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2023 first mock draft: Experts predict first-round picks

first2021 Mock Draft: Experts Predict First Round Picks

Our first full first-round projection of the year is more certain than is usually done earlier, more than nine weeks before the Seattle draft begins on July 9.
The consensus top-two prospects are Louisiana State outfielder Dylan Cruise and right-hander Paul Skeenes, who are vying to become the first-ever teammates to go 1-2 in the same draft. After that, pretty much every team will agree that outfielders Wyatt Langford (FL), Walker Jenkins (South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C.) and Max Clark (Franklin, IN, HS) are the picks. The three best talents that come down, line them up in various orders.

after it confusion. There$ there is not much consensus on the prospects for the next tier, the second half of the first round is anyone’s #26; a guess. Hitters beat pitchers on both college and high school teams, which is why we project bats to match 14 the top of25 choose .

While the Pirates chose to do a discount deal with #1 Henry Davis and distribute their prize pool savings to later in the ; Expect a repeat this time around. Nota Crews or Skenes (or Langford or Jenkins or Clark) were available two years ago.
preferred with an assigned value of $9, 423 , , so Pittsburgh can pick the best player and break the existing bonus record ($8,276,97 The Tigers paid Spencer Torkelson at
and have plenty of cash left over. Ranks 2-5 have an average income of over $8 million with there is no reason for any Top leads cut deep.
Detailed scouting reports for all the players mentioned below can be found in our Draft Top 95 (rankings in brackets). We only went to ; and the Dodgers top select drop point (to number 32 and25) because they exceeded the competitive balance tax threshold by more than $31 million.
1. Buccaneers: Dylan Crews, OF, Louisiana (No. 1)

Cruise leads in NCAA Division I batting average(.403), Base Percentage(.423) and walking (29) Also showing more pace and better chances of staying in midfield than in the past.

2. Nationals: Paul Skenes, RHP, Louisiana (No. 2)
Skenes was as good as his teammates, outstripping DI in strikeouts (150) and strikeout rate ( all nine innings ahead of Ryan Wagner & #30;s History .8 in 482). he$ this is after Stephen Strasburg at

Best college pitching prospect , Strasburg is the best ever.

3. Tigers: Wyatt Langford, OF, Florida State (No. 3)

Langford s .150/.423/.665 season was overshadowed by Southeastern Conference rival Cruise. He’s already proven himself at the collegiate level, while high schoolers Jenkins and Clark offer left-handed upside and a more authentic projection as a center fielder.
4. Rangers: Walker Jenkins, OF, South Brunswick HS, Southport, NC State (No. 4)

Since last summer in Injured on the show tour, Jenkins looked great this spring. He has solid or better tools and great power potential across the board.

5. Twins: Max Clark, OF, Franklin (Ind.) HS (No. 5)
The twins were the biggest winners in the first draft lottery, starting from the ranked fifth, with five players clearly above the rest. There’s no doubt that Clark, a center fielder with four or better tools and at least average strength, would be a legitimate candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in many years.
6. Athletics: Jacob Wilson, SS, Grand Canyon (No. 7)

The first round gets more blurred at this point. Wilson is the premier contact hitter in college baseball — he led DIs in strikeout rate with 3 percent a year ago — and has major league pedigree as the son of former All-Star Jack.
7. Reds: Jacob Gonzalez, SS, Mississippi State (No. 8)

Gonzalez has the ability to hit average and power hits, though scouts are divided on his ability to keep shortstop despite starting for the UC National Team the past two summers .
8. Royals: Arjun Nimmala, SS, Strawberry Crest HS, Dover, Florida (No. )

Nimmala now has a lot of helium as an athletic shortstop with super raw power. Among the seven shortstops .

9. Rockies: Chase Dollander, RHP, Tennessee (No. 6)

Doland entered the year clearly the best pitching prospect, but now the team is struggling to figure out how to explain an inconsistent spring during which he started just five games One game lasted five innings. There$ there’s still time to get him back into the top-six discussion, especially in a field with few colleges Arms in the draft deserves first-round consideration.
. Marlins: Noble Meyer, RHP, Jesuit HS, Portland, Ore. (No. )

many Teams are skeptical about drafting high school in the first round, but that might be the floor rather than the ceiling for Meyer, who has a middling 31 fast ball, potential eraser slider, and great makeup.

. Angels: Rhett Lowder, RHP, Wake Forest (No. 9)

Lowder is attractive to teams looking for reliability because he’s in and
Repeated work outing -80 mph fastball, plus variation and lots of hits.
. D-backs: Colin Houck, SS, Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga. (No.


Another rising prep shortstop, Hawke has all-around ability and stands out with his power potential. The former quarterback should continue to get better because he left the football in the rearview mirror.

