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2017 MLB Mock Draft 10/3/16

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Round 1, Picks 1-10 Breakdown

1. Minnesota Twins, Jeren Kendall, OF (Vanderbilt)

The Twins will have the first overall pick for the third time in franchise history, taking Tim Belcher in 1983 (did not sign) and Joe Mauer in 2001. There’s no clear-cut number one pick in this year’s draft, but right now Jeren Kendall out of Vanderbilt is the number one ranked prospect for 2017. Kendall is a lot like 2016 first-round pick Corey Ray, with both players being undersized speedsters that can hit for both contact and power. Ray is the better of the two prospects at this point, but Kendall has a ton of potential also and could end up being a better hitter when all is said and done. Kendall hit a slash of .310/.395/.552 with 17 home runs, 99 RBIs and 47 stolen bases in his first two seasons at Vanderbilt. He could bat anywhere from leadoff to the 3-hole. The Twins could also look to take Hunter Greene, Kyle Wright or J.J. Schwarz with the first pick. A sleeper to watch could be Jake Burger out of Missouri State.

2. Cincinnati Reds, Alex Faedo, RHP (Florida)

The Reds will have the number two pick for the second year and a row, after taking Nick Senzel in 2016. There’s plenty of talented college pitchers in this draft, with Alex Faedo being one of the more intriguing prospects. Faedo is a strikeout pitcher with a tremendous fastball and above average potential breaking stuff.

3. San Diego Padres, Hunter Greene, RHP/SS (Notre Dame HS, California)

This is the first time that the Padres have had a top 3 pick since 2009, when they took Donavan Tate. If Greene is still available at three than you can fully expect the Padres to talk him, he’s probably the most talented player in the draft, but we’ve never seen a right-handed high school pitcher go number one overall and that probably won’t change. He will either be a pitcher or a shortstop at the next level and he might be the best two-way prospect that we’ve seen in a long time. He has a fantastic arm and also can hit for power, which makes some think he will end up at shortstop. His swing is one of the best in the draft class. He has a sinking fastball that will set anywhere from 92-94 MPH. His breaking stuff is good and has above average potential. Greene is a 1-1 candidate and don’t be surprised if he’s considered the top prospect next spring.

4. Tampa Bay Rays, Alejandro Toral, 1B (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Florida)

The Rays lacked a true cleanup hitter in 2016 and could be without one for a while, since Tampa Bay isn’t an attractive place for a free agent to go. Alejandro (Alex) Toral is the best power hitting prospect in the 2017 draft and could be the future catalyst of the Rays lineup, not to mention he could be ready for the big leagues by 2020, giving him four years of batting behind Evan Longoria. We haven’t seen a prep first baseman go in the top-10 of the draft since Eric Hosmer did so in 2008, when he went third overall to the Royals. Toral could break that streak in 2017. The Florida native has unreal power potential from the left side of the plate. He also has the potential to hit for average.

5. Atlanta Braves, J.J. Schwarz, C (Florida)

The Braves went from looking like a sure bet to secure the number one pick to landing the fifth overall pick in just a month. Atlanta will look to sign a catcher in free agency this offseason, but will need to find a player to lock down the position long-term, and Schwarz could definitely fill that role. Schwarz had a great freshman season at Florida, ultimately taking home Collegiate Baseball’s Co-Freshman Player of the Year honors. His sophomore campaign wasn’t as good statistically, but the Florida native is still one of the top prospects in the 2017 draft. He has a sound approach at the plate and power potential. It also looks like Schwarz will be able to remain behind the plate long term.

6. Oakland Athletics, Tanner Houck, RHP (Missouri)

Oakland loves to draft shortstops and college pitchers (since 2009 they’ve drafted four shortstops and three college pitchers in the first round) and you shouldn’t expect that to change with all of the talented college pitchers in this year’s draft. Tanner Houck of Missouri has seen his stock sore the past few months and the righty now looks like a top 10 pick and a 1-1 candidate. He has had two solid seasons at Missouri, posting a 3.23 ERA in 206 innings while putting up a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.05. Houck has great command of his pitches, especially his mid-90s fastball which looks like a plus pitch with plenty of movement.

7. Arizona Diamondbacks, J.B. Bukauskas, RHP (North Carolina)

The Diamondbacks are just two years removed from taking Dansby Swanson with the number overall pick, but the club traded him away and now their farm system is one of the worst in the majors. The D-Backs have some talented pitchers in their farm system, but they lack a pitcher that could potentialy be their future ace and that’s where J.B. Bukauskas comes in. Bukauskas was widely regarded as a first-round talent in the 2014 draft, but told teams not to draft him because he was going to North Carolina. Arizona took him in the 20th round anyway, but he stuck with his decision to go to college. Bukauskas is still considered a first-round talent and could be a 1-1 candidate with a solid junior season. He has a 3.58 ERA in 151 innings during his first two seasons at UNC. He has a plus fastball and also debuted a slider in 2016. The slider has the potential to be an above average offering.

8. Philadelphia Phillies, Kyle Wright, RHP (Vanderbilt)

The Phillies boast one of the better farm systems in baseball, but lack solid pitching prospects and they could be another team that takes advantage of all the college pitching in this draft by taking Kyle Wright out of Vanderbilt. Wright has been great for the Commodores in his two seasons at Vandy, posting a 2.37 ERA in 152 innings. He also has 169 strikeouts during that span. He has a solid fastball to go with an above average breaking ball. Wright is a 1-1 candidate.

9. Milwaukee Brewers, Mark Vientos, SS (Charles W. Flanagan HS, Florida)

The Brewers improved in 2016, but it still wasn’t enough to keep them from grabbing a top 10 pick. Milwaukee may look to take Louisville pitcher Brendan McKay here, but a young shortstop that could play a variety of positions may be the best pick for the Brewers. Vientos might have more potential than any other prep prospect in his draft class. He already displays plus-potential defense and arm strength to go with power potential. He does need to improve his plate approach and add some bulk to this frame, but there’s no doubting that Vientos has plenty of talent.

10. Los Angeles Angels, Quentin Holmes, OF (Monsignor McClancy HS, New York)

Los Angeles came into the 2016 season with high hopes, after trading away their best prospect Sean Newcomb to the Braves for Andrelton Simmons. Now the Angels will need to rebuild that farm system and they’ll have plenty of options at tenth overall, with McKay, Jake Burger, Alex Schreff and Conner Uselton still available, but the athletic Quentin Holmes is there pick. Holmes is a superb athlete with five-tool potential. His top tool right now is his speed, recording a 6.4 60-yard dash. He is a contact hitter with power potential that should develop as he matures.

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