So with the school year over, the draft over, and most testing over, I find myself with tons of time on my hands and not much to do. So in my effort to combat boredom, I have written up a mock draft for next year's draft. This is more of a stab in the dark at this point, but I used whatever scraps of information I could find. Enjoy.
1) San Diego Padres- Austin Meadows, OF- Possibly the best position player in the draft, Meadows is a legit 5-tool talent who should make the top 5 as of right now and is a candidate for the first overall pick.
2) Chicago Cubs- Karsten Whitson, RHP- A former 9th overall pick in 2010, Whitson is one of the top college pitcher for the 2013 draft class. Although there are concerns about injuries, he should start next season with a clean bill of health.
3) Minnesota Twins- Austin Wilson, OF- The Twins would be getting one of the top collegiate position player, and Wilson has solid tools across the board with a good power potential.
4) Colorado Rockies- Jeremy Martinez, C- In a draft class deep in catching talent, Martinez is one of the best, with a good power potential and a chance to stick at the plate because of his excellent defense. Catchers with great bats and the ability to stick at the plate are valuable commodities of the draft.
5) Kansas City Royals- Oscar Mercado, SS-The Royals go the high school route this time and nabs a HS shortstop with a great glove and lots of potential with the bat.
6) Houston Astros- Clinton Hollon, RHP- Hollon is one of the top high school pitcher in the draft with a fastball that sits in the low-90s with a good breaking ball to go with it. Although he’s a little short in stature, he still has a good chance to stick as a starting pitcher. The Astros are in the process of rebuilding, and adding Hollon to the farm system already with Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers Jr. would provide a great building-block for the rebuilding process.
7) Oakland A’s- Ryne Stanek- RHP- Stanek is another top college pitcher in the draft with a low-90s fastball and solid secondaries. Although the A’s went the high school route in the recent draft, I believe they’ll go back to the college route once more and snag a top collegiate pitcher.
8) Detroit Tigers- Justin Williams, OF- Williams provides a top notch bat and although he does provide solid tools across the board, his main highlight is his bat. If the Tigers draft him, he should eventually form a fearsome combo with Fielder and Castellanos
9) Seattle Mariners- Stephen Gonsalves, LHP- The Mariners have an impressive stockpile of pitchers in their minor league system and I think they’ll add another arm in Gonsalves, who is starting to get comparisons to Tyler Skaggs. He has a low-90s fastball with tons of room to grow. He also has a curveball with a lot of potential and an above-average changeup.
10) Milwaukee Brewers- William Abreu, OF- Because the Brewers now feel the need to draft bats, they’ll probably draft lots of bats for a while. This time they select a HS outfielder who is similar to Albert Almora in that he has solid tools across the board with a good power potential. He could be a potential 20/20 player with a possibility for higher numbers.