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MLB Top Prospects Industry Mock Draft

Let me open by saying that this was a ton of fun. Almost as much fun as hearing the crack of the bat or a ball smacking into a leather glove. Almost. When I first had the idea to do this, I had one aspect that I wanted to focus on and hammer home. Live looks. There have been plenty of mock drafts out there featuring MLB top prospects, but I wanted to focus on people, like myself, that are at the field getting first-hand looks at these prospects.

So, I went through my contacts, twitter messages, and that mushy thing between my ears that sometimes works and started reaching out to people that cover prospects and get to the field early and often. There are plenty out there, but these are the 16 writers/analysts that it came down to. A star-studded lineup, if I do say so myself. I would use a Murder’s row reference, but I’m a Red Sox fan, so none of that.

All of the people participating in this are people I have the utmost respect for as writers and prospect analysts. I encourage you all to follow each of them if you aren’t already and read/watch as much of their work as you can (along with mine of course). There’s a lot of great analysts out there to give you your prospect fix. I urge you to utilize them all.

Mock Draft Participants/Draft Order

1. Jason Pennini (@JasonPennini) – Prospects Live

2. Eddy Almaguer (@EddyAlmaguer) – Prospects Live

3. Scott Greene (@Scotty_Ballgame) – Prospects 1500

4. Connor Kurcon (@ckurcon) – Six Man Rotation

5. Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame)- Prospects Live

6. Chris Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) – Prospect One

7. John Calvagno (@SALNotes) – Notes From the Sally

8. Eric Cross (@EricCross04) – FantraxHQ

9. Andy Singleton (@Peoplezpen) – Razzball

10. Chris Blessing (@C_Blessing) – Baseball HQ

11. Ralph Lifshitz (@ProspectJesus)- Prospects Live

12. Matt Thompson (@mdthompFWFB)- Prospects Live

13. Ray Butler (@Prospects365) – Prospects 365

14. Rhys White (@RhysBWhite) – Six Man Rotation

15. James Anderson (@RealJRAnderson) – Rotowire

16. Lance Brozdowski (@LanceBrozdow)- Prospects Live

The point of this all is to get past the numbers and all the unnecessary garbage. Numbers are fine and all, and I myself use them, but numbers are far from the whole story when it comes to prospects. For a good example of this, look at Noah Syndergaard. He had a 4.60 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 10.4 H/9 during his final full minor league season back in 2014 for Triple-A Las Vegas. People forget that the PCL is notorious for being very hitter-friendly. Since then, he’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball. And on the flip side, we have Byron Buxton. Need I say more?

That’s why my focus for this was on the first-hand looks. Numbers can’t tell you if a slugger is incorporating his lower half in his swing, if a pitcher is extending enough, or if a shortstop has the range and arm strength to remain at the position long term. You have to get your rear end down to the field and put the work in.

Alright, enough rambling. Let’s get mocking!

