1. Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals
Who was surprised by this selection? In every scout’s eye he the perfect pitcher. Only time will tell.
2. Dustin Ackley, 1B/CF, Mariners
This was the best possible pick for the Mariners. Ackley was the best hitter in the draft. His bat will profile best in center, so hopefully Ackley’s arm is back at full strenght followingTommy John surgery. Read the Mariners Nation recap at Bleeding Blue and Teal
3. Donovan Tate, CF, Padres
I do not like this selection for the Padres. Tate is one of those athletes with soooooo muuucccchhhh potential, and one that scouts drool over. Drafted out of HS with a strong college commitment and high bonus demands, Tate won’t be wearing a Padres uniform.
4. Tony Sanchez, C, Pirates
Alright Pirates fans, you can crawl back into your shells now. This was a signability pick period. Rumor even has it that Sanchez and the Pirates agreed to a contract before the draft. Sanchez is supposedly defensively ready for the big leagues, and has a developing bat, but I don’t trust the MLB Network “analysts”, who didn’t say a single negative thing about any player. Enjoy Pittsburgh!
5. Matt Hobgood, RHP, Orioles
Many analysts had the Orioles taking another highschooler, Zach Wheeler. While signability definitely factored into this pick, Hobgood has very good command, a hard fastball, and is built like a workhorse. Baltimore could have done far worse.