The Major League Baseball Draft begins tomorrow night and despite the fact that we are only a day away, things are still a bit murky for the Cincinnati Reds at the #2 spot in the draft. Earlier this morning I released my personal Top 10 draft board with a bunch of information on the Top 5 players on the board, including reasons why a team should and shouldn’t select each player.
The big news since the last update is that Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez has tested positive in a pre-draft drug test that’s given out to the Top 200 prospects in the draft. I wrote about that situation earlier this morning some, and what may happen for Perez because of it.
Baseball America released their most recent mock draft on Tuesday afternoon. They have the Philadelphia Phillies taking high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick. That leaves them with this to say about the Cincinnati Reds:
The Reds have been clear that if Puk is on the board, they’ll take him. If not, expect Tennessee infielder Nick Senzel, especially if there are questions about Perez. The Puerto Rican shortstop was thought to be in play here and with Milwaukee at No. 5 until the last week, when his star has fallen. PICK: A.J. Puk, lhp
The latest draft board at ESPN is also up. Keith Law released it this morning. After the first two players on the list you will need to be an Insider to continue reading. At the top of his draft board is Louisville outfielder Corey Ray, though Law notes he thinks he could slip out of the top five. Ray is followed by New Jersey high school left handed pitcher Jason Groome.
Speaking of Jason Groome, Law notes that his control isn’t exactly what you want to see from arguably the top arm in the draft. One reason we’ve seen many be wary of selecting Florida left hander AJ Puk is that he’s struggled with control at times. Of course, it’s worth noting that Puk did that against SEC competition. Jason Groome this past season walked 13 batters in 29.2 innings against New Jersey high schoolers. He also struck out 61 batters – but it’s certainly interesting to see how he struggled to throw strikes despite so many guys he faced having no chance to hit his fastball without starting their swings incredibly early.