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03-31-2010 09:47 AM #1
Andy Seiler's March Mock (interesting quotes)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates – Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech – I know this one will bring plenty of wailing from the Pittsburgh community, but I simply don’t see any connection between the Pirates and Jameson Taillon. With Anthony Ranaudo out right now, McGuire has stepped up to become the best draft-eligible college pitcher in the country, and he offers solid stuff with some projection remaining. Previously: #10.
3. Baltimore Orioles – Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands HS (TX) – If Taillon does fall into the laps of the Orioles, this will be another no-brainer type of selection. There was a little bit of worry a couple of weeks ago when Taillon’s velocity dipped a bit in a start, but it was back up in his most recent start. Cost is the big factor here, considering Taillon might be the most expensive prep arm ever. Previously: #3.
03-31-2010 10:16 AM #2
03-31-2010 10:45 AM #3
I believe Jacob Turner (DET, 1:9, 2009) has the highest -- something like $5.5million guaranteed with incentives to push it up to $7million.
I would say there is little chance BAL ends-up signing Taillon. Matzek was comparable last year and BAL had no interest (apparently at least partly due to make-up issues). Maybe things are different this year because they will be saving money by not having a 2nd round pick, but I'll be pleasantly shocked if that means the O's pay the premium for a prep righty.
03-31-2010 11:05 AM #4
Whatever, I'm a firm believer in taking the BPA and paying for it. Taillon has separated himself from the other arms and no bats College or HS are close, IMOP. The draft is still the cheapest way to get top of the line talent and the Orioles do have the money especially with Tejada's and most likely, Atkins off the payroll.