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MLB mock draft 2.0

Ranaudo pitched his way back onto the board this week. Marvin Gentry/US Presswire

The 2010 Rule 4 draft is just one week away, and there haven't been many changes in the Top 10, but there's more clarity in the middle of the round than there was a week ago. The biggest change has to be the comeback of LSU starter Anthony Ranaudo, who started the year as the presumptive No. 2 pick behind Bryce Harper but struggled through an injury-plagued spring. He was solid in his start at the SEC tournament Wednesday, then was very impressive in a three-inning relief outing Sunday as the Tigers won the championship game. But questions about his price tag and what's really going on in his elbow will limit his market to teams with larger draft budgets and higher risk tolerances.


Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper, C, College of Southern Nevada
No change. Harper's next game is Monday at 2 p.m. MT at the JuCo World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. SCOUTING VIDEO

Pittsburgh Pirates

Manny Machado, SS, Brito Miami Private High School (Fla.)
Still possible they take Drew Pomeranz, but the odds of them taking Jameson Taillon remain slim. SCOUTING VIDEO

Baltimore Orioles

Jameson Taillon, RHP, The Woodlands High School (Texas)
If Taillon is gone -- unlikely -- they'll probably take Machado. SCOUTING VIDEO

Kansas City Royals

Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast University
The name of the week is Minnesota catcher/right fielder Michael Kvasnicka, and this is the highest I've heard him so far.

Cleveland Indians

Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Ole Miss Or a college bat (Michael Choice over Zack Cox), or possibly Chris Sale if he gets here.