The 2009 MLB draft is 0nly two weeks away. I thought I would take a look at some of the possible picks available for the O’s at number 5. The two hottest prospects SD State pitcher Steven Strasburg and UNC 1B Dustin Ackley will be gone, but other than that it is tough to tell. The mock drafts I saw were all over the map with none having the same Oriole pick. Therefore I will show you a few possibilities before I reveal who I want them to pick.
Donovan Tate, OF HS (GA)
Considered a true 5 tool talent. Only catch is a football and baseball scholarship to North Carolina.
Matt Davidson, 3B HS (CA)
Hits for power and average. He is compared to the Mets’ David Wright.
Mychal Givens, SS /RHP HS (FL)
He is considered a defensive wizard in the field and can pitch in the mid-90’s. He would be a tough decision on which way to go with him.
HIGH SCHOOL PITCHERS
Tyler Matsek, LHP HS (CA)
A rotation with Matusz and Matsek would look good in the Orioles future. He is known for having very good mechanics.
Shelby Miller , RHP HS (TX)
The Texas high schooler can throw in the mid- 90’s with an excellent breaking ball.
Matt Purke, LHP HS (TX)
Similar to the guy above, but a lefty which will probably get him drafted higher.
Tanner Scheppers, RHP Fresno St.
Would probably be the second pick in the draft if not for an arm injury. If the doctors proclaim him healthy after sitting out the ’09 season he could be a steal. With the previous injury though, he is a risk.
Kyle Gibson, RHP Missouri
At 6′ 6″ if he grows into his body, he could dominate. He is currently compared to John Lackey.
Alex White, RHP N. Carolina
Many of the drafts list him as gone before our pick. That is unfortunate. The Tar Heel throws in the mid-90’s and already has 4 consistent pitches he can get hitters out with.
My Prediction for the Orioles pick
Grant Green, SS USC
I will let my friends at mlb-draft.net describe Grant Green for you. They can do it far better than me. I would love to see this kid at SS or 3B for the O’s in about 3 years.
Quote form mlb-draft .net
“The excitement is building for the USC shortstop, as comparisons to Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria have begun to circulate. The toolsy Green may eventually attain their lofty status’, but for now he needs to continue to show improvement, carrying over a great run in the Cape Cod Summer League.
At 6-3/180, Green is a tall and athletic SS, and though a shade on the thin side, he’ll add weight/strength as he matures. Grant turned on the scouts during his freshman campaign, eliciting Freshman All-American honors, and then he really turned it up a notch this past year (sophomore season), when he hit .390, with 9 HR’s, 46 RBI and 10 SB’s, all in 205 AB’s.
Green has very good range and a good arm and should stay at SS for many years to come, but he’ll need to do better than the subpar 17 errors in 41 games this summer. However, in my brief chat with his Cape Cod (Chatham A’s) manager, John Schiffner, I was told that the grounds are rough and that Green was getting to a lot of balls that most SS’s couldn’t. Schiffner compares the right-handed hitting Green to Evan Longoria, whom he also managed, and loves the kid. A move to third down the road is not out of the question, as he adds weight and loses range. Green has good power potential and a good eye at the plate, and a big help to his accolades rest in his stellar performance in the wood bat Cape this past summer, where he hit .348, with 6 HR’s, 21 RBI, went 10/13 in SB’s, walked 28 times, struck out 38, and had a line of .348/.451/.547/.998, all in 161 AB’s. “
Well, there you have it. Who is excited about the MLB draft now.