The MLB First Year Player Draft has always produced stars and always produced busts. Tonight, we’ll see the beginning of a new era of stars as the draft happens tonight at 7pm! Join us for live coverage!
We’re just doing the first 15 picks tonight due to a few constraints. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Here we go! The draft has begun:
1. Philadelphia Phillies select Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon HS
Moniak is one of the best hitters in the draft. Moniak, however, can do it ALL. Hit, hit for power, run, you name it. This kid will be great.
2. Cincinnati Reds select Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
It was either him or Florida LHP AJ Puk. However, Senzel is a great pick. He can be a middle of the order bat who can give opposing pitchers nightmares. He lead the SEC in doubles, so he’s got a bit of pop in the bat.
3. Atlanta Braves select Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa HS (NY)
Okay. This is a shock. Resent the Braves for making me have to spell Shenendehowa, but hey they still made a great pick despite my petty gripe. He can consistently throw his fastball for strikes and his delivery is comparable to New York Mets star Jacob deGrom.
4. Colorado Rockies select Riley Pint, RHP, Saint Thomad Aquinas HS (KS)
Hey! This pick flat out makes sense. Top flamethrower with a dominant arm. He needs some mechanical work, but he’s drawn comparisons to Justin Verlander (Detroit) and Max Scherzer (Washington).
5. Milwaukee Brewers select Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
As much as he was expected to be in the top 10, I was a bit surprised. He’s got great gap to gap power, which is surprising to some given his size. He’s comparable to Oddibe McDowell. That’s a name for you.
6. Oakland Athletics select AJ Puk, LHP, Florida
I am surprised that Puk fell, but what a selection by Oakland. Puk was previously drafted in the 35th round by Detroit in 2013. Great extension and carry through the zone. Big arm. He’s even got an endorsement from Pedro Martinez!
7. Miami Marlins select Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence HS (AL)
Wow. I like this kid’s make up. Fastball at the 90 MPH range but can touch 94. Advanced curveball. Struckout 131 last season. Safest High School Pitcher? Comparable to Chuck Finley and Jon Lester.
8. San Diego Padres select Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford
His Dad, Paul, was in the majors. He was previously drafted by the Yankees in 2013. The Padres have two more first round picks as they look to rebuild their franchise. They’ll start with Quantrill.
9. Detroit Tigers select Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon HS
Not surprising to see the Tigers select a pitcher here. Manning is an amazing athlete, however his secondary pitches need some work. Fastball has great movement with late life. He’s a project, but Detroit can wait. Comparable to Noah Syndergaard.
10. Chicago White Sox select Zack Collins, C, Miami
He’s a straight hitter. Question is: can he be a catcher at the big league level? He stands in the batters box like he’s Brian McCann and hits like him too. For a team with Alex Avila and Dioneer Navarro as the catching duo, this is a great pick.
11. Seattle Mariners select Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
Comparable to Adam Jones. Major power and could be a star for years to come.
12. Boston Red Sox select Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS
Top prospect in this draft fell to Boston at 12. Steady fastball and could develop his breaking call. There are questions about his character, but he should be fine.
13. Tampa Bay Rays select Joshua Lowe, 3B, Pope HS
I’m wondering if this kid is drafted to replace Evan Longoria. He could also be a pitcher. His fastball hits 90. Interesting pick.
14. Cleveland Indians select Will Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools
2015 Team USA U18 Team Gold Medalist. He is comparable to Miguel Cabrera. Anyone compared to a former Triple Crown winner has some high expectations.
15. Minnesota Twins select Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum HS
Polished bat, someone to possibly pair with Byron Buxton. He can hit 90 MPH on the mound. Just an all around guy.
This will conclude our coverage tonight. Again, sorry for the inconvenience.
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