MLB Mock Draft v1.0

Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray

How high has Oklahoma's flame-throwing righty Jonathan Gray moved up club's boards? Can Gray overtake Stanford's steady righty Mark Appel to be Houston's choice as the #1 overall pick? Kiley brings us his first crack at a projection of the first round of the MLB Draft and tell us what his industry sources are saying.

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It's still very early in the process with a month until the draft, but with the industry coming to more of a consensus over the top players, this seemed like a logical time to do a first mock draft. Things will obviously change a lot and I'll do a few more mocks as we get closer, including the morning before the draft. Feel free to ask questions, voice displeasure, send along missives, lob insults and accuse me of bias in tomorrow's chat. You can leave questions there now.

As for this year's draft class, I've written a good bit about how it is a down year at the top of the draft. There isn't a franchise guy in this draft and it thins out quickly. After talking to national scouts and scouting directors this week, the consensus in the industry seems to be that Stanford RHP Mark Appel and Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray will go 1-2 in some order and San Diego 3B Kris Bryant and Georgia prep CF Clint Frazier will for 3-4 in some order. There are some rumors about how these spots may play out but the teams haven't even started pre-draft meetings yet, so it's more informed speculation at this point.

After Houston went well under slot at #1 overall last year and spread their money around to later picks, clubs are much more likely to take that approach this year. With an 8% bump in slots and reduction of the comp round there are now seven figures slots halfway through the second round (55 picks). The top picks will be influenced heavily by the top players' asking prices and the later we get in the draft, the better the chances you'll see overdrafts at below slot deals struck before the pick is made. This will make my job much more difficult.

Click on the more details button below on each pick to see bios on the players, links to previous content, draft day age, the slot amount for that pick and details on the MLB club making the pick.

Pick
1
Houston Astros
Player: Mark Appel
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Age (Draft Day): 21.89
Current Team: Stanford
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jeff Luhnow
Scouting Director: Mike Elias
Draft Slot Amount: $7,790,400

ANALYSIS: This decision hasn't been made yet and likely won't for another few weeks. Last year, there was a large top group of talent with varying price tags that allowed the Astros to be creative. This year there's a top group of two players: Appel & Gray. Appel has a better frame, arm action, delivery, track record and projectability along with a wider base of skills. Right now they may be comparable prospects, but scouts prefer Appel going forward especially after the adjustments he's made this spring after being disappointed going 8th in last year's draft. With a weaker crop to spend savings later from this pick, Gray will need to come in well below Appel's price tag to get serious consideration here, but he doesn't have the motivation to do that as he'll get paid just fine going second. Ben Lindbergh and I discussed Appel's bonus negotiation strategy in a recent podcast.

Pick
2
Chicago Cubs
Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
Age (Draft Day): 21.59
Current Team: Oklahoma
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jed Hoyer
Scouting Director: Jaron Madison
Draft Slot Amount: $6,708,400

ANALYSIS: There is some buzz in the industry that the Cubs are heavy on Appel. This could create a situation where the Cubs could float a full slot or above slot number to Appel to see if they can play the signability game to get him slide to them. Otherwise, the Cubs will be pretty excited to add a power righty that sits in the upper 90's.

Pick
3
Colorado Rockies
Player: Kris Bryant
Height: 6-5
Weight: 215
Age (Draft Day): 21.42
Current Team: San Diego
Position: 3B
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Dan O'Dowd
Scouting Director: Bill Schmidt
Draft Slot Amount: $5,626,400

ANALYSIS: The Rockies have a choice between the top two bats in the draft here and their track record tends to be picking college players in the first round. That said, with their last two picks in the top half of the first round, they took Alabama prep CF David Dahl last year and California prep LHP Tyler Matzek in 2009. They'll surely have a long discussion when setting the top of the board later this month and I think they'll opt for the easier-to-project college bat in Bryant, especially after paying two prep center fielders seven figure bonuses last year.

Pick
4
Minnesota Twins
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Age (Draft Day): 18.75
Current Team: Loganville HS (GA)
Position: CF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Terry Ryan
Scouting Director: Deron Johnson
Draft Slot Amount: $4,544,400

ANALYSIS: The Twins took another Georgia prep center fielder last year, when they gave toolshed Byron Buxton $6 million as the 2nd overall pick. I have Frazier as a clear best available here and from what I'm hearing the industry agrees but Frazier is a polarizing type player. I delve into this on last week's podcast, but it's tough to find a comparable for Frazier and many teams shy away from unique players in high pressure picks. For me, this is the pick I'd make here and I think the Twins do the same.

Pick
5
Cleveland Indians
Player: Colin Moran
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Age (Draft Day): 20.68
Current Team: North Carolina
Position: 3B
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Chris Antonetti
Scouting Director: Brad Grant
Draft Slot Amount: $3,787,000

ANALYSIS: I had Indiana St. lefty Sean Manaea penciled into this slot for the past few weeks but after sitting 93-96 mph last summer on the Cape, he's been 90-93 this spring and last weekend after returning from a hip injury, he was 84-86 mph in the 4th inning. Cleveland is among the teams that have been bearing down on Moran, although I'm told GM Chris Antonetti saw Moran recently on an off weekend for the Tar Heel third baseman. Texas prep RHP Kohl Stewart and New Mexico 1B D.J. Peterson are both possible fits here.

Pick
6
Miami Marlins
Player: Kohl Stewart
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Age (Draft Day): 18.66
Current Team: St. Pius X HS (TX)
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Michael Hill
Scouting Director: Stan Meek
Draft Slot Amount: $3,516,500

ANALYSIS: The Marlins like high school players, flashy tools, athleticism and upside. When in doubt, tie them to a player from Oklahoma--many of their top scouts are from there and they dip into that pool often--but Gray isn't getting to them and this is too high for Jon Denney, Alex Gonzalez or Jason Hursh. Stewart makes a lot of sense here as the highest upside player on the board and being a Midwest dual-sport athlete (Texas A&M QB recruit) makes it an even better fit. I've been told the Marlins are also high on Frazier and are hoping he gets here, however unlikely that looks at this point. I've also heard they like New Mexico 1B D.J. Peterson and this is likely as high as he can go, so he may come at a discount here.

Pick
7
Boston Red Sox
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Age (Draft Day): 21.29
Current Team: Nevada
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Ben Cherington
Scouting Director: Amiel Sawdaye
Draft Slot Amount: $3,246,000

ANALYSIS: Boston doesn't pick this high very often and it's not a secret in the industry they'd like to pick a high upside player with big tools. With the new CBA, those types won't fall into the 20's very often, where the Red Sox expect to pick from now on. Manaea and Georgia prep CF Austin Meadows made some sense here earlier in the spring, but I'm told the Sox aren't on Meadows for this pick and Manaea's freefall now looks to last well beyond this pick. Boston is another club that's been bearing down on Moran lately, even if he isn't the high upside type they envisioned getting, and he isn't available in this scenario. Likewise, I'm told the Sox would love to get to get Kohl Stewart at this pick as well and he may well be on the board but not in this scenario. Lastly, the worst kept secret in the industry is the Sox are in love with Clint Frazier, but I doubt he gets this far. Shipley is a solid consolation prize: a converted infielder new to pitching with an athletic frame and bloodlines (cousin of NFL WR Jordan) that flashes a plus fastball-changeup combo and the makings of an above average breaking ball.

Pick
8
Kansas City Royals
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Age (Draft Day): 21.43
Current Team: New Mexico
Position: 1B
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Dayton Moore
Scouting Director: Lonnie Goldberg
Draft Slot Amount: $3,137,800

ANALYSIS: The Royals have shifted their organizational strategy somewhat with the Wil Myers-James Shields trade signaling the end of a rebuild and beginning of a competitive window. There's lots of negative buzz around 2011 first rounder prep CF Bubba Starling, so a college player seems likely here, with rumors being the Royals prefer a bat after dealing Myers and picking college arms with their top two picks last year (Kyle Zimmer & Sam Selman). Peterson belongs here with one national crosschecker telling me this week he won't get out of the top 12 and the Royals have shown a lot of interest. The college 3B is a future 1B and may look similar to Billy Butler to Royals fans as a short, stout pure hitter with above average power.

