Tip: C Adley Rutschman, Oregon State
Rutschman's college career ended on Saturday when Oregon State was eliminated in the regions. He had a monster year (.427 / .584 / .772 with 69 walks and 36 strokes) and even received the Barry Bonds treatment over the weekend. Cincinnati deliberately preceded Rutschman with laden bases and three runs.
. He took a broader perspective when Buster Posey was included in the 2008 draft as Rutschman's power potential is more obvious. A stunning eye-catcher with power and strong defense chops is just the kind of team of players to go for it.
Orioles GM Mike Elias recently told Dan Connolly of The Athletic that they had narrowed their list for the No. 1 selection to "about four players at the moment". We hear that much at this time of the year. The # 1 club is playing cool in contract negotiations that violate the rules technically, but all the while, to leverage. The O's could go with another player (Bobby Witt Jr. or Andrew Vaughn are the obvious candidates), sign him and spend the bonus pool's bonus on future picks. Elias did that several times when he came up with designs for the Astros. That may be tempting, but the bet here is that the O's play directly and take Rutschman, the best player on the board.
"It's hard to underestimate it – it's a huge opportunity," said Elias Joe Trezza of MLB.com, claiming that he was number one. So you feel a lot of pressure, the chance is great, but not easy, no one has a crystal ball and it's not easy to pin it down, we just do as much work as we can and. " Do the best we can.
First draft: Rutschman
Second draft: Rutschman
Selection: SS Bobby Witt Jr., Colleyville Heritage HS Texas)
One can never really speak of a barrier in the MLB draft, but the royals who take Witt are approaching a barrier as they go – they were all over him this spring and their long-term affinity High-end top level athletes with above-average defensive tools make this an obvious fit, and if you add his strength and offensive potential, Witt has real five-tooling abilities, and he can be the star player for the Royals to be their next competing Build Team.
Should the Orioles take Witt and Zick, if everyone expects them to pip, the Royals would gladly take Adley Rutschman with this election – if the O's really get off the board and An drew Vaughn with the No. 1, Kansas City would have to think long and hard about Rutschman about Witt. I would not be surprised if they took Witt anyway. They like him so much. Witts father, Bobby Sr., played in the big leagues for 16 years and in 1985 was No. 3 in the selection.
First draft: Witt
Second draft: Witt
Selection: SS CJ Abrams, Catholic Trinity (Georgia) [19659004The#3selectionismoreintheairthantherecenthistoryoftheWhiteSoxselectionofcollegebatsnearthetopoThedraftletsyoubelievethatChicagohasbeenatop-11pickforoneinthelastthreeyearsCollegehitterhasmetOnpaperAndrewVaughnisuniqueAdvancedbatsmanfastpacethroughthesystemetcHe'sthetypeofplayertheWhiteSoxhasbeentargetinginrecentyears
Lately, however, there has been some excitement that the ChiSox is following a Toolsy on the heels of the middle player, Abrams being the obvious target at this point in the draft. Chicago had similar prospects in 2012 (Courtney Hawkins) and 2013 (Tim Anderson), and it may be time to come back to it after five years of college experience. The bet here is that Chicago passes Vaughn for Abrams.
"We will put our board in a row and take the tallest man left," said scouting director Nick Hostetler recently to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score. "We've spent so much time – literally from the last day of the draft last year so far … so we'll set up the board 1-2-3 – if # 1 is still there, then that's who we take If it's the third man on our board, then that's who we pick. "
First draft: 1B Andrew Vaughn, California
Second Selection Design: Vaughn  4
selected: BY JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt
The White Sox, who passed on Andrew Vaughn, would create some uncertainty here. According to Jordan McPherson of Miami Herald several Marlins executives were in attendance last week, including CEO Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill, to watch Vaughn and Bleday. You should also have seen Adley Rutschman at some point.
