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Draft  | Mock Draft  | 2/22/2024

PG Staff Mock Draft

Jheremy Brown      Troy Sutherland      John McAdams      Tyler Kotila      Vincent Cervino      Michael Albee      Joey Cohen      Blaine Peterson      Jered Goodwin      Scott Rankin      Isaiah Burrows      Tyler Henninger      Cameron McElwaney      Kyler Peterson      Tyler Russo     
Welcome to another Perfect Game Mock Draft. This is not your typical mock draft as it features 15 different GMs drafting the first two rounds of the draft. Each member of the mock draft was assigned two teams and as such will be drafting all of the picks in the first two rounds for each responsible team. The actual draft order will be presented below and we will dive into how teams made their selections and how they feel about the players drafted. It is important to note that this is not how we think the draft will play out in almost any capacity. This is simply an exercise 6 months ahead of time with a large portion of the scouting staff and some picks fall under personal favorites, best available, and a multitude of other factors.




Cleveland Guardians
1:1 JJ Wetherholt, MIF, West Virginia | 1:36 Drew Beam, RHP, Tennessee | 2:48 Rodney Green, OF, California 

Cleveland uses a trio of picks to nab the best player in the class and two potential steals with 36th and 48th picks. After winning the rights to the first overall selection, they use that pick on middle infielder JJ Wetherholt out of West Virginia. Wetherholt possesses one of the best bats in the class, showing elite bat to ball skills, an extremely advanced approach, and above-average power potential that continues to show up in-game. With their second pick, Cleveland adds an arm that should be able to start in right-hander Drew Beam. Beam has three above-average pitches, including a fastball that can creep into the upper-90’s and a fading changeup that is a plus offering. Rodney Green Jr. rounds out an intriguing group with obvious upside. Green has one of the higher ceilings in the entire class. He can provide plus defense in center field and has big time power potential from the left side of the plate. The three selections allow Cleveland to add high upside college players with a chance to make an impact at the big league level rather quickly. -Tyler Henninger


 
Cincinnati Reds
1:2
Chase Burns, RHP, Wake Forest | 2:52 Hunter Carns, C, First Coast (HS) | 2:72 Blake Larson, LHP, IMG Academy (HS)

Chase Burns was an easy choice at the number two overall pick for the Reds. The stuff is as elite as you’ll come across in the country with a fastball reaching triple digits and a wipeout slider. The changeup has become a weapon as well, making this a safe bet to fly up their farm system. Hunter Carns falling this far down the board was a shock and the Reds land a top-10 name in the HS class. He oozes athleticism and produces some of the biggest exit velocities in the class, including a 115 mph homer in Jupiter this past fall. There are a few questions about him behind the plate but the 6.47 speed and arm strength will certainly play in a corner outfield spot. The Reds haul doesn’t stop there as they land one of the more electric left-handers in the prep class in Blake Larson. He’s been up to 96 mph with a wipeout slider in the low-80s and a changeup in the mid-80s. The arm speed is special here and if he’s in the zone the stuff is unhittable. -Cam McElwaney


Colorado Rockies
1:3
Nick Kurtz, 1B, Wake Forest | 1:38 Dakota Jordan, OF, Mississippi State | 2:42 Kevin Bazzell, C, Texas Tech

The Rockies could be getting a steal with Wake Forest first baseman Nick Kurtz. The 6-foot-5 power hitting first baseman is widely regarded as a top collegiate power bat with power to all-fields. If he does slide to the Rockies, he will quickly run through the minor league ranks as he already possesses a major league approach at the plate. After the Kurtz pick, they go back into the collegiate ranks to select Mississippi State outfielder Dakota Jordan. Jordan is an athlete that committed to play both football and baseball out of high school before deciding to focus on baseball. He possesses plus bat speed that will translate into high exit velocities and power potential to all-fields. Wrapping up their draft, the Rockies go back to the collegiate ranks to take catcher Kevin Bazzell out of Texas Tech. After playing third base in 2023, he takes over the behind the plate for the Red Raiders in 2024. That versatility makes Bazzell one of the more intriguing Prospect in the draft. Already a plate presence, his power tools are getting better and he is a double waiting to happen. -Scott Rankin 


