The 2010 MLB Draft is just one week away, and the first round is starting to shape up. There is nothing concrete with the Pirates, although the consensus is that they will take prep shortstop Manny Machado, a Scott Boras client. Here is a rundown of each player I’ve been tracking, including a close look at some of the top talents for the second overall pick:
Several mock drafts have the Pirates taking Machado in next week’s draft. Jonathan Mayo has the following analysis in his mock draft:
“Switching things up a bit for this week, though the Pirates have certainly not made up their minds and they could still take Jameson Taillon. It could be a game-time decision between Machado and Taillon.”
Keith Law agrees on Machado, but thinks the decision will be between Machado and another pitcher:
“Still possible they take Drew Pomeranz, but the odds of them taking Jameson Taillon remain slim.”
Jim Callis of Baseball America also has Machado, saying the Pirates will take the best available player:
“Pomeranz seemed to be sliding out of Pittsburgh’s plans before reversing course at the SEC tournament. Though the Pirates wanted a college pitcher and stuck to slot with the No. 4 pick a year ago, the belief is that they’ll take the best player available at No. 2 and pay to sign him. That debate would be between Taillon and Machado.”
Frankie Piliere of AOL FanHouse has Machado as the pick, and thinks talks of a pre-draft deal might exist:
“Harper is a lock at No. 1, and while Machado isn’t nearly to that point yet, he’s becoming the heavy favorite here. They may have even begun discussing a deal, according to sources. A Scott Boras client, Machado has also pulled out of a key pre-draft event, the Florida High School Classic, something he’d clearly benefit from attending if his status wasn’t already solidified. Pomeranz could push his way back into the picture here with a knockout SEC Tournament performance.”
I think a pre-draft deal is impossible with Boras representing Machado. Boras never signs early, unless the drafting team meets his lofty price demands, and there’s no reason the Pirates should do that. With Machado being a high school talent, there’s no incentive for either side to sign early. Machado won’t be in the majors until 2015 at the earliest, and a few months won’t help speed that process along.
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