Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feeling a draft: Mid-morning edition

Baseball America's mock draft 5.0 still has the Twins taking Nick Gordon, and called it "The pick the industry seemed most sure about."

What would most likely get in the way of it, BA says, is Houston or the Cubs making a below slot deal with Gordon. I doubt it with the Cubs, since they pick just one slot ahead of the Twins, but Houston I can see. The Astros did this in 2012, the Byron Buxton draft, with Carlos Correia.

My completely uninformed gut says Houston's front office really wants to make that kind of pick if only because they want to make sure everybody knows they're the smartest guy in the room. If they really want to, they will. It might not be Gordon; it might be Aaron Nola. If Tyler Kolek believes he's sliding, he might be the guy who says yes to a significantly-below-slot-for-the-first-pick offer that still figures to be higher than the money going to the seventh pick.

But Gordon's the most likely target in my eyes for such a scenario. 

And I really haven't seen a mock that starts with that notion.

1 comment:

  1. John Sickels did a mock draft earlier today with Astros taking Gordon as his example of something unexpected changing things around.