The Penultimate Mock

Stanek, Ryne

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Going to do my very best to have a draft chat tonight, probably around 4 pm PST. We’ll do one more mock tomorrow morning and then  draft chat (yep, I’m spending the cash, that’s how much I love you guys) two hours before the draft until whenever you guys are sick of me. It should be fun.

Have at it!

No. 1; Houston Astros
Name Position School Slot
Jonathan Gray RHP Oklahoma $7.7904M
I’m still sticking with Gray here, though it might just be out of stubbornness. Moran is the hot name, but I think they’re still discussing a variety of options. 


No. 2; Chicago Cubs
Name Position School Slot
Mark Appel RHP Stanford $6.7084M
Still sticking with — and feeling much more confident — with Appel here. It’s not a lock, but I’d be very surprised to hear any other name at this spot.


No. 3; Colorado Rockies
Name Position School Slot
Kris Bryant 3B/RF San Diego $5.6264
Still sticking with — and feeling even much more confident — with Bryant here. If he’s off the board, I think it’s Gray. If they’re both off the board, I think it’s Appel but it could be Austin Meadows or Dominic Smith.


No.4; Minnesota Twins
Name Position School Slot
Kohl Stewart RHP St. Pius X High School (Tex.) $4.5444M
I think Stewart is — and should be — the selection, but I’m not as confident about this as I was a few weeks ago. The Twins are still very much considering Reese McGuire with the fourth pick, and I think they would consider Kris Bryant should he become available. Minnesota also would likely snag Gray if he were to fall to this point. 


No.5; Cleveland Indians
Name Position School Slot
Colin Moran 3B North Carolina $3.787M
They are also interested in Braden Shipley and Clint Frazier, but if Moran is still here I would be very surprised if they went in a different direction. 


No.6; Miami Marlins
Name Position School Slot
Braden Shipley RHP Nevada $3.5165M
Hey, a change! I still think Meadows is in play — and may actually be ahead of Shipley on their boards, but I think there’s some pressure for the Marlins to take a college player. D.J. Peterson also is still in pay, and if Gray or Bryant fall here you will hear a very loud yippee in Miami. 


No.7; Boston Red Sox
Name Position School Slot
Austin Meadows OF Grayson H.S. (Ga.) $3.2465M
If one of the “big three” fall to them, that’s the obvious choice, but if Not I think they prefer the upside of Meadows over Frazier.  


No.8; Kansas City Royals
Name Position School Slot
Phil Bickford RHP Oaks Christian H.S. (Calif.) $3.1378M
You wanna talk about a guy with helium? Look no further than Bickford. I don’t see anyway he gets past the Mariners at 12 at this point, and the Royals apparently have him ahead of Trey Ball and a few other names (likely because of signability).


No.9; Pittsburgh Pirates
Name Position School Slot
Reese McGuire C Kentwood High School (Wash.) $3.0296M
Both the Pirates and Blue Jays have shown a great deal of interest in McGuire, and the only way I see the Pirates passing on him at this point is if someone like Shipley or Moran were still on the board. If McGuire were to go Minnesota, this could be Peterson, Trey Ball or Hunter Renfroe.


No.10; Toronto Blue Jays
Name Position School Slot
Clint Frazier OF Loganville High School (Ga.) $2.9214M
I still think the Blue Jays end up going with the best player available, and in this scenario that’d be Frazier. Ball, Crawford and Peterson in play here as well. 


No.11; New York Mets
Name Position School Slot
D.J. Peterson 1B New Mexico $2.8403
They’re all over the place; but if Peterson makes it past Toronto I think he’s the most likely option. Dominic Smith and Hunter Renfroe are both options here. 


No.12; Seattle Mariners
Name Position School Slot
Ryne Stanek RHP Arkansas $2.7591M
If Bickford is available I think he’s the likely choice, and next on the board is D.J. Peterson. There also could be a wild-card in the mix, though I’m not sure what that name could be, hence the term wild-card.


No.13; San Diego Padres
Name Position School Slot
Hunter Renfroe OF Mississippi State $2.678M
I’ll stick with Renfroe here, but Dominic Smith would be in consideration at this point, as would J.P Crawford. This would also be — amazingly — the lowest I can imagine Bickford falling at this point. 


No.14; Pittsburgh Pirates
Name Position School Slot
Dominic Smith 1B Serra H.S. (Calif.) $2.5698M
It isn’t terribly common to see teams pick two high-school players in the first fifteen picks, but if Renfroe is off the board I think he’d be next on their board. This would also be Frazier’s floor, as well as Peterson’s.


