#MLBDraft’s best available according to Baseball America, MLB.com, and ESPN’s Keith Law
Friday’s Round 3-10 action will get going at 10:00AM PST today, and so far the Giants have used their two picks at 14 and 52 to get Tyler Beede and Aramis Garcia. You can read more on them and see video of them here. You might be wondering which picks are the “best” still available according to the rankings that are out there. Keep in mind, some players could still be left out there because of the money demands that the industry believes these players are making, so don’t think that just because a Top 30 guy is there he’s going to be snatched up by the Giants right away. The Giants have the 87th, 118th, 148th, 178th, 208th, 238th, 268th, and 298th overall picks. Below will be screen shots of the top rankings of Baseball America, MLB.com, and ESPN. You’ll see the Top 31 available, because that’s what I was able to screen shot. Starting with Baseball America:
Some of Teddy Cahill’s thoughts from MLB.com on J.B. Bukauskas and Day 2:
“Bukauskas is committed to North Carolina and was a junior when school began in the fall. But at the request of the Tar Heels coaches, he moved his high school graduation up a year, becoming eligible for the 2014 Draft in the process. Though his dynamic arm excited scouts this spring, he remains committed to North Carolina and sent a letter to teams last month telling them he intended to attend college.
Friday will most likely see several college seniors selected as teams try to get the most out of their allotted pool of money to sign their Draft picks. Each team’s budget for the Draft is determined by adding up the value assigned to each of their picks in the first 10 rounds. If a team goes over this total, its is subject to penalties.”
Here’s a little about what Keith Law had to say of the best remaining:
“Bukauskus, Montes de Oca and Kendall are probably all unsignable/massive over-slot guys at this point, although I expect all three will get calls tonight from teams looking to see if $1.5-2 million is enough to buy them out of their college commitment.
Lemond came back from missing time with a sore elbow that resulted directly from misuse at Rice, and teams are afraid to take a Rice pitcher to begin with. But Lemond has shown he’s healthy and represents great value at this point. Cease has an elbow injury but opted for platelet-rich plasma treatment rather than surgery, and could still be signable for a team willing to take on the risk that he’ll need Tommy John surgery down the road. Graves’ stock wasn’t helped by playing for a miserable team that missed the SEC tournament, but I think he’ll go in the third round as one of the few good college starters left on the board.”
So, there are still plenty of top 100 guys there to be plucked, but we’ll wait to see if the board of the Giants lines up a little with the boards of the scouts that release content to the public.