With the MLB Draft just hours away, here is our attempt to project the first round. We go 35 deep with picks as we attempt to predict what each team will do tonight based on the latest information available.
1.Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn
Mize is the consensus top player and will be hard for the Tigers to pass up.
2.San Francisco Giants: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
The rumors of Cole Winn are getting louder, but they also love Bart and he may be too valuable to pass on here.
3.Philadelphia Phillies: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State
The Phillies seem to really want Mize to drop(if Bart and Winn go 1/2), but they are likely to settle for Madrigal. If Bart was to slip, this is his floor.
4.Chicago White Sox: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
The Sox are taking a college player and with no Nick Madrigal available, they take the best college arm.
5.Cincinnati Reds: Jon India, 3B, Florida
The Reds are in on Carter Stewart a bit, and he would make sense when they have Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel. However a player like India is too hard to pass for them.
6.New York Mets: Jarred Kelenic, OF, Wisconsin HS
The Kelenic/Mets connection is gaining steam and they take him over Alec Bohm.
7.San Diego Padres: Ryan Weathers, LHP, Tennessee HS
A tough choice as the Padres want to save money in order to grab Kyler Murray in the Competitive Balance portion of the draft. They prefer Matthew Liberatore, but like Weathers and love the slight discount. Carter Stewart could also be in play.
8.Atlanta Braves: Carter Stewart, RHP, Florida HS
This one feels like a near lock, assuming of course that Stewart is still available.
9.Oakland Athletics: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State
Oakland had other plans here, but can’t pass up Bohm’s bat. Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore would also be in the conversation.
10.Pittsburgh Pirates: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Arizona HS
I think the Pirates would want Nolan Gorman, but when Liberatore drops they nab him.
11.Baltimore Orioles: Cole Winn, RHP, California HS
Baltimore really likes Winn and it’s hard to see him dropping any further.
12.Toronto Blue Jays: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama
The Jays are happy to get a productive college bat like Swaggerty here.
13.Miami Marlins: Connor Scott, OF, Florida HS
The Marlins are very likely to take the high upside Florida prep bat.
14.Seattle Mariners: Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson
Gilbert has seen his velocity increase a tick late and the Mariners take him over Jackson Kowar and Trevor Larnach.
15.Texas Rangers: Jordyn Adams, OF, North Carolina HS
The Rangers are in love with the special athlete, and a year after taking toolsy former football player Bubba Thompson they do it again.
16.Tampa Bay Rays: Brice Turang, SS, California HS
The Rays reportedly like Turang a lot, and this feels like their only chance to get him.
17.Los Angeles Angels: Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Texas HS
Grayson Rodriguez could go quite a bit higher depending on other ways the draft could fall, but the Angels have to like his upside.
18.Kansas City Royals: Noah Naylor, C/3B, Canada HS
The Royals with multiple picks take a very high upside prep bat in Naylor.
19.St. Louis Cardinals: Ryan Rolison, LHP, Ole Miss
Rolison feels a lot more like a Cardinals pick than Shane McClanahan, but they wanted Turang.
20.Minnesota Twins: Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida
The Twins can use more pitching and getting an arm like McClanahan here is a bonus.
21.Milwaukee Brewers: Trevor Larnach, OF, Oregon State
The Brewers pounce on the falling, productive college bat.
22.Colorado Rockies: Nick Schnell, OF, Indiana HS
The Rockies like some athletic prep bats, and Schnell may be the best fit.
23.New York Yankees: Triston Casas, 1B/3B, Florida HS
The Yankees seem to love Casas, and also like Grant Lavigne- but this was a tough call to go Casas over Nolan Gorman.
24.Chicago Cubs: Nolan Gorman, 3B, Arizona HS
I was set on the Cubs taking Anthony Seigler, but Gorman dropping has changed things.
25.Arizona Diamondbacks: Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida
Kowar is simply too good to pass up as he falls a bit.
26.Boston Red Sox: Seth Beer, 1B, Clemson
The Red Sox are in on Beer, and the fact he can DH in the American League removes one of his red flags.
27.Washington Nationals: Mason Denaburg, RHP, Florida HS
The Nats are locked in on Denaburg if he is available.
28.Houston Astros: Cole Wilcox, RHP, Georgia HS
Houston takes a talented prep arm that fits nicely into their system.
29.Cleveland Indians: Alek Thomas, OF, Illinois HS
With some extra picks the Tribe want a toolsy high upside prep, and Thomas is frequently associated with them.
30.Los Angeles Dodgers: Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma
The Dodgers could go in a few directions but are associated with Walker often.
31.Tampa Bay Rays(for losing Alex Cobb): Jordan Groshans, 3B, Texas HS
A team with extra picks chasing upside grabs another prep bat they like.
32.Tampa Bay Rays(for failing to sign 2017 pick Drew Rasmussen): Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Florida HS
After taking Turang and Groshans the Rays take the last prep pitcher they’ve been significantly tied to.
33.Kansas City Royals(for losing Lorenzo Cain): Kumar Rocker, RHP, Georgia HS
The Royals have extra picks/cash in the pool, and like Rocker a lot. Considering the Vanderbilt signee won’t be cheap, this is an ideal fit for him.
34.Kansas City Royals(for losing Eric Hosmer): Xavier Edwards, SS, Florida HS
Edwards falls a bit, but with the way the rest of the board played out and Tampa grabbing their shortstop in Turang, this feels like the best fit for Edwards.
35.Cleveland Indians(for losing Carlos Santana): Osiris Johnson, SS, California HS
Here’s my sleeper pick. The Indians have extra picks, like Johnson, and with him flying up the board they know they need to get him now or risk losing him.