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2018 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

With the 2018 MLB Draft less than a week away, James Fox projects the draft's first 62 picks, and takes an extra look at the Cubs and Sox.

Everyone loves mock drafts. NBA mocks are all over the internet right now. 2019 NFL Mock Drafts have started to filter out. I’ve even seen NHL Mock Drafts. We are one week away from Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) and it’s generally one of the most tough to predict. Baseball organizations have to wait 3-5 years in order to reap the rewards from a baseball draft. The draft just finally went mainstream within the last ten years and its popularity is gaining every season. Farm systems are the lifeblood of a franchise. The MLB Draft is an important step toward talent procurement and its potential impact is still underrated. Picks cannot be traded (only Competitive Balance picks can be traded away) so there also isn’t as much posturing as a other sports.

The Chicago White Sox own the fourth pick in the draft and will pick again at No. 46 in round two. It’s a very important draft for the franchise and Nick Hostetler and crew will have roughly $11 million to spend on bonuses. The Chicago Cubs haven’t made many high selections of late due to playing lots of playoff baseball. They will pick four times on night one this year however. The Cubs first selection will be at No. 24 in round one. Their 2nd rounder will be pick No. 62 and the Cubs will also choose at No. 77 and No. 78 as compensation for losing RHP’s Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis.

This is my first attempt at a first round mock draft. I will make one final projection next Monday before the real thing occurs at 6 p.m. central.

1. Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize – RHP, Auburn

Detroit could always pull a surprise but this seems pretty consensus at this point. Mize could reach the big leagues within the next year and is clear No. 1 prospect in the class.

2. San Francisco Giants: Joey Bart – C, Georgia Tech

The 6’3 225 pounder will stay behind the dish as a pro and provides big-time power potential. Should be the eventual replacement for Buster Posey.

3. Philadelphia Phillies: Alec Bohm – 3B, Wichita State

Bohm has huge power and some defensive concerns. He walks a ton though as well and has been linked to the Phillies throughout the draft process.

4. Chicago White Sox: Brady Singer – RHP, Florida

This pick could come down to Singer and Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal. The Sox have sent their top lieutenants to see both players and the fast-moving college starter wins out here.

5. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Madrigal – 2B, Oregon State

The Reds are rumored to be on college players with this pick and they nab the best hitter in the class.

6. New York Mets: Jonathan India – 3B, Florida

The Mets are another organization that likes college players. India burst onto the scene this year and he could possibly play SS in pro ball.

7. San Diego Padres: Matthew Liberatore – LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)

Liberatore is the top prep pitcher in the class and A.J. Preller has acquired some extra pool space to go high school heavy if he chooses.

8. Atlanta Braves: Carter Stewart – RHP, Eau Gallie HS (FL)

Athletic right-hander adds to stable of young arms in Braves system. First draft for new GM Alex Anthopolous.

9. Oakland Athletics: Travis Swaggerty – OF, South Alabama

Power, speed and on-base machine that should stick in CF. The profile fits what Billy Beane usually likes to do.

10. Pittsburgh Pirates: Nolan Gorman – 3B, O’Connor HS (AZ)

Might have to move to 1B in the future but 70 grade raw power should play in either spot

11. Baltimore Orioles: Cole Winn – RHP, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)

Flashes three plus pitches and leadership qualities. Orioles haven’t been shy about taking high school arms recently.

12. Toronto Blue Jays: Shane McClanahan – LHP, South Florida

Toronto gets a college starter that can run it up to 99 mph.

13. Miami Marlins: Jarred Kelenic – OF, Waukesha West HS (WI)

The rare northern HS product, Kelenic can really run and hit with a chance to stay in CF.

14. Seattle Mariners: Jackson Kowar – RHP, Florida

The other Florida pitcher could be another fast mover through the minors. Seattle tied heavily to college players.

15. Texas Rangers: Cole Wilcox – RHP, Heritage HS (GA)

Advanced feel with three possible plus pitches. Texas hasn’t been afraid to gamble on upside.

16. Tampa Bay Rays: Jordyn Adams – OF, Green Hope HS (NC)

Adams is a tough sign with a full ride to UNC to play football. Tampa Bay has the bonus space to make it happen.

17. Los Angeles Angels: Noah Naylor – C, St. Joan of Arc HS (Ontario)

Unlike his older brother Josh in the Padres’ system, he should be able to play a premium position in the majors with a similar offensive profile.

18. Kansas City Royals: Ethan Hankins – RHP, Forsyth Central HS (GA)

Was a candidate to be the top overall pick a few months ago. 80 grade fastball but some injury concerns this spring push him down the board.

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Ryan Weathers – LHP, Loretto HS (TN)

Weathers has a sound delivery and an advanced changeup. Son of David Weathers.

20. Minnesota Twins: Ryan Rolison – LHP, Mississippi

Athletic, draft-eligible sophomore with a great curveball.

21. Milwaukee Brewers: Trevor Larnach – OF, Oregon State

Larnach added power to his repertoire this year and his bat should play in an OF corner.

