1. Minnesota Twins – Kyle Wright (RHP/Vanderbilt)
Minnesota is apparently torn between Wright and Louisville two-way player Brandon McKay, but Wright seems to be the safer pick of the two. The Twins lack pitchers who can punch out batters and while the rotation at the MLB level has played better than expected, it’s hard to see the success lasting a full season. Wright would give them another solid pitcher to work with alongside Jose Berrios.
Wright has four pitches, including a fastball that touches 97 MPH, a curve and a slider, but is change up needs to improve.
2. Cincinnati Reds – Hunter Greene (RHP/Notre Dame HS CA)
This kid is 17 and has already graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. Greene could very well be a first rounder as a shortstop, where he his 13 home runs and 72 RBI in his high school career, but with a 102 MPH heater, his ceiling is way too high to not keep him on the mound.
3. San Diego Padres – MacKenzie Gore (LHP/Whiteville HS NC)
San Diego is reportedly keeping tabs on Gore, Greene, Brandon McKay and Royce Lewis, according to ESPN’s Keith Law. While Greene is the preferred player for the Padres, with him off the board, Gore isn’t a bad fallback option.
4. Tampa Bay Rays – Royce Lewis (SS/OF/JSerra Catholic HS CA)
Tampa Bay tends to target the best available player regardless of experience or position. With Willy Adames slated to be the shortstop of the future, Lewis may have to shift positions.
5. Atlanta Braves – Shane Baz (RHP Concordia Lutheran HS TX)
Atlanta is in a tough spot here. They covet a prep school arm, and all four players they covet are gone. With none of them available, the Braves could go for a surprise pick here, especially since it is unclear how interested they are in Brendan McKay.
6. Oakland Athletics – J.B. Bukauskas (RHP/North Carolina)
Bukauskas has become a near consensus pick for Oakland. Pitching is a need for the Athletics, especially with Sonny Gray struggling after coming back from injury.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks – Brendan McKay (1B/LHP/Louisville)
Pavin Smith could also be an option for Arizona. McKay lacks the elite velocity, which will likely cause whatever team who drafts him to keep him as a hitter.
8. Philadelphia Phillies – Alex Faedo (RHP/Florida)
Philadelphia could also target Shane Baz if he drops, otherwise they will look for a college arm. Pitching is in dire need in Philadelphia.
9. Milwaukee Brewers – Jordon Adell (OF/Ballard HS KY)
Milwaukee has shown an affinity for toolsy prep players in recent years. He has the speed to play in center field and after slugging 24 homers, he has definitely shown that he can hit for power as well.
10. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Adam Haseley (OF/Virginia)
There is no team that this draft is more important to than the Angels, who easily have the worst farm system in baseball. Simply put, they can’t afford to miss with this pick. Haseley pitches for the Cavaliers as well, but make no mistake, his future in the MLB is as a hitter. He may not have the speed to stay in center field, but if his recent power surge continues, he definitely has a future as a corner outfielder.
11. Chicago White Sox – Jeren Kendall (OF/Vanderbilt)
The White Sox seem tied to a number of outfielders. Along with Kendall, Haseley and North Carolina high school outfielder Austin Beck are options for the White Sox. Kendall has a really high ceiling as a five-tool player and would play center field.
12. Pittsburgh Pirates – Evan White (1B/OF/Kentucky)
Pittsburgh has focused on hitter in recent drafts and they could do so again for this draft. White is much more athletic than the typical first baseman and is in the rare class of players who throw lefty but hit right-handed. White’s weakest tool is his power, but at 6’3″, 177 pounds, he has more than enough room to bulk up.
13. Miami Marlins- D.L. Hall (LHP/Valdosta HS GA)
Miami needs to restock their depleted pitching arms and could go the high school route again. Hall’s curveball is … ahead of the curve (I’ll see my way out) and he appears the be the most pro-ready high school arm.
14. Kansas City Royals – Trevor Rodgers (LHP/Calsbad HS NM)
Another team with a weak farm system, the Royals have been linked to the 6’6″ Rodgers whose fastball already hits 95 and could get better as he bulks up.
15. Houston Astros – Pavin Smith (1B/Virginia)
Houston is one of the harder teams to project. They have cast a wide net as they are unsure of who could be available and aren’t tied to any one position. Smith is taking a bit of a slide in this draft, so they would get great value with this selection.
16. New York Yankees – Nick Pratto (1B/Huntington Beach HS CA)
There have been a lot of whispers surrounding Pratto and the Yankees. If he is unavailable, Austin Beck, Jake Burger and Griffin Canning could be fallback options.
17. Seattle Mariners – Jake Burger (3B/Missouri State)
Seattle has been linked to several college bats as well as pitching, so this pick really comes down to who they see as the best player available.
18. Detroit Tigers – Sam Carlson (RHP/Burnsville HS MN)
Detroit always seems to be intrigued by a hard-throwing prep school pitcher. Carlson can reach 97 MPH with his fastball.
19. San Francisco Giants – Logan Warmoth (SS/North Carolina)
Another college bat for the Giants. Warmoth’s is a good hitter, but he may not be athletic enough to be a difference maker defensively in the MLB.
20. New York Mets – Keston Hiura (2B/OF/UC Irvine)
The Mets are hoping that one of Hiura, Pratto or Warmoth falls here.
21. Baltimore Orioles – Griffin Canning (RHP/UCLA)
Canning comes with a four-pitch repertoire and a plus changeup. Not to mention, he wouldn’t sit in the minors for long, something Baltimore is looking for.
22. Toronto Blue Jays – Tanner Houck (RHP/Missouri)
Houck struggled in the SEC tournament and his off-speed stuff comes with a few mechanical problems, but those can be fixed with coaching and his fastball is one of the best in this class. Toronto is armed with two first round picks and can take a risk with one of them.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers – Bubba Thompson (OF/McGill-Toolen Catholic HS AL)
Los Angeles has been heavily tied to Thompson to the point where it’s almost a foregone conclusion.
24. Boston Red Sox – David Peterson (LHP/Oregon)
Boston selected Peterson in the 28th round when he came out of high school, but the 6’6″, 240-pound Duck opted for college instead. This time around, Boston has a better chance of bringing in the southpaw.
25. Washington Nationals – Seth Romero (LHP/Houston)
The Nationals have shown before that they are willing to take a risk on a player with injury or off-field issues. Romero was kicked off of Houston earlier this year, but could find a role as a relief arm at the MLB level.
26. Texas Rangers – Austin Beck (OF/North Davidson HS NC)
Beck dips a bit due to the small sample size and the fact that he missed a chunk of last year while recovering from knee surgery, but he comes with a ton of upside.
27. Chicago Cubs – Nick Allen (SS/Parker HS CA)
Allen has been heavily tied to the Cubs due to their link with another undersized infielder, Dustin Pedroia. Allen is only 5’8″, but he has great defensive skills.
28. Toronto Blue Jays – Alex Lange (RHP/LSU)
While Lange continues to improve his changeup, he has a biting curve and a fastball that sits in the mid-90s.
29. Texas Rangers – Nate Pearson (RHP/College of Central Florida)
After getting a prep school bat with their top pick, the Rangers target pitching with their second pick. The 6’6″, 240-pound Pearson has a fastball that is already MLB ready, but his off-speed stuff still needs to develop.
30. Chicago Cubs – Clarke Schmidt (RHP/South Carolina)
The Cubs aren’t tied to any specific player or even a player type, so expect them to go for the best available player.