2006 MLB Draft: Second Round Mock

Earlier, Jason Avery made his final predictions on which players will end up where in the first round of the draft, which starts Tuesday. Now, Jason examines the second round of the draft, and which players could end up where in the second go of it.


45. Kansas City - Wes Hodges, 3B, Georgia Tech
Hodges has battled a calf injury for the last several weeks, which has relegated him to DH duty. When healthy, Hodges should hit for a good average at the plate, and might add more power with his good bat speed.

46. Colorado - Lars Anderson, 1B, Jesuit HS (California)
Anderson has raked his way into the early rounds by launching 14 home runs this spring. He has great size and gets great leverage with his swing that gives him lots of power.

47. Tampa Bay - Chris Perez, RHP, Miami (Florida)
Perez has had some issues off the field, but has pitched well as Miami's closer. Perez can reach 95 with his heater, and his slider can be devastating at times, but he must get better control of his stuff and stay on top of his conditioning.

48. Pittsburgh - Jared Mitchell, OF, Westgate HS (Louisiana)
Mitchell has signed with LSU for football, but has shown a willingness to start his pro career. He has great athleticism and has a quick bat. He is obviously raw due to playing football, but he has a huge ceiling if it all comes together.

49. Seattle - Adam Ottavino, RHP, Northeastern
Ottavino has a nice frame that allows to sit in the low-90s comfortably, with more velocity to come. He has an outstanding slider, but the rest of his secondary stuff needs to be fine-tuned.

50. Detroit - Alex White, RHP, D.H. Conley HS (North Carolina)
A pure power pitcher and exceptional athlete, White could see his fastball reach the high-90s, once he fills out his projectable frame. White also throws an overpowering slider, but needs a third pitch and may need to go here to keep from fulfilling his commitment to North Carolina.

51. Atlanta - Adrian Cardenas, 2B, Monsignor Pace HS (Florida)
Cardenas had one of the best seasons of any player in America, smashing 18 homers and finishing with a .647 average. Cardenas should provide nice pop for a second baseman and be an average defender.

52. Cincinnati - Derrick Robinson, OF, P.K. Yonge HS (Florida)
Like Mitchell, Robinson is a football recruit who is committed to Florida. Robinson is the fastest player in the draft and has a good feel for the game, and he'll need extra time in the minors, but he could be a big weapon at the top of the order if it all comes together.

53. San Diego - Emmanuel Burriss, SS, Kent State
Burris emerged last summer in the Cape Cod League, using his blazing speed to swipe 37 bases. Burriss has a good understanding on how to utilize his speed, and should hit at the top of the order. He may face a move to second base, but some think he can stay at shortstop.

54. St. Louis - Jared Hughes, RHP, Long Beach State.
For his great size (6-foot-7), Hughes isn't overpowering, but commands the strike zone well and gets plenty of ground outs with his fastball and slider when he is on.

55. Arizona - Mark Melancon, RHP, Arizona
This is a very risky pick, due to Melancon being shut down with a strained elbow ligament almost two months ago. If the D-Backs, or any team for that matter, feel comfortable with his health, he could go much higher than here. When healthy, Melancon reaches 95 with his fastball and has a powerful curveball that makes him one of the top closers available.

56. Cleveland - Dustin Dickerson, 3B, Midway HS (Texas)
Dickerson has a lot of strength and raw power is 6-foot-4 frame, and is also a good athlete. His glove is inconsistent at third, so he may move to the outfield or first base down the line.

57. Cleveland - Jeff Locke, LHP, Kennett HS (New Hampshire)
Hailing from a cold-weather state, Locke hasn't been seen much, but he has a very projectable frame and reaches 93 with his fastball. His secondary stuff will need work, but he could be a terrific prospect in time.

58. Baltimore - Dellin Betances, RHP, Grand Street HS (New York)
At 6-foot-9, scouts can really dream on Betances' potential. He can touch the mid-90s with his fastball and has a plus curveball. Betances is athletic, but will need plenty of refinement with his delivery.

59. Washington - Matt Long, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
The first senior to go off the board, Long has had great success as a reliever after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He sits in the low-90's, but has thrown harder and complements it with a power curveball.

60. Milwaukee - Chris Archer, RHP, Clayton HS (North Carolina)
Archer has come on this spring, and could be a terrific prospect down the line. He works in the 90-92 range with a plus slider, and has a frame that projects a lot more velocity.

