2019 MLB Draft Thread

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  1. tradercane

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    I know of a team that gave away their competitive balance pick for Alex Claudio and his 84 mph fastball.
     
  2. laxjoe

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    It does feel weird with the Padres not taking a pitcher. Feel like that's been our first round pick the past 10 years
     
  3. tradercane

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    Is Kelly Nash crying over this pick.
     
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  4. JeremyLambsFace

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    Yes it’s terrible
     
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  6. IanC

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    So awkward, every single person is awkward

     
  7. bertwing

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    Jensen going in the first was.... interesting
     
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  9. Bankz

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    He fits the profile the cubs love to draft when it comes to arms

    I don’t question this front office when it comes to the draft. They are one of if not the best in baseball.
     
  10. tradercane

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    Great so the MLB Network guys are completely trashing the Brewers pick.
     
  11. bertwing

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    He’s very good, just seems a little early for him but I’m happy you’re happy babe
     
  12. IanC

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    They haven't really done it with arms at all though.
     
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  13. Bankz

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    There was some life last season and this season I would say it’s continued on. They have a few really really good arms who will be jumping into the top 100 list I would imagine soon.

    Also keep in mind they really focused on hitting the first few years and you see the results. Pitching does take longer to develop.
     
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    Thome is painful on camera
     
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    Who knows what this kid does... I don’t get riled up when the cubs go off board.
     
  16. Cornelius Suttree

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    Yanks gonna nab Volpe AND Leiter

    Fml
     
  17. Cornelius Suttree

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    Love seeing a starter out of Elon go round one
     
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    They didn’t like the Small pick ??
     
  19. IanC

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    Swisher :gross:
     
  20. tylerdolphin

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    Tell me about Volpe. Far as I can see he's a small guy with not much pop that will likely end up at 2B. Seems kinda disappointing for #30 but what do I know
     
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    Watch your mouth.
     
  23. MG2

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    Impressive for the Orioles to get Chipper Jones at the top of round 2
     
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  24. Cornelius Suttree

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    Trejyn Fletcher to STL. He gone. Probably would've had the most tools of any VU OF since Jeren Kendall
     
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  25. Cornelius Suttree

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    I don't know much about his game as I've not seen him. But he was the 2017 NJ HS POY as a SO. He was considered a top tier talent in VU's class along with Leiter, Tre Fletcher, Kendall Williams, Spencer Jones and Carter Young. Seattle, Atlanta and TB all seemed pretty involved with him leading up to the draft from what I heard

    Tre Fletcher had me so stoked. Kids from Maine don't get tons of exposure and he was a late reclassify from 2020 to 2019 (#1 in the PG 2020 rankings). So his potential seems absurd. Will be pulling hard for him
     
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  26. tradercane

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    They hated it and that's really saying something since they pretty much loved every other selection in the round besides maybe the cubs reach.
     
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  28. IanC

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    I don't know what you were watching. They had several good things to say about him
     
  29. JeremyLambsFace

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    He's projecting but doesn't want to get called out for hating the pick as was predicted
     
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  30. IanC

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  31. Boo MFer!

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    Grandpa in the black shirt was feeling it.
     
  32. Charles DeMar

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    Anyone have insider that can share this? May also post in the regular MLB thread

     
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    The first round of the MLB draft was pretty much chalk up top, with the first seven picks matching my mock draft. The first 10 selections were dominated by hitters. And the whole first round was dominated by college players and hitters, as it featured just two high school arms, the lowest number in memory.

    Here are some thoughts from the first night:


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    • The Orioles picked first overall and took the No. 1 prospect in Adley Rutschman, a no-doubt catcher with plate discipline and power. He could be in the majors by the end of next year, depending on how quickly the Orioles want to move him up. Baltimore then picked first in the second round and landed prep shortstop Gunnar Henderson. No. 41 on my board, Henderson was however seen by many teams as worth a pick in the second half of the first round as a power-hitting infielder likely to move to third base but with questions about his bat speed.


    • The Royals took a pair of shortstops, grabbing Bobby Witt Jr. with the second pick and Brady McConnell in the second round. Witt is a plus defender at short with a plus arm, while McConnell likely will move to another position.

    • The White Sox took my No. 2 player, Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn, with the third overall pick. He is the best pure bat in the class, with a plus hit tool, a ridiculously good eye and above-average power. In the second round, they took prep right-hander Matt Thompson, who had a miserable spring but in the past has been mid-90s with an above-average breaking ball -- and has a lot of projection left. I had him ranked much lower, having seen his velocity drop to 83 to 86 mph in the fourth inning when I saw him. But he was far better last summer, and the White Sox might be betting on a bounce-back performance.

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    • Miami took Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday, who has exceptional hand strength for all-fields power, even with a decent-sized hitch in his swing. The Marlins then took plus defensive shortstop Nasim Nunez with their second-round pick.

    • Detroit grabbed Riley Greene, a high school outfielder who I know some scouts thought had the best offensive upside in the whole class, then backed it up with third baseman Nick Quintana, who can hit for contact rather than power and plays plus defense at third despite a total lack of foot speed.