"I have not seen every player across the country like our scouts, but it's an interesting and insightful experience," said Jeter McPherson of his scouting trips. "… I'd like to have the opportunity to see how players interact with their team-mates, how hard they play, how they play, how they know the game, of course you can see tools, you can beat guys and run and throw watch a lot of video. "
The Marlins have been hooking up with Bleday for weeks, a left-hander who's above-average fast not to be a five-tool player. Vaughn would be terribly tempting. As good as a batsman is, the historically bad record of right hits / right throwers of the first bases pushes Vaughn into our final sham. Bleday is for Miami.
First draft: Bleday
Second draft: Bleday
Selection: 1B Andrew Vaughn, California  Like most Teams play the tigers in the days before the draft behave. Finally:
For weeks, the Tigers have been closely associated with outfielder Riley Greene, the best high school hitter in the draft, but Vaughn's slips would make them to change the gear. Even with the draw disadvantage and the defensive limitations, it's too good to get the No. 5 country's best hitter to do without. Detroit makes itself like bandits in our pattern design.
First draft: BY Riley Greene, Hagerty HS (Florida)
Second Selection Scheme: Greene
Selection: BY Riley Greene Hagerty HS (Florida)
In a sense, the Padres can make the easiest decision on Monday night. The main perspectives in this design fall into two distinct levels: Adley Rutschman, Andrew Vaughn, and Bobby Witt Jr .; then C.J. Abrams, J.J. Bleday and Greene. Theoretically, the Padres simply use the number 6 to determine the one of the six players that is still available. In our design, it's Greene.
"We're looking for the best player, if it's a pitcher we'll take a pitcher, if it's a positional player we'll take it," scouting director Mark Padres Connor recently told Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune . "If you try to force that choice and what you want to do based on what you have in your system, you may be able to make the wrong choices or pass on something really good."
How the Padres align their board is a mystery. In the event that two (or more) or the six best prospects are still available when the No. 6 rolls (unlikely, but not impossible), I have I'm not sure who they would take. I know so much: San Diego is all about the head. They consistently have the best and most talented player in the first round under GM A.J. Preller. On the day of draft is not played around. Greene is the best player in our mock draft and that makes him a padre.
(I should note that this is the first time in the design history that a pitcher has not been selected among the top six picks when the six best picks come off the board If you're looking for an arm for the top shelf This is not the correct design for you.)
First Fake Design: SS CJ Abrams, Catholic Holy Trinity HS (Georgia)
Second Design Peck: Abrams
Pick: LHP Nick Lodolo, TCU
Should one of the six top prospects mak Here, the Red would undoubtedly fall. Since this is not the case in our blueprint and Cincinnati has no additional picks this year – they exchanged their range of competitive advantages with the Yankees in the Sonny Gray deal – they are unable to go broke and make a Underslot Deal You spend money on a bonus pool for a later selection.
Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds had 25 players for a pre-draft training session at Great American Ball Park last week. Scouting director Brad Meador told Nightengale the Reds would be "the Choose the best available player, especially where we choose … (If) you choose so high, you want to get the best you can. "
Given the available players, the Reds can claim the best college bowler on the board. We go with Lodolo, who has been affiliated with Cincinnati for weeks and is the # 1 consensus in the 2019 draft. Alek Manoah from West Virginia, Zack Thompson from Kentucky, George Kirby from Elon and Jackson Rutledge from San Jacinto are other options.
First draft: Lodolo
Second draft: Lodolo
Selection: 3B Brett Baty, Lake Travis HS (Texas)  The Rangers are always a good choice for noisy tools. That was her M.O. the last, oh, decade or so. Baty offers plenty of benefits with his bat-to-ball skills and raw power, as well as his rocket arm in the hot corner. His approach is solid and he has the chance to be a hit player on both sides of the ball. In addition, Brett Baty is an A + baseball name.
