2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/10

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.

Harper went 5-for-12 with two homers this weekend, as Southern Nevada wrapped up the regular season portion of their schedule.  Harper finishes the regular season with a .417/.514/.911 line, and 23 homers in 180 at-bats, for a homer every 7.83 at-bats.  The playoffs begin on Wednesday, although CSN is a number one seed, so they have a first round bye and play their first game on Thursday.
Taillon got the start in game one of the first round of the Houston 5A playoffs.  He led his team to victory, pitching a complete game six inning outing, allowing two runs on four hits, with 13 strikeouts and two walks.  Unfortunately, The Woodlands lost the next two games, getting eliminated in the first round.  That wraps up the season for Taillon.  My unofficial tally of his numbers has him with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP in 63.2 innings, with a 118:16 K/BB ratio.  He’s my favorite for the number two pick in the draft, although I doubt the Pirates will take a high school pitcher that high.
Pomeranz struggled some, allowing four runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings of work, with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Pomeranz was dominant in February and March, with a 0.66 ERA in 36.2 innings, with a 14.2 K/9 ratio and a 5.3 K/BB ratio.  In April and May he’s seen his ERA jump to 3.08 in 38 innings, with a 12.8 K/9 and a 2.2 K/BB.  He’s been hit hard in two of his last three starts.  He’s not doing anything for me to move him past Taillon or Manny Machado.
Anthony Ranaudo – Ranaudo has just had a disappointing season.  First there was the elbow injury, and then he completely fell apart.  Ranaudo allowed six runs in 2.2 innings of work this weekend, with four walks and one strikeout.  In his last four outings he has allowed 19 runs in 7.1 innings, with a 5:6 K/BB ratio.  The only scoreless outing was a relief appearance he made this past week.
Bryce Brentz – Brentz went 7-for-13 this weekend, with two homers and eight RBIs.  Brentz is hitting for a .350/.455/.693 line this season, but that’s kind of disappointing considering the numbers he put up in 2009.

Christian Colon – Colon went 7-for-14 this weekend, with all seven hits being singles.  Colon got off to a horrible start in his first 12 games, but since then has a .394/.485/.715 line in 137 at-bats, with 11 homers and a 7:23 K/BB ratio.

Deck McGuire – McGuire allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, with a walk and six strikeouts.  McGuire has gotten his control fixed lately, with a 30:5 K/BB ratio in 26 innings over his last four starts.  However, he has little to no chance of being the number two overall pick, even if the Pirates pass on Taillon or Machado.

LeVon Washington - Washington struggled this past weekend, going 1-for-9 with a walk and a stolen base.  He will probably be taken in the late first round, but if he somehow falls to the Pirates in the second round he’s a must pick.
Manny Machado - Nothing new on Machado’s stats.  Baseball America released their latest Draft Tracker Chart on May 6th, naming Machado the top middle infielder in the draft.  I rank him third overall, behind Harper and Taillon.

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