Prospects Mock Draft

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MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 26: Toronto Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) salutes the crowd during the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Toronto Blue Jays spring training game on March 26, 2018, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire)
Pick #
ManagerPlayer SelectionPositionMLB Team
11Jason PenniniVladimir Guerrero Jr.3BTOR
2Eddy AlmaguerEloy JimenezOFCHW
3Scott GreeneFernando Tatis Jr.SSSD
4Connor KurconKyle TuckerOFHOU
5Jason WoodellWander FrancoSSTB
6Chris WelshBo BichetteSSTOR
7John CalvagnoVictor RoblesOFWAS
8Eric CrossRoyce LewisSSMIN
9Andy SingletonNick Senzel3BCIN
10Chris BlessingJo AdellOFLAA
11Ralph LifshitzAlex KirilloffOFMIN
12Matt ThompsonAndres GimenezSSNYM
13Ray ButlerTaylor TrammellOFCIN
14Rhys WhiteForrest WhitleyRHPHOU
15James AndersonJesus LuzardoLHPOAK
16Lance BrozdowskiLuis RobertOFCHW
217Lance BrozdowskiMacKenzie GoreLHPSD
18James AndersonYordan AlvarezOFHOU
19Rhys WhiteKeston Hiura2BMIL
20Ray ButlerCarter KieboomSSWAS
21Matt ThompsonJesus SanchezOFTB
22Ralph LifshitzNolan Gorman3BSTL
23Chris BlessingJarred KelenicOFNYM
24Andy SingletonMichael KopechRHPCHW
25Eric CrossPeter Alonso1BNYM
26John CalvagnoBrendan Rodgers2B/SSCOL
27Chris WelshLuis Urias2BSD
28Jason WoodellTouki ToussaintRHPATL
29Connor KurconAustin Riley3BATL
30Scott GreeneChris PaddackRHPSD
31Eddy AlmaguerXavier EdwardsSSSD
32Jason PenniniJonathan IndiaINFCIN
333Jason PenniniAlex VerdugoOFLAD
34Eddy AlmaguerEstevan FlorialOFNYY
35Scott GreeneLuis GarciaSSWAS
36Connor KurconVidal Brujan2BTB
37Jason WoodellDanny JansenCTOR
38Chris WelshVictor Victor MesaOFMIA
39John CalvagnoAlex ReyesRHPSTL
40Eric CrossJoey BartCSF
41Andy SingletonNick Madrigal2BCHW
42Chris BlessingMike SorokaRHPATL
43Ralph LifshitzNate Lowe1BTB
44Matt ThompsonA.J. PukLHPOAK
45Ray ButlerBrent HoneywellRHPTB
46Rhys WhiteKristian RobinsonOFARI
47James AndersonMatt ManningRHPDET
48Lance BrozdowskiSixto SanchezRHPPHI
449Lance BrozdowskiFrancisco MejiaCSD
50James AndersonGarrett Hampson2BCOL
51Rhys WhiteKeibert RuizCLAD
52Ray ButlerKhalil LeeOFKC
53Matt ThompsonCristian PacheOFATL
54Ralph LifshitzCasey MizeRHPDET
55Chris BlessingBrandon MarshOFLAA
56Andy SingletonTriston McKenzieRHPCLE
57Eric CrossDylan CeaseRHPCHW
58John CalvagnoDrew WatersOFATL
59Chris WelshTrevor LarnachOFMIN
60Jason WoodellIan AndersonRHPATL
61Connor KurconAdrian MorejonLHPSD
62Scott GreeneGavin LuxSS/3B/2BLAD
63Eddy AlmaguerBryse WilsonRHPATL
64Jason PenniniYusniel DiazOFBAL
565Jason PenniniMichel BaezRHPSD
66Eddy AlmaguerJordyn AdamsOFLAA
67Scott GreeneKevin SmithSSTOR
68Connor KurconGeorge ValeraOFCLE
69Jason WoodellLeodys TaverasOFTEX
70Chris WelshEsteury Ruiz2BSD
71John CalvagnoOneil CruzSSPIT
72Eric CrossJulio Pablo MartinezOFTEX
73Andy SingletonNolan Jones3BCLE
74Chris BlessingLuis PatinoRHPSD
75Ralph LifshitzAlec Bohm3BPHI
76Matt ThompsonColton Welker3BCOL
77Ray ButlerKe'Bryan Hayes3BPIT
78Rhys WhiteIsaac Paredes2BDET
79James AndersonHudson Potts3BSD
80Lance BrozdowskiNate PearsonRHPTOR
681Lance BrozdowskiSeuly MatiasOFKC
82James AndersonJosh JamesRHPHOU
83Rhys WhiteRyan Mountcastle3BBAL
84Ray ButlerJahmai Jones2BLAA
85Matt ThompsonJon DuplantierRHPARI
86Ralph LifshitzDaulton VarshoCARI
87Chris BlessingWill SmithCLAD
88Andy SingletonBubba ThompsonOFTEX
89Eric CrossHunter GreeneRHPCIN
90John CalvagnoMark Vientos3BNYM
91Chris WelshAustin BeckOFOAK
92Jason WoodellBrendan McKay1B/LHPTB
93Connor KurconRonny MauricioSSNYM
94Scott GreeneBrusdar GraterolRHPMIN
95Eddy AlmaguerDeivi GarciaRHPNYY
96Jason PenniniCole WinnRHPTEX
797Jason PenniniMitch KellerRHPPIT
98Eddy AlmaguerBrandon Lowe2B/OFTB
99Scott GreeneRonaldo HernandezCTB
100Connor KurconGriffin CanningRHPLAA
101Jason WoodellEric PardinhoRHPTOR
102Chris WelshMarco LucianoSSSF
103John CalvagnoHeliot RamosOFSF
104Eric CrossGrant Lavigne1BCOL
105Andy SingletonWander JavierSSMIN
106Chris BlessingDaz CameronOFDET
107Ralph LifshitzLuis GarciaSSPHI
108Matt ThompsonJulio RodriguezOFSEA
109Ray ButlerKyle WrightRHPATL
110Rhys WhiteMonte HarrisonOFMIA
111James AndersonD’Shawn KnowlesOFLAA
112Lance BrozdowskiIsan Diaz2BMIA
8113Lance BrozdowskiMatthew LiberatoreLHPTB
114James AndersonDL HallLHPBAL
