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Draft  | Mock Draft  | 5/28/2021

MLB Mock Draft: PG Staff

Photo: Jordan Lawlar (Perfect Game)



1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jordan Lawlar, SS, Jesuit College Prep HS (Texas) 
The consensus top prep shortstop from the outset of Spring, Lawlar has done nothing to diminish that accolade. He has the potential to be the first Pirate all-star shortstop since Jack Wilson in 2004. With Ke’Bryan Hayes solidifying himself at third for years to come, adding Lawlar at short would create a formidable left side of the infield for the next decade. Lawlar has the demeanor, athleticism and arm strength to stick at short and his middle-of-field approach with gap power should thrive in spacious PNC Park. -Jason Phillips/Jered Goodwin



Brian Sakowski: The Pirates surely are not locked into anything here 5-6 weeks out yet, and agent-driven rumors aside, no one is really locked into anything anywhere on the board yet. Lawlar is the pick in this mock and is just as justifiable as a handful of other names in play here, with the upside of an above-average regular.

 
2. Texas Rangers: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt
Leiter very well might not be on the board here come July, but should he be, you can expect the Rangers to be all over the Vanderbilt righty. With a historical start to this SEC career highlighted by a no-hitter, Leiter knows how to miss bats (127 Ks in 73 1/3 IP), showing the rare combination of premium stuff and refined pitchability that have helped develop him into a front-line arm. -Jheremy Brown/AJ Denney

Vinnie Cervino- The Rangers would grab who would have been the slam dunk first overall pick a month ago with taking Leiter. You would think the Rangers would have loved to get their hands on hometown kid Jordan Lawlar but Leiter is more than a serviceable consolation prize as he should help infuse the system with pitching talent.



3.  Detroit Tigers: Marcelo Mayer, SS, Eastlake HS (Calif.)
The Tigers go with possibly the highest upside available at this pick. There’s some questions as to whether he sticks at shortstop for the entirety of his career but the bat will play whatever position he ends up at. Has the potential to be a power and high batting average threat with his lighting quick bat speed and advanced barrel awareness. -Travis Ice

BS- Mayer is likely first on Detroit’s board and they’d be excited if he were to get here, which is still very much a possibility, again, in spite of the agent-driven rumor machine that many draft writer-types struggle to disseminate real info from.  This pick would be celebrated in Detroit, as it should be.


4. Boston Red Sox: Henry Davis, C, Louisville
Davis has proven himself worthy of being the first college position player to be selected while executing a dominant 2021 season, also entering him in the 1:1 conversation. He is a true backstop with present tools that will play at the next level and is notably the best overall athlete amongst catchers, showing advanced quickness and high-end arm strength. The high offensive ceiling presents top productivity value as well as home run power and discipline upside. -Billy Cruz

VC- Davis is one of the bigger wild cards of the early portion of the draft as he’s been mentioned as high as the first overall pick. Scouts are divided about Davis’ ultimate defensive home but there’s no denying the combination of athleticism and strength as Davis will join fellow Red Sox sluggers Triston Casas, Blaze Jordan, and Nick Yorke as a power bat in their system.



5. Baltimore Orioles: Brady House, SS, Winder-Barrow HS (GA).
The Orioles go with the guy who was considered by many to be the consensus top pick in the draft heading into spring. His offensive tools are loud and has a great track record of success with the bat. The hit tool projects to be plus and he might have 70-grade raw power. Easy plus arm in the field and has been up to upper-90s on the mound. He’s a bit big for shortstop but should have the hands and body control to stay at the position. Elite package that would be a great add for the Orioles’ rebuild. -Joe Saunders

BS- House represents the best power upside of the prep infield class and while there’s at least some chance he has to move to 3B, his athleticism, juice, and arm strength give him All Star-caliber upside, as we’ve been saying for like 4 years now.



6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
The Diamondbacks would be delighted to land what was seen as potentially the top talent in this year’s draft coming into the spring as they pick up Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker, whose combination of mid- to upper-90s fastball, devastating breaking balls and performance since stepping on campus give him the potential to be a major piece in the organization. -Tyler Russo/Colt Olinger

VC- Rocker has as good of chance as any other arm to be the first off the board but in this scenario he would be the second pitcher taken with teammate Jack Leiter going first. Rocker has one of the best breaking balls in the class with a vicious hammer of a curveball and while the stuff has fluctuated at times, he still has one of the longer track records out of any college arm.


7. Kansas City Royals: Jackson Jobe: RHP, Heritage Hall HS (Okla.)
Jobe is by far one of the most dominant right-handed preps you will find in the draft class. The mid- to upper-90s heater is going to play right away at the next level. His slider is on the elite scale when you break down the metrics and he also has a changeup that is going to progress as he ages. The upside here is so big that it would be shocking to see him slip out of a top-10 pick. -Drew Wesolowski/Cade Schares

BS- It seems like it would both be a shock if Jobe got this far as well as totally unsurprising given the trends of prep arms recently, but either way, Jobe has established himself as the best prep arm in the class and has a chance at being a top-10, or even top-5 pick. He’s in play as early as No. 3 overall (Detroit).


8. Colorado Rockies: Kahlil Watson, SS, Wake Forest HS (N.C)
With his high school season just starting, Watson should only bolster his stock as teams continue to keep a close eye on his performance. The sweet left-handed swing, dynamic athleticism and immense upside is too much for the Rockies to pass up at pick 8. It’s an electric, impact-type profile with advanced instincts in the dirt, impressive juice to the pull side and enough arm to stick on the left side long term. -John McAdams

VC- Watson might not get mentioned as frequently as the other three prep shortstops above him, but he absolutely belongs in the conversation as he’s an expected top-10 pick. Watson’s spring will be shorter than others with North Carolina’s late start but the blend of barrel control, athleticism, and upside make him one of the more fascinating prep bats.


