Keith Law has put together his first mock draft in preparation for the MLB draft next month. He has LHP Danny Hultzen out of Virginia going first overall to the Pirates. Rice third baseman Alex Rendon is No. 2 on Law's list to the Mariners.
The Rangers pick 33rd and Law has them taking Josh Osich, a LHP from Oregon State.
Law's comment: As in the Josh Osich who threw a no-hitter against UCLA last month.
Osich looked like a first-rounder in the fall of his junior year, potentially a top-10 pick, but blew out his elbow that February and missed all of 2010 as a result. Now he enters a tougher draft class in his recovery year but is making a big, late push to re-enter the first round, starting with his no-hitter of UCLA in late April.
Osich has touched 98 in shorter outings and is sitting more 90-93 now, with his velocity gradually improving as the spring goes on, although his slider still isn't back and he's mostly fastball-changeup, with the latter projecting as solid-average. He stays over the rubber and is very upright through his delivery, with minimal shoulder tilt, a good stride and early pronation. However, there will always be a concern about his arm since he's had Tommy John surgery.
A high pick here is a bet that Osich will eventually sit 92-94 or better again with that above-average-to-plus slider, a smart gamble for a team in the sandwich round that lacks a high pick.