115Rhys WhiteJordan Groshans3BTOR
116Ray ButlerBrent Rooker1B/OFMIN
117Matt ThompsonCorey RayOFMIL
118Ralph LifshitzAdonis MedinaRHPPHI
119Chris BlessingJustus SheffieldLHPNYY
120Andy SingletonJustin DunnRHPNYM
121Eric CrossMichael Chavis3B/1BBOS
122John CalvagnoM.J. MelendezCKC
123Chris WelshJeter DownsSSCIN
124Jason WoodellWenceel PerezSSDET
125Connor KurconJazz ChisholmSSARI
126Scott GreeneEvan White1BSEA
127Eddy AlmaguerJonathan LoaisigaRHPNYY
128Jason PenniniElehuris Montero3BSTL
9129Jason PenniniTriston Casas1BBOS
130Eddy AlmaguerAntonio CabelloOFNYY
131Scott GreeneSandy AlcantaraRHPMIA
132Connor KurconTony SantillanRHPCIN
133Jason WoodellJosh NaylorOF/1BSD
134Chris WelshNick Pratto1BKC
135John CalvagnoShervyen NewtonSSNYM
136Eric CrossLogan AllenLHPSD
137Andy SingletonMiguel AmayaCCHC
138Chris BlessingLucius FoxSSTB
139Ralph LifshitzBrayan RocchioSSCLE
140Matt ThompsonKyler MurrayOFOAK
141Ray ButlerCorbin MartinRHPHOU
142Rhys WhiteNico HoernerSSCHC
143James AndersonTyler FreemanSSCLE
144Lance BrozdowskiTirso OrnelasOFSD
10145Lance BrozdowskiJoey WentzLHPATL
146James AndersonLuis Rengifo2BLAA
147Rhys WhiteFreudis NovaSSHOU
148Ray ButlerWilliam ContrerasCATL
149Matt ThompsonAdam HaseleyOFPHI
150Ralph LifshitzCal MitchellOFPIT
151Chris BlessingSeth BeerOFHOU
152Andy SingletonTristen LutzOFMIL
153Eric CrossLazaro ArmenterosOFOAK
154John CalvagnoTravis SwaggertyOFPIT
155Chris WelshBrady SingerRHPKC
156Jason WoodellBlake RutherfordOFCHW
157Connor KurconNick Solak2BTB
158Scott GreeneGreyson JenistaOFATL
159Eddy AlmaguerSherten Apostel3BTEX
160Jason PenniniAlek ThomasOFARI
11161Jason PenniniJ.B BukauskasRHPHOU
162Eddy AlmaguerTucupita Marcano2BSD
163Scott GreeneBobby Dalbec3BBOS
164Connor KurconAbraham Toro-Hernandez3BHOU
165Jason WoodellKyle MullerLHPATL
166Chris WelshEthan HankinsRHPCLE
167John CalvagnoAnderson EspinozaRHPSD
168Eric CrossOrelvis MartinezSSTOR
169Andy SingletonChristin StewartOFDET
170Chris BlessingMicker AdolfoOFCHW
171Ralph LifshitzMalcolm Nunez3BSTL
172Matt ThompsonAustin HaysOFBAL
173Ray ButlerJeisson RosarioOFSD
174Rhys WhiteLuis OviedoRHPCLE
175James AndersonJorge MateoSSOAK
176Lance BrozdowskiBraxton GarrettLHPMIA
12177Lance BrozdowskiDaulton JefferiesRHPOAK
178James AndersonJeremiah JacksonSSLAA
179Rhys WhiteZack Collins1BCHW
180Ray ButlerDane DunningRHPCHW
181Matt ThompsonRandy ArozarenaOFSTL
182Ralph LifshitzLuis Alexander BasabeOFCHW
183Chris BlessingGilberto CelestinoOFMIN
184Andy SingletonShane BazRHPTB
185Eric CrossCavan Biggio2BTOR
186John CalvagnoTrevor RogersLHPMIA
187Chris WelshMike SianiOFCIN
188Jason WoodellParker MeadowsOFDET
189Connor KurconGeraldo PerdomoSSARI
190Scott GreeneAkil BaddooOFMIN
191Eddy AlmaguerTaylor WidenerRHPARI
192Jason PenniniAndrew KniznerCSTL
13193Jason PenniniTyler Nevin1BCOL
194Eddy AlmaguerCarlos RinconOFLAD
195Scott GreeneMiguel Vargas3BLAD
196Connor KurconDaniel LynchLHPKC
197Jason WoodellKevin MaitanSSLAA
198Chris WelshDJ PetersOFLAD
199John CalvagnoJoe PalumboLHPTEX
200Eric CrossGrayson RodriguezRHPBAL
201Andy SingletonJay GroomeLHPBOS
202Chris BlessingHans CrouseRHPTEX
203Ralph LifshitzRyan McKennaOFBAL
204Matt ThompsonJhon TorresOFSTL
205Ray ButlerAlex CanarioOFSF
206Rhys WhiteNick SchnellOFTB
207James AndersonBrice TurangSSMIL
208Lance BrozdowskiJustin WilliamsOFSTL
14209Lance BrozdowskiAdam KloffensteinRHPTOR
210James AndersonGabriel AriasSSSD
211Rhys WhiteKyle IsbelOFKC
212Ray ButlerNick NeidertRHPMIA
213Matt ThompsonLuis MedinaRHPNYY
214Ralph LifshitzEverson PereiraOFNYY
215Chris BlessingSean MurphyCOAK
216Andy SingletonKolby AllardLHPATL
217Eric CrossConnor ScottOFMIA
218John CalvagnoLolo SanchezOFPIT
219Chris WelshAlex FaedoRHPDET
220Jason WoodellLuiz GoharaLHPATL
221Connor KurconDustin MayRHPLAD
222Scott GreeneAntoni FloresSSBOS
223Eddy AlmaguerMyles StrawOFHOU
224Jason PenniniLuis GilRHPNYY
15225Jason PenniniRylan Bannon2BBAL
226Eddy AlmaguerCole RoedererOFCHC
227Scott GreeneMichael KingRHPNYY
228Connor KurconMoises GomezOFTB
229Jason WoodellRoansy ContrerasRHPNYY
230Chris WelshShed Long2BCIN
231John CalvagnoJackson KowarRHPKC
232Eric CrossFranklin PerezRHPDET
233Andy SingletonPavin Smith1BARI
234Chris BlessingNick GordonSSMIN
235Ralph LifshitzTaylor HearnLHPTEX
236Matt ThompsonEddy DiazSSCOL
237Ray ButlerOscar MercadoOFCLE
