By Johnnie Teng
With the upcoming draft looming and more information about the players being analyzed and made public by wonderful publications such as Baseball America, we have had a chance to better grasp the draft stock of many players and update our mock draft. There have been multiple changes made to the original as we develop a better understanding as to which players are rising and falling. We have also added videos to each players bio’s, as well as a few more picks to round out the first 34 picks.
Mock draft 1.0 can be found here.
Pros: Much has been made of Puk’s troubles this spring, but he has done the exact same as the last couple years. Using his mid 90’s fastball that touches 99 and a plus curve, Puk has collected strikeouts at a very high rate this season. Good track record of success in college, international competition, and Cape Cod. Solid mechanics that uses his size effectively with his body parts in sync.
Cons: High walk rate, 3.99 BB/9 this season, command issues have plagued him at every level, but his pure stuff has been able to cover it up so far. Got arrested for climbing a construction crane once, but at least it wasn’t for something worse.
Reasoning: Originally had Groome in this spot, but it seems like Klentak and co. will play it safe with a college arm. Gut feeling says they might take Matt Manning, but that is way too far-fetched.
M(i)LB Comparison: Sean Newcomb hasn’t reached the majors yet, but the former-first round pick has the same traits as Puk: size, stuff, velocity, but control issues as well.
I wrote more about him in a previous piece here.
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Team photo courtesy of sportslogos.net.