MLB Mock Draft 2019

MLB Mock Draft 2019 

(5/20/2019) 

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.

update:

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.

update:

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

 


Round 2

 

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?

 


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