238Rhys WhiteRyan WeathersLHPSD
239James AndersonFrancisco MoralesRHPPHI
240Lance BrozdowskiWill BensonOFCLE
16241Lance BrozdowskiMickey MoniakOFPHI
242James AndersonBo NaylorCCLE
243Rhys WhiteJose SiriOFCIN
244Ray ButlerJhailyn OrtizOFPHI
245Matt ThompsonAlexander VargasSSNYY
246Ralph LifshitzDennis SantanaRHPLAD
247Chris BlessingJake McCarthyOFARI
248Andy SingletonRyan ViladeSSCOL
249Eric CrossJean Carlos Encarnacion3BBAL
250John CalvagnoDominic AbbadessaOFTOR
251Chris WelshMiguel Hiraldo3BTOR
252Jason WoodellOsiris JohnsonSSMIA
253Connor KurconLogan GilbertRHPSEA
254Scott GreeneSkye BoltOFOAK
255Eddy AlmaguerJordan YamamotoRHPMIA
256Jason PenniniBlaze AlexanderINFARI
17257Jason PenniniNicky LopezSSKC
258Eddy AlmaguerTony GonsolinRHPLAD
259Scott GreeneBuddy ReedOFSD
260Connor KurconDylan CarlsonOFSTL
261Jason WoodellBrock DeatherageOFDET
262Chris WelshZac LowtherLHPBAL
263John CalvagnoAnthony KayLHPNYM
264Eric CrossTristan PompeyOFMIA
265Andy SingletonSean Reid-FoleyRHPTOR
266Chris BlessingThomas SzapuckiLHPNYM
267Ralph LifshitzJonathan Ornelas2B/SS/3BTEX
268Matt ThompsonDean KremerRHPBAL
269Ray ButlerYasel AntunaINFWAS
270Rhys WhiteNoelvi MarteSSSEA
271James AndersonLenny TorresRHPCLE
272Lance BrozdowskiStarling HerediaOFLAD
18273Lance BrozdowskiSteele WalkerOFCHW
274James AndersonGarrett WhitleyOFTB
275Rhys WhiteDarwinzon HernandezLHPBOS
276Ray ButlerEzequiel Duran2BNYY
277Matt ThompsonJames KaprielianRHPOAK
278Ralph LifshitzAlex LangeRHPCHC
279Chris BlessingMason DenaburgRHPWAS
280Andy SingletonWillians AstudilloCMIN
281Eric CrossWilli CastroSSDET
282John CalvagnoGarrett WhitlockRHPNYY
283Chris WelshKevin AlcantaraOFNYY
284Jason WoodellAnthony GarciaOFNYY
285Connor KurconMatt Thaiss1BLAA
286Scott GreeneEmilio VargasRHPARI
287Eddy AlmaguerDiosbel Arias3BTEX
288Jason PenniniSpencer HowardRHPPHI
19289Jason PenniniTroy StokesOFMIL
290Eddy AlmaguerCal StevensonOFTOR
291Scott GreeneAnderson Tejeda2BTEX
292Connor KurconDiego CartayaCLAD
293Jason WoodellDaniel Brito2BPHI
294Chris WelshJunior SanquintinSSCLE
295John CalvagnoLuis GonzalezOFCHW
296Eric CrossClarke SchmidtRHPNYY
297Andy SingletonGabriel RodriguezSSCLE
298Chris BlessingYefri Del RosarioRHPKC
299Ralph LifshitzOsiel RodriguezRHPNYY
300Matt ThompsonCarlos VargasRHPCLE
301Ray ButlerAlbert AbreuRHPNYY
302Rhys WhiteStarlyn CastilloRHPPHI
303James AndersonMisael UrbinaOFMIN
304Lance BrozdowskiGriffin ConineOFTOR
20305Lance BrozdowskiJhoan DuranRHPMIN
306James AndersonJake FraleyOFTB
307Rhys WhiteAdrian HernandezOFNYM
308Ray ButlerJeren KendallOFLAD
309Matt ThompsonRaynel DelgadoINFCLE
310Ralph LifshitzJoe GrayOFMIL
311Chris BlessingJean CarmonaSSBAL
312Andy SingletonRichard GallardoRHPCHC
313Eric CrossShane McClanahanLHPTB
314John CalvagnoFreddy TarnokRHPATL
315Chris WelshDanny Diaz3BBOS
316Jason WoodellAnthony SieglerCNYY
317Connor KurconCole RagansLHPTEX
318Scott GreeneRyan Noda1BTOR
319Eddy AlmaguerRochest Cruz2BCHC
320Jason PenniniTJ ZeuchRHPTOR
21321Jason PenniniAndy Young2BSTL
322Eddy AlmaguerCole TuckerSSPIT
323Scott GreeneDenyi ReyesRHPBOS
324Connor KurconYoendrys GomezRHPNYY
325Jason WoodellKevin NewmanSSPIT
326Chris WelshFrainyer ChavezSSTEX
327John CalvagnoJake Scheiner3BPHI
328Eric CrossLuis Santana2BNYM
329Andy SingletonThomas JonesOFMIA
330Chris BlessingJeremy EiermanSSOAK
331Ralph LifshitzYunior Severino2BMIN
332Matt ThompsonDakota HudsonRHPSTL
333Ray ButlerJoJo RomeroLHPPHI
334Rhys WhiteBeau BurrowsRHPDET
335James AndersonAndres MunozRHPSD
336Lance BrozdowskiKris BubicLHPKC
22337Lance BrozdowskiNick Dunn2BSTL
338James AndersonJohnathan RodriguezOFCLE
339Rhys WhiteJorge GuzmanRHPMIA
340Ray ButlerJake Burger3BCHW
341Matt ThompsonLane ThomasOFSTL
342Ralph LifshitzAlvin GuzmanOFARI
343Chris BlessingLucas Erceg3BMIL
344Andy SingletonPatrick SandovalLHPLAA
345Eric CrossKyle LewisOFSEA
346John CalvagnoWill StewartLHPPHI
347Chris WelshChristopher SeiseSSTEX
348Jason WoodellCristian Santana3BLAD
349Connor KurconChris Shaw1BSF
350Scott GreeneColin PocheLHPTB
351Eddy AlmaguerConnor Joe1BLAD
352Jason PenniniGilberto JimenezOFBOS
23353Jason PenniniDesmond LindsayOFNYM
354Eddy AlmaguerFrank Schwindel1BKC
355Scott GreeneBrewer HicklenOFKC
356Connor KurconSimeon Woods RichardsonRHPNYM
357Jason WoodellHuascar YnoaRHPATL
358Chris WelshRichard Palacios3BCLE
