With less than 2 weeks to go until the 2018 MLB Draft not a whole lot has been decided, even at the top of the draft, and some think that nothing will get decided until the days prior to the draft. Here is this week’s mock draft.
After a lot of thought, and sleepless nights Mize hangs on to the number one spot this week even after giving up a combined 11 runs over his last 2 starts for Auburn. The Tigers though have been keeping a close eye on Joey Bart, and Brady Singer. Some also believing that GM Al Avila is bigger on Singer than he is on my Mize.
Giants have been scouting Bart out more than any other player in this draft, but if he goes number one then we might see Brady Singer, Travis Swaggerty, or Casey Mize here as well. But if Bart is here then the Giants will take him.
Even if the Phillies are looking for the best college bat, which is what is being reported, Nick Madrigals size will more than likely keep him out of this pick. Also, the fact that the Phillies seem to like Bohm a little more. Some back up options here would be Travis Swaggerty, Matthew Liberatore, and even Nick Madrigal.
“Madrigal is the guy they’ve wanted for over a month” if he is there. It is also worth noting that the White Sox were seen heavily at the Brady Singer/Casey Mize match-up. Singer would be the backup option here with Travis Swaggerty as a close second.
If you have read the four picks above then you would have seen Brady Singers name more than any other player. Reds GM Dick Williams loves him, and I would be surprised if Singer wasn’t picked here, that is if he gets here. Backups options here would be Joey Bart if he falls. They have also been linked to you Kumar Rocker, Carter Stewart, Matthew Liberatore, and Cole Wilcox all spring.
A lot of reports have the Mets looking possibly at a college position player. With Travis Swaggerty being in my opinion the better all-around player, and higher upside than Jonathan India, I believe they will go with him. India obviously being a close second with Jared Kelinic, the prep outfielder as another back up plan.
The Padres have kept an eye on Rocker all spring, and with his final start dropping him down in a lot of peoples’ rankings, this is the time to under-slot a player. San Diego has been linked to other prep arms such as Matthew Liberatore, Ryan Weathers, and Cole Winn.
The Braves seem to be pretty easy-going here with the eighth overall pick, looking at basically any prep player in the field, and they will have a good chance to get any prep player they want. This week we will go with the best available for a player which is Jared Kelinic. They’ve also been linked to a guy like, Cole Winn.
It looks like the A’s are not looking for any prep arms, so that takes quite a few of the best options out of play here. Trevor Larnach has been climbing up draft boards, and this looks like the place that he will be landing for the time being. Other back up plans such as Sean McClanahan, Nolan Gorman, Jared Kelinic (if he’s available) and even Xavier Edwards have been mentioned here.
Unlike the pick before then, the Pirates are looking for a prep arm here. Carter Stewart would be the ideal pick, if he falls, with guys like Ethan Hankins, Matthew Liberatore, and Ryan Weathers has real possibilities.
The O’s who took D.L. Hall, a left-handed prep arm, last year and were linked to a few high school arms this spring, have now recently been reported to be leaning towards a college player. At the end of the day its will be all about how this draft shakes out for Baltimore. Jonathan India, Trevor Lanarch, Logan Gilbert, and Ryan Weathers have all been mentioned here as well.
The Jays have taken a college arm with each of the last four 1st rounders picks they have had, so you can’t look past that. With that being said I’m going to say this will be the first year that they don’t pick a college arm, but instead go with a prep arm. Other such as Connor Scott, Xavier Edwards (who is jumping up peoples draft boards), Jared Kelenic, and Shane McClanahan are also in play here.
With that Marlins keeping an eye of an overwhelming amount of high school players, a prep player out of the state of Florida makes a lot of sense here. Xavier Edwards, Connor Scott, and Cole Winn and also been mentioned here.
A college player seems to be the consensus here. The M’s took Evan White, first baseman out of Kentucky with their first rounder last year. If Trevor Lanarch isn’t off the board yet that makes a lot of sense, as well as Logan Gilbert. It would be hard to pass on a guy like Jonathan India if he falls to this spot.
It looks like the Rangers have their mind set on a high upside guy here. The first name that pops into one’s head might be prep outfielder Jordyn Adams, but I’m going to go with arguably the best prep arm in this draft. The Rangers might also look hard at prep players like Connor Scott, Kumar Rocker, and Nolan Gorman here.
