We're still weeks away from the draft, so who knows how well any of the mocks we'll see at this stage will hold up. That's not to say that the information contained within them is inaccurate -- the mocks we'll run here are from people we trust -- but that things can change over time as teams reach out to players prior to the draft, discover more from scouting, and, sadly, as injuries continue to cause the board to shuffle around.
On Thursday, we mentioned that ESPN's Keith Law projected the Red Sox to select high school outfielder Marcus Wilson. Scout's Kiley McDaniel has them going in a different direction, with college junior Derek Fisher the likely selection. He's still an outfielder, but there's a significant difference between a player who will be 21 by season's end and one who will be graduating high school right around draft day.
Fisher bats left-handed, and stands 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. McDaniel thinks he's better than this 26th spot, but there's a reason he's slipped in this mock:
Fisher may have gone 10 spots higher before a broken hamate bone earlier this spring, but he's ironically hit for more game power after returning from the injury.
The Red Sox love to pounce on players who have more talent than you would expect for their typical drafting space -- Anthony Ranaudo, Jackie Bradley Jr., Deven Marrero come to mind -- and Fisher sounds like that kind of guy considering McDaniel feels he was around a top-15 selection not all that long ago.
They also have a history of drafting baseball players who have the same name as basketball players: Fisher would make for the third in the last few years, along with Kendrick Perkins and, of course, Matt Barnes.
Baseball America rated Fisher the fifth-best outfielderin the draft class just a few days ago. From the sounds of it, he's a left fielder defensively and needs improvement there, but he has "70 raw power" according to scouts, so there's plenty of reason to pick him and hope that translates into games in a few years.
McDaniel also mentions Chase Vallot for this spot, the backstop that Law believes the Sox could try to grab with their second pick at no. 33. Erick Fedde -- a Tommy John recipient I guessed could get some play from Boston if for no other reason than their love for for spending and talents who drop down the board -- also gets a nod, as does Monte Harrison and Foster Griffin.
With any luck, this list will narrow down a bit in the coming weeks, and we'll have a better sense of who the Sox will end up with the 26th overall selection. For now, it's a little chaotic, even if the mocks have compacted things significantly.