Youth Is Served: 2010 MLB Mock Draft (Picks 12-32)

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Youth Is Served: 2010 MLB Mock Draft (Picks 12-32)

My top 11 can be read here .

Forgoing preamble, lets just dive in.

12. Cincinnati Reds: OF Michael Choice (Pictured) - 6'1" 215 - Texas Arlington

In 196 at bats, he hit .383 with 16 HR, 59 RBI, and stole 12 bases in 16 tries. He walked 76 times compared to 54 strikeouts, while posting a line of .383/.568/.704/1.272. 

Choice already has an MLB ready bat and his defensive range is above average, but his arm translates better as a LF.  He could join Bruce and Stubbs to form a great young OF for the Reds as early as 2012.

13. Chicago White Sox: RHP Anthony Ranaudo - 6'7" 235 - Louisiana State

Once considered a top 5 pick, Ranaudo has had a rough time returning from an injury he sustained early in the season.  To make matters worse, he's retained Scott Boras as his agent.

However, the kid still has the makings of a front of staff pitcher with his poise and MLB ready change and curve ball.  Furthermore, Ranaudo has the potential to add another 3-4 mph on his heavy, sinking 90-93 mph fastball.

He could fall a long way down or a team with a slick GM like the White Sox could pounce on this potential steal.

14. Milwaukee Brewers: OF Josh Sale - 6'0" 205 - Bishop Blanchet HS (WA)

Sale (pronounced Sull-ee) is a stocky left handed hitter who most scouts agree will most likely end up at 1B.

Another thing they agree on: mammoth power in his bat.

Sale has very advanced hitting mechanics for his age and may not take too much time to make his way through the Brewers minor league system.  If Milwaukee does indeed trade Prince Fielder, Sale could be the guy to replace him.

15. Texas Rangers: OF Gary Brown - 6'0" 185 - Cal State Fullerton

Arguably the most athletic player in this years draft, Brown projects to be a potential Gold Glove centre fielder.

The only thing Brown won't offer is power.  However, Texas already has significant pop in its line up, so adding a defensive wizard who should hit for a decent average and possibly steal 40 bags a season seems to be a smart play here.

16. Chicago Cubs: RHP Matt Harvey - 6'4" 225 - North Carolina

The buzz is that the new management in Chicago wants to make a splash and Matt Harvey could be the guy to do it.

Harvey has some signability issues, as he's looking for over-slot money.  However, he might have the biggest arm in the draft with a plus curve and heavy 97-98 mph fastball.  If they don't see Harvey as a starter, he could be closing games for the Cubs as early as mid 2011.

17. Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Dylan Covey - 6'2" 200 - Maranatha HS (CA)

Projected by many as a top ten pick, the Rays should jump all over this kid if he indeed falls this far.

Covey has had a dominating season with a record of 11-2 and posting a 1.23 ERA with seven complete games.  His curve ball is MLB ready and his complimentary pitches (mid 80's slider, low 90's fastball and emerging change-up) are still improving.

He's a work in progress, but the kid has the makeup of a front end starter and the Rays have the depth to allow him to grow at his own pace.

18. Anaheim Angels: RHP Stetson Allie - 6'3" 225 - St. Edward HS (OH)

With three picks in the first round, the Angels use this selection to draft the biggest power arm in the draft.

Allie has a high 90's fastball that's been known to hit triple digits on occasion.  However, his command is suspect and he really doesn't have any secondary pitches.

The Angels know Allie is a project, but with patience and good coaching, this kid could be a superstar.

19. Houston Astros: RHP Alex Wimmers - 6'2" 195 - Ohio State

After selecting a developmental power bat with their eighth pick, the Astros go for Co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, Alex Wimmers.

Wimmers' biggest attribute is his ability to pitch deep into games, as his four complete games, including Ohio State's first ever no-hitter, will attest.

Houston lacks depth regarding front end starting prospects, so Wimmers could fill a big need here.

20. Boston Red Sox: RHP/3B Kaleb Cowart - 6'3" 195 - Cook County HS (GA)

Scouts think this kid can be a big time player at either position, so a team like Boston can draft him and let him figure it out on his own.

Cowart has shown a preference for 3B, where he is a switch hitting, power/speed threat.  Defensively he has a great arm (obviously) and soft hands.

When on the mound, Cowart throws a mid 90's fastball with a pair of above average off speed pitches (curve and change) along with a slider that shows a lot of promise.

21. Minnesota Twins: RHP Brandon Workman - 6'5" 220 - Texas

Originally drafted by Philadelphia in 2007 (3rd round), Workman decided to attend Texas instead.  Now the hard throwing righty is a projected first rounder, so it seems he made the right call.

