MLB Mock Draft 2019
Here’s proof that my mock draft looks a lot different than yours….
Pick 1: Baltimore Orioles
The astrO’s process here mirrors Raiders Nation…..tight lip and secretive. And make no mistake about it, Mike Elias is making this decision……catcher or shortstop? who’s more valuable? who would you pay $300 million in free-agency? The last two World Series Champs have All-Star shortstops. Buster Posey had 3 Cy-Young pitchers to work with. IMO you can win w/ a catch n throw guy who can handle a staff….
I see a scenario unfolding where Witt takes a little less at 1 and fits Elias ammo (player development) and timeline better.
Prediction: Bobby Witt Jr.
Pick 2: Kansas City Royals
Beauty of this pick is it plays off last year’s picks…
Prediction: Adley Ruschman
Pick 3: Chicago White Sox
Historically the higher the White Sox select, the less risk they take…. Last year it was Madrigal, this year it’s Andrew Vaughn.
Prediction: Andrew Vaughn
Pick 4 Miami Marlins
I’ve suspected an under-slot deal here since the beginning…
With the extra $$ they’ll reel in a fish later in the evening at #34
Who jumps on the deal???? Abrams is tempting, the swing is aesthetically pleasing but I see a litany of yellow flags that gives me pause….if my guys are saying Dee Gordon I pass…..I’d blow up everyone’s board and go with Corbin Carroll and go upside on pick #34
Prediction: Corbin Carroll
Pick 5 Detroit Tigers
The Tigers will roar deep in to see the bats and I see shades of Alec Bohm in Kody Hoese.
Riley Greene has been suspected to take an under-slot since the beginning of this process…JJ Bleday is repped by Boras Corp. so that’s going cost $$
How about complementing your future ace with a lefty sidekick? Nick Lodolo could slot in nicely as a future #2
Prediction: Nick Lodolo
Pick 6: San Diego Padres
Left-handed pitchers and bloodlines run deep here, but the best case scenario here with this pick is a prospect who can blaze a quick path to the majors.
The Friars need a left handed bat and have draft capital to push a Boras client down to six…
Prediction: JJ Bleday
Pick 7 Cincinnati Reds
The old redlegs are starting to see a starting lineup that could mirror the Big Red Machine…
Prediction: Hunter Bishop
Pick 8 Texas Rangers
The Rangers love to gift wrap Player Development with upside raw athletes, also it’s a farm begging for arms……. but in all honesty, I’d be a bit intimidated by selecting an arm here.
Carroll is on the wish list and Abrams will be tempting in this scenario but Shea Langerliers may remind them of catching stalwart Pudge Rodriguez??? Langerliers saves them some money and will be a valuable asset mentoring the young arms…..they’ll go upside with their next two picks.
Prediction: Shea Langerliers
Pick 9 Atlanta Braves
IMO with this pick they’ll covet a fast moving bat with punch…they’d love to have either Bishop, Stott or Bleday fall here….
Prediction: Bryson Stott
Pick 10 San Francisco Giants
It’s a farm begging for athleticism….. but I sense Michael Busch fits Farhan Zaidi.
They’ve been on Stott all year…if he’s gone the alternative could be a toolsy HS athlete in the mold of Austin Beck….Keoni Cavaco??
IMO Busch would be a steal here….
Prediction: Michael Busch or Kody Hoese
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…….Conforto, Nimmo, Dom Smith, Kelenic…Riley Greene or Brett Baty
Prediction: Riley Greene
Pick 13 Minnesota Twins
They value foot speed & bats but it will be a coup if a big arm is here…Kyren Paris would be a target at 39.
Keoni Cavaco is a name here…the relationship is tight. They had the 1st private workout lined up after his championship game saw scouts leave the yard with some Homestyle Hawaiian food…..made mom’s way
Prediction: Alek Manoah
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. They’ll cross their fingers and toes and hope he stays healthy and moves fast….
Prediction: Zack Thompson
Pick 15 Los Angeles Angels
Have been on all in on twitchy athletes….Adell, Adams, Jackson and Maurice Hampton??
