Jon and I ran into a bit of a buzzsaw this week with outside obligations. With apologies for the slow few days, content-wise, here is an updated pref list and a promise to double-up on items next week. It's been an entertaining start for the Birds, for sure, and we're excited to start digging into it now that we are a handful of series into the season.
On the Draft from, starting next week we'll break down the cross-sections on the pref list (comparing pitchers, shortstops, outfielders, etc.), and will start rolling out full scouting reports (in alphabetical order). In May we'll expand our look to some later round targets, as well.
Current Preference List (April 20, 2012)
1. Mark Appel, rhp, Stanford Univ.
2. Kevin Gausman, rhp, Louisiana St. Univ.
3. Byron Buxton, of, Appling County HS (Baxley, Ga.)
4. Kyle Zimmer, rhp, Univ. of San Francisco
5. Albert Almora, of, Mater Acad. (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.)
6. Mike Zunino, c, Univ. of Florida
7. Lucas Giolito, rhp, Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.)
8. Carlos Correa, ss, Puerto Rico Baseball Acad. (Gurabo, P.R.)
9. Gavin Cecchini, ss, Barbe HS (Lake Charles, La.)
10. Deven Marrero, ss, Arizona St. Univ.
For today's draft video, here's Kevin Gausman dealing to Arkansas earlier this month: