The first-round of the MLB Draft will take place on Monday June 3. The entire MLB Draft will be three days and there are usually 40 rounds in the MLB Draft. For the players that get drafted in the first-round, they usually don’t go to the big leagues right away. Those players are always developing in the minor leagues.
1. Baltimore Orioles- Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State: He is a switch hitting catcher. The Orioles have okay catchers in their system, but Rutschman would be a very high ceiling player.
2. Kansas City Royals- Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville Heritage (TX) High School: His father played in the major leagues for 16 seasons in the major leagues and was drafted in 1985. Bobby Witt Jr. has the potential to be a stud at the shortstop position for years to come. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him go number one overall. He is 19 years old and the odds are Witt Jr. will most likely not play college baseball at the University of Oklahoma.
3. Chicago White Sox- Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California: Vaughn would be the route to go here. Jose Abreu is currently the White Sox’s first baseman and he is already 32 years old. Chicago has no plans to win right now and they could use Abreu as trade bait. With that being said, Andrew Vaughn would be the first baseman of the future if Chicago decided to draft him here.
4. Miami Marlins- C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity Catholic (Ga.) HS: Abrams is a very fast player. He has the potential to be a lead off hitter at the major league level for years to come. Speed is hard to teach and Abrams has it. His high school has produced a couple of major league baseball players. He is only 18 years old and the odds are C.J. Abrams will most likely not play college baseball at the University of Alabama.
5. Detroit Tigers- J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt: He was previously drafted in the 39th round in the 2016 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. Bleday has improved big time ever since. He has been of the best players in college baseball. J.J. Bleday possess a ton of power. Detroit needs more depth in the outfielder in the farm and they are still rebuilding their franchise. The Tigers farm system is loaded with pitching and they need more bats in it.
6. San Diego Padres- Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty (Fl.) High School: Greene is a naturally born hitter and he will have no problem progressing through the minors. Riley Greene would be another corner stone piece potentially in San Diego’s future. They have a loaded farm system to begin with and this franchise will potentially pop in a year or two.
7. Cincinnati Reds- Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU: One of the Reds biggest problems in the MLB is pitching. Lodolo is the best pitcher in this draft. He was a second-round pick out of high school, but Nick Lodolo did not sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He would have a chip on his shoulder playing in Cincinnati considering the fact they play in the same division. This also goes to show how good Lodolo was three years ago.
8. Texas Rangers- Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State: He was originally drafted in the 24th round by the San Diego Padres. His brother Braden Bishop is currently in the Seattle Mariners farm system. Hunter Bishop has the tools to be a very good MLB player and the Texas Rangers don’t have much depth in the outfield in the farm system.
9. Atlanta Braves (compensation for unsigned first-round pick Carter Stewart)- Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV: It is very possible for the Atlanta Braves to draft another pitcher in this slot, but they don’t have any known shortstop prospect in their system. Stott would be a very good choice here. He has also a very good eye at the plate and is also comfortable in the batter’s box.
10. San Francisco Giants- Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia: San Francisco wants to add more depth to the pitching in the farm system. Manoah would be a good selection here. He started out as a reliever at West Virginia, but then Alek Manoah became a starter and was very effective. It shows what kind of versatility he has when it comes to pitching.
11. Toronto Blue Jays- Matthew Allan, RHP, Seminole (Fl.) High School: Toronto needs to grab more pitching in their farm system. Allan’s fastball already reaches 97 MPH and that is something scouts want to see.
12. New York Mets- Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor: The Mets need a catcher to develop in their system. Wilson Ramos will only be around for one more year after this one. Tomas Nido could be an okay catcher, but Langeliers could have more upside in the near future. He has a ton of power at the plate. Shea Langeliers also moves well behind the plate.
13. Minnesota Twins- Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech: Ever since Miguel Sano had his breakout season for the Minnesota Twins, I haven’t heard much about him ever since. Josh Jung hits for a high average and he gets on base often. Jung is very good at driving in runs as well.
14. Philadelphia Phillies- Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto (Texas) JC: Rutledge is the best junior college player since Bryce Harper. Rutledge reaches 99 MPH with his fastball. The Philadelphia Phillies don’t have much depth in the system at pitcher.