The Elephant in Space: Baty will be 19 1/2 on draft day, and older high school students will not have a great track record in the pro ball. He carries the risk. Due to his age, Baty is less active in draft boards than his tools suggest, making him a great candidate for a Underslot deal where Texas can spend a lot of money on their next two picks (# 41 and # 50).
"We've been talking lately about where we did well and where we did not do so well," said GM Jon Daniels to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News . "Where we took risks that paid off, where we took risks that did not pay off, part of which is a player rating, and risk-taking makes some teams more risk-averse than others, and some teams are more risk-averse." We are more willing to do something than others. We are ready to take some risks.
First draft: By Hunter Bishop, Arizona State
Second Selection Design: Baty
Selection: RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jacinto JC (Texas)
The Braves hold two picks in the first round this year – this is compensation for the failure to sign Carter Stewart in 2018, who recently signed in Japan
"As all clubs will say, Looking for the best available player when it's our turn, "said GM Alex Anthopoulos to Mark Bowman of MLB.com," The landscape is changing so fast at the level of the league that it does not make sense to have a need-based Considering that your top league club has a lot to think about, especially given that most of these players will take several years to account for you. "Major league level. "
Anthopoulos is back in his days at the Blue Jays and has always valued the blanket and the long-term uptrend, with Atlanta concentrating on college players with Righty Alek Manoah, catcher Shea Langeliers and outfielder Hunter Bishop. Rutledge offers a unique and enticing mix of height (6-foot-8), youth (turned 20 in April 20), and power (three potential swing-and-miss pitches), which seems to be right in Anthopoulos' alley
First draft of a selection: C Shea Langelier, Baylor
Second draft of a selection: OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona State
Selection: OF Hunter Bishop, Arizona State
For a team with so many achievements on the field, the Giants have certainly had many of the top 10 picks in recent years, with San Francisco scoring five times in the last 13 drafts Top 10 elected The jury still does not agree with catcher Joey Bart, the number 2 in the final draft, but the Giants have unerringly hit the other four top 10 picks:
The Giants received about 90 WAR (and count) for the Production plus one high quality trading chip out of these four picks. Quality. Of course, these decisions were made by another front-office regime, and that the degree of design success is hard to repeat. Rookie GM Farhan Zaidi has no track record in drawing, which is unfortunate for sham design purposes.
"As an organization, I think our relative strength is on the pitching side and we strive to improve the overall success of our organization," said a surprisingly open Zaidi Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle recently.
Well, that is, I doubt the giants would pass on a pitcher if there's an arm on their board when that pimple rolls around. In this design, the high-end bats are far superior to the high-end weapons, so a position player would have been a good bet even before Zaidi made those comments.
Bishop had a great spring after making some mechanical changes last summer that released his natural power. With good defense and speed, Bishop's # 10 landing would be a good opportunity for a Giants team to start building its next attack core. Shortstop Bryson Stott is another option here.
First draft: RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jacinto JC (Texas)
Second draft: SS Bryson Stott, UNLV
Stop me if you've heard this line before: Blue Jays Scouting Director Steve Sanders said the team is planning to get the best available player. "I think our approach to this design is the same as every year. We use the entirety of our bonus pool and the tips available to add the best group of players, "said Sanders Gregor Chisholm of Toronto Star .
In the middle of the first round, it's expected to run a college run Players and the Giants start him with Hunter Bishop in our blueprint, a shortstop like Bryson Stott would be difficult for the Blue Jays to miss, but whenever the top college buddy in the draft class there for the # 11 It's hard to say no, even in a glimpse of high-end weapons like this, Manoah may not last so long and Toronto would be happy to bring him here.
First draft SS Bryson Stott, UNLV
Second Selection Scheme: Manoah
Selection: LHP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
Sounds as though it a coll ege for the Mets under the new GM Brodie Van Wagenen. Nick Lodolo, Alek Manoah and Jackson Rutledge are the best college members in this draft class, and they are already removed from the list in our mock-draft. Thompson is the fourth member of the four major college starters, and he has the ability to be a top 5-10 pick as a tall, physical lefty with four pitches and a good performance. He has been held back by an injury history involving shoulder problems in high school and an elbow injury last spring. Elons George Kirby is another option. I can no longer see Manoah as this selection.
