11. Chicago White Sox
Pick: Adam Haseley, OF, Virginia
The White Sox would love things to unfold this way where they could pick between Jeren Kendall, Haseley and Beck. I think they take Haseley, the most advanced of the three.
12. Pittsburgh Pirates
Pick: Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson High School (Lexington, N.C.)
There’s no way Beck should be on the board this late, the Pirates should race to turn this pick in if he is. The North Carolina kid has some of the best pure tools in the draft but he doesn’t have a track record of hitting with wood bats, unlike some other top prospects. That shouldn’t matter though, his power should translate. If he can make contact consistently he should move quickly and have All-Star upside.
13. Miami Marlins
Pick: Shane Baz, RHP, Concordia Lutheran High School (Tomball, Texas)
If Baz lasts this long he should be the pick. At 6’3″ and 190 pounds, the Texas prep righty has good size with some projection left. He throws hard, touching 98 mph this spring and sitting in the 92-96 range. The TCU commit is a great athlete who also has a really nice cutter and a good curveball, with a developing changeup. He has ace upside.
14. Kansas City Royals
Pick: Trevor Rogers, Carlsbad High School (Carlsbad, New Mexico)
The Royals apparently love this crop of high school arms, so I’m not bucking the trend, they’ll go with one here. Trevor Rogers has as high a ceiling as any lefty in the draft (including Gore), but he has a lot of growing to do. He’s 6’6″ and 188 pounds, but already throws in the mid-90s, has a slider, a curve and a changeup that’s getting better. He can already command both sides of the plate as well.
15. Houston Astros
Pick: Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
Baseball’s best team may get the steal of the draft if things play out this way. Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall was once in the mix at No. 1, but there have been uneven results on the field this year. Still, he’s a potential five-tooler with 70-grade (on the 20-80 scale) speed and defense. He’s too good to get past the Astros.
16. New York Yankees
Pick: D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta High School (Valdosta, GA)
The Yankees have been closely linked to California prep first baseman Nick Pratto and Georgia prep lefty D.L. Hall. I think they’ll go with Hall, who can hit the mid-90s with his fastball, has a really nice curve and the mechanics to continue his development. He’s not a big kid at 6’0″ and 190 pounds, but there’s still a bit of room for growth.
17. Seattle Mariners
Pick: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
The Mariners are all over college bats, and while they’ll likely consider Pratto, Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger is the pick here. Burger is a big-time power prospect who hit 21 home runs in 2016 and followed that up with 22 home runs and a .341 batting average before the NCAA Tournament began. He should be able to stick at third and can read pitches well. Burger might be the best power bat in the college ranks this year.
18. Detroit Tigers
Pick: Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach High School, (Huntington Beach, CA)
If Pratto or Hall get here, the Tigers will take one of them. In this case it’s Pratto, who won the 2011 Little League World Series with an RBI single in the bottom of the final inning (check it out). Pratto’s sweet swing has elevated him to first-round status. At 6’1″ and 193 pounds he already has a solid build, with good range at first base that should make him a plus defender. Pratto pitches in high school too, but his bat is what’s getting him to the majors.
19. San Francisco Giants
Pick: Evan White, 1B, Kentucky
The Giants have been linked to college bats all spring, and in this scenario they land one. Evan White is a Gold Glove-caliber defender at first base and the University of Kentucky kid could even move to the outfield if needed. At 6’3″ and 175 pounds he needs to add some muscle to his frame and better power could come once he does. Right now he’s a righty bat that controls the zone and sprays the ball all over the field.
20. New York Mets
Pick: Logan Warmoth, SS, North Carolina
The Mets could go in a number of ways here, but I think they continue to stack their organizational depth up the middle with North Carolina’s Logan Warmoth. Warmoth plays shortstop for the Tar Heels and could stick there long-term, but has the athleticism to move around the diamond. He had a great showing in the Cape Cod league last summer and has solidified himself as the top college middle infielder on the board. Warmoth doesn’t have big power, a huge arm or top speed, but he does everything well with almost no real weaknesses.