Oakland Athletics
1:4
Travis Bazzana, INF, Oregon State | 2:40 Anthony Silva, SS, TCU | 2:74 Marcus Morgan, RHP, Iowa

The A’s were extremely lucky to have the best college hitter in the draft drop to 4 while also being able to grab quite possibly the best defensive shortstop in college baseball at 40. Travis Bazzana has a complete and elite offensive skillset where you can slap an easy 65/60 hit/power grade on him. He showed off the bat this past opening weekend hitting a loud .563 with 3 HRs. He’s an above average defender at 2B and I think his speed/athleticism will allow him to stick there long term. Bazzana also has some outlier makeup that shows both on and off the field. Anthony Silva is a pure and sure handed SS who has shown innate feel for the position. There’s a ton of skill in the profile and I think he’ll show off more of his tools this upcoming season. He slashed .330/.416/.471 in ‘23 as I would feel comfortable throwing a 55-hit on him with a frame at 6-foot-2/200 pounds that I think he’ll tap into more this college season and show more power. He also had himself a great opening weekend going 7-for-13. The A's are also able to grab Marcus Morgan at 74 where in my opinion he has easy T50 upside. The Saturday starter for the Hawkeyes has some of the loudest stuff in the country with it’s a low effort mid-upper 90s fastball that he pairs with a devastating mid-80s high-spin sweeper that grades out easy as a plus pitch. If he’s in the strike zone consistently which he showed he was capable of this past Saturday in his five-shutout inning nine strikeout performance, I think he’s probably not available at 74. -Joey Cohen


Chicago White Sox
1:5
Konnor Griffin, OF, Jackson Prep (Miss.) | 2:43 Ethan Anderson, C/1B, Virginia | 2:69 Christian Moore, 3B, Tennessee

The White Sox could be getting a steal with their first pick in Mississippi prep Konnor Griffin, one of the more overall dynamic talents in the draft, whether from the collegiate or prep ranks. With above average to plus marks across the board, the Sox are getting the athleticism and talent of Griffin to kick off what looks to be a solid draft. After grabbing the first prep off the board we went back to a collegiate approach with Ethan Anderson out of Virginia and Tennessee Volunteer Christian Moore, both of whom are coming off big 2023 campaigns. Anderson, a switch-hitter, has legit juice from either side of the plate and the advanced approach at the plate often associated with Cavs’ hitters while Moore should be a catalyst for Tennessee again this spring, showing a combination of athleticism and performance that’s so often coveted while putting up numbers in the SEC. -Jheremy Brown


Kansas City Royals
1:6:
Jac Caglianone, TWP, Florida | 1:39: Duncan Marsten, RHP, Harvard-Westlake HS (Calif.) 2:41: Trey Yesavage, RHP, East Carolina

The Royals recently locked up franchise cornerstone Bobby Witt Jr. for the next fifteen years or so and they’ll swing for the fences with major upside in the early going of this draft. There’s no one with more upside than Florida two-way star Jac Caglianone, the closest thing we’ve seen to a Shohei Ohtani-like impact at the amateur level. He’s got 80 power with an 80 fastball on the mound and he offers the Hall Of Fame type upside rarely seen in the draft. Marsten is an early prep riser after missing parts of last summer but has been up to 99 mph in early scrimmages. He's a SoCal power righty with a swing-and-miss breaking ball and will have every opportunity to shoot up boards this spring. Yesavage is a value play in the second round as he’s a ready-made starter at the collegiate level. He’s got a mid-90s heater, full mix, and can turn over a lineup multiple times. -Vinnie Cervino


St. Louis Cardinals
1:7
Brody Brecht, RHP, Iowa

With their lone pick on Day One, the Cards go with a flame throwing righty out of Iowa. Brecht arguably has the best stuff in the class and works in upper-90s and into triple digits with regularity. A former wide receiver on the football team, he is a great athlete, and the velocity comes easy. The slider works in the 87-91 range and is an absolute bat-misser, falling off the table. Brecht punched out 109 across 77 innings last season and checks a ton of boxes as a future ace, with the command only continuing to sharpen. -Kyler Peterson
 