First draft of a selection: BY Corbin Carroll, Lakeside HS (Washington)
Second draft of a selection: Thompson
Selection: C Shea Langeliers, Baylor
I did not go into this exercise and expected Langeliers to get off the board before Bryson Stott, but here we are. That's how the pieces fell. Thinking Kyle Wright tied with No. 1 to Royce Lewis in 2017 was an indication that Derek Falvey, who was just hired as the team's new chief baseball officer, favored top players. Last year, the twins took Trevor Larnach, a college outfielder, to the first round, and now I'm not sure what to think.
Minnesota was associated with college players throughout the spring, with a few exceptions. The twins also hold No. 39 in their hands, and considering who's on the board in our draft model, it makes sense to go to college now and later go to high school. Langeliers had a whale-of-a-game last Saturday, went down to 6 with a double, three home runs and an NCAA tournament record of 11 RBI 5 and came up as a potential top 10 pick in the spring. Then he broke the ham bone in his left hand and missed the time. Langeliers has made big numbers since his return, and he is an outstanding defender. So it's a damn good thing for the twins here to reward him with the # 13 (and possibly a hide-and-seek bonus).
First draft: LHP Zack Thompson, Kentucky
Second draft: RHP Jackson Rutledge, San Jacinto JC, Texas
The Phillies had a first rounder (Aaron Nola in 2014) since taking Cole Hamels with the No. 17 tip in 2002. Alec Bohm, last one The third choice of the year is very good in the professional ball Philadelphia hopes that this is an indication that luck is starting to turn in the first round, and I find it hard to believe that Stott, the best college midfielder in the draft and a left-footed shortstop, which is an enrichment on both sides of the ball, will last so long on the draft day, but it's still in our mock Draft available and the Phillies would jump on him in this scenario. They've been everywhere with the drafts of rumble in the last few weeks. College, high school, hitter, pitcher, they're all there.
First draft: RHP Matthew Allan, Seminole HS (Florida)
Second draft: SS Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy (Alabama)
Tip: 3B Keoni Cavaco, Eastlake HS (California)
Ever since GM Billy took over Eppler over four years ago, the Angels in draft generally have an edge over odds and it works pretty well for you. Your farm system is greatly improved. Cavaco is the rare, undervalued Southern California prospect – he has not been invited to top showcase events in recent years – and he jumped into the scene this spring. He has climbed on draftboards and is now considered a barrier to get into the top 20 somewhere. The angels are with him and there is no chance that he will be on the board when the second round, # 55, comes, so it's now or never. The Halos were associated with the best high school perspectives throughout the spring. The hard-hitting Righty Matthew Allan is an alternative here should Cavaco be off the board.
First draft: RHP Alek Manoah, West Virginia
Second draft: RHP Matthew Allan, Seminole HS (Florida)
- 16. Overall Round: The first allrounder of the D-Backs.
- 26th Full Round: Compensation for failing to sign the first Allrounder of 2018, Matt McLain.
- 33rd Total Round: Compensation for the Loss of Patrick Corbin to the Free Hand
- 34. Total: Compensation for the loss of AJ Pollock to the free agency.
- 56th Overall Round: The second round of the D-Backs.
- 74th Overall Round: Your own Balance Round B election.
- 75th Overall Round: The Cardinals Competitive Balance Round B Pick (acquired in the Paul Goldschmidt trade).
"I think the number of choices helps us artificially bring a volume of talent into the organization that we would not be able to do in a fair way. A normal, traditional design," said GM Mike Hazen recently Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "I think that helps us to continue building our organization."
