In case you have been living under a rock the past few weeks, the Nationals will select 17-year old Bryce Harper with the first pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Harper is said to be the LeBron James of baseball and a once in a lifetime type of player. But enough about Harper, lets take a look at the other top prospects in this year’s draft.
The Pittsburgh Pirates hold the second pick and many scouts feel that they will take shortstop Manny Machado, who has drawn many comparisons to who else but Alex Rodriquez. By clicking here on the video, it is hard to disagree. His bat swing and body build makes you think that you are watching high school tape of A-Rod. I think Machado has a bright future in baseball and would not be surprised if he ends up being the most successful player from this draft class.
The Nationals next pick is in the middle of the second round and 51st overall, where they could pick up high school pitcher Zach Lee. The problem is…LSU is pushing hard for Lee to be the quarterback of their football team. Lee can throw over 90 MPH and will likely pursue a career in baseball over football, but I have always had a fear with dual sport athletes because they don’t always know which sport to pledge their allegiance (see Drew Henson).
Washington’s next pick will be the first of the third round and 83rd overall, where Garin Cecchini, an infielder out of Louisiana could be available. Although he throws right handed, he swings the bat from the left side of the plate, a unique trait valued by several teams. Cecchini is a big guy like current Nats shortstop Ian Desmond, checking in at 6-foot-3 and 200 lbs. The Nationals would love to have a guy like this available at this pick.
Remember to tune into the MLB Network tonight at 6 to get all of your complete first round coverage.