9. Los Angeles Angels: Ty Madden, RHP, Texas
Madden seems to have either missed bats or gotten soft contact all spring. He goes deep into games and just doesn’t give up a ton of hard contact. As the control becomes command he might seem like a future bargain, even at this point in the draft. -JG/JP

Tyler Henninger:
 Madden becomes the first Longhorn pitcher taken in the top-10 since 1987, going to the Angels ninth overall. The right-hander should add some much-needed pitching depth to an Angels system that needs arms. 


10. New York Mets: Sal Frelick, OF, Boston College
Not quite a household name as a prep, Frelick quickly put his name on the national radar as a true freshman and hasn’t looked back, proving to be one of the few collegiate bats to perform at a high rate throughout 2021. He’s a plus athlete with plus speed, if not better, which should allow him to stick in center, and it’s an advanced hit tool, showing extremely quick hands and precise bat-to-ball skills. -JB/AD

VC-
Generally viewed as one of the safer picks in the draft, Frelick offers a high floor thanks to a combination of his athleticism, centerfield projection, and plus bat to ball skills. He’ll likely be the second college bat taken off the board following Henry Davis and going in the top ten wouldn’t be a stretch at all for the talented outfielder.

11. Washington Nationals: Jordan Wicks, LHP, Kansas State
A standout talent since his freshman campaign in 2019 at Kansas State with the accolades and prominent success to show, Wicks is the undeniable top left-hander available, offering the best changeup in the draft. He's a big-time competitor and is commended for his presence on the mound. He works with a low-effort operation that will carry well and jumped the fastball up to 95 mph this season. Looking like a fit at the 11-14 range, it is not a stretch to say Wicks is a potential top-10 land who has the stuff to establish himself as the top pitching prospect in the farm system. -BC

VC- Wicks is the best left-handed pitcher in the draft and the best southpaw typically has a floor of right around the teens. Wicks typically holds low-90s with feel for a short slider but his most dynamic pitch is his plus changeup, the whiff rate of which is absurd. He’s one of the safer options in the draft but he’ll likely move quickly and carve up the lower minors.

12. Seattle Mariners: Sam Bachman, RHP, Miami (Ohio)
Not many teams would be too upset to get a right-hander who has been up to 101 with a plus-plus slider outside the top-10 of any draft and the Mariners would be no different here as they go with Sam Bachman, who if he can start, could end up as one of the best picks in this draft. -TR/CO

BS- Bachman has some detractors in that he’s unorthodox mechanically and has missed a couple starts this spring, but he also could take the Crochet route and pitch in the Big Leagues in August. He’s seemingly in play all over the board, but starting in the back half of the top-10. Up to 101-102 with 70 sink and flashes of a 70 slider tends to raise one’s stock.

13. Philadelphia Phillies: Colton Cowser, OF, Sam Houston State 
The Phillies go the college bat route with Cowser, as they look to add options to their outfield corps. Cowser is an advanced hitter that does everything well, albeit nothing that may be considered plus. He mostly likely projects in the corners, where his above average arm will be best suited. He is certainly an above average hitter that projects for average to slightly more power long term and runs well enough to help the Phillies rather quickly. -JMC

VC- The poster boy whenever you hear the words “track record” thrown out about a prospect’s history at the amateur level. Cowser has done nothing but rake since stepping foot on campus as the Southland Player of the Year has a terrific left-handed bat and even has the Team USA resume to back up his hit tool.

14. San Francisco Giants: Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland Reg HS (N.J.)
Petty is arguably the most interesting prospect in recent memory, given the unique arm slot/action, paired with the ability to touch triple digits. There are certainly some health and durability concerns, but the electric arm speed and ridiculous life to the fastball are too much for the Giants to pass up. -DW/CS

TH:
 History shows there is risk taking prep right-handers in the first round. The risk is even higher this early and with an undersized guy like Petty, but the Giants will look to break that trend. 
 
 
15. Milwaukee Brewers: Adrian Del Castillo, C, Miami
While he has some question marks in some areas on the defensive side, Del Castillo is a highly-regarded receiver which makes many confident he’ll be able to stick behind the dish. He’s walking nearly as much as he’s striking out this season with his disciplined approach at the plate. Has a lengthy college track record of producing on the offensive side of the ball which will always ease some minds in front offices. -TI

Kyler Peterson: The Brewers hope to get their catcher of the future with Del Castillo. Although 2021 has been a bit of a down year by his standards, the backstop has a history of hitting.

16.  Miami Marlins: Andrew Painter, RHP, Calvary Christian HS (Fla.) 
The Marlins can’t pass up a 6-foot-7 high school righty that runs his fastball up to 97 mph, with a slider in the mid-80s and lives in their own backyard. The 18-year-old Painter is listed at 230 pounds and with his slender build has room to add size and strength in his lower half for an easy velocity bump. Miami loves young, projectable starting pitchers that bring the noise and flirt with triple digits and Painter is their guy at 16. -JP/JG

VC- There are teams that have Painter as their highest-rated prep arm on their draft boards and they wouldn’t be wrong as it’s easy to love. Painter has the resume against elite competition this spring and summer with a bona fide big leaguer starter’s kit along with a number of dynamic secondary pitches.

17. Cincinnati Reds: Ryan Cusick, RHP, Wake Forest
Big right-hander that has as much pure arm strength as any pitcher in this draft class. Inconsistent control/command has plagued him but the stuff is loud and would be in good hands with the Reds’ pitching development program. His fastball is a 70-grade pitch and has touched triple digits a few times this spring. He flashes a plus breaking ball but it’s very inconsistent and also shows feel for an average changeup. If he can stick as a starter there’s frontline potential here. -JS

VC- Cusick has landing spots all over the first round with Cincinnati being a fairly intriguing spot given their recent hire of Kyle Boddy and their pitching lab. Cusick is in the second tier of college arms but in terms of raw stuff there aren’t many that compare. It’s a less safe profile with the upside of a prep arm given the electricity of the right arm that you don’t see in college often.