Los Angeles Angels
1:8
Hagen Smith, LHP, Arkansas | 2:45 Matt Ager, RHP, UC Santa Barbara | 2:75 Derek Bender, C/1B, Coastal Carolina

The Angels are not afraid to take risks within the draft but there are still in need of pitching and take care of that need with their first two picks. Hagen Smith possesses the stuff to be a potential front-line start should he continue to improve his consistency. His arsenal includes a fastball that has approached the upper-90s as of late but it is the slider that allows for him to generate huge whiff rates. He completes it with a usable changeup that has made strides. He has the best stuff on any southpaw in the draft which warrants the pick at #8. Ager is a safer bet with stuff that continues to tick up, while missing a ton of bats. He has a prototypical starter’s frame with a fastball that has reached 96 mph. His sweeper is downright nasty with a whiff rate in the 40 % range and he gets hitters to chase often. The finish up their picks with Coastal Carolina’s Derek Bender. The offensive upside here is what your buying, as he has turned himself into one of the bigger power threats in this year’s class. He has a chance to stick behind the plate due to his athleticism and arm strength but the power plays largely even at first base. The trio of college guys for Angels could prove to rise quickly through the minors, as they do not hesitate to move their guys rapidly. -John McAdams


Pittsburgh Pirates
1:9
Vance Honeycutt, OF, North Carolina | 1:37 Ryan Sloan, RHP, York Community HS (IL) | 2:47 Greysen Carter, RHP, Vanderbilt 

For the Pirates in this draft, I took the perspective of what it seemed like the organizations needs were with their prospect system. Obviously combined with talent level and upside. Their first pick at 9th overall, Vance Honeycutt I think really fits that mold as well as anybody in the 2024 draft. Pirates system is in need of a talented outfielder, they arguably don’t have an outfielder that’s one of their systems top 10 prospects right now. Vance Honeycutt changes that immediately, and this was a player that just a year ago was very much so in the first overall pick conversation after his freshman season. Struggled some his sophomore season at North Carolina some but I think he shows his ability to make adjustments as a junior in 2024. A future centerfielder with a chance for four plus tools is the perfect combination for organizational need, talent and upside for the Pirates. At 37th overall, Ryan Sloan was really good on the circuit last summer. He’s one of the more polished high school right-handers in this class that projects as a starter and in a day and age when seemingly everyone throws hard the ones that throw a lot of strikes with multiple pitches and show exceptional feel for a change up are the ones that standout most to me. Many of the Pirates better prospects right now are a wave of pitchers, most of whom already have experience in the upper minors or MLB level. Might have to dip into the bonus pool to sign him away from Wake Forest, but if they can do it Sloan is an upside arm that could be a headliner of that next wave of Pirates pitchers to begin working their way through the minors. And finally at 47th overall, Greysen Carter is one of the more unique developmental project arms in this years college draft class. Probably has the best pure stuff on the Vanderbilt staff this season, a program that has helped develop several players that have gone on to successful MLB careers. I think there’s a chance he flys up draft boards this spring. If he doesn’t maybe he gets developed in the pros as a swing-man or backend bullpen arm. Every team needs those as well and if there’s one thing you know you are getting it’s a guy that can throw hard, it’s a fastball that has been over 100 in the past. He hasn’t thrown a ton of innings coming from a Colorado high school and with just over 30 innings at the collegiate level going into this season, and he’s an exceptionally hard worker that has shown some dedication and perseverance during his career at Vanderbilt already. The strong 6-4/240 frame is an asset and he was a high school swimmer so it’s a little bit different type of strength as well. Think it’s a perfect combination of floor/upside with a competitive demeanor for the Pirates system. -Blaine Peterson


Washington Nationals
1:10
Braden Montgomery, OF/RHP, Texas A&M | 2:44 Aiden Harris, 3B, Pro Development Group (VA)

The Nationals dip into both the college and prep classes with a pair of high upside prospects. Braden Montgomery has a chance to be a steal with the 10th overall pick. The two-way star out of Texas A&M features a smooth fluid swing from both sides of the plate that generates massive raw power. The best arm strength in the class, Montgomery generates easy carry from right field, allowing him to impact games on both sides of the ball. That arm strength also plays on the mound, where the right-hander could be a high leverage bullpen piece. With the 44th selection, the Nats go down the road and grab Aiden Harris out of Virginia. The slugger is one of the youngest players in the class and can generate power that very few prep plays can. It is 80-grade raw power that can make any ballpark look small. It is an extremely high ceiling at the plate that can take its time to develop through the minor league system. With the two selections, Washington continues to add quality pieces to a farm system that continues to improve. -Tyler Henninger


