With the major league draft fast approaching, I figured that I as well as others might benefit from having a thread specifically for draft-related information and questions. Signability of various players will probably be a hot topic (and stuff that's good to know for the Mock Draft).
A few things to start off, based on Frankie Piliere's new Mock Draft.
-Supposedly, the Royals are hot on Asher Wojc!@#%&*. They had a huge contingent to watch him this weekend, and with no pick after No. 4 until the second round, they're either thinking that he could drop massively . . .or more likely, they're thinking about him at No. 4. It's probably the latter . . .you don't send your scouting director to watch a kid with a week to go before the draft for the hell of it.
-Mike Kvasnicka seems to have tons and tons of helium, and with a paucity of solid college bats an increasing number of teams seem to be coming to the realization that they might have to think a little more outside of the box to get a guy that fits their MO.
-Piliere has Yordy Cabrera to Oakland at No. 10 . . .despite the Boras connection he sounds eminently signable (probably due to his age), but while his upside is impressive I just don't buy him at all. Nice raw power, but that's about it - I don't think he'll hit for average, and his pitch recognition needs work. I'd hate to gamble a top 10 pick on that package.
Now, my own contribution . . .wondering if anybody has heard anything on the signability of Stanford commits Brian Ragira, A.J. Vanegas, and Lonnie Kauppila. I really like Vanegas, would not want to let him get away to college. Kauppila reminds me a lot of Ryan Jackson (the recent Miami shortstop and Cardinals draftee), and I suspect he gets to campus. I know Ragira is pretty big on going to school, and I'd probably let him go - I suspect he's a tweener, but some time in college might help him mature better and maximize his power potential.