18. St. Louis Cardinals: Gunnar Hoglund, RHP, Ole Miss
It’s very likely Hoglund doesn’t make it this far even with having to undergo Tommy John surgery, as he was that dominant throughout 2021, checking virtually every box on a scout’s card. The operation for Hoglund is near picture perfect, allowing for advanced command to either side of the plate, while the actual stuff has taken that next step, with the fastball working in the mid-90s with a slider that’ll flash plus and a solid changeup. -JB/AD

BS- Hoglund seems like he’ll be gone before this even with the TJ, as he’d established himself at least as SP3 amongst collegiate arms prior to blowing out. He’s more-or-less a ready-made No. 3 or No. 4 starter at the major league level, and likely comes off the board in this range or a bit higher.


19. Toronto Blue Jays: Benny Montgomery, OF, Red Land HS (Pa.)
The 6-foot-4 Virginia recruit produces a lot of quality quick-twitch elements, including top-scale run tool and elite contact. Montgomery is a superior athlete with some of the best present tools in the prep class. There is some concern for the power turnover, but after an impressive showing to win the Perfect Game All-American Home Run Derby and vital production against top competition, he will land in the first round anticipating the hit tool is real. -BC

BS- Montgomery is unlikely to fall this far in reality, but what a steal for Toronto if he does. With a tremendous tool set, developing feel to hit, and the makeup to maximize his talents, the sky is quite literally the limit for this upside long term. He’s likely off the board somewhere 11-18 at this point.

20. New York Yankees: Harry Ford, C, North Cobb (Ga.)
The Yankees go with one of the more unique high school players in this year’s class in Harry Ford, as his athleticism for a catcher is off the charts, giving him some positional versatility to go with the power upside he has already shown flashes of in the showcase circuit and high school. -TR/CO

VC- Ford has been rumored all over round one with him being mentioned as high as even the top-five picks at an under-slot deal. Ford, along with Brady House and Bubba Chandler, would give the state of Georgia three prep first rounders if this mock were to hold true, with Ford offering the most versatile package.

21. Chicago Cubs: Matt McLain, SS, UCLA
We have already seen McLain’s name called in the first round as he was picked by the Diamondbacks back in the 2018. He has done nothing but progress at UCLA and finds himself right back into first round talks. A risk-free pick as you know you are getting a prospect who has proved himself time and time again. The versatility in the infield combined with the hit tool are too good for the Cubs to pass up here in the first round. -DW/CS

TH:
 After adding a shortstop in the first round last year, the Cubs do it again with McLain. If healthy and at his best, the UCLA shortstop provides a quality bat with power and ability to play solid defense at a premium position in shortstop. 

22. Chicago White Sox: Bubba Chandler, RHP/SS, North Oconee HS (GA).
White Sox go with a super athletic two-way prospect. He legit could play as either a shortstop or a pitcher but most scouts seem to think he has higher upside on the mound. Projectable arm that throws low-90s with a plus hammer curveball and has clean arm action. Switch-hitter at the plate with a solid run tool. Tons of upside here on both sides, would be a fun project for any organization. -JS

BS- Chandler has opened eyes this spring, particularly as a switch-hitting shortstop, which some teams prefer him as. Most still see a fireballing RHP prospect, but either way, he’s very likely a first rounder at this point and is in play, seemingly, from the early teens on.



23. Cleveland Indians: Anthony Solometo, LHP, Bishop Eustace HS (N.J.)
The Indians go with a fast riser here in Solometo, as he has been downright dominant thus far. Two no-hitters and just one earned run allowed highlight some of the dominance for the New Jersey native. The strong, durably-built left-hander has all types of funk to his delivery, backing it up with a fastball that has been in the low- to mid-90s and a hellacious slider that he is able to land and generate awkward swings. A serviceable third pitch gives him all the ingredients to be a starter, as he will certainly add to an exciting group of young arms within the Indians system. -JMC

TH:
 Cleveland has a history of being one of the best organizations at developing pitching. They will look to do it again as they select the New Jersey prep arm and his funky, deceptive delivery. 



24. Atlanta Braves: Joe Mack, C, Williamsville East HS (N.Y.)
The arm strength and toughness stands out behind the dish, but make no mistake, we are buying the left-handed bat here. The long resume of production against top competition separates the back stop. He can hit and hit with power. -JG/JP

VC- Mack has a first-round grade and resume off the strength of his performance on the summer circuit as he’s only just started his high school season. Mack is the second high school catcher off the board in this scenario with Harry Ford going first, and Mack could get moved from the position if the team drafting him wants to protect the bat.

25. Oakland Athletics: Will Taylor, OF, Dutch Fork HS (S.C.)
Will Taylor certainly fits into the category of “high-end athlete” as his dual sport scholarship (baseball and football) to Clemson suggests, though he’s more refined than you’d think given the split in time and focus. The improvements and adjustments he’s made offensively are a big part of his rise this spring, which when coupled with being a plus athlete and double-plus runner, makes a highly intriguing prospect. -JB/AD

BS- Taylor is a freak of athleticism with big helium this spring, and is, like Bubba Chandler, also a QB prospect committed to Clemson to play both sports. With the traits of an elite CF along with an improved swing and burgeoning power, Taylor is in play a good bit higher than this, even.

26. Minnesota Twins: Jud Fabian, OF, University of Florida
Fabian had top-10 buzz going into the spring but had a tough start to the season and has been plagued by strikeouts. But he’s made an adjustment over the course of the season to cut down on the whiffs and has always been a big OBP guy. He’s one of the youngest players in the draft class and has solid all-fields power that is his main calling card. His defense in center is above average as well. The Twins would be thrilled to get this player at 26. -JS

KP:
 The Twins get excellent value by reeling in Fabian at 26th overall. The Gators’ outfielder is tooled up and 2021 has been a season of peaks and valleys. Minnesota hopes to get the prior.

