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2019 MLB Mock Draft

2019 MLB Mock Draft

This is my official mock draft, but this isn’t a list nor is it a prediction, but rather if I were in the given team’s front office, it is who I would pick. The MLB Draft is not one where you draft for need, although I like Andrew Vaughn as the number two player in this draft, he doesn’t go to the Royals as they just selected Nick Pratto, a first baseman, a couple years ago. There is some buzz the Orioles may go for somebody easier to get under slot but, this is the only time and place I will mention this as I hate breaking news, it isn’t my thing and there is too much that goes with it, it is my understanding Adley Rutschman will need shoulder surgery, likely immediately after signing, so he should be an easy sign. For me Rutschman, healthy or not, is in a tier all his own, followed by Bobby Witt Jr., Vaughn, and C.J. Abrams in a second tier. J.J. Bleday starts a third tier for me that ends after Nick Lodolo, my only pitcher in tier three, with Bryson Stott heading a massive fourth tier that extends somewhere into the second round for me as I don’t think there is a ton of difference between Stott at 11 and Brooks Lee at 38 or Nasim Nunez at 49. I think this draft is incredibly top heavy but lacks in its depth of star talent. I do think day two will be very interesting as there will likely be a lot more high school talent available than in typical years as the college class near the top is stronger than the HS class.

