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Keith Law’s First Mock Draft

Keith Law published his first mock draft last night. It’s Insider content, so I do not feel comfortable posting all three picks, but I will say the missing selection is one covered in a previous Baseball America mock draft. Here are the other two picks (numbers 24 and 31):

Tampa Bay Rays Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland, Calif.)
Ross brings a good mix of upside and current polish, which is Tampa’s ideal player, along with athleticism that they need in their system. Cron is also a possibility.

Tampa Bay Rays Levi Michael, SS, North Carolina
He’s another player I can’t see falling this far, but the various teams I know that are interested in him all have other options available.

Ross is the younger brother of Tyson Ross (a member of the Athletics rotation) and stands 6-foot-2 (or 6-foot-3 depending on the measurement) with an athletic frame that he shows off at shortstop in addition to his mound work. His athleticism also shines through in his motion and arm action (that you can witness for yourself through various videos). As you would expect from a potential first-round right-handed high school arm, his fastball is in the 90s and he complements it with a slider.

Michael, on the other hand, is a switch-hitting collegiate shortstop who has played various positions for the Tar Heels during his career. Michael has been tagged as the best collegiate shortstop in the draft, and even though the Rays have two good shortstop prospects in the mid-to-upper minors, you have to figure he could contribute at another position should everyone reach the majors and become an asset.

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