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Middle of the draft prospects (15 to 25 range)



Here are some of the players that are ranked to go around where the jays will be picking at in this years MLB draft. The jays hold the 21st overall pick.

 

Dillon Howard Searcy HS (Ark.), Senior Height: 6'4", Weight: 210 Position: RHP DOB: 07/01/1992 Bats: R, Throws: R Commitment: Arkansas In past Drafts, there would only be a small offering of high-ceiling, projectable high school pitchers with good velocity to choose from in the first round. In 2011, there's some depth in that category. Case in point is Howard, who doesn't rank up with the prep arms being mentioned near the top of the Draft, but isn't far off, either. The Arkansas product has a fastball that will be plus, touching 95 mph at times. It's not straight, either, with both sink and run to it. His hard curve, 78-80 mph, is a little slurvy now and is fringy average, but it's got some depth to it and will be more than fine. He's even got a good feel for a changeup, an offspeed pitch that should be a Major League average pitch as well. With a clean delivery, decent overall command -- not as much with the curve -- and the chance to have a solid three-pitch mix, Howard looks like he's settled firmly into the first round, unless signability (he's advised by Scott Boras) becomes an issue.

 

Blake Swihart V. Sue Cleveland HS (N.M.), Senior Height: 6'1", Weight: 175 Position: C DOB: 04/03/1992 Bats: S, Throws: R Commitment: Texas On pure ability alone, Swihart very well could have first-round talent. That's particularly true of his bat. He's got a great swing from both sides of the plate and can really hit. He should hit for average with above-average power. Think a slightly better version of Colby Rasmus, a hitter who could hit .300 with 20+ homers annually. It's unclear where Swihart's eventual defensive home will be. A catcher in high school, some feel he won't stay there at the next level as he's not the biggest guy in the world, though he does have arm strength, and a team may not want the wear and tear of catching to take away from his offensive potential. A move to the infield seems unlikely as Swihart's lack of speed wouldn't suit him at, say, second base, so a corner outfield spot may make the most sense, and he should have enough bat for such a spot. He's expected to be a very tough sign, with a commitment to the University of Texas, so it might take a team willing to meet his asking price to get him to become a pro this summer.

 

Alex Meyer Kentucky, Junior Height: 6'9", Weight: 220 Position: RHP DOB: 01/03/1990 Bats: R, Throws: R Previous: '08, 20th (622), BOS When Meyer was a high school prospect in Indiana three years ago, he was very much a raw thrower, a project with a long way to go. For the first two years at the University of Kentucky, he didn't really seem to develop much. And while he's still not a finished product, he has come a long way in his junior season, just in time for the Draft. The tall and lanky right-hander, who still has room for added weight and strength, has an outstanding combination of two plus pitches, with his fastball and slider. He'll get the fastball up to 96-97 mph, with some tail to the inner half of the plate. His power slider comes in at 86-88 mph, and it's a nasty pitch. In the past, he's had serious command issues. He's certainly not impeccable, but he has been getting ahead of hitters more consistently and shown fringy average command overall. He also started throwing an 85-mph changeup. It lags behind the other two, but it could be Major League average, a usable pitch, for sure. Meyer was coming on strong at the right time, and if that offspeed pitch continues to develop, he has the chance to be a top-of-the-rotation-type starter, and that should have many teams, particularly those in the second half of the first round, taking a long look at him.

 

 

Henry Owens Edison HS (Calif.), Senior Height: 6'6", Weight: 190 Position: LHP DOB: 07/21/1992 Bats: L, Throws: L Commitment: Miami Big lefties tend to get noticed, and Owens has been on radars for some time now as he's made the showcase circuit. The 6-foot-6 southpaw gets some Mark Langston comparisons, in terms of his body type, and he might have the arm to match. The SoCal high school product has a good delivery and arm action that allows him to throw his fastball 90-92 mph, peaking at 94 mph. He keeps it down in the zone and knows how to elevate it when needed. His curve, 69-74 mph, has two tiers to it. The first is a slower, Barry Zito-like breaking ball he throws to get strike one. The second is harder and generates more swings and misses. He also throws a slurvy slider, 75-77 mph, with a wide break. He has an advanced feel for a changeup and while he does try to work it in, he hasn't needed to use it a lot at this level. He's got polish on the mound, with advanced command and control of all his pitches, a package that could be a ticket to a first-round selection.

 

 Mikie Mahtook LSU, Junior Height: 6'1", Weight: 200 Position: OF DOB: 11/30/1989 Bats: R, Throws: R Previous: '08, 39th (1,168), FLA LSU's center fielder is having a very good offensive season in a down year for college hitters, as others have struggled with the move to the new bats. Mahtook, as they say, wears the uniform well, with a an excellent baseball body. He's got very good bat speed and with good mechanics and looks like he should be an above-average hitter at the next level. He hits to all fields, with his power -- which should be Major League average -- coming mostly to the pull side. He'll overswing at times, though that may be more due to his aggressive style than his lack of approach at the plate. Mahtook is an average runner, better under way, but he's a very good baserunner overall. Defensively, he's got the ability to play anywhere in the outfield. His arm is fringy average, but it's fairly accurate, and his all-out play and good instincts allow his average range to play up. If he can stay in center, his offensive potential at that premium position looks that more enticing. Regardless of his defensive home, Mahtook is likely to be gone before the first round is over.

