2017 MLB Mock Draft: 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 1-30
My third 2017 MLB Mock Draft is now up. This one is two rounds. Enjoy!
Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: April 20, 2017 with updates every month leading up to Draft Day.
Minnesota Twins: Hunter Greene, P, Notre Dame HS (CA)
- Hunter Greene of Notre Dame High School which is located in Sherman Oaks, California and is also known as Sherman Oaks High School is the same Sherman Oaks where Jimmy Clausen played High School Football in case anyone cared. Greene is a special talent and the top high school arm in this years class.
- Hunter Greene went 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA in 2014. Greene improved on that with a 3-2 record and a 1.77 ERA in 2015. Greene went 5-3 with a 1.63 ERA in 2016. Greene gets better each year. He already has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 94-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. Greene has added more variety to his pitches with a much improved slider and curveball. Greene is currently 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 2017.
- The 6-3 185 lb pitcher bulked up to 6-4 210 lbs also plays shortstop on his High School team. Greene will most likely work to become a starting pitcher once drafted in the MLB. I've never seen a High School pitcher more MLB ready than Hunter Greene.
Previous Pick: Alex Faedo, P, Florida
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Cincinnati Reds: Jeren Kendall, CF, Vanderbilt
- The Cincinnati Reds need help everywhere. The Reds passed on Kyle Lewis and Corey Ray for third baseman Nick Senzel who is a rare infielder with the versatility to play all 4 positions third base, shortstop, second base, or first base.
- Outfielder Jeren Kendall was probably the third best outfielder in College Baseball in 2016 after Kyle Lewis and Corey Ray. The 6-0 190 lb Kendall is considered a slight favorite over Faedo to be the top pick, and I see the Reds taking Kendall or Faedo at 2 depending on who the Twins pass on with the top pick.
- Kendall had a .353 batting average in 2015. Kendall had a .332 batting average, 9 home runs, and 59 RBI's in 2016. Kendall has a .309 batting average, 11 home runs, and 31 RBI's so far in 2017. Kendall has the home run hitting, line drive, grounder, or bunt that teams covet. Kendall is also an excellent base stealer and can throw the ball with incredible velocity and timing out of the outfield. Kendall has excellent defensive skills as he played left fielder in 2015, right fielder in 2016, and will play center fielder for Vanderbilt in 2017.
- Jeren Kendall is a complete bat with the versatility to play all 3 outfield positions. That's what makes him the top prospect for 2017 at this point in 2016.
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San Diego Padres: Alex Faedo, P, Florida
- The 6-5 220 lb pitcher went 6-1 with a 3.23 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 2015. Faedo led Florida with a 13-3 record while posting a 3.18 ERA and 133 strikouts in 104 and 2/3 innings. Faedo had a 4.61 ERA against other SEC teams and some teams have concerns about his mechanics. Alex Faedo is 5-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 2017. Faedo has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, 93-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a deadly slider, and a potent changeup. I'd like to see Faedo develop his curveball more, but he's a prety complete prospect for the most part and last year he made Nick Senzel the second overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft from Tennessee go 1/5 at the plate.
Previous Pick: Hunter Greene, P, Notre Dame HS (CA)
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Tampa Bay Rays: Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra HS (CA)
- The 6-2 188 lb Royce Lewis batted .391 in 2016. Lewis is a 5-tool batter that can hit home runs, steal bases, throw well, and field well defensively. Royce Lewis can play shortstop, second base, first base, third base, left fielder, center fielder, or right fielder with his versatility. I think that versatility along with his power bat and speed makes Royce Lewis a top 5 pick and the top High School batter in the entire country. Tim Beckham is okay at shortstop right now, but I wouldn't bring him back in 2021 after his contract is up. Royce Lewis is someone you can develop in the minors while Beckham plays his contract out.
Previous Pick: Kyle Wright, P, Vanderbilt
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Atlanta Braves: Kyle Wright, P, Vanderbilt
- Atlanta needs another pitcher and the 6-4 220 lb Kyle Wright just has more variety of pitches than Brendan McKay even though some are considering McKay with the top pick. Wright went 8-4 with a 3.09 ERA in 2016 and surpassed Jordan Sheffield as the #1 pitcher for Vanderbilt. Wright has a 2-4 record and a 3.98 ERA so far in 2017, but Wright got off to a rough 0-3 start in March. Wright has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, 93-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a deadly slider, and a potent changeup, but he does not have the command and control of those pitches that Faedo has despite having the exact same variety and velocity of pitches that Faedo has.
