2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/26

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
Harper had a big weekend, going 7-for-14 with four homers and 13 RBIs.  It’s very unlikely at this point that Washington doesn’t take Harper, although I did find this article on Harper interesting, specifically this part:
The Makeup: This should not be underrated. It’s impossible to find any talent evaluator who isn’t blown away by Harper’s ability on the field, but it’s equally difficult to find one who doesn’t genuinely dislike the kid. One scout called him among the worst amateur players he’s ever seen from a makeup standpoint, with top-of-the-scale arrogance, a disturbingly large sense of entitlement, and on-field behavior that includes taunting opponents. “He’s just a bad, bad guy,” said one front-office official. “He’s basically the anti-Joe Mauer.” How this plays into the negotiation or future evaluation is yet to be determined, as history has shown us that the bigger talent a player is, the more makeup issues teams will deal with. Bench players can’t afford to be problems, but plenty of teams happily put up with difficult superstars.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about attitude problems with Harper.  However, you have to wonder if that’s really an issue as long as his talent is there.  I’d much rather have a talented jerk, than a marginal player who is nice.
Taillon struggled this past week, allowing four runs on five hits in six innings, with three walks and six strikeouts.  Taillon has had a few starts this season where he struggled, which brings his draft value in to question.  I feel that Taillon is the number two overall prospect in the draft, but shouldn’t the number two prospect be dominating high school pitching?  Granted, the level of high school ball in Texas is much better than everywhere else, but still, Taillon should be dominating them if he’s a no brainer for the number two pick.
Ranaudo got hammered against Mississippi, lasting only 1.2 innings, and allowing nine runs on nine hits, with a walk, two strikeouts, and three home runs allowed.  Ranaudo has had a horrible season, with injury issues, and he certainly hasn’t bounced back from the injury.  This is by far the low point of his season.  It might be enough to remove him from the talk as the second best prospect in the draft.
Colon went 4-for-12 with a homer and six walks this past week.  Colon is putting up decent numbers, but I don’t think he’s really a good option for the number two pick.  He would definitely be a signability pick with the other options that are currently available.
Pomeranz had his worst start of the year against LSU, lasting only three innings, and allowing four runs on one hit.  His big issue was walks, allowing nine, with only three strikeouts.  Pomeranz has seen an increase in walks in the month of April, even before this start.  I still like him, but he’s probably fourth or fifth on my draft list right now.
McGuire bounced back from two horrible outings to put up a seven inning, one run performance.  McGuire allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out eight.  He’s a long shot to be picked second overall at this point, and would be more of a signability pick.
Brentz went 5-for-19 this past week, with one homer, four strikeouts and five walks.  Brentz has exactly half of the at-bats he saw in 2009, and has almost tied his 2009 strikeout total.  That’s not horrible, since he had a low strikeout ratio last year, but that was part of the appeal.  He was advertised as an amazing hitter.  So far his .330/.439/.670 line, and higher strikeout totals, don’t really support taking a guy who plays in a weak conference.
LeVon Washington - Washington only played two games this past week, combining to go 3-for-8.
Manny Machado - An update on Machado’s season stats: he’s 48-for-61 (.689) on the year, with 11 homers, 15 stolen bases, and 49 RBIs.  Here is another good article on Machado, this one from the Miami Herald.

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