Detroit Tigers
1:11
PJ Morlando, OF, Summerville HS (SC) | 2:49 Carter Holton, LHP, Vanderbilt | 2:73 Bryce Clavon, SS, Kell HS (GA)

Morlando was the most consistent offensive prospect on the summer circuit. His left-handed swing is lethal and projects to hit for both average and power. On top of that, he controls the strike zone well and is a very good runner. He is a rare high school hitter that has a chance to fly through the minors. Holton is an ultra-competitive lefty with a swing and miss arsenal. He lives in the mid-90’s with the heater and has no problem challenging opposing hitters. At his best, he can flip lineups in a hurry and rack up strikeout numbers. Clavon is one of the best athletes in the class as he proved this fall on the gridiron as he racked up eye-pooping numbers. His impressive blend of bat speed and running ability makes him one of the more dynamic players in the draft as he concentrates on baseball at the next level. -Jered Goodwin
 

Boston Red Sox
1:12
Slade Caldwell, OF, Valley View HS (AR) | 2:50 Carson Wiggins, RHP, Roland HS (OK)

The Red Sox have a track record of early round prep and there with Slade of the board at pick 12 it would be tough to turn down. As an undersized outfielder 12 may be his ceiling when the draft comes around but there is not an easier player to watch than Slade. Plays the game as hard as anyone in the class with innate feel to hit blended with elite hand speed and plate discipline. He is a safe bet to remain in center for the duration of his career and has an electricity to his game matched by none in this prep class. He would be an immediate fan-favorite for any team that selects him. Carson Wiggins is a steal in second and has as high of ceiling as any prep pitcher in this draft. It’s a tall lean high waisted frame with a powerful arm that can run the lively fastball well into the upper 90’s. High spin slider has real bite and could be a 60 or better offering when it's all said and done. The Red Sox system has 3 core prospects that should be coming into their own as corner stone pieces around 2026, adding these 2 high ceiling prep studs would go along with their projected winning window in 2027-2028. -Troy Sutherland


San Francisco Giants 
1:13 Charlie Condon, OF/1B, Georgia | 2:51 Caleb Lomavita, C, California 

If the Giants find themselves in a position where Charlie Condon has fallen to them in the first round, I think it’s an easy prediction that Pete Putila & Co. will pull the trigger on this selection. There are still questions about his long term defensive positioning and whether or not he can handle or a corner outfield spot at the next level or if he is better suited for first. Regardless, the bat is the main attraction here and envision scouts putting plus grades on both the hit and power tool right now. He lit up the SEC last year to the tune of a .386/.484/.800 line in addition to an SEC freshman record 25 homeruns that culminated in him earning Freshman of the Year honors. He is off to a hot start here early on in ’24 and there are sure to be many MLB eyes on Condon throughout the season. Caleb Lomavita’s stock has significantly risen over the course of the last year as well, as the bat has continued making strides year after year as well as handling the Cape nicely. He’s a good athlete behind the dish who is still developing his receiving and overall control of the run game, but the tools are present for him to stick back there long term. The power and hit tool combined with his present athleticism and potential for MLB average defense behind the plate gives Lomavita an interesting case here in the second round. -Michael Albee


Chicago Cubs
1:14
Josh Hartle, LHP, Wake Forest | 2:55 Carson DeMartini, 3B, Virginia Tech

Hartle solidified himself as one of the premier starters in the country after going 11-2 during his sophomore campaign. The overall profile has continued to rise, as Hartle has added additional velocity. He pounds the strike zone with each of his pitches, adding a cutter to his arsenal to go along with his breaking ball and changeup. The stuff has ticked up, thus raising his stock and this pick makes sense for the Cubs as they look to stockpile arms with desirable metrics and proven track records. At pick #55, they go offensive upside here with Carson DeMartini from Virginia Tech. The left-handed hitting slugger has put up numbers in each of first two season in Blacksburg, while continuing to improve his whiff rate. He has an advanced approach, rarely chasing pitches out of the zone. Positionally, he has played third base during his collegiate career and has the arm strength to stick there but a move to second base could eventually happen. Two really solid picks with tons of upside here for the Cubs in 2024. -John McAdams