Pick
9
Pittsburgh Pirates
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Age (Draft Day): 18.26
Current Team: Kentwood HS (WA)
Position: C
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Neal Huntington
Scouting Director: Joe DelliCarri
Draft Slot Amount: $3,029,600

ANALYSIS: The Pirates are the third team that's been bearing down hard on Moran all spring and this one isn't a secret--I've been hearing it for over a month. It's unlikely he lasts this long and as this has become more obvious the Pirates have been rolling in heavy to see two other prep bats in recent weeks, Meadows and Washington prep catcher Reese McGuire. Toronto is the other club that's been in heavy on McGuire, so it makes sense for the Pirates picking 9th and 14th and the Jays picking 10th to pop McGuire here and hope Meadows lasts to 14, which is still very possible. This is a comp pick for not signing Mark Appel last year, so taking a signable player is preferable and McGuire shouldn't be a signability issue.

Pick
10
Toronto Blue Jays
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Age (Draft Day): 18.09
Current Team: Grayson HS (GA)
Position: OF
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Alex Anthopoulos
Scouting Director: Brian Parker
Draft Slot Amount: $2,921,400

ANALYSIS: The Jays would like to get McGuire here but he goes right in front of them in this scenario. With their huge scouting staff, Toronto seems to get tied to more players than most teams and many of them are off the board here but this makes sense as the spot for Meadows. It may seem like a slider given the 1-1 hype coming into the spring, but I never bought Meadows as that kind of talent and after all the conversations I had this week, the industry seems to agree. It only takes one team to pick him higher than this, but more than one scouting director said this week they could see Meadows making it to the Pirates second pick at 14, which is likely his floor. Toronto likes to go best player available and collect as much talent as possible and Meadows fits the bill at #10.

Pick
11
New York Mets
Height: 6-1
Weight: 209
Age (Draft Day): 21.36
Current Team: Mississippi State
Position: C
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Sandy Alderson
Scouting Director: Tommy Tanous
Draft Slot Amount: $2,840,300

ANALYSIS: The Mets have shown a lot of interest in Renfroe this spring and this is likely his ceiling, with a floor in the late teens to early 20's. Renfroe is a tough evaluation relative to other college bats with a limited track record of success but above average tools across the board and a loud junior season (.394/.488/.781, 15 HR). I'm on board with taking him in this range and one scout called him Mikie Mahtook (Rays 2011 1st rounder, former LSU OF) with more raw power. The Mets have also shown a lot of interest in D.J. Peterson and more than one scout has mentioned this being his floor.

Pick
12
Seattle Mariners
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Age (Draft Day): 18.4
Current Team: Lakewood HS (CA)
Position: SS
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Jack Zduriencik
Scouting Director: Tom McNamara
Draft Slot Amount: $2,759,100

ANALYSIS: Crawford has shown everyday shortstop tools all year and has the best chance of any player in the draft class of becoming and above average everyday player at the position. While the Mariners have a glut of middle infielders at the major league level, this kind of talent doesn't come along very often in the draft and, with some adjustments at the plate, Crawford could become a monster. I've also heard Austin Wilson and Hunter Harvey mentioned here.

Pick
13
San Diego Padres
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Age (Draft Day): 17.98
Current Team: Serra HS (CA)
Position: 1B
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Josh Byrnes
Scouting Director: Billy Gasparino
Draft Slot Amount: $2,678,000

ANALYSIS: The Padres lean to high school talent in the first round and Smith is among the safer bets in this year's prep class. It's a weird profile as a smaller high school first baseman, but Smith could play right field if needed. His plus glove at first base, advanced, loose swing from the left side an above average power are reminiscent of Todd Helton and Adrian Gonzalez. The Pads are a third team also chasing McGuire but he now seems unlikely to make it to this pick. It's at about this point that club's draft boards will vary greatly, signability should be a much bigger deal and surprises will be more common on draft day.