61. San Diego - Steven Wright, RHP, Hawaii
The Padres drafted Wright out of high school, and they could move him to the bullpen, where his low-90s fastball and outstanding slider might mean a quick trip through the minors.

62. New York Mets - Matt LaPorta, 1B, Florida
After failing to sign Pedro Beato, the Mets will be on the hunt for a first-round talent that slides in the draft. LaPorta is such a case, having Scott Boras as an adviser and suffering through a disappointing junior year. LaPorta has terrific power, and would give the Mets a much-needed impact bat.

63. Florida - Brandon Belt, LHP, Hudson HS (Texas)
Belt got off to a super start this spring, but tailed off towards the end of the year. He can touch the low-90s and is developing a good curveball. He should add velocity as he grows into his 6-foot-5 frame.

64. Minnesota - Matt Sulentic, OF, Hillcrest HS (Texas)
When you hit .676 with 19 homers, you're going to get some attention. Sulentic is a pure hitter with good power, despite his size (5-foot-10). He could play in the outfield, but some teams could move him to second base.

65. Philadelphia - Cody Johnson, 1B, Mosley HS (Florida)
Johnson has astonishing power for his age, and destroyed quality pitching on the showcase circuit last summer. He does have holes in his swing, and will need work defensively either at first base or the outfield, but could be a huge offensive performer.

66. Oakland - Josh Butler, RHP, San Diego
Butler made an early statement by beating Texas to start the season. He wore down towards the end of the year, but he can touch the mid-90s with his fastball, and has a good slider and curveball. He needs to get stronger, but has a solid repertoire.

67. Houston - Sean Watson, RHP, Tennessee
Watson has two above-average pitches in his fastball and his knuckle-curve, but has struggled with inconsistency at times, especially with his mechanics.

68. Atlanta - Tommy Pham, SS, Durango HS (Nevada)
The Braves covet tools-oriented players, and Pham definitely fits that profile. He also brings 90-plus heat as a pitcher, but wants to hit. In addition to his arm strength, Pham runs very well and the ball jumps off his bat.

69. Cleveland - Ryan Morris, LHP, South Mecklenburg HS (North Carolina)
Morris has seen his stock rise this spring by reaching the low-90s with a solid slider. Morris also has nice projection, giving the Indians another solid prospect from the prep ranks.

70. Washington - Steven Englund, SS, Bellevue HS (Washington)
Englund is loaded with tools, but is very raw on the field due to playing football. Englund began just to concentrate on baseball last year, and has made good strides, but will need plenty of time and refinement.

71. Boston - Mark Hamilton, 1B, Tulane
Another client of Scott Boras, Hamilton got off to a slow start, but he recovered nicely. He has great power, draws walks, but isn't a great defender at first base.

72. Atlanta - Zach Britton, LHP, Weatherford HS (Texas)
Like Clayton Kershaw, Britton has seen his velocity spike this spring to the low-90s. Britton has a good curveball, and offers plenty of projection, but needs to develop a changeup.

73. Chicago White Sox - Wade Kapetyn, RHP, Illiana Christian HS (Illinois)
Kapeteyn isn't as polished as some of the pitchers expected to go in this part of the draft, but he couldbe overpowering in time. His fastball has great sink and life to it, and his slider and changeup have made good progress.

74. St. Louis - Tony Watson, LHP, Nebraska
A draft-eligible sophomore, Watson has terrific command and can run his fastball into the low-90s with room for more to come. He has a great changeup and a slider that needs sharpening, but could move very quickly.


75. Cleveland - Ryan Adams, SS/2B, Jesuit HS (Louisiana)
Adams has drawn comparisons to Toronto's Aaron Hill, with the potential to be a productive middle infielder with the bat to go with a good glove. Adams has had issues with hamstring injuries, which may cause him to slide further than his talent warrants.

76. St. Louis - Devin Shepherd, OF, Oxnard HS (California)
Shepherd is already a physical specimen, and has great bat speed and raw power to go with a solid throwing arm. He hasn't always shown his power in games, and will need extra time in the minors to refine his game, but the finished product could be special.

Jason Avery is the Associate Editor of Amateur Baseball for TigsTown.com on the Scout.com network, the Detroit Tigers' equivalent to Inside The Ivy.

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