2018 MLB Mock Draft Picks 16-30
The 2018 MLB draft will be held on June 4th in Secaucus, New Jersey. This year, with competitive balance picks and compensatory picks, the three-day event will see 1,223 players drafted across 40 rounds. Here is part 2 of how I think the first round will shake out, including a note on where these guys land on Jesse’s 2018 Draft Prospects list. Plenty of guys will rely on MLB lists for their fantasy drafts- here’s an opportunity to maximize value.
#16. Tampa Bay Rays: Jordyn Adams, OF, Green Hope HS (NC)
Adams fits the profile that Tampa looks for in its outfield: a speedy, hit for average, high-teens homer type in the Carl Crawford/ Melvin Upton Jr/ Kevin Kiermaier mold. Adams’ arm strength could use some work, but his fielding still projects as average to above. Adams is ranked #23 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#17. Los Angeles Angels: Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto HS (TN)
Weathers is more polished than most high schoolers. He hits 95 with his fastball and has a deep curve that sits 78-80. He has above-average pitchability and ability to control the ball around the strike zone. His superb two-pitch mix gives him a bunch of strikeout ability as well, and projects to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. Weathers is ranked #22 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#18. Kansas City Royals: Jordan Groshans, 3B, Magnolia HS (TX)
Groshans’ standout tool are his quick hands that he uses to generate plenty of all-fields power. That, coupled with his 6’4” frame, give him projection for a consistent annual 25 home runs total. Groshans is ranked #37 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#19. St. Louis Cardinals: Logan Gilbert, RHP, Stetson
Gilbert possesses an outstanding fastball that touches 97 mph at times. An All-Star in the Cape League, Gilbert does a good job playing his secondary stuff (mostly his changeup) off his fastball, thereby generating swings and misses. His breaking pitches could use some work but they still project out to be average major league offerings. Gilbert is ranked #16 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#20. Minnesota Twins: Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida
Kower uses his tall 6’5” frame and effortless delivery to routinely pump his fastball in at 98 MPH. Kowar plays his fastball well off of his change-up to keep hitters off balance, and both pitches grade out as plus offerings. As both pitches progress and his breaking pitches develop, Kowar should start to rack up more strikeouts. Kower is ranked #25 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#21. Milwaukee Brewers: Trevor Larnach, OF, Oregon State
When watching Larnach, the first thing that jumps out is his approach at the plate. A keen batter’s eye allows him to be selective at the plate and he draws plenty of walks from is. He also uses his contact-driven swing to hit for a decent average and drive the balls to all fields. His profile fits best at one of the corner outfield spots. Larnach is ranked #12 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#22. Colorado Rockies: Cole Wilcox, RHP, Heritage HS (GA)
Wilcox possesses two plus pitches in his fastball and change-up. His fastball sits in the mid 90s with a bunch of movement and his change-up moves well and is deceptive. His third pitch is a slider that he struggles to control at times but should come along nicely. Wilcox is an honorable mention on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#23. New York Yankees: Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Central Heights HS (TX)
Rodriguez’ arsenal is loaded full of pitches with life. His best pitch is his fastball, that has topped out at 98 MPH. His change-up, slider and curve all project to be average to above-average. If he reels in his control a bit he can become a solid option at the major league level. Rodriguez is an honorable mention on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#24. Chicago Cubs: Connor Scott, OF, Plant HS (FL)
Scott has the projection of a five-tool player. His speed and defense are already polished enough to notch plus to plus-plus grades and his hitting isn’t too far behind. He maintains a contact-focused swing, but as he fills out his 6’4” frame he has the potential to contribute in homers as well. Scott is ranked #14 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#25. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS (CA)
Turnag’s best tool is probably his speed, though he’s mostly average at everything else. His speed should allow hm to stick at short and his hit tool is decent enough that he should hit for average and enough homers to make a splash. Turang is ranked #19 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#26. Boston Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B, American Heritage HS (FL)
Casas should develop into the prototypical power hitting first baseman at the major league level. He has tremendous raw power that shows in games and a focused enough approach at the plate that the average shouldn’t hurt. He’s also athletic enough to play above average defense. Casas is ranked #18 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#27. Washington Nationals: Mason Denaburg, RHP, Merritt Island HS (FL)
The 6’3” hurler is another young player in this draft with a fastball that touches 97-98 already. He pairs it well with a power breaking ball that has sharp bite to it and has shown the ability to control all his offerings well. His big question mark is durability, as he missed a portion of this season with a biceps issue. Denaburg is an honorable mention on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#28. Houston Astros: Noah Naylor, C, Joan Of Arc Catholic SS (Ontario)
Noah Naylor put his plus-plus raw power on display by winning the High School Home Run Derby, beating Nolan Gorman. His raw power also plays as game power and his hit tool is refined enough that he projects as a solid contributor in average as well. Naylor’s defensive skills are solid as well, and he’s good enough that he should remain behind the plate. Naylor is ranked #31 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#29. Cleveland Indians: Alex Thomas, OF, Mount Carmel HS (IL)
Thomas’ carrying tool is easily his defense. A plus runner and fielder, he should definitely be able to stay up the middle in centerfield. He probably won’t grow into average power but his hit tool is projectable enough for a decent average, and with his elite defense any extra round trippers will be icing on the cake. Thomas is an honorable mention on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
#30. Los Angeles Dodgers: Steele Walker, OF, Oklahoma
Besides having probably the best name in the first round, Walker also possess an extremely effective hit tool. He has a very advanced approach and quick hands to pair it with that give him the ability to hit for a well above average batting average. He probably won’t stick in center but his profile is still exciting at a corner OF spot. Walker is ranked #29 on Jesse Roche’s 2018 Draft Prospects for Fantasy.
Keaton O. DeRocher: @KeatonTDG
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