Philadelphia Phillies – LHP AJ Puk, Florida – The consensus number one overall pick, Puk looks to be one of the better options with the first overall pick as he presents a plus fastball and excellent size
Cincinnati Reds – 2B/3B Nick Senzel, Tennessee – The Reds also could go for a top pitching prospect but Senzel makes sense for them as they have a huge hole to fill at 3rd base. Senzel’s versatility also makes him as a possible future successor to Brandon Phillips at 2nd as well.
Atlanta Braves – LHP, Jason Groome, Barnegat HS – The Braves at 3rd will go after the best available prospect with the best upside. They are in a full rebuild and with Jason Groome they intend on building up the best future for the club. He is a high risk, huge reward type player.
Colorado Rockies – RF/LF, Blake Rutherford, Chaminade Prep – Blake Rutherford would give the Rockies a good hitter who has the potential for good power on top of that. Blake would make for an excellent hitter in Coors’ Field.
Milwaukee Brewers – RHP, Riley Pint, St. Thomas Aquinas HS – Riley Pint falls comfortably to the Brewers as they get their future potential ace with an excellent fastball, and a potentially great changeup, curveball, and slider, Pint is such a great prospect because of his exceptional pitching arsenal.
Oakland Athletics – OF, Kyle Lewis, Mercer – Like he is known to do, Billy Beane will look for a college level athlete and Lewis is an excellent choice with his ability to put up a good slugging percentage with his excellent power.
Miami Marlins – RHP, Matt Manning, Sheldon HS – Matt Manning flashes an impressive fastball that will look great to the Marlins. Although he has a great fastball he projects as a reliever or at best a bottom of the rotation starter.
San Diego Padres – 3B, Josh Lowe, Pope HS – Josh Lowe presents as an excellent fielder and an overall 5 tool player. His great armed, combined with good speed and power should make a great fit eventually at a spot that is very lacking for the Padres.
Detroit Tigers – RHP, Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State – A 4 pitch prospect, Hudson is what the Tigers are looking for as they need prospects who will make it to the majors sooner rather than later as the team wishes to compete in medium term future. Hudson gives the Tigers what they need as he can advance through the minors quicker, since he is coming from college rather than high school.
Chicago White Sox – C, Zach Collins, Miami – Zach Collins is a reach for the White Sox due to the talent that is still available but the White Sox desperately want a catcher for the future. Collins can swing a good bat but the question will be if his bat advances him quicker than what it takes to develop into a good catcher.
Seattle Mariners – CF, Mickey Moniak, La Costa Canyon HS – The Mariners will look for a future outfielder in this draft as their current starting outfielders are all over 30 years old. Moniak presents excellent hitting, size, and fielding potential that would fit great in CF for the Mariners.
Boston Red Sox – LHP, Braxton Garrett, Florence HS – The Red Sox find themselves with luck as Braxton, a top pitching prospect, falls to them. Braxton offers Boston a high floor and the potential to be a middle of the rotation starter.
Tampa Bay Rays – LF/RF, Alex Kirilloff, Plum HS – A reach with the 13th pick, the Rays will look for an outfielder with plus power and decent athleticism. The Rays didn’t necessarily want Kirilloff at this spot but their more favorable prospects were taken and they might go with a slightly cheaper player so that they could use the money elsewhere.
Cleveland Indians – OF, Corey Ray, Louisville – The Indians here will go for the best outfielder still available and Ray is a good option with his potentially above average hitting, and his tools to be a decent power hitter with some speed.
Minnesota Twins – LHP, Joey Wentz, Shawnee Mission East – Wentz is the best pitcher left on the board and he is an excellent choice for this spot. Wentz will give the Twins a potential future starter who could rise to being a 2nd or 3rd starter.
Los Angeles Angels – SS, Delvin Perez, International Baseball Academy Puerto Rico – Delvin Perez falls to the Angels who look to pick up the best prospect off the board. Perez falls this low with him taking at least 4 years to develop into being major league ready as well as a rumored failed drug test. Perez does bring potential future gold glove level defense at SS, but his offense may not be up to speed with the average MLB player. Altogether though any prospect the Angels draft will become the best prospect in the system as they have the weakest farm in the league.
Houston Astros – RHP, Ian Anderson, Shenendehowa HS – With an excellent farm and future, the Astros can pass up on a college arm for a younger high school arm with more potential. Anderson possesses 3 possible major league pitches as well as good command, but the Astros will need to convince him to go to the minors rather than fulfill his commitment to Vanderbilt.
