'06 Draft: 3rd Round Mock Draft Projections

After examining the first two rounds of the draft, Jason Avery finishes up his look at the draft, breaking down the third round of this week's draft, and predicting which players will go to which team.

Links to the earlier installments: First Round, Second Round.

77. Kansas City - Wade LeBlanc, LHP, Alabama
Like Miller and Hodges, LeBlanc should bring help quickly to the Royals. LeBlanc pitches in the high-80s and has a good changeup with a durable frame. He needs to develop a sharper breaking ball.

78. Colorado - Steve Evarts, LHP, Robinson HS (Florida)
Evarts stock has gone up significantly due to an increase in velocity with a peak of 93. He has a plus changeup, and just started to develop a slider. He has a good feel for his craft, and could really take off with the development of a breaking ball.

79. Tampa Bay - Sean Black, RHP, Lenape HS (New Jersey)
Black burst on the scene by reaching 95, but sits in the low-90s with a power curveball. He is raw on the mound and will need plenty of work to refine his delivery and changeup, but could be a solid prospect in time.

80. Pittsburgh - Aaron Bates, 1B, N.C. State
After spurning the Marlins as an eighth-round pick last year, Bates will fare much better this June. Bates has a lot of power in his polished bat, and he should help the Pirates very quickly. 81. Seattle - Adam Davis, 2B, Florida. As did most of his teammates at Florida, Davis struggled with the bat and saw his stock slip. Davis is a switch-hitter who has good speed, and good power for his size (5-foot-9).

82. Detroit - Caleb Clay, RHP, Cullman HS (Alabama)
Clay only recently started pitching on a regular basis, but he has risen up draft boards by reaching 94 with an easy delivery. He also has a chance to have a good slider and is developing a changeup. He also has a slender frame that projects well.

83. Boston - Zach McAllister, RHP, Illinois Valley Central HS
The son of an Arizona scout, who no doubt would have him under consideration if he's available a few picks later, he sits in the low-90s with a good slider and a developing changeup. He is a good athlete and a good delivery.

84. Cincinnati - Cory Rasmus, Russell County HS (Alabama)
His older brother Colby was a first-rounder of the Cardinals last June, and Rasmus can be overpowering at times with a fastball that hit 97 last fall with a hard slider. He doesn't have much projection, but his present stuff can be nasty.

85. Baltimore - Cedric Hunter, OF, Martin Luther King HS (Georgia)
Hunter is a polished hitter and makes consistent hard contact that results in line drives to all fields. Hunter could be a bit of tweener, as he may not have enough power that teams like to stay on a corner, and lacks th speed to stay in center.

86. Arizona - Jason Jarvis, RHP, Chaparral HS (Arizona)
Jarvis saw his velocity jump into the 92-93 range this spring, and he should throw harder as he fills out his frame. He has a slider that is rapidly improving and is developing a changeup. Jarvis may be a tough sign if he falls any further than here.

87. Arizona - Charles Brewer, RHP, Chaparral HS (Arizona)
It would be more than just a public relations story if the D-Backs selected the local standouts, if they are available, as both are worthy of going here. Brewer doesn't throw hard--yet. His 6-foot-5 frame is very projectable and his curveball and changeup show a lots of promise.

88. Texas - Nathan Karns, RHP, Martin HS (Texas)
Karns has a very strong frame that allows him to generate low-90's heat with good sink, but he is also very effective when he is in the high-80s. Despite playing football, he has a solid slider and changeup. Karns signed with Texas, and may need to go here to stay out of school.

89. San Francisco - Harold Mozingo, RHP, Virginia Commonwealth
Mozingo has made the transformation from thrower to pitcher in school, and he pitched well after a comebacker broke his thumb in April (he missed three starts). He works in the low-90s with a plus curveball and an improving changeup.

90. Florida - David Christensen, OF, Stoneman-Douglas HS (Florida)
Christensen has a lot of tools, but may need to be picked here to keep him from attending Miami. Christensen has good bat speed, but doesn't make consistent contact. He does have lots of power, and also has good speed with a plus arm.

91. Washington - Brennan Boesch, OF, California
Boesch would've been a premium pick out of high school had he been signable, but Boesch has a lot of tools packed into his large (6-foot-5) frame. Boesch has immense power, runs well for his size, and has a good arm.