Pick Team Player Position School
First Round
1
Baltimore Orioles
Adley Rutschman C Oregon State
2 Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr. SS Colleyville Heritage HS (TX)
3 Chicago White Sox Andrew Vaughn 1B California
4 Miami Marlins C.J. Abrams SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA)
5
Detroit Tigers
J.J. Bleday OF Vanderbilt
6 San Diego Padres Riley Greene OF Hagerty HS (FL)
7 Cincinnati Reds Corbin Carroll OF Lakeside HS (WA)
8 Texas Rangers Hunter Bishop OF Arizona State
9 Atlanta Braves Shea Langeliers C Baylor
10 San Francisco Giants Nick Lodolo LHP TCU
11 Toronto Blue Jays Bryson Stott SS UNLV
12 New York Mets Alek Manoah RHP West Virginia
13 Minnesota Twins Jackson Rutledge RHP San Jacinto JC (TX)
14 Philadelphia Phillies Josh Jung 3B Texas Tech
15 Los Angeles Angels Zack Thompson LHP Kentucky
16 Arizona Diamondbacks Brett Baty 3B Lake Travis HS (TX)
17 Washington Nationals Matthew Allan RHP Seminole HS (FL)
18 Pittsburgh Pirates Brennan Malone RHP IMG Academy (FL)
19 St. Louis Cardinals George Kirby RHP Elon
20 Seattle Mariners Will Wilson SS NC State
21 Atlanta Braves Michael Busch 1B/OF North Carolina
22 Tampa Bay Rays Quinn Priester RHP Cary-Grove HS (IL)
23 Colorado Rockies Logan Davidson SS Clemson
24 Cleveland Indians Kody Hoese 3B Tulane
25 Los Angeles Dodgers Kameron Misner OF Missouri
26 Arizona Diamondbacks JJ Goss RHP Cypress Ranch (TX)
27 Chicago Cubs Anthony Volpe SS Delbarton HS (NJ)
28 Milwaukee Brewers Keoni Cavaco 3B Eastlake HS (CA)
29 Oakland Athletics Jack Leiter RHP Delbarton HS (NJ)
30 New York Yankees Tyler Callihan 3B Providence HS (FL)
31 Los Angeles Dodgers Gunnar Henderson SS Morgan Academy (AL)
32 Houston Astros Daniel Espino RHP Georgia Premier Academy (GA)
Compensation Picks
33
Arizona Diamondbacks
Seth Johnson RHP Campbell
34 Arizona Diamondbacks Braden Shewmake SS Texas A&M
Competitive Balance Round A
35
Miami Marlins
Maurice Hampton OF Memphis University HS (TN)
36 Tampa Bay Rays Matthew Lugo SS Betran Academy HS (PR)
37 Pittsburgh Pirates Hunter Barco LHP Bolles HS (FL)
38 New York Yankees Brooks Lee SS San Luis Obispo HS (CA)
39 Minnesota Twins Josh Wolf RHP St. Thomas HS (TX)
40 Tampa Bay Rays Brady McConnell SS Florida
41 Texas Rangers Isaiah Campbell RHP Arkansas
Second Round
42
Baltimore Orioles
Matt Canterino RHP Rice
43 Boston Red Sox Greg Jones SS UNC Wilmington
44 Kansas City Royals Rece Hinds 3B IMG Academy (FL)
45 Chicago White Sox Davis Wendzel 3B Baylor
46 Miami Marlins Michael Toglia 1B UCLA
47 Detroit Tigers Kyren Paris SS Freedom HS (CA)
48 San Diego Padres Drew Jameson RHP Ball State
49 Cincinnati Reds Nasim Nunez SS Collins Hill HS (GA)
50 Texas Rangers Blake Walston LHP New Hanover HS (NC)
51 San Francisco Giants Josh Smith SS LSU
52 Toronto Blue Jays John Doxakis LHP Texas A&M
53 New York Mets Sammy Siani OF William Penn Charter HS (PA)
54 Minnesota Twins Kendall Williams RHP IMG Academy (FL)
55 Los Angeles Angels Ethan Small LHP Mississippi State
56 Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Strumpf 2B UCLA
57 Pittsburgh Pirates Bryce Osmond RHP Jenks HS (OK)
58 St. Louis Cardinals Tommy Henry LHP Michigan
59 Seattle Mariners Drew Mendoza 3B Florida State
60 Atlanta Braves Matt Wallner OF Southern Miss
61 Tampa Bay Rays Spencer Jones 1B/LHP La Costa Canyon HS (CA)
62 Colorado Rockies Matthew Thompson RHP Cypress Ranch (TX)
63 Cleveland Indians Jimmy Lewis RHP Lake Travis HS (TX)
64 Chicago Cubs Josh Stowers OF Stanford
65 Milwaukee Brewers Jerrion Ealy OF Jackson Preparatory (MS)
66 Oakland Athletics Erik Miller LHP Stanford
67 New York Yankees Will Holland SS Auburn
68 Houston Astros Ethan Hearn C Mobile Christian (AL)
69 Boston Red Sox Graeme Stinson LHP Duke
Competitive Balance Round B
70
Kansas City Royals
Jack Kochanowicz RHP Harriton HS (PA)
71 Baltimore Orioles Aaron Schunk 3B Georgia
72 Pittsburgh Pirates TJ Sikkema LHP Missouri
73 San Diego Padres Matt Cronin LHP Arkansas
74 Arizona Diamondbacks Cameron Cannon 3B Arizona
75 Arizona Diamondbacks Dominic Fletcher OF Arkansas
76 Seattle Mariners Riley Cornelio RHP Pine Creek HS (CO)
77 Colorado Rockies Will Robertson OF Creighton
Compensation Picks
78 Los Angeles Dodgers Tyler Fitzgerald SS Louisville

 

