Draft buzz

The formidable Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com projects this morning that the Rangers will take TCU righthander Andrew Cashner with pick number 11 tomorrow.

ESPN draft expert Keith Law suggests the pick will be Eastern Kentucky lefthander Christian Friedrich.

And then there’s this:

Baseball Prospectus guru Kevin Goldstein has Texas taking Missouri righthander Aaron Crow, who had been projected to go much higher in recent weeks.

While Baseball America’s latest mock is not yet published, there’s this note in their draft buzz: “Now, even the two top college starters on the board, San Diego’s Brian Matusz and Missouri’s Aaron Crow, could be losing a little steam. It’s through nothing they did or didn’t do, but sources indicate the relative strength of the bats available toward the top of the draft was pushing Matusz and Crow down draft boards. Indications are now that Crow could slip all the way out of the Top 10 in some scenarios.”

BA’s Jim Callis suggests Crow could be the guy, but if he doesn’t get all the way to number 11, Friedrich is a good bet.

I still love the idea of California high school center fielder/righthander Aaron Hicks, mainly as an everyday player.

Things are heating up – even if they aren’t getting any clearer.

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