MLB Draft 2010: Top Position Prospects
Of all the professional sports drafts, Major League Baseball is by far the biggest crapshoot. Anytime you're drafting players who in some circumstances, just got the keys to their first car, there's a higher likelihood of them not panning out.
For every Derek Jeter (1 overall in 1992) there's going to be a handful of Matt Bushes (Overall number 1 in 2004.)
It is a roll of the dice like no other in professional sports, just ask the Kansas City Royals who in 2006 drafted Luke Hochevar in front of Evan Longoria and two time Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum.
In this year's MLB draft, the consensus number 1 pick is Bryce Harper. The 17 year old sensation has baseball scouts everywhere drooling over his immense talent.
But again these should always come with a disclaimer
The kid is still just 17 years old. I could not even begin to comprehend being this hyped when I was 17 years (definitely more concerned with how to break out of my parents house after midnight without the dogs barking at me.)
Anyways, here are the Top 10 Position Prospects. For all we know, 10 years from now we could look at this list and half are All-Stars while the other five are coaching high school baseball in rural Texas.
Number 10: Christian Colon
What really stood out for scouts with Colon was his performance on the US national team last year. He was the best hitter on a team that used wooden bats. This also makes scouts excited because his offense is still secondary to his defense.
While he is currently playing SS for Cal State Fullerton, the 6 ft. junior will probably slide to second base when he makes the leap to the big leagues.
One concern with him however is just how much better can he really get? He doesn't have great power, is not particularly fast, and his range in the field is not great.
One other disclaimer with Colon is the blood "suckingest" of all blood-sucking agents represents him: the man, the myth, the legend, Scott Boras.
Number 9: Austin Wates
The junior outfielder from Virginia Tech is know for his blazing speed which some say is the best in the ACC. He's also being praised for being one of the smartest players as well.
However for reasons unbeknownst to me, he spent a lot of time at 1B before moving to a more applicable position in the outfield.
Although not the most powerful of hitters with just three homers, his "line drive swing" definitely has some pop to it given a .462 batting average. Teams will be looking for him to be a leadoff hitter in the pros who is able to creates headaches once he gets on the base paths.
Number 8: Derek Dietrick
The junior 3B from Georgia Tech can hit for both power and average to go along with a solid glove in the field.
While he bounces back and forth from third to shortstop at G Tech, scouts say his lack of range will land him at the hot corner when he's drafted.
What makes Dietrick so appealing to scouts is his power potential in the big leagues. While he might not be as near as athletic like Evan Longoria, one scout points out "how his power may be just as good which is enough reason to take a chance on him."
Number 7: Tyler Holt
If consistency is something you're looking for in a prospcet, then the 6'3 OF from Florida State is your guy. He has started every game during his career at Florida State at 168 (the longest such streak in the nation), and has the tools to produce in the big leagues
If we want to play the "Who does he remind scouts of in the pros right now," game, the answer is Aaron Rowand.
Holt can hit for a decent amount of power and his .992 fielding percentage shows he can cover the outfield as well. Another attractive feature with Holt is his business-like approach to the game. With him, you're not going to see any flashy antics, just a kid who plays the game hard.
Number 6: Zack Cox
The 3B from Arkansas comes with a terrific ceiling but just as big as floor as well.
Cox has flaws in his swing and according to scouts, they are pretty big flaws. The question is whether or not his power potential is enough to outweigh the issues with his swing.
He is a big, strong, left handed hitter who looks like someone who could hit over 40 home runs a year in the MLB. Most scouts have him going in the top 10 but still remain cautious given the holes in his stroke.
Number 5: Rob Segedin
The junior 3B from Tulane has a beautiful stroke that has scouts raving about his pro potential. While his fielding is definitely above average, it's his bat that's going to make him a pretty rich dude come draft time.
To go along with his power, his plate discipline is also top-notch which is rare for hitters that have the ability to hit it into the gap every time.
Combine that with the fact his warning track power is starting to translate into over the fence power, and you have a big time prospect.
Number 4: Yasmani Grandal
In the baseball community, one of the more prized types of players is the switch-hitting catcher.
Actually just a catcher that can hit is pretty good.
Grandal can definitely do just that. He was recently named the ACC player of the year with a .428 average, 13 HR, and 54 RBI.
What makes this prospect so special is that at first coming out of high school, he was known as a defense first catcher. Scouts are saying he could be ready for the big times in less than a year.
Number 3: Michael Choice
Choice's raw power combined with his defensive prowess has people down in Arlington really excited for this young man's future.
The comparison here is to Vernon Wells although some scouts say he might have even better power. He currently leads the nation in walks, intentional walks, and on base percentage not to mention his batting average of close to .400.
He can play any position in the field or really any position period given his athleticism.
One other note is that in the specific draft, Choice has been noted for having one of the best work ethics and is known as the "high character" guy.
Number 2: Kolbin Vitek
The 6'3 second baseman out of Ball State University is also known for being one of the best hitters in the draft. His 17 HR and 68 RBI are terrific for a 2B and his above average speed makes him a legitimate threat on the base paths as well.
What really makes Vitek interesting as a player is that some aren't even sure if he'll get a chance to hit in the pros. His low 90s fastball has made him a part of the Ball State pitching rotation since his freshman year.
He's played all over the infield but just for full measure, most scouts predict he will wind up somewhere in the outfield.
Number 1: Bryce Harper
Not really a contest here. Harper is supposed to be the next phenom not just in baseball but in all sports.
Scouts everywhere first mention how incredible it is too watch him hit a baseball. The raw talent combined with force is supposedly quite a sight to behold.
The fact that he is a catcher has some scouts already comparing his talent to that of Joe Mauer. Only problem scouts say, is that he's a better hitter. Oh my.