Having so many extra picks, the D-Backs have a very wide net this spring, and it's basically impossible to pinpoint who they target with each particular pick. The smart money flows into Arizona, where you diversify a bit (college, high school, etc.) with a few large sums of money and shoot at the mixed-up moonstruck.
The guess here – and I stress that's a big conjecture in a post full of big guesswork – the D-Backs will use this selection for a college player they do not expect them to pick up on next are the board. Young suits. He is a solid allround player who had the chance this year to get into the top 10 picks, but was only very good and not excellent.
If the D-Backs become college players here, the smart money is a Underslot deal that they can spend a lot on other players later on. It could be that Arizona sets a bonus number for this selection, buys it and chooses who agrees. Technically against the rules! But it happens. Like the whole time.
First draft of a selection: RHP Quinn Priest, Cary-Grove HS (Illinois)
Second draft of a selection: Priest
Selection: RHP Matthew Allan, HS Seminole (Florida)
The Nationals usually pick the biggest name, the highest player on the board, even when it comes to injury (Lucas Giolito 2012, Erick Fedde 2014) or Affected the on-site concerns (Seth Romero in 2017). Allan has no problems with injuries or make-up. He's just the best high school pitcher in the draft class, and expects to be paid accordingly, which is reportedly north of $ 4 million. That's a bit more than the slot value of that choice ($ 3.6 million), but not so much that it does not work. The Nationals Are Picking Up The Top Of The Draft And – In This Mock Draft. Allan is right in Washington's wheelhouse.
Cameron Misner, Missouri
Second mock draft pick: C Shea Langelier, Baylor
Pick: RHP Quinn Priest, Cary-Grove HS (Illinois)
The Pirates are sure to love to live-armed high school pitchers who flash at out-pitch breaking ball, and my guess is they'll love Matthew Allan to get this pick , He's not available in our mock draft though. Priest is a candidate to come off the board earlier than this, especially to a team with a large bonus pool and extra picks, so Pittsburgh wants to have their fingers crossed. If the priests are gone by the time this pick rolls around, the Pirates could turn to a college bat like UNC's Michael Busch, Tulane's Kody Hoese, or Clemson's Logan Davidson.
First mock draft pick: SS Logan Davidson, Clemson
Second mock draft pick: Davidson
Pick: RHP George Kirby, Elon
Similar to Marco Gonzales in 2013, Kirby and the Cardinals just feel like a perfect fit. He's an extreme strike thrower – Kirby took a 107/6 K / BB into the weekend – with the makings of a quality four-pitch mix. St. Louis is an outstanding pitcher development organization and Kirby could fly through the minors with their help. There's a chance – a pretty good chance, actually – Kirby wants to pick up the board long before the Cardinals pick. In that case, St. Louis could pivot to a college bat like NC State's Will Wilson or Tulane's Kody Hoese.
Second mock draft pick: Kirby
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Pick: SS Anthony Volpe, Delbarton HS (New Jersey )
The dream scenario for the Mariners would be Keoni Cavaco or George Kirby here, though they're off the board in this mock draft, and they're unlikely to be quiet on the board when this pick rolls around Monday night. Jack, a top (but possibly unsignable) draft prospect – because he's top of the line makeup guy whose whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He & # 39; sa good hitter, a good defender, and a good runner, and it all plays up.
First mock draft pick: 3B Josh Jung, Texas Tech
Second mock draft pick: Jung
Pick: 3B Kody Hoese, Tulane
The Braves have two first-round picks this year and teams usually diversify in these situations. One college player, one high school, one pitcher, one hitter, that sort of thing. We have Atlanta taking a hard-throwing right-hander (Jackson Rutledge) with the No. 9 pick in this mock draft. To balance things out a bit, we'll give them Hoese with this pick. He's a power hitting third baseman who's had a breakout spring, and is a candidate to cut an underslot deal earlier in the first round. An infielder like NC State's Will Wilson or UNC Wilmington's Greg Jones are possible alternatives here.
