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-13 this weekend, with one walk and five strikeouts as Southern Nevada won the Region XVIII Championship tournament. Harper had two extra base hits, and didn’t record an RBI, but had a stolen base. Southern Nevada will advance to the Western District Championship tournament this week, running from May 20th to May 22nd.
Taillon’s season is over, so no new stats to report. However, Rocco DeMaro had Neal Huntington on Extra Innings a week ago, and towards the end of the segment, Huntington answered some questions on Taillon. To sum it up, he said the Pirates had Taillon in the mix, but had some concerns, mostly with Taillon’s tendency to get hit by high school players this season. I agree with those concerns, and I’ve raised the same concerns in the past. That said, given the talent level in this draft, I think Taillon is easily a top three pick. I have him second overall, and right now I’d be satisfied with either him or Manny Machado, assuming Harper goes first overall.
I could definitely see the Pirates passing on Taillon, considering their avoidance of prep pitchers from last year’s draft. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, as hitters are safer picks than pitchers, but only if they go with Machado, who is looking to be the best hitting prospect in the draft right now, in my opinion.
Pomeranz had a strange start against Alabama this past weekend. He pitched five innings, allowing one run on one hit, which was good. He also struck out nine batters, which was also good. The strange thing is that he walked seven batters. Pomeranz started the season strong, allowing just 11 walks in his first 36.2 innings. Since then he’s allowed 32 walks in 43 innings. I can’t say that I’d be comfortable with the Pirates drafting him at this point.
Anthony Ranaudo – With the season Ranaudo is having, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was drafted closer to the Pirates’ second round pick, rather than their first round pick. He continued his struggles this past week, allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. Ranaudo had a 10.17 ERA on the season in 32.2 innings of work over 10 starts.
Bryce Brentz – Brentz had a nice weekend, going 9-for-17 with two homers and nine RBIs. He’s looking much better in the month of May, with a .465/.521/.767 line in 43 at-bats, although as usual it should be noted that this comes against weaker competition than most Division I players will face.
Christian Colon – Colon went 5-for-15 this weekend with two homers against Long Beach State. Colon has their number this year, now homering in three of four games against them, with a combined 7-for-19 line against them.
Deck McGuire – McGuire had a nice outing, pitching seven innings against Miami, and allowing one run on four hits, with three walks and nine strikeouts. McGuire is looking much improved in his last two starts, with a 2.77 ERA, a 10.4 K/9 ratio, a 3.8 K/BB ratio, and a .229 BAA in 13 innings of work.
Manny Machado - Jim Callis of Baseball America tweeted that Machado is in the mix at number two for the Pirates. That means that Taillon and Machado are both in the mix, although it doesn’t guarantee that one of them will be selected if Harper goes off the board first. I’m thinking Machado has a better chance of being selected than Taillon.