FanGraphs Mock Draft

It’s draft day.

The first round (and supplemental 1st) is scheduled for tonight, beginning at 7 p.m. EST, and the next 39 rounds will be on Tuesday, June 5 (rounds two through 15) and Wednesday, June 6 (rounds 16 through 40), beginning at noon EST on both days. I’ll be live blogging the first round of the draft beginning at 7 p.m. eastern.

It’s pretty much a forgone conclusion that Houston will take Stanford right-hander Mark Appel with the first overall selection. After that, though, there are still plenty of rumors flying around. Below is my best educated guess on how the first round will play out, based on industry rumours and discussions with baseball officials and scouts. I recently wrote a post detailing my personal draft board.

1. Houston Astros: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford U

2. Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton, OF, Georgia HS

3. Seattle Mariners: Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico HS

4. Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana State U

5. Kansas City Royals: Max Fried, LHP, California HS

6. Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora, OF, Florida HS

7. San Diego Padres: Kyle Zimmer, RHP, U San Francisco

8. Pittsburgh Pirates: Mike Zunino, C, U Florida

9. Miami Marlins: Courtney Hawkins, OF, Texas HS

10. Colorado Rockies: David Dahl, OF, Alabama HS

11. Oakland Athletics: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State U

12. New York Mets: Gavin Cecchini, SS, Louisiana HS

13. Chicago White Sox: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke U

14. Cincinnati Reds: Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State U

15. Cleveland Indians: Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M

16. Washington Nationals: Richie Shaffer, 3B, Clemson U

17. Toronto Blue Jays: Lance McCullers Jr., RHP, Florida HS

18. Los Angeles Dodgers: Ty Hensley, RHP, Oklahoma HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Stryker Trahan, C/OF, Louisiana HS

20. San Francisco Giants: Nick Travieso, RHP, Florida HS

21. Atlanta Braves: Stephen Piscotty, 3B/OF, Stanford U

22. Toronto Blue Jays: Lucas Giolito, RHP, California HS

23. St. Louis Cardinals: Addison Russell, SS, Florida HS

24. Boston Red Sox: Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State U

25. Tampa Bay Rays: Cory Seager, 3B, North Carolina HS

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A&M

27. Milwaukee Brewers: Clint Coulter, C, Washington HS

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Lewis Brinson, OF, Florida HS

29. Texas Rangers: Zach Eflin, RHP, Florida HS

30. New York Yankees: Matt Smoral, LHP, Ohio HS

31. Boston Red Sox: Lucas Sims, RHP, Georgia HS

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I really like Correa. With highschool batters, younger is almost always better. That said, the Twins will take the toolsy high school player with potential in Buxton, and that is a far better pick than Appel.


This was the article that I got my information from. Fabulous read. Basically, young hitters are a massive market inefficiency. (I got the link in a thread somewhere, probably in a comment on fangraphs, so kudos to whoever posted it earlier.)