For the fourth straight year, we're doing a comprehensive audit of every organization in baseball leading up to the MLB draft.
By examining where each team's strengths and weaknesses lie -- and with a working knowledge of its typical draft strategy and tendencies -- we can get a sense of which player each team will select.
Click on the player names of the possible fits to get a full scouting report for that player. Also, the number in parentheses in the bonus-pool area is the team's rank among all MLB teams, from most money (Reds are 1st) to least (Cubs at 30th).
Division-by-division draft outlook
First pick: No. 17 overall
Bonus pool: $5,928,300 (23rd)
System strength: Houston fared well in last year's draft, landing three potential impact regulars. The Astros have been consistently creative with their bonus pools, moving money around and wreaking havoc since the current regime has been in power.
System weakness: Only SS Miguelangel Sierra and CF Gilberto Celestino project as impact defenders up the middle.
Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights HS (San Antonio): With so many good high school arms running around, one is bound to fall into Houston's lap at 17. It's possible that Braxton Garrett, Ian Anderson or even Matt Manning will get there, but Whitley is most likely.
Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford: Hear me out. If Quantrill had been healthy this year, he may have pitched his way into the top three. He is rumored to have a deal somewhere, though not necessarily with Houston. What if the Astros, who have been creative, if not cavalier, at times with the draft, took Quantrill and tried to get a deal done? If they do, they just netted one of the more talented arms in the draft at pick No. 17. If Quantrill doesn't sign, then the Astros get a compensatory pick next year in what looks like a better draft. Bridges would burn, but it sure is fun to think about.
Los Angeles Angels
First pick: No. 16
Bonus pool: $6,120,500 (22nd)