92. Milwaukee - Casey Beck, RHP, San Jacinto JC (Texas)
Because he was a closer, he wasn't seen by many crosscheckers, but Beck can reach 96 with a fastball and his nasty slider has been clocked as high as 88. Beck has a feel for a changeup, and might get a chance a start.

93. San Diego - Derrik Lutz, RHP, George Washington
Elbow tendonitis slowed Lutz down this spring, but he was brilliant in the Cape Cod League last summer, throwing up to 94 with good command, and a plus slider. He profiles as a closer, and any team that drafts him will base it on last summer's work.

94. New York Mets - Andy Oliver, LHP, Vermillion HS (Ohio)
Oliver has a strong frame and has low-90s velocity on his fastball. Oliver also throws a curveball and changeup that will need refinement, but has a nice arsenal to work with.

95. Florida - Jeremy Barfield, OF/1B, Klein HS (Texas)
Barfied has great bloodlines. His father Jesse was a star outfielder for the Blue Jays, and brother Josh is San Diego's second baseman. Barfield has a huge frame (6-foot-6) that generates tons of power, but a lack of speed may push him to first base.

96. Minnesota - Carmine Giardina, LHP, Durant HS (Florida)
Giardina can overpower hitters at times with a fastball that can range in the 88-92 range with a curveball that can be a plus pitch. He was inconsistent with his delivery this spring, and needs to sharpen his changeup.

97. Philadelphia - Chad Lee, Barton County CC (Kansas)
Lee shot up draft boards when he hit 95 with his fastball, and flashed a power curveball, but lost some momentum when he felt a twinge in his elbow and left a start. He had so-so results in relief, so all teams will have to do their work on his arm, as well as his left knee, which he tore the ACL in back in 2004. He is raw on the mound, but has a great frame and a huge ceiling.

98. Oakland - Andrew Carpenter, RHP, Long Beach State
Carpenter pitched for three schools in college, but was remarkably consistent this spring. Carpenter throws in the 88-93 range, with a slider and a split-finger fastball. He could be a solid starter in the back of a rotation.

99. Houston - Kevin Angelle, LHP, Bridge City HS (Texas)
The Astros do a good job of mining their home state for talent, and Angelle has grown into a solid prospect. Angelle works in the 88-92 range with room for more on his frame. He also throws a sweeping curveball and has a feel for his changeup.

100. Atlanta - Kyle Gibson, RHP, Greenfield-Central HS (Indiana)
Gibson has an immense ceiling, with a 6-foot-5 frame and a fastball that sits in the 90-92 range already. His slider and changeup need work, and a lot of scouts don't think he's physically ready for pro ball. He has signed with Missouri and could be a tough sign.

101. Cleveland - Sergio Perez, RHP, Tampa University
Perez has a solid fastball/slider combination, with his heater reaching 95, and his slider shows nice depth. Perez hasn't developed a changeup and needs consistency with his delivery.

102. Los Angeles Angels - Curtis Dupart, OF, Woodinville HS (Washington)
Dupart has gone from a complete unknown to an early pick with his play. He has had injury issues in the past, which has limited his time on the field. He is very much a raw player, with his bat needing the most work, but he has flashed five-tool potential. He hasn't committed to a school, but has ACC schools chasing him, which has driven his price tag up.

103. Boston - Tim Norton, RHP, Connecticut
Norton is an older senior sign (already 23), but has a fresh arm and the Red Sox have an affinity for players in New England. Norton has an unorthodox delivery, but can reach 96 with his sinking fastball. He also throws a split-finger fastball, and has a slider that needs work.

104. New York Yankees - Jeff Manship, RHP, Notre Dame
Manship was one of the most ballyhooed prep prospects in the country three years ago, but hasn't pitched much at Notre Dame because of Tommy John surgery. Manship has bounced back nicely and throws in the 90-92 range with his signature curveball serving as his out pitch. He also has an average changeup and should pitch in the middle of a rotation.

105. Chicago White Sox - Jon Jay, OF, Miami (Florida)
One of the most polished hitters available in the draft, Jay should hit at the top of the order. Jay's power hasn't developed as scouts had hoped, and he doesn't have the speed for center field, so he is a bit of a tweener, as to where he'll play.

106. St. Louis - Craig Baker, RHP, Cal State Northridge
Baker is yet another fast riser, as he works in the 89-92 range with his fastball with a hard-breaking curveball. He also throws a changeup, and really attacks hitters. He has good command of his stuff.


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