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It goes without saying that this list will assuredly change as the year progresses, but if you’re just getting started with your draft preparation, this is a decent starting point. We’ll probably update this about seven to ten times from now until June, and once again — and yes, I do get asked this often — mocks won’t come til later in the year.
Mark Appel starts off the year at spot No.1, but Lucas Giolito isn’t too far behind, and neither is Byron Buxton. After that, there’s a big drop after Buxton for me, and players 4-9 are close to interchangeable at this point, as I considered putting each of those players at that fourth spot. It’s pitching heavy — particularly in the prep ranks — and I wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Without further ado, here’s the first edition of The Board. Have at it.
|02||Lucas Giolito||RHP||Harvard Westlake HS (CA)|
|03||Byron Buxton||OF||Appling County HS (GA)|
|04||Victor Roache||OF||Georgia Southern|
|05||Trey Williams||3B||Valencia HS (CA)|
|07||Max Fried||LHP||Harvard Westlake HS (CA)|
|08||Deven Merrero||SS||Arizona State|
|10||Walker Weickel||RHP||Olympia HS (FL)|
|11||Michael Wacha||RHP||Texas A&M|
|12||Nick Williams||OF||Galveston Ball HS (TX)|
|13||David Dahl||OF||Oak Mountain HS (AL)|
|14||Chris Beck||RHP||Georgia Southern|
|15||Lance McCullers||RHP||Jesuit HS (FL)|
|16||Gavin Cecchini||SS||Barbe HS (LA)|
|17||Stryker Trahan||C||Acadiana HS (LA)|
|18||Matthew Smoral||LHP||Solon HS (OH)|
|19||Tyler Naquin||OF||Texas A&M|
|20||Taylore Cherry||RHP||Butler HS (OH)|
|21||Lucas Sims||RHP||Brookwood HS (GA)|
|22||Kyle Zimmer||RHP||San Francisco|
|25||Joey Gallo||1B||Bishop Gorman HS (NV)|