Welcome to MLB Pipeline’s penultimate projection of the first round of the 2018 Draft.
This time, we’ve combined our mocks into one, for easy comparing and contrasting purposes. You’ll have to wait until pick No. 7, however, to see any divergence, as we have the same order for the top six selections.
It all starts with Auburn’s Casey Mize remaining at No. 1 (Tigers), where he’s been since we started the “mock draft season.”
MLB Network’s Draft preview show begins at 6 p.m. ET, leading to the start of the real action at 7 p.m. There will be a total of 78 picks made today, the first 43 of those broadcast live on MLB Network, while every pick — from those 43 and the remaining 35 on Day 1, to all 900 on Days 2 and 3 of the Draft — will be streamed live on MLB.
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We will update this one last time, with names only, shortly before the Draft gets underway.
Mayo: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn — The Tigers cut down their list of names under consideration to three on Sunday, with Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart and Florida’s Brady Singer joining Mize in the final trio. Mize has been the front-runner for most of the spring, and there’s no reason to change that now.
Callis: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn — Nothing was finalized as of Sunday evening, but Mize should be the choice, as has been expected for much of the spring. Bart and Singer also made the cut to the final three.
Mayo: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech — With Mize gone, Bart appears to be the best option for the Giants, though some see them looking at Singer, with rumors of a potential deal with high schooler Cole Winn still lingering.
Callis: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech — San Francisco is looking at the same three players as Detroit, and the Giants also could cut a deal with California high school right-hander Winn to save money for later selections.
Mayo: Nick Madrigal, 2B/SS, Oregon State — The Phillies would have interest in either of the top two, and all the talk has been about college bats if Mize is gone, with Madrigal and Wichita State third baseman Alec Bohm the prime candidates.
Callis: Nick Madrigal, 2B/SS, Oregon State — Barring a surprise with the first two selections, Philadelphia will decide between Madrigal and Bohm.
4. White Sox
Mayo: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida — Singer is very much in play, as would be Bohm in this scenario. Indianapolis high school outfielder Nick Schnell could be a backup plan.
Callis: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida — Singer appears to be the front-runner here, ahead of Madrigal, Bohm and Wisconsin prep outfielder Jarred Kelenic.
Mayo: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida — They’d have interest in Madrigal or Singer, but with them both gone, India seems to be Plan A. This is the first spot where a money-saving deal was rumored that would enable the Reds to make a play for two-sport standout Kyler Murray from Oklahoma with their next pick.
Callis: Jonathan India, 3B, Florida — Cincinnati would love a shot at Madrigal, but it may wind up with India. Rumors persist that the Reds could take Texas high school right-hander Grayson Rodriguez to save money and make a run at Oklahoma outfielder/quarterback Murray in the second round, though they deny it. They also have looked at two more prep arms: Arizona lefty Matthew Liberatore and Florida righty Carter Stewart.
Mayo: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State — The Mets would love for Madrigal to get to them, but he’s gone, leaving them to debate Bohm, high school lefty Liberatore and prep outfielder Kelenic.
Callis: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State — Known for leaning toward college performers, New York’s obvious choice would be whoever remains between Bohm and the five college players projected ahead of him. But the Mets will take a hard look at Liberatore and Kelenic as well.
Mayo: Matt Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, Ariz.) — Another spot where the Murray rumor pops up, but for now we’re sticking with giving the Padres the top high schooler on the board. That could be debated among several arms, but Liberatore seems to be the best bet as of now.
Callis: Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto (Tenn.) HS — San Diego is believed to be locked in on high school pitchers, but it will consider some of the collegians forecast above if they drop. While the Padres may rank Liberatore first among prep arms, they also may want to take the one who will accept the lowest bonus so they can spend heavily later. (San Diego also is linked to Murray, for instance.) Of the four guys in the consensus top tier of high school pitching, Weathers could last the longest and thus be most open to accepting a deal.
Mayo: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS (Melbourne, Fla.) — The Braves are looking in several directions, with Stewart, Winn and Weathers the high school pitching options, Arizona prep third baseman Nolan Gorman on the high school hitting side, and South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggerty available if they want a college bat.
Callis: Carter Stewart, RHP, Eau Gallie HS (Melbourne, Fla.) — If the first seven picks unfold as projected, Atlanta will mull the top tier of prep pitching (Liberatore, Stewart, Winn, Weathers) and the top power hitter available, Arizona high school third baseman Gorman.
Mayo: Travis Swaggerty, OF, South Alabama — If Swaggerty were to go ahead of this pick, Gorman might be the lead name to consider, but the A’s do have interest in Swaggerty’s all-around tools up the middle.
Callis: Nolan Gorman, 3B, O’Connor HS (Phoenix) — Unless someone falls, Oakland’s top candidates appear to be Gorman, left-handers Liberatore and Shane McClanahan (South Florida) and outfielders Kelenic and Swaggerty (South Alabama).
Mayo: Cole Winn, RHP, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS — It sounds like the Pirates are looking at college bats or high school arms as of now. Without a hitter that fits here, we’re looking at the prep arms, with Winn coming out ahead of Weathers. Texas prepster Rodriguez, whose name comes up as high as No. 5 in this mock draft, is also mentioned here.
Callis: Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, Ariz.) — This looks like the floor for Liberatore and the ceiling for Rodriguez and North Carolina prep outfielder/wide receiver Jordyn Adams.