MLB Draft Rankings 1-100

Adley Rutschman
Adley Rutschman, Courtesy: Aaron Whelan
Rank Player Position Height Weight Bats Throws School (ST)
1 Adley Rutschman C 6-2 216 S R Oregon State
2 Bobby Witt Jr. SS 6-0 180 R R Colleyville Heritage (TX)
3 CJ Abrams SS 6-1 178 L R Blessed Trinity Catholic (GA)
4 Shea Langeliers C 6-0 190 R R Baylor
5 Andrew Vaughn 1B 6-0 214 R R California
6 Josh Jung 3B 6-2 215 R R Texas Tech
7 Riley Greene OF 6-1 191 L L Hagerty (FL)
8 Corbin Carroll OF 5-11 161 L L Lakeside (WA)
9 Graeme Stinson LHP 6-5 260 L L Duke
10 Carter Stewart RHP 6-6 200 R R Eastern Florida State JC
11 Bryson Stott SS 6-3 195 L R UNLV
12 Michael Busch 1B 6-0 207 L R North Carolina
13 Brennan Malone RHP 6-3 203 R R IMG Academy (FL)
14 Daniel Espino RHP 6-2 200 R R Georgia Premier Academy (GA)
15 Zack Thompson LHP 6-3 225 L L Kentucky
16 Jerrion Ealy OF 5-10 192 R R Jackson Prep (MS)
17 Spencer Jones 1B/LHP 6-7 205 L L La Costa Canyon (CA)
18 Matthew Allan RHP 6-3 210 R R Seminole (FL)
19 Will Holland SS 5-10 181 R R Auburn
20 Braden Shewmake SS 6-4 190 L R Texas A&M
21 Rece Hinds 3B 6-4 210 R R IMG Academy (FL)
22 Matthew Thompson RHP 6-2 184 R R Cypress Ranch (TX)
23 Mike Toglia 1B/OF 6-5 201 S R UCLA
24 Logan Davidson SS 6-3 185 S R Clemson
25 J.J. Bleday OF 6-3 205 L L Vanderbilt
26 Will Wilson SS 5-11 175 R R NC State
27 Kyle Stowers OF 6-3 200 L L Stanford
28 Jack Leiter RHP 6-1 195 R R Delbarton (NJ)
29 Maurice Hampton OF 6-0 195 R R Memphis University HS (TN)
30 Matt Wallner OF 6-5 220 L R Southern Miss
31 Nick Lodolo LHP 6-6 185 L L TCU
32 Tyler Dyson RHP 6-3 225 R R Florida
33 Greg Jones SS 5-11 170 S R UNC-Wilmington
34 Alek Manoah RHP 6-6 260 R R West Virginia
35 Matthew Lugo SS 6-1 185 R R Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR)
36 Hunter Barco LHP 6-4 212 L L The Bolles School (FL)
37 Dominic Fletcher OF 5-10 185 L L Arkansas
38 Brooks Lee SS 6-1 180 S R San Luis Obispo (CA)
39 Nasim Nunez SS 5-9 155 S R Collins Hill (GA)
40 J.J. Goss RHP 6-3 185 R R Cypress Ranch (TX)
41 Drew Mendoza 3B 6-5 225 L R Florida State
42 Chase Strumpf 2B 6-1 195 R R UCLA
43 Erik Miller LHP 6-5 240 L L Stanford
44 Kameron Misner OF 6-4 219 L L Missouri
45 Brett Baty 3B 6-3 210 L R Lake Travis (TX)
46 Tyler Callihan 3B 5-11 211 L R Providence (FL)
47 Ryne Nelson RHP 6-3 175 R R Oregon
48 Myles Austin SS 6-3 184 R R Westlake (GA)
49 George Kirby RHP 6-3 205 R R Elon
50 Logan Wyatt 1B 6-4 230 L R Louisville
51 Kendall Williams RHP 6-6 190 R R IMG Academy (FL)
52 Gunnar Henderson SS 6-3 194 L R Morgan Academy (AL)
53 Ryan Zeferjahn RHP 6-4 216 R R Kansas
54 Will Robertson OF 6-2 215 L L Creighton
55 Sammy Siani OF 5-11 175 L L Penn Charter (PA)
56 Quinn Priester RHP 6-3 198 R R Cary-Grove (IL)
57 Riley Cornelio RHP 6-2 184 R R Pine Creek (CO)
58 Kenyon Yovan RHP 6-3 215 R R Oregon
59 Jack Kochanowicz RHP 6-6 210 L R Harriton (PA)
60 Nick Quintana 3B 5-11 185 R R Arizona
61 Anthony Volpe SS 5-10 182 R R Delbarton (NJ)
62 Adam Laskey LHP 6-3 190 R L Duke
63 Will Rigney RHP 6-5 191 R R Midway (TX)
64 Matt Canterino RHP 6-3 205 R R Rice
65 Jonathan French C 5-11 213 R R Parkview (GA)
66 Kyren Paris SS 5-11 163 R R Freedom (CA)
67 Quin Cotton OF 5-11 190 R R Grand Canyon
68 Jonny Deluca OF 5-11 180 S R Oregon
69 Wil Dalton OF 6-0 180 R R Florida
70 Zack Hess RHP 6-6 216 R R LSU
71 Mason Feole LHP 6-1 194 L L Connecticut
72 Isaiah Campbell RHP 6-4 225 R R Arkansas
73 Jaden Brown SS 6-1 186 R R St Marcellinus (CAN)
74 Dilan Rosario SS 6-2 170 R R Leadership Christian (PR)
75 Austin Shenton 3B 6-0 200 L R Florida International
76 Austin Langworthy OF 5-11 200 L L Florida
77 Michael Massey 2B 6-1 185 L R Illinois
78 Matt Cronin LHP 6-2 190 L L Arkansas
79 Matt McCormick C 6-0 195 L R St Laurence (IL)
80 Hayden Mullins LHP 6-1 180 L L Hendersonville (TN)
81 Ricky DeVito RHP 6-3 175 S R Seton Hall
82 Bryant Packard OF 6-3 210 L R East Carolina
83 Landon Sims RHP 6-1 205 R R South Forsyth (GA)
84 Michael Limoncelli RHP 6-2 180 S R Horseheads (NY)
85 Hylan Hall OF 6-1 178 R R TNXL Academy (FL)
86 Levi Stoudt RHP 6-1 175 L R Lehigh
87 Jake Agnos LHP 5-11 206 L L East Carolina
88 Joseph Charles RHP 6-2 193 R R The First Academy (FL)
89 Spencer Brickhouse 1B 6-4 220 L R East Carolina
90 Emanuel Dean OF 6-5 209 R R Sevite (CA)
91 Blake Sabol C/OF 6-4 205 L R USC
92 Glenallen Hill Jr. OF 5-9 169 S R Santa Cruz (CA)
93 Tyler Nesbitt RHP 6-2 183 L L LaBelle (FL)
94 Josh Smith SS 5-10 175 L R LSU
95 Cameron Cannon 3B/2B 5-11 175 R R Arizona
96 Brady McConnell SS 6-3 185 R R Florida
97 Trey Faltine UT/RHP 6-1 185 R R Fort Bent Travis (TX)
98 Christian Cairo SS 5-9 176 R R Calvary Christian (FL)
99 Cam Shepherd SS 6-1 180 R R Georgia
100 Jackson Rutledge RHP 6-4 180 R R San Jacinto JC

