2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/24

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

Harper’s stats haven’t been updated on the tracker, as CSN’s site hasn’t been updated.  However, Harper had a huge weekend, going 6-for-7 and hitting for the cycle on Friday, followed by a 6-for-6 day with four homers, a double, a triple, and ten RBIs on Saturday.  Think those numbers are absurd?  Well, that’s probably because metal bats were used in the game.  No surprise, Harper was named the number one catcher in the draft by Baseball America.
Jonathan Mayo has Taillon going to the Pirates in his recent projection of the top 10 picks, although his reasoning doesn’t sound very convincing.  Basically he thought it came down to Taillon and Manny Machado, with no reason as to why he had Taillon going to the Pirates.  Meanwhile, Baseball America named Taillon the number one right handed pitcher in the draft.
Pomeranz had some struggles on Thursday against Auburn, allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.  Pomeranz has seen his velocity drop to the high 80s lately, which is the second year in a row he’s seen a velocity drop late in the season.  It could be due to his strained pectoral muscle, which could also be the reason for his control issues.  Baseball America rated Pomeranz the number one lefthander in the draft, although it seems unlikely that the Pirates take him with the recent issues.
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Anthony Ranaudo – What a horrible season it’s been for Ranaudo.  Starting the season he was the ace of the LSU staff, and the consensus number two pick.  This past weekend he was relegated to bullpen duty, making two appearances and allowing just one hit, no walks, and striking out three in 2.1 innings.  Ranaudo fell all the way to #12 in Baseball America’s ranking of right handed draft prospects.
Bryce Brentz – Brentz went 4-for-13 this weekend, with all four hits being singles.  He was rated as the fourth best outfielder in the draft by Baseball America.

Christian Colon – Colon went 5-for-15 this past week, with three doubles, two stolen bases, and two walks.  Colon currently has a 14 game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .417/.464/.650 line in the month of May.  He was rated the number two shortstop prospect in the draft by Baseball America, right behind Manny Machado.

Deck McGuire – McGuire has turned his season around lately, pitching six innings this past weekend against Boston College, allowing one run on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts.  That’s not enough to get him selected over Taillon, Machado, or even Pomeranz, but it’s a good outing.  McGuire ranked third among right handed draft prospects in the Baseball America rankings.
Manny Machado - Keith Law had Manny Machado going second overall to the Pirates in his first mock draft of the year.  Law also has a scouting video on Machado, which requires an Insider subscription.  Machado was rated the number one shortstop prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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