Pick
14
Pittsburgh Pirates
Height: 6-5
Weight: 245
Age (Draft Day): 21.33
Current Team: Stanford
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Neal Huntington
Scouting Director: Joe DelliCarri
Draft Slot Amount: $2,569,800

ANALYSIS: As mentioned above, the Pirates are hoping Meadows makes it here, but he doesn't in this scenario. Same goes for Renfroe who also isn't here in this scenario. Looking to diversify after a prep bat, known college quantities with tough springs are the best fits here: Stanford's hulk of a right fielder Austin Wilson and Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek. Stanek was awful last week when I saw him but it sound like the industry believes his stuff will come back. Wilson has been out this spring with an elbow injury but has been hitting in his return and has all the tools you're looking for and the performance excuse of the Stanford Swing.

Pick
15
Arizona Diamondbacks
Player: Ryne Stanek
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Age (Draft Day): 21.86
Current Team: Arkansas
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Kevin Towers
Scouting Director: Ray Montgomery
Draft Slot Amount: $2,434,500

ANALYSIS: Based on what I saw, Stanek should still last a good bit later into the round, but, at his best, he's flashed two plus-plus pitches and that's hard to walk away from, especially in a down draft class. I've also heard the D'Backs on Minnesota LHP Tom Windle, though he's more likely a target in the sandwich round.

Pick
16
Philadelphia Phillies
Player: Trey Ball
Height: 7-6
Weight: 185
Age (Draft Day): 18.94
Current Team: New Castle HS (IN)
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Ruben Amaro
Scouting Director: Marti Wolever
Draft Slot Amount: $2,299,300

ANALYSIS: The Phillies love athleticism, tools and projection at every juncture of the draft and Trey Ball oozes all three. The 6'6 lefty has been up to 94 this spring with advanced feel for a three pitch mix and you can easily see more coming down the road. This could also be the landing spot for Hunter Harvey and while it's a little high, I've heard the Phils are interested in Judge and Josh Hart. They've also been tied to Florida prep OF Cord Sandberg, a four-star qual-threat QB recruit to Mississippi State, but he fits more in the second round.

Pick
17
Chicago White Sox
Height: 6-3
Weight: 175
Age (Draft Day): 18.49
Current Team: Bandys HS (NC)
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Rick Hahn
Scouting Director: Doug Laumann
Draft Slot Amount: $2,164,000

ANALYSIS: The White Sox had been pretty college-heavy early in their drafts before taking two prep bats in the top 50 picks last year. Harvey could infuse even more upside in a system that really needs it with his fastball that has hit 97 mph and a curveball that has flashed plus potential. Harvey is represented by his father, former MLB reliever Bryan Harvey, and has made no secret he isn't committed to a college. There is some buzz his signability could get him even higher than this in the first round where signability and securing premium talent for under slot will be key.

Pick
18
Los Angeles Dodgers
Player: Sean Manaea
Height: 6-5
Weight: 235
Age (Draft Day): 21.35
Current Team: Indiana State
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Ned Colletti
Scouting Director: Logan White
Draft Slot Amount: $2,109,900

ANALYSIS: We still need to see how Manaea bounces back this week from his mid 80's velocity disaster this past weekend but anything short of shoulder surgery shouldn't cost him first round status. This situation is akin to Lucas Giolito's from last year's draft and likewise Manaea is advised by Scott Boras. The Dodgers need to target impact upside and clearly have no concept of money saving techniques, so this marriage seems natural.

Pick
19
St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Age (Draft Day): 18.79
Current Team: Plano West HS (TX)
Position: CF
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: John Mozeliak
Scouting Director: Dan Kantrovitz
Draft Slot Amount: $2,055,800

ANALYSIS: McKinney is a hitting machine with the tools to stick in center field and he's been steadily moving up boards this spring. The Cardinals took a bigger version of the same player last year in the 1st round, former Seminoles CF James Ramsey. I've heard the Cardinals heavily attached to Hunter Renfroe as well.

Pick
20
Detroit Tigers
Player: Aaron Judge
Height: 7-7
Weight: 255
Age (Draft Day): 21.11
Current Team: Fresno State
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Dave Dombrowski
Scouting Director: David Chadd
Draft Slot Amount: $2,001,700

ANALYSIS: The Tigers are in the same boat as many successful big market teams with weaker minor league systems. They need impact talent capable of playing in the big leagues for controlled salaries more than role players and they should/do draft as such. If you're looking for upside at this point in the draft, Aaron Judge is your man and the Tigers have been tied to him all spring. Another marriage that makes a lot of sense. Quick-rising Mississippi Juco LHP Cody Reed has also been tied to Detroit.

