I actually needed to get into this week’s mock draft, particularly on the peak, and shake issues up. Let’s be trustworthy right here, having the identical 5 gamers within the first 5 spots week after week makes issues extra fascinating.
However, ultimately, I could not do it.
5 continues to be a really excessive 5 and nobody relies on expertise. In fact, one thing may go fallacious and one of many groups may terminate the contract to power one of many staff to the quantity 6. And sure, we have heard of the Pirates doing one thing to save lots of extra money (though). It is going to be with another person within the prime 5, Max Clark’s title is talked about essentially the most). But it surely’s too early to know something for certain and there is nonetheless a robust perception that 5 will find yourself in these first 5 picks, beginning with holding LSU’s duo of Dylan Crews and Paul Skeens within the prime two spots.
After that, it opens a bit extra. And whereas there may be nonetheless no agency info, one factor that’s changing into much less clear is which gamers have an interest through which staff. With all seasons ending this weekend apart from the Tremendous Regionals, many gamers are heading to observe classes for groups and a few details about these conferences is coming to our consideration. Consequently, we will proceed to supply as many names as attainable.
Following Jim Callis’ lead, I included the Mets decide at 32 and the Dodgers at 36 to supply all 30 groups with first picks. Detailed scouting stories for all gamers talked about under will be present in our Draft 200 (rankings in parentheses).
1. Pirates: Dylan Crews, OF, Louisiana State (No. 1)
The Pirates have taken due care when making picks that they may go all the way down to the wire and screened the highest 5. After a robust regional, Crews is now as much as .432 / .573 / .736 for the yr and nonetheless appears like the only option to go for the highest spot.
2. Nationals: Paul Skeens, RHP, Louisiana State (No. 2)
Skenes wasn’t as sharp as standard, however he nonetheless struck out 12 and walked none in a complete-game win over Tulane in regional play, which really lowered his Okay charge to 16.2 in 9 years. The Skeens-to-Nats relationship stays the strongest on the prime of the spherical.
3. Tigers: Wyatt Langford, OF, Florida (No. 3)
If the LSU duo goes 1-2, the Tigers can decide one of the best bat out there from the faculty bat possibility in Langford and two highschool outfielders in Clark and Walker Jenkins. Many of the buzz will decide the highest faculty man and take Langford, who’s headed to a Tremendous Regional recreation like Crews (1.310).
4. Rangers: Walker Jenkins, OF, South Brunswick HS, Southport, NC (No. 4)
There may be curiosity within the two prep outfielders, with the sting presently showing to belong to Jenkins. May this be the place a non-High 5 deal takes place? That is the group that stunned lots of people final yr by taking Kumar Rocker No. 3.
5. Twins: Max Clark, OF, Franklin (Ind.) HS (No. 5)
Clark is a good match right here, although the Twins will proceed to contemplate a number of faculty names within the subsequent set of projected picks, together with highschool arm Noble Meyer. And naturally, if one thing goes sideways on them they might profit from getting one of many different 5.
6. Athletics: Kyle Teal, C, Virginia (No. 10)
Teal is hitting .423/.487/.690 getting into tremendous regional play and may stick behind the protection. What’s to not like? The A’s can even proceed to discover the faculty arms up and subsequent faculty bat in Teal.
7. Reds: Chase Dolander, RHP, Tennessee (No. 6)
There may be curiosity within the faculty arm right here and it nonetheless appears up within the air if Dolander and his superior pure stuff or Rhett Loder have a extra constant efficiency this yr. This week I’m going to Dolander, which is the place Meyer and shortstop Arjun Nimala have been talked about from the highschool crop.
8. Royals: Rhett Lowder, RHP, Wake Forest (No. 8)
If the Royals do not select to go along with a school arm that the Redskins will not take, they’re believed to be all for Meyer on the mound and Nimala, a sophomore prospect, together with the faculty bats of Jacob Gonzalez and Jacob Wilson. in a recreation.
9. Rockies: Noble Meyer, RHP, Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore. (No. 11)
The Rockies are all the time looking for an arm they will develop to stretch the course, and each Dolander and Loder are off the board to the highest arm in Meyer, albeit in highschool.
10. Marlins: Arjun Nimala, SS, Strawberry Crest HS, Dover, Fla. (Quantity 9)
Nimala’s title is greater than 10 within the again half and the gifted highschool shortstop should not go any additional than that. Aidan Miller is perhaps guess right here as effectively.
11. Angels: Jacob Wilson, SS, Grand Canyon (No. 7)
This might be a touchdown spot for Niemala if he makes it out of the highest 10, but when he leaves, the Angels have faculty bats to select from, together with Wilson, Gonzalez and Enrique Bradfield.
12. D-backs: Colin Houck, SS, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. (Quantity 14)
D-backs actually do not draw back from taking prime highschool bats (Drew Jones, Jordan Lawler, Corbin Carroll), so why ought to this yr be any completely different? That is one other player-team relationship that appears fairly tight proper now.
13. Cubs: Jacob Gonzalez, SS, Mississippi (No. 15)
It is principally faculty names right here proper now, with Gonzalez, Bradfield and Matt Shaw rising among the many offensive linemen. Florida’s Hurston Waldrep has been buzzing higher of late, so do not be alarmed if he begins floating round this class and when the Cubs have to show to highschool, they may, like Colt Emerson.
