MLB Mock Draft 2019 (12/25/2018)

MLB Mock Draft 2019 

Picks 1 thru 50   (12/25/2018) 

The details are scant this early in the process….. but for fun let’s decode the 1st 50 picks and check back five months from now.

 


 

Pick 1: Baltimore Orioles 

The new regime will be frying it’s first bird……Rutschman or Witt? Well rounded catcher’s are hard to find & develop, IMO they can pluck a shortstop later…or do they take Witt at 1 and Patrick Bailey at 1 next year?

 

Prediction: Adley Rutschman

 

 


 

Pick 2: Kansas City Royals

 

KC will cater to thirsty Witt fans and media scrutiny. But can he hit professional pitching?

 

Prediction: Bobby Witt Jr

 


 

Pick 3: Chicago White Sox

 

Copy and paste what I said last year “Historically the higher the White Sox select, the less risk they take”  Last year it was Madrigal, this year it’s Langeliers. I like this pick for them.

 

Prediction:  Shea Langeliers

 


 

Pick 4 Miami Marlins

 

I expect an under-slot deal here…..

 

With the extra $$ they’ll reel in a fish later in the evening at #34 (Ealy?)

Who jumps on the deal? Carroll? Abrams?

 

Prediction: Kam Minzer  

 


 

Pick 5 Detroit Tigers

 

The Tigers will roar deep in to see these bats: Carroll, Abrams ,Greene, Mendoza and Davidson but all have questions…

Building a rotation around Mize could be the alternative.

 

Prediction: Graeme Stinson

 


 

Pick 6: San Diego Padres

 

The Padres are prepared to execute the next phase of this rebuilding plan, a phase in which they were ready to turn the corner and contend. At this point Preller can’t be stomaching the idea of selecting a lottery ticket…IMO the focus should be how to leverage this pick in order to best position themselves to be more competitive relatively quick. ie trade

We know left-handed pitchers and bloodlines run deep here, Glenallen Hill Jr or Leiter could be targets at #46.

The best case scenario here with this pick is a prospect who can blaze a quick path to the majors. In this scenario Graeme Stinson is gone.

 

Prediction: Zack Thompson

 


 

Pick 7 Cincinnati Reds

 

The old redlegs are starting to see a starting lineup that could mirror the Big Red Machine…

Senzel, Suarez, India, Trammell, Long, Stephenson, Vaughn

 

Prediction: Andrew Vaughn

 

 


 

Pick 8 Texas Rangers

 

The Rangers love to gift wrap Player Development with upside raw athletes…however in all honesty, I’d be a bit intimidated by selecting Abrams or Ealy here….

IMO it’s a farm begging for arms….it’s an arms race with Driveline roots…..Crouse, Winn, Carter Stewart?

 

Prediction: Carter Stewart

 

 


 

Pick 9 Atlanta Braves

 

The pitching situation in Atlanta is getting pretty crowded….and there not afraid of selecting a prep righty ( Malone??)

However IMO with this pick they’ll covet a fast moving bat with punch…Mendoza or Davidson will be two to monitor. Will they suddenly grasp plate discipline? The numbers will have to dazzle the analytics department here.

Their 2nd pick in the evening will play to their strength, pitching.

 

Prediction: Drew Mendoza or Logan Davidson

 


 

Pick 10 San Francisco Giants

 

A farm begging for athleticism….. Speed and Hit tool over power play well at Att&t Park

 

Prediction: Corbin Carroll

 


 

Pick 11 Toronto Blue Jays

 

Looking for athlete’s who will buy into the club’s high performance program.

 

Prediction: CJ Abrams 

 


 

Pick 12 New York Mets

 

Historically have drafted lefty bats that control the zone…….

 

Prediction: Riley Greene

 


 

Pick 13 Minnesota Twins 

 

They value foot speed & bats but it will be a coup if Malone is here. Had Malone here in my early mock back in August. Will it stick?

 

Prediction: Brennan Malone

 


 

Pick 14 Philadelphia Phillies

In the past it has always been all about the tools and upside, lottery ticket types….now its about winning baseball for seasons to come. Safe pick here.

 

Prediction: Braden Shewmake

 

 


 

Pick 15 Los Angeles Angels 

 

Have been on all in on twitchy athletes….Adell, Adams, Jackson

 

Prediction: Greg Jones or Will Holland

 


 

Pick 16 Arizona Diamonbacks

 

The Snakes had success with the bats last year, look for the same this year. IMO Holland, Shewmake, Davidson will be targets here.

 

Rays Prediction: Will Holland 

 

 


 

Pick 17 Washington Nationals

 

The Nats usually target players who have slipped. Or slipped due to poor performance, injury or make-up concerns. (Romero, Denaburg)

Also, Scott Boras has a great rapport with the Nats… could be landing spot for Boras client to sign.