Previous Pick: J.J. Schwartz, C, Florida
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Oakland Athletics: Alex Toral, 1B, Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)
- The Athletics should upgrade their infield. Alex Toral batted .310 in 2016. Toral is the top high school bat in the 2017 MLB Draft after Royce Lewis and makes a lot of sense for Oakland at this pick. Toral may lack the speed Lewis has at the plate, but he hits with far more power.
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Arizona Diamondbacks: Brendan McKay, P, Louisville
- The 6-2 212 lb Brendan McKay went 12-4 with a 2.80 ERA in 2016. Brendan McKay plays both pitcher and first base.
- McKay has dominated in 2017 with a 5-2 record in 8 starts, 1.19 ERA, and 76 strikeouts on the mound. McKay leads Louisville with a .398 batting average as well. McKay is most likely going to be used as a pitcher though despite having tremendous batting, and would have a better chance of making a huge impact on a National League team. The Arizona Diamondbacks have a ton of premium batters and adding a pitcher like McKay here who can help with his arm and bat as a #3 starter behind Zach Greinke and Shelby Miller seems ideal.
- McKay only has a 93-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 91-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. His curveball and change up are effective, but McKay hasn't developed his slider yet and only has 3 plus pitches. That's why I have him at 7 in this mock even though some believe McKay is making a case to be the top pick in the entire 2017 MLB Draft even over Hunter Greene. McKay seems like he has the potential to develop into a quality starter so I can see how McKay would be a top 10 pick.
Previous Pick: Tanner Houck, P, Missouri
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Philadelphia Phillies: Jacob Heatherly, P, Cullman HS (AL)
- Philadelphia drafts a pitcher here. They get the 6-1 214 lb Jacob Heatherly. Heatherly has a 93-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 89-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 75-mile per hour curveball, a 73-mile per hour slider, and a 71-mile per hour changeup. Heatherly had a 2.22 ERA as a sophomore in 2015 and a 1.96 ERA as a junior in 2016. Heatherly has a 1.65 ERA in 2017 and has continued to improve his game with 5-plus pitches. Heatherly may not have the best velocity, but he's very sound and consistent at the plate.
Previous Pick: J.B. Bukauskas, P, North Carolina
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Milwaukee Brewers: Hans Crouse, P, Dana Hills HS (CA)
- The Brewers grab another arm here. Hans Crouse had an ERA of 3.00 as a freshman in 2014. In 2015, Crouse went 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA. Crouse went 5-4 with a 1.15 ERA as a junior in 2016. The 6-5 190 lb Crouse has a 5-1 record in 6 starts with a 1.06 ERA in 2017. Crouse has a deadly fastball that can go up 95-miles per hour. His 4-seam can touch 95-miles per hour and his 2-seamer can touch 93. Crouse possesses an 89-mile per hour cutter fastball, an 87-mile per hour sinker along with a 79-mile per hour power curve ball along with a quality slider and changeup. Crouse seems like the most complete pitcher after Jacob Heatherly and Crouse defeated Heatherly in the 2017 National High School Invitational and Dana Hills made it to the Championship Game of that tournament in large part to Crouse which is why he's a top 10 pick now.
Previous Pick: Mark Vientos, SS, Charles W. Flanagan HS (FL)
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Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: Tanner Houck, P, Missouri
- The Angels add another arm. The 6-5 202 lb Tanner Houck went 5-6 with a 2.99 ERA. Houck is 3-5 with a 2.95 ERA in 9 starts in 2017. His 60 strikeouts this season are impressive, but he only has 1 complete game and 2 shutouts in games where he didn't pitch complete games this season. Houck has to work on his command and ability to win consistently despite 3 complete games and 2 complete game shutouts in 2016. Houck has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball and a 92-mile per hour 2-seam fastball. Houck also throws a curveball, slider, and change up. He needs to work on his 3/4 delivery though and get those pitches up to par with his fastballs.
