According to Baseball America's latest mock draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks will take Vanderbilt right-hander Carson Fulmer with the first overall pick.
The projection of Fulmer at No. 1 is a change from Baseball America's first mock draft, which had Arizona taking UC Santa Barbara righty Dillon Tate. In fact, none of the major mock drafts had Fulmer going first in their earlier incarnations.
Fulmer has posted a 1.51 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 95⅔ innings for the 10th-ranked Commodores this season, with 37 walks and 132 strikeouts. He's pitched three complete games in 14 starts, including Thursday night at Alabama, where he allowed a lone run on two hits with four walks and 14 strikeouts in a 2-1 win.
Other changes in the top 10
While Baseball America still has shortstops Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers going to the Astros and Rockies, respectively, their latest mock now has Tate falling to the Rangers with the fourth pick. In its initial list, BA had Texas taking Missouri State right-hander Jon Harris, who has now fallen out of the top 10 to Tampa Bay with the 13th pick.
Another change in the mock draft comes with the White Sox at the eighth pick. Originally slated to take Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser, they're now projected to select local southpaw Tyler Jay, from Illinois. Jay leads the nation with a 0.68 ERA and 0.62 WHIP in 53 innings for the Big Ten champions. However, of his 25 appearances this year, just one has been as a starter, putting his future role in question.
In Fulmer's spot at No. 9, Baseball America now has the Cubs taking Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Benintendi is hitting .411/.507/.772 for the Razorbacks with 17 home runs in 180 at bats. He's also walked 36 times against just 25 strikeouts; showcasing his incredible eye of the strike zone.
There is also a change at the 10th spot, where the Phillies are now projected to take another player from Vanderbuilt (their 3rd) by selecting right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler. In 63 innings, Buehler has 66 strike outs, along with an ERA of 3.14 ERA and WHIP of 1.30.