Considering we're only three weeks and one day away from the MLB draft, it's time I stop procrastinating and take a shot at projecting the first round. This is never easy -- I think it's the hardest thing I do in this job because I'm trying to get information teams have no incentive to disclose -- but this year, it's even more difficult because the teams at the top, including the Phillies at 1-1, have yet to decide whom they're taking.
I think with the way the top of the board is shaking out, with probably just two prep arms going in the top 10, several other top high school pitchers will end up in the teens -- or they'll be totally unsignable unless someone goes way over slot in the comp round. That could apply to Clifton Park, New York, right-hander Ian Anderson, who has barely pitched this spring because of terrible weather in the area and a bout of pneumonia, or Kansas lefty Joey Wentz, whose velocity has tailed off and whose medical reports teams are waiting to read.
Enjoy this for what it is: a first attempt. I'll have another one in two weeks, and I hope that will be more accurate. (You can see my MLB draft Big Board here.)
Note: Click on a player's name to go to his player card, which has a full scouting report written by Eric Longenhagen.
1. Philadelphia Phillies
A.J. Puk, LHP
Puk threw well Saturday with a ton of heat in the house, including three folks from the Phillies, at least two each from Atlanta and Colorado, and the scouting director for the Reds. The Phillies' mix is still pretty broad, which reflects the lack of consensus around the top talents in the class, with Puk, Kyle Lewis, Corey Ray, Mickey Moniak and Blake Rutherford forming their current decision set.