22. Colorado Rockies: Anthony Seigler – C, Cartersville HS (GA)

Florida commit has had a great spring. He’s a switch-hitter and thrower that will stay at catcher.

23. New York Yankees: Triston Casas – 1B, American Heritage HS (FL)

Huge left-handed raw power that will play at Yankee Stadium.

24. Chicago Cubs: Logan Gilbert – RHP, Stetson

Plus fastball and prior summer league success. Cubs add another college starter that could move fairly quickly in their system.

25. Arizona Diamondbacks: Matt McLain – SS, Beckman HS (CA)

Riser throughout the process that sneaks into first round. Undersized UCLA commit that can hit.

26. Boston Red Sox: Jake McCarthy – OF, Virginia

Left-handed hitting center-fielder with Team USA experience. Solid in all areas.

27. Washington Nationals: Kumar Rocker – RHP, North Oconee HS (GA)

Six-foot-five, 250-pound Vanderbilt commit has a 70-grade fastball and 60-grade slider. Nationals love taking chances on upside.

28. Houston Astros: Connor Scott – OF, Plant HS (FL)

Five-tool ability similar to Astros’ farmhand Kyle Tucker.

29. Cleveland Indians: Alek Thomas – CF, Mount Carmel HS (IL)

Left-handed CF with plus speed and some power in the mold of Jacoby Ellsbury.

30. Los Angeles Dodgers: Steele Walker – OF, Oklahoma

Good makeup and track record with wood bats but likely destined for left field.

Compensation Round

31. Tampa Bay Rays: Brice Turang – SS, Santiago HS (CA)

Rays snatch up a Turang with extra bonus pool space here. Was a 1-1 candidate that didn’t hit as well as expected as a prep.

32. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Beer – 1B, Clemson

Prodigious power and on-base ability. No wood bat track record however.

33. Kansas City Royals: Grayson Rodriguez – RHP, Central Heights HS (TX)

Six-foot-five, Texas native has big fastball with downward plane.

34. Kansas City Royals: Jeremy Eirmann – SS, Missouri State

Grinder mentality. Could stay at shortstop but should hit and play above-average defense at third base.

35. Cleveland Indians: Jordan Groshans – 3B, Magnolia HS (TX)

The Indians love prep players and Groshans is one of best high school hitters in the class.

Competitive Balance Round

36. Pittsburgh Pirates: J.T. Ginn – RHP, Brandon HS (MS)

Old for prep arm but possesses a 70-grade fastball

37. Baltimore Orioles: Greyson Jenista – 1B/3B, Wichita State

Patient hitter with power potential. Best suited for first base as a pro.

38. San Diego Padres: Mason Denaburg – RHP, Merritt Island HS (FL)

Had some arm issues this spring but San Diego willingly to gamble on pure stuff in this spot.

39. Arizona Diamondbacks: Griffin Conine – OF, Duke

College hitter that was considered by Arizona in round one.

40. Kansas City Royals: Xavier Edwards – SS, North Broward Prep (FL)

Undersized with tools. Tough to sign a Vanderbilt commit.

41. Cleveland Indians: Tristan Beck – RHP, Stanford

Could move at an accelerated pace out of the bullpen.

42. Colorado Rockies: Parker Meadows – OF, Grayson HS (GA)

Clemson commit with multiple plus grades.

43. St. Louis Cardinals: Nander de Sedas – SS, Montverde Academy (FL)

Looked like potential top 10 talent in the spring of 2017 but didn’t hit enough this spring.

46. Chicago White Sox: Jeremiah Jackson – SS, St. Luke’s Episcopal (AL)

Advanced hitter with a nice swing. Performed well on high school prospect circuit.

62. Chicago Cubs: Nico Hoerner – SS, Stanford

Linked to Cubs throughout process. Might have to move to second base but his bat will profile at either spot.

77. Chicago Cubs: Konnor Pilkington – LHP, Mississippi State

He has the stuff and moxie on the mound to become a back end starter

78. Chicago Cubs: Lyon Richardson – RHP, Jensen Beach HS (FL)

Athletic young strike thrower with a 60-grade fastball.

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3 comments on “2018 MLB Mock Draft 1.0

  1. I’d rather the White Sox take Madrigal. I know the old adage, “You can never have too much pitching,” but they have Rodon, Giolito, Lopez, Hansen, Cease, Dunning, and Kopech all vying for 5 starter spots and that doesn’t include anything they might do on the FA market or another prospect sneaking in. Plus, it’s seems like a long time since the Sox have had a guy with that good a hit tool who walks more than he strikes out. I know the infield would have to be shuffled, but Tim Anderson has the speed to play in the OF or Moncada could move to 3B. Just seems that the White Sox have stocked up more on the pitching side than the hitting side overall and Madrigal would help even it out while playing good defense at 2B.

  2. James Fox

    These are all good points. I truly feel that the White Sox will take either Brady Singer or Nick Madrigal. I went with Singer in this projection. I may end up going with Madrigal on the next one depending on what type of intel I receive before then. Thanks for reading!

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