22. Seattle Mariners
1:15
Jacob Cozart, C, NC State | 2:56 Cade Arrambide, C, Tomball (HS)

The Mariners land two of the top catchers on the board in both Jacob Cozart and Cade Arrambide. Cozart is one of the best defensive catchers in the draft class, if not the best, and has continued to hit for more power. There’s a great chance he flies up the farm system and makes his way into the big leagues sooner rather than later with his mix of defensive acumen and left-handed stick. Arrambide is one of the most tooled up prospects in the draft and he’s already off to a hot start to the HS season. He has a cannon for an arm, throwing 102 mph from the outfield and 90 mph from behind the dish. If he doesn’t stick behind the dish with Cozart in the system, the tools translate perfectly to a corner outfield spot. -Cam McElwaney


Miami Marlins
1:16 Tommy White, 3B, LSU | 2:57 Anson Seibert, RHP, Blue Valley Southwest HS (KS) | 2:71 Jonathan Vastine, SS, Vanderbilt

The Marlins are coming off a good draft in 2023, which saw them land the top high school arm of the class in Noble Meyer, and with three picks on Day 1 in 2024, they’ve got a good shot at stockpiling some more real talent. In this, it’s two college picks surrounding a high school arm, which should allow them to make it happen and still chase a couple more preps in the next few rounds. Anybody that follows college baseball knows about Tommy White, otherwise known as “Tommy Tanks” for his huge power and what he has done through his first couple of years; he’d add a big name with consistency and power to the system. After that, getting Seibert at 57 is a massive pick as he’s a 6-foot-8 right-hander who has upper-90s heat already and a good slider. Rounding out Day 1 in this case is Jonathan Vastine, a guy that was highly regarded coming out of high school and now will have time playing in the SEC under his belt, a bit of a steal here too. -Tyler Russo


Milwaukee Brewers
1:17 
Joey Oakie, RHP, Ankeny HS (IA) | 1:34 Kaelen Culpepper, SS, Kansas State 2:58 Brady Tygart, RHP, Arkansas | 2:68 Austin Overn, OF, Southern California

After a heavy prep draft in 2023, this year we see the Brew Crew trend back towards high upside college talent. In the first the board unfolded to where I felt that if we didn’t select Oakie here we may not have a chance to sneak him down to Comp Round A. He has a profile that could be easy for a decision maker to fall in love with. It's a big fastball from a lean explosive body with a quick arm that produces above average spin rates to whole arsenal. Slider is one of the best in the prep class and was the separator in my mind for passing on Mobley or Sterling here. All-American Kaelen Culpepper has put together torrid stretch with the stick crushing Big 12 pitching all throughout 2023 and carrying it over to his summer stint with Team USA, his athleticism matched with this offensive profile makes him an intriguing follow to sneak into the first round. This may be the lowest we will see Tygart’s stock all year, but his big arsenal could be worthy of a first or early second round selection if he’s in the zone enough in 2024. Austin Overn to the Brewers seems like an ideal fit, the same brass fell in love with Sal Frelick a few years back and these profiles strikingly align. He should be one of the top producers in the final year of the Pac-12 and a good get in Comp Round B. 


Tampa Bay Rays
1:18 
Mike Sirota, OF, Northeastern | 2:59 Luke Holman, RHP, LSU | 2:67 Braylon Payne, OF, Lawrence E. Elkins HS (TX)

Tampa has always had a very sound draft strategy and they’ll go with the uber-athletic Sirota with their first pick. Playing in a weaker conference will have Sirota scrutinized heavily this spring but the overall tool set coupled with the swing decisions, impact potential, and baseline of athleticism make him a safe bet to be at least a regular at the next level. Holman would be perfect for the Rays’ PD as an accomplished college starter who could potentially add more pure stuff with professional developments. Payne is a big upside play with plus speed and defensive projection in centerfield, he’s a prospect type that the Rays covet due to his athleticism and the ceiling there is very high. -Vinnie Cervino


