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2017 MLB Mock Draft

Last Update: 5/3/2017

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We will update this throughout the baseball season.

The Cleveland Indians (Edwin Encarnacion), Colorado Rockies (Ian Desmond) and St. Louis Cardinals (Dexter Fowler) all forfeited their first round picks by signing compensation eligible free agents this off-season.

1. Minnesota Twins - Royce Lewis, SS/OF, JSerra Catholic HS (CA)

Lewis is the most likely prospect to be a true five-tool player at the next level. He has blazing speed, great defensive instincts at both SS and CF, a very good hit tool and he continues to show more power than anyone projected.

His tools are ahead of his actual in-game skills at this point, but that's not a huge concern for someone with so many elite tools. Some scouts don't think he'll stay at shortstop long-term due to his below average arm, but even those scouts agree he's likely to be an elite defensive center fielder.

We've been hearing the Twins are seriously exploring drafting someone other than Hunter Greene or Brendan McKay, signing that player for a below-slot deal, and then using the extra money to target another top 10 prospect that falls later in the draft, such as Calvin Mitchell. I'd prefer Greene, but Lewis is a legitimate candidate for the top pick because he's considerably easier to sign and still has a very high ceiling.

2. Cincinnati Reds - Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (CA)

A two-way star with arguably the draft's most raw power AND most velocity on the mound, Greene has become a legend in Southern California. He's widely regarded as the draft's top prospect, but as a right handed high school pitcher, the risk is high as well.

Greene also is a very good SS prospect, and would likely be a first round pick even if he couldn't pitch, but his athleticism and potential to be a true ace are what separate him from the rest of the pack in this draft class and make him a potential #1 overall pick. The Reds would likely be ecstatic if the Twins pass on Greene at number 1, as they're clearly rebuilding and can afford to wait for Greene to develop over the next few years.

The Padres drafted McKay in 34th round out of high school, and would likely be doing cartwheels if he was available at #3 after the collegiate season he's having.

McKay has been doing his best Babe Ruth impression at the collegiate level this season. He's made 10 starts on the mound, throwing 67 innings. He has a 2.15 ERA and 95 strikeouts, with just 16 walks for the Louisville Cardinals. 

And just in case being arguably the country's best pitcher wasn't impressive enough, he's also hitting .394/.514/.739 with 35 walks and just 21 strikeouts in 43 games. He's also hit 13 home runs.

It'd be a lot of fun to see a team try to develop him as a closer/1B, allowing him to play every day but only pitch 50-60 innings a season. I doubt we'd see that, but whichever position he is asked to play at the next level, he should be a great player.

Kendall is one of the most dangerous players in college baseball this season, and has been since he arrived at Vanderbilt. He has the potential to be an average defender in center but will likely be an elite defender in left field. He's going to strike out a lot at the next level, and his plate discipline needs some work, but his speed/power combination is MVP-like.

He's hitting .296/.379/.581 in 43 games thus far, with 14 steals and 13 home runs. He continues to strikeout at a high rate, striking out 52 times while walking just 20 times, but his other skills off set that issue and then some. 

Kendall shouldn't need a lot of time in the minor leagues.

The hard-throwing Tar Heel has been on scouts radars for a long time, thanks to one of the most electric arms in recent memory. He can blow hitters away with ease at his best, and the potential to develop into a top of the rotation starter is undeniable.

However, he's not without risk, as scouts believe his secondary pitches are barely average. His slider is improving and may become a very quality pitch, but his changeup is below-average right now and unlikely to ever be more than average in a best-case scenario.

He's been dominant all season though. He's made 11 starts for UNC, going 8-0 with a 1.51 ERA and 96 strikeouts to just 22 walks in just over 71 innings pitched.

His fastball gives him a floor of a top level closer with a ceiling of an ace, so if he can just stay healthy and effective during the remainder of the college season he should be a lock to go inside the top 10. It's a bit surprising he hasn't gotten any top overall pick buzz, but maybe the Twins don't think he can stay as a starter long-term.

