2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament Bracket: Top 10 Prospects to Watch
The 2010 NCAA Baseball Tournament kicks off on June 4th. In addition to the highest level of college baseball, the NCAA Baseball Tournament coincides with the 2010 MLB Draft.
In addition to trying to get their teams to Omaha for the College World Series, a large amount of players will also keep one eye on the draft boards come June 7-9.
There are draft prospects throughout the rosters of the 64 teams in the tournament. Some prospects are more heralded than others. Here is a look at the ten prospects who can expect to hear their name called the earliest come Monday's first round.
Drew Pomeranz (LHP) - Ole Miss
Pomeranz's name regularly pops up as the top pitching prospect in the draft. He could go No. 2 overall behind the guaranteed top pick Bryce Harper.
Pomeranz, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound left-hander, throws a fastball in the mid-90s with an plus 12-6 curveball. He finishes off his repertoire with an established changeup.
He pitches with power but mixes well on both sides of the plate. He's certainly not a Strasburg redux, but Pomeranz likely will spend little time in the minors.
Deck McGuire (RHP) - Georgia Tech
McGuire, a 6'6" right-hander, lacks a viable third pitch (changeup) at the moment, but he attacks hitters with a 92-94 MPH fastball. He smartly pitches off his fastball with a power curveball and slider that is made more difficult given the excellent downward angle he generates with his height. McGuire slipping passed the top 10 will be a surprise.
Brandon Workman (RHP) - Texas
Workman is another power arm that figures to be in the discussion for the top 10 come next week.
Workman is a big (6'4", 225 pounds) right-hander with five pitches including a power two-seam fastball and plus cutter. He backs up his fastball/cutter combination with a good curveball with excellent command.
Workman was the third round pick of the Phillies in 2007 as a prep entrant. He should see his stock significantly climb next week.
Yasmani Grandal (C) - Miami
Behind Bryce Harper, there is Yasmani Grandal. Grandal has been Miami's starting catcher since his freshman year.
Grandal still has mechanical parts to his game to iron out like his throwing and receiving.
However, no other in catcher (aside from Harper) has Grandal's offensive potential. He boasts plus raw power and in 2010 demonstrated the ability to use the whole field. Many outlets project Grandal no later than the seventh overall pick.
Anthony Ranaudo (RHP) - LSU
Ranaudo's projection will vary depending on what teams find out regarding his elbow.
Ranaudo endured some structural pain and that sapped some of the life off his fastball during the last few weeks leading up to the NCAA Tournament.
When right, Ranaudo features a 92-95 MPH fastball, a power curveball with plus potential and a rapidly improving changeup.
That elbow, and teams access to his medical records, could determine if Ranaudo ends up on the fringe of the top ten or slips into the back third of the first round.
Christian Colon (SS) - Cal State-Fullerton
How Colon fits in is a bit of a mystery, but the Cal State Fullerton shortstop should find himself in the middle of the first round.
At 6-feet, 180 pounds, his physical stature doesn't leap off the page, and he does not have much room to add size.
He remains a line drive, gap hitter with minimal pop so don't expect home runs from Colon. Defensively, he's got solid to above average range and a good enough arm. He is not a base-stealing shortstop and has to make the most out of the speed he has.
None of Colon's tools jump off the page, but he puts together to make himself a quality across the board commodity with excellent makeup and leadership skills.
Zack Cox (3B) - Arkansas
Cox is an interesting commodity. He is a left-handed hitting third baseman that, for the moment, lacks traditional home run power for a corner infielder.
He boasts a short, quick stroke that leads to line drive, gap contact though he has shown the ability to turn on inside pitches for home run power.
Defensively, he has plenty of arm for third base but needs to work on his footwork and reaction time to improve his playmaking ability. Cox is likely another top 10 pick.
Jesse Hahn (RHP) - Virginia Tech
Hahn lit up Cape Cod League guns in 2009 when he hit 99 MPH on a few occasions. Since then, Hahn has helped his draft stock by pitching more than trying to blow his fastball by hitters.
As a result, he now sits 92-95 MPH with excellent movement on his heater.
He backs it up two variations of a breaking ball that he can throw with more of a loop or tighter break.
For now, his changeup remains a work in progress. At 6'5", 190 pounds, Hahn needs to add some bulk to his wiry frame or he runs the risk of turning into a reliever.
Matt Harvey (RHP) - North Carolina
Three years ago, Harvey was one of the biggest prep prospects in the country.
Harvey regained that mojo with a strong junior season during which he showed off a mid to high-90s fastball.
Harvey still has work to do with his two breaking pitches, neither of which he's wholly committed to, and there are still some delivery inconsistencies to iron out.
At 6'4", Harvey is a big, strong right-hander who should be durable at the next level.
Whether he regains the feel for his breaking pitches will determine his ultimate role as a starter or a reliever.
Brett Eibner (RHP) - Arkansas
Eibner's stock moved up this season thanks to greater fastball consistency both in command and velocity.
Eibner sits 92-93 MPH with his fastball and showed the ability to touch 94. His low-80s slider shows the potential of becoming a plus pitch in the future. His changeup remains a work in progress.
Eibner is an interesting case because he spent plenty of time in centerfield as well. That makes his pitching skills comparatively underdeveloped to the rest of the list.
What he does have going for him is size (6'4", 220 pounds) and clean mechanics. He's still a bit of a project but his peripherals should make him attractive in the second half of the first round.