15. Los Angeles Angels- Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky: The Angels have horrendous pitching throughout the system and they need to start bulking up on pitching. Thompson was originally drafted in the 11th round in 2016 by the Tampa Bay Rays. He had the potential to be drafted in the Top 5 rounds right out of high school, but there was concerns about his shoulder. His commitments to college also caused teams to worry. Zack Thompson has a potential to be an ace in the big leagues and he could develop quickly in the minors and Thompson is 21 years old.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks- Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy (Fl.): He is committed to the University of North Carolina, but it would be hard for Malone to go to college if he is drafted this high. His fastball reaches 96 MPH and Brennan Malone also has two nasty breaking pitches will confuse hitters.
17. Washington Nationals- Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside (Wash.) HS: With Bryce Harper departing, the Nationals will use the pick here on Carroll. He has a ton of potential in the near future and Corbin Carroll could be a very good in the outfield along with Victor Robles and Juan Soto in the near future. Carroll is also a very good hitter and he can hit it to any part of the ball park. Corbin Carroll is more of a natural hitter like Michael Conforto is with the New York Mets from the left side of the plate.
18. Pittsburgh Pirates- George Kirby, RHP, Elon: He was previously drafted by the New York Mets in the 32nd round in the 2016 MLB Draft. It is obvious that his game has improved drastically ever since Kirby went to Elon. George Kirby has a chance to be the first player in Elon’s history to be drafted in the first-round. He has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio. Pittsburgh could use another quality pitcher in their farm system. Clayton Kershaw is a lot like that with a very good strikeout-to-walk ratio.
19. St. Louis Cardinals- Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri: I am sure that the St. Louis Cardinals have been scouting this player a lot considering the fact that both teams are in the same state. Misner was previously drafted in the 33rd round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2016 MLB Draft. He is 21 years old and has a ton of power at the plate. St. Louis could use some outfield depth in the system.
20. Seattle Mariners- Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis (Texas) HS: Seattle needs to add more quality players to the farm system and they have one of the worst farm systems in baseball. There top three prospects in their system right now is all from the Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz trade and that is saying something. Kyle Seager is currently the third baseman for the Mariners. He is already 31 years old. Baty is only 19 years old and he is a very good all around hitter. Brett Baty is not known for his speed however.
21. Atlanta Braves- Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Ill.) HS: The Braves like to draft right-handed pitchers and they have a ton of them in the system. It doesn’t hurt to have enough pitching. Atlanta has one of the best farm systems for this reason. Priester is 19 years old and he has committed to TCU, but it would be interesting to see if he would still go or not. Quinn Prester has a chance to be the first Illinois high school pitcher to be taken in the first-round since Mike Foltynewicz back in 2010. He is currently a pitcher for Atlanta. Prester’s 4-seam fastball reaches the high 90s and his 2-seam fastball also reaches the 90s. His curveball is what makes his pitching arsenal so dangerous.
22. Tampa Bay Rays- Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane: This could be a reach for the Tampa Bay Rays here, but they could use a third baseman in the farm system. Hoese was previously drafted in the 35th round just a year ago by the Kansas City Royals. He popped in his junior year at Tulane. Kody Hoese didn’t show much power in his freshman or sophomore season at Tulane.
23. Colorado Rockies- Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy: The Colorado Rockies have started to bulk up in the system with some pitching and they are going to need some more. Espino has four quality pitches. His 4-seam fastball reaches the high 90s, his 2-seam fastball dips really well, his curveball is in the upper 70s and and his slider is in the 80s. That is what scouts like to see. He is only 18 years old and Daniel Espino was born in Panama and he moved to the United States for his sophomore year of high school. Espino has the potential to be a number one starter one day. He could be drafted higher.
24. Cleveland Indians- Will Wilson, SS, North Carolina State: Wilson doesn’t possess a lot of power, but he has very good defensive instincts. Will Wilson is a shortstop for now but he could be a second baseman in the near future. It wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Cleveland Indians because they don’t have a very good second baseman in the big leagues at the moment. Also, Wilson would not replace Francisco Lindor at shortstop in a couple of years anyways.
25. Los Angeles Dodgers- Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson: Davidson was previously drafted in the 30th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016. Logan Davidson is a tremendous fielder, but his biggest concern is he strikes out a lot. Other than that, he has a ton of potential.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (Compensation for unsigned 2018 first-round pick Matt McLain)- JJ Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch (Texas) HS: I had the Diamondbacks take a pitcher earlier in the first-round and I think they would go this route again with the 26th pick. Goss reaches the low 90s with his fastball, but he will be able to add more velocity when he starts to progress through the minor leagues, if JJ Goss decides not to go play college baseball at Texas A &M.
27. Chicago Cubs- Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A &M: With Addison Russell not be available for the Chicago Cubs due to off the field issues, it makes you wonder whether or not he will be a part of the future in Chicago. Drafting Shewmake would be the right move here for the Cubs. He will be more of a versatile player than anything.
