the only place online where you can find such information). Taillon has been amazing lately, allowing just one run and seven hits in his last four starts, spanning 26 innings. Taillon has 56 strikeouts in that time span. This past week he pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out ten. He’s my number one choice right now for the best available player at number two if Harper is gone.
Manny Machado is going to get the Alex Rodriguez comparison — tall, athletic, right-handed-hitting Latino shortstop from a Miami-area high school — but A-Rod Lite is more apt, since he’s not preternaturally gifted as a hitter as A-Rod was.
Machado can hit, though, with strong, quick wrists, good rotation, and excellent extension through his swing; he does wrap his bat briefly but clears it as he loads, making it something of a red herring. It’s line-drive power now, but he’s going to have more power down the road as he gets stronger.
Machado has a 70 arm and good hands at shortstop; there’s some sentiment that he’ll outgrow the position, as he’s going to fill out significantly over the next 10 years, but he has the tools to be a plus defender there and I imagine it’ll take a lot to convince the team that drafts him to move him to third base. He will need help with his footwork and needs to quiet down his game, as he has the habit of many talented teenagers of trying to make the flashy play. He’d be a top-five talent in just about any draft year as a potential star on both sides of the ball. After Bryce Harper he’s the best player in this year’s draft pool in my eyes. He’s committed to Florida International but should never put on that uniform.
Neal Huntington scouted Machado this past week. While that doesn’t mean Machado will be the pick, it certainly says a lot since it was Huntington getting the look at Machado, rather than just a regular scout. I really like Taillon, but I could understand avoiding a high school arm, especially with the risks involved with pitchers, much less high school pitchers. I like Christian Colon, but I’d probably go with Machado over Colon, just because of the upside. I’d probably rate Machado third, right behind Harper and Taillon.