27. San Diego Padres: Ben Kudrna, RHP, Blue Valley Southwest HS (Kan.)
The Padres have as much minor league depth as any club in the Major Leagues so they have some room to take a high-upside, high-risk player with this pick. Kudrna has as projectable of a frame as a prep arm can have which gives something extra to dream on. Already touching upper-90s with his heater will be an appealing aspect of his arsenal to the San Diego Player Development team. -TI

BS- Kudrna has done nothing but help himself this spring, after a summer circuit that left him more in the 3rd-4th round range. The new velo and improvements in both slider and strikes put him squarely on the first-round radar, and San Diego is no stranger to scooping up prep risers.



28. Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Mooney, SS, Orchard Lake St.Mary’s HS (Mich.) 
The Rays go with the well-rounded Mooney here, as they look to continue stockpiling exciting prospects that will fit their organizational philosophy profoundly. Mooney has a massive overall tool set that has only continued to blossom, as he has shown additional power this spring for a loaded OLSM squad. Mooney has a proven track record of consistency that bodes well for future success, while still having plenty of upside remaining for the young prospect. -JMC

VC- Mooney would fit the prototypical Rays build of an athletic up-the-middle player with positional versatility and a polished bat. Mooney is a perfect example of the depth of the prep bats in this year’s class as he’s been performing for one of the top high school teams in the country; he’s an overpay candidate towards the end of round one and the comp.



29. Los Angeles Dodgers: Thatcher Hurd, RHP, Mira Costa HS (Calif.)
Hurd is a high-level prep arm who has continued to rise one performance after the next, really putting together special stuff and molding his craft. His fastball has elevated this spring, touching into the mid-90s, and is posting big league spin efficiency with the plus slider. He has future value according to the metrics, but there will be plenty to prove at the next level. -BC

TH:
 The Dodgers take the homegrown prep arm with the 29th pick, as Hurd sneaks into the first round. The Los Angeles right-hander has some development to go with his arsenal and lands in a good place to do that in the Dodgers. 
 
30. Cincinnati Reds: James Wood, OF, IMG Academy HS (Fla.)
Reds follow up taking a college arm with a big prep bat that’s been a major riser this spring. Big left-handed power and is super athletic. There’s some swing-and-miss concern in his profile but has solid bat speed. He moves well in the outfield and might be able to stick in center. The upside here is exciting if it all comes together. -JS

KP:
At this range in the draft, this seems like a familiar pick for the Reds. Wood provides the kind of huge power and swing-and-miss concerns that Cincinnati has indulged in the past.

31.  Miami Marlins: Jay Allen, OF, John Carroll Catholic HS (Fla.) 
Another young, talented Florida kid, Allen has the tools to play all three outfield positions for the Marlins, who are known for drafting superb athletic outfielders with huge offensive upside. The upside potential will show immediately if he decreases his strikeout rate and is able to display his speed tool, which is much better in-game on both sides of the ball. A true three-sport star athlete in high school and a University of Florida commit, he will be a solid pick if the Marlins can woo him away from the Gators. -JP/JG

VC- Allen is the latest pick to fit with the theme of two-sport athletes as, though he isn’t committed for football, Allen was an Elite 11 quarterback with a lengthy highlight tape. He’s a terrific athlete with speed and a center field profile who’s boosted his stock to right around the comp round range thanks not only to his tools but the polish of his bat, as there are few better pure hitters in the prep ranks.

32. Detroit Tigers: Izaac Pacheco, SS, Friendswood HS (Texas)
Much of Detroit’s highly-regarded prospects are in the upper minors and on the mound or in the outfield, so I think Detroit plans for a second wave of prospects coming up and players that will give them some infield depth. This is another present shortstop that has some risk of not staying at the position long term but the bat is going to have more than enough impact to handle a position transition. Shows plus bat speed with an under-controll swing with plenty of loft in it. -TI

TH:
 After loading up on quality bats last year and draft classes prior, the Tigers look to add another one with the Texas prep infielder. There are some questions whether he stays at shortstop, but the bat has impact potential.

33. Milwaukee Brewers: Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Southfield HS (Mass.)
After selecting a player with a higher floor with their first selection, I see the Brewers going with a high-risk, high-reward prep bat with this pick. Baez has elite athleticism at present while showing flashes of being able to do things on the diamond very few in this class can do. His bat speed is explosive despite having some swing-and-miss in his game and his arm from the outfield is a weapon on the defensive side of the ball. -TI

BS- Baez has tremendous physicality and athleticism to go along with a very high-end tool set, and given his upside as a power-hitting right fielder with potentially 70 juice and a 70 arm, he’s either going to be someone’s first pick later in the first or a priority second pick in the comp, which is where he falls here.



34. Tampa Bay Rays: Christian Franklin, OF, Arkansas 
With three picks in the first 65 picks, the Rays have the ability to go with Franklin here after taking Mooney with their first selection. The Arkansas outfielder offers an exciting power/speed combination and five-tool potential. His above-average speed should allow him to stick in center field long term, and although he has some swing-and-miss concerns, the intrigue and upside is too high to pass up here. -JMC

VC- Franklin is likely to be the highest drafted player on the best team in the country and though it’s not a prototypical package, it’s still a very good one. He’s a good athlete with center field projection while the batted ball data and offensive numbers are pristine and allow for significant long-term power projection.

35. Cincinnati Reds: Peyton Stovall, 2B, Haughton HS (La.)
Back-to-back prep hitters for the Reds. Stovall has an impressive left-handed hit tool that that should be plus in pro ball and mashed all spring. He doesn’t have a set position in the field but the Reds will find a place for him with that bat. Getting one of the best pure hitting prep bats in the country is a solid get at 35. -JS

BS- Stovall really rose up in a big way this spring with a power surge and consistent performance. While he’s likely not the best prep hit tool in the class as some have said, there’s a very strong combo of hit/power from the left side with at least a chance to play the infield long term.


36. Minnesota Twins: Jaden Hill, RHP, LSU
Twins scoop up another college player that had top-10 overall potential heading into spring but has faded. Hill showed off three potential plus pitches this spring but with well below average command/control and struggled. He underwent TJ recently and it ended his season early. There’s frontline stuff here no doubt if he can ever get it together, but is a perfect project pick for the Twins with their comp pick. -JS

TH:
 After inconsistent performance and a season-ending UCL injury in ‘21 make this a much riskier pick than one would have thought to start the year. The high ceiling and power pitch mix is intriguing, but Minnesota will have to be patient. 