Pick
21
Tampa Bay Rays
Player: Jon Denney
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Age (Draft Day): 18.69
Current Team: Yukon HS (OK)
Position: C
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison
Draft Slot Amount: $1,974,700

ANALYSIS: Denney was thought to be a possible top 10 pick entering the spring, but he's been a disappointment this spring at the plate and behind it. The tools are still there to be an above average everyday player and the past two drafts, the Rays have scooped up a right-handed hitting prospect in the first round that's slid farther than he should have (former Clemson 3B Richie Shaffer & Mahtook). The Rays have also been in lately to check on Georgia prep SS Travis Demeritte and Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek.

Pick
22
Baltimore Orioles
Player: Nick Ciuffo
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Age (Draft Day): 18.25
Current Team: Lexington HS (SC)
Position: C
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Dan Duquette
Scouting Director: Gary Rajsich
Draft Slot Amount: $1,947,600

ANALYSIS: Ciuffo has a little less raw power but has shown more polish to his game this spring than Denney and could well go ahead of him. The O's have also been tied to Vandy LHP Kevin Ziomek after GM Dan Duquette scouted him recently, but he's more of a second round fit as the stuff is a little light for this spot. I've also heard the O's connected to Georgia prep CF Josh Hart and Virginia prep RHP Connor Jones, both of whom could fit at this pick, but may be more likely at their comp round pick.

Pick
23
Texas Rangers
Height: 6-4
Weight: 225
Age (Draft Day): 20.85
Current Team: Jacksonville
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jon Daniels
Scouting Director: Kip Fagg
Draft Slot Amount: $1,920,600

ANALYSIS: Anderson was thought to be a top 10 pick early in the spring but his stuff has fallen off of late, as some scouts predicted given his heavy workload on a poor team. Still, big athletes that flash two plus pitches don't grow on trees and Anderson showed at least an average changeup and command at his best. The late-developing Minnesota born righty could be a steal at this point. The Rangers are heavily rumored to be in on Tampa-area prep SS Oscar Mercado, but he should be around for their next pick.

Pick
24
Oakland Athletics
Height: 6-4
Weight: 190
Age (Draft Day): 17.91
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Billy Beane
Scouting Director: Eric Kubota
Draft Slot Amount: $1,893,500

ANALYSIS: Bickford has been quickly rising up boards after he hit 97, showed an above average breaking ball and advanced command earlier in the spring. The A's have also been in heavy to see Mississippi Juco SS Tim Anderson, though this may still be a little early for him. LSU righty Ryan Eades, UNC lefty Kent Emanuel and Georgia prep SS Travis Demeritte have also been tied to the A's.

Pick
25
San Francisco Giants
Player: Aaron Blair
Height: 6-5
Weight: 220
Age (Draft Day): 21.03
Current Team: Marshall
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Brian Sabean
Scouting Director: John Barr
Draft Slot Amount: $1,866,500

ANALYSIS: The Giants have a reputation of going with power arms early, as 11 of their past 15 first round picks have been pitchers, including Mississippi St. righty Chris Stratton last year and successes Cain, Lincecum and Bumgarner along with current Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler. Blair has been up to 96 this spring and is a big righty with three above average pitches and some projection that fits the bill for San Francisco. The Giants have also been tied to fellow power righties Bickford and TCU's Andrew Mitchell.

Pick
26
New York Yankees
Height: 6-3
Weight: 175
Age (Draft Day): 18.76
Current Team: St. Joseph HS (NJ)
Position: P
Bats: B
Throws: L

General Manager: Brian Cashman
Scouting Director: Damon Oppenheimer
Draft Slot Amount: $1,839,400

ANALYSIS: The Yankees have seemingly been tied to 50 players this spring, but the one that's not a well-kept secret is local New Jersey prep lefty Rob Kaminsky. The Reds have also been in strong on Kaminsky and like the Pirates-Blue Jays-Reese McGuire situation above, the Bombers can pluck Kaminsky in front of Cincinnati and hope their other perferences last to their later first round picks.