MLB Draft Rankings 20-11

20)

Player: Braden Shewmake Position(s): SS
School (ST): Texas A&M Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’4” Weight: 190 lbs.
Quick Report: Shewmake is a really interesting prospect as he does not look the part of a first rounder, but he produces like one. His bat path is long and he finds himself out on his front foot too often, but with enough balance to still spray the ball all over the field. He is long and lean, so some think power will come and a move to third will come with it, while others feel he can stick at short and still develop average power. I tend to lean more toward the latter, thinking he can be an average to better shortstop, hit for a solid average and develop into a 15 HR type guy.

 

19)

Player: Will Holland Position(s): SS
School (ST): Auburn Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 181 lbs.
Quick Report: Another in a very deep college shortstop class, Holland might be the best defender in the bunch. He has true plus speed in the field and on the bases as well as enough arm to make the throw from anywhere. When you see his frame and his speed, you expect him to be a gap-to-gap guy, but he is actually more of a power hitter than a contact hitter. He has a very deep stance and some stiffness in his hips, but he manages to stay on top of the ball and generates his power from some weight shift in his swing.

 

18)

Player: Matthew Allan Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Seminole (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 lbs.
Quick Report: Allan possesses one of the better fastballs of any high schooler in this year’s class, but his command has shown better on his off-speed stuff than the fastball. He has a breaking ball that many consider to be plus and has shown signs of a change that could develop into at least average. He has the body and arm slot to stick as a workhorse starter but could benefit from some cleaned up mechanics.

