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?
Prediction: Matt 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
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
Candidate to slip: