The #27 and #33 picks
As everyone knows, the M’s have the second pick in the draft this summer. You know the names by now – pray for Washington to pass on Strasburg, but if they don’t, the consolation prize is probably going to be one of Alex White, Dustin Ackley, or Grant Green. You can get a lot of information on those four from Baseball America and some googling.
However, the M’s also have two other first round-ish type picks as compensation for losing Raul Ibanez. In a conversation with a scout friend, a few names popped up that he thinks could be available in that area and be good fits for the M’s. So, we’ll talk about one of those guys today.
6’2, 200 lb LH hitting outfielder. Good contact/gap power hitter, excellent defense, terrific baserunner. Similar in some ways to Michael Saunders. Plays with reckless abandon, draws comparisons to Lenny Dykstra for style of play. He was rated as the 8th best prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer
Baseball America wrote him up based on their conversations with scouts this weekend.
He’s started the ’09 season by going 15 for 36 with 6 doubles and an even 5 walks and 5 strikeouts so far. If he has a solid junior season, continues to show some power development and controls the strike zone, he’ll be a first round pick. If he’s available at #27, he fits the mold of players that the M’s are looking for, and could be a good addition to the organization.