Thursday, June 5, 2014

Feeling a draft: Early afternoon edition

Last one of these posts before I head off to (pretend to) work ...

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of each posted their mock drafts. Surprise: They both have the Twins taking Nick Gordon.

Callis gets there with Brady Aiken (Astros), Carlos Rodon (Marlins), Tyler Kolek (White Sox) and Michael Conforto (Cubs) going ahead of Gordon; Mayo's first three are the same, but he see the Cubs taking Kyle Schwarber. Both have Alex Jackson and Aaron Nola slipping past the Twins to the Mariners and Phillies.

Keith Law said in his weekly chat that he's hearing the Twins aren't as set on Gordon as he thought, with Kolek a legit possibility should be reach No. 5.

And, finally, John Sickles did what he called a "thought experiment" based on the premise I had in my previous post — that the Astros take Gordon with the first overall pick. Sickles' notion is that the Twins would go with Aaron Nola if available, Sean Newcomb if Nola isn't. He has Kolek sliding past the Twins.

What I expect: All these people who spend far more time than I do scouting and talking to scouts are convinced the Twins will take Gordon. Who am I to dispute that?

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