It’s hard to believe that Gorman would fall this far in the draft, but if he did Tampa Bay who has the second biggest bonus pool in this year‘s draft would more than likely take him off the board. Other names here that make a lot of sense are Jordyn Adams, Parker Meadows, Kumar Rocker, And Cole Wilcox.
The Billy Eppler philosophy is to draft an athlete, which sounds extremely basic, but the Halos again will take another athlete here. Brice Turang, the SoCal native, just makes too much sense. Turang, who is also trending the opposite direction in some mock drafts might be considered an under-slot here as well. Also look for the Angels to take someone like Logan Gilbert, Jackson Kowar, Ryan Rolison, or even Jeremiah Jackson the prep infielder from Alabama.
The Royals have the biggest bonus pool in this year’s draft, and you can almost guarantee that they will be looking for any high upside high risk guy. Jordan Adams fits that mold perfectly. Other guys that might be picked here would be Jordan Groshans, Parker Meadows, Kumar Rocker, or Cole Wilcox. All of these guys might possibly be around for their two other picks later in the first round as well.
The general consensus here is that if somebody falls to them that would’ve gone in the top 10 then the Cardinals will take them. If not they’re looking for college pitching so somebody like Logan Gilbert, Jackson Kowar, or Ryan Rolison might be in play here.
The Twins have been all of the place the past couple of weeks, scouting from coast to coast, not missing a player that could be seen. The general feeling is that the Twins are leaning more towards college pitching or a high school bat. If you consider McClanahan falling to number 20 and this seems to be a good fit for the Twins. Some other options here would be Brice Turang, Kumar Rocker, or Ryan Weathers if any of them get here.
The Brewers have been spotted, like most other teams in this area of the draft, at almost every high-profile match up in the country. It’s worth noting that the Brewers have taken a bat with the first pick each of the past three years now, and I don’t see that trend changing especially with the Christian Yelich trade they made this year.
The Rockies have stayed fairly quiet here, which means your guess is as good as mine. It looks to me like they are trending more towards a prep player but have also been keeping eye on Grayson Jenista, Parker Meadows, Kumar Rocker, Ryan Rolison, Cole Wilcox, and Steele Walker.
From the looks of it the Yankees are more than likely not going after high school pitcher unless somebody worth noting falls to them. A prep position player seems more likely at the spot. Some other options would be Xavier Edwards, and Mike Siani, but there are a lot of prep player options here.
While building the World Series team the Cubs went primarily with high upside position players with their 1st round picks. Lately though, they have been going with pitching and I don’t see that changing this year either.
Last year the Diamondbacks went with a college position player in Pavin Smith. I predict that that trend continues but with a prep position player. If a college position player does fall to them though the Diamondbacks will easily take him.
Boston has been primarily linked to college pitchers, and I can see them taking one here. Some other options might be Kumar Rocker or Ryan Rolison if any of them make it to the spot.
Mason Denaburg was easily seen as a top 10 pick before being shut down due to bicep tendinitis last month. With that being said the Nationals will probably take a chance on him here. Some other options here would be Mike Vasil, J.T. Ginn, or Sean Hjelle.
If Cole Winn does fall this far in the draft then don’t expect the Astros to pass up on him. The high spin rate, high velocity right-hander fits right in with the Astros analytical team. Tristan Casas, Mike Siani, or Alek Thomas, who are all high exit velocity guys, or Kumar Rocker, who is a high spin rate high velocity guy like Winn are, also options here.
It looks to me like the Indians will try to take any type of outfielder they can get here, and there are a lot of options. Alek Thompson the prep outfielder from Illinois being the best one of the bunch looks like a good bet. Other options here would be Mike Siani, Steele Walker, Parker Meadows or, Connor Scott.
The Dodgers love to find those late round diamonds in the rough, and that is what Mike Siani would be here. They have also been in on Anthony Siegler the prep catcher from Georgia who fits in nicely with the Dodgers, and prep outfielder Parker Meadows.
With a total of 35 picks, here are some of the guys who just came up short:
Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Central Heights HS(TX)
Sean Hjella, RHP, Kentucky
Lenny Tores, RHP, Beacon HS(NY)
Mike Vasil, RHP, Boston College HS(MA)
Anthony Seigler, C, Cartersville HS(GA)
Nander De Sedas, SS, Montverde Academy(FL)
Blaze Alexander, SS, IMG Academy(FL)
Jeremy Eierman, SS, Missouri State
Jameson Hannah, OF, Dallas Baptist
Nick Decker, OF, Seneca HS(NJ)