New York Yankees – RF, WIll Benson, The Westminster Schools HS – The Yankees here will go for a speedy, power hitting outfielder to possibly be a future starter in their outfield after the eventually retirement of Carlos Beltran.
New York Mets – RHP, Forrest Whitley, Alamo Heights HS – The Mets will go here for a good sized reliever in Whitley. Despite being a probable relief pitcher, the Mets will look for him here because of his 2 above average pitches which stand out among the many available pitching prospects.
Los Angeles Dodgers – 3B/1B, Will Craig, Wake Forest – Will Craig would bring LA and Andrew Friedman a future potential corner infielder with an excellent ability to get on base. The Dodgers will look for him to be a replacement for Justin Turner and possibly for Adrian Gonzalez down the road.
Toronto Blue Jays – RHP, Zack Burdi, Louisville – Burdi provides the Blue Jays what they need, a relief pitcher in the near time future. Burdi is among the most MLB ready prospects in the class and his amazing fastball and high floor are too amazing to pass up on.
Pittsburgh Pirates – RHP, Kevin Gowdy, Santa Barbara HS – A project player, Gowdy offers an excellent fastball and a complimenting curveball. Despite him being a small pitcher, Gowdy could be a starter down the road for the Pirates.
St. Louis Cardinals – SS/3B, Nolan Jones, Holy Ghost Prep – The Cardinals will be looking here for a potential third basemen as Jones more than likely won’t stay at SS. As well as playing the hot corner with excellent athleticism, Jones can offer them an above average power hitter.
San Diego Padres – CF, Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt – Reynolds will make an excellent first of two back to back picks as he offers good fielding and good power. Reynolds will eventually bring a youth spring to life in an outfield where each starter is over 30 and 2 of which are on terrible contracts.
San Diego Padres – RHP, Cal Quantrill, Stanford – With a plus fastball and slider, Cal can eventually develop into a mid rotation player for the Padres.
Chicago White Sox – 3B, Dew Mendoza, Lake Minneola HS – Mendoza offers excellent tools for the future that he still has yet to prove. This pick is one that will either be forgotten about or be a smart pick, depending on if Mendoza develops the way he hopefully will for Chicago.
Baltimore Orioles – LHP, Kyle Muller, Dallas Jesuit HS – Muller offers the O’s a future starter with his 3 excellent pitches and his good size. A downside to Muller though is his fastball speed isn’t up to par with other top prospects in this class, and his ceiling is hinged upon the future of his fastball.
Washington Nationals – SS/3B, Carter Kieboom, Walton HS – Kieboom offers the Nationals a future potential SS or third basemen, depending on if they want to keep Rendon at the corner and how long they want to keep Espinoza. Kieboom offers the Nats an above average hitting potential and a good athlete on the left side of the infield.
Washington Nationals – CF, Buddy Reed, Florida – The Nats at this spot will look for a potential future gold glove center fielder. Reed’s upside and athleticism may be too much to pass up on for Washington.
Texas Rangers – RHP, Alec Henson, Oklahoma – The Rangers go here for a project pitcher in Henson. He offers an elite fastball, 3 pitches in his arsenal, and a potentially great starter. The problem is Henson has some serious concerns with his commands. If the Rangers can find a way to overcome the command issues Henson will be the steal of the first round.
New York Mets – SS, Gavin Lux, Indian Trail Academy HS – Gavin gives the Mets a great future SS with good fielding and athleticism to field at the position. This coupled with Lux’s ability to get hits should be a strong pick for New York.
Los Angeles Dodgers – RHP, Daulton Jefferies, California – A local prospect for the Dodgers, Jefferies is the best player available for the Dodgers in this spot. Jefferies shows good K potential and a good ability to keep his command and prevent walks with his exceptional fastball. The reason why Jefferies falls this low is due to his injury history and his probability of being a relief pitcher.
St. Louis Cardinals – C/1B, Matt Thaiss, Virginia – A reach, Matt may be worth it due to him being the most likely top catching prospect to stay behind the plate. Matt offers a good ability to hit and was highly productive in college, but if he has to get moved over to first he will be a below average power hitter compared to other first basemen.
St. Louis Cardinals – CF, Taylor Trammell, Mt Paran Christian HS – The Cards will also go with the best available position player still available. Trammell offers good athleticism and speed, two necessaries for a center fielder, but has questionable power potential.