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2017 MLB Draft: First-Round Mock Draft

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There’s just under three months until the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft gets underway on June 12 and uncertainty remains at the top of the draft, especially with many of the top college pitchers struggling early. But, here’s how I see the first-round of the MLB Draft playing out:

1. Minnesota Twins: Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, Louisville
2. Cincinnati Reds: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Calif.)
3. San Diego Padres: Royce Lewis, SS/OF, JSerra Catholic HS (Calif.)
4. Tampa Bay Rays: J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, North Carolina
5. Atlanta Braves: Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Ky.)
6. Oakland Athletics: Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida
7. Arizona Diamondbacks: D.L. Hall, LHP, Valdosta HS (Ga.)
8. Philadelphia Phillies: Kyle Wright, RHP, Vanderbilt
9. Milwaukee Brewers: Tanner Houck, RHP, Missouri
10. Los Angeles Angels: Jeren Kendall, OF, Vanderbilt
11. Chicago White Sox: Seth Romero, LHP, Houston
12. Pittsburgh Pirates: Alex Lange, RHP, LSU
13. Miami Marlins: Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson HS (N.C.)
14. Kansas City Royals: MacKenzie Gore, LHP, Whiteville HS (N.C.)
15. Houston Astros: Nick Pratto, 1B, Huntington Beach HS (Calif.)
16. New York Yankees: Griffin Canning, RHP, UCLA
17. Seattle Mariners: Keston Hiura, 2B, UC Irvine
18. Detroit Tigers: Hans Crouse, RHP, Dana Hills HS (Calif.)
19. San Francisco Giants: Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford
20. New York Mets: Jacob Heatherly, LHP, Cullman HS (Ala.)
21. Baltimore Orioles: Jake Burger, 3B, Missouri State
22. Toronto Blue Jays: Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia
23. Los Angeles Dodgers: Heliot Ramos, OF, Puerto Rico
24. Boston Red Sox: Wil Crowe, RHP, South Carolina
25. Washington Nationals: Mark Vientos, SS, American Heritage HS (Fla.)
26. Texas Rangers: Shane Baz, RHP Concordia Lutheran HS (Texas)
27. Chicago Cubs: Clarke Schmidt, RHP, South Carolina
28. Toronto Blue Jays*: Brendon Little, LHP, State JC of Florida
29. Texas Rangers*: Garrett Mitchell, OF, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)
30. Chicago Cubs*: Nick Allen, SS, Francis Parker School (Calif.)

First-Round Compensation Notes
• The Colorado Rockies forfeit their first-round pick (No. 11) after singing Ian Desmond.
• The St. Louis Cardinals forfeit their first-round pick (No. 19) after signing Dexter Fowler.
• The Cleveland Indians forfeit their first-round pick (No. 25) after signing Edwin Encarnacion.
* – No. 28 overall pick is compensation for losing Edwin Encarnacion in free agency.
* – No. 29 overall pick is compensation for losing Ian Desmond in free agency.
* – No. 30 overall pick is compensation for losing Dexter Fowler in free agency.

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  1. Tom Brady

    March 25, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Any chance one of the top 10 listed here or Austin Beck fall to the Mariners? Blake Rutherford fell to #18 and I am curious to see one of those 11 available at #18.

  2. Tommy

    March 27, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I think not including JJ Schwarz in the first round is a big mistake, but otherwise pretty good mock draft

    • Dan Zielinski III

      March 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you for reading! The problem with Schwarz is that he hasn’t lived up to expectations. He’s struggled to hit these last two season and hasn’t proved he can catch consistently, which isn’t entirely his fault because Florida has another talented catcher on the roster. Right now though, Schwarz is a DH who can’t hit and doesn’t have the track record of success teams want if they are going to make him a first-round pick right now. A lot can change in the next three months, however.

  3. Owen Vetter

    March 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

    That’s why its called a Mock, you never know what a team will really do each year. Really like some of your picks here. Stumbled across your page on google and will definitely will be subscribing! I hope Greene falls to my Padres but I don’t see that happening at all!

    • Dan Zielinski III

      March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I appreciate you reading and subscribing! As of now, there’s actually a chance Greene could fall to Padres because everyone expects them to try and push Greene down to them at No. 3. We will see what happens. Stay tuned. I will continue to post mocks and more draft profiles.

      • Chauncey

        March 29, 2017 at 11:55 am

        love this mock draft! Can you elaborate on the padres trying to drop Greene to #3?

        • Dan Zielinski III

          March 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm

          Thank you for reading! Each pick is assigned a dollar value and teams have an overall draft bonus pool they are allowed to spend in the first 10 rounds. In the past, including the Padres, teams have offered high bonus values to players before the draft in order to increase their asking price to other teams in hopes the player falls in the draft. The goal is to scare other teams about the player’s asking price in hopes the player falls and is available at their pick. The Padres are expected to do that with Greene. Hope that makes sense. Stay tuned to I will continue to post mocks and more draft profiles.

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