 
37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jonathan Cannon, RHP, University of Georgia (Ga.) 
At 6-foot-6, Cannon fits the Pirates mold of drafting big starting pitchers with fastball command. Although his velocity in the low- to mid-90s, he commands it to both sides of the plate with a steep down angle release point and tunnels his cutter out of the same arm slot in the high-80s. He also throws a slider with more lateral break in the low-80s as a third offering. The Pirates have a history of developing pitchers with four-seam fastball command and with lower half strength added his velocity will surely jump. Still only 20 years old at draft time, Cannon has plenty of time to add strength, develop a usable changeup and remain a starter for years to come with a solid four-pitch mix.  -JP/JG

VC- Cannon is one of numerous draft-eligible sophomores, or second-year prospects, in this year’s draft and as such his draft stock can be a bit of an enigma at times. At his best he’s a low- to mid-90s righty with lots of strikes and a good slider, but he missed time this year with mono and his remaining eligibility could force a high bonus demand.

38. Texas Rangers: Carson Williams, SS/RHP, Torrey Pines HS (Calif.)
Teams will have to ultimately decide whether Williams is a long-term shortstop or arm, but in the interim you can’t help but be impressed with the overall tools and athleticism. The MVP of the WWBA World Championship, Williams has seen a steady uptick in his stock this spring and could go higher thanks to big right-handed bat speed, athleticism in the dirt and a mid-90s heater on the bump. -JB/AD

BS- Williams feels like he’s going to go before this given what we’ve heard all spring, so this is a fantastic pick. The bat speed, power, chance to play short, and backup plan as a power-armed right-hander have all risen Williams’ stock this spring, and he’s likely in play 10-12 spots before this.

 
39. Detroit Tigers: Maddux Bruns, LHP, UMS-Wright Preparatory (Ala.)
I think the Tigers continue to bulk up their second wave of prospects with a prep arm with this pick. Bruns already shows a four-pitch mix including two high spin rate breaking balls and a fastball that has carry up in the zone. It’s also a projectable frame so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a velocity uptick once the frame fills out a bit more. -TI

VC- There might not be a bigger wild card in the draft than Bruns, whose consistency this spring has vaulted him to close to first round grades. He’ll be in play along with a number of prep overpay candidates starting with team’s second picks as the prep left-hander checks nearly every box with his size, velocity, and stuff, though strikes will be the biggest long-term question.


40. Boston Red Sox: Matt Mikulski, LHP, Fordham
The decision to return to Fordham where he has put together an outstanding year (and far surpass his 2020 value as a fringe top-200 prospect in the process) looks like it will pay off for Mikulski. He showed improved control for his delivery and promising development in his pitches, including his fastball that regularly works up to 98 mph through nine innings. Very promising advances in his stuff and his notably decreased walk rate exhibits future upside that will translate very well. -BC

VC- Mikulski has completely rebuilt his delivery, improved his stuff, and has vaulted up draft boards thanks to a completely new profile. He’s run his fastball into the upper-90s with more strikes and is now expected to be a top-50 pick. Part of that is the fact he’s a senior who should be cost effective, but there’s no doubting he’ll go somewhere on day one.

41. Baltimore Orioles: Tommy Mace, RHP, Florida
Mace is a safe bet to stick as a starting pitcher with a long SEC track record of success. He’s a proven strike thrower and has four average offerings. He’ll stick as a back of the rotation starter who should be a quick mover in the O’s system. For a farm system that could desperately use some starting pitching, Mace is a good get here for the O’s. If they have to go above slot at No. 5 to get House signed, Mace should be a good bet to go under slot here as well. -JS

KP:
 The Orioles get a high floor college arm in Mace. Although he doesn’t have the ceiling of a Gavin Williams here, the right-hander has a solid repertoire of pitches and is a high-level competitor who has a high probability of making his way into a big league rotation.


42. Arizona Diamondbacks: Lonnie White, OF, Malvern Prep (Penn.)
The Diamondbacks pair power arm with outstanding athlete at the start of this mock as they pick up Lonnie White here with their second selection, a two-sport standout from up in the Northeast whose athleticism and performance have him firmly as a talent who could be a steal for the Diamondbacks this late in the draft. -TR/CO

BS- White, like Chandler/Taylor, is also a high-level football recruit (White is signed to play WR at Penn State). He’s extremely physical and athletic with big-time right-handed power and the peripheral tool set to see big upside long term, but one could also make that argument about the NFL long term for him. It’ll be interesting to see what happens here.

 
43. Kansas City Royals: Michael McGreevy, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
McGreevy has been a late bloomer as the right-hander out of Southern California has made huge strides while at UC Santa Barbara. Since stepping on campus, he has filled out the 6-foot-4 frame and now sports a starter look. The fastball is up into the mid-90s and he has a pair of nasty breaking balls to go with it. He rounds off the four-pitch mix with a changeup as he keeps hitters off-balance. In 88 2/3 innings pitched, he has tallied 104 punchouts. Look for the Royals to get max value out of McGreevy here with this pick. -DW/CS

TH:
Kansas City has loaded up on college arms over the last few draft classes and they try to do it again with McGreevy here. The UC Santa Barbara right-hander will look to become the next college arm to rise through their system. 


44. Colorado Rockies: Will Bednar, RHP, Mississippi State 
After going the prep route with their first selection, the pitching-starved Rockies choose an intriguing college arm in Bednar that just threw perhaps his best start of his collegiate career by going eight shutout innings versus SEC foe Alabama. The fastball/slider combination both grade out as above average and the spin profiles of both pitches bode well for future success, but refining a third pitch will ultimately define if he will stick as a starter long term. The durability, upside and value at this pick offer a tantalizing arm talent with middle-of-the rotation upside. -JMC

VC- The Rockies are in need of arms to inject life into their system and Bednar is one of the more intriguing with a shorter track record as he’s just a sophomore. He’s flirted with the upper-90s but routinely pounds the zone with a good slider and changeup as he’s a definite starter candidate who’s received some first round buzz, too.