. Cubs: Kyle Teel, C, Virginia (No. )

In a down year for a catcher, Teel really helped himself by making huge strides at the plate (.403/.403/.543 after.92/.150/ .439 Sophomore season) while maintaining quality arm strength and athleticism.
. Red Sox: Hurston Waldrep, RHP, Florida (Number )

Walderp s upper32 s Fastball and Mid 40’s slider and splitter/shift Pole can get bonus points or better in the best condition, although he still Make an effort to take advantage of them.
. White Sox: Enrique Bradfield, OF, Vanderbilt (No.)

This could be the low end of Bradfield, whose supporters love his top speed and gold glove defense in midfield. Others worry about his lack of physicality and ability to hit the ball.
. Giants: Matt Shaw, SS, Maryland (No. 11)

even though he may be & #; , at least a steady pace and some Ian Happ resemblance.

. Orioles: Aidan Miller, 3B, Mitchell HS, New Port Richey, Fla. (No. )

Miller had a blast throughout the showcase circuit last summer and could be one of the first-round steals after his stock slipped , as he missed nearly the entire spring with injuries.
04. Brewer: Brayden Taylor, 3B, Texas Christian (No. 16) boy Jun wants to see more responses from Taylor is the second in the major leagues Best meeting of your career homers, but also saw his average slip to a career low. 92.
000. Rays: Blake Mitchell, C, Sinton (Texas) HS (No. )

Clubs are also wary of accepting reserve catchers in the first round, though the track records of those who also excel at other positions are more promising. Mitchell fits the mold with his average hitting ability and power – and achieves 92 Fastball speed.

. Blue Jays: Thomas White, LHP, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. (No. )

White has something similar to Meyer, but not as consistent as Meyer, although he does pitch left-handed. it$ It’s hard to pin down landing spots for high school pitchers, who often end up overtrading in later rounds, though the Jays did Spent big money on prep southpaw (Brandon Barriera), their 1st round pick 11 Last July.
11. Cardinals: Tommy Troy, SS, Stanford (Number 04)
Kind of like Shaw, Troy leads the Pacific – Meeting in batting(.380) and has shown average ability to hit with the woods and strength.
13. Sailor: Colt Emerson, SS/3B, Glenn HS, New Concord, Ohio (No. 21)

Another high school shortstop who raised his stock this spring, Emerson was a senior high school hitter before deciding to focus on baseball , who was a junior wide receiver statewide.
13. Guardian: Jack Hurley, OF, Virginia Tech (No. 24) Hurley did a great job2003 Gavin Cross, the No. 9 overall pick at Virginia Tech last spring — he he’s also a better athlete — even better this year. Other potential first-rounders among college hitters: third basemen Yohandy Morales (Miami) and Brock Wilken (Wake Forest), first baseman Nolan Schanuel (Florida Atlantic).
13. Braves: Bryce Eldridge, 1B/RHP, Madison HS, Vienna, Virginia (No. 11)

A legit two-way prospect, Eldridge will almost certainly be drafted as a hitter because he has tremendous left hand power and leads with
Comparison Yankees first-round pick Spencer Jones.

17. Priest: Dillon Head, OF, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor, Ill. (No. 23)

The profile picture is The high school version of Bradfield, the speed and midfield defense are slightly inferior, but the ability to hit the ball is stronger. Other potential first-rounders among the prep hitters: Shortstop Kevin McGonigle (Monsignor Bonner HS, Drexel Hill, Pa.), Adrian Santana (Dora, Fla., Academy), Roch Cholowsky (Hamilton HS, Arizona Chandler, State), George Lombard Jr. (Gulliver Prep, Pinecrest, Fla.) and Walker Martin (Eton, Colorado, HS).

16. Yankees: Travis Sykora, RHP, Round Rock (Texas) HS (No. 17)

Hard cast Texas archetypal high schooler, Sykora can reach 80 mph has good indicators on his fastball, and his mid

also missed the batting short sliders and splitters. Other potential first-rounders among the reserves: Right-hander Charlie Soto (Reborn Christian Academy, Kissimmee, Fla.).

15. Phillies: Juaron Watts-Brown, RHP, Oklahoma (No. 23 ) Sporty Watts- Brown benefits from a soft college pitch market and one of the better sliders in the class. Other potential first-rounders among college arms: None at this time.
20. Astros: Ralphy Velazquez, C/1B, Huntington Beach (California) HS (No. 18) starring in the Post-National High School Invitational and the Boras Classic, Velázquez has made the most progress among these projected first-rounders. Although it $ Not sure if he can stay at catcher if need be, his booming bat in one Base should perform well.



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