First mock draft pick: RHP Brennan Malone, IMG Academy (Florida)
Second mock draft pick: Malone
Pick: SS Gunnar Henderson, Morgan Academy (Alabama)
The Rays have two extra picks this year — they added the A's competitive balance round A pick (No. 40) to their own competitive-balance pick (No. 36) in the Jurickson Profar three-team trade — and thus a good-sized bonus pool ($10.3 million). They can play it straight and take the best player with each pick, or go underslot early and pay big later.
"We strive to look at history to help us value every perspective and use past drafts, and the outcomes of those players to help us predict how to value each of our different perspectives within a draft," scouting director Rob Metzler told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times over the weekend. "But it will always be a work in progress trying to improve that, trying to get better at forecasting the future. So it's really, really challenging."
This is about the point where we could see a run on shortstops and Henderson keeps climbing draft boards because he keeps looking better and better. There's quite a bit of upside here, and Henderson won't chew up so much bonus pool space that it will limit what the Rays can do with those two extra picks.
First mock draft pick: 3B Brett Baty, Lake Travis HS (Texas)
Second mock draft pick: 3B Keoni Cavaco, Eastlake HS (California)
Pick: 1B/OF Michael Busch, UNC
Busch has been connected to pretty much every team in the 15-25 range and could even go higher than that to a team with extra picks looking to cut an underslot deal. The Rockies reportedly scouted the ACC tournament heavily last month and Busch is arguably the conference's best draft prospect. so there's been plenty of speculation connecting the two. If not Busch, NC State's Will Wilson could be a fit for Colorado with this pick.
First mock draft pick: Busch
Second mock draft pick: OF Kameron Misner, Missouri
Pick: SS Will Wilson, NC State
Should Busch still be on the board, the Indians would likely grab him. Since that is not the case in our mock draft, we have Cleveland going with Wilson, a do-it-all college infielder who seems to be Plan B for lots of teams in the back-half of the first round. Texas A&M's Braden Shewmake and Clemson's Logan Davidson are possible alternatives, though it's not out of the question that the Indians go for a high school kid with a big arm here. Daniel Espino (Georgia) and J.J. Goss (Texas) could be in that mix.
First mock draft pick: SS Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
Second mock draft pick: Shewmake
Pick: RHP Daniel Espino, Georgia Premier Academy
The Dodgers pick here and also No. 31 (compensation for failing to sign 2018 first rounder J.T. Ginn), though it seems unlikely they'll play bonus pool games. Expect two straight shot, best player on the board picks. Espino has added about 10 mph to his fastball the last three years and now routinely touches 98-99 mph. Add in the makings of two above-average breaking balls and you have exactly the type of player an analytics savvy organization can turn into an elite prospect. The raw tools make Espino look a little like Walker Buehler at the same age.
First mock draft pick: Espino
Second mock draft pick: Espino
Pick: OF Corbin Carroll, Lakeside HS (Washington)
Arizona has this pick plus two of the next eight picks. They already have a solid college bat in Jung in their pocket from earlier in the mock draft, and this feels like an appropriate spot to go big. Carroll has the hit tool and center field chops to go in the top 8-12 picks somewhere, but he's an older high school kid (19 in August), and they have a way of sliding down the draft. The D-Backs can pay him (maybe even overpay him a bit if he really leverages his UCLA commitment) and bet on the potential two-way impact.
First mock draft pick: RHP Jack Leiter, Delbarton HS (New Jersey)
Second mock draft pick: Carroll
Pick: SS Logan Davidson, Clemson
The Cubs have one of the smallest bonus pools in this year's draft at $5.8 million. Such is life when you win 95 games and don't have any extra picks. I'm sure the Cubbies would love a top high school arm like Brennan Malone or J.J. Goss, but it would take some serious draft pool manipulation, and may not be possible without going super cheap in Rounds 2-10. Given their drafted history under Theo Epstein, a college bat is likely here, and Davidson is the best available as a sure-handed shortstop with power potential.