New York Mets
1:19 Dante Nori, OF, Northville HS (MI) | 2:46 William Schmidt, RHP, Catholic HS (LA)

The Mets have not been afraid to spend their money and go with prep talents early as they’ve selected a high school name with their first pick in the last two years, as well as five in the last seven total drafts. This is an outstanding duo to get if they can land both in these spots as they get a freak athlete with an arm that has the upside of being one of the best in the class. Dante Nori is who they land with their first pick in this case, a left-handed hitting outfielder with a special blend of quick-twitch athleticism and power. He has run as low as a 6.15 60-yard dash, while also being a finalist of the home run derby at the All-American Classic. William Schmidt is a picture of projection with a long body and powerful arm, getting into the mid-90s with his fastball already, but it’s the breaking ball that is a separator, a true hammer with 3000+ RPMs and potential to be talked about as the best off-speed pitch in the entire class come this July. -Tyler Russo


Toronto Blue Jays 
1:20 Cam Caminiti, LHP, Saguaro HS (AZ) | 2:60 Trey Gregory-Alford, RHP, Coronado HS (CO)

The Blue Jays only have two of the first 75 picks in 2024 draft, so with that I took the perspective of what the organization has done well recently with player development combined with organizational need for the draft picks. The first of their picks at 20th overall, Cam Caminiti is not only one of the youngest players in this years draft, he also has a claim as the most projectable left-handed pitcher in the class as well. For an organization like the Blue Jays that has done an exceptional job of developing left-handers into legitimate prospects in the minor leagues recently, the opportunity to add another one with the athleticism and pitch-mix Caminiti already has I think is an easy decision. The combination of talent, upside and youth gives the player development staff time to develop a potential front line starter in the mold of what they’ve already shown they’re pretty good at developing. At 60th overall, Trey Gregory-Alford is one of the hardest throwing high school arms in this draft class. Topped 97 at PG National, was reportedly throwing even harder over the winter. This is a physical 6-5/235 arm with a clean delivery and he pitched very well on the circuit and with Team USA last summer. Colorado prep arms often take time to develop, but there’s been some really good ones in the past and this is easily the best one from the state in a while. A team that has the patience to develop this arm could be rewarded big time, especially if he’s going to fall to pick 60. And if there’s a team where it just feels right for that to happen; it’s the one whose long time staff ace was prep Colorado right-hander Roy Halladay, and whose current staff ace is former hard throwing Colorado prep right-hander Kevin Gausman. And that’s that, two upside high school arms to the Blue Jays at picks 20 and 60. -Blaine Peterson


Minnesota Twins
1:21
Malcolm Moore, C, Stanford | 1:33 Levi Sterling, RHP, Notre Dame (CA) |  2:61 Tyson Neighbors, RHP, Kansas State  | 2:70 Walker Janek, C, Sam Houston State 

The Minnesota Twins made four picks in the Staff Mock, including two picks during the Competitive Balance & Compensation rounds. Their first pick is a slam-dunk pick for the Twins, grabbing standout backstop Malcolm Moore out of Stanford at 21st overall. The left-handed hitter has some serious upside with the stick and is considered this year’s version of Kyle Teel. With their free agent compensation pick, the Twins grab right-handed pitcher Levi Sterling. The California native is an elite mover with a full four-pitch mix to attack opposing hitters. Doubling down on arms, with their second-round pick, the Twins grab right-handed pitcher Tyson Neighbors out of Kansas State. High-velocity fastball with an exceptional breaking ball to pair. He had an exceptional 2023 season that he’s looking to duplicate in 2024 for the Wildcats. Doubling down on another catcher, but more importantly, the tools, the Twins grabbed Sam Houston State’s Walker Janek. He’s a right-handed hitter with a ton of power that projects. Smooth stroke with an incredible feel for the barrel that allows him to do damage. Even grabbing Moore at 21st, it’s hard to pass on Janek’s upside. - Tyler Kotila 

 
Baltimore Orioles
1:22
Orioles Carson Benge OF Oklahoma State | 1:32 Tyler Bell SS Lincoln-Way East HS (IL) | 2:62 Ryan Johnson RHP Dallas Baptist University

