MLB Draft: Where will Lance McCullers go?



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Mon. June 4, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

MLB Draft: Where will Lance McCullers go?

With just a few hours left before the start of the MLB Draft, most analysts have released their final mock drafts. There isn't any consensus on who will take Jesuit pitcher Lance McCullers, and some mocks don't have him projected in the first round at all. For more on McCullers, who has phenomenal talent but an uncertain draft status, click here to read Sunday's story. 

Here's where the various analysts see McCullers going—for now:

Baseball America: Jim Callis doesn't have McCullers going in the first round, but he mentions the Athletics (No. 11), Blue Jays (17), Cardinals (23), Rangers (29) and Yankees (30) as having interest. 

ESPN: Keith Law doesn't have McCullers going in the first round, and he does not mention any teams that are interested. In his June 1 mock draft, Law mentioned the Royals, who pick fifth, may be interested in McCullers. 

MLB.com: Jonathan Mayo has McCullers going at No. 17 to the Blue Jays. Toronto has two first-round picks, so, potentially, the Blue Jays could get creative with how they distribute their bonus money. 

Perfect Game (updated June 2): Patrick Ebert's take is a few days old at this point, but he has McCullers going at No. 11 to the Athletics. He also mentions the Royals at No. 5 as a possibility. 

Sports Illustrated: Dave Perkin has McCullers going at No. 21 to the Atlanta Braves. No other outlet has mentioned Atlanta as a possibility, and Perkin also writes that McCullers "fits as a starter or a closer." Don't expect McCullers to give up his scholarship to Florida to sign with a team that projects him as a releiver, as he has been adament about the fact that he wants to be a starter. 

Clearly, it's hard to say what will happen at this point. In an interview last week, ESPN's Jason A. Churchill said that most teams, ultimately, like to keep their draft plans close to the vest. Last year, when the Marlins selected Alonso's Jose Fernandez at No. 14, it came as a surprise to him. 

“I asked my guys, ‘Hey, do we have a chance here,’ ” Fernandez said at the time about the Marlins' pick. “They said, ‘Bro, no chance.’ ”

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