359John CalvagnoPedro Castellanos1BBOS
360Eric CrossSam HilliardOFCOL
361Andy SingletonLuis Arraez2BMIN
362Chris BlessingCJ Alexander3BATL
363Ralph LifshitzSeth RomeroLHPWAS
364Matt ThompsonMariel BautistaOFCIN
365Ray ButlerIbandel Isabel1BCIN
366Rhys WhiteDrew Ellis3BARI
367James AndersonBrennen DavisOFCHC
368Lance BrozdowskiAndy YerzyCARI
24369Lance BrozdowskiTyler BeedeRHPSF
370James AndersonTyler IveyRHPHOU
371Rhys WhiteRaimfer SalinasOFNYY
372Ray ButlerJoerlin De Los SantosOFSTL
373Matt ThompsonMichael GettysOFSD
374Ralph LifshitzJosh StowersOFSEA
375Chris BlessingBryson Brigman2BMIA
376Andy SingletonBobby Bradley1BCLE
377Eric CrossYu Chang3BCLE
378John CalvagnoJarren DuranOFBOS
379Chris WelshSandy GastonRHPTB
380Jason WoodellJosh Fuentes3BCOL
381Connor KurconJairo SolisRHPHOU
382Scott GreeneTyler PhillipsRHPTEX
383Eddy AlmaguerJose De La CruzOFDET
384Jason PenniniAustin ListiOFPHI
25385Jason PenniniEsteban Quiroz2BBOS
386Eddy AlmaguerTrevor StephanRHPNYY
387Scott GreeneAustin AllenCSD
388Connor KurconDaShawn KeirseyOFMIN
389Jason WoodellBrock BurkeLHPTB
390Chris WelshTrent DeveauxOFLAA
391John CalvagnoGregory SantosRHPSF
392Eric CrossJameson HannahOFOAK
393Andy SingletonDavid PetersonLHPNYM
394Chris BlessingTaj BradleyRHPTB
395Ralph LifshitzConnor MarabellOFCLE
396Matt ThompsonAramis AdemanSSCHC
397Ray ButlerGavin Sheets1BCHW
398Rhys WhiteRonny Rojas2BNYY
399James AndersonLewis ThorpeLHPMIN
400Lance BrozdowskiEguy Rosario2BSD
26401Lance BrozdowskiReggie LawsonRHPSD
402James AndersonRichie MartinSSOAK
403Rhys WhiteOwen WhiteRHPTEX
404Ray ButlerDiego RinconesOFSF
405Matt ThompsonConner CapelOFSTL
406Ralph LifshitzEnyel De Los SantosRHPPHI
407Chris BlessingSeby ZavalaCCHW
408Andy SingletonJeremiah EstradaRHPCHC
409Eric CrossJonathan HernandezRHPTEX
410John CalvagnoDaniel MontanoOFCOL
411Chris WelshLuken Baker1BSTL
412Jason WoodellDarick Hall1BPHI
413Connor KurconJose SuarezLHPLAA
414Scott GreeneJared OlivaOFPIT
415Eddy AlmaguerBrian MillerOFMIA
416Jason PenniniZach HaakeRHPKC
27417Jason PenniniJulian SmithLHPLAD
418Eddy AlmaguerEdward CabreraRHPMIA
419Scott GreeneFreicer PerezRHPNYY
420Connor KurconTyler StephensonCCIN
421Jason WoodellJose SorianoRHPLAA
422Chris WelshVictor Mesa JrOFMIA
423John CalvagnoQuinn BrodeyOFNYM
424Eric CrossBryan ReynoldsOFPIT
425Andy SingletonMichell MilianoRHPSD
426Chris BlessingJacob HeatherlyLHPCIN
427Ralph LifshitzSam HentgesLHPCLE
428Matt ThompsonTyreque Reed1BTEX
429Ray ButlerLuis CampusanoCSD
430Rhys WhiteNick Northcut3BBOS
431James AndersonCarlos RodriguezOFMIL
432Lance BrozdowskiTyler KolekRHPMIA
28433Lance BrozdowskiIzzy WilsonOFATL
434James AndersonElvin RodriguezRHPDET
435Rhys WhiteCristian JavierRHPHOU
436Ray ButlerLeonardo Jimenez2B/SSTOR
437Matt ThompsonTahnaj ThomasRHPCLE
438Ralph LifshitzAlex McKennaOFHOU
439Chris BlessingZack BurdiRHPCHW
440Andy SingletonRiley PintRHPCOL
441Eric CrossNick DeckerOFBOS
442John CalvagnoJasseel De La CruzRHPATL
443Chris WelshStuart FairchildOFCIN
444Jason WoodellJeison GuzmanSSKC
445Connor KurconJose Miranda2B/3BMIN
446Scott GreeneJoe McCarthyOFTB
447Eddy AlmaguerJack HermanOFPIT
448Jason PenniniCarlos HernandezRHPKC
29449Jason PenniniFernando ValdezINFTEX
450Eddy AlmaguerJose Fermin2BCLE
451Scott GreeneKyle DohyLHPPHI
452Connor KurconChris RodriguezRHPLAA
453Jason WoodellJose MaldonadoRHPPIT
454Chris WelshDavis BradshawOFMIA
455John CalvagnoSean HjelleRHPSF
456Eric CrossAlec HansenRHPCHW
457Andy SingletonCionel PerezLHPHOU
458Chris BlessingMichael GigliottiOFKC
459Ralph LifshitzJ.J. Matijevic1B/OFHOU
460Matt ThompsonDelvin PerezSSSTL
461Ray ButlerMicah BelloOFMIL
462Rhys WhiteZack BrownRHPMIL
463James AndersonAlejandro PieSSTB
464Lance BrozdowskiRyan HelsleyRHPSTL
30465Lance BrozdowskiGriffin RobertsRHPSTL
466James AndersonResly LinaresLHPTB
467Rhys WhiteGrant LittleOFSD
468Ray ButlerCarlos MorfaOFCHC
469Matt ThompsonDemi OrimoloyeOFTOR
470Ralph LifshitzEduarqui FernandezOFMIL
471Chris BlessingBen MadisonRHPSF
472Andy SingletonJosiah GrayRHPCIN
473Eric CrossGabriel MacielOFMIN
474John CalvagnoGage CanningOFWAS
475Chris WelshAaron AshbyLHPMIL
476Jason WoodellStanley RosarioOFNYY
477Connor KurconEli White2BOAK
478Scott GreeneBrailyn MarquezLHPCHC
479Eddy AlmaguerHeriberto HernandezCTEX
480Jason PenniniSheldon Neuse3BOAK