Wright remains a top prospect, despite an underwhelming collegiate season to this point. He's posted a 3.66 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 69 and walking 24 in 66 innings of work. However, he's likely going to be drafted very high because most scouts were at his outing against the Florida Gators, where he looked the part of a future major league starter throwing a complete game.

He reminds me of Kyle Gibson coming out of Missouri, who was highly regarded by scouts despite a good, not great, final collegiate season. That doesn't mean Wright won't become a good player, but there are definitely some red flags that would cause me to avoid him this high in the draft.

7. Arizona Diamondbacks - Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS

Beck has climbed up draft boards since an impressive Perfect Game performance in which he showed off an elite arm (97 MPH exit velocity from the outfield) and elite speed (6.64 60-yard-dash) while being one of the best high school hitting prospects in recent memory.

His tools haven't always emerged in game situations, however, which is why he's not a guaranteed top 10 pick despite his clear talent. He'll need to be coached up and developed like most high school outfielders, but the skills this kid has are incredibly rare.

He's not the next Mike Trout, but the athletic profile is very similar.

At 6'5, 225 lbs Faedo has enormous size, and he's become one of the top collegiate pitchers in the country. With college experience and 3 above average pitches, Faedo should move quickly through whichever organization drafts him.

He has a 2.63 ERA in 72 innings with 84 strikeouts and just 22 walks. The upside isn't as enticing as it is with Bukauskas, but Faedo is much more likely to remain a starter long term and shouldn't need a lot of time in the minor leagues before making his debut.

9. Milwaukee Brewers - Mackenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (NC)

The 6'2 170 pound high school left-hander only possesses an average fastball, touching 93 at his best but generally working near 90 MPH. However, his curveball is among the best in the entire draft, and scouts have been very impressed with his natural feel for pitching.

Despite being a high schooler, scouts think he has the ability to move quickly through a team's farm system thanks to his pitching aptitude. If Gore is able to add any kind of velocity to his fastball as he fills out over the next few seasons, he could emerge as the draft's best pitcher sooner than anyone expects.

10. Los Angeles Angels - Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS (KY)

Some scouts feel Adell is the draft's top athlete with a body he's still growing into, while others feel he's never going to turn all of his athleticism into baseball ability. Adell has drawn comparisons to top Twins prospect Byron Buxton. Those are a bit off base, in my opinion, as Adell is nowhere near the hitter Buxton was coming out of high school despite possessing more raw power. Buxton had some concerns, mainly that he played weak competition, but he was widely regarded as the best player in his draft class.

Adell has great speed and should be a very good to great defender in center field. He has a ton of power, but he strikes out a lot for the competition he's playing against and is likely going to strike out at a high rate at the next level.

If he lands with the Angels, expect to hear some Mike Trout comparisons. He's not the next Mike Trout, but the skill sets are similar enough that talking heads will love it.

11. Chicago White Sox - Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (CA)

12. Pittsburgh Pirates - D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (GA)

13. Miami Marlins - Mark Vientos, SS/3B, American Heritage HS (FL)

18. Detroit Tigers - Heliot Ramos, OF, Puerto Rico

20. New York Mets - Sam Carlson, RHP, Burnsville HS (MN)

23. Los Angeles Dodgers - Trevor Rogers, LHP, Carlsbad HS (NM)

24. Boston Red Sox - Hans Crouse, RHP, Dana Hills HS (CA)

25. Washington Nationals - Brady McConnell, SS, Merritt Island HS (FL)

26. Texas Rangers - Nick Allen, SS, Francis Parker HS (CA)

The junior left-hander has sky rocketed up draft boards thanks to an impressive increase in his strikeouts. He's always been a very good strikeout pitcher in college, averaging more than one per inning, but he's become elite this season. Romero is averaging almost 15 K's per 9 innings. 

His college experience and pitch combination should help him move quickly through the minor leagues, and the only reason he may fall out of the top 20 is because he's been suspended multiple times at Houston, including missing four starts this season for violating school policy.

He could conceivably help a team out of the bullpen in September and October, so teams should be worried if he lands with the defending World Champions.

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