 

Joshua Bell Jesuit College Prep (Texas), Senior Height: 6'4", Weight: 195 Position: OF DOB: 08/12/1992 Bats: S, Throws: R Commitment: Texas While this Draft class is getting more buzz because of the arms, there are some very interesting bats, especially from the high school ranks. Bell might be one of the best in that group. The Texas high schooler, who will head to the University of Texas if he doesn't sign, is a legitimate switch-hitter who has plus hit and power tools from both sides of the plate. It's the kind of bat that compares favorably with someone like Chili Davis or Cliff Floyd, though Floyd didn't switch-hit. Bell has an average arm and is an average runner, meaning he's likely to move from center field, where he plays now, over to a corner. He might be more of a left fielder, but he can handle right and should be an above-average defender when all is said and done. It's the bat that's really special and it's what will get him drafted at some point in the first round in all likelihood.

 

Tyler Anderson Oregon, Junior Height: 6'4", Weight: 215 Position: LHP DOB: 12/30/1989 Bats: L, Throws: L Previous: '08, 50th (1,491), MIN Anderson fits the mold of the quintessential pitchability college lefty, an advanced arm who knows what he's doing on the mound and should, as a result, be able to get to the big leagues rather quickly. The Oregon product throws an average fastball, 89-92 mph, just enough to keep hitters honest. He commands it extremely well to get plenty of outs with it. It has some two-seam tail to the arm side and he'll throw a cutter as well. His changeup is probably his best pitch, a well above-average offering that has outstanding action. He has two breaking balls, a show-me curve that he'll use to get ahead of hitters early in the count and a good slider that goes down and in to right-handed hitters. A not quite as physical Andy Pettitte type, Anderson has some deception to his delivery that allows his stuff to play up. He may not have the highest ceiling in the Draft, but as a guy who won't take long to hit a big league rotation, he won't have to wait too long to hear his name called.

 

 

Kolten Wong Hawaii, Junior Height: 5'9", Weight: 190 Position: 2B DOB: 10/10/1990 Bats: L, Throws: R Previous: '08, 16th (486), MIN There aren't that many pure college bats in this year's Draft class, but Wong has one of them. He gets overlooked because of his size, his position and the fact he plays in Hawaii. But, drawing comparisons to Carlos Baerga, Wong can really hit. He's got a professional approach at the plate, with a little power, and is the kind of hitter who should not take a long time to get to the big leagues. He's an above-average runner, and while he may not be a Gold Glover, he's a solid defender at second base. There tends to be a knock against guys who enter the Draft already at second, but Wong is a much better all-around player than perhaps he gets credit for. Even if he's underappreciated, he's still going to come off the board at some point in the first round.

 

 Matthew Purke TCU, Sophomore Height: 6'4", Weight: 180 Position: LHP DOB: 07/17/1990 Bats: L, Throws: L Previous: '09, 1st (14), TEX When healthy, Purke is one of the most complete pitchers in the Draft class. Taken in high school in the first round of the 2009 Draft, Purke didn't sign with the Rangers and went on to TCU instead. After a stellar freshman year, he entered 2011 as one of the top college arms as a Draft-eligible sophomore. He throws his fastball comfortably in the 90-95 mph range and can even touch 96 mph. He has a plus curve that has the potential to be even better and a slider that has the chance to be plus as well. His changeup is fringe average, giving him four pitches that he will mix and use to work hitters and keep them off balance. Purke is very confident on the mound and can be best described as a finesse lefty with plus arm strength and power. He was, however, shut down with shoulder bursitis this spring, leaving his status very much up in the air. Considered to be a tough sign even before the injury, it remains to be seen who will take the chance on his arm and his signability in June.

 

Jackie Bradley Rank: 28 South Carolina, Junior Height: 5'10", Weight: 180 Position: OF DOB: 04/19/1990 Bats: L, Throws: R Previous: Never drafted Bradley, the center fielder for the University of South Carolina, seemed destined to be a no-doubt first-round pick before this season started. But struggles with the bat -- he hit just. 259 over 37 games -- and a wrist injury that required surgery have thrown his status into question. He swings a better bat than what he showed this season, having hit well in the tough SEC in the past as well as for Team USA this past summer. Though he's only 5-foot-10, he packs surprising power into his frame. He's a rare combination of an outfielder who has the chance to be an above-average defensive center fielder while having below-average speed. He's got an above-average arm and plus instincts which should allow him to stay there, like a Jim Edmonds. A team that thinks the pre-2011 Bradley is the real one will likely still take a chance pretty early on.

 

Daniel Norris Rank: 15 Science Hill (Tenn.), Senior Height: 6'2", Weight: 180 Position: LHP DOB: 04/25/1993 Bats: L, Throws: L Commitment: Clemson With all the hard-throwing right-handers in this Draft class, it's easy to forget about the high school lefties. Norris might be the best of the lot. The Tennessee prepster has plenty of arm strength in his own right, and it's from the left side, always an exciting combination. His fastball is a plus for a southpaw -- he'll sit around 92 mph but has a little extra he can reach back for. He commands his fastball very well. His curve can be inconsistent, but it should be a plus pitch with hard bite to it. He'll also throw an average changeup, though he obviously doesn't need it much at the high school level. He gets high marks for his mound presence and makeup. There are some concerns with some mechanical flaws in his delivery and his ceiling may be as a No. 3 starter, but that's certainly not nothing and it's enough to get him off the board in the first round..(scouting reports from www.mlb.com)

 

 

 These are all guys rumord to be possibly the best talents when the jays come up to pick. So i ask you wwho should the jays most be excited to try and get there hands on and what ones do you think will end up going earlyer.

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