The Board: Volume IV


Note: I would like to do a live chat every couple of weeks from here on out, but I do want to make sure there’s enough interest from everyone before I commit to it (based on traffic, there should be). I’ll schedule one for this Friday, and we shall play it by ear.

So, the big change in this edition of the board is we have our third number one. Last year, Gerritt Cole stayed at the top of the board for the entire season, although that is a bit misleading because the website didn’t launch until right around this point. The injury to Giolito combined with the strong play of Buxton made this a bit of a no-brainer pick at this point, and yet, it wouldn’t shock me if there’s a new number one in a couple of weeks, either.

The big drops come from Deven Marrero and Joey Gallo. Marrero simply isn’t hitting — and while the positional value keeps him up — the lack of offensive upside takes him out of the top ten for me. I saw Gallo at the NHSI this past week (check out my report on that here) and while his velocity was impressive on the mound, his bat was slow and I didn’t see anything close to a top-ten pick right now. The power is intriguing enough that he’ll get first-round looks, but like Marrero I no longer consider him a top-ten consideration now.

Rank Player Position School Prev
01 Byron Buxton OF Appling County HS (GA) 02
02 Lucas Giolito  RHP Harvard Westlake HS (CA) 01
03 Kyle Zimmer RHP San Francisco 05
04 Mark Appel RHP Stanford 03
05 Mike Zunino C Florida 04
06 Max Fried LHP Harvard Westlake HS (CA) 04
07 Carlos Correa SS PR Baseball Academy 11
08 Walker Weickel RHP Olympia HS (FL) 10
09 Kevin Gausman RHP LSU 11
10 Michael Wacha RHP Texas A&M 07
11 Deven Marrero SS Arizona State 08
12 Stryker Trahan C Acadania HS (LA) 12
13 David Dahl OF Oak Mountain HS (AL) 13
14 Gavin Cecchini SS Barbe HS (MS) 14
15 Matthew Smoral LHP Solon HS (OH) 15
16 Stephen Piscotty 3B Stanford 17
17 Richie Shaeffer 1B Clemson NR
18 Lucas Sims RHP Brookwood HS (GA) 18
19 Courtney Hawkins 3B Carroll HS NR
20 Marcus Stroman RHP Duke 24
21 Hunter Virant LHP Camarillo HS (CA) 21
22 Nolan Fontana SS Florida 22
23 Addison Russell 3B/SS Pace HS (FL) 23
24 Joey Gallo 1B/3B Bishop-Gorman HS (NV) 16
25 Ty Hensley RHP Santa Fe HS (OK) NR
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2 Responses to “The Board: Volume IV”

  1. [...] Byron Buxton remains at the top of MLB Draft Insider’s updated his top 25.¬† -LINK [...]

  2. didycel says:

    OF Albert Almora, a Senior at Mater Academy (Fl) has just come under my personal radar. He looks like a top ten talent. What are your thoughts?

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