You may remember that Kevin Gallo, Dan Kirby, and I did a round robin style mock draft not too long ago. I officially wound up with the Cubs' second pick (it was totally random, I swear!) and went with RHP Mark Appel. However, to make it fair, Kevin and Dan also pitched in with the player they would pick at #2 and Kevin went with Kris Bryant and Dan went with LHP Sean Manaea.
Since then, RHP Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma and high school OF'ers Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier have continued to build momentum. Frazier was the star last week, while Austin Meadows is heating up lately. On the flipside, some have raised questions about college arms Manaea (decreased velo/stuff) and RHP Ryne Stanek, (struggles with command, consistency) -- both, however, are top 3 quality arms.
We may add more later but for now the draft update concentrates on the consensus top 7 players in the draft.
- I don't do a lot of stats on high school players but just to illustrate how hot Austin Meadows is, here are the numbers: He is 8-for-11 with 3 doubles and 2 HRs over his last 3 games. He's hitting .571 with 5 doubles, 3 HRs, and .647 OBP overall. The most recent news I have on Clint Frazier is that he hit his 7th HR earlier this week.
- Jonathan Gray hit 100 mph a few times and his last pitch of the game was at 97 mph, so there's no doubt about his arm strength. He had another dominant performance, going 9 innings and giving up just 3 hits and one walk while striking out 12. Over his last 3 starts, he's been phenomenal. He has put up a line of 25 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 32 Ks.
- Sean Manaea had another good outing with a line of 7 IP, 3 hits, 0 ER, 2BB, 8Ks. Though his fastball has reportedly been down a couple of ticks, you wouldn't know it by the numbers. In his last 4 starts covering 28 innings he has a 0.64 ERA,with 7 walks and 35 Ks.
- Mark Appel scuffled early but recovered and seemed to get stronger as the game went on The end result was another great performance: 8IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 11ks. For the year he has walked 7 and struck out 54 in 38 innings. His ERA is 1.18.
- Kris Bryant faced a tough pitcher in potential first round LHP Marco Gonzales but did go 2-3 with a walk and a SB. For the year he's hitting .397/.573/.973 with 12 HRs.
- Ryne Stanek will pitch this weekend. So far this season he hasn't put up the numbers his stuff would indicate. He has pitched 21.2 innings and given up 20 hits and 13 walks (1.52 WHIP) while striking out 20. His ERA is at 3.32.
We've made our picks, so now I put it to all you draft fans...which player would you select with the 2nd pick?
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