14. Pink Sox: Aidan Miller, 3B, Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. (Quantity 12)
If Miller hadn’t missed his senior yr with a hamstring harm (although he may have floated into the underside 10), he may have been a prime 10 decide. The Pink Sox haven’t any drawback taking sophomores, so this one checks that field. Bradfield may land at this spot, after they must go the faculty hitter route like Shaw and I did not work Arizona’s Chase Davis into this mock, his title got here in the midst of the primary spherical.
15. White Sox: Matt Shaw, SS, Maryland (No. 18)
Nonetheless, faculty hitting right here appears to be a lot better, and Shaw was good towards Maryland. Bradfield and Florida Atlantic’s Nolan Shanuel are potentialities, although the White Sox are nonetheless wanting on the prime prep jobs out there.
16. Giants: Tommy Troy, SS, Stanford (No. 19)
This might be touchdown for Bradfield, however the Giants can keep in their very own yard and take Troy, who enters the Tremendous Regional with a .411/.489/.738 line that features 17 homers and steals. They like highschool slugger Bryce Eldridge and there was some buzz about Colorado prep shortstop Walker Martin, however they have not taken a highschool participant since 2017.
17. Orioles: Bryce Eldridge, 1B/RHP, Madison HS, Vienna, Va. (v. 21)
OS could also be taking a look at arms, with Waldrep probably of their sights, although if he continues his postseason resurgence, he could also be at some extent the place he is gone. However they’re good at producing younger poets and are not afraid to take it from highschool, and with the expertise they’ve acquired at such a excessive stage, it is controversial that they will rise to the highest and persevere. .
18. Brewers: Enrique Bradfield Jr., OF, Vanderbilt (No. 16)
Bradfield might be forward of Braden Taylor, Shanuel and Yohandi Morales on the listing of school bats in play. Lots of people I spoke to this week felt Bradfield was going to go early.
19. Rays: Hurston Waldrep, RHP, Florida (No. 20)
With guys like Taylor, who’s on the rise, and Shanuel on the faculty aspect, Blake Mitchell and Kevin McGonigle on the highschool aspect, there are bats available right here. However Waldrep’s clear stuff could also be onerous to cross up right here, together with his previous couple of video games maybe giving groups extra confidence that he can begin lengthy.
20. Blue Jays: Brayden Taylor, 3B, Texas Christian (No. 30)
As talked about above, Taylor’s title is on the horizon when he swings the bat effectively in NCAA postseason play. If he goes early, he may face somebody like Shanuel, and if he goes the prep bat route, somebody like Emerson may come into the sport.
21. Cardinals: Nolan Schanuel, 1B/OF, Florida Atlantic (No. 29)
Shanuel’s title heats up if you elevate him on this draft class. The Cardinals have taken faculty pitchers within the first spherical in three of the previous 4 drafts, but when Waldrep leaves, there is not an awesome possibility right here.
22. Mariners: Blake Mitchell, C, Sinton (Texas) HS (No. 13)
My intestine says Mitchell and his incredible instruments go increased than that, however discuss him brings up discuss of highschool catcher threats. If Emerson makes it to the seashore aspect of the highschool bats, they could additionally take a look at prep lefty Thomas White. When you get there, you will positively take into consideration the faculty bats who’re slated to enter their teenagers.
23. Mother and father: Colt Emerson, SS/3B, Glen HS, New Harmony, Ohio (No. 27)
Regardless of Emerson and his increased pitch, holding him at dwelling in Ohio may work out effectively, and the breeders love individuals who know how you can hit it proper. The truth that Emerson continues to be 17 years previous actually doesn’t have an effect on what he appears to be like like within the staff’s fashions.
24. Braves: George Lombard Jr., SS, Gulliver Prep, Pinecrest, Fla. (No. 38)
Sophomore bats have been talked about right here greater than anything and a few reviewers felt there was a robust connection between the Braves and Lombard. McGonigle, Martin and Sammy Stafura are the opposite prep shortstops coming right here.
25. Padres: Thomas White, LHP, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. (No. 23)
The 2 names that come up essentially the most at this place are Dillon Head, a speedy sophomore outfielder, and White, the highest lefty within the class (of any type), as a result of the Padres have by no means been too far up.
26. Yankees: Dillon Head, OF, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ailing. (Quantity 22)
The Yankees might like the prospect to draft White, however he might be within the combine even when the top is forward of the Yankees. So are different sophomore bats like Stafura and McGonigle.
27. Phillies: Charlie Soto, RHP, Born Once more Christian Academy, Kissimmee, Fla. (No. 25)
Whereas this will likely appear to be a straightforward tie, the Phillies have prepped their right-handers over the past two years (Andrew Painter, Mick Abel), and there are those that really feel that Soto is a robust candidate right here and that he belongs within the combine.
28. Astros: Yohandi Morales, 3B, Miami (No. 17)
The school college students who grew up listed here are getting loads of buzz, nearly all of them killers. Morales is the kind of faculty performer who can hit .408/.475/.713 with 20 homers for the Hurricanes this yr.
32. Mets: Walker Martin, SS, Eaton (col.) HS (No. 28)
There are many bats for the Mets to contemplate, and if Martin leaves early, they might select somebody like McGonigle over different secondary center infielders like Stafura or Adrian Santana.
36. Dodgers: Brock Wilken, 3B, Wake Forest (No. 24)
Wilken, together with his 27 homers and .805 SLG, is one other title lots of people expect going into Tremendous Regional play, so the Dodgers might be excited if he is right here.