By Team in Top-100

11: San Diego

8: Tampa Bay

7: Atlanta

5: Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

4: Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota, Texas

3: Arizona, Cleveland, Colorado, Detroit, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Washington

2: Baltimore, Kansas City, New York Yankees, Philadelphia, St. Louis

1: Miami, Milwaukee, San Francisco

0: Boston, Chicago Cubs, Seattle

By Team Overall

San Diego (28), New York Yankees (25), Tampa Bay (24), Cleveland (23), Texas (20), Atlanta/Miami/St. Louis/Toronto (19), Minnesota/Philadelphia (18), Chicago White Sox/Kansas City (17), Houston/Los Angeles Dodgers (16), Cincinnati/Los Angeles Angels/New York Mets/Oakland (15), Arizona/Boston/Detroit (14), Milwaukee/Pittsburgh (12), Baltimore/Chicago Cubs/Colorado (11), San Francisco (10), Washington (7), Seattle (6).

Participant Recaps

Eric Cross – Fantrax (@EricCross04)

With this star-studded cast, I knew I was going to get sniped plenty. Everyone here knows their stuff so it was bound to happen. With my first pick at #8 overall, I stupidly hoped that Wander Franco would fall to me. Nope, no such luck, but I hapily took my #6 overall prospect in Royce Lewis here. With two 60-grade of better tools (hit, speed) and developing power, he’s one name I can see making the leap into the top-3 by this time next season.

In the second round, I wanted a power bat and was targeting my boy Nolan Gorman, but again, he went before my pick so I grabbed the 2018 minor league home run king (tied) in Peter Alonso, followed by my top overall dynasty catcher, Joey Bart, in round three at #40 overall. Dylan Cease fell to be in the 4th round following a dominant 2018 campaign. I have him well inside my top-50 overall, so this felt like great value to me.

My Favorite Picks – One of my favorite picks of the draft had to be Hunter Greene at 7.89. The elbow woes do cause some concern, but this is a potential ace in the back end of the top-100 due to his electric heater and developing secondary pitches. Logan Allen at 9.136 seemed like good value as well. He doesn’t get quite the same pub as other top-notch hurlers, but his three above-average to plus offerings and solid command have him within my top-100 overall.

Cavan Biggio fell big time in this draft. I was looking at him for a few rounds before I actually took him at 12.185. The power is legit and I’m a big fan of his plate discipline that led to a 17.8% walk rate for Double-A New Hampshire this season. Sure, the hit tool needs some work and you’d like to see him limit his strikeouts better, but this is a .250/.380/.500 type of hitter with 25-30 HR upside and enough speed to steal 10-15 bags annually.

Other picks that I liked the value on were Shane McClanahan (20.313), Yu Chang (24.377), Nick Decker (28.441), and Alec Hansen (29.456).

My Favorite Picks Made by Others: Garrett Hampson (4.50 – James Anderson), Nate Pearson (5.80 – Lance Brozdowski), Mark Vientos (6.90 – John Calvagno), Malcom Nunez (11.171 – Ralph Lifshitz), Akil Baddoo (12.190 – Scott Greene), Brock Deatherage (17.261 – Jason Woodell).

John Calvagno – Notes from the Sally (@SALNotes)

It was a thrill to be a part of the #ProspectMock480, Eric assembled a very talented group of prospectors, including many of my favorites in the industry.

In the early rounds of the mock, I was content taking high profile players that were slipping into the bargain range: Robles at #7, Rodgers at #26 and Alex Reyes at #39. From there I wanted to target the top players from the Sally and Appy, as long as the value made sense. I didn’t get all of my targets here but rounds 4-9 were some of the top talents from my region and I liked the value of each player where I got them: Drew Waters, Oneil Cruz, Mark Vientos, Heliot Ramos, MJ Melendez, and Shervyen Newton.

After Newton in round 9, I had reached a new tier on my regional board and I didn’t love the value in the 150 range. So I went for best available using James Anderson’s and Ralph Lifshitz’s big boards, nabbing Travis Swaggerty, (my jam) Anderson Espinoza and Joe Palumbo. From there I mostly went best available from the leagues I cover, hopefully shining a light on some talented but under the radar players. And with the last few picks, I nabbed a few kids I’m looking forward to watching in 2019.

Scott Greene – Prospects1500 (@ScottyBallgame)

You usually won’t see someone pick 4 SS’s out of his first 5 picks, but… since we were drafting based on “best prospect available,” that’s exactly what I did. Fernando Tatis, Jr. was my 1st choice (3rd overall behind Vlad and Eloy) but I just couldn’t pass up on these other solid talents in the early rounds.

Following my 2nd round grab (Chris Paddack) I was targeting Washington’s, Luis Garcia. I got him with the 3rd pick in the 3rd round (35th overall) which may have been a little reach, but I knew Rotowire’s James Anderson loves him and was definitely going to snag him if I didn’t. Anderson currently has Garcia ranked 17th overall on his Top 400 Fantasy Baseball Prospects list.

Then I couldn’t help but take Gavin Lux and Kevin Smith with my next two picks. They both had great 2018 seasons, their stat lines showed improvement for the levels they were playing at, and I figured I really didn’t need another middle infielder for the rest of the draft (although I drafted one other – Anderson Tejeda in the 19th round).

My spot 3rd overall made it an interesting one knowing that each time it came back to me I had two of the next six picks, with only Eddy Almaguer and Jason Pennini taking players in between my picks. I almost always got the two players I was targeting at my turn as I soon learned that Eddy and Jason were usually looking at other factors in determining their prospects choices in this huge mock draft.

To touch on some of my other favorite picks based on draft position, overall value and chance to follow up 2018 with solid 2019 season, here are a few others:

Bobby Dalbec (11.3, 163 overall) – Bobby Dalbombs as some of us Red Sox fans like to call him. Huge power that could play in the majors. We just have to see if he can follow up his big 2018 and there are many who think he’s not going to hit better than .220/.230. I put him in the .250/.260 range with 30+ HR power.

Akil Baddoo (12.14, 190 overall) – I honestly thought Baddoo should have been taken just outside of the Top 100. After landing a few of the other guys on my list in rounds 8-11 I couldn’t pass on Baddoo any longer. The Twins OF prospect has the tools to be an all-around star. He struggled some in Cedar Rapids (A, Midwest League) in 2018 hitting only .243, but I like the 11 HR, 40 RBI, and 24 SB. I think he can build on that and improve the AVG too.

