Well here’s my choice, Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt University. As many of you might know, Pedro’s teammate David Price is considered by many to be the top choice in this year’s amateur draft, it is rumored by Rotoworld that Devil Rays’ GM Jerry Hunsicker is back in Houston to scout the Rice/Vanderbilt series in general and Price in particular.
It is also my pleasure to announce that #8 Vanderbilt beat #1 Rice today by the score of 7-3; Alvarez drove in two with a line drive that turned out to be the game-winning hit. Pedro was named the National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com; he was also named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Alvarez finished last season with a .329 batting average along with 22 homers and 64 RBIs. He was also named to the SEC Academic honor roll.
This guy is worth spending a #3 overall on, provided that he can be lured away from Vanderbilt. He’s a top five prospect and should be ramping up right about the time that Aramis Ramirez is ramping down. Could this be our third baseman of the future?