Mack Draft: – Jackie Bradley, Josh Bell, PG National Showcase, Nick Ahmed, Derek Dennis, Travis Harrison, and Willie Argo

Jackie Bradley and Josh Bell are two players I feel have the greatest chance to slip a little in the draft. I could see Bradley going as high as number five overall to the Royals at this stage, but if he doesn’t I could see him falling a little since the teams between the Royals at #5 and the Red Sox at #19 have a history of shying away from pricier picks and/or Scott Boras advisees. However, don’t rule out the Athletics. Bell is a candidate to receive first-round money in the sandwich (or later) round from a team like the Red Sox that have multiple picks and haven’t been shy about dropping significant financial investments in their picks. – http://www.5tooltalk.com/2011-mockdraft-2-11-11.html  

The Perfect Game National Showcase and PG Junior National Showcase, originally scheduled to be held at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, have been moved to City of Palms Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, Perfect Game officials have announced. The two premier showcases will still take place June 14-19 as originally scheduled, with the Junior National June 14-15 and the National June 16-19.The change of venues was necessitated by the collapse of the Metrodome roof Dec. 12 following a heavy snowfall in the Twin Cities. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is expected to conclude the entire roof will need to be replaced at the facility, a project that would take at least six months to complete. – http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5210  

Nick Ahmed (who I actually prefer on the mound, believe it or not) and Derek Dennis are both tools gambles at this point. Either player is capable of a Christian Colon rise up the board this spring, though it seems unlikely a team will reach on either quite the way the Royals did on Colon. I prefer the bats of Featherston and Serna over those of Ahmed and Dennis, but the much greater possibility of the latter pair playing an above-average shortstop professionally ultimately gave them the edge.- http://baseballdraftreport.com  

OF-1B Travis Harrison Tustin HS, California 6’2 220 R/R – quality power hitter with strength in his bat with very good bat speed, tends to arm swing on pitches up in zone but can hit them with authority which means he’s a beast as far as strength goes, will occ chase pitches off-speed and out of zone, but will hurt your fb especially if it’s down the middle. Better on the way runner, showed 6.7, 60 type speed, but 4.45 and 4.5 out of box as RHH, arm strength is there to play either corner OF or IF position, fielding mechanics are rough but playable. Eventually a 1B guy for sure. 25 HR 280 hitter with 15-20 sb’s and 90 rbi’s guy?! It’s all there! http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com  

Willie Argo – Illinois – How versatile is Argo? As a freshman in 2009 (when he hit three homers in his first college game at LSU), Argo hit .355 with 47 RBIS, 46 runs, a 1.072 OPS, 11 doubles, and a team-high 12 home runs as a middle of the order batter for the Illini. He also stole 10 bases that year while earning Freshman All-American honors. Argo’s power numbers went down last year, but he hit .318 with 33 RBIs, 46 runs, six triples, four homers, and a school-record 41 stolen bases (7th in the nation) as Illinois’ leadoff man. Many consider Argo an “athlete” who is still developing as a baseball player. The Davenport, IA native earned 13 total varsity letters in four sports (football, baseball, wrestling, and track) in high school. Argo was drafted in the 49th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008. He figures to go much higher this year. He also once hit a home run off the famed Lamade Statue in centerfield at the 2001 Little League World Series.- http://collegebaseball360.com/2011/02/07/top-college-baseball-outfielders-to-watch-in-20116

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