2017 MLB Mock Draft 8/17/16 - Fueled by Sports

2017 MLB Mock Draft 8/17/16

1Atlanta BravesJeren KendallOF5'11"180Vanderbilt
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.
2Minnesota TwinsAlex FaedoRHP6'4"220Florida
Faedo has been great for the Gators in his first two years there, posting a 19-4 record and a 3.20 ERA in 166 innings. He has a plus-potential fastball to go with a solid slider and a decent changeup.
3Cincinnati RedsHunter GreeneRHP6'3"195Notre Dame HS (CA)
Greene will either be a pitcher or a shortstop at the next level. 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 short. 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.
4Arizona DiamondbacksAlejandro Toral1B6'2"220Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL)
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.
5San Diego PadresKyle WrightRHP6'4"200Vanderbilt
Wright has been great for the Commodores in his two seasons at Vandy, posting a 2.37 ERA in 152 innings. Wright also has 169 strikeouts during that span. He has a solid fastball to go with an above average breaking ball.
6Tampa Bay RaysConner UseltonOF6'3"185Southmore HS (OK)
Uselton is the closest thing to a five-tool player in this draft class. Great athlete with big power potential and could play any position in the outfield. He has a sound approach at the plate and knows how to hit the ball to all fields.
7Los Angeles AngelsJ.B. BukauskasRHP6'0"189North 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.
8Milwaukee BrewersBrendan McKayLHP6'2"203Louisville
McKay was the player that shared the Freshman of the Year honors with Schwarz in 2015, posting a 1.77 ERA in 96 2/3 innings. He followed that season up with a 2.30 ERA in 109 2/3 innings in 2016. The southpaw has tremendous command and three plus-potential pitches. McKay is also a great hitter, putting up a slash of .321/.416/.474 with 10 home runs in his two seasons at Louisville. Teams usually don't pass up left-handed pitchers early in the draft, especially ones that can hit!
9Oakland AthleticsJ.J. SchwarzC6'1"205Florida
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.
10Philadelphia PhilliesJake Burger3B6'2"210Missouri State
Burger is one player to watch in the spring. A bad season and his stock could drop quickly, but another solid season at the plate will have the Missouri native at the top of the draft. He put on an absolute show in his first two seasons at Missouri State, posting a slash of .346/.406/.605 to go with 25 home runs and 114 RBIs in 463 at-bats.
11Chicago White SoxMark VientosSS6'3"175Charles W. Flanagan HS (FL)
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. He a 1-1 candidate.
12Colorado RockiesHagen DannerRHP6'1"185Huntington Beach HS (CA)
Danner is a two way player, with his other position being catcher, but most scouts think he'll end up a pitcher at the next level. He has solid fastball that he commands well and an above average curveball that could have plus-potential. Danner is also an excellent hitter and an outstanding athlete, which makes him a candidate to go 1-1 in 2017.
13Kansas City RoyalsAlex ScherffRHP6'5"225Prestonwood Christian Academy (TX)
Scherff's stock is on the rise and the big righty has the potential to be a top-10 pick when all is said and done. His fastball will sit in the mid-90s and has been recorded at 97 MPH. Scherff's also has a mid-80s changeup, a high-70s to low-80s slider and an upper 70's curveball.
14New York MetsTanner HouckRHP6'5"202Missouri
Houck is another college pitcher to watch in the spring. 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.
15Houston AstrosQuentin HolmesOF6'2"180Monsignor McClancy (NY)
Holmes is a superb athlete with five-tool potential. His top tool right now is his speed, recording a 6.4 60-yard dash. Holmes is a contact hitter with power potential that should develop as he matures.
16New York YankeesTristan BeckRHP6'4"165Stanford
Beck is the best draft eligible sophomore in this draft class. He finished his freshman season at Stanford with a 2.48 ERA in 83 1/3 innings while giving up just two home runs and striking out 76. Beck offers a mid-90s fastball and a potential above average curveball and a developing changeup. His command has improved in his first year at Stanford, but he still needs to be more consistent with it.
17Miami MarlinsJayson Gonzalez3B6'2"205Bishop Amat HS (CA)
Gonzalez is an athletic third baseman with huge power potential. He has a sound approach at the plate and knows how to drive the ball the other way. His athleticism and arm strength should allow him to stay at third base long term. Gonzalez is a Vanderbilt commit, so like most Vandy commits signability could be a question, but right now he's considered a top 30 prospect for this class.