28. Milwaukee Brewers- Michael Busch, 1B/OF, North Carolina: The Brewers need a first baseman prospect in their system. Busch would be the way to go here. He has improved every year at North Carolina, but he could be more of an outfielder at the next level.
29. Oakland Athletics- Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA: I am sure Oakland has scouted Strumpf many times because they are both located in the same state. Strumpf is more of a contact hitter than a power hitter and the Oakland Athletics need some more depth at second base in their system.
30. New York Yankees- Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (P.R.): Lugo is from Puetro Rico and they have had at least one shortstop drafted in the first 10 rounds since 2006. Matthew Lugo draws comparisons to Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros. Matthew Lugo could be the shortstop of the future for New York if they took him here. Didi Gregorius is already 29 years old and by the time Matthew Lugo would make it to the big leagues potentially, Gregorius would already be either 32 or 33 years old.
31. Los Angeles Dodgers (Compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)- Hunter Barco, LHP, The Bolles School (Fl.): Barco has two very strong pitches with a 4-seam fastball and a slider. His windup needs to be worked on a little bit. Hunter Barco could be an ace in the big leagues one day and Clayton Kershaw is not getting any younger. The Los Angeles Dodgers need a left-handed pitcher in their farm system.
32. Houston Astros- Tyler Callihan, 3B, Providence (Fl.) HS: Even though the Houston Astros have Alex Bregman and another prospect in there system at third base, Callihan would be a very good pick here. Houston could use maybe draft him and then use him as trade bait in the near future to get other big major league names. Tyler Callihan is 18 years old and maybe he would decide to go play college baseball at South Carolina. Callihan is an excellent hitter.
33. Arizona Diamondbacks-(Compensation pick): Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell: The Diamondbacks will have a golden opportunity to stock up on pitching in the draft. Johnson still needs to work on his command. He has two very good pitches in a 4-seam fastball and a slider.
34. Arizona Diamondbacks (Compensation pick)- Rece Hinds, 3B, IMG Academy (Fla.): Hinds has a ton of power and he is also a very underrated fielder. Rece Hinds is 18 years old and it possible he doesn’t play baseball at LSU next season.
35. Miami Marlins (Competitive Balance Round A)- Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Ala.): He is only 17 years old and Henderson has a ton of upside. Miami is going through a rebuilding phase and Henderson could be one of the top prospect in the Miami Marlins system right away. His offense is really good, but his defense could be better.
36. Tampa Bay Rays (Competitive Balance Round A)- Jack Leiter, RHP, Delbarton (NJ) HS: He is the son of former major league pitcher Al Leiter. Leiter is 19 years old. His 4-seam fastball is in the low 90s and Jack Leiter has the potential to reach even higher. He could play college baseball at Vanderbilt, but it remains to be seen.
37. Pittsburgh Pirates (Compensation for unsigned 2018 supplemental first-rounder Gunner Holgund)- Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas (Texas) HS: Wolf throws between the low and high 90s. His curveball is what allows him to get batters out with effectiveness. If Josh Wolf could get his changeup to work at a high level, he could be unstoppable. Wolf is only 18 years old.
38. New York Yankees (acquired from Cincinnati Reds)- Mike Toglia, 1B, UCLA: He was previously drafted in the 35th round in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. New York is not young at first base in the big leagues. Luke Voit is 28 years old, but he probably be 30 or 31 when Togila is ready for the big leagues. Greg Bird was supposed to be the Yankees first baseman of the future but he is always injured. Togila has gold glove potential and he is a solid hitter.
39. Minnesota Twins (Competitive Balance Round A)- Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas: Campbell was drafted in the 24th round by the Los Angeles Angels a season ago. It was a shame that the Los Angeles Angels couldn’t keep him around. At 21 years old, his potential is a possible front line starter.
40. Tampa Bay Rays (from Oakland Athletics)- Maurice Hampton, OF, Memphis University (Tenn.) HS: He is 17 years old. Hampton has a ton of raw power. He plays football and baseball. Maurice Hampton will play both at LSU if he decides to go there.
41. Texas Rangers (from Milwaukee Brewers)- Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake (Calif.) HS: The Texas Rangers need a top third baseman prospect in their farm system. Cavaco is 17 years old. Texas has a bunch of veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera currently playing third base in the big leagues. Keoni Cavaco could be the favorite to be the future third baseman if he was selected here. Cavaco will be a tremendous fielder and hustle, but how good will his offensive potential be?