First mock draft pick: RHP Seth Johnson, Campbell
Second mock draft pick: 3B Kody Hoese, Tulane
Pick: RHP Brennan Malone, IMG Academy (Florida)
Generally speaking, the Brewers are a straightforward "best available player" team on draft day. Even when they have extra picks — Milwaukee traded their competitive-balance pick (No. 41) to the Rangers for Alex Claudio — they don't get cute and manipulate their bonus pool. Malone, a four-pitch righty who made strides with the whole "pitching, not throwing" thing this spring, is the best player on the board in our mock draft, so the Brewers get him. They'll make the money work with later picks accordingly.
First mock draft pick: 3B Tyler Callihan, Providence HS (Florida)
Second mock draft pick: RHP Seth Johnson, Campbell
Pick: SS Greg Jones, UNC Wilmington
Given who is still on the board and their reported preferences, a college bat is the likely pick here. The A's would jump at Kody Hoese, Michael Busch, or Will Wilson with this pick. All three are off the board in our mock draft though, so we'll give Oakland the fast-rising — and fast-running — Jones. The draft's fastest runner tore the cover off the ball in front of many scouts and executives the last two weeks, pushing him into first-round consideration. Even if he winds up in center field to get more value from his legs, Jones has a chance to be a dynamic leadoff man.
First mock draft pick: SS Will Wilson, NC State
Second mock draft pick: 1B/OF Michael Busch, UNC
Pick: 3B Tyler Callihan, Providence HS (Florida)
It will almost certainly be a bat for the Yankees with this pick. If not Callihan, an older high schooler with Yankee Stadium friendly left-handed power, then it could be Missouri's Kameron Misner or Florida high schooler Rece Hinds. Gunnar Henderson, Kody Hoese, and Corbin Carroll would all be of interest here should they make it this far. Given the board and given the buzz, a bat looks likely here …
… unless the Yankees take a shot at New Jersey high schooler Jack Leiter. The Yankees acquired the Reds' competitive-balance pick (No. 38) in the Sonny Gray trade and have a larger than expected $7.5 million bonus pool. Leiter is the son of longtime big leaguer Al Leiter, and also one of the best high school pitchers in the country. He is strongly committed to Vanderbilt, however, and unconfirmed rumors says he is only willing to sign with New York. If the Yankees do take Leiter, you can be sure they'll have a firm grasp on his signability or even have a (technically illegal) pre-draft agreement in place. They're not going to wing it with roughly $2.4 million in slot money on the line.
First mock draft pick: 3B Kody Hoese, Tulane
Second mock draft pick: Callihan
Pick: OF Kameron Misner, Missouri
I think the dream scenario for the Dodgers would be Brennan Malone here, giving them two very high upside pitching prospects with their two first-round picks. Since we have Malone coming off the board earlier, Misner is the next best fit. Los Angeles is not shy about drafting players with glaring flaws (Jeren Kendall's swing-and-miss issues, most notably) and Misner has excellent tools but a weird lack of production as a junior, particularly in conference play. This late in the first round, every player has a flaw, and few offer the sort of athleticism and tool package Misner brings to the table.
First mock draft pick: 3B Keoni Cavaco, Eastlake HS (California)
Second mock draft pick: OF Maurice Hampton, Memphis University HS (Tennessee)
Pick: RHP J.J. Goss, Cypress Ranch HS (Texas)
A few college bats could fit here, particularly Logan Davidson. More likely, the Astros have their eye on one of the prep arms slated to come off the board late in the round first, like Daniel Espino. Goss looks like an Astros pitching prospect given his quick arm, high-spin breaking balls, and powerful delivery. Houston doesn't have any extra picks and they have the third smallest bonus pool ($5.4 million), yet Goss would give them quite a bit of upside at the end of the first round.
First mock draft pick: Goss
Second mock draft pick: Goss