18Pittsburgh PiratesHans CrouseRHP6'4"170Dana Hills HS (CA)
Crouse has one plus potential pitch at the moment, with that pitch being his fastball. His curveball has above average potential. The biggest concern for Crouse is his delivery, which he puts way too much effort into. He does have one of the best fastballs out of all the prep players in the draft class. Crouse is committed to USC and as of November 2015 was leaning toward attending college, which will make some teams worry about signability.
19Detroit TigersPavin Smith1B6'2"200Virginia
Smith was on Baseball America's Freshman All-American Second Team in 2015. The 1B/OF has hit a slash of .317/.390/.488 with 15 home runs and 101 RBIs in his two seasons at Virginia. Smith has a solid plate approach and one of the best bats in the class, but he is limited defensively and can only play first base or a corner outfield spot.
20Seattle MarinersJustin FarmerOF6'0"195Riverview HS (FL)
Farmer is one of the more athletic players in the draft class. He flashes plus speed to go with an above average glove and arm. The ball jumps off his bat and he shows signs of above average power potential. High upside player and could climb to the top of a lot of draft boards in the spring.
21St. Louis CardinalsAlex LangeRHP6'3"198LSU
Lange had a great Freshman year at LSU, posting a 1.97 ERA in 114 innings, but he struggled at times during his sophomore campaign. He finished the 2016 season with a 3.79 ERA in 111 2/3 innings. Lange possesses a plus fastball and curveball. His curveball is nasty and is definitely his best pitch. Lange has struck out 10.19 batters per nine innings in his two seasons at LSU.
22Boston Red SoxJordon AdellOF6'3"200Ballard HS (KY)
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.
23Baltimore OriolesRicardo De La TorreSS6'2"175PR BB Academy (PR)
De La Torre is a quick twitch athlete and has all the makings of a major league shortstop. He has five-tool potential with his arm strength being his top tool right now. He has a line drive approach at the plate and should develop power as he matures.
24San Francisco GiantsD.L. HallLHP6'2"170Houston County HS (GA)
Hall is the best prep lefty in this draft class, so he might be a bit low in this mock. He has an above average fastball with a plus potential curveball. Tons of potential and could be a 1-1 candidate come spring.
25Los Angeles DodgersCole TurneyOF6'1"220William B. Travis HS (TX)
Turney is a speedy outfielder with an above average arm and power potential. The lefty could be a sleeper in the draft.
26Cleveland IndiansRoyce LewisSS6'2"180J Serra HS (CA)
There are plenty of talented shortstops in the 2017 draft, and Lewis is no different. He's a quick-twitch athlete with a great baseball IQ. He has plus speed and is an above average defender, who can play multiple positions. He is a very good contact hitter and has a sound approach at the plate.
27Toronto Blue JaysK.J. HarrisonC6'0"200Oregon State
Harrison is known for his ability to hit, but the Oregon State catcher struggled during his sophomore campaign, hitting .265/.381/.525. He has a slash of .288/.391/.526 to go with 20 home runs and 107 RBIs in his two seasons of college ball. Harrison struggles defensively and most scouts don't think he'll remain behind the plate long term. The Hawaii native is one of the younger college prospects and won't turn 21 until August 2017.
28Washington NationalsColton HockRHP6'5"220Stanford
Hock had a very good season out of the pen in 2016, posting a 2.03 ERA over 57 2/3 innings. Hock followed that up with a solid Cape Cod outing, putting up a 3.44 ERA in 36 2/3 innings. The Stanford righty also started six games.
29Texas RangersDylan Busby1B6'3"185Florida State
Busby is another power bat in this class to keep an eye on this spring. The switch-hitter has put up a slash of .287/.368/.534 to go with 23 home runs and 100 RBIs in his two seasons at Florida State. Busby can play first base, third base and both corner outfield spots.
30Chicago CubsDrew RasmussenRHP6'1"220Oregon State
Rasmussen was having a great sophomore campaign before he required Tommy John surgery, costing him the rest of his 2016 season. We saw Cal Quantrill go early in the 2016 draft, after having Tommy John surgery, so a team could take a chance early on Rasmussen. He posted a 2.96 ERA in 143 innings pitched at Oregon State.

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