1. Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn
Mize has been noted as one of the dominant pitching prospects in college baseball. While he has been projected first overall, don’t be surprised to see the Tigers pick Brady Singer out of Florida. Both very good pitching prospects.
2. San Francisco Giants: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
This is really more the case of who doesn’t go first overall, the other will more than likely be chosen by the Giants. Mize and Singer met in a dueling matchup where Singer and the Gators won 3-1. With three years of pitching experience at the college level, it’s difficult to say who will really be the number one overall pick.
3. Philadelphia Phillies: Nick Madrigal, 2B/SS, Oregon State
Madrigal, who seems to be more of a second baseman as opposed to shortstop, missed quite a bit of time with a broken wrist. He came back swinging the bat well so look for him to be taken at number 3.
4. Chicago White Sox: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State
This is another case of who is taken before the other. Bohm who is another solid bat, can easily be taken at number 3 by the Phillies. If that were the case, look for Madrigal to go number four to the White Sox.
5. Cincinnati Reds: Shane McClanahan, LHP, USF
This would be a little bit of a risk for the Reds but it seems that it could pay off as well. McClanahan who had Tommy John surgery his freshman year may seem like a little bit of a reach. But with a high 90’s fastball, a nasty slider, and a change-up that has improved throughout the season, seems like a good pick for the Reds at number 5.
6. New York Mets: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, Arizona)
Early in the season, Liberatore was hitting the high 90’s with his fastball. As the season progressed, he settled back down to the 90-93 range. A solid arm for the Mets, would be a good pick at 6.
7. San Diego Padres: Ryan Rolison, LHP, Mississippi
Rolison, who seems to have a little bit of an upside as a draft eligible sophomore, could very well easily become the fifth pitcher taken in the draft at number 7. If any of the pitchers listed above are still available, look for Rolison to slide further in the draft as he will more than likely be passed on.
8. Atlanta Braves: Nolan Gorman, 3B, Sandra Day O’Connor HS (Phoenix, Arizona)
One of the best power bats available, if he’s still available, would be Gorman. His defense has been questionable throughout the season but his bat makes up for it. More of a power bat than a contact hitter, there’s a chance for upside for Gorman if selected at 8.
9. Oakland A’s: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama.
Swaggerty, who has shown great knowledge of the strike zone, could easily be used as a leadoff hitter. While not showing much power in his freshman year, that has certainly seemed to change as his isolated power numbers have increased over the years.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West HS (Wisconsin)
Kelenic seems to be an overlooked player. His athleticism is above average. But the most looked at part of his game seems to be his bat. He has the ability to quickly get through the strike zone but his power is questionable. His ability to handle off speed pitches has yet to be tested so that seems to be another questionable part of his game. Still, he would be a good pick at 10 for the Pirates.
11. Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida
India, who is having his best season with the Gators, batting .362 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI’s, seems to be a great pick for the O’s. Drafted by the Brewers in 2015, decided not to sign and the Gators inserted him into their lineup. A very solid eye for the strike zone, a great hitter. Ironically the only downside to his game is the ability to hit with consistent power with wooden bats. While that could take some work, India is a good pick for the O’s at 11.
12. Toronto Blue Jays: Cole Winn, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (California)
Winn moved from Colorado to California his senior year to face better competition and it has definitely seemed to work out. He has a low to mid 90’s fastball with high command. His curveball and slider distinct from one another. And a change up that hasn’t been used much at the high school level but will more than likely be used at the pro level. It could be developed into a good off speed pitch for him in the future.
13. Miami Marlins: Triston Casas, 3B/1B American Heritage School (Plantation, Florida)
Casas is another power bat the could be taken in the middle of the first round. While he has great power, he’s also considered one of the streakiest hitters in this years draft class. The biggest concern is if he has the ability to make enough contact to consistently hit for power. Still, Miami could easily take him if he is still available at 13.
14. Seattle Mariners: Jordan Groshans, 3B, Magnolia HS (Texas)
Currently listed as a shortstop at Magnolia, his primary position is 3B. He is an all around good hitter with no real glaring weakness. He has the ability to take quality fastballs deep and swings swiftly through the strike zone. With good power, he would be an easy pick for the Mariners.
15. Texas Rangers: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS (Florida)
Stewart is committed to Mississippi State as of right now. The power throwing right handed pitcher has a fastball the usually rests between 92-94 but has the ability to reach as high as 98. He has one of the best curveballs of the draft class but a changeup that could use some work but could be a solid pitch in the future. One major concern is his ability to go deep into a game. Whether that changes or not, he’s definitely a good pick at 15.
16. Tampa Bay Rays: Brice Turang, Santiago HS (California)
Listed as one of the better infielders in the draft class, Turang had high expectations at the beginning of the season. While he has seemed to turn in above average numbers, he’s still one of the better infielders. Not much of a power hitter, his contact makes up for it. He has committed to LSU so the Rays picking him at 16 seems to be a little bit of a risk.
17. Los Angeles Angels: Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma
Walker’s ability to hit the ball has listed him as one of the better hitters in the draft. He has great eye coordination and a good sense of the strike zone. But his average speed and below average arm strength drops him into the middle of he first round. Still, he would be a great pick for the Angels.
18. Kansas City Royals: Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida
Another Florida player that could be taken in the first round. Brady Singer obviously has gotten most of the attention at pitcher, that doesn’t take away the fact that Kowar is a good pitcher as well. His fastball can easily rest in the mid 90’s, even topping off at 98. A changeup that is just as solid as his fastball. His breaking ball could use some work but could become a good addition to his arsenal.
