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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 40-31

40)

Player: J.J. Goss Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Cypress Ranch (TX) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: A projectable body makes it easy to believe Goss will end up sitting in the mid-90s rather than just touching it like he does currently. He gets solid leg drive although the arm spends a long time behind his body before getting into his 3/4 arm slot. He has a slider that has real drop and run which could play plus and has shown the ability to spot a change as well. He should be a starter at the pro level with his upside dependent upon his ability to clean up some minor mechanical flaws and how the fastball improves as he adds size.

 

39)

Player: Nasim Nunez Position(s):  SS
School (ST): Collins Hill (GA) Grade: High School
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’9” Weight: 155 lbs.
Quick Report: Maybe the best defensive player in this draft, Nunez is a sure thing to stick at a premium defensive position. He has great fluidity around the bag, turns his hips incredibly well, and can make any throw at a variety of arm angles. The question will be how much he can hit. There will likely never be much power, and the contact is currently a question as he has a long bat path. If he can clean that up and prove he can hit for average this Spring, look for Nunez to leap into the first round. If the bat doesn’t come around, there is a good chance he ends up making it to campus at Clemson.

 

38)

Player: Brooks Lee Position(s): SS
School (ST): San Luis Obispo (CA) Grade: High School
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 180 lbs.
Quick Report: Committed to play for his father at Cal Poly, there is a good chance Lee doesn’t make it to campus. He really broke out at Area Codes, he plays solid defense that could have him stick at short, although he may have to move off to second. At the plate, his swing should not lead to a lot of contact but it does and has against top competition. His body drifts out over his front foot and the swing is mostly upper body. Staying more balanced and getting his hips into his swing should allow for power to develop from both sides of the plate.

 

37)

Player: Dominic Fletcher Position(s): OF
School (ST): Arkansas Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 5’10” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: I am higher on Fletcher than most, but I believe he can improve the bat-to-ball skill. He drifts out over his front foot leaving him off balance too often but, even when off balance, he can hit the ball a long way. He has an impressive knack for the game, often getting excellent reads on the ball in the outfield and a better base-runner than his speed would suggest. He has a strong arm and will stick in right, but he could fill in at times in center should a team be desperate.

 

36)

Player: Hunter Barco Position(s): LHP
School (ST): The Boles School (FL) Grade: High School
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’4” Weight: 212 lbs.
Quick Report: The showcase circuit was not kind to Barco, going from one of the premier names to one that is riddled with questions. He has a three-pitch mix with his split-change being the weakest of the three. He entered the summer with a mid-90s fastball but showed it in the low-90s instead. Add to that a slider that is sharp but inconsistent and there is plenty of upside. He pitches from a very low 3/4 slot that has led to some control issues. If he is back in the mid-90s and shows a better feel for his pitches this Spring, he can solidify himself as a first rounder, but if he continues to struggle his stock will certainly take a big hit.

 

35)

Player: Matthew Lugo Position(s): SS
School (ST): Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR) Grade: High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: The more tape I see of Lugo, the more I like him and think I may be too low on him. He has a larger leg kick at the plate than I typically like, but he demonstrates great balance and timing. He has a bat plane that allows him to hit line drives that will develop into real home run power, although he is mostly a pull hitter currently. There is a chance he outgrows short and has to move to third, but he will be given every opportunity to stick up the middle.

 

34)

Player: Alek Manoah Position(s): RHP
School (ST): West Virginia Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’6” Weight: 260 lbs.
Quick Report: As big a body as there is in this year’s draft, Manoah has flirted with triple digits out of the bullpen but is expected to be given the opportunity to start at West Virginia this season. He led the Cape in strikeouts over the summer where his fastball didn’t show much down-tick in velocity in the rotation. He comes out of a low 3/4 slot and has some effort to his delivery, but he can get the slider to really run at the feet of lefties. His change and consistency in delivery need to improve to stay a starter, but he has a high floor or a late inning reliever at the pro level.

 

33)

Player: Greg Jones Position(s): SS
School (ST): UNC-Wilmington Grade: Sophomore
Bats: Switch Throws: Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 170 lbs.
Quick Report: The toolsy Jones will stick up the middle, although there are questions as to whether that will be at short or in center. He has a big swing that does not produce as much power as the bat speed would lead you to believe, but he can run into some long balls especially from the right side. He is raw for a collegiate bat but playing in a non-power conference has allowed his pure athleticism to carry him thus far. With some polish, he can turn into a player who vastly outperforms his expected draft position, somewhere well behind where I have him ranked here.

 

32)

Player:  Tyler Dyson Position(s): RHP
School (ST): Florida Grade: Junior
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6’3” Weight: 225 lbs.
Quick Report: Opening the season as a Sunday starter last season was certainly no slight considering it was Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar ahead of him. I don’t see the upside in Dyson that I have seen in the recent run of Gator pitchers, as I am not completely sold on him as a starter. He was slowed by a shoulder issue last season, so he will have to prove he is healthy and he can keep his stuff consistent this season as it seemed to dissipate as he got deeper into outings. He has a low 3/4 slot with some inconsistent arm action and is still working on making his change a consistent third offering. All that said, he still have a big fastball and potentially plus slider, so there is plenty of upside.

 

31)

Player: Nick Lodolo Position(s): LHP
School (ST): TCU Grade: Junior
Bats: Left Throws: Left Height: 6’6” Weight: 185 lbs.
Quick Report: Lodolo has already been selected high, 41st overall by the Pirates in 2016, he is looking to improve on that this year. Despite being a high pick and starting right from the jump with TCU, his numbers haven’t been dominant and he is still a projectable player rather than one with track record. He has a fastball that regularly touches the mid-90s with a good downhill plane and some sink to it. His change does not create the velo difference you typically want, but it has good movement and flashes plus. He can also get a curve over, but it is definitely a work in progress. He is still very long and lean, with more velocity a possibility and a strong season could catapult him into the top half of the first round.