45. Los Angeles Angels: Maxwell Muncy, SS, Thousand Oaks HS (Calif.)
The overall game makes Muncy a steal at this point. He has the tools to stay at shortstop but will hit enough to play anywhere. A different player, but there seems to be a bit of a Nick Yorke meteoric rise here. He has helped himself as much as any high school bat this spring. -JP/JG

VC- Muncy is among the next tier of prep shortstops who have upside toward the back end of the first round but likely land somewhere in the comp to second rounds. He’ll go similar to guys like Alex Mooney, Peyton Stovall, and Carson Williams, as Muncy will have been seen a ton thanks to scouts also wanting to see high school teammates Roc Riggio and Charlie Saum.

46. New York Mets: Colson Montgomery, SS, Southridge HS (Ind.)
Should he have chosen to do so, the 6-foot-3 Montgomery could very well be suiting up on the hardwood at the collegiate level next winter as he's an accomplished basketball player at the prep level in Indiana. However, 6-foot-3 left-handed hitting shortstops who've showed power production this spring, athleticism to stick on the left side, and plenty of projection all make the decision easier for Montgomery long term. -JB/AD

BS- Montgomery has risen up boards this spring in a big way, with his left-handed bat and extreme athleticism leading the helium charge. He’s a year old for the class and may outgrow SS long term, but right now expect him gone well before this pick, and the upside in the bat is very exciting.

47. Washington Nationals: Sean Burke, RHP, Maryland
Coming off Tommy John surgery his freshman year at Maryland followed up by a 2020 season cut short due to the pandemic, Burke came back to his third year as the headliner of Maryland’s rotation, showing off a promising jump across his arsenal, including the addition of a slider blending in a two-plane mix. His fastball is hanging around the 92-95 mph range with riding life. Burke is a 6-foot-6 strong frame who has polished his mechanics and improving command. He is a strong early-rounder with 100 mph fastball potential that will complement his secondary offerings. -BC

BS- Burke has seen a bit of an uneven spring thanks to some lapses in command, but the upside here is tantalizing with projection on the body, present velo/spin, and feel for pitching. If he can iron out the inconsistencies, this has the look of an MLB mid-rotation starter.


48. Seattle Mariners: Cody Schrier, SS, JSerra Catholic (Calif.)
There’s always a liking for SoCal shortstops toward the top of each draft and the Mariners selection here fits that trend as they go with an offensive catalyst for one of the best high schools in the country in Cody Schrier, who is a great athlete, hits for some pop already, and seems to handle himself well against the best of the best. -TR/CO

TH:
 The Mariners lack top prospects in the middle of the infield. Schrier has a chance to change that. There is a need to continue to develop on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, but the power and strength make him an intriguing player. 
 

49. Philadelphia Phillies: Doug Nikhazy, LHP, Mississippi 
The Phillies go the college route again, taking a prover performer in Nikhazy. The Phillies need to bolster their system with pitching and the Mississippi product provides a high floor left-hander with a track record of success in collegiate baseball’s toughest conference. He won’t blow you away with his stuff, but the fastball plays up due to tons of angle and deception. Add in two secondary offerings that at least grade out as average to slightly above and a developing fourth offering, and Nikhazy should provide much needed depth to the Phillies pitching corps relatively quick. -JMC

KP:
 With a rock solid four-pitch mix, Nikhazy is a pretty safe pick here.  The southpaw has been dominant in all three years at Ole Miss and the risk is relatively low in the second round.
 
50. San Francisco Giants: Trey Sweeney, 3B, Eastern Illinois
Sweeney has been one of the top performers in all of college baseball this year, and he has catapulted himself into second round draft consideration because of it. The Giants love his big-time power potential and excellent bat-to-ball skills from the left side, and his stats really speak for themselves (.382 AVG-14 HR-58 RBI). -DW/CS

BS- Sweeney has done nothing but climb boards this spring, not super surprising to us but apparently truly shocking the rest of the industry. Either way, with fantastic size, a good left-handed swing with big power and a good shot to play the left side, Sweeney is likely in play before this.

51. Milwaukee Brewers: Nathan Hickey, C/1B, Florida
The Brewers aren’t afraid to go after players with non-traditional profiles and Hickey is a sure bet to move out from behind the plate once he hits pro ball. Despite that, the bat has a successful track record at the college level which should give them more confidence to make this pick. He’s not going to provide defensive value but I see some Max Muncy-like traits in his stroke and that’s something to dream on. -TI

KP:
In his second year at Florida, all Hickey has done is rake. Although he likely won’t stick behind the plate, the Brew Crew gets a bat with the hit and power tool that many see enough to hold his own at first base. 
 

52.  Miami Marlins: Edwin Arroyo, SS, Arecibo Baseball Academy (P.R.) 
A switch-hitting shortstop with speed and a cannon across the diamond, Arroyo will be a great fit for the Marlins. His quick feet and soft hands should keep him at shortstop with an easy transition to second if he gains size in his slender frame. His hands and defensive actions could play all over the infield if his bat plays at the next level. With his simple swing from both sides of the plate and added strength, Arroyo could surprise some people with offensive upside as his defense already plays. He could be a real flier through the Marlins organization as they are not afraid to give opportunities to younger players that show success. -JP/JG

KP:
 Arroyo has the potential for average to above average tools across the board. The switch-hitting shortstop who possesses defensive and offensive skills would be a very solid pick for the Marlins here.


53. Cincinnati Reds: Ethan Wilson, OF, South Alabama
Reds go with another left-handed bat but this time it’s from the college ranks. Wilson had a ton of first round buzz after a sensational freshman season. He’s struggled with strikeouts and plays in a weak conference but has a solid hit tool and power potential. Middle-of-the-order impact bat potential whose best days might be ahead of him with some adjustments. He finished his season on a strong note and walked more than he struck out this season. -JS

VC- It’s been a tale of two halves for Wilson, whose numbers were not great in the early portion of the season when he was trying to battle through a nagging injury. He’s been great since then, posting numbers typically in line with his past totals, but still offers a combination of athleticism and strength rarely seen in college; he is one of the truer wild cards.