The Twins lack front end depth and Workman could step in as early as 2012.  He throws a mid 90's fastball and a crisp, high 80's two seamer.  His curve shows plus ability but, as of now, it's inconsistent.

22. Texas Rangers: RHP Asher Wojchichowski - 6'4" 235 - The Citadel

After going with speed/defense earlier in the round, the Rangers look to add another pitcher to their growing stable of young arms.

Asher is a big kid with a durable frame who shows a lot of intelligence and poise on the mound.  Add his heavy mid 90's fastball and crisp slider and you have the makings of a potential inning eating staff anchor.

23. Florida Marlins: RHP Jesse Hahn - 6'5" 190 - Virginia Tech

Hahn may have some health issues, but his electric high 90's fastball and vastly improved curve could sway the Marlins to roll the dice.

Besides, Florida loves strikeout pitchers and whether or not Hahn starts or closes as a big leaguer, you can bet on him missing a lot of bats.

24. San Fransisco Giants: SS Christian Colon - 6'0" 185 - Cal State Fullerton

Once considered the top middle infield prospect in the draft, Colon is coming off a broken leg suffered during a Team USA game this past summer.

However, when healthy he is simply the best defensive SS/2B available and could be a huge steal for the Giants.  He also has great bat speed and could be an above average hitter in the pros, though with little power.

25. St. Louis Cardinals: SS Yordy Cabrera - 6'3" 195 - Lakeland HS

Cabrera will most likely transition to 3B as he progresses though the minors, which is just fine with the Cards.

Blessed with big time power, Cabrera is also a threat to steal.  However, that may fade as he begins to build more muscle.

As of now, he is strictly a pull hitter but he's already drawn comparisons to Miguel Cabrera.  Sky high potential but a project.

26. Colorado Rockies: OF Austin Wilson - 6'4" 215 - Harvard Westlake HS (CA)

Wilson will never be a threat to steal many (if any) bases if he makes it to the pros.  However, he has big time power and projects as a high average hitter with a patient approach at the plate.

He's committed to Stanford (did I mention the kid is smart?) but could be swayed  if taken by the right team.  The Rockies could be that team, but will they pay over-slot?

27. Philadelphia Phillies: 2B/OF/RHP Kolbrin Vitek - 6'3" 195 - Ball State

The Phillies have been looking for an answer in LF and they have one in Vitek, if they select him.

Very athletic with a great arm (he throws a mid 90's fastball), his frame and range will play better as an outfielder in the pros.

Vitek is also a very polished bat and could become a 20/20 hitter as soon as 2012.

28. Los Angeles Dodgers: RHP AJ Cole - 6'5" 190 - Oviedo HS (FL)

A converted catcher, Cole is a laser throwing strikeout pitcher whose fastball can touch 98 mph.  He also has a plus curve, but his change up needs work.

Make no mistake, Cole is a project.  However, this kid has the raw talent and, if he develops, could end up being the best pitcher in this draft.

LAD could be the best place for Cole as they have the organizational depth to allow him time to grow.

29. Anaheim Angels: RHP Brett Eibner - 6'4" 210 - Arkansas

The Angels can seriously reload their system with young arms in the first round.  After taking potential closer Allie earlier, they now select the highly versatile Eibner.

This kid loves to hit, but its his ability to pitch that will be his ticket to the pros.  He throws a good sinking fastball in the mid 90's and an already MLB quality slider.

He's not as seasoned as other college pitchers but once he's focused on just pitching, he has significant front line potential.

30. Anaheim Angels: OF/RHP Justin O'Conner - 6'1" 190 - Cowan HS (IN)

O'Conner will take time to develop, but he has significant upside.  Most scouts agree that his future lies with his stick, but his ability as a pitcher speaks volumes on his arm strength from the outfield.

As a hitter, he's been compared to Manny Ramirez with his easy follow through and extension.  Once he adds muscle to his frame, his power should develop nicely.

It will take time but the reward could be significant.

31. Tampa Bay Rays: LHP James Paxton - 6'4" 215 - Grand Prairie (Independent)

Originally drafted by Toronto 37th overall last year, the Jays couldn't sign him so he played semi-pro this past season.

Paxton was considered MLB ready last year after striking out 115 batters in only 78.1 innings.  His fastball and slider are pro worthy out pitches, but his stuff looks to translate better as a closer.

Lefty closers are gold.

32. New York Yankees: RHP Tyrell Jenkins - 6'4" 180 - Henderson HS (TX)

Tall and lanky, his loose arm action has him touching 95 mph as a 17 year old.  The one downside (if you can call it that) is that he's a three sport athlete who's verbally committed to Baylor.

However, if anyone can convince a young man to skip college and go pro, its the Yankees.  The kid has massive upside and, if the Yanks are patient, they may have one of the bigger steals of this draft.

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