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson
Gilbert has an impressive fastball that easily rests in the mid 90’s and at times reaching 98. Both his curveball and his slider are a little too similar in comparison. His changeup seems to be his most impressive pitch but doesn’t use it as much as scouts think he should. With a little bit of work on his breaking balls, Gilbert could be a great prospect.
20. Minnesota Twins: Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS (Georgia)
Hankins missed a month of the beginning of the season when he had to exit early due to shoulder tightness. Aside from the early season shoulder injury, Hankins has an incredible fastball that reaches 98 at most but ultimately resting between 92-95. His curveball and slider haven’t been anything noteworthy but his changeup makes up for the lack of his breaking balls.
21. Milwaukee Brewers: Trevor Larnach, OF, Oregon State
When Nick Madrigal was out for a majority of the season for Oregon State, Larnach stepped up and picked up where Madrigal left off. He has a great approach at the plate, making consistent hard contact and using the opposite side of the field more than normal. The only downside to Larnach is his speed. His below average speed most likely puts him at LF for his defensive home.
22. Colorado Rockies: Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto HS (Tennessee)
Weathers has a good fastball that sits between 90-93, topping off at 95 at times. He has a good mid to high 70’s curveball that has a lot of life to it. And finally a changeup that rests between 83-86. Between those three, he doesn’t really have a go to pitch for an out. He mixes and uses them all very well, just neither of them are a go to pitch. If he doesn’t commit to Vanderbilt and decides to go pro, the Rockies could take him if he is still available.
23. New York Yankees: Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS (Georgia)
Rocker has a fastball that can get up into the high 90’s with ease and shows signs of a sinking action from time to time. Hitters have taken him deep when leaving his fastball up in the zone and flattening out upon arrival. His slider is a little bit inconsistent at times but still a decent go to pitch. His changeup is below average but with a little work could be a good utility pitch.
24. Chicago Cubs: Sean Hjelle, RHP, Kentucky
Hjelle’s best pitch is his knuckle curve that has incredible movement sitting in the low 80’s. His fastball has increased in velocity and accuracy, hitting in the low to mid 90’s. He has an average changeup that he doesn’t use frequently but has a slider/cutter that he implements into his arsenal as well. He’s not an overpowering pitcher but he has the ability to hit the strike zone when needed.
25. Arizona Diamondbacks: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
Bart is an incredible power hitter as a catcher. His bat speed and leverage gives him power to hit on all sides of the field. He has enough power in his swing that he doesn’t need to settle for home runs like he did in the past. As for catching, he’s thrown out an impressive 40 percent of basesteelers although being questionable about his catching ability at Georgia Tech. The only downside to his playing is his well below running ability.
26. Boston Red Sox: Seth Beer, 1B, Clemson
While playing outfield for his first two seasons, he was moved to 1B due to his lack of speed and his below average arm strength. But what he lacked in fielding, he made up for with his bat. His 34 homeruns in his first two years on top of his 2:1 walk to strikeout ratio, not a lot of players can match his strength and patience at the plate.
27. Washington Nationals: Jeremy Eierman, SS, Missouri State
Eierman has excellent bat speed and strength but can also be a liability at the plate. He’s become more aggressive at the plate, widening his stance, and hasn’t had much to show for it. He shows promise of great speed. If he were to adjust his stance at the plate and hit for contact more than power, he could become and excellent hitter.
28. Houston Astros: Jameson Hannah, OF, Dallas Baptist
Dallas Baptist hasn’t had a player go in the first round but that could all change with Hannah. He has a great eye for the ball and can manage the strike zone. Another plus is his speed, becoming a stellar basestealer in his college career. Some compare him to Billy Hamilton. His only downside is his below average arm strength but doesn’t seem like something that is a huge concern.
29. Cleveland Indians: Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford
Beck hasn’t been known for his velocity as a pitcher but more for his ability to locate pitches. He has a fastball that averages between 90-92. His changeup would most likely be his go to pitch as it has incredible movement and sits between 84-86. He utilized a breaking ball but has some trouble with location, leaving it up in the zone. Only a sophomore at Stanford, teams have to decide if he’s worth the risk in the first round just off of one year of history.
30. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jake McCarthy, OF, Virginia
McCarthy is a quick footed center fielder with average arm strength. He’s most known for his ability to put the ball in play. His power isn’t much to brag about, but changes in his approach could help out in the future. Dealing with a broken wrist at the beginning of the season, his draft stock dropped quite a bit. But after a healthy return, he’s back up on the leaderboards with the potential to be drafted in the first round.
Photo sources: MLB logo- the dynasty guru.com
Casey Mize- articles.al.com
Brady Singer- baseballhotcorner.com
Nick Madrigal- philliesminorthoughts.com
Alec Bohm- talkingchop.com
Shane McClanahan- thedailystampede.com
Matthew Liberatore- baseballamerica.com
Ryan Rolison- oxfordeagle.com
Nolan Gorman- azcentral.com
Travis Swaggerty- d1baseball.com
Jarred Kelenic- basebalamerica.com
Jonathan India- sny.tv
Cole Winn- baseballfactory.com
Triston Casas- baseballamerica.com
Jordan Groshans- baseballfactory.com
Carter Stewart- baseballamerica.com
Brice Turang- baseballamerica.com
Steele Walker- oudaily.com
Jackson Kowar- sodomojo.com
Logan Gilbert- draysbay.com
Ethan Hankins forsythnews.com
Trevor Larnach- gazettetimes.com
Ryan Weathers- tennessean.com
Kumar Rocker- mlb.com
Sean Hjelle- aseaofblue.com
Joey Bart- freep.com
Seth Beer- baseballamerica.com
Jeremy Eierman- d1baseball.com
Jameson Hannah- dbupatriots.com
Tristan Beck- baseballamerica.com
Jake McCarthy- d1baseball.com