No.15; Arizona Diamondbacks
Name Position School Slot
Alex Gonzalez RHP Oral Roberts $2.4345M
Gonzalez could go as high as No. 7 to Boston, but I think this is his more likely landing spot, assuming Stanek is off the board. J.P. Crawford would be very tempting for them here as well. 


No.16; Philadelphia Phillies
Name Position School Slot
Trey Ball LHP New Castle H.S. (Ind.) $2.2993M
The Phillies will be thrilled to see Ball available at this point, and I would imagine this card comes in very quickly should it play out this way. Dominic Smith and Alex Balog are other alternatives. 


No.17; Chicago White Sox
Name Position School Slot
J.P. Crawford SS East Central CC (Miss.) $2.164M
I haven’t actually heard Crawford connected to the White Sox, but if he’s still available at this point — somewhat unlikely — I think Chicago would strongly consider it. Tim Anderson and Chris Anderson are the other common names associated with this pick, among others. 


No.18; Los Angeles Dodgers
Name Position School Slot
Tim Anderson SS East Central C.C. (Miss.) $2.1099M
If the Dodgers could trade up ahead of the White Sox to get Crawford I think they would, but you can’t Which is dumb. Hunter Harvey, Ian Clarkin and any pitcher over 6-1 has been discussed here. 


No.19; St. Louis Cardinals
Name Position School Slot
Devin Williams RHP Hazelwood West H.S. (Mo.) $2.0558M
They’d really like Gonzalez to fall here, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Billy McKinney is a very real possibly as well, as is Ian Clarkin and Aaron Judge. 


No.20; Detroit Tigers
Name Position School Slot
Jonathon Crawford RHP Florida $2.0017M
The Tigers must see something in Crawford that they can fix, because, well, this isn’t a board so I won’t bore you with why this would be a bad pick. If Devin Williams is still on the board I think he’s the choice, but I don’t think he will be. Chris Anderson, Kyle Serrano and Hunter Harvey are possibilities as well. 


No.21; Tampa Bay Rays
Name Position School Slot
Nick Ciuffo C Lexington High School (S.C.) $1.9747M
Again, there are no locks in this year’s draft, but I’d be very surprised if Ciuffo isn’t the pick if he makes it past the Dodgers. 


No.22; Baltimore Orioles
Name Position School Slot
Josh Hart OF Parkview H.S. (Ga.) $1.9477M
Maybe the most difficult team to get a handle on in the first round. Alex Balog is a possibility here, Chris Anderson is in play, Austin Wilson makes sense here, and, well, just about everyone else.


No.23; Texas Rangers
Name Position School Slot
Ian Clarkin LHP Madison H.S. (Calif.) 1.9206M
Texas has always had a love affair with prep left-handed pitching. Ian Clarkin is a prep left-handed pitcher. I think this would be a match made in heaven. 


No.24; Oakland Athletics
Name Position School Slot
Hunter Harvey RHP Bandys H.S.(N.C.) $1.8935M
Have heard Rob Kaminsky is very high on their boards as well, as well as Serrano and Phil Ervin. I still think the organization prefers Harvey right now. 


No.25; San Franciso Giants
Name Position School Slot
Christian Arroyo SS Hernando H.S. (Fla.) 1.8665M
Well, I said it was a hot rumor Monday, didn’t I? This would be an overdraft of about two rounds, but would allow them to be aggressive with their later selections. 


No.26; New York Yankees
Name Position School Slot
Billy McKinney OF West Plano High School (Tex.) 1.8394
New York has a bit of a predicament on their hands, as they would love to get both McKinney and Kaminsky, but the Reds have shown interest in both. I think the prefer the offensive upside of McKinney, so that’s the route they go. Eric Jagielo and Wilson have also been strongly linked to the Yankees.


No.27; Cincinnati Reds
Name Position School Slot
Jon Denney C Yukon H.S. (Okla.) 1.8124M
Chris Anderson and a plethora of hard-throwing prep pitchers are also under consideration here, but I think Denney’s too good of fit to pass on at this point. 


Pick Team Name Pos. School
28 St. Louis Aaron Judge OF Fresno State
29 Tampa Bay Marco Gonzales LHP Gonzaga
30 Texas Hunter Green LHP Warren East H.S. (Kent.)
31 Atlanta Chris Anderson RHP Jacksonville
32 New York-AL Rob Kaminsky
LHP St. Joesph HS (N.J)
33 New York-AL Eric Jagielo 3B Notre Dame
34 Kansas City Phil Ervin OF Samford
35 Miami Travis Demeritte SS Winder-Barrow H.S. (Ga.)
36 Arizona Kyle Serrano RHP Farragut HS (TN)
37 Baltimore Alex Balog RHP San Francisco
38 Cincinnati Cody Reed LHP NW Mississippi CC 
39 Detroit Andrew Knapp C California
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