2017 MLB Mock Draft

by Bobby Sylvester | @bobbyfantasypro | Featured Writer
Jun 6, 2017

Is the next Justin Verlander pitching at a California high school?

The MLB Draft is just days away, and while it may not quite be the event the NFL Draft is and while the players won’t make the immediate impact of the NBA draft, you can still enjoy this thing, so long as you know what you are watching. Today, I’ll introduce you to the draft class and give you an idea of what to expect so you can follow along rooting for your team.

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Which players have the most polish?

  1. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
  2. Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
  3. Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
  4. Brendan McKay, LHP, Louisville (more polish on the mound)
  5. Alex Lange, RHP, LSU

Which players have the most upside?

  1. Hunter Grene, RHP, HS (CA)
  2. Jo Adell, OF, HS (KY)
  3. Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
  4. MacKenzie Gore, LHP, HS (NC)
  5. Brendan McKay, 1B, Louisville (much more upside with the bat)

Which players are most likely to fall out of the first round?

  1. Seth Romero. RHP, Houston
  2. Jo Adell, OF, HS (KY)
  3. Keston Hiura, 2B/OF, UC Irvine

Which players likely to be drafted after the first round should you hope your team lands?

  1. Hans Crouse, RHP, HS (CA)
  2. Heliot Ramos, OF, HS (PR)
  3. Hagen Danner, C/RHP, HS (CA)
  4. Connor Uselton, OF, HS (OK)
  5. Ryan Vilade, 3B, HS (OK)
  6. Mark Vientos, 3B, HS (FL)
  7. Luis Gonzalez, OF, New Mexico
  8. Calvin Mitchell, OF, HS (CA)
  9. Brady McConnell, SS, HS (FL)
  10. JJ Schwarz, C, Florida
  11. Alex Toral, 1B, HS (FL)

The Mock Draft

Pick Team Player Pos School Short Notes
1 MIN Brendan McKay 1B/LHP Louisville polished arm, monster bat
2 CIN Hunter Greene RHP HS (CA) Significant upside, touches 102
3 SD MacKenzie Gore LHP HS (NC) Risky lefty with big upside
4 TB Adam Haseley OF Virginia Should sign under slot value
5 ATL Shane Baz RHP HS (TX) Should sign under slot value
6 OAK Jeren Kendall OF Vanderbilt Huge upside with k-problems
7 ARI J.B. Bukauskas RHP North Carolina Polished pure pitcher
8 PHI Kyle Wright RHP Vanderbilt High floor, strong ceiling
9 MIL Jo Adell OF HS (KY) Huge loud tools, risky
10 LAA Royce Lewis SS/CF HS (CA) Raw but with big upside
11 CHW Pavin Smith 1B Virginia Best pure bat in class
12 PIT Logan Warmoth SS North Carolina Low ceiling, high floor
13 MIA David Peterson LHP Oregon Big lefty, great performance
14 KC Trevor Rogers LHP HS (NM) 6’6″ lefty with fireball
15 HOU Nate Pearson RHP Cen. Florida JC Quick riser, great fastball
16 NYY D.L. Hall LHP HS (GA) Terrific curve and command
17 SEA Alex Faedo RHP Florida Injury history, big frame
18 DET Nick Pratto 1B HS (CA) Professional hitter, defender
19 SF Evan White 1B Kentucky Elite defender, solid all-around
20 NYM Austin Beck OF HS (NC) Raw power and speed, risky
21 BAL Jake Burger 3B Missouri St. Polished, all-around solid
22 TOR Keston Hiura OF/2B UC Irvine Injured with big bat/ceiling
23 LAD Bubba Thompson OF HS (AL) Super ceiling, raw and risky
24 BOS Seth Romero LHP Houston Huge ceiling, character concerns
25 WAS Tanner Houck RHP Missouri Flamerthrower with command
26 TEX Alex Lange RHP LSU Elite curve, durability concerns
27 CHC Nick Allen SS HS (CA) Best glove in the class
28 TOR Griffin Canning RHP UCLA High floor, terrific changeup
29 TEX Matthew Sauer RHP HS (CA) Big riser, great breaking ball
30 CHC Sam Carlson RHP HS (MN) Tough to sign, big ceiling

Who are other potential first rounders?

Blayne Enlow RHP HS (LA) Superb breaking ball, projectable
Hans Crouse RHP HS (CA) Blazing fastball with concerns
Heliot Ramos OF HS (PR) Huge power potential, raw
Luis Campusano C HS (GA) Raw power, great arm
Jeter Downs SS HS (FL) True shortstop, quick riser
Clarke Schmidt RHP South Carolina Injured but strong potential
Quentin Holmes OF HS (NY) Big ceiling, very low floor
Wil Crowe RHP South Carolina Injury history but strong all-around

Where would they rank if they were minor leaguers right now?

Rank Player Pos School
31 Hunter Greene RHP HS (CA)
34 Brendan McKay 1B/LHP Louisville
43 Kyle Wright RHP Vanderbilt
48 Jeren Kendall OF Vanderbilt
49 J.B. Bukauskas RHP North Carolina
55 MacKenzie Gore LHP HS (NC)
59 Royce Lewis SS/CF HS (CA)
70 Jo Adell OF HS (KY)
85 Alex Faedo RHP Florida
87 Shane Baz RHP HS (TX)
90 D.L. Hall LHP HS (GA)
95 Sam Carlson RHP HS (MN)
96 Austin Beck OF HS (NC)
98 Pavin Smith 1B Virginia
100 David Peterson LHP Oregon
107 Adam Haseley OF Virginia
108 Trevor Rogers LHP HS (NM)
112 Seth Romero LHP Houston
115 Alex Lange RHP LSU
121 Tanner Houck RHP Missouri
129 Hans Crouse RHP HS (CA)
135 Blayne Enlow RHP HS (LA)
138 Nate Pearson RHP Cen. Florida JC
139 Griffin Canning RHP UCLA
144 Jake Burger 3B Missouri St.
152 Keston Hiura OF/2B UC Irvine
155 Nick Pratto 1B HS (CA)
158 Ryan Vilade 3B HS (OK)
160 Bubba Thompson OF HS (AL)
163 Matthew Sauer RHP HS (CA)
167 Evan White 1B Kentucky
167 Wil Crowe RHP South Carolina
174 Calvin Mitchell OF HS (CA)
175 Heliot Ramos OF HS (PR)
176 Brady McConnell SS HS (FL)
180 Connor Uselton OF HS (OK)
188 Mark Vientos 3B HS (FL)
197 Luis Gonzalez OF New Mexico
209 Quentin Holmes OF HS (NY)
221 Hagen Danner C/RHP HS (CA)
232 Logan Warmoth SS North Carolina
237 Clarke Schmidt RHP South Carolina
282 Luis Campusano C HS (GA)
345 Nick Allen SS HS (CA)
352 Jeter Downs SS HS (FL)


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