We’ll have pick-by-pick coverage of the draft on Circling the Bases
tonight beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET, but in the meantime here are the top
10 picks projected by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com and Jim Callis of Baseball America:
Pick/Team Mayo Callis
1. Nationals Stephen Strasburg, RHP Stephen Strasburg, RHP
2. Mariners Dustin Ackley, OF/1B Dustin Ackley, OF/1B
3. Padres Mike Minor, LHP Donavan Tate, OF
4. Pirates Aaron Crow, RHP Aaron Crow, RHP
5. Orioles Zach Wheeler, RHP Zach Wheeler, RHP
6. Giants Tyler Matzek, LHP Tyler Matzek, LHP
7. Braves Alex White, RHP Alex White, RHP
8. Reds Mike Leake, RHP Mike Minor, LHP
9. Tigers Jacob Turner, RHP Rex Brothers, LHP
10. Nationals Drew Storen, RHP Drew Storen, RHP
Mayo and Callis both have the top 10 dominated by pitching, and there’s
quite a bit of agreement within their projections. San Diego State
phenom Stephen Strasburg at No. 1 and North Carolina hitting machine
Dustin Ackley at No. 2 seem all but guaranteed, but no one is quite
sure what the Padres will do at No. 3 and Aaron Crow’s potential
signability issues could potentially shake things up after that.
Interestingly, both projections have Washington taking Stanford
closer Drew Storen at No. 10, which makes sense given that he’s
considered the most MLB-ready reliever in the draft and the Nationals’
bullpen has been historically awful. If they can get Strasburg signed
and take Storen with their second first-round pick, the Nationals’
pitching staff could look a lot different time next year.
Facing an elimination number of one, the Astros staved off elimination in the AL West by beating the Diamondbacks on Friday night by a 6-1 margin. The Rangers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Angels on Saturday afternoon, which temporarily put the Astros’ fate in their own hands.
Colby Rasmus hit a pair of solo homers and Jose Altuve added a solo shot of his own. Starter Collin McHugh tossed seven innings of one-run ball, limiting the Diamondbacks to six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Reliever Will Harris allowed a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the eighth, but Luke Gregerson closed out the game with a scoreless ninth.
The Astros trail the Rangers by one game in the AL West and lead the Angels by one game for the second AL Wild Card slot. The Rangers can clinch the AL West on Sunday afternoon with a win or an Astros loss. The Astros can clinch the second AL Wild Card on Sunday afternoon with a win or an Angels loss.
The Yankees lost both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Orioles and lead the Astros by only one game for the first AL Wild Card slot.
If the Astros win and the Rangers lose on Sunday, they will play an AL West tiebreaker in Texas. The winner will win the second AL Wild Card if the Yankees win on Sunday, or the first AL Wild Card if the Yankees lose on Sunday.
If the Astros lose and the Angels win on Sunday, the two teams will be tied for the second AL Wild Card. They would play a tiebreaker in Houston, and the winner would play the Yankees in New York in the Wild Card game.
Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson looked more like Ladainian Tomlinson the way he was running during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Rockies. In the first inning with one out against starter Chris Rusin, Tomlinson hit a fly ball into the right-center field gap at AT&T Park, a great place to go if you’re in the mood for an inside-the-park home run.
Neither Carlos Gonzalez nor Chris Dickerson could corral the ball before it rolled all the way to the 421-foot marker at the fence. Tomlinson motored around the bases, but Gonzalez made a strong throw into cut-off man D.J. LeMahieu, and LeMahieu made a great throw in to catcher Tom Murphy, but Tomlinson slid in safely just ahead of the tag.
It was an exciting play and the hit proved important as the Giants eked out a 3-2 win against the Rockies.