Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: June 12, 2017.
Minnesota Twins: Royce Lewis, SS, JSerra HS (CA) A Grade
- 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.
Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene, P, Notre Dame HS (CA) A+ Grade
- 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.
- Hunter Greene, my top overall prospect in the 2017 MLB Draft goes to Cincinnati. The Reds get the best player in the draft and have an extremely bright future.
San Diego Padres: MacKenzie Gore, P, Whiteville HS (NC) A Grade
- MacKenzie Gore was awesome in 2016. He did not give up a run until the State Championship. Gore had a 1.50 ERA in 2015. Gore had a 0.08 ERA in 84.1 innings pitched as well as 174 strikeouts in 2016. Gore ended the year 9-0 with a 0.22 ERA in 2017.
- MacKenzie Gore is having another dominant season. Some MLB teams have him ahead of the top High School pitcher Hunter Greene on their boards. I feel as if the hype is a little excessive, but Gore has an excellent kicking motion on tape and you can argue that the hype is justified with Gore's consistency on the mound the last three seasons. Gore has over 100 innings pitched as well as over 100 strikeouts in 2017 with 113 K's at the moment.
Tampa Bay Rays: Brendan McKay, P, Louisville B Grade
- The 6-2 220 lb Brendan McKay impresses some on tape. He weighed 212 lbs heading into the season and put on 8 lbs of muscle. McKay is 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA. Also batted .360 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI's. His curveball and change up are effective, but McKay hasn't developed his slider yet and only has 3 plus pitches with his curveball as the only potential plus pitch down the road outside of his deadly fastballs which McKay is known for.
- I think McKay will convert to first base. That's why this pick gets a solid B grade.
Atlanta Braves: Kyle Wright, P, Vanderbilt A Grade
- The 6-4 220 lb Kyle Wright got off to a rough start with a 2-4 record and a 3.98 ERA. Wright is 5-6 this season with a 3.40 ERA. Wright is still in the running to be the top pick despite having a losing record in 2017.
- Kyle Wright beat out 2016 first round prospect Jordan Sheffield for the #1 pitcher job. Wright has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, 93-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a deadly slider, and a potent changeup. Wright has two years of experience as the #1 starting pitcher for Vanderbilt which is what makes Wright special. Great pick by the Braves.
Oakland Athletics: Austin Beck, CF, North Davidson HS (NC) C Grade
- Austin Beck failed to impress me on tape. He batted .590 and hit 12 home runs in 2017 after being injured. Some have this guy in their top 5 which is absolutely insane since I see a late first round pick. MLB has a top 10 grade on him and someone was going to reach so I will give this a C grade.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia C+ Grade
- I hate this fit with Paul Goldschmidt on Arizona. Smith at 7 is better value than Beck at 6 though.
- 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.
Philadelphia Phillies: Adam Haseley, CF, Virginia C Grade
- The Phillies go with Adam Haseley who some have as a top ten pick here. The 6-1 195 lb Adam Haseley plays batter and pitcher like Louisville's Brendan McKay. Haseley projects more as a batter though. Haseley has a .399 batting average, 14 home runs, 54 RBI's, and 10 stolen bases in 2017. Haseley is 7-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 11 starts on Virginia's mound. Haseley's numbers are better than teammate Pavin Smith which is the only remote reason he's being mocked in the top 10 by most. I see a guy who deserves to go in the teens based on his tape which is why the Phillies got a C grade.
Milwaukee Brewers: Keston Hiura, LF, U.C. Irvine D Grade
- Keston Hiura can play anywhere in the infield or the outfield. I think the Brewers get a D grade for reaching for a second round prospect here.
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim: Jordon Adell, CF, Ballard HS (KY) B+ Grade
- 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 nice fit for Los Angeles. Batted .562 and hit 25 home runs in High School. 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.
Chicago White Sox: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State B+ Grade
- 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 11 due to a lot of teams being set at third baseman.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Shane Baz, P, Concordia Lutheran HS (TX) F Grade
- Shane Baz is a late second round talent. I think he has some off the field stuff. The Pirates reached and there were much better pitchers available. Bob Nutting the Pirates owner said that Baz wasn't the best player available and that there is more to drafting the best player on the board. No there really isn't Nutting so I'm taking this pick that was a D grade and making it an F grade now as a result.
Miami Marlins: Trevor Rogers, P, Carlsbad HS (NM) A Grade
- 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 11-0 with a 0.33 ERA in 2017. Rogers is a guy I moved into my top 10 late in the process which is why I love this pick.
Kansas City Royals: Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (CA) C Grade
- Kansas City reached here. Its not a terrible pick though since Hosmer is in a contract year.
Houston Astros: J.B. Bukauskas, P, North Carolina A Grade
- The Astros grab another arm here. The 6-0 201 lb J.B. Bukauskas is 8-0 with a 1.87 ERA in 2017. Bukauskas put together a fantastic season before struggling down the stretch.
- 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.