54. St. Louis Cardinals: Jackson Baumeister, RHP, The Bolles (Fla.)
Baumeister, a primary catcher in his prep days, has long been lauded for the overall athleticism to his operation and long-term projection, something that seems to be hitting as of late. Working in the low-90s early this spring with the same big extension he’s long showed, Baumeister has been consistently working into the mid-90s during the back half of the spring while pounding the zone with a three-pitch mix. -JB/AD

KP:
 The Cardinals get an athletic righty who has shown steady strides and continued to solidified himself over the past year. Showing a solid fastball reaching into the mid-90s and a solid curveball to go along, Baumeister offers considerable upside on the mound.


55. New York Yankees: Tyler Whitaker, OF, Bishop Gorman (Nev.)
The Yankees certainly like tools and Whitaker has no shortage of them as the long and physical outfielder is an excellent defender with the athleticism for multiple positions while possessing some of the better power upside of the high school players in this part of the draft. -TR/CO

BS- Whitaker has been gaining steam on the strength of his athleticism and explosive tool set for months now, though it seems likely that rise doesn’t quite eclipse the first round. Likely a RF long term, Whitaker’s power upside is vast and he’s extremely twitchy for his size, though swing-and-miss concerns push him down a bit.

56. Chicago Cubs: Alex Binelas, 1B, Louisville
Binelas may have some of the most power in the ’21 class. Although the numbers have been down a bit from an average standpoint, he still has 15 homers to his name with 56 RBI on the year. He has proved himself just as much as any third-year prospect in the draft class and that is why he is a no-brainer here for the Cubs in the second round. -DW/CS

TH:
 The Cubs have had success with college bats in the past and they take another one here. The Cubs will look to add power to their system with Binelas, who was a potential first round pick entering the 2021 season before a slow start knocked him down the board. 


57. Chicago White Sox: Connor Norby, 2B, East Carolina
White Sox go with a safe college bat at 57 who has absolutely raked this season. He’s hit over .400 with an OPS north of 1.100 and double-digit bombs. He’s a scrappy player that should be a quick mover in the system. He’s likely limited to playing second base but the hit tool is the main calling card here, high floor and will balance out perhaps a riskier pick they made in the first round. -JS

VC- No one in the country has better numbers than Norby, whose average has been above .400 the entire season along with double-digit power and stolen base numbers. He’s a second baseman long term so there is a lot of pressure on the bat but he’ll likely go in the first two rounds along with fellow smaller conference bats like Trey Sweeney and Tyler Black.

58. Cleveland Indians: Tyler Black, INF, Wright State 
After taking a prep arm with their first selection, the Indians go the college route in selecting Wright State’s Black here. It all starts with his bat. Black has good pitch recognition and plate discipline at the plate that couples well with his burgeoning power potential that will play at the next level. He may ultimately end up at second base due to arm strength, but he has solid hands and moves well in the dirt to do so effectively. -JMC

BS- Cleveland picking the college bat with huge contact skills and more walks than strikeouts in his career? This one certainly makes sense. Black has come into more power this spring and continues to play a quality 2B, and given the scarcity of quantifiably safe collegiate bats this spring, don’t be surprised if he goes way before this.


59. Atlanta Braves: Josh Hartle, LHP, Reagan HS (S.C)
I will not get off the Hartle train as he has all the long-term traits to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. The repertoire and tunneling ability are in place. The frame and athleticism scream continued jumps over the next few years. This is an absolute steal for any organization who believes in their player development. -JG/JP

BS- Hartle didn’t quite take the velo jump many projected from him this spring, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still in there. With the breaking ball improvements and his usual feel for pitching, he could be in play even higher than this, but a commitment to Wake Forest’s pitching lab could complicate.

60. Oakland Athletics: Daylen Lile, OF, Trinity HS (Ind.)
In terms of pure hit tool, Lile ranks up there with the best from the prep ranks as his left-handed swing has long produced hard, barreled contact throughout over the years. He’s an above average runner who should stick in center to start his pro career, but it’s all about the offense with Lile. Thanks to his hand quickness and refined approach, Lile can see the ball deep and adjust when he has to, while still getting good wood on the ball with natural loft. -JB/AD

BS- Lile really, really performed on the summer circuit, more-or-less outperforming everyone who participated in events he did. The hit tool is the carrier here from the left side, and he’s come into some power along with a chance to play center long term, and this feels like a good spot for him.

61. Minnesota Twins: Gavin Williams, RHP, East Carolina
Continuing the trend of taking high-upside/high-risk college players, the Twins go with another one here. Williams has electric stuff (fastball routinely reaches triple digits) but command/control issues have plagued him in the past. He has some feel for a breaking ball and a changeup, too. His college season was solid this year and showed improved command but there’s still definite reliever risk with his profile. Still, the upside he has with this stuff is too good to overlook. -JS

VC- Williams is another prospect who is technically a senior but has rebuilt his delivery and overall profile so drastically from his freshman year to now. Instead of strikes being a red flag, they’re now a strength as Williams projects as a starter whose overall draft upside probably starts toward the back end of the first round.

62. San Diego Padres: Ryan Bliss, SS, Auburn:
I think Bliss will slide over to second base at the professional level, but I think the Padres go with the best college bat available at this pick. Despite a smaller build, his swings have a great deal of intent in them and it packs a punch. Slugged over .600 this year and with the amount of loft in his swing, it doesn’t appear to be an outlier season for him. -TI

VC- When you think of Power 5 conference performers, Bliss’ name immediately comes to mind as he’s been a bright spot in a disappointing season for Auburn. Bliss is the type of player who can tear through the lower-level minors with the advanced nature of his bat. From a stock perspective he’s grouped with Connor Norby and Peyton Wilson as likely pro second baseman who rake and should go in the second.


