Tigers selected high school RHP Jacob Turner with the ninth pick in the draft.
Turner has a quality fastball that shows up in the mid-90s at times, but his slider is soft and he doesn’t have much of a changeup yet. The upside is there, but he seems like a reach in the top 10.
Nationals selected Stanford RHP Drew Storen with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft.
The Nats weren’t going to go for another big upside guy at No. 10, not when they’re going to have to spend so much of Stephen Strasburg. Storen is an excellent relief prospect, and the Nationals figure to bring him along that way, though he does have the stuff to start. His low-90s fastball and big-breaking slider could make him a closer, and like Strasburg, he could contribute next year.
Rockies selected LHP Tyler Matzek with the 11th overall pick in the draft.
On talent alone, Matzek looked like the top high school pitcher available. His bonus demands, however, caused some to shy away. If the Rockies can get him signed, they’ll have made one of the best picks of the first round. Matzek throws 91-94 mph, and both his curve and slider are potential strikeout pitches.
Royals chose RHP Aaron Crow with the 12th pick in the 2009 draft.
Crow, a Missouri product, was drafted ninth overall last year. His bonus demands remain quite high or else he might have went in the top five this time around. Crow has a strong fastball-slider combination, and reports indicate that his changeup has improved over the last year. He could develop into a second or third starter.
Athletics selected USC shortstop Grant Green with the 13th pick in the draft.
The A’s may well have gone with Mike Leake if he was still sitting there, but Green provides solid value as well. He could possess 15- or 20-homer power down the line. He doesn’t have terrific range at shortstop, but he should be able to stay there, which is very important with the A’s loaded with potential second basemen. His bat probably wouldn’t play particularly well at third.
Rangers chose high school LHP Matthew Purke with the 14th pick.
Purke has a very good fastball for a left-hander, and both his changeup and curveball project as major league pitches. If his arm holds up, he has No. 2 starter potential. However, he looks like even more of an injury risk than the typical high school pitcher.
Indians selected North Carolina RHP Alex White with the 15th pick.
White generates some sinking action on his 89-93 mph fastball and has a quality slider, but with no useful third pitch and only adequate command, he’s not as far as long as one would expect from a college pitcher drafted in the first round. He probably won’t help next year.
Diamondbacks selected high school third baseman Bobby Borchering with the 16th pick in the draft.
The Twins were thought to want Borchering, a switch-hitter with potential 25-homer power. If he were a legitimate third baseman, he could have gone in the top 10. Unfortunately, he’s probably going to need to move to first base.