New York Yankees: Clarke Schmidt, P, South Carolina C Grade
- Clake Schmidt is a reach. He has an incredible story though so I'm going to try not to be too harsh on him. I like Wil Crowe his teammate better, but the Yankees have a good scouting department so they may know something we don't.
Seattle Mariners: Evan White, 1B, Kentucky A Grade
- One of the best first baseman in College Baseball is Evan White. White has a power bat and batted .318 in 2015 and .376 in 2016. White has a .385 batting average so far in 2017. White has the tools to develop into a 35-40 home run hitter if you are patient with him in the minors. He already has power hitting, batting average, and speed to get doubles consistently. He's not a home run hitter yet, but Los Angeles can develop that part of his game in the minors.
- Seattle needed a first baseman. Great pick by Seattle as they got Kyle Lewis and Evan White as future batters.
Detroit Tigers: Alex Faedo, P, Florida A+ Grade
- The 6-5 220 lb Alex Faedo is 7-2 with a 2.80 ERA. His 113 strikeouts in 2017 are pretty mind boggling. He has great tape and can make any type of pitch. He also has 5 games where he had an ERA of above 5.00 along with 2 games with an ERA of above 10.00 which is probably the biggest reason MLB Scouts are concerned about his consistency. Faedo also pitched 7 shutout innings versus LSU and South Carolina though. I don't think the consistency is an issue at all and still believe that Faedo is the top College Pitcher in the 2017 MLB Draft. Faedo pitched very well versus Auburn in the SEC Tournament in his second game versus Auburn after having a season worst 12.46 ERA versus Auburn in his first start versus the Auburn Tigers which was a season worst 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 pretty 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 last season as Florida's #3 starter. Does a great job putting top spin on his pitches.
San Francisco Giants: Heliot Ramos, CF, Puerto Rico F Grade
- Ramos was a second to third round prospect. I' shocked that the San Francisco Giants got our second F grade of the draft.
New York Mets: David Peterson, P, Oregon A Grade
- The 6-6 240 lb David Peterson is 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 2017. Threw 140 strikeouts in 100.1 innings. Peterson had 20 strikeouts versus Arizona State which was a school record plus he had 1 complete game shutout in 2017.
- David Peterson has a 95-mile per hour 4-seam fastball, a 93-mile per hour 2-seam fastball, a 91-mile per hour sinker, a changeup, and a curveball. Works from a low 3/4 arm slot. David Peterson is a strikeout machine and an outstanding future replacement to Matt Harvey.
Baltimore Orioles: D.L. Hall, P, Valdosta HS (GA) B Grade
- D.L. Hall is a solid pick. I think Hans Crouse and Jacob Heatherly are better which is why the Orioles get a B grade instead of an A grade.
Toronto Blue Jays: Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina C Grade
- Warmoth has very sound tape. He's a second round prospect which is why Toronto got a C grade.
- The 6-0 190 lb Logan Warmoth is a good power hitter. He seems fluent with his swings at the plate. Warmoth leads North Carolina with a .346 batting average in 2017. Logan Warmoth hits with a lot of power. He's sound defensively too. Has a quick arm to force easy outs.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Jeren Kendall, CF, Vanderbilt A+ Grade
- Jeren Kendall entered the year as the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He won't go first overall now, but should still be a top 5 pick. Kendall has a .306 batting average, 15 home runs, 52 RBI's, 18 stolen bases, and 97 total bases 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. Those skills make Kendall a top 5 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft so for the top College batter to fall to the Dodgers is a huge steal.
Boston Red Sox: Tanner Houck, P, Missouri A+ Grade
- 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. The 6-5 202 lb Houck is 4-7 with a 3.33 ERA. I had the Pirates taking Houck at 12, but this pick gets an A+ grade since Houck is such a steal at this point.
Washington Nationals: Seth Romero, P, Houston D Grade
- Seth Romero may have the best velocity of any pitcher in the draft. He has huge character issues though and got expelled from Houston which is why the Nationals get a D grade here.
Texas Rangers: Bubba Thompson, CF, McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (AL) B Grade
- The 6-2 180 lb Bubba Thompson posted a .404 batting average with 9 home runs and 30 RBI's in 2017. Thompson is being widely considered a first round prospect, but we got a second round grade on him. Texas at 26 is good value for Thompson.
Chicago Cubs: Brendon Little, P, SCF D Grade
- The Cubs took a border line first rounder at 27 and still have another first round pick at 30. Huge reach by the Cubs here.
Toronto Blue Jays: Nate Pearson, P, UCF D Grade
- Toronto reaches here. This pick gets a D grade since some head him ahead of Little.
Texas Rangers: Christopher Seise, SS, West Orange HS (FL) F Grade
- I had a third round grade on Seise. Huge reach here.
Chicago Cubs: Alex Lange, P, LSU A Grade
- I love this pick since Lange is the top College pitcher available. At the same time the Cubs reached at 27 which is why the Cubs do not get an A+ grade here.
- The Cubs 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 8-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 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.