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June 7, 2010

Future Shock Blog

2010 Draft: Best Of What's Left

by Kevin Goldstein

Here's my ten best remaining talents in the draft, and why they are still on the board.

1. Stetson Allie, RHP, St. Edward HS (OH)

Just priced himself out of the market. If he's throwing bullets like he was the last six weeks of the high school season, he's a top three pick in 2013.

2. Brett Eibner, OF/RHP, Arkansas

Despite huge offensive numbers, including more than twice as many home runs as teammate Zach Cox, teams like him better as a pitcher, and he wants to keep hitting.

3. Austin Wilson, OF, Harvard Westlake HS (CA)

Too raw to spend huge money on him, another possible big name in three years if the tools blossom at Stanford.

4. Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas

In the end, too many teams saw him as a future reliever, as he's primarily as fastball/curve pitcher, and it's not the prettiest delivery in the world.

5. Yordy Cabrera, SS, Lakeland HS (FL)

The concept of paying seven figures to a high school player who turns 20 in October proved too much. He should be an early name tomorrow.

6. A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS (FL)

Once he slid past the 20s, signability became a big issue, as he's going to want first-round money no matter where he's drafted. Miami could benefit from this drop.

7. Sammy Solis, LHP, San Diego

When the trend went to high-ceiling high school arms, the low-upside, polished college type got pushed to the side. Like Cabrera, he won't be waiting long tomorrow.

8. Jedd Gyorko, INF, West Virginia

Another easy second-round projection, scouts being unable to confidently project a good defensive home hurt him on day one.

9. Ryne Stanek, RHP, Blue Valley HS (KS)

Too much, too soon. Scouts didn't trust it in the end, and his secondary pitches failed to impress late. Could end up going to Arkansas.

10. Jesse Hahn, RHP, Virginia Tech

Just the worst timing of any player in the draft, as he left his post-season start on Sunday after three innings with forearm tightness, and final evaluation of the injury is still up in the air.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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