63. Tampa Bay Rays: Cody Morissette, INF, Boston College 
The Rays go with the consistent performer in Morissette with this pick, as the Boston College infielder has continually improved since stepping on campus. He is a pure hitter with an all-fields approach, plate discipline and the versatility to roam around the field to impact the game in various ways. The bat certainly stands out as he possesses some of the better bat-to-ball skills within the class. The positional versatility and professional approach at the plate certainly fit the Rays philosophy seamlessly. -JMC

VC- Morissette could have been in play much higher than this if not for bad luck and a tough injury in the early portion of the season. He injured his hand which effectively sapped his power for a bit of time but this could be the gem of the draft as there’s real feel to hit, a great swing, and he was absolutely a first round candidate entering the spring for good reason.


64. Pittsburgh Pirates: Landon Marceaux, RHP, Louisiana State University
There aren’t many safer bets than Marceaux to pitch in a Big League rotation at this point. He manipulates the ball to create movement as well as anyone in the class and has shown durability all the way back to his prep days. He also has a bulldog mentality when he grabs the rock. -JG/JP

TH:
 The Pirates added four arms last year in the draft, including three collegiate pitchers, and they take another one here. Marceaux comes with lower risk in his profile, as well as a tick down in stuff, but is an experienced collegiate arm that can provide a quality four-pitch mix. 


65. Baltimore Orioles: Peyton Wilson, 2B, Alabama
Orioles go with a twitchy up-the-middle player who’s done nothing but hit in his two seasons at Bama. Explosive hands and showed a little bit of unexpected power this season. Solid run tool and the glove is good enough to keep him up the middle. Excellent blend of high floor and upside for a guy still available at 65. -JS

VC- Wilson is another second-year eligible prospect who is a switch-hitter with up-the-middle versatility and separating athleticism. Wilson is more of a backend day one type right now but should be going in a similar spot as right-handed pitcher Dylan Smith, his teammate.

66. Kansas City Royals: Noah Miller, SS, Ozaukee HS (Wis.)
Miller has been a rising name lately in draft circles, and the Royals take him with their third pick of the draft, betting on his high offensive upside. There is no doubt that he has the defensive skill set to stick in the middle infield long term, and he has real potential to hit for both average and power as a switch-hitter. -DW/CS

BS- Miller can really hit, and he did a great job proving that this spring in the Iowa Spring League. The hit tool along with the athleticism, middle-field defensive traits, and continually-growing power make him a candidate for going higher than this.

67. Arizona Diamondbacks: Wes Kath, 3B, Desert Mountain (Ariz.)
The Diamondbacks stay close to home here with their third selection as the steadily-rising Wes Kath fits the mold of a great pick for them at this spot. He’s got an excellent handle of the barrel and the power potential was on full display this spring as he hit .486 with 11 home runs to go with 13 other extra-base hits. -TR/CO

TH: 
Kath stays in his home state as Arizona takes him 67th overall. The Diamondbacks look to add a potential power bat to their system that lacks high-ceiling infielders, although there is some risk in the pick due to the need to continue to develop his frame and swing, as well as concerns whether he can stick at third base. 


68. Colorado Rockies: Luca Tresh, C, North Carolina State 
Quality college catchers that can hit for power and profile to stick behind the plate at the next level generally don’t last very long. The Rockies grab Tresh here as an athletic backstop that can bolster their system and provide a potential power bat to the catching ranks. Tresh was off to a hot start in 2021, as he hit a bevy of home runs early before cooling off. The solid catch-and-throw skill set, arm strength and power potential will be too much to pass up despite some swing-and-miss concerns with young backstop. -JMC

KP: 
After being blocked from behind the plate by 2020 pick Patrick Bailey, Tresh has broken out with a big year at NC State. Offering considerable pop for a catcher, the Rockies would be glad to get Tresh to Coors Field.


69. Cleveland Indians: Spencer Schwellenbach, RHP/SS, Nebraska 
The Indians go with the intriguing two-way profile of Schwellenbach here, as teams have differing opinions on where he ends up long term. Schwellenbach is a good athlete that has developed solid defensive skills and offensive upside during his first two seasons at Nebraska. The clean delivery and present arm speed that has been into the upper-90s at times may be too much to ignore, as some think he could profile as a starter down the road. It Is certainly an exciting dilemma to have for the Indians system that could use the depth on either side of the ball. -JM

BS- Schwellenbach is a popular riser amongst draft boards currently, a trend that started months ago for those paying attention at the time. Some teams prefer him as a SS, some teams prefer him on the mound, and some even think he can start long term. His draft ceiling is higher than this.



70. St. Louis Cardinals: Frank Mozzicato, LHP, East Catholic HS (Conn.)
In terms of pop-ups this spring, Mozzicato might rank atop the list as the ultra-projectable 6-foot-3 lefty has been blowing away the competition, seemingly striking out double-digit batters in front of throngs of scouts. There’s more to come with the fastball, currently working into the low-90s with his heater, though it’s the plus curveball that’s the true separator and biggest reason for his meteoric rise. -JB/AD

BS- Mozzicato is going to go a lot higher than this, even as high as the back of the first round, given that one late 20s-selecting team has had their GM at his last 2 starts. Scouts see an athletic, projectable lefty with excellent feel to spin and consistently climbing velocity.

 
71. San Diego Padres: Caedmon Parker, RHP, The Woodlands Christian Academy (TX)
The Padres go high upside again with this pick. Parker is a long and lean-framed Texas prep arm that has a three-pitch mix including an above average spin rate curveball. He already sits in the low-90s range with his fastball and with how much room his body has to add strength, he could be a velocity jump candidate sooner than later. -TI

VC- Parker is your prototypical projection prep right-hander as he checks nearly every box on the scouting card. He’s athletic with a good delivery, has present stuff, and projects out to be a monster. Parker is one of numerous arms who should get a potential overpay with a second pick thanks to his overall upside.