If the MLB Draft Was Analyzed Like the NFL Draft

#1 – Houston Astros: Carlos Correa, SS If the MLB Draft Was Analyzed Like the NFL Draft – Image 1

Grade: F

The Astros lost 106 games a year ago and are in 5th place in the NL Central already this season. They needed an impact player NOW, not a 17 year-old prospect. Also, why draft a shortstop when Jed Lowrie is in the middle of the finest season of his career? A big swing and a miss here by Houston.

#2 – Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton, OF

Grade: D

Buxton has a lot of potential, but name the last impact player to come out of Georgia's Appling County High School. That's right: you can't. The Twins took a big gamble here. Heads will roll if Buxton doesn't quickly turn into a star.

#3 – Seattle Mariners: Mike Zunino, C

Grade: A

Zunino gives the Mariners the SEC Player of the Year. Seattle now has a rare weapon: blazing speed at the catcher position.

#4 – Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman, P

Grade: C

Gausman has put up good numbers during his career at LSU, but his delivery needs work. He doesn't look like the prototypical pitcher and that's what a franchise like the Orioles desperately needs. They could have done better here.

#5 – Kansas City Royals: Kyle Zimmer, P

Grade: F

Most scouts project Zimmer to be no better than a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. You don't take a backup with the 5th pick in the draft. General manager Dayton Moore shows again that he's clueless when it comes to building a winner. If the MLB Draft Was Analyzed Like the NFL Draft – Image 2

#6 – Chicago Cubs: Alberto Amora, OF

Grade: F

The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908. Nothing against Amora, who seems like a nice kid, but there's little about him that says he'll be the player to deliver a world championship to the North side.

#7 – San Diego Padres: Max Fried, P

Grade: A-

Fried sits nicely into San Diego's system, in that he is a good pitcher and they have a huge ballpark. Smart pick.

#8 – Pittsburgh Pirates: Mark Appel, P

Grade: A

Appel was thought by many to be the best player available, so the Pirates have to be overjoyed that he fell to them at No. 8. Plus, his Stanford education means he brings intelligence and great intangibles.

#9 – Miami Marlins: Andrew Heaney, P

Grade: C-

The Oklahoma State pitcher had a 5.16 ERA in 2010 and a 4.03 ERA in 2011 before posting a 1.60 ERA this season that saw him shoot up the draft boards. The Marlins may have gotten duped into taking Heaney too high due to late draft buzz.

#10 – Colorado Rockies: David Dahl, OF

Grade: A+

Dahl provides huge upside and has drawn comparisons to Josh Hamilton, Mickey Mantle and other accomplished major leaguers of the same position and race.

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