Previous Pick: Brendan McKay, P, Louisville
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Chicago White Sox: Quentin Holmes, CF, Monsignor McClancey HS (NY)
- Quintin Holmes is a top 15 prospect and high school bat on some boards. Taking Holmes makes a lot of sense for the White Sox at 11 since Holmes is our third best High School batter.
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Pittsburgh Pirates: J.B. Bukauskas, P, North Carolina
- Pittsburgh goes with a pitcher here. J.B. Bukauskas went 5-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 2015. Bukauskas improved on that with a 7-2 record and 3.10 ERA. Bukauskas is 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 2017. Bukauskas has a 95-mile per hour fastball and an 85-mile per hour slider. His curveball is at 75-miles per hour and his changeup is at 71-miles per hour. Bukauskas is slighty undersized at 6-0 201 lbs and some think his 6-foot frame hurts him to the point where he may convert to the bullpen. Pittsburgh can take Bukauskas at this point knowing he's a top 10 talent who doesn't have the best tape slipping to 12 here.
Previous Pick: Alex Scherff, P, Colleyville Heritage HS (TX)
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Miami Marlins: Alex Scherff, P, Colleyville Heritage HS (TX)
- Alex Scherff went 11-2 with a 0.65 ERA in 2015 as a sophomore. Scherff dominated as a junior as well having the ideal fastball along with excellent size at 6-5 225 lbs heading into his senior season. Alex Scherff has not surrendered a run in 2017 showing he can be a starting pitcher or a reliever. Scherff has done everything to convince me he's a top 15 prospect.
Previous Pick: Hans Crouse, P, Dana Hills HS (CA)
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Kansas City Royals: Jordon Adell, CF, Ballard HS (KY)
- Jordon Adell is a natural home run batter for Ballard High School. Adell may be the top home run bat in High School. Adell is a perfect fit for the Royals with Lorenzo Cain entering a contract year. Ballard hit 40 home runs in a 3-round home run derby and is a guy worth taking in the top 15. Some have Adell going in the top 10, but he's a swing and miss type of batter on tape, but the potential to ultimately end up being the best high school batter in the entire 2017 MLB Draft is there.
Previous Pick: Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra HS (CA)
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Houston Astros: Trevor Rogers, P, Carlsbad HS (NM)
- The Astros take the best player available. Trevor Rogers is a 6-5 190 lb pitcher with 3-plus pitches with his fastball, curveball, and slider. Rogers went 6-3 with a 1.29 ERA in 2015. Rogers went 9-2 with a 0.70 ERA in 2016. Rogers is 7-0 with a 0.52 ERA in 2017. Rogers is a very talented pitcher and its hard to argue against the Astros taking Rogers here.
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New York Yankees: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
- Jake Burger entered the year a top 10 prospect. He had a .349 batting average and 21 home runs in 2016. Burger has a .364 batting average, 16 home runs, 43 RBI's, and 10 doubles. Burger fell to 16 due to a lot of teams being set at third baseman.
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Seattle Mariners: Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
- Pavin Smith had a .302 batting average as a freshman in 2015. Smith posted a .329 batting average in 2016. Smith is batting .366 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI's in 2017. Smith gives Seattle a immediate answer at first base plus he's my third best college batter. Right now the Mariners have no stability at first base, but Pavin Smith can fix this down the road.
Previous Pick: Tanner Burns, P, Decatur HS (AL)
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Detroit Tigers: Nick Brueser, 1B, Hamilton HS (AZ)
- Nick Brueser's .347 batting average may be a career low. He does everything well on tape though and can already hit home runs in Petco Park as a High School senior. Brueser has 5-tool ability and reminds me of Paul Goldschmidt on tape. Some scouts have a fifth to sixth round grade on Brueser, but based on him bating .340 or higher in all 4 years of High School, you can argue he's a top 20 talent as well as a potential successor to Miguel Cabrera.
Previous Pick: Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
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San Francisco Giants: Alex Lange, P, LSU
- The Giants go with the 6-3 201 lb Alex Lange who went 12-0 with a 1.97 ERA as a true freshman in 2015 with 114 strikeouts. Lange went 8-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 2016 doing much worse. Lange is 4-4 with a 3.27 ERA i 2017. He's still a first round pick due to his 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball on tape. Lange needs to develop the rest of his pitches, but LSU has a good track record with their pitching.