Orioles possibly get a steal here in Benge. You'd be hard pressed to find the overall package he brings at this part of the draft, but Benge has the makings of one of the stronger hit tools in the class with enough athleticism to stick in center. Baltimore dips into the prep ranks coming right back up on the clock. Bell is one of the biggest risers in the class, a smooth switch-hitting shortstop with loads of bat-to-ball from both aides. The upside is substantial given the offensive potential. After going big on bats in the first two rounds, the Orioles find a great value with Johnson still on the board. It's a workhorse 6-foot-6 frame with a plus fastball and slider to his arsenal. If the command refines and changeup makes for a solid third pitch, expect him to not even make it this far come July. -Isaiah Burrows
 

Los Angles Dodgers
1:23 Jonathan Santucci, LHP, Duke

Making the transition to being a full-time pitcher in 2024, Jonathan Santucci gives the Dodgers a power lefty with stuff to match. The southpaw has a full three-pitch mix with the slider and the changeup proving to be swing-and-miss offerings. He shows lots of feel for the slider, playing off of the heater well with sharp break. The changeup has shown even better with big depth, parachuting late to draw whiffs. Santucci has an advanced repertoire, and he has good feel for the mix along with pitchability, giving him a great chance to start at the next level. -Kyler Peterson


Atlanta Braves
1:24 Seaver King, OF/SS, Wake Forest | 2:63 Tegan Kuhns, RHP, Gettysburg Area HS (PA) 

Georgia native Seaver King found himself hitting .411/.457/.699 at Division II Wingate just a year ago before transferring to his new home in Wake Forest. The draft stock has since substantially risen, making stops with the US collegiate national team and Harwich in the Cape (1.021 OPS/71 PA’s) along the way to solidify his tools against top tier competition. The swing is designed for all fields contact with plenty of bat speed and plate discipline built into the approach. There are questions regarding his defensive value and what best suits him at the professional level, but his athleticism and current above average arm strength should allow him to excel at any position asked of him when the time comes. Kuhns gets snagged here late in the second by Atlanta, an organization who has recent history selecting prep arms early on in the draft; in ’22, their first three selections were prep right-handed pitchers. Kuhns has plenty of physical projection remaining in his frame at a very lean 6’3/170, already touching 94-mph on the PG circuit and flashed feel for both a diving change and sweeping slider that registered up to 17” of horizontal at PG National. There is starter upside here, as he has present arm speed and body projection with feel for the off-speed stuff that makes Kuhns a tantalizing option for their 2nd round pick. -Michael Albee


San Diego Padres
1:25
Noah Franco, OF/LHP, IMG Academy (FL) | 2:53 Michael Massey, RHP, Wake Forest

For the San Diego Padres, just two picks will be made near the top of this draft as part of our Staff Mock. With their first-round pick, the Padres grabbed Noah Franco, the two-way standout from California. Franco attends IMG Academy in Florida, where he's shown plenty of upside on both sides of the ball. Franco has a simple operation as a left-handed bat. There's power upside and a ton to dream on with Franco at the dish and on the mound, for that matter. It's an easy operation from the left side, working up into the low-90s. He was 88-92 mph in his first outing for IMG last week, showcasing a slider that works into the mid-80s and spins above 2,700 RPMs, mixing in a changeup as well. It's a three-pitch mix from Franco with ingredients for upside on the mound, too, which should leave the Padres with a fun chance for development within the organization. In the second round, I've got the Padres taking Michael Massey, a right-handed pitcher in the star-studded Wake Forest rotation. Massey's a physical right-hander who operates from a higher slot and can create some downhill angle on his mid- to upper-90s fastball. He's got a good slider in the mix as well to help him attack hitters. He's someone that the Padres could select in the second round, especially with another loud spring in 2024. - Tyler Kotila
 

New York Yankees  
1:26
Cameron Smith, 3B, Florida State | 2:54 Ryan Forcucci, RHP, UC San Diego

