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Analysis: Jesse Biddle, Zach Lee, more

6/7/2010

On the evening of the first round of the 2010 MLB draft, MLB draft bloggers Jason A. Churchill and Keith Law will provide pick-by-pick analysis in the first round.

Before diving into the analysis, here are some key resources related to the 2010 MLB draft:

And now, analysis of picks No. 27 to No. 32:

No. 27: Jesse Biddle to the Philadelphia Phillies:

Churchill: Perhaps the best left-handed prep pitcher in the draft, Biddle brings projection and the chance for a low- to mid-90s fastball and curveball combo. The change is nearly non-existent, but the command shows promise.

No. 28: Zach Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers:

Churchill: Lee is asking for more than $5 million, the last we heard, and has a strong football commit to LSU. If the Dodgers want Lee and his above-average change, they'll have to pay him, which doesn't seem likely considering the Dodgers' ownership situation.

Good chance Lee ends up in Baton Rouge to play QB for Les Miles, but he's projectable and has already flashed big-league pitches.

No. 29: Cam Bedrosian to the Los Angeles Angels:

Churchill: Bedrosian, who ranks at No. 34 on the final pre-draft top 100, has a big fastball that touches the mid-90s to go with a good curveball that should get swings and misses in pro ball. The safe bet is that ends up in the bullpen, but he does have a slider and a change in his arsenal should he need to develop them for a future in the rotation.

Aaron Sanchez and A.J. Cole are still available and have a better chance to start, so perhaps this picks saves the Angels a bit of cash, since they have so many picks to sign.

No. 30: Chevez Clarke to the Los Angeles Angels:

Churchill: The Angels take another Georgia prospect in Clarke, an athletic outfielder whose best tools are his feet and his glove. He throws well enough to profile in center and should hit for enough average to play everyday.

Keith wrote this spring that while Clarke can run, he's not the elite athlete that brings big upside.

No. 31: Justin O'Conner to the Tampa Bay Rays:

Churchill: O'Conner was connected to several clubs in the top 20, including the Mets at No. 7 -- he was the Mets' third choice for that pick -- and the Rays have themselves another collection of talents to potentially remain atop Keith Law's organizational rankings next winter. O'Conner hasn't been catching for long and has picked it up quickly, already showing a plus arm and quick release. The Rays may have drafted their future catcher here, to go with a potential middle-of-the-order run producer earlier in the round.

No. 32: Cito Culver to the New York Yankees

Churchill: The Yankees may have reached here with Culver, who seems to be a second-day talent, and may not even be a SS in the end. Clearly, the Yankees just don't have the money to spend.