 

17)

Player: Spencer Jones Position(s): 1B/LHP
School (ST): La Costa Canyon (CA) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height:  6’7” Weight: 205 lbs.
Quick Report: The lone true two-way prospect in this year’s class, Jones has scouts split on which way to play him. He hasn’t been pitching all that long, but the 6’7” lefty with a fastball up to 93 and a solid curve has scouts drooling over his upside. In the meantime, his long frame helps make him one of the better defensive first basemen in the class and has plenty of power. He also has the athleticism to play either corner outfield spot and would be one of the best base runners of any first base prospect in the class. Ultimately, I see him settling in as a pitcher, but don’t be surprised if he gets to do both in the complex leagues and beyond.

 

16)

Player: Jerrion Ealy Position(s): OF
School (ST): Jackson Prep (MS) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 5’10” Weight: 192 lbs.
Quick Report: A true rarity, Ealy was an All-American running back in football but is a rather polished baseball player as well. He is a no doubt future center fielder with as much speed as anyone in this draft class to go with an arm that could be graded plus. He is compact but strong, leading many to believe 20-25 home runs are in his future, especially since he has elite bat speed and does not swing and miss often.

 

15)

Player: Zack Thompson Position(s): LHP
School (ST): Kentucky Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: A lefty with a four-pitch mix and command makes Thompson easy to project as a mid-rotation starter in the future. He was shut down last season with an elbow injury, but didn’t have surgery, so there will be questions about his durability coming into the Spring. His fastball sits in the low-90s, while he has both a slider and curve that show solid shape and spin. His change is his fourth best pitch as he tips it some with his drive leg dragging just a bit longer than on his other pitches, but it has good late movement. Thompson is one of the few with real potential to go 1-1, but the health remains the biggest question.

 

14)

Player: Daniel Espino Position(s): RHP
School (ST): George Premier Academy (GA) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’2” Weight: 200 lbs.
Quick Report: With a fastball that sits in the high 90s and has touched triple digits, there is little doubt Espino has the best fastball of any prep pitcher this year. Add to that a curve that is already a plus offering and a slider that some feel will be better than the curve and you have the makings of a really impressive pitcher. The arm action is long and can be picked up pretty early, so the fastball won’t play like you expect from a triple digit heater as it is rather flat. Based on the arm action, I also have some concern over his shoulder long term, which is really the only reason he falls outside my top 10.

 

13)

Player: Brennan Malone Position(s): RHP
School (ST): IMG Academy (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 203 lbs.
Quick Report: Another pitcher scouts think may reach triple digits in the future, Malone is more a mid-90s guy currently. He has a very athletic and repeatable delivery with a 3/4 slot allows some run and downward plane. He has flashed a breaking ball that has the makings of a plus offering, although it can be inconsistent. His change is well behind his other pitches, but he has shown the ability to spot it, which is more than you can say about most prep arms.

 

12)

Player: Michael Busch Position(s): 1B
School (ST): North Carolina Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’ Weight: 207 lbs.
Quick Report: I may be higher than most on Busch, but he is a rare combination of power and hit. He has a very good eye at the plate that allows him to flirt with a 1.000 OPS last season. He has the power to be a quality first baseman, but I am not sure he will be stuck there. He is not the most athletic player, nor does he have the best arm, but he has soft enough hands and good enough feet he may be able to move around the diamond a little bit, not unlike a Travis Shaw.

 

11)

Player: Bryson Stott Position(s): SS
School (ST): UNLV Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs.
Quick Report: Stott does not come into the season with a ton of fanfare as it is tough to find UNLV games, but he could be a Darkhorse to go 1-1. He has walked more than he has struck out through two collegiate seasons, but he has not shown much power, which is his one below average tool. He can cover a ton of ground at short thanks to a combination of athleticism and instincts. His arm is more than enough to make the throws from deep in the hole. He will never be a superstar, but he is the type of player a franchise can truly build around.