    • The Padres ended up with C.J. Abrams, who was the sixth guy of the six position players expected to go in the top half-dozen picks. He is an 80 runner who can handle shortstop but could always end up in center field. He also should hit for average, but he showed a little swing-and-miss this spring. Their second-rounder, Josh Mears, feels like a very Padres pick, with explosive bat speed and power in a corner outfielder package.

    • The Reds seemed to be locked in on Nick Lodolo -- the top college lefty in the draft -- since February. He looks like he'll move fast in any role, getting ground balls with his fastball and missing bats with his slider. They went for broke with their second pick, taking Rece Hinds, a shortstop who will move to another position, has 80 power and swings and misses a ton for a high school hitter.

    • The first pick that didn't match my final mock matched my previous one: Texas took third baseman Josh Jung, rather than right-hander Alek Manoah. I absolutely would have taken Manoah there, both on pure talent and because I think the Rangers certainly could use the pitcher in their system, after the horrendous luck they've had with pitching prospects getting hurt. Also, I saw Manoah retire Jung four times, twice via strikeouts, so he obviously is the better prospect. The Rangers did grab a pitcher in UCLA right-hander Ryan Garcia in the second round. He has solid offspeed stuff with plus feel and command, but his fastball is a little light, and he hasn't held his stuff well into games. In between, they took big power bat Davis Wendzel, a third baseman from Baylor who has an 80 mullet.

    • Atlanta took a value guy at No. 9 in catcher Shea Langeliers. I thought the Braves would go for upside with Corbin Carroll, but Langeliers is a no-doubt catcher -- maybe a 70 defender there --whose production at Baylor might understate his potential with the bat, given his exit velocity. The Braves turned around and took another fairly safe player in Braden Shewmake, a shortstop from Texas A&M who will head to second or third, with a solid left-handed swing that should at least produce a lot of contact.

    • The Blue Jays benefited from those picks by landing Manoah, whom I had as the best pitcher in the entire draft class. He is a four-pitch right-hander who attacks hitters in the zone and throws a ton of strikes. That's easily one of my favorite picks of the night. They also took a projection right-hander in Kendall Williams in the second round. Williams is 6-foot-6 with velocity and good breaking stuff and in need of some delivery help, but he is a great complement to the advanced college arm in Manoah.

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    • The Mets yielded the first surprise of the night, at least to me, when they went for high school hitter Brett Baty, whose age (19½) seemed to dominate any discussion of his stock this spring. It is a legitimate variable to consider, because older high school hitters have a somewhat worse outlook -- they're older than the pitchers they're facing, so scouts do not get to see them against competition their own age -- but should never be seen as a reason to "kill" a prospect in the draft. Baty also has a great swing and plus power, and the lack of projection from his age isn't a problem because he already is on the strong side. The Mets stayed high school with projection right-hander Josh Wolf in the second round.

    • Keoni Cavaco feels like a slight reach for me at No. 13, where the Twins took him, but the industry had him in that range; he was in various mixes all the way down from 15 onward. His body changed substantially for the better this winter, and he has an intriguing power/speed combination, with some teams less confident in his hit tool. The Twins definitely wanted power, though, going for Southern Miss outfielder Matt Wallner with their second pick. Wallner has power, hit better as the season went on and could always move to the mound if he doesn't work out at the plate, as he was 94 to 98 mph with a plus slider before he stopped pitching. They took Rice right-hander Matt Canterino in the second round; he has a potentially plus breaking ball but a very rough delivery that will make it hard for him to stay a starter.

    • The Phillies took my 13th-ranked player, Bryson Stott, at No. 14, so that's right in his range. He is a no-doubt shortstop with power but some swing-and-miss potential -- so, good value at that spot. That was their only pick on Day 1.

    • I had the Angels linked to various high-ceiling high school athletes at pick 15, but they went for a safer player in North Carolina shortstop Will Wilson, probably a second baseman in the long run but with the power to profile there. They then took their athlete in fleet-footed shortstop Kyren Paris, who is very young and has a lot of physical growth ahead of him, with a swing scouts really like for future contact.

    • The Diamondbacks got the best value of the first round when they landed my No. 4 player, Seattle prep outfielder Corbin Carroll, with the 16th pick. The only knock I could ever get anyone to offer on Carroll was his height; he is maybe 5-foot-10, but if he had been 6-foot-2, he would have been in consideration at No. 1. The D-backs did something similar last year, when they selected in the second round Alek Thomas -- whom I had ranked as a first-round talent -- only to have Thomas rake in pro ball. I imagine they're thinking they did something similar here, as Thomas also is sub-6 feet and played at a cold-weather high school. They followed that with five straight pitchers -- two prep kids and three college guys, all with varying chances to start, led by prep right-hander Brennan Malone from IMG Academy. Malone probably has the highest upside and also is the best known of the group. Their last pick of the day was Arkansas outfielder Dom Fletcher, who has an unorthodox swing but has shown surprising power and has great instincts in center field.