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New York Mets: J.J. Schwartz, C, Florida
- J.J. Schwartz was the front runner to be the first overall pick in 2017 after a dominant freshman season in 2015. He's struggled the last two seasons, but this is a perfect spot for Schwartz to get picked here to round out the top 20.
Previous Pick: Jordon Adell, CF, Ballard HS (KY)
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Baltimore Orioles: Mark Vientos, SS, Charles W. Flanagan HS (FL)
- Baltimore drafts the top shortstop on the board. Like J.J. Schwartz, Mark Vientos was a guy who entered the year with a top 10 grade. He falls to this spot at 21 due to an inconsistent batting average, but he is a top 25 talent providing a future shorstop after the Orioles moves on from J.J. Hardy. Mark Vientos knows how to bring in RBI's. Has the ability to hit effective line drives and grounders. Is versatile enough to play third base, shortstop, second base, and first base with his versatility as a plug-in-play infielder.
Previous Pick: Ricardo De La Torre, SS, Puerto Rico
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Toronto Blue Jays: D.L. Hall, P, Valdosta HS (GA)
- D.L. Hall is an awesome value pick at this point. Hall is the best player on the board for Toronto at this point.
Previous Pick: Jayson Gonzalez, 3B, Bishop Amat HS (CA)
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Los Angeles Dodgers: Tristan Beck, P, Stanford
- The Dodgers take the best player available. Tristan Beck is a sophomore redshirt making him eligible for the 2017 MLB Draft.
Previous Pick: Cole Turnley, RF, William B. Travis HS (TX)
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Boston Red Sox: Hagen Danner, P, Huntington Beach HS (CA)
- Hagen Danner was a hero in the 2011 Little League World Series. Nearly six years later, Danner has a chance to get drafted in the first round.
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Washington Nationals: Blayne Enlow, P, St. Amant HS (LA)
- The Nationals take the best player available. Blayne Enlow may go as early as the top 15. He has a fastball, slider, and curveball that are MLB ready, but needs to develop his change up. Enlow is a fantastic value pick for the Nationals at 25.
Previous Pick: Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (CA)
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Texas Rangers: Kyle Hurt, P, Torrey Pines HS (CA)
- Kyle Hurt had 2 relief appearances with 1 save and an ERA of 0.00 as a freshman in 2014. Hurt got his first start in 2015 with a 1.66 ERA. Hurt started 11 games as a junior going 8-2 with a 1.46 ERA. Hurt has a 1.39 ERA as a senior in 2017 so far with a 2-1 record. Hurt has excellent command and velocity with his pitches. Hurt has a 94-mile per hour 4-seam fast ball along with a deadly sinker. Hurt may be high school baseball's version of Jon Lester since he has impressed me on tape with his 4-seamer and sinker with almost the same miles per hour as Lester. Hurt does not have Lester's size at 6-4 240 lbs, but he is big for a high school pitcher at 6-3 205 lbs heading into his senior year of high school so he does have time fill out his frame and add enough muscle where he is like Lester size. Hurt may be the one player in the back half of this draft that can surge into the top 15, but he needs a strong 2017 season to do that.
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Chicago Cubs: Colton Hock, P, Stanford
- The Cubs take the best player available. Colton Hock is the top reliever in the 2017 MLB Draft, and the Cubs need more youth in their bullpen.
Previous Pick: Tristan Beck, P, Stanford
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Toronto Blue Jays: Drew Waters, CF, Etowa HS (GA)
- Drew Waters is the best player on the board at this point. Waters makes a lot of sense for Toronto here.
Previous Pick: Colton Hock, P, Stanford
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Texas Rangers: Corbin Martin, P, Texas A&M
- Corbin Martin is an awesome value pick at this point. Martin gives Texas a local prospect.
Previous Pick: D.L. Hall, P, Valdosta HS (GA)
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Chicago Cubs: Austin Beck, CF, North Davidson HS (NC)
- Austin Beck failed to impress me on tape. Some have this guy in their top 5 which is absolutely insane since I see a late first round pick. Either way the Cubs would pounce on Austin Beck if he fell this far since Beck can replace Dexter Fowler at center fielder.
Previous Pick: Drew Rasmussen, P, Oregon State
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