Check out our 2017 MLB Prospect Database to see all the websites that rank the top prospects for your team.
Updated: February 5, 2017
The 2017 MLB Mock Draft will be updated again on February 19, 2017. The draft order is based on the final MLB standings. Breakdown of picks 1-10 are on slides four and five. Breakdown of picks 11-20 will come out soon.
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1. Minnesota Twins, Jeren Kendall, OF (Vanderbilt)
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.
Other players the Twins could take: Hunter Greene, Royce Lewis, Kyle Wright, Alex Faedo
2. Cincinnati Reds, Royce Lewis, OF (J Serra HS, California)
The Reds will have the number two pick for the second year and a row, after taking Nick Senzel in 2016. There are plenty of talented outfielders in the 2017 draft, and Lewis may be the best of them all. He’s a quick-twitch athlete with a great baseball IQ and the ability to play anywhere in the outfield and shortstop. He has plus speed and his defense and arm are above average. He has plus contact potential and above average power.
Other players the Reds could take: Alex Faedo, Kyle Wright, Jeren Kendall, Hunter Greene, Jordon Adell
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 take 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.
Other players the Padres could take: Royce Lewis, Jeren Kendall, Jordon Adell, Kyle Wright, Alex Faedo
4. Tampa Bay Rays, J.B. Bukauskas, RHP (North Carolina)
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.
Other players the Rays could take: Jeren Kendall, Royce Lewis, Jordon Adell, Tanner Houck, Pavin Smith
5. Atlanta Braves, Jordon Adell, OF (Ballard HS, Kentucky)
Adell is a great athlete that can play all three outfield spots. He has a plus-potential arm and power potential. He needs to be more consistent when it comes to hitting for contact and his approach, but overall Adell is one of the most intriguing prospects in the class.
Other players the Braves could take: Royce Lewis, Kyle Wright, Alex Faedo, D.L. Hall, Brady McConnell