The 2010 Major League Baseball Draft will take place tonight with the Washington Nationals getting the first pick. Here is a quick look at some of the top prospects heading into the draft.
Harper is expected to be drafted first overall by the Nationals after leading Southern to the Junior College World Series and hitting .442 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs. The 17 year old is being hailed as the biggest prodigy since Lebron James.
As a power-hitting shortstop, Machado's size (6'3",190) and strength have inevitably led to A-Rod comparisons. After leading Team USA in hitting last summer, Machado is well on his way to living up to those expectations.
The big right-hander from Texas is projected by Sports Illustrated to be taken by the Orioles. Taillon already has great pitch speed (94-99 mph range for his fastball) and good command over his breaking balls. Scouts are in love with his size (6'7", 230) and poise that could make him an ace.
The lefty struck out 134 batters this past season, but a lack of consistency may harm his draft stock. However, the fact that he's a left-handed pitcher may allow him to still be taken early due to the lack of southpaws in this year's class.
One of the best hitters in college (.432), Cox also provide can provide versatility to whatever team drafts him since he can play second or third base. No matter the position, his consistency at the plate should be enough for Cox to have a promising career.