 

Prediction: Daniel Espino 

 


 

Pick 18 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Bucs love projectable bodies, left-handed hitters and pitchers who spin it: Nelson may remind them of a young Clay Buchholz

 

Prediction: Ryne Nelson

 


 

Pick 19 St. Louis Cardinals

 

This pick will have a sense of deja vu…look for a player with upside who slipped.

 

Prediction: Bryson Stott

 


 

Pick 20 Seattle Mariners

 

Unless the Mariners turn adventuresome….it’s easy money to bet the Mariners 1st-round pick will be a college player.

 

Prediction: JJ Bleday

 


 

Pick 21 Atlanta Braves

 

The Braves have a prep arm obsession….

 

Prediction: Matthew Thompson

 


 

Pick 22 Tampa Bay Rays

 

Tampa’s strength is scouting and developing pitchers…they may decide to use all of their day one cash on pitching…

 

Prediction: Nick Lodolo

 

 


 

Pick 23 Colorado Rockies

 

The Rockies have a knack for scouting bats….

 

Prediction: Logan Davidson

 


 

Pick 24 Cleveland Indians

 

There’s a focus on tools and upside along with age relative to draft class here….

I’m getting super aggressive and bold here.  The name isn’t on many top draft boards, but he may carry just enough shine to swing his way here. May also have an injury on the resume.

 

Prediction: Chris Newell

 


 

Pick 25  Los Angeles Dodgers

 

LA typically prefers college players early and we know the Dodgers love players who can be versatile…

 

Prediction:  Michael Toglia


 

Pick 26 Arizona Diamondbacks

 

Look for a bat who controls the zone here…

 

Prediction: Logan Wyatt

 


 

Pick 27 Chicago Cubs

 

The Cubs have mastered the Free-Agent Sales Pitch and last year I wrote “don’t be surprised if that trickles down to the draft and a player who is suppose to go to an elite school ends up a Cub” ( Cole Roederer)

Like A’s size doesn’t matter here ( Hoerner, Roederer)

Look for another ‘high-end” college bat here.

 

Prediction: Michael Busch Wallner or Tyler Dyson,

 


 

Pick 28 Milwaukee Brewers

The game plan will be a spin-off from last year….Look for a player with upside who may have slipped

 

Prediction: Rece Hinds

 


 

Pick 29 Oakland A’s

 

Sonny Gray clone? Could be some comfort here…..

 

Prediction: Jack Leiter

 


 

Pick 30 New York Yankees

 

Short porch, could be Left handed version of Aaron Judge?

 

PredictionMatt Wallner

 


 

Pick 31 Los Angeles Dodgers

 

Prediction: JJ Goss

 


 

Pick 32 Houston Astros 

 

In some ways the Stros love to make picks that tricks your eyes

If you squint enough and have a vision, Strumpf’s hitting mechanics are reminiscent of Paul Korneko.

Prediction: Chase Strumpf

 


Comp Pick A

Pick 33 Arizona Diamonbacks

 

Prediction: Will Robertson

 


Competitive Round A

 

Pick 34 Miami Marlins

The media and internet love to romanticized idea of a two-sport star…..the fish are in rebuild mode can afford to take that a chance here…

 

Prediction: Jerroin Ealy

 


 

Pick 35 Tampa Bay Rays

A mountain of a man

 

Prediction: Alek Manoah

 


 

Pick 36 Cincinnati Reds

 

Prediction: Cameron Cannon

 


 

Pick 37 Pittsburgh Pirates 

 

Prediction: Spencer Jones

 


 

Pick 38 Tampa Bay Rays 

Prediction: Nasim Nunez

 


 

Pick 39 Texas Rangers

 

Prediction: Matthew Allan

 


 

Pick 40 Minnesota Twins 

 

Prediction: Tyler Dodson

 


Round 2

 

Pick 41 Baltimore Orioles

 

Prediction: Matthew Lugo

 


Pick 42 Kansas City Royals

 

Prediction: Erik Miller

 


Pick 43 Boston Red Sox

 

Prediction: Will Wilson

 


Pick 44 Chicago White Sox

 

Prediction: Josh Jung

 


Pick 45 Miami Marlins

 

Prediction: Maurice Hampton or Myles Austin

 


Pick 46 Detroit Tigers

 

Prediction: Kyle Stowers

 


Pick 47 San Diego Padres

 

Prediction: Ethan Hearn

 


Pick 48 Cincinnati Reds

 

Prediction: Blake Sabol

 


Pick 49 Texas Rangers

 

Prediction: Bryce Osmond

 


Pick 50 San Francisco Giants

 

Prediction: Hunter Barco

 


 

NOTES

 

Candidate to slip:

Abrams

Jones

Stewart

Barco

Stott

 

Draft Sleepers

Misner

Newell

Cannon

 

High Variance

Mendoza

Davidson

Toglia

 


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