    Billy Hamilton. J.J. Goss, their first pick in the Comp Round A, was my No. 2 prep pitcher in this class, a tall right-hander with a three-pitch mix, a good delivery and an aggressive style with at least average control. Seth Johnson is a converted position player who threw all of five innings before this year and hit 98 regularly with a good delivery but doesn't have much in the way of secondary stuff or present command -- perhaps unsurprising given his history. John Doxakis, Tampa's second-round pick, has plus command, can miss bats with his slider and has a viable changeup, but his fastball shows a lot of upper 80s, and he might not have the delivery to start. That's still a good bundle of value, even if I had those players ranked differently than the Rays did.

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    • The Rockies took Michael Toglia in the first round. He is a great defensive first baseman with some power who also comes with questions about his plate discipline and how much he'll hit. He also could move to the outfield. Their second-rounder, Aaron Schunk, showed off some power in the regional for Georgia, with a good swing, great arm strength and a chance to stay at third base, although he might be a low OBP guy. Colorado took Michigan right-hander Karl Kauffmann, who has too many letters in his name, with its Comp Round B pick. He works in the low 90s with good sink and a slider that projects to above average, with some reliever risk but enough to go out as a starter.

    • The Indians made one of the most puzzling picks of the day when they took Georgia prep right-hander Daniel Espino in the first round. I had multiple teams tell me they had taken Espino off their board on some concerns they had about his arm, and it seemed likely he would fall out of the first round. But Cleveland appears unperturbed, much like they were when they took Ethan Hankins in the first round last year after injury concerns knocked him out of the top half of the round. They selected elite defensive shortstop Yordis Valdes in the second round, the right spot for him, given his defensive prowess and how far he has to go with the bat.

    • The Dodgers had an extra first-round pick because they didn't sign their pick last year. They led off with Tulane slugger Kody Hoese, a fourth-year junior who was among the leaders in homers in Division I this year. A late bloomer, Hoese always has shown the ability to make contact, and he might stay at third base. North Carolina first baseman Michael Busch has a great swing and a history of getting on base with big power; I'm surprised he has never hit for a higher average, given his eye and how well his hands work. The Dodgers went for some upside with prep right-hander Jimmy Lewis, a teammate of first-rounder Brett Baty. Lewis is projectable and athletic, throws 91 to 95 mph with feel for a curveball already and is a perfect projection high school kid, if you want to fish in that end of the lake.

    • The Cubs took the hardest-throwing starter in the draft with 6-foot right-hander Ryan Jensen, who will hit 100 mph and frequently sits 97 to 99 mph, with an average slider and solid control. Everyone wants to stick him in the bullpen because he is short and throws hard, but he has the ability to hold that velocity deep into games as a starter. Chase Strumpf could have been a first-rounder had he performed better this year for UCLA. He is a shortstop who will move to second base. And he did have a first-round kind of spring in 2018 as a sophomore, hitting for average and power with a slightly better contact rate.

    • The big shocker of the night was Houston, at No. 32, going off the top 100 entirely with Korey Lee, the catcher from Cal who also didn't appear on MLB's top 100. Lee wasn't seen as any kind of prospect coming into this year off a .238/.328/.426 sophomore season, although he had a strong summer in the wood-bat Northwoods League last year and exploded this year to hit .339/.415/.613 with 13 homers. But he isn't a Day 1 talent, with a plus arm and plus power but below-average receiving skills and a below-average hit tool.
     
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    I'd remove all the other shit, but I'm on my phone, and that would be tedious.
     
  35. Charles DeMar

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    No worries sir, thanks a ton. Wanted to see what he had to say about the Astros pick and seems like he was just as shocked as the Baseball America guys.
     
  36. FadeMe

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    Gonna need them to fuck this up so we can get him on campus.
     
  37. Marbles

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    Saw where Mangum went. Did he dramatically improve his stock from last year even with no leverage.
     
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  38. teel

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    Mets went cheap senior signs in rounds 4-10 to be able to sign a top 15 talent in the 3rd round. And they drafted Mangum last year too.
     
  39. MG2

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    Lack of leverage pushes some seniors up. By taking a senior in round 4, the Mets are probably saving upwards of $400-450k they'll use to sign Matthew Allan.
     
  40. Jack Parkman

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    Love the Marlins draft so far

    This is a feeling I haven’t felt since Jose was drafted in RD 1...I’m not sure how to feel
     
  41. MG2

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    Miami has taken some really interesting bats in the last two drafts, although last year's top 3 guys have struggled to this point.
     
  42. Jack Parkman

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    Have a nice amount good young starting pitchers in our farm system and big league club, don’t have nearly as many bats
     
  43. IanC

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    Erik and Kiley basically called him Kershaw
     
  44. Cornelius Suttree

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    Mets took Matthew Allan in 3rd round

    Can they give him the $4.5 million he wants?
     
  45. JGator1

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    They took a bunch of college seniors after him so that's obviously their plan. Don't think they make the move unless there's some kinda assurance that he'll sign. If Baty signs for under his slot value they should be able to work it out.

     
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  47. Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    Are those the 6 teams that drafted the most Boras clients?
     
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  48. Jack Parkman

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    Idk

    But boras notoriously hated the old Marlins regime so this would be a step in the right direction I guess
     
  49. Jack Parkman

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    I know Bowden is a moron but I’ll ignore that for a moment

     
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