Buddy Reed (17.3, 259 overall) – How does the MVP of the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game fall this far? The Middletown, RI native split 2018 between A+/AA and had 13 HR, 62 RBI, and 51 SB, although he only slashed .271/.319/.435. I guess all the other guys in the mock didn’t like the slash line and don’t expect him to improve on those numbers. I’m guessing they also passed on him because he was 23 in Double-A.

Colin Poche (22.14, 350 overall) and Kyle Dohy (29.3, 451 overall) – Honestly, I may have been the only guy out of 16 that was looking at dominant relief pitchers. Maybe left-handed RPs are harder to project than other top pitching prospects, but I’m not sleeping on their eye-popping stats. Poche, 24, was 6-0 between AA/AAA, with 110 K in 66 IP (15 K/9) and a 0.82 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. Dominance! Dohy, 22, put up similar numbers over 3 levels (A/A+/AA) with 111 K in 67.1 IP (14.8 K/9).

Two other picks I want to touch on are Austin Allen (25.3, 387 overall) and Brailyn Marquez (30.14, 478 overall). Shout out to Ben Wilson (@TBDubbs11) for showing me the way on Allen. With Ronaldo Hernandez (7.3, 99) the only other catcher on my roster, Allen certainly fits nicely in this spot. He had a good season at Double-A San Antonio (22 HR, 56 RBI, .290 AVG) and could be on track to reach San Diego in 2019, depending on how Francisco Mejia fares.

Marquez was my final pick in the 30th round and he’s considered by some to be in the Cubs Top-5 prospects. He’s a 19-year-old coming off 10 starts with Short-Season Eugene in the Northwest League and then two starts for South Bend in the Midwest League. Combined he put up a 3.13 ERA, struck out 59 in 54.2 IP. He should spend most of 2019 between A/A+ and will be fun to monitor his progress. A very late round steal in my book!

Thanks to Eric Cross for assembling this group of prospecting minds and including me to represent Prospects1500.

James Anderson – Rotowire (@RealJRAnderson)

My picks: This was a very strong group of participants, so, unfortunately, nobody “fell” to me in the first two rounds. Even when I did start to get good values (according to my rankings), I was not surprised, just knowing how much higher I am than the pack on some of these guys. Matt Manning, DL Hall, Tyler Freeman, Francisco Morales and Jake Fraley were five guys I was very confident I would end up with. That’s the thing about an exercise like this, if you’re prepared, you should get a ton of “your guys”. You could probably show these final 30-prospect rosters to 10 different people and get 10 different responses for who had the best draft, which is how it should be.

My best pick: DL Hall at pick No. 114. I have him ranked inside my top 50.

Best overall pick: So many options here, but I’ll go with Ray Butler’s Ke’Bryan Hayes selection with the No. 77 overall pick. He is in my top 25, so that’s excellent value. Honorable mention to Matt Thompson getting Jhon Torres at pick 204.

Approach: I maintain my top 400 prospect rankings year round, so I’m leaning heavily on that in any exercise like this. This mock was particularly helpful for me, however, given where it fell in the calendar, as I got to battle test my rankings before finalizing them in the RotoWire baseball magazine. On roughly 75 percent of my picks I took the top player available on my rankings, but on another 25 percent, I found myself moving players up my board when push came to shove.

Chris Blessing – BaseballHQ (@C_Blessing)

In mock drafts, I try to draft as if this is for keeps. Priority one is to get a potential game-changing top prospect in round 1. Check. Angels OF Jo Adell is a top 5 fantasy prospect. In a draft with media types who grind at the park like much of the group does, I knew my advantage would be finding their scouting bias and figuring out where there were coverage outages. I hit the Texas League and the Midwest League hard, knowing guys would be undervalued because the coverage in those leagues amongst the group (as a whole) was lacking.

I made some strategic conservative picks as well, especially when the guys hit the lower minors hard early and often. Don’t get me wrong, I still went after guys I liked and picked Mets OF Jarred Kelenic just to get one of my Appy targets, even though it was about 2 or 3 rounds earlier than I had him ranked. I let the other owners take the big chances as I preferred the Mike Soroka’s and the Daz Cameron’s over the hot complex names.

My team is consistent with my recent roster-building strategies, even though, I only own Angels OF Brandon Marsh, Rays IF Lucius Fox, and White Sox OF Micker Adolfo in multiple formats. I want a mix of upside and floor. This team is just that. My favorite pick was Royals RHP Yelfri Del Rosario in round 19. I just love the potential with finish beyond his years. My biggest regret wasn’t targeting enough catchers. I chose three, Dodgers Will Smith, Athletics Sean Murphy, and White Sox Seby Zavala, but should have targeted five, considering 30 slots and the struggles finding quality regulars at the position.

As we got later in the draft, I made some heart picks. I picked a dude one of my best friends in baseball was the signing scout for and a guy I really like who I scouted as an associate scout this past spring. It’s okay targeting those heart picks late. My final pick, Giants RHP Ben Madison, I targeted as my last pick. I had some good reads and intel on Madison. It’s my most speculative pick.

Connor Kurcon – Six Man Rotation (@ckurcon)

Overall, I thought my draft went pretty well. I got the honor of picking 4th, which made it easy for me to plan, as I knew Vlad, Tatis, and Eloy would go 1-2-3. Ended up going with Kyle Tucker at #4 over Wander Franco, who was picked one pick later. Franco has the potential to be what Vlad Jr is now in 2019, however, for me, the hit/speed/power combo from Tucker, plus the fact that he’s been MLB ready for some time had me selecting him 4th overall.

My general plan was to only take 2-3 pitchers in the top 200 or so, electing to select some more personal favorites that I knew would be there later on in the draft, such as Daniel Lynch at pick 196, who I think has the chance to be one of the best pitchers from the 2018 draft should the velocity uptick he saw after signing hold through 2019.

