Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mock Draft update

A couple of Mock Drafts for your reviewable pleasure in advance of next Thursday night's (June 6) amateur draft:

Baseball America's Jim Callis: Jonathan Gray.
Rumors persist that the Astros might prefer to redistribute bonus-pool money by striking a deal with one of the hitters, and owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow have been spotted scouting Moran. Most industry sources, however, continue to believe the choice will come down to Gray or Appel, whom Houston also considered with the No. 1 pick last year.

Scout.com's Kiley McDaniel: Mark Appel. 
This week, I've been hearing the Astros current posture is "exploring every alternative to Appel" and the buzz coming out of Houston matches the deliberate, measured approach they took last season to keep everyone in the dark, maximizing their negotiating leverage with misdirection and hoping one of their targets blinks.