The 2018 MLB Draft is quickly approaching, as we’re lower than a month away from the primary decide. June four would be the massive day and the Detroit Tigers are already on the clock.
Right here’s a take a look at our first MLB mock draft for 2018, the place we’re simply projecting the primary 10 picks. As issues start to type themselves out over the subsequent week or so, our subsequent mocks will function your complete first spherical.
Right here’s our present projection for the primary 10 picks:
1. Detroit Tigers: Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn
The Tigers get a possible ace right here. Casey Mize is head-and-shoulders forward of the opposite pitchers on this draft. He’s obtained nice measurement at 6’three″ and 220 kilos, can hit ninety six mph, has a devastating splitter and has the makings of a plus slider and an honest changeup. It will take a surprising flip for him to slide previous No. 1.
Florida righty Brady Singer, Wisconsin highschool outfielder Jarred Kelenic and Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart look like the backup choices.
2. San Francisco Giants: Joey Bart, C, Georgia Tech
The San Francisco Giants have to start to plan for all times after Buster Posey, or no less than plan for his eventual full-time transfer away from the catcher spot. Bart has solidified himself as one of the best backstop within the draft. He’s 6’three″ and 225 kilos with legit energy, a strong arm and good receiving expertise. To date this yr he’s slashing .371/.480/.649 with 15 house runs and 36 RBIs, with 37 walks and simply forty nine strikeouts.
The Giants are reportedly additionally in on South Alabama middle fielder Travis Swaggerty and Singer.
three. Philadelphia Phillies: Alec Bohm, 3B, Wichita State
The Philadelphia Phillies are specializing in school bats principally, and Alec Bohm is a excessive-contact/onerous-contact third baseman with energy and an incredible eye on the plate. At 6’5″ and 220 kilos, he’s huge for third base, however his bat will get him drafted early. To date this season Bohm is slashing .333/.435/.611 with 14 residence runs, fifty one RBIs and simply 22 strikeouts towards 36 walks.
Bart, Swaggerty and Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal are within the combine they usually’ve scouted prep lefty Matthew Liberatore closely as nicely.
four. Chicago White Sox: Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State
The Chicago White Sox love Madrigal, a excessive-common, excessive-contact hitter with an extended monitor report of success. It doesn’t appear to be there’s any energy in his future, however the child will certainly hit. In 23 video games through the 2018 season, Madrigal is slashing .458/.514/.635, with simply 4 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Swaggerty and Singer are choices right here.
5. Cincinnati Reds: Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
Singer was the consensus prime prospect on this class a yr in the past, and whereas he’s fallen a bit, he can nonetheless be a dominant starter. Whereas he’s been as much as ninety six mph this spring with two strong breaking pitches, Singer’s supply is a priority, as is his lack of a great changeup. Nonetheless, he’s simply value this decide if he can keep wholesome.
The Cincinnati Reds went excessive-upside prep arm with Hunter Greene final yr, and have closely scouted prep arms once more this yr. Liberatore and Carter Stewart might each be the decide right here.