A few other favorite picks of mine were Vidal Brujan at pick 36, Jazz Chisholm at 125, Dylan Carlson at pick 260, and Jose Suarez at pick 413. Brujan has a chance to become another barrel control/speed guy we’ve been seeing emerge around baseball, in the mold of Ozzie Albies. Gun-to-head, Jazz would be my favorite pick in the draft, as I think he’s an easy top-100 guy for fantasy and I got him a good range outside of that. Tore up High-A as a 20-year-old, will stick at short, and has a real chance to erupt into the spotlight in 2019.

Dylan Carlson gets perpetually underrated. Bat speed and barrel control from the left side and another guy that more than held his own at High-A as a 19-year-old this year; the offensive potential is high for a pick in the mid-200’s. Jose Suarez is not a pick with oozing with upside, but as a lefty with 4 pitches, a bump in velocity (t95), and a better breaking ball this season, he’s a pretty sure bet to be at least a #4 starting pitcher, which is all anyone can possibly be looking for at pick 400+ if they’re honest with themselves. If the command gets better, he could have some #3 SP years.

I had a good time with this draft overall, and I look forward to any future ones.

Rhys White – Six Man Rotation (@RhysBWhite)

Before we get into what my plan was for the draft and how it actually turned out, I wanted to say thank you to Eric Cross for putting this on and for fitting me in this mock with so many great prospect minds (minus Connor Kurcon, my co-prospect analyst at Six Man Rotation). My strategy for #prospectmock480 was to target hitters with good hit tools and to wait on pitchers, and spoiler alert I picked a pitcher with my first pick (shrug emoji).

So I went with the best pitching prospect in all the land to start my draft, as I along with most of the prospect community believe Forrest Whitley has ace upside. I followed that up with Keston Hiura who is an easy plus-plus hitter with emerging power. Then came my spiciest pick of the draft as I will admit I did reach for Kristian Robinson at the 46th overall pick but his tantalizing tools were too much to pass on as he has plus raw power and the chance for plus speed when he breaks into the majors (side note I should not have more twitter followers than Kristian Robinson).

After my spicy pick, I went with three straight prospects who I project out as plus hitters with above average power starting with Dodgers catching prospect Keibert Ruiz, followed by Tigers infield prospect Isaac Paredes, and finishing with O’s prospect Ryan Mountcastle who probably ends up in left field because of his below average arm.

As the unofficial president of the Nico Hoerner fan club, I really liked where I got him with the 142nd overall pick. I believe Hoerner has more than enough range to play shortstop and has the requisite arm strength to stick there, it’s the bat however that gets me excited about the former Stanford Cardinal. Hoerner had one of the more interesting profiles pre-draft as he was someone that showed power with wood bats during the Cape and other collegiate wood bat leagues but that power never materialized when he was playing for Stanford.

Now while he only had 60 plate appearances in pro ball he did slash .327/.450/.527 across three levels, he did mash two homers and stole himself six bases. Hoerner like many college hitters drafted in the first round should be a quick mover through the minors and it just so happens Hoerner went to an organization that has shown a propensity to get the most out of highly drafted college hitters.

After the 10th round I went out and started to grab some pitchers who I deemed to have significant upside and that’s apparent when I drafted freshly signed Starlyn Castillo in the 19th round. The super young Phillies right-hander was their top signee from the rost recent J2 crop and reports are that he has the potential for two plus pitches in the fastball-slider combination. He is on the smaller side as the young Dominican hurler is listed at 6 foot, but he has electric stuff and is in an organization that will give the requisite time to develop.

I usually don’t invest in recent J2 pitchers in my dynasty leagues but I thought if this were to be a league I could sit on Castillo for a few years and draft some closer to the majors pitching prospects later, like Christian Javier in the 28th round and Milwaukee’s Zack Brown in the 29th.

To conclude how I think my team came together, I really liked the farm system I was able to assemble from the 14th spot in the draft. I ended up drafting 10 pitchers which are way more than I honestly was anticipating, however, I liked where I got each of them. The hitters I managed to assemble are either polished hitters with a plus hit tool or Monte Harrison (insert laugh track). If I was invited to a startup dynasty draft where we separately drafted majors and minors I would be extremely happy coming away with this squad

Thanks again to Eric for inviting me to be part of such a great group of prospectors, who you all need to follow before you follow this bum. You can follow me on twitter @RhysBWhite and feel free to ask me any prospect related question.

Eddy Almaguer – Prospects Live (@EddyAlmaguer)

For my first eight picks, I drafted guys I already owned across several dynasty leagues like Antonio Cabello, Bryse Wilson, and Jonathan Loaisiga. But I realized that was a mistake because, among a group of great prospectors, it presented an opportunity to see where some of my favorite players (Dustin May, K.Lee, A.Beck) would get drafted as opposed to making myself the “ADP Enforcer”. As such, for the remainder of the draft, I opted for bats and pitchers I liked but didn’t own anywhere.

Overall I aimed for primarily bats that excel in the on-base percentage because it gives someone an out if the hit tool doesn’t manifest completely. And, well, I play in a metric ton of OBP leagues so I inherently have that bias. That’s why I drafted guys like Sherten Apostel, Cal Stevenson, and Cole Roederer up top and to an extent Jose Fermin, Connor Joe, and Heriberto Hernandez near the end.

Because speed is diminishing in the game, I wasn’t afraid to pop speed demons like Myles Straw, Rochest Cruz, and even Cole Tucker. Don’t be afraid to roster one-dimensional guys in your farm system because they will likely return more value than you think.

For my pitching, I opted for the underappreciated guys as opposed to the top arms. I only drafted eight pitchers (and all righties, though not on purpose) and outside of Deivi Garcia, they’re of the variety that lack much pedigree but are consistently producing. Guys like Taylor Widener, Tony Gonsolin and Jordan Yamamoto aren’t going to be centerpieces of a fantasy trade, but they’re the SP3s and SP4s that will ensure you have a deep staff that’s ready to contribute soon.

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Eric Cross is the lead MLB writer and prospect analyst here on FantraxHQ and has been with the site since March 2017. In the past, he wrote for FantasyPros and FanSided. He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). For more from Eric, check out his author page and follow him on Twitter @EricCross04.

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