The Yankees go to the collegiate ranks for their first pick in the 2024 MLB draft as they select Cam Smith, at third baseman out of Florida State. He’s big, athletic and has unlimited power potential. Expected to be a plus defender with athleticism through the roof and big arm talent. They go back to the collegiate ranks but this time they take a pitcher, Ryan Forcucci out of University of California San Diego. A right-hander, Forcucci has shown the ability to work late into games which makes him an intriguing prospect. His fastball sits in the mid 90’s coupled with a power slider that he uses often and gets a ton of swings and misses. -Scott Rankin
 
 
Philadelphia Phillies
1:27 Derek Curiel, OF, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) | 2:64 Will Taylor, OF, Clemson

You’d have to go back to the 2019 draft in order to find a Phillies 1st rounder who didn’t come from the prep ranks, a trend that continued in this exercise as they grabbed a dynamic talent in Cali prep outfielder Derek Curiel. A name famous on the national scene for a handful of years, Curiel could go higher than this pick if he continues to show an increase in impact off of the barrel as he’s already been able to establish the hit tool and defense, both of which are amongst the best in the class. Taylor arrived on Clemson’s campus as a two-sport star, playing both baseball and football, though he has decided to focus solely on the diamond this year after hitting .362 last spring. The athleticism speaks for itself as he can impact a game in a variety of ways, from his speed on the bases and reads in the grass, to what he brings to the dish, all of which should continue to trend upwards with a focus set only on baseball now. -Jheremy Brown
 

Houston Astros
1:28
Carter Johnson SS Oxford HS (AL)

The Astros typically targeted college bats in the earlier rounds as of recent, but I'm going with the upside of Johnson at this spot. Johnson has one of the sweetest lefty swings in the class with ample projection left in the frame. He can stick it up the middle, brining one of the more enticing profiles as a left-handed shortstop with a strong prep hit tool. -Isaiah Burrows


Arizona Diamondbacks
1:29 Chase Mobley, RHP, Durant HS (FL) | 1:31 Thatcher Hurd, RHP, LSU | 1:35 Caleb Bonemer, SS, Okemos HS (MI) | 2:65 Gage Jump, LHP LSU

Mobley’s developmental path has led him to one of the best pitching prospects in the class. He sits in the mid-90’s and was recently up to 97. The righty has a quick shoulder and lots of life on the fastball. His breaking ball continues to get better and is now a put-away pitch. At 6-6 he has a ton of projection and he is also young for the class. Hurd's shear arm talent makes him a steal at this pick. He can run the heater in the upper-90’s and has always had spin-monster off speed stuff. With some development on his way through the minors he could develop into a key piece in a playoff rotation. Bonemer made a name for himself through the summer with his short and powerful right-handed stroke that helped him consistently produce at each stop. After a monster two homer PG National Showcase, he started to separate himself and put himself into first round consideration. This is one of the more polished high school bats in the class. Jump is back throwing up zeros with his very good fastball quality and ability to move the pitch around the zone exceptionally well. The southpaw has gotten impressive reviews during the fall and early spring and he has the type of pitchability that will be hard to pass up with a big spring. -Jered Goodwin


Texas Rangers
1:30
Bryce Rainer, INF/RHP, Harvard Westlake | 2:66 Will Turner, OF, South Alabama

I’m extremely bullish on Rainer and I’m thinking he probably doesn’t drop to the Rangers at 30, but he does here and I’ll take it. I see his outlier two-way skill as both a high floor and high ceiling. It’s a projectable 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame that he pairs with well above average athleticism. It’s a real smooth and whippy LH stroke with some present swing/miss in the offensive profile but he flashes legit 60 power at times. It’s solid defensive skill where he is playing a quality SS at Harvard Westlake right now but that I project to end up at 3B, but you can also try and throw out in CF where you can let his speed/athleticism play. Then there’s his ability on the mound where he has shown this innate feel to pitch. It’s maybe the most low-effort and aesthetically pretty operation in the entire prep class where he runs it up to 96 with a slider that looks like it’ll be a future 60 sweeper and a quality changeup. Then the Rangers were able to grab Will Turner at 66 which I believe could be a steal if it actually happens as he is a T50 candidate. There’s so much to like here on both sides of the ball as it’s a possible 55-60ish hit tool where his performance track record has shown that he controls the strike zone very well with minimal chase, has some sneaky power and an awesome glove in center where his athleticism really shines. -Joey Cohen