Anyone have a good website to look at the entire draft that can be sorted by team, school, position, etc. ??
Scouting Report from Baseball America.
Cole is the best righthander out of Southern California since Phil Hughes starred at Santa Ana's Foothills High in 2004. Cole's four-seam fastball ranges from 93-96 mph, occasionally peaking at 97-98. He adds a hard, late-breaking curve which shows bite, tilt and depth. Cole used his changeup sparingly early in the season, though he used it more later. Adding to Cole's considerable appeal to scouts is his tall, lanky and projectable frame, which is nearly ideal for a prep righthander.
Scouts are split over whether Cole profiles as a starter or closer. He maintains velocity and pitch movement deep into games, but his inconsistent command and tendency to run up high pitch counts may move him to the bullpen. Some scouts have compared him to Mariners closer J.J. Putz. Cole does bring mechanical concerns. He lands on a stiff front leg, and he recoils his arm during his follow-through. Both hurt control and raise injury concerns. Complicating the situation, Cole's adviser is the Scott Boras Corp., which may eliminate many clubs from consideration. Cole also hasn't endeared himself to scouts or teammates with what one scout described as his immature mound demeanor.
Maybe Mo's eventual replacement.
Here is a nice article from yesterday in the NY Times about Mark Melancon
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New York Mets
Overall Talent Grade - B
Top Selections - Ike Davis, Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Javier Rodriguez, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Sean Ratliff
Early Selections Overview - Teams shouldn't draft on need, but when that need is simply replenishing the farm system as quickly as possible it's good to grab some polished talent. The Mets couldn't have done a much better job in doing that. Davis and Havens are hitters that they could likely start off in full season ball and Holt could give them a fast rising power arm. Ratliff should not go unnoticed either as he provides a potent power bat that could surprise some people.
Sleepers/Tough Signings - The Mets have to be thrilled that Josh Satin fell to them at the 194th overall pick, as he profiles as a big hitting middle infielder. It was quite a surprise to see him fall that far. Mitch Houck, the 524th overall pick, could surprise some Mets fans with his performance as the left-hander is the owner of a sharp cutter that could give hitters problems at any level.
Jeremy Bleich could be a steal for the Yankees.
New York Yankees
Overall Talent Grade - A-
Top Selections - Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich, Scott Bittle, David Adams, Corban Joseph, Chris Smith
Early Selections Overview - The Yankees continue to use their first couple picks on top talents who fall into their laps for various reasons. They were able to land the best arm in the class, Gerrit Cole, as well as one of the best lefties in the class, Jeremy Bleich, who fell because of an injury plagued spring. New York is also seeming to make a habit of getting a quality college closer year after year now. Bittle could rocket through their farm system. And, after selecting Adams, who gives them the polished college position player that they need in their system, the Yankees then went for upside taking Corban Joseph and the huge talent that is Chris Smith.
Sleepers/Tough Signings - It's rare to get as quality a college arm as the Yankees got in round ten when they landed Clemson righty, D.J. Mitchell. Mitchell is the owner of a heavy 89-94 MPH fastball but faded down the stretch this spring. The Yankees, as usual, have a number of high upside late round selections, but two that stick out as potential tough signings are prep shortstop, Garrison Lassiter and prep lefty, Blake Monar.
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