Pick
27
Cincinnati Reds
Player: Ryan Eades
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Age (Draft Day): 21.48
Current Team: LSU
Position: P
Bats: B
Throws: R

General Manager: Walt Jocketty
Scouting Director: Chris Buckley
Draft Slot Amount: $1,812,400

ANALYSIS: With Kaminsky off the board in this situation, the Reds have had some solid early returns on their past two 1st rounders (power prep righties Robert Stephenson & Nick Travieso) and could look to grab a third with inconsistent but at times overpowering LSU righty Ryan Eades. I've also heard them tied to Gonzaga lefty Marco Gonzales and JU righty Chris Anderson.

Pick
28
St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Age (Draft Day): 21.49
Current Team: UC - Irvine
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: John Mozeliak
Scouting Director: Dan Kantrovitz
Draft Slot Amount: $1,785,300

ANALYSIS: Clubs with multiple high picks like to diversify and after taking a prep outfielder with their first pick, a college arm makes sense here. College righty depth is a strength of this draft and Thurman came on this spring with more velocity, regularly hiting 95 mph after being a four pitch guy that was more a finnesse pitcher in the past. I've also heard Tampa-area prep 3B Tucker Neuhaus possibly going this high, with the Cardinals very interested.

Pick
29
Tampa Bay Rays
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Age (Draft Day): 21.39
Current Team: Oral Roberts
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison
Draft Slot Amount: $1,758,300

ANALYSIS: Another club with multiple picks took a high school bat with their first selection and here diversifying again plays into the strength of the board at this point. Gonzalez has slowly moved his way up the board with an easy delivery, good feel, a solid frame with some projection and above average stuff.

Pick
30
Texas Rangers
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Age (Draft Day): 18.47
Current Team: Gaither HS (FL)
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jon Daniels
Scouting Director: Kip Fagg
Draft Slot Amount: $1,731,200

ANALYSIS: In a very down year for the state of Florida, I've got the Rangers taking the only two first rounders from the Sunshine State. Mercado has been tied to Texas for awhile and there are worse things for a farm system to compulsively collect than toolsy Latin shortstops.

Pick
31
Atlanta Braves
Player: Josh Hart
Height: 6-1
Weight: 180
Age (Draft Day): 18.68
Current Team: Parkview HS (GA)
Position: CF
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Frank Wren
Scouting Director: Tony DeMacio
Draft Slot Amount: $1,704,200

ANALYSIS: The Braves may be the most predictable team in the first round as they almost exclusively draft out of the southeast and heavily rely on high schools near Atlanta. This year it should be easy for them as Atlanta high schools are loaded with talent and Hart, who is from the same high school as Jeff Francoeur, is the third Atlanta-area high school center fielder in this first round projection. Just missing the first round cut from the area with a chance to make it this high on draft day are CF Stephen Wrenn and SS Travis Demeritte. The Braves have also been tied to TCU righty Andrew Mitchell.

Pick
32
New York Yankees
Player: Tim Anderson
Height: 6-1
Weight: 182
Age (Draft Day): 19.95
Current Team: East Central CC (MS)
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Brian Cashman
Scouting Director: Damon Oppenheimer
Draft Slot Amount: $1,677,100

ANALYSIS: The Yankees were in heavy to see Anderson the day I was there to see him and I was told that wasn't the first time that's happened. His tools rival J.P. Crawford but Anderson went undrafted last year out of the same school, so it's safe to say the former basketball player has a short track record on the diamond.

Pick
33
New York Yankees
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Age (Draft Day): 21.42
Current Team: Cal St. Fullerton
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Brian Cashman
Scouting Director: Damon Oppenheimer
Draft Slot Amount: $1,650,100

ANALYSIS: Lorenzen has gotten some attention as a reliever that's hit 98 mph and flashed a plus slider, but he checks all the boxes as a potential everyday right fielders. I've also heard the Yankees connected to Minnesota LHP Tom Windle and Samford OF Phil Ervin here along with a number of the players that went in front of them in this projection.

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