Prediction: Gunnar Henderson
Pick 16 Arizona Diamonbacks
The Snakes had success with the bats last year, look for the same this year. IMO Busch and Hoese will be targets here.
Rays Prediction: Kody Hoese
Pick 17 Washington Nationals
The Nats usually target players who have slipped. Espino??? Or slipped due to poor performance, injury or make-up concerns. (Romero, Denaburg)
Prediction: Quinn Priester
Pick 18 Pittsburgh Pirates
Bucs love projectable bodies, left-handed hitters and pitchers who spin it: Waltson may remind them of Kershaw…
Prediction: Blake Waltson
Pick 19 St. Louis Cardinals
This pick will have a sense of deja vu…look for a player with upside who slipped.
Prediction: Jackson Rutledge
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: Michael Toglia or Logan Davidson or Josh Jung
Pick 21 Atlanta Braves
The Braves have a prep arm obsession….
Prediction: Matthew Allan
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…but they also love Brooks Lee and chances are slim he’ll be available with their next pick at 36…
Prediction: Brooks Lee
Pick 23 Colorado Rockies
The Rockies have a knack for scouting bats….
Prediction: Logan Davidson or Kam Misner
Pick 24 Cleveland Indians
There’s a focus on tools and upside along with age relative to draft class here….Brooks Lee fits that Tyler Freeman model here
Prediction: Maurice Hampton
Pick 25 Los Angeles Dodgers
LA typically prefers college players early and we know the Dodgers love players who can be versatile….Brooks Lee has been a target
Prediction: Drey Jameson
Pick 26 Arizona Diamondbacks
Snakes have been everywhere this year……Look for a bat who controls the zone here (Brooks Lee if available) Nasim Nunez…
Prediction: Branden Shewmate
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) (Brooks Lee??) Think college football recruiting here….
Like A’s size doesn’t matter here ( Hoerner, Roederer)
Prediction: Keoni Cavaco
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: Brennan Malone
Pick 29 Oakland A’s
The A’s have been in on Brooks Lee…
Prediction: Kam Misner
Pick 30 New York Yankees
Yankess can afford this….
Prediction: Jack Leiter
Pick 31 Los Angeles Dodgers
Brooks Lee is out in this scenario….
Prediction: Josh Wolf
Pick 32 Houston Astros
Prediction: George Kirby
Comp Pick A
Pick 33 Arizona Diamondbacks
Prediction: Seth Johnson
Pick 34 Arizona Diamondbacks
Prediction: Chris Newell
Competitive Round A
Pick 35 Miami Marlins
Marlins are building a culture with Team USA participants and performers ( carroll & volpe)
Prediction: Anthony Volpe
Pick 36 Tampa Bay Rays
Prediction: Will Wilson
Pick 37 Pittsburgh Pirates
Prediction: Nasim Nunez
Pick 38 New York Yankees
Prediction: Myles Austin
Pick 39 Minnesota Twins
Prediction: Kyren Paris
Pick 40 Tampa Bay Rays
Prediction: JJ Goss
Pick 41 Texas Rangers
Prediction: Jimmy Lewis
Pick 42 Baltimore Orioles
The Astros won a Championship with shortstops on the left side…
Prediction: Matthew Lugo
Pick 43 Boston Red Sox
Prediction: Josh Jung
Pick 44 Kansas City Royals
Building with college players…
Prediction: Graeme Stinson
Pick 45 Chicago White Sox
Prediction: Greg Jones Jr
Pick 46 Miami Marlins
May see some Josh Reddick here….
Prediction: Hudson Head
Pick 47 Detroit Tigers
Get the power bat here….
Prediction: Drew Mendoza
Pick 48 San Diego Padres
underslot here since went over for Bleday……Milone reminds me of Trevor Story
Prediction: Brennan Milone
Pick 49 Cincinnati Reds
Prediction: Ryne Nelson
Pick 50 Texas Rangers
Prediction: Cameron Cannon or Espino